Sierra's . . . unless you can send me to Patagonia or Chamonix . . .
DylanBC, thanks for the input. Much appreciated . . . I went for it yesterday and (goat sale!) bought the TRACKER
I'm 6'1" and 190 . .. on a budget and found a pair of these in a 165 length. I don't plan on doing anything in the park??my only trick will be getting up once I crash, but would these be too small to learn tele-turns on?
Ben, hope this gets to you. BIG THANKS, for the answer . . . if you're in SF and looking for fellow sierra enthusiasts, say hello. BOB
Understandably, the harness keeps the beacon handy, but is there any reason one could not put it in a dedicated (chest) pocket? . . . thanks (my research hasn't dug this one idea up yet)
As they say, if the shovel fits, buy it . . . so will the Deuter fit my Voile Telepro Shovel?
Blade Dimensions: 15 x 10 in
Just finished JMT#11 and happy as hell with this summer's choice of the "fastpacker."
I would have loved to blow few more bucks on the credit card and buy the top-end Solomon's, but it just wasn't to beso I got these instead and don't know how much happier I could have been on the trail.
I wore the boots for about five hours before I actually got on the trail; walked around the house, the 'hood, the beach, a hill or two and they felt great.
Then I got them on the JMT and fully expected hot spots on the first day, but nothing. I do have fairly tough feet, but all that uphill on day one, usually produces some sort of discomfort, but I got nothin'
And as for wear and tear, the JMT and all that sharp granite, can really chew up a boot, but after 211+ miles, there's barely a hint that I had these on the trail.
I brought along another pair of insoles, but in spite of dunking the boots a few times, the insoles stayed fresh and I never felt the need to perhaps change them out. Maybe a new pair of insoles would've "hot-rodded" 'em a little more, but I was overall very happy with the comfort.
Now if I could just find a bargain on these for less than the current price, I'd go into debt a little further and be set for the next few summers.
How well does it carry skis????
buy a pair of gaiters.
I hastily ordered my girlfriend (5'5" 135 lbs) the MB UL Down jacket and it turns out a small was too small. it fit, but she'd just have to stand still, while wearing it. Not a lot of room to layer under it, or move around. Had she been (okay, more) endowed, well, it'd really be a tight fit. I think that with all Montbell products, ORDER UP A SIZE! . . . So with a "Wicked fast" return policy, in which BC was now out of the MB UL in medium, I opted for the the UL Thermawrap. in meduim, which arrived before they said it would (wicked, wicked, Fast) and she's a happy camper, (even though she's not a camper, or hiker, or backpacker or . . . ) The Therma wrap is nicely cut, with "V-vents" stretch fabric on the sleeves and waist. She wishes that there was an inside pocket, but adds that, then it would be too tight . . . as for it's other, more rugged qualities, they have yet to be tested, but if it says anything, she likes just wearing it around the house and seems quite comfortable, being such a cold=blooded, gal. She's happy and I am too. Remember, go a size up.
Over the last two months I've had my U.L. on three Sierra snow-camping trips and either wore it with a light shell, or on its own and I've got to say, it's been very nice. On this last trip, it got down into the mid-twenties, with a good wind, at dinner time and I was warm and happy with just an R1 hoody and a another base under that. Anything more than sitting there, stirring the pot and this jacket would toast you and put a DAS parka over it and you might as well be wearing a tank with the heat on. can't wait to have this as part of my summer sierra morning/evening gear.
I'm kind of a mule, so if this shovel is a hair heavier than others, I'm not bothered. I like the big open, wrap around handle versus the the other, T-design and it's metal, full on. As soon as I got out into the BC with with a group and had the chance to test mine against the others, I had to step away from the plasticââalthough I am sure it's durableââI just kept thinking that I was not in a sand box.
I doubt you can find this feature on any of the shovels, but I would have been grateful for a handle attachment that would jack right into the shovel, for close digging in snow caves. I just took the head off and used it, but it was a bit awkward. Overall a great snow shovel that I see outlasting me.
I got this thinking, 'oh, a snow saw. I can use it for IGLOO building, but really it is, now I'm told, maybe too short and certainly, unless you're a child, the handleââwhich looks good in the picture, ain't much when you've got it in your hand. NOW I know that this is more of an Avalanche crust testing tool and not nec. for cutting big blocks of snowâââbut I'll still give it a shot and hey, I looked pretty bad with it tucked in my pants around the city . . . thought for sure the cops would be stopping the crazed guy with the saw.
Maybe I'm too late for this, but the answer is, yes! . . . this would be a good tent for your cub scout if only because he's young. He'll grow into or out of it. He may decide he hates backpacking. It doesn't cost that much, which is always a consideration when just getting into something. The only real downside would be that he'll have to haul a five pound tent, but hey––a little sweat out there builds spirit. This is also a very easy tent to set up and it will endure a lot. I had a similar REI tent and it did a great job with all kinds of weather––even Nepal––where I finally donated it to some porters. Again, it's cost-effective, simple, sturdy and maybe just a little too heavy, but you can always dangle a lighter tent as a reward for his (or her) getting out in the backcountry.
Dave. first off, go with the hoody. this jacket is so light, you'll never notice THE HOOD and if you're actually trying to do an ultra-light thing––this is the jacket for the PCT in the summer months––you can wear the jacket and the hoody, in your bag–-assuming you might have a light bag and therefore need all the heat you can get. double duty. I've done the JMT 8 times now since 96, usually in the late summer, august/sept and never needed the monster down jackets I brought. I'd wear them usually in the morning and evening. The Montbell, even though I've not had it out there yet, knowing what I know––the Montbell U.L. ought to be more than enough to keep you warm. I write the post, "AM I IN HEAVEN" and that's this jacket. for the weight alone, you'll be very pleased. I just want to WARN YOU though––I'd keep an eye on it, when you are not wearing it and it is out of the pack––this jacket might just blow away with the slightest breeze. Enjoy the PCT
Go large. I'm six feet, trim and a 40 regular or thereabouts. I bought a large and it looks and feels like it was custom cut, just for me. If you've got any girth or a long torso, I'd certainly go for the XL, as noted, in USA size.
So far I've just been running around, paring this with a Patagonia R1 hoody and it's plenty warm - too warm, which is nice to know since I'm not putting out any major effort, like I will on the trail, or just over that hot stove at 12,000 feet.
The best and oddest thing about it is the weight and feel. It's like it's not there and yet your torso is warm and the wind seems to not have a chance. odd feeling, as I am used to a heavier, bulky jacket that you're always aware of.
Yup, wish it did come with cinches on the wrists - they wouldn't add much weight to an already feather light jacket. I'll post more when I've really put it out there.