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Brett Clatt

Brett Clatt

State of Colorado

Brett's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering

Brett's Bio

Grew up in southern Iowa and have been walking around Colorado since 1998. I hike and climb year round.
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Brett Clatt

Brett Clatt wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

5 5

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

Used this for a hike/camp up to Longs Peak on 4-19-14. Temps got down to 10 degrees. Used the sleeping bag, silk liner and a thermorest 1" self inflating pad inside of a Trango 2 tent. We camped at 11,500' on snow, and I stayed warm enough that I had to keep the bag 1/3 unzippe so that I didnt over heat in it. I easily trust this bag at 0 degrees and IMO you could go lower with the proper liner.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

Can be perfect.
4 5

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

Like a lot of balaclavas, this one was too constrictive around the nose and mouth pushing warm air into the goggles. This problem was completely solved by cutting away some of the material around the mouth. I have a few balaclavas and this my favorite so far. It's very warm, stays in place under a helmet.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on February 9, 2014

4 5

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

Got these for winter hiking. I love the extra wide Velcro down the front and the material is very strong. Should last many years.
I wear a size 10 1/2 boot and have fairly thick calves and the large is almost big on me... Almost. Could have probably got the medium and those would have fit perfect.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on February 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very warm unit. IMO I wouldn't use it in temps above 10degrees. For me the flex and fit is perfect.
I'm 5'10" and 180lbs, medium fits great.

FYI on base layer care: COLD water gentle wash with just a couple tablespoons of powdered non-bleach detergent, double rinse and partially tumble dry on low.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on February 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Last President's Day on Kelso Ridge the winds were a constant 50+mph and the temps dropped to -25. I had on my MHW Typhon Glove which is perfect for climbing but after 7hrs the cold got to my pinky fingers from holding my ice axe, even though I have my axe head wrapped. Decided I need a pair of mittens in the pack. So I got these.

Mountain Hardware gloves fit my hand the best. I have a large palm with medium fingers. I've been able to use MHW gloves in both medium and large with no problem. The finger length is perfect for me in medium, yet not too long in a large either.

1-28-14 Used these in -5 degree temps with high winds and my hands were almost hot in these!

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Brett Clatt wrote an answer about on January 29, 2014

I personally wouldn't risk using boots that didn't feel right. If you choose to try and keep them, I'd suggest putting on the socks you plan to use with them and walk around the house all day with them on and see how they feel. Any discomfort with a day in the house is probably going to equal misery out on the trail. IMO
Boots are the only thing between you and the earth.
Most higher end hiking and mountaineering boots seem to be more of a "European" cut. For me, I normally wear a size 10 in all boots/shoes, my Verbera Backpacker GTX's are a size 10 1/2.

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Brett Clatt wrote an answer about on January 11, 2014

First off, I've never owned any Patagonia products...
Last weekend I done a four mile hike in -5 degree temps with wind to Kelso Mtn here in Colorado. I had on an H/H Warm top, dry-logic t-shirt, the ThermoBall jacket and then my Point 5 hardshell. I got warm but my base and midlayer moved the moisture out to the hardshell. When I got back to the car my hardshell had ice on the inside of it and the ThermoBall and base layers were basically dry. I was very impressed that the Thermoball didn't gain water weight while hiking like my old down midlayer used to. Hope that helps.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for a daily walking and light hiking shoe and they have performed well. I like the quick lace system and the support.

I'm normally a size 10 in almost all running and hiking shoes, these seem to run big for me so I bought a 9 1/2 and they fit well.

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used a cheaper 500 down jacket for a few years as a mid layer, and it finally lost its loft and feathers. Ordered the thermo ball and was kind of worried when I first took it out of the box. I was expecting something a little more dense. You can literally see through this jacket!
Wore it out for a walk with the dog in 30 degree temps with a light wind, I had on a t-shirt under it and all I can say is "Wow"! Hardly any wind got through and I stayed perfectly comfortable. No sweat yet no chill. I'm very excited to take it climbing next weekend.

Also: I'm 5' 10" and 180lbs and the large has enough room for me to have a base layer and long sleeve heavy t-shirt on underneath.

***FYI: For now I'll give it 4 star, after I see the durability I will re-do my score.

UPDATED: 12-30-13

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Brett Clatt wrote a review of on December 11, 2013

LOVE THEM!
5 5

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

Mountain Hardware gloves fit my hand the best! I have a large palm with medium fingers. I've been able to use MHW gloves in both medium and large with no problem! The finger length is perfect for me in medium, yet not too long in a large either.

1-28-14 Used these in -5 degree temps with high winds and my hands were almost hot in these!

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