hiking on the AT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ~ 6°F with winds of 10-20 mph.
I've had it for about a year, and if it's below 50°F, there's probably a 98% chance that I'm wearing this jacket. I've taken it on many a backpacking trip, and it's my go-to jacket when it gets chilly. I bought it to replace a Marmot fleece, and while it's a hair less warm, it blocks the wind MUCH better than the fleece did.
I love the look, love the wind-resistance, and love that it's warm-but-not-too-warm. I also love the low price I paid for it on backcountryoutlet (I think around $80? can't really remember).
All that said, there are just a few qualms I have with it that keep me from giving it five stars. First, the weight: I do a lot of backpacking, and while I love it when I'm wearing it, it adds significant weight to my pack, and leaves me wishing for something lighter. Second, the pockets are not accessible while wearing a pack or harness, and that's just dumb. Third, and most importantly, there are no Pit-Zips. Add the ability to vent heat, and I would probably forget the first two things and give it five stars, but after wearing it recently on a strenuous hike in 4°F, I was seriously wishing for some heat-dumping capability.
I've had this shirt for about a year and a half now, and it's still one of my favorite pieces of gear. I've worn it for four days straight hiking in the smokies in winter, and it never felt cold and never started to stink. I love the look, and wear it on cool days around my hometown whenever I get a chance. Most recently, I hiked up 2000' in 2 miles wearing this over my wool Icebreaker Tech-T and under my Marmot Troll Wall jacket (gore-tex pro 3L), and it wicked away my sweat like a champI didn't even feel cold standing still at the top of the hike, despite the 15°F weather.
Super light, super warm, wicks like crazy, doesn't stink, and looks great in the process. I mean really, what more could you want?
(Photo is of me wearing the Cap 4 on Siler's Bald, Great Smoky Mountain National Park)
Assuming you already know this is not a windproof, elevation proof, -40°F wonder stove that's meant to work on the top of Everest, there's really not more you could ask for in an ultralight stove. It's super light, super compact, and when used with the 4oz canisters provides a really great lightweight option for backpacking. It excels in spring/summer/fall temps when sheltered from the wind, but works well enough in the wind. I've even used it in sub-freezing temps (left the canister and stove sitting out all night in the 10°F weather), and it still performed great.
This thing is simply unreal. Less than a pound, packs down to about the size of a Nalgene bottle, and toasty warm. I just came off a trip camping in 10°F, and at camp the first night (likely around 13-14°) all I had on under the jacket was a superlight wool t-shirt, and I was plenty warm. The only things I could possibly complain about are that only the front sides of the pockets have microfleece on them, and the construction is sewn-through instead of baffled like the Sub Zero, but changing either of those things would, of course, add weight, and this is meant to be an ultralight jacket. And ultralight it is!
I'm 6'2" and 195lbs, and the Large fits perfectlybig enough to wear over my softshell, and small enough to wear alone or under my gore-tex pro shell when things get really nasty.
In the cold, this thing just can't be beat. Super warm, and very windproof. I've soaked the thing in sweat and still been warm under it. Love it!
I've had this thing for about two years now, and it's seen everything from plowing through hemlock groves in 50°, rainy weather to 0° and 15mph winds. It seals up tight in a downpour and vents extremely well when trudging uphill. Found it for a sick price on SAC, and couldn't ask for anything more!
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