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Brian wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this for the past month around the house. My thoughts if you are considering it...

The controls are outstanding - the control know if brilliant - I think they used the same knob on the new high-end Nao light. Will work well with gloves, with frozen hands, etc.

It is a bit bulky both on the head and in the bag. So for backpacking, climbing, etc, I think I will use this light at camp and for utility needs. And leave my smaller light (Zipka 2+) in my climbing bag so it never gets left at camp. 'Tis my plan. I can't wait to take it off the headband at camp and put it down on the table while preparing food in the dark. And the fact that it stows into a safe position makes it perfect for throwing around with the camp gear - and it's bulky enough to not lose to easily.

If you can attach it to your bike or helmet around town, it would make an adequate town light - not as bright as a Light in Motion or anything, but good. And for that, it's waterproof enough and impact resistant enough to survive bike abuse.

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Brian wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

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

This is a really great synthetic puffy. I have a slightly older model - seems the main diff is that they added internal pockets - I wish I had that to stuff gloves/hats into.

Very durable construction, I've used and abused mine. I'd be happy to recommend this just as much as a nano puff.

When I stuff it into my bag, I can definitely tell that it doesn't compress like down, but that said, it's not really a big jacket. And you have more latitude if it rains on you.

Helmet compatible hood, practical all around jacket. I would not recommend it for around town-only because the helmet compatible hood is kinda big and bulky unless you have it zipped all the way up. If you want one light synthetic puffy to do it all, this is an excellent choice!

My uses so far: 14,000' peaks, winter aerobic sports, around town, go-to insulating layer whenever I wander around Colorado.

For size, most alpine/performance gear (Patagonia, Rab, MH) fits me in small, this does too.

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Brian wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

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

You can really feel the difference in this jacket over any others in the market with sewn-through construction - granted most those are not designed to be as puffy. Anyways, this is super warm and has nice fuzzy material at many places it meets your skin.

Why do so many of my climbing friends not have a huge puffy, I dunno, I think they are poor. I'm happy to have this when I want to crush the cold while standing at the bottom of an ice canyon. :)

My only ?? is why only half of the hand pockets are fuzzy. I'm usually using the pocket when I took my glove off, therefore I want fuzzy. :)

I ended up with a MH Nilas jacket, which is comparable, but the Nilas is much lighter construction and more light weight. Both are absolutely excellent jackets. This jacket is way more bang for the buck.

Most alpine performance clothing fits me true to size (from most performance oriented manufacturers) - I definitely wear size small and the small of this jacket is right for me too. And I didn't find it too short.

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Brian wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've taken my pack out a few times, most recently to Indian Creek. For those of you like me who like to pack everything - first aid kit, food, camera and of course climbing gear, this pack gives a lot of space.

I especially appreciated the roll-top which allowed me to put more and more in as needed. Easily had my 60m rope, double rack and excessive luxury items stuffed in there. Was very very comfortable to walk around in and to pack & unpack.

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Brian wrote a review of on February 26, 2012

4 5

I don't have that much time with this pack yet, but I'll described my thoughts so far...

Like the capacity, a lot but not huge. Glad I got this size instead of something in the 20-30L range I was originally thinking. It's actually fairly compact until you start expanding the filling the top of the main compartment in the collar. There is a small velcroed pocket inside the main compartment on the backside as well as on the underside of the floating-lid (complete with key leash).

Great details - waistbelt gear rings as well as their fancy biner loops - still learning to take advantage of those. Like the stowable hipbelt, I used this a lot this weekend while wearing my harness. Seems rugged where it needs to be and the materials thought out. LOVE the dual front+rear handles, great for throwing it around.

Wishlist - the removable pad is a cool idea, but unless I'm doing it wrong, it's really hard to get out. Not to mention getting it back in if you don't do it before refilling your bag. Small wish for some external small pocket and/or water bottle storage (I guess I can add a bottle pouch).

Beyond the stuff above, it has enough attachment points outside to temporarily biner stuff on while you move around the rock. The function of the main compartment is as you would expect from any top-loading floating-lid pack.

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