Lake Placid, NY Syracuse, NY
Does anyone know how many grams of PrimaLoft One Marmot uses in these mitts?
Did you mind not having hand pockets? I understand why Patagonia chose to eliminate them - to conserve weight & keep a clean, streamline approach, but I'm a big fan of pockets & using my body heat to take away the cold sting (barfies!)
Also, how is the fit in the lower leg area? I hate when manufacturers attempt to make pants fit mountaineering/ski boots at the same time. All that does for us climbers in leave crampon slashes in expensive fabric! What size do you wear?
I've been eyeing these pants since September when they were released. I have high expectations for the Power Shield Pro. Has anyone out there used these pants yet? Thoughts?? I'm thinking either these, which I have yet to try on, or the new Black Diamond Dawn Approach pants, which I have tried on and which fit pretty damn good ... :-)
I doubt they do, but does the Piton Bottoms have hand pockets?
Do these have a waterproof/breathable membrane? I'm looking for a hiking shoe that have Gore-Tex or the like.
Can anyone explain what the main difference, beside price, between the Aspect and the Xenon? They both appear to be "all-season" harnesses that specialize in ice / alpine. I'm just not seeing what differentiates the $50 difference at full retail. Thanks!
Be careful of the integrated belt. The belt is an awesome idea, but on my second trip wearing these pants, I went to re-tighten the belt and the internal stitching snapped, rendering me wearing my pants like I was on the block. Not cool.
The fit on these pants is awesome (when the damn belt works!) I'm 5'10" and 168 pounds. Wish they had hand pockets for when your not wearing a harness and gloves just don't take away the sting! Be careful when wearing!
Its waterproof rating is dependent on its use. This jacket is considered a soft-shell jacket, not a hard-shell. For 100% waterproofing, you want a fully seam-taped Gore-Tex, eVent or Neoshell hard-shell jacket.
This WindStopper soft-shell will stop 95% of the moisture from October through April . The WindStopper membrane will block all but a downpour. This material is made to be more breathable than waterproof. This is more of a 3 season piece than a 4 season jacket. Hope this helps. :)
I've been wondering the same. Have you received any replies or have you seen the Cayenne color in person? I kind of like the orange-ish color. Any help would be great, thanks!
For the Backcountry staff - Is this jacket still in production and if so, will you be receiving any more this up-coming fall/winter season? I'm looking for a men's size medium in grey. Thanks!
I'm a bit new to crampons, so I'm a bit confused on their different categories. Will the Sabertooth Pro model work with the Kayland Hyper Tractions? The Hyper's have a heel and toe welt for those that aren't familiar with them. Thanks!
That's funny that you answered my question today. I was fortunate to be able to try on the M11+'s today and walk around the store. I told the clerk that I was on the fence between the M11+ and the Hyper Tractions, but he couldn't comment on the Hyper Tractions because they don't carry them. I was very impressed by the feel and comfort of the M11+'s and am still not sure which ones to purchase. The only issue I am worried about is warmth. My feet have never been cold in the winter, but some of the conditions in the High Peaks can be brutal, and I think I want the extra warmth the Hyper Tractions offer. I guess I will have to order the Hyper's and decide that way. Thanks for giving me a hand!!
Does anyone recommend buying a bigger insole because of proper fit? I wear a size 11.5 boot and purchased a pair of green's that fit the boots pretty well with minimal cutting of the insole to make it fit.
After about a week and 10 - 12 miles on them, I am still feeling as if the arch support is still too far back, resulting in painful heels / arches / feet. I love the insoles otherwise, but I just wish the arch support was located more forward than back. Someone stated they have a size 11 foot, but purchased size 13 insoles for better arch fit. Any suggestions?
I'm going back and forth between the Hyper Tractions and the M11+'s. I called and talked to a Kayland rep and she advised me that the Hyper Tractions are warmer than the M11+'s, but they have the same rigidity. I guess my question is - How are the Hyper Tractions to walk / hike in? Are they capable of being a winter mountain hiking boot that can handle miles of approach with snowshoes? Are they built with the "rocker" effect like the M11+'s are?
I'm basically looking for a step-in capable, eVent lined and PrimaLoft insulated mountaineering boot that will be reasonably comfortable to handle miles of approach. Then once it gets nasty, have a solid boot that handles crampons and is warm enough for the dead of winter summits (Adirondacks). Also, how is the fit? I have an average foot, but a bit wider toe area. Anyone who has the Hyper Tractions...any issues with the toe box? Thanks a lot!
I am contemplating the M11+ boots for winter mountain hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks. Basically I'm looking for a boot that is insulated, crampon step-in compatible, has an eVent membrane and can be used with snowshoes. I like the reviews of the M11+ from the people who wear them in the White Mountains mainly because the Adirondack High Peaks share some of the same brutal weather and topography. My only question is obviously fit. The closest Kayland dealer is about 4 hours from me, so it's hard to try them on. Do the M11+'s fit tight in the toe box? I have a slightly wider forefoot and have had issues in the past with boots being too constrictive in that area. Also, can the M11+'s be used on snow-covered trails / scramble when snowshoes or crampons aren't warranted? Thanks a lot!
How is the room in the toe box? Recently, I have noticed that many hiking boot companies construct their boots with a narrow toe box. I have never bought a wide sized boot until this past summer, but find that I need the extra room only in the toe box. I purchased a pair of Lowa's in a wide size and find that is much better than the "regular" size companies have been putting out. I'm looking to try eVent footwear vice Gore-Tex this year mainly due to breathability and moisture control. Anyone have issues with the fit/toe box area with the Contact Rev's? Thanks!
After years of the same North Face soft-shell for less intense weather, I decided to retire the North Face jacket and pick up a windproof jacket with a good reputation. Obviously, I decided on the Patagonia Talus jacket and thought I'd throw my initial thoughts out there for anyone anticipating purchasing the Talus.
First, I have to comment on the color of the jacket. I bought the jacket in Rockwall and I was a bit surprised when I opened the package. Every photo on the web makes the jacket appear like a very dark grey or black with lighter napoleon pockets. The color "rockwall" is actually a dark grey. A LOT lighter than the pictures portray! It's no where near as dark as it appears in the pictures of the jacket. The color is like a slate grey. I like it so it's not a huge deal, but buyers be ware!
Initially, I ordered the large because that is usually what I wear in jackets and tops. I'm 5'10'' 170 and the large was like wearing a parachute! I was surprised because I tried on the Guide Jacket at a local outdoor shop and the large fit great. Due to Backcountry.com's exceptional customer service & return policy, I was able to order the medium. They hooked me up with free two day air when I called to order the medium!
When the medium arrived, it definitely fit a lot better, but I noticed an issue with the arm pit area. As others have mentioned, that jacket feels a bit tight in the arm pit area, but not enough to part ways with it. So far, I have put the Talus through a pretty wet and windy ride and it shows no signs of weakness. It is on the heavier side and is lined with fleece, so it may be a bit too warm for some people.
Other websites have the title for this jacket as the "Windproof Talus Jacket." Is there a difference between this jacket and the one with "Windproof" in the title? I'm looking for a windproof piece, so is this the same jacket as the other ones or are there two versions of the Talus...one with windproof technology and one with out?
Giant Mountain - ADK High Peaks
I was in the market to purchase a winter hiking pack this year. I looked around and decided with the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 45 and I'm very satisfied. I basically needed something that was going to withstand the abuse of lashing snowshoes and ice tools to the outside as well as stuff all the necessities for winter travel inside.
This pack is capable of all this and more. I was able to easily strap my Atlas 12 Series 25" snowshoes to the sides of this pack using its great "Web-Catcher" system. The idea behind this system is ingenious. I was able to strap my snowshoes and ice axe to the pack securely using the same straps.
The material is bullet proof. I have a Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre and I'm in love with the material they use to construct their packs. You don't have to worry about the material being damaged with normal use and abuse in mountains. The pack is surprisingly light weight and rides very smoothly. I have loaded it with winter gear and barely noticed its weight.
My only wish for this pack - a crampon pouch. I'm a big fan of the kangaroo style pouch that many manufacturers use and I wish this pack had one. Do to the many lash points on the pack, one can easily buy a crampon pouch and attach it to the front of the pack if they desired.
It is basically an alpinists dream pack. There are no external pockets or bells and whistles. I would like an extra stash pocket here or there, but I guess nothing is perfect. Highly recommend this pack! I use it for winter mountain hiking and and very happy I chose it!
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