Conor

Conor

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Hiking & Camping
Climbing

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Conor wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

5 5

This jacket is great. It breathes pretty well ( the pit zips help ) and it stops any weather I take it into. It's also very durable and hasn't shown any wear despite pretty heavy use. It fits a little baggy and is great for layering. 6'1" 185 and the large leaves me space for whatever layers I need underneath.

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Conor wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

2 5

I use it for a 70m 9.8mm rope and I really have to crank hard on the brim when i'm rolling it closed. The closing system wasn't obvious and took a few tries to figure out. It's a little awkward to carry, but that's probably because I'm using a really heavy rope and filling the bag to capacity. The material is really solid and the inner tarp has plenty of space for the 70m rope. The closing strap, which has to wrap around the bottom of the bag to keep the brim folded and the bag closed, can sometimes slide off of the bottom and cause the bag to basically open, either dumping your rope, choking you, or throwing you off balance. If you cinch it down properly, this won't be an issue but it takes a few tries to figure out.

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Conor wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

3 5

I use it for a 70m 9.8mm rope and I really have to crank hard on the brim when i'm rolling it closed. The closing system wasn't obvious and took a few tries to figure out. It's a little awkward to carry, but that's probably because I'm using a really heavy rope and filling the bag to capacity. The material is really solid and the inner tarp has plenty of space for the 70m rope.

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Conor wrote a review of on May 13, 2010

2 5

I wore through a pair of the Defys (size 10) in about 4 months of heavy abuse and moved on to a pair of the Pontas (size 9). They fit much better with the size down and climb much better, but I think that can partially be attributed to the lack of mesh padding on top of the foot in the Pontas. Anyways, the toe rubber is splitting on one of the shoes after just 8 uses (6 indoor, 2 outdoor). Do I have bad footwork? Definitely. But my footwork is slightly better than when I climbed in the Defys and they took 50+ wears to get the same type of splitting in the toe.

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Conor wrote a review of on April 13, 2010

4 5

I have not yet field tested this jacket, but for just wearing around and doing some light climbing the jacket is great. The fleece is REALLY high loft and quite warm. The sleeves and torso are long which works well for me and the fit is a touch baggier than I would prefer in a Large (6'1" 185). I'll check in again when the nasty weather rolls around and I get to give this jacket a real test.

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Conor wrote a review of on March 11, 2010

3 5

This is a VERY light softshell. I previously had a backcountry shift element and the shift element is better than this jacket in every way I care about: warmer, sturdier, cut better, better wind / water resistance to name a few. The cuffs on this jacket are very small and I can barely get them over my hands. I have no idea why the shell material is so different between the shift element and this jacket - both are listed as polartec powershield. Sending it back.

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Conor wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

Brought this jacket as an emergency layer on a hiking trip. However, I forgot my hardshell and had to use this over a skimpy base layer above tree line. It was AWESOME. The air temps were hovering around 0 deg F with wind chills dipping into the -20 to -30 F range. I actually had to open the jacket up and vent into the frigid wind at points to regulate my temperature. Super toasty. I'm comfortable being idle outside with wind chills in the high single digits / low teens. 6'1" 185 and the large fits really well.

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