Brian

Brian

Brian's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Snowshoeing

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Brian wrote a review of on October 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very nice shorts! Super light, stretchy, shed water fairly well, and look to be very durable.

Note on sizing, chart says Medium is 32.4-35.6in waist. I'm a 32" waist and Medium fits well, but just barely. For 33" and up go with Large.

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Brian wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

5 5

This fits me better than any puffy I've ever had. At 6' 172lbs the size Large fits more like a Medium-Tall than a normal Large. Very streamlined and svelte. The waist cinch and hem cinch really let you dial in the fit.

Montane overstuffed the baffles in this thing with 800+ fill down...200 grams total. That's more than the Patagonia Fitz Roy. You never have to worry about cold spots since the down can't shift anywhere in the microbaffles and if you compress any of the baffles they immediately pop right back since they are so stuffed with down.

The hood is fantastic. Velcro in the back, cinches on the sides, wire brim, and it zips up to your nose with soft material on your face.

The only thing I would tweak about this jacket is to put fleece lining in the pockets to make them that much more comfortable.

Mine comes in at just under 19 ounces on my postal scale. This thing packs a lot of warmth for that little weight!

As far as warmth...much warmer than the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody, warmer than the Marmot Ama Dablan, almost as warm as the Marmot Guides Down Hoody but much lighter and not as bulky, not quite as warm as the Patagonia Fitz Roy but lighter and not anywhere close to as puffy-huge.

I've taken this winter camping, as a just-in-case insulation layer for snowshoeing, and worn it around town on extra cold days. It has performed flawlessly and I couldn't be more pleased!

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Brian wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

5 5

Picked a few up on SAC for winter camping. They are light but sturdy. I really like the lid design...simple 1/2-twist click to open/close. It seals well, I didn't hesitate to stash it in my sleeping bag.

American made, recycled, simple and elegant design...didn't know what to expect when I ordered them but I have been very pleasantly surprised.

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Brian wrote a review of on November 12, 2008

5 5

This bag is incredibly light and packs down very, very small. I needed thermals and a hat and socks to get comfortable at just under 40 degrees but I have no doubt it will keep me plenty warm at the usual 50-60 degree summertime lows. The price is excellent and the tiny size and super light weight makes this an excellent choice for warm weather.

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Brian wrote a review of on November 12, 2008

5 5

This is an excellent sleeping bag. It is extremely light, stuffs and compresses very small, and is very comfortable and warm. I tried it out on a night dipping into the 20s and was plenty warm. The material is soft and the down fluffs up like crazy making the bag very nice to slide into. They only had the long and I was concerned it might be a little big but it almost feels like a regular since the down fluffs up so much and I'm not complaining about having just a little extra room. I also really like the 3/4 (almost full length) zipper. It has a down-filled draft tube and stiff flaps on the inside to guide it and protect it from snags. We got a right zip and left zip and they zip together nicely. I can't say enough about this sleeping bag...pure warm lightweight fluffy downy goodness!!

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Brian wrote a review of on October 10, 2008

5 5

I was surprised to find that most of the back panel (everything below shoulder level) is Apex Aerobic (the gray stuff). Having said that, the design is actually better for my uses. The Apex stuff is still quite wind resistant but it wicks and breathes a lot better so if you break a little sweat (especially with a pack on) it will let the moisture out a lot easier. The wind stopping abilities don't take that much of a hit either. I took it out on my motorcycle on a chilly morning and at 45mph with the jacket zipped up and the cuffs and hem cinched it cut right through the wind with no problems. Pair this up with a light fleece and I've got my layering combo for cool weather hiking!

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Brian wrote a review of on October 2, 2008

5 5

I got this for my wife and she loves it! The jacket is very light and the material is soft, flexible, and comfortable...perfect for running. It cuts right through the wind and takes the edge off the cold. The removable sleeves are well designed. The two-way zippers on the sleeves makes it so you can partially unzip them like pit-zips for extra ventilation if it's not warm enough to completely remove them. Overall a great jacket!

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Brian wrote an answer about on September 10, 2008

Yes...for the most part. The Zot is essentially a hood-less version of the Cipher but they are still just a little different. The Zot has Windstopper in the front, on top of the arms, and along the upper back areas and Apex Aerobic fabric under the arms and throughout all of the mid and lower back. The Cipher is similar but includes sections of Windstopper in the mid and lower back.

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