Babak Sakaki

Babak Sakaki

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Babak's Passions

Camping
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Babak's Bio

Naturally, I get all my gear from Backcountry.com

Babak Sakaki

Babak Sakaki wrote a review of on July 6, 2014

5 5

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

Simple: one of the most versatile synthetic pieces you can buy.

Competitors: BD Access Hybrid/LT, Patagonia Nano Puff, OR Halogen Hoody

The Fall 2014 Atom LT includes a new hood, that uses the 'ballcap' adjuster behind the head- identical to the one used in the Cerium LT hoody.

It moves with your head, offering unparalleled peripheral vision.

It's less warm than the Nano puff, but more versatile. Awesome mid layer for skiing the cold days, or on it's own in the spring. Used it backpacking, walking around town, and on a bike. The fleece lined pockets are a greatly appreciated bonus.

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Babak Sakaki wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

TNF's popular Catalyst jacket got a makeover in 2012 with smaller baffles, and in 2013 gets a further update with FlashDry inserts in the armpits (for better temperature regulation/venting).

The hood works great with a beanie and layers great under a shell. This jacket was designed to be a mid layer in COLD, DRY environments (lift accessed skiing) but works as an outer layer in cool conditions.

It's a slim fit. 6'1" and 190lbs, the large fits like a mid layer.

With a long sleeve T, I can wear it down to about freezing.

Pros:
- compressible (packs into it's own pocket)
- slim fit
- ProDown

Cons:
- for it's weight, there are much warmer jackets
- not as warm as other jackets that lack the venting inserts in the armpits
- lots of loose threads for $300 jacket.

It fits a lot like the Atom LT, but is A LOT warmer and packs into itself.

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Babak Sakaki wrote a review of on December 1, 2013

4 5

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

TNF really hit it out of the park with their Thermoball collaboration with Primaloft.

PROS:
- SUPER compressible
- WARM for it's weight, even when WET
- Great color selection
- "Cozier" than other synthetics

CONS:
- Several loose threads
- only two hand pockets (an inner one would have been perfect)
- Boxy fit

I've been using the Thermoball jacket for the past few months in temperatures as low as 25 degrees. With just a T shirt, it is warm to roughly 35 degrees- anything below that requires different layering.

My favorite part about this piece is how the Thermoball insulation allows the jacket to be more compressible and 'cozier' than other synthetic jackets.

I am 6'1", 190bs with LONG arms and the a large in this jacket is short in the sleeves and roomy in the torso. ( Arcteryx L fits me perfect, for reference).

All in all, this jacket is a great alternative to the Patagonia Nano Puff that it directly competes with, being warmer, more comfortable but with a poorer fit.

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