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JAKE wrote a question about on February 7, 2013

Comparing the venta MX to the Gamma MX for New England Ice, skiing, and general use. Not really feeling I need "full" windproof but maybe a good option to have as my current Patagonia Ascentionist breaks the wind nicely. My question is also about pockets. Has anyone missed the std hand pockets on this jacket? I know they are not useful for Ice and skiing, but have you missed them for daily use or just warming hands? i.e., the gamma has 4 exterior pockets. Thanks.....Jake

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JAKE wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have been looking for a winter insulation which I can do double duty with and not feel like I'm wearing a "parka." Had an Atom SV and have to say it is excellent. It was just too much jacket for daily use and cut long and full. This fit my needs better with a shorter cut, darker color, 120g thermic-micro, and great price. I have worn this 100 more times than the SV I bought and sold, just for it's versatlity. Likes: warm, light feeling, 120g throughout (as per MH Cust Serv), price, 4 pockets,semi trim, fits under soft shell on coldest days. Dislikes: shiny! The new Nitrous fabric is way nicer, stiff cuffs and collar (along with it being high), could be slimmer on sides but it's not huge like others. Way nicer than micro-puff. Pro's outweight the cons, and I'm picky. Give it a shot or the Atom SV if you like the longer, hooded style.

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JAKE wrote a question about on January 1, 2013

I am considering this in non-hood as an alternative to my atom LT. Really want something for daily use and also as a base insulation for cold ice days or skiing. Want similar to the MH compressor idea. Anyone compare this warmth yet to say 100g primaloft? I also have an atom SV so I want something similar but shorter and no hood.

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JAKE wrote a question about on December 29, 2012

Can anyone compare this to the LT hoody and SV hoody? I have an LT and considering an SV for general winter wear and warmer ice belays. I like the idea of this being a stand alone jacket and can be layered over. In that aspect, it appeals more than the SV. I realize the loft is In-between but what is it closer to with the fleece sides? Also, it looks real long? Thanks.

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JAKE wrote a question about on January 29, 2012

Last night I decided to wash my Patagonia soft shell, alpine guide SS pants, and micro puff jacket. I used another brand of sport wash (from X-mas) + extra rinse, and then did the soft shell wash in. I am now using a newer top loading HE machine which does not use a lot of water. I used the 2 capfuls, less than 1/2 bottle, as directed and put in the dispenser, not water.

After running in a light dryer mode, the jacket has pretty significant white residue on it, like hand prints all over, and the pants a fair amount. The micro puff jacket did have some but not as prominent. I did an extra wash after all this but they still remain.

Can I get some suggestions in how to get ride of these? Pretty disappointed now as I am sure it will bead like crazy but looks unsightly and these are costly. I have used plenty of hard shell wash-in during my life and maybe remember a little of this.

Ideas to help? Will it fade or can I wash it out again w/ sport wash or a soak in sport wash?

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JAKE wrote a question about on December 10, 2011

I am looking to replace and older model MH Sub-Zero with a lighter 800 fill jacket. At 5-9" and 160# would I be looking at the Maestro in a Medium or Small?
I like a trim cut and not too long but really want this as a belay jacket for ice climbing, and winter, of course. Will need to use over 2-3 layers and a soft shell. I have a trimmer and lighter Patagonia fitz roy down jacket (non-hood) for warmer days too. Any opinions on size and how much this rocks for uber cold?

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JAKE wrote a question about on December 4, 2011

looking at an Atom SV but just bought an LT hoody as a Fall jacket and insulation for cold ice days and skiing, both under a Patagonia soft shell. Really like the coreloft and wanted this as a stand alone jacket for maybe skiing, ice days, and general winter wear. Is this jacket too similar to the LT and would it be a redundant purchase?
Is it similar to Patagonia's Micro puff jacket w/ 100g Primaloft? Medium fit in LT is great for me and I like it trim.

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JAKE wrote a question about on December 1, 2011

I have been looking at down sweaters, a lot, and have it narrowed to the medium size Nitrous and the Rab Microlight. Have both here now and trying to decide pro's/con's between the two. Anyone have any experience here or insight?
Basically want a Fall down sweater and light winter jacket that can also been worn as a base for winter, ie, insulation for cold ice climbing, skiing, etc.
Like, maybe love, the fit of Nitrous and the soft feel of material. Loft feels a little less than Rab, both 800 fill, and maybe just less substantial overall? Really like the cut of the MH but it does lack a chest pocket and is a little longer cut than Rab. Rab cut is shorter, ok in torso, but funny feeling at bottom as I dislike elastic hems and it seems to ride up and do the pear thing. They are both nice and wondering if anyone had opinions? Thanks.

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JAKE wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

As I was trying to replace plastic boots w/ singles for northeast these looked like a good option. I compared them to my old Scarpa Alphas and the fit was better in a 10.5, I wear a Vasque 10 in hiking boots. The BOA system was nice and seemed to lock very well if you like a consistant fit. My climbing partner has used these for 2-3 seasons as his main boot. They just felt too light for me and were going to be too cold, 200g thinsulate. I returned them and opted for the La Sportiva Batura. If these fit, you can't beat the price! Maybe great on warm days and as a light mixed boot.

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JAKE wrote a review of on November 26, 2007

5 5

This is a spectacular shirt for a mid-weight top. I have 2 Icebreaker shirts, light and a mid crew, this layer is in- between the weights and feels very smooth on the skin. I tried an Ibex top and this fit tighter and and had less itch. The fit is very form fitting but stretches well for a lightweight under it. We will see how durable it is since this is their (merino) weakness. The collar is also a perfect fit, and I am pickey. Get one now, merino rules w/ no plastic smell and no static!

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