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Brock Lawbster

Brock Lawbster

PNW Alps

Christopher's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Christopher's Bio

Skiing, biking, alpinish.

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Brock Lawbster

Brock Lawbster wrote an answer about on March 6, 2012

revising my answer. I would never trust these gloves above 10k'. I consider them 'in between gloves' which are very useful here in the PNW where we get cold, wet days in the 20s. My hands tend to run cold.

There is only wool here. It is unbelievably comfortable for wool, I don't even think about or notice it compared to my synthetic fill gloves. They are more impervious to dampness with the wool than primaloft.

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Brock Lawbster wrote a review of on January 31, 2012

4 5

Got a set of these today, in the white/orange. They seem to be super sweet, fit true (XL, I have big hands. A little tight but I think they'll wear in just right) and the feel of the wool is awesome. As other reviews have noted, dexterity is amazing- I'm drinking from a crystal wine glass effortlessly with them on right now.

The orange is actually has a touch more brown/gold in it than they look like in the pictures here. IMO they look better IRL than in the pics.

Without having used them yet, they seem like an excellent glove. For $140, competition with these gloves is very steep. There are excellent choices from First Ascent, MH, BD, OR, etc, I'm hoping these Stoics live up to that price- but I'll bet you can get them on sale here or at S&C for quite a bit less.

-I do wish the gauntlet bit went further up my arm- I'd say its on the smaller/mediumish size of the 'gauntlet' class.
-No dummy straps or loops, which is kinda lame.
-There is a 2 stage cinch strap system, which you can just barely see in the stock photos. One cinch is where you'd expect, at the very base of the gauntlet. The other does a boa-wrap kinda thing further towards your wrist. I don't know why they don't advertise this, its a really great feature.

I will update when I use them to destroy some of this La Nina, however S&C sent me TWO RIGHT GLOVES, so I'll have to wait until they can fix that little boo-boo which I'm sure will be soon.

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Brock Lawbster wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

5 5

This is my go-to hoodie. Biking to a bar on a drizzly Seattle night? This thing is perfect. The original DWR (mine's long since worn off, had this for 3 years) worked quite well at keeping just a little bit of rain off your back. I'm always warm, and this thing breathes well. Good for me down to the high 40's, probably good for others down to 55­° or so.

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Brock Lawbster

Brock Lawbster wrote a review of on November 24, 2010

5 5

I'm going to quote Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear talking about the Aston Martin DBS V12..."Its an Aston Martin. With a V12. What do you THINK it feels like???"

Well, this is the Aston Martin of storm shells. The hood is outstanding both with or without a helmet on, the pulls adjust pretty much perfectly, the sleeves have awesome motion, and weather has a snowball's chance in hell of bothering inside this jacket.

Minor, MINOR gripes:
-I wish there was some way to stow the hood. Its pretty much there all the time.
-Gore Tex Pro Shell can get clammy on the inside if you're working hard and its really cold outside. Good layering will mitigate this.
-The DWR coating has pretty much given up on my jacket. I'm going to try refreshing it in the wash with some Granger's tomorrow and see how that does.
-Fit was perfect for me, but that pretty much guarantees that it will be wonky compared to other Arcteryx gear (which doesn't fit me). Make sure to try this out somewhere before committing.

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Brock Lawbster wrote an answer about on November 18, 2010

Before going into the backcountry, even before buying or even shopping for backcountry gear you need to talk to some experienced people. Most places near ski areas have touring clubs and such that have monthly meetings during the winter, or ask your local gear store about avalanche safety seminars.

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Brock Lawbster wrote a question about on September 17, 2010

I'm looking for a lightweight glove for skiing and mountaineering- so I need it to be fairly warm (no frostnip at 12,000' in 20 degrees with 20mph of wind), very water resistant, good for PNW Cascade climbing in mixed wet snow/rain/etc. Think this glove would work for me?

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