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Galen wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

Warm enough for Denali
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm a pretty big fan of this jacket. The warmth to weight ratio is great, and as long as you're not standing still for hours it's warm enough for some of the coldest places on earth - I wore it to the summit of Denali this summer (pictured). Fitting a full nalgene in the inside pocket was rather hard to accomplish with heavy gloves on but I have no complaints besides that.

This jacket is larger than most jackets for a given size to allow for layering underneath. I was able to wear a base layer, fleece, and lightweight down jacket all underneath this jacket which really helps with layering in the mountains (6 feet tall, 155 lbs, size medium).

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Galen

Galen wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These gloves are pretty great. I used them for riding all winter through cold rain and light snow, followed by a 2400 mile tour through British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska with temps down to the 20s and 30s.

The gloves would get wet on the inside pretty reliably, probably moreso from sweat than rain. This is certainly not optimal but after trying many types of gloves I'm convinced this is inevitable with this amount of insulation and waterproofing. As long as you maintain light to moderate exertion you will keep the gloves warm despite being wet. I found the liners not to be all that great, but I don't really see the need for them. For warmer temps I wear the Pearl Izumi softshell lite gloves.

Dexterity is as good as you can get for a glove this warm. It was possible albeit clunky to operate my point and shoot camera with these gloves and while riding.

At the end of the day, if you're going to be riding in seriously nasty weather I would highly recommend these gloves for keeping your digits intact.

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Galen

Galen wrote a review of on December 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've had these gloves a just shy of a year and have used them dozens of times. Pretty much as described, they block wind and keep your hands warm while having essentially zero bulk. One issue I have with many gloves is large seams that feel awkward on your fingers. These gloves don't have that problem at all - they are incredibly comfortable.

I wear these gloves from the upper 40's to 60F. Last week I did a 40 mile ride in light rain in 45 degree weather with these gloves and my hands did get a little cold towards the end, so that's probably the lower limit for me. I haven't worn them in heavy rain for extended rides so I can't comment on their performance in that case.

Overall I have yet to be let down by these gloves, they're probably the one piece of cycling gear I am most happy with.

Update 8/9/2013:
Another half of a year of heavy use and these gloves are still great. I wore them every other day on a 2400 mile tour through British Columbia, Yukon, and Alaska and they were perfect. When I arrived in Alaska I climbed Denali and wore these as my main gloves low on the mountain for climbing, digging anchors, and making snow camp with ice axes and shovels. They're showing some wear but are still amazingly comfortable, warm, and breathable.

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Galen

Galen wrote a review of on June 11, 2012

5 5

I like this thermos a lot. When I first received it the screw-on lid was squeaky and seemed cheap but after a few uses it worked itself out. Durability-wise, after a few weeks of abuse there are a couple tiny scratches on the lid and the body is in perfect condition. I prefer titanium to aluminum or stainless steel because, unlike the others, it seems to impart no metallic taste.

This thermos performs well as a thermos. On a recent mountaineering trip to the Alaska Range I put hot chocolate in the thermos in the morning. About 8 hours later I opened the thermos and the hot chocolate was no longer piping hot but was definitely warm. Last weekend I used the thermos again for some lemonade with a few ice cubes. After 4 hours the ice cubes hadn't melted.

Weights by my scale: Main body: 5.7 oz, Normal Lid: 1.5 oz, Sipping Lid: 1.4 oz, cooler lid: 3.3 oz. So the standard configuration is 5.7 + 1.5 = 7.2 oz.

Overall I can say this is a great thermos but it's up to you if it's worth the extra cost.

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