Live in Montreal
Picked this up on sale at a sporting goods store in the US for $50 and it was a steal. As the description says, its a great piece when the weather is cold and dry. I will add not windy though. wind cuts through this jacket like scissors through paper. On those windy and warmer days I layer with a simple windbreaker. However, I was ok just wearing this jacket (layering with a long sleeved t shirt) at -10 to -15 degrees C (5 to 15 F). it is also cool enough you can leave on inside. However, one negative is that since it is part of a layering system, there are snaps near the wrists that can be bothersome when you write while wearing the fleece. also the cuffs are pretty tight so you can't roll up your sleeves.
I would say it is much warmer than the MEC Trek 4 Jacket for comparison.
and it was a bargain, even with $15 in shipping to canada, the knife is dangerously well made. the sheath it came with makes it twice as worth it. it fits my swiss army knife like a charm and some SOG power lock multi tool (which come to think of it i also got off SAC a while back) pretty snugly. I attached it to my Hiking backpack (another SAC purchase a long time ago) waist strap with the flap in the back.
thank you BC and SAC for equipping me for the outdoors :)
Picked this up from SAC ~$20. The mesh in the side doesn't really help too much in the rain, but it gives me solid protection from the wind (but once your wet it doesn't mater). I got an XL and its a bit big (5'11", 190) on its own (sleeves are a bit long), but layered with a fleece its fine for a cool 45* bike ride morning commute to school
After 2 seasons, I have a nick in mine, but it doesn't bother me where it is.
can this watch be operated under water as well?
These do a good job at keeping out the wind, but they are not waterproof.Grogs: The only way i've been able to dry them is in a dryer
i wear glasses so finding a goggle is sometimes a problem, but when i wear a helmet, these glasses fit over them with no problem
i got this helmet originally at a ski shop because it was an XL, and i have an XL sized head. I need to special order my lacrosse helmets too. anyways, it is really warm, but unless you are wearing a balaclava, the wind has a nasty habit of slipping in between my anons and the helmet. i combated the problem with rolling a piece of duct tape and putting it between the goggle and the helmet. its lasted for about 2 seasons now. other than that i love it.
apparently giro goggles fix this problem so no need for the balaclava or duct tape
i have the one with the v cutter and without the scissors. any job with little trouble. the v cutter is useful for opening packages or any other application where it would cut, a good second option to the knife. a little on the heavy side, but wouldn't leave home without it.
i fit a 7-3/4" baseball cap, one of those new era ones, will this fit well over the ears?
i'm confused on how it "locks", is it just friction, and does it ever come loose?
It does require frequent calibration, but if you don't understand why, look it up. There is a feature that "locks" the altitude, according to the manual, if the local barometric pressure remains still for 30 minutes, useful for overnight. i usually found it didn't usually require calibration the next morning, unless there was a severe local barometric change overnight. hiking over the summer, you could see the graphical representation of your trip's altitude vs. time. there is a function to time your rate of descent while skiing which is fun to use. the thermometer always reads about 28-30 degrees when on the wrist and is affected by sunlight as well.
it doesn't have a count down timeri.e. stars at 1 minute and sets off an alarm in 60 seconds
Is this the same watch as the "alterra" but with the compass?
good to keep your hands warm on that cool fall day where it's cool enough to want to wear gloves, but not cool enough to dig out the heavier gloves. Great for fall and even a bit of winter cycling!
Do not get these gloves wet though. they will take forever to dry.
i gave them 3 stars because the little quote for the rating is "Adequate for the job" and indeed they are.