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David Throgmartin

David Throgmartin

South Beloit, IL

David's Passions

Hiking

David's Bio

I primarily hike around trails and bike on paths in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

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David Throgmartin wrote an answer about on February 19, 2011

I've never seen the Kingpin in stores, but looking at the product listing on the Marmot page and the Marmot technical manual, it appears the primary difference is the ROM is made from Windstopper material and the Kingpin from PolarTec Power Shield.

The ROM is more wind resistant (less than 2 CFM versus 8-16 CFM), but the Kingpin is probably more breathable and better for high exertion activities. The Kingpin also looks to have a few more features like an additional chest pocket.

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David Throgmartin wrote an answer about on February 19, 2011

The Stratos has air speed suspension that would be much better for outdoor use. The Talon would be a fine pack for school, but I don't know if it would keep you as cool on the trails. Ospey says the Talon has "AirScape backpanel with ridge molded foam and air chimneys". I'm not sure how effective it is compared to the air speed suspension.

You're probably best off stopping by a store that has these in stock and trying them on if you can.

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David Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 14, 2011

5 5

The DrimeClime vest offers near total wind proofness (3-5 CFM per the Marmot technical manual versus less than 2 CFM for Windstopper fabrics) in a 6 ounce, highly breathable, and very packable vest.This is a fairly basic and functional vest. It has a chest pocket, (2) hand warmer pockets, and a elastic drawcord.

The fit is athletic. I'm 5'10" 185 lbs and the large fits me very well. There is room for a base layer underneath, but that is about it.This item is all about versatility. It works great for bicycling and hiking in warmer temperatures where wind resistance is more important than insulation. It alsoworks very well with heavier fleeces that have no wind protection. I plan on pairing mine with my TNF Denali fleece to keep the wind out. I bought the cardinal/fire red and am happy with the vibrant colors.

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David Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 14, 2011

5 5

The Sharp Point is a great jacket. It is part of the M1 soft shell group from Marmot which is their warmest soft shell. Plus features are the Windstopper fabric used, pit zips, and reinforced shoulders and elbows. There is a zip pocket on the inside of the jacket that is great for sunglasses or a hat and hand warmer pockets. The 28" length for medium which is a good length.

The fit is a cross between athletic and regular. I'm 5'10" 185 lbs and wear a large. There is room for a 100 weight fleece underneath, but not much beyond that. My jacket is black and I like the look of it. It is functional enough to wear on the trail, but nice enough to wear to work too. The material on the inside of the sleeves will rub on layers you wear underneath. That is the only minor complaint I have with the jacket.

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David Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 10, 2011

5 5

I recently received the Marmot Madison off SAC and couldn't be any happier. The Madison is a MemBrain jacket with 20,000mm waterproofness, 25,000 gr/m/24 hours breathability, and 0 CFM windproofness per their technical manual.

It has pack pockets to suit outdoors use, but the pockets are functional enough to also warm your hands without looking awkward when wearing it for day to day use. It has an outside pocket that is large enough to fit sunglasses and also a pocket on the inside the jacket that can nicely store your hat. The hood fits well and is adjustable and removable. It has pitzips and an excellent thermal R liner. Other Marmot layering pieces can zip into it as well. I've found my Approach softshell also zips in if I wanted a lighter inner layer.

I'm 5'10 185 lbs and the large fits me perfectly. The length is very nice coming a couple inches below my waste (30" length for medium). I choose the color black so the jacket should also look nice enough for work. It is heavy enough to keep me warm in a midwestern winter, but not so warm as to cause me to be hot.

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David Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 10, 2011

5 5

I was looking for a light softshell for use in mild conditions and came across the Marmot Approach. It falls into the M3 category of soft shells and is made of double weave material. The intended use of the jacket is for highly aerobic activities.I found the fit of the jacket to be true to size with an athletic fit. The jacket is wind resistant and water resistant, but will not totally stop either. It is very light. I wouldn't recommend wearing in the middle of winter in cold climates, but should work very well for more moderate conditions.I found mine in the fire red color at a local retailer for 40% off. I'm 5'10 185 lbs and a large fits me well. It has the added benefit of being able to be zipped into my Marmot Madison hard shell. There are (2) hand warmer pockets and (1) pocket on one of the sleeves.

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