This jacket should be mandatory for any outdoor athlete in the Pacific Northwest. I bought it primarily for running in the cold and rain during our long winter/spring months. I was worried that it wouldnt be breathable enough given that it is fully waterproof. So far I have been very pleased. Yes, you might get a little damp from sweat when pushing it up a hill, but compared to many other running jacket I have, this is much better.
I like how its waterproof, but doesnt stick to your arms after getting wet like other wind breaker type jackets that I have. It also has tapered sleeves which is nice for minimizing excess material. I sized it to fit with just a short sleeve wicking layer underneath since its primary function will be a running/biking jacket. I'm 5'10" 150lbs and got a medium. It fits perfectly for what I got it for. Feels a little snug with a long sleeve baselayer under, but I dont plan on ever needing a long sleeve underneath. I would have sized up if it was just a casual jacket. I also like the lack of bulky pockets. I dont need handwarming pockets when Im running or biking. I also like how this jacket doesnt come with the attached "gluff" (glove/cuff) like the non-hooded jacket has. I'd rather bring my own gloves if i need them and decrease the bulk at the end of the sleeve.
My only grips: sleeves are a little long, as with a lot of MHW product i try, maybe i have short arms. Second, I would have like either some velcro at the end of the sleeves or a more elastic cuff to keep the sleeve locked down. Minor annoyances with an otherwise flawless jacket. I also dont usually use a hood will running or biking, but its come in handy a few times so might as well keep it just in case.
Bottomline: This jacket enables me to train year round, stay out longer and keeps me happy. A worthy investment for anyone putting in work while in wet, windy, cold conditions.
Not one of my favorite Montrail shoes to actually run in, but I love them for casual wear. In my opinion, they are fine for running on fireroads and regular road runs, but they were a little to cushy and bulky for any technical, off balanced trail conditions. However, I use mine all the time for casual use and love them for that. Montrail has better shoes to run in like the Rogue racer and the Masochist and Rock Ridges
I've been running in these shoes for a year now and couldnt be happier. Lightweight, breathable and quick drying. The traction is great in dry, dusty, rocky conditions, but not so hot for anything too wet or muddy. But I always switch to the Masochists for these kinds of conditions anyway. I use these shoes for shorter runs (<20miles) as I like slightly beefier shoes for going long. But these shoes rip it up on shorter, faster attempts and are my first choice for short races and tempo training. I know lots of people who use these on runs up to 50 miles, but thats not the case for me. Maybe someday Ill work up to that, but for now, they are my go-to daily trail runner.
I've been using these gloves for a year now and have been very satisfied with the purchase. I use them primary for rainy conditions and some light snowy conditions, but nothing seriously cold. They have also excelled while mountain biking in rainy Pacific Northwest conditions. Its great to have a pair of waterproof gloves that aren't ski gloves or rubber gloves. The Outdry technology is amazing and 100% better than traditional Goretex material. Outdry eliminates the loose bladder seen in Goretex gloves and actually laminates the waterproof membrane to the outer layer. This ultimately leads to less water tension and increased breathability. Bottomline: great all around glove for wet and windy condition.
Thinking about getting these skis, however, I'm not sure what size to get. 170cm or 180cm? I'm 5'10'' 150lb. Originally, I wanted 175s, but that's not an option for these skis. I tested the Rossi S3s last winter in 168cms and loved them, although they were definitely a little short. My friends are telling me to get the 180s to help me progress as a skier. Also, not sure what bindings Im going to use. Your thoughts?
Just an FYI. This jacket does not have a front zippered pocket or any internal water bottle pockets. The older version did however. The product copy needs to be updated.
I coveted this jacket a long time before I bought it. I considered it a staple for any true outdoorsman. When I finally decided to make the plunge and purchase one, I had a very hard time determining what size to get. I am 510, 150lb so I was debating between the medium and the large. My problem revolved around the length of the sleeves and length of the bottom hem. I also had a hard time deciding whether I was purchasing the jacket as a causal piece or for more technical pursuits. The medium fit perfect at the sleeves and shoulders, but the bottom hem looked goofy/too short when I asked my peers. The large, on the other hand, had sufficient length at the bottom hem, but the sleeves were way too long and bunched up considerably. In the end, I decided to go with the large as I had other layers that I could use for technical layers, but I needed a good casual fleece. The sleeves definitely look goofy all bunched up and the shoulders are a little long, but other than that the jacket fits fine. Lots of room to layer.
As for the performance of the jacket, it is very light and very warm. However, make sure to wear a wind blocking layer if its windy out. This jacket doesnt block the wind at all, but it wasnt intended too.
I really enjoy using this product. I tend to use it primarily in the summer time to keep liquids cold while sitting in my car during long trail runs. It is really nice to know that a nalgene full of nice cold water and ice is sitting in the car while on the last mile of a run. I tend to have to share at least half a liter with friends whose water bottles water turned warm while sitting in the car for a few hours. They get really jealous about my ice cold water. This product is better than having to carry a bulky cooler or heavy thermos. I have used it in the winter during hikes and have never had my water freeze, but i honestly havent been in that cold of temperatures. Overall, great product. You wont be disappointed.
Go with the 9x9. 12x12 is way overkill for one person.
I have the Noah's Tarp 9 and have been very happy with it overall. I'd say that you could sleep two people underneath it in the rain comfortably, as long as you pitched it fairly low to the ground. I squeezed three under it in a trip to the selkirks, but chance of rain was very low. I havent used the EWing, but as it is an E-mergency Wing, I would guess that the Noah would be better for more long-term situations, while having more room as well. FYI I can pack the tarp in an extra small granite gear stuff sack easily so it pack way smaller than the sack that it comes with. I just use that sack for storage. Hope this helps
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I havent worn this shoe. But for me, Montrails usually run about a half size too big for me. I have 5 pairs of them and that gotten a half size smaller than what I wear casually. I will note however that I do like a tigher fitting shoe.
I run in the men's version and love them. I would say they are of a medium weight given that they have a gore tex membrane in them. They look a lot beefier than they actually feel and once broken in, they are a great pair of winer/wet weather shoes. They are not light as a feather, but do not feel clunky at all. They are very nimble and a great for rooty, technical terrain. I pair mine with the Mountain Hardwear Seta Trail Running Gaitors for the ultimate wet weather system.
Hope this helps.
I would say that the Rain Shadow's material is definitely more burly than the Torrent, but what I like about the Rain Shadow in terms of skiing is that it has a longer tail hem in the back which keeps out snow. With that said, I think the Rain Shadow would work great as a lightweight shell for more fair weather days. If it is going to be super cold then I would which to a beefier and warmer shell. Hope that helps.
From what Ive heard and experienced, the only bowl from GSI that fits into the GSI tea kettle is the one that comes with the GSI Kettlist step. The regular nesting bowls are too wide and I am pretty confident that these cups will be too tall. It sucks that you cant buy the separate nesting bowl to fit inside the kettle. the only way to get one that would fit would be to purchase the kettlist system, which is pointless since you already have the kettle. Hope that helps. In terms of gas canisters, you could fit one smaller 3.88oz canister (standard size at REI) inside easy and a MSR pocket rocket without its red case, but I dont have one so I cannot confirm 100% but eyeing it with just a canister in it, I would say that there is plenty of room.
The separate nesting bowls sold my gsi do not fit in the kettle if you look at the dimensions. Only the bowl that comes with the ketalist system fits perfectly inside the kettle. Kinda a bummer as I wanted to buy the nesting bowl separately but quickly realized upon further research that it wouldnt fit.
The orange handle turned a little black and the bottom was slightly discolored but it worked great other than that.
Question: Does this light come with a "demo" mode or "store" mode? I cant seem to get the light to stay on for more than ten seconds. This is the second Gizmo that I have purchased that has this problem. I returned the other one and got the same one, which was my first mistake. And yes I have changed the batteries to make sure it wasnt the problem. Just want to see if anyone else has had this problem or knows how to solve it.
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