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Jason 's Passions

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Road Cycling
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Sport Climbing
Kayaking
Bouldering

Jason 's Bio

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

Stupid, crazy, foolish. thats me.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

5 5

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

If the boots fit your feet, they are hands down an amazing boot. they stick to everything, are super adjustable, fit my crampons wonderfully, and flex well when approaching and down climbing.

One issue that i have is my right foot is smaller than my right resulting in some heavy blistering on the smaller foot from heel lift. The tread wears pretty fast, so limit the time you spend walking the streets of Chamonix.

Do yourself a favor and get these the same size as your street shoes, and add a quality insole. I do no recommend "sizing up" to accommodate thicker socks for added warmth - this will lead to heel lift and reduced circulation in your feet from tying the laces super tight.

These boots have basically zero insulation and at 4800 meters, my toes were ice. if you are climbing in 0 C or above, these will be perfect.

I recommend trying these on in the store and spending no less than 15 minutes walking around in them. I wear a 43 in asolo boots and ordered a 43.5 (too large) returned for a 43 with no issues in heel lift or toe jam as long as the boot is laced properly.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on May 5, 2014

3 5

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

190lbs, 5?11?, 44? chest, 31? waist, 16? biceps ordered a large. Fit well with a thin baselayer, not too tight. Ended up returning because the arms were about 2-3? too long. The arms are also pretty narrow, so if you have a bigger upper body, might be difficult to layer. If I was just using it as a summer only jacket, I would probably opt for a medium. Length was also good.

The jacket performed well, if you aren?t wearing a helmet or a hat, the hood is awkward and doesn?t adjust well enough to wear without a piece of head gear. Pit zips and zippers are nice and function well. If you are tall, linky and skinny, order your normal size - you will love how it fits. For the price?it?s hard to beat. The material is weird too, has like a subdued checkering due to the way the fabric is manufactured.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on September 12, 2013

Bomber. Period.
5 5

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

After having an Alpha SV, I like the LT more. the fit is better (slightly slimmer than the SV) and the hood isn't as massive. some prefer a larger hood, but i have a small head and low profile helmets and the hood here is perfect size without being too obtrusive.

Waterproofness: I haven't had a chance to test it in the pouring rain, but my guess is it will most likely repel water.

Windproofness: stops the wind, period. the fabric is kinda thin, so you will still fell the the cold of the wind if you are wearing a sweaty t shirt and the wind blows cold. (feel the temperature, not the wind).

Ventilation: like all gore-tex products...ventilation pretty much sucks. I didn't notice any condensation on the inside of the jacket, but i don't wear it while I'm doing cardio.

Durability: Spent two weeks climbing alpine rock in the Swiss Alps. The rock there is fairly sharp and rough to the point of removing the skin from tips of my fingers. despite my lack of skin, the Alpha LT came out unscathed. i literally drug it over rocks, skidded down moraine, got it dirty, packed it next to crampons and after a wash with some downy and a couple rinse cycles, it still looks like new.

Usability: No interference with my pack or my harness. Pit zips get in the way of the pack straps, but which ones dont? jacket hangs low and if you wear your harness around your hips like you should, it wont pop out.

Fit: I'm 5'11", 180, 42" chest/lats (under armpit measurement) by tape measure, 16.5" arms and 31" waist. Bought the medium and its a nice athletic fit, but i can still fit my ultralight Patagonia down jacket, technical fleece and base layer and not feel constricted. If you plan on wearing only a T under it, you may size want to size down.

Gripes: the zipper catches on the front face fabric if you aren't careful. The red matches my black diamond pack exactly and looks weird in pictures. Wish it packed down smaller.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I love these boots; however, they have the following problems after 5 months in Afghanistan:

1. they are not water tight. they will leak (slightly) if you go in past the laces.
2. The sole (in the heal area) has separated from the boot on one foot. the other is holding strong...maybe it has something to do with the hot weather and asphalt...who knows.
3. the tread is slippery and wears out stupid fast. If you intend on walking down the street in these, you may consider another boot. They are great on the sand/ rock/ soil/ and mud, but you will slip your ass all over the place if you step on ceramic, steel or any other smooth, wet, surface. I read other reviews regarding the traction of the boot, i ignored them...let me say, that these are not "wooden shoes on ice" slippery, but you do have to watch your step.

They are insanely comfortable, offer great support when wearing 50+ lbs of gear, and breath fairly well. Heel interlock is good and i have never felt my foot slide around or blister.

As with any boot, make sure they fit. i had to return the first pair and bump up a half size. Break in took about 3 or 4 miles, after that, they felt better than any of my street shoes. just wish the tread held up better.

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J Razzle wrote a question about on June 16, 2013

Can anyone offer guidance on how these boots should fit? I wear an asolo size 43 1/3 which fit great with a medium weight sock...so I ordered a pair of 43's and they felt a little crowded in the toe with a medium sock on. I realize the boots were not broken in, but i was not comfortable with the amount of toe space. I typically climb wearing koflac double boots (UK 9) and notice a little toe bang when descending. I'm wondering if sizing up to a 44 would be beneficial or if these boots will be too loose after they break in. Whats the danger in potentially sizing a full size larger than my leather hiking boots?

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J Razzle wrote an answer about on May 22, 2013

ASOLO boots run narrower than your typical American focused footwear.I have both the Moab and the Moran, and my Moran's are a half size larger to prevent my toes from smashing into the small toe box. But you are comparing hiking shoe (basically a running shoe) to a full on boot.The Moran's will break in and form around your foot. Also consider that your feet become swollen as you hike so if you are feeling discomfort now, especially with thin socks, you may want to look for a different boot.

My advice, try the next half size up, with a thick mid to heavy weight hiking sock. be sure to fit the boot late in the day when your feet are at their 'fullest'.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

keeps yo stuff dry.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear a size 9, got the mediums. They fit perfectly over my Koflach boots. They are tough, seriously tough. With the exception of the belt loop attachment point. Seems to be the weak link in making these totally bombproof. I haven’t had issues with mine, but a guy in our climbing group tore the attachment point off the gaiter after striking it with his crampon. So if you know how to walk with crampons, I wouldn’t worry about the weak link. I thought the bulk would be a problem, but they fit wonderfully with room for my climbing pant, baselayer, and overpants.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

my favorite cold weather pant
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these as my alpine climbing pants. They stop a little bit of wind, they fairly light, and very comfortable. I wore them for literally 10 days straight with no issues, plenty of movement (High stepping, ice climbing and glacier travel) and never felt constricted or baggy. Actually writing this makes me miss wearing the pants. They are perfect for active climbs in the 30 degree range. They felt great on the hot days were warm enough to wear without a baselayer till about 30 degrees. They are pretty tough as well, I ran a ice ax across them after tripping on the glacier and they didn?t rip or tear. I?d buy them again, hopefully some brighter colors come out.

One disadvantage: they pill like crazy. After 10 days of wearing gortex gaiters, the legs of the pants were significantly pilled. However, I have never owned a pair of softshell pants that didn?t pill at some point.

My actual measurements are 31x31 and ordered a small, they fit perfectly. They are intended to be a form fitting pant. With plenty of room in the booty and knees.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

it will save your dome
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was between sizes, ended up going up to the M/L…but I probably would have been ok with the S/M. There is plenty of adjustability in these helmets, so dialing in the perfect fit isn’t that hard.

it saved my dome twice on a recent climbing trip. Once when I smoked myself with an ice hammer, direct hit, right in the front. I thought for sure it would have cracked the light weight plastic, t my surprise, no damage and I didn’t lose any brain cells. And the second when a softball sized ice cranked my skull at a belay station.

Bottom line, its tough, looks great, light, and stays on your head. Plus its black diamond, come on.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This could be the best jacket ever IF they made the hood large enough to fit over a helmet. So annoying. Jacket fits great, looks great, still getting used to this Marmont two tone nonsense. Can we have a solid colored jacket other than black please? best uses are active pursuits, don?t buy this if you intend on sitting on a chairlift or a bus stop in the wind and pouring rain. You will be very disappointed. Wore it with a 250 baselayer in the southern alps of new Zealand climbing and such. Felt great, even with nothing underneath. Performed well, but couldn?t throw the hood over my BD halfdome, again, annoying. It will serve well as a hiking jacket too. I like that the pockets don?t interfere with my harness or my pack. Most jackets, even my Alpha SV, has issues with pockets. The cut of this jacket is also a little long, so it doesn?t come untucked from your harress. Stretch is good, zippers function well, its plain and simple. Really a no nonsense jacket that?s light enough to take on every trip. I bought the green (bright grass), color is true and makes the photo?s in the snow much cooler. It?s a softshell with windstopper, great for stopping wind, terrible in the wet stuff.

*ordered a medium (175#, 5/11, 41" chest, 31" waist)

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure about this one yet, just took it out of the bag. It?s a very nice technical fit, however, not as form-fitting as I would expect from a technical fleece. The hood is also less ?ninja? than I expected ? more like baggy. I wear a medium in nearly everything, and I?m considering returning it for a small. (175#, 5/11, 41? chest, 31? waist, ordered medium).

After using this jacket for a bit, it has become my favorite piece of clothing i own. paired with a light or medium weight wicking base layer, its an awesome cold/cool running jacket. Vents heat pretty well and stops a touch of wind. the zippers are freaking amazing and the whole build screams comfort. if i could change one thing it would be the fit of the hood. needs to be a little tighter.

Should serve me well as a running jacket and climbing/ skiing layer.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on November 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn 3 generations of the compressor and this one is by far the best. Its so warm that I really haven't found the "go to" use for it yet. I use it under my hardshell and at camp while everything else is drying out. the medium fit well, a little snug in the shoulders, but its not a concern since I most likely won't be climbing in this jacket. The hood on this version is slightly larger than previous versions but still not large enough to comfortably fit over a helmet, but the hood isn?t bulky so it fits well under a climbing helmet. The large was much larger and didn't hug my body well enough to keep me warm. Some may call the fit athletic, the jacket is cut slim and straight and does not cater to us V back individuals. (175#, 5/11, 41" chest, 31" waist) ordered the medium, very happy with the fit, enough room for my baselayer (250) or a light fleece without looking bloated. Its smooth, low profile and doesn?t hang below my Arc Alpha SV. It breaths well, and capable of being warn comfortably in warmer temps, and will save your butt when the mercury drops. the jacket also stops quite a bit of wind and repels snow well?standing outside in 60kph winds with blowing ice/snow was as tolerable as it sounds. As another reviewer mentioned, the radiance is really a yellow with a blue liner. very disappointing mountain hardwear makes great gear, but their colors really suck. This isn?t your typically wear around town jacket, is a performance piece designed specifically to layer under a shell. Its also a nice piece to have during the shoulder seasons when unexpected cold snaps come in.

I haven?t had any issues with the fabric, its tougher than it appears, but not bullet proof.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on September 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Listen to the reviews and buy one. This is a great piece of gear! I use it in the field, on the mountain, and at home ? the only down side is your food or drink tends to linger in the threads of the lid unless you do a really good cleaning. The lid tightens securely (after you torque it ? girly men may have an issue with this). It is a little heavy, and it is very large (I was shocked when I pulled it out of the box), however its ability to pull double or triple duty as a water proof storage container, eating hardware, or drinking hardware, or whatever else you could think of using it for outweighs its disadvantages.

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J Razzle wrote an answer about on September 10, 2012

I ordered both last years and this years model. In my opinion, its not worth the additional cost/ upgrade. the fabric is a little softer and lighter - other than that the jackets are completely the same. The zipper on my new one seems to function a lot better than the previous one though.

One bad thing about these jackets is the sizing (for me @ 5'11" 175lb, 41" chest, 31" waist) I got a medium and a large, the large fit like a trash bag and I instantly hated it (i would have to wear 3-4 down sweaters to fill the gap and I could pull the jacket off with it fully zipped). The medium is a little short for my liking - like 1/2" and its a little "tight" around my chest when layered. When I relax my arms with a MTHW softshell underneath the sleaves come about to my knuckles. My chest is right at 41" and I do fell a little pulling at the rear of the jacket when I do the the "bear hug" but its better than swimming in gortex fabric i guess.

Bottom line, get the medium - it will fit you perfectly.

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J Razzle wrote a review of on August 9, 2012

4 5

Pants appear to be very well built, strong construction and they ride high (like to the belly button high). these are insulated and wouldn't recommend them unless it gets really cold. They should serve my mountaineering endeavors well.

32x32 (33" waist, 41" hips, 31" inseam) typically, medium fits wonderfully with a little room in the waist area. I would have a difficult time fitting an insulation layer underneath since they are very slim fitting.

I'll update after the first climb.

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