Clark Mow wrote a review of Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket - Men's on January 26, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Does not breath at all. Not for running or aerobic activities.
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Does not breath at all. Not for running or aerobic activities.
Socks were good at first, but after a couple of washes they are even better. They kind of thicken and tighten up a bit. Now they are my favorite socks. I'm gonna get some more.
Super light weight. Wind resistant and repels water. Exactly what I wanted. Is awesome to run in on those cooler days that I don't want insulation, but it is misting or raining outside. No complaints.
Just finished the Avy1 class. Those with the Barryvox generally outperformed everyone else (especially on multiple burials). So easy to use that right out of the box anyone with common sense can find beacons. With a little practice, you can feel fairly proficient in your beacon finding skills. OK it is a little more pricey than the others, but I have no regrets spending a little more on something that if I ever do have to use it, I know that when seconds count, I have the best equipment available to find my buddy or wife.
When I use the vest as a baselayer for under a jacket I like it, but when I run, I just want the vest and the collar is crazy big/tall. It hits the bottom of my ears if you can believe it. The material is awesome and the only complaint I have is with the collar height. In my opinion, it does run a bit on the larger size. I am 165 lbs, and 5' 8" tall and I take a small. It is just the tiniest bit snug, but a Medium is far too large for me.
I like the shoe, but it is for higher volume feet than the ones I have. I have smaller volume feet and while the shoe is the right length for my feet, the shoe feels sloppy and loose (not like the Masochists). I have tried to cinch it down and have resorted to wearing two pairs of thick socks. It has a good rock shield and was great on the Inka Trail which is very rough. I have been running in the Masochists and they are awesome, but just doesn't seem to have the same rock shield protection that the Rockridge has.
I was a reluctant buyer thinking it was too small and wouldn't provide as much light as I wanted to trail run at night, but I was convinced by a friend to give it a try. After running with it I think it is Awesome! It is very lightweight and shines like a beacon. Wow! Awesome! Enough said.
By way of update. I have used the headlamp for more than a month now. No change in opinion. It is awesome. No regrets, and I would very highly recommend.
I love this shirt. I use it mostly as a baselayer on cold days with a breathable jacket or vest. The long zipper is awesome for temperature control. It is long so it doesn't let the cold air in on my mid-section. The sleeves are a bit long for me and bunch up a little bit around my wrists, but no problem. It fits slimmer than any of the other baselayers I have which is awesome!!! It is great to find stuff that is not designed for the "average american". My only complaint is they are out of Mediums!
I love these gloves and ride them both on the road and mountain biking. I have been in a couple of crashes on the road and they saved my knuckles. For me I like the non-padded grip and medium knuckle and hand protection. I have 3 pairs if that says anything. They have lasted well and have more than met my duration expectations. I do find they are a bit tight at the end of the fingers the first 3 or 4 rides until they wear in.
These are best socks I have. I have run in smartwool socks up to this point and I still think they are good, but the Darn Tough Merino Wool cushion sock is a serious step up in quality. I could see why some may think it is a bit thick/plush. They are too thick for my liking for biking, but I think they are perfect for running in .
Awesome jacket! For those that are thinking of buying one you need to know that it is a very light jacket and has very little insulation value. If you want a jacket with more insulation get something else. I wanted a very light, wind resistant, breathable jacket for running in the winter when it is really cold. This is going to be awesome and exactly what I was looking for. Most jackets are bulky, especially in the pocket areas which is bothersome when running due to the swaying. I love the fit as it is an athletic fit which works best for the active crowd and isn't built with belly room like most jackets are now days in an effort to appeal to the masses that have bellies. It runs small by comparison to most jackets. I would say a medium in this jacket is mid way between a normal small and a normal medium in most other brands. I have the Backcountry Rime Pullover as well and the fit is the same there. I love the material of both. I ran a bunch in the Rime last year on fairly cold days but on the coldest days it was just not quite enough. The Shift Jacket will be perfect.
I was a bit suspicious at first. When I think of running shoes I think of Adidas, Asics, etc. not hiking shoe companies with their heavy bulky stiff shoes (even if I am going going off road). These are some of the best trail shoes I have had. Light, comfy stable, I can't think of a serious complaint. I am just dropping a note while I am here picking up my second pair.
Good shorts. They run a little bit big, but I like them.
I have the Driclime vest and it is phenomenal for running so I thought I would get this to add to the stash for slightly colder days. I know Driclime is a great material and it would be great for running, but when I tried the jacket on I felt like I didn't have enough belly for it so I returned it. A+ on material and construction, D (for me) on fit. I'm in good shape and have an athletic build but nothing that I think would be unusual for the outdoor crowd that shops here. I'm 5' 9" weigh 165 lbs and normally wear a Medium. It fit well in the shoulders but I'm going to need to up my sucrose encrusted torus consumption before I get this jacket.
I have a hard time finding pants that fit me very well but these fit great (for me at least). I am short from crotch to waist and have a 32" waist, and 28" legs. I'm not heavy or overly muscular as the dimensions would make it sound. I don't look any different than anybody else on the street, I just need room in the thigh I also tried the 1889 relaxed straight fit version but sent them back because they were too tall a "rise" and a very different fit and didn't work for me. If you don't like one you may want to try the other 1889 version. They are tough and appear that they will last a long time. I am totally happy with these.
I have been looking for a nice pair of lightly cushioned brown socks for both running and to wear to work with my brown shoes on casual friday's. These are great socks! For running they have just the right amount of cushion, not too much not too little. I wore them in Moab on a trail run and they didn't look dirt stained out of the wash like often happens with lighter socks. They look great with my brown shoes on casual friday as well. I liked so much I bought another 6 pair.
This is my first DryClime product. I ran on a breezy cool 25 degree winter day and it was perfect with nothing but a baselayer. The vest is very light and was as warm or warmer than my fleece vest because of the wind protection while being only half as bulky. It also worked well on a day with no breeze and displaced moisture so well it felt dry at the end of the run. It doesn't have as much insulating value as my fleece vest when I am standing around, but then standing around isn't why I got it. If you run in cooler weather it is a great piece to have.