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There I said it. I love these pants. I know what you are thinking: Prana, king of the over priced stretchy pant. While this may not be totally untrue they do make a great climbing pant. I cannot count the number of pants that I have ripped the crotches on during a high step or stretching for that far out foot. Prana's use of spandex and the gusseted crotch goes a long way toward allowing its wearer a full range of movement. The fabric is also nice and durable to handle those chimneys and desperate mantles. While a little more than I generally like to invest in a pant, this pant really gets the job done and I highly recommend it!
I have owned the Julbo trails for about 8 months and I must say they are a solid pair of glasses. They are very well constructed and have survived numerous falls of of crags. One time I dropped them over 75 ft on a rappel! The photochronic lenses work well, there have been only a couple instances in months of use where the lenses failed to adjust quickly to light and this was usually after extreme changes in light intensity. My one complaint is that the plastic nose pieces sometimes slide off there metal holders. I have almost lost them a couple of times and am considering a glue intervention. One last thought on Julbos service; about a month after purchasing my trails the lenses began to bubble and I sent the glasses in under warranty. Julbo was extremely helpful in replacing my lenses free of charge and promptly had my glasses back to me. Cheers to Julbo for good service and a high quality product!
I like this pack, it does great on 3-5 day outings. The ergo active hip belt makes for nice free movement while still keeping the load off the shoulders. That being said there are a couple of small improvements that would bump this pack up to a definite 5 stars. First an alternate entry point to the main compartment would be awesome. I understand the simplicity BD was going for with only the top entry point but it is very frustrating when you have to unload your whole pack because something has managed to slip to the bottom while you were hiking. A single bottom or side entry point would be very convenient without detracting from the sleek contour of the pack. My 2nd complaint probably stems from me expecting too much from the pack but the padding on the shoulders is a little thin and you can feel the heavier loads as the day wears on. More padding on the shoulders would go far to make heavy loads much more bearable. I tend to use this pack as my do everything pack and its just not quite as versatile as I would have hoped. By no means is this a bad pack, I definitely recommend it for shorter trips. If you are looking for a pack to do it all, however, I can't say the infinity would be my first recommendation.
I bought this jacket as a christmas present for my girlfriend. She tends to get very cold so I figured a puffy was a good call for this winters skiing and climbing seasons. In the month she has had it she has put it through quite a bit. It works fantastic as a layer; without excessive puff it fits nicely under outer shells. She wears it whenever she skis. Where I noticed the jacket stand out was its durability. My girlfriend wore it as an outer layer on multiple climbs, including some chimney pitches, and despite being dragged over quite a bit of rock it has not torn. She also had no problems with movement, the jacket allowed a full range of motion for the more awkward moves. Her only complaint was that the zipper sometimes is hard to manipulate especially with cold hands. Overall a stelar jacket and a definite five stars!
5 days. 1 Pineapple. Nuff said.
5 days on the trail and the Infinity 60 performed like a champ!