Caveman wrote an answer about Patagonia DAS Insulated Parka - Men's on February 26, 2014
Go medium...read below.
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Go medium...read below.
This is a solid insulating layer! I usually wear medium in Patagonia base and mid layers. I bought this in medium and it fits quite well!
I usually wear Large in Patagonia outerwear, but that was just huge on me! I bought mine in a medium and it still fits over all of my other layers and I still have room for 1L water bottles in each interior dryer pocket. It's a great piece of armor and I don't go into cold climates without it!
I've put a few days on these. They are awesome! They are quite plush and compact-able for a nylon skin! They grip really well! These are a great skin for someone going up, then transitioning and riding down. They do not have much glide, but these were not designed to glide to begin with. Yes, the glue isn't as sticky but they still hold to the ski with no problem. They come with tips and tails and everything else you need to put them together. Overall I'm extremely impressed!
I use this ski at work and absolutely love it! These are extremely light! I mounted mine with Rottefella NTN Freedoms and I absolutely love this setup! They ascend way fast with Pomoca Free Climb rugs. I have used them everyday since 12/15/13 and they never cease to make me smile. They are extremely agile, short radius turns are quick and fun! I have not put them in much soft snow because of how this year is going, but on the firm stuff they handle pretty well. They just don't like hardcore boiler plate, but what ski does? I love that they are handmade in Sparks NV. This is the small ski company I've been looking for. Look them up, they Shred! I purchased two more pairs of their skis because I can really support and promote this small ski company Moment!
They do have glue applied.
This is the most comfortable ski boot I've ever ridden. I have put down over 115 days on these skiing five to seven full days a week during winter and spring. They provide a consistent and even flex, the appropriate amount of stiffness and a supportive liner. I like the fact that there are no tech fittings on these boots! My job requires me to walk and hike a ton in these boots, and they have stood up against that wear and tear well! The only issue I've had with these boots is losing one of the lowest buckles on a powder day. Bummer! On the other hand, I was able to test Scarpa's customer service. I shot them an email, received a response within two hours and had a replacement buckle the following week with no charge! All of the emailing took place on the chair rides up between runs within the same day! The loss of the buckle affected the performance of the boot very little and I was still able to work and free ski using these boots without it. These are my all time favorite tele boots! You will not regret this purchase.
No water bottle pockets...just Ski haulers...I just use a 1 or 2 liter platypus type bottle and throw it on top. If you want, you can even throw a hose on it and then you never have to take it off...This year's model does not include the dry bag. It depends on what you are eating, if you are packing a stove and the bulk of your sleep system...28L is pretty tight... I'd go with the 40L...I can get 8 days out of that with no problem.
You can strip the frame...this is great if you are on an expedition. You can take the frame out, and pack this thing in your haul bag. When the climb starts, bust it out and load the tools required for the climb and climb...You can leave the frame and lid at home completely if you want. I don't have the weight spec with these stripped because I have last year's 28L but I also own this year's 55L and 40L...
This year's model no longer has those features. But it's lighter! If you want a liner, use a heavy duty trash bag, or buy the Sea to Summit pack liner..I like this approach better anyway...By making the tool loops permanent, they shaved weight and are no longer in danger of falling off. They will always be there when you need them. This pack is CAVEMAN simple!...It's also pretty light for a pack that can carry skis, carry tools and rope...or just your average backpacking gear. You ought to try it before you toss it!
The one size is actually better. No cheesy adjustment...it's caveman simple! That's why I love it! Try it, you'd be surprised at how well it fits! It has fit my partner in crime who weighs in at 125# and is 5'6" and fit a client at 210# and 6'2"... Both of which thought it was extremely comfortable and were surprised at how well it fit! This was also using the 55liter version with 45# in the pack. Try it out!
You are correct David. Try the 30.
Active, powerful, simple, and tough!
These will get your fun-meter reading to the max!
For 3 pin 75mm drop knee fun, this is the ticket. These bad boys give you the ability to ski like a man!...or WO-man! Surprise your locked heel acquaintances like a HammerHead Shark Attack! With solid edge hold and an ability to ski aggressively, beat them to the lift in style. What's not to like about that?
As far as touring goes...22 Designs also makes the Axl. If you want a free pivot touring binding that skis like the HH, take a look!
You need the Large. Small size is compatible with Garmont's 25.5 and Scarpa/Crispi's 26.0 or smaller. The Large is for 26.0 or larger in Garmont and 26.5 or larger in Scarpa and Crispi.
Just a few things to love about this guy! Those of you looking for a solid 4 season bivy, consider this one. No poles, no crazy zipper designs, no stakes...just throw your crap in there and go to sleep. It's so simple a Caveman could do it! Why bother with setting up tents or tarps after a long day of adventure?
This thing is extremely spacious! Watch out, your sleeping pad may slide around on you (even though the floor is slightly grippy to prevent this). I've chosen to slide my pad inside my sleeping bag to fix this. On the other hand, you have room to put everything inside. I use my pack as my foot rest during the summer because I have a 1/2 length pad. There's one item out of the elements. As for everything else, you can slide it in along the sides and sleep soundly knowing you're not going to wake up and have to pack soaking wet items into your pack.
As for condensation, it's not bad...It's actually average for most bivys...Therefore when the weather is clear, sleep ontop of it unless you need the wind protection.
5 Stars...It's well designed, relatively light, simple and tough as nails.
If you want one item to act as your pot and then switch roles and become your mug, this'd be the ticket. It has plenty of volume for boiling 16oz of water. Although, I did not find the Hot Lips very useful because my bottom lip continually made contact with the mug and did get burnt. I wasn't born big gummed and I don't have Angelina size lips. So I've opted to let my drink cool a bit more and leave the yellow guys at home. I'd still recommend this mug over the same model without the Hotlips seeing as you get some coffee with the deal.
If you do use it as your mug, I suggest lining the handles with climbing tape so you don't burn your fingers picking it up. It's a very small weight penalty. You can also make a lightweight lid for it out of thick tin foil to decrease boil times.