Barnacle

Barnacle

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Barnacle

Barnacle wrote a question about on January 10, 2012

I owned an OR Foray shell and it fit great for a summer/late spring/early fall weight rain shell (i.e. no heavy layering) - I had the XL and don't think with my build I want an XL in the Mentor. I am 6'2, 250 - put some pounds on lately in the gut but have broad shoulders and chest.

I plan on using this as a ski jacket and spend my time in the north east and as a three season shell (late fall, winter and early spring. I need something I can layer underneath and think the XXL is the way to go.

I would plan on wearing a heavy weight fleece with heavy base layers or a down sweater wight base layers.

Should I go for the XL or XXL? I am 90% leaning towards the XXL

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Barnacle

Barnacle wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

2 5

Positives:

- No frills minimalist jacket - very light weight, packable and good value for paclite

Negatives:

- Pockets are too low to access with a hip belt or harness on
- Hood doesn't have a two way adjustable hood (it has a velcro strap in the back to pull the hood back - if not wearing with a helmet, the hood is huge and difficult to fit properly)
- Hood was not big enough to fit my ski helmet (I have a big head)
- Sleeves were too short - mid and base layers were exposed when i reached over my head

Overall:

- I returned this jacket in exchange for a MH Typhoon (which I am very pleased with), the negatives outweighed the positives, there are better paclite shells on the market with similar price points

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Barnacle wrote a review of on August 11, 2011

4 5

These are my go to for light hiking and scrambling. They are nice and light and I love the toe rand - do a good job protecting my toes.

I bought these before heading out west for a trip to Cali (central coast) and they did great on the Channel Islands hiking dirt, mud, clay and exposed rock. I have also brought these out to the Front Range in Colorado for a 14er and they did equally well scrambling.

These shoes also get some playing time during summer Phish tour when I need some solid ankle support.

I would recommend these if you have a slightly narrow foot (esp. in the toe box area). These broke in very quickly and never once had a blister. I usually wear these with some SmartWool running socks and they perform great.

I have had these out on a couple out and back overnights in NY and I cna carry a 25 pound load comfortably in these.

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