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1775rahwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Super warm. When I first got it i was worried it was going to be too thin, but its more than warm enough. Very compactable. Its actually too warm to use while I'm moving, if I'm climbing or slogging through snow I'll start sweating profusely with it on. That obviously depends on you and your layers though.
I thought I ruined it during a winter slog up mount hood: sweated so much it made the down clump and lose all loft. I washed with nikiwax down wash. then dried it. Still had clumps and no loft. So put it in drier on No heat, with four tennis balls, which amazingly restored the loft of the down.
I treated it with Nikiwax "down proof" which is supposed to make the down repel water. Seems to work pretty well, hasn't got damp since. Still best puffy I've ever seen.

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1775rahwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Biggest complaint is that this mitt has separated fingers = sucks. Hard to get on with fingers in the right spots and limits liner options. Good = Lots of puffy insulation, feels almost like down. However its all on the backside of the hand and almost none on the inside of the hand, which is probably good or you wouldn't be able to hold anything. But if you hold anything cold (ice axe or trekking pole) your hand will get cold fast since its thin there. Got it on sale so not too disappointed. It will come in handy during winter, and since its so light and compressible I won't mind bringing it along

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1775rahwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Usual top quality that you get from OR. But I ran into problems with them when climbing mount hood. Two separate climbs when the temperature was only between + 20 and 30 degrees, my hands keep going numb. I wasn't putting my hand in the snow. I was working hard and my core body temperature was plenty warm. Since the tag says theses gloves are designed for -20, they should have kept my fingers functional. I think OR gloves and mitts run a little small, but since I'm already XL, I'm SOL. Might work for you if you're hands stay warm.

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1775rahwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Used for two years for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, mountaineering year round and still going strong. Softshell is stretchy and allows free movement while keeping out (most of) the wind, rain, snow. If I sit on the snow or if the rain beads off my jacket right onto my thighs, water does get through eventually. But get a hardshell for that if that bothers you. It has five pockets (two thigh to waist and right butt cheek) which allow you to open em up to dump heat. I prefer these over the stoic microlith. more pockets and better waist fit.

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1775rahwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Top quality as usual from OR. Rain and snow bead off well and keep your inner layers dry. It has an athletic fit around the waist area which I like since it keeps it tight and less folding flappy stuff with a pack hip straps on. The hood fits snug over a climbing helmet while maintaining coverage, and it has a stiff brim which keeps it off your face a little better. Velcro cuffs allow heat dumping or sealing out the cold wind.Good design with the oversized pit zips doubling as front pockets saves weight. These zippers are water resistant and better than zippers with the flaps (on some other jackets out there) since those flaps get stuff in the zipper or get in the way. Although these water resistant zippers have a lot of friction though so can be a little hard to pull with gloves or mitts on. I've used the paladin in winter in oregon cascades during snow and wind. Kept me dry and warm. A softshell is lighter and probably more breathable for summer though. My body runs decently hot so with just a base layer and the paladin on my torso I was fine in 20-30 degree weather while snowshoeing or slogging up mount hood.
I know that RMI guides use this as their storm jacket

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