JHypers wrote a question about Rab Xenon X Hooded Insulated Jacket - Men's on May 20, 2014
Is this an updated version of the original Xenon jacket, or is it a totally separate product?
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Is this an updated version of the original Xenon jacket, or is it a totally separate product?
You can easily find warmer parkas than this, which will likely serve you better at 7000 meters...not that a parka like the Permafrost wouldn't serve any purpose on an expedition - quite the contrary it would be an excellent layer to have for lower on the mountain. But if you're looking for something that will reliably keep you warm at that altitude, go with a parka in the 2-3 lbs. (15-20 oz. down fill) weight category. Something along the lines of MH Absolute Zero, Marmot 8000M, Feathered Friends Rock & Ice, etc.
The Mirage is more of a shoulder season outer layer in my opinion. It has just over 5 ounces of insulation (albeit 900 down) while the Permafrost parka has 9 ounces of 800 down. The Mirage has a slightly higher warmth-to-weight ratio because the jacket materials are so light, but the Permafrost is designed primarily for winter use as an over-layer when climbing, ski touring, or otherwise stopped, in camp, and wanting to stay warm while sedentary. It's comparable to other belay parkas in its class (i.e. Patagonia Fitz Roy, Marmot Greenland, Rab Neutrino, etc.). I would trust the Mirage as my sole outer layer if I knew the temps weren't going to dip past 20 degrees, but any colder than that and I'd opt for something heavier/warmer.
Replace the liner with something from Intuition, preferably a wrap-around model. They're thermo-moldable, and might alleviate your pain problem.
Agreed. If you want a plastic double boot to ski with in these bindings, I'd recommend Scarpa's T4 or perhaps the T2 if they still have the 3-pin holes.
If you primarily ski downhill, do not get these. You will want cable bindings for the added performance. I have tried carving out turns with the HD bindings and it's not easy. Hardwires will be adequate for resort/lift service skiing, but if you ever see yourself venturing into the backcountry, I'd advise you get the Switchback model or similar cable bindings that switch between ski and walk mode.
There appears to be no such thing as a truly anti-fog lens, especially where -30F is "situation normal." No matter what kind of coating is applied, and even with a double lens, at such low temps any vapor will freeze as it accumulates trying to rise and transfer out of the foam. The result is a top-down frosting.
I was a bit skeptical about the photochromic lens, but it works well and is very useful in flat light conditions (also common in Alaska from late Nov. - Jan.).
I used these for a season+ of backcountry skiing a year ago, and ended up returning them from where I got them (not here). The holes worn through on both the index fingers and thumb were impressive, and I was refunded simply because I was dissatisfied with the gloves' weak fabric. I am finding similar problems with other liner gloves as well, so I think it might be attributed to thin fleece simply wearing away under constant abrasion, kind of like how your socks get after a while. In any respect, I expected to get more life out of these gloves, and was not satisfied.
Why don't you just go #1 before you go #2? Problem solved....unless of course, #2 is actually the real #1 when we go "#2". Is it not? After all, whenever I go #2, 99 percent of the time I immediately follow up with #1. I've probably just confused most people reading this, who didn't think I'd turn a review comment thread into a philosophical discussion...but there it is anyway. Deal with it...or provide a pithy response. The latter is preferred.
Keep on having fun.
Agreed. At 5'10"/160 I wear a large and the thing offers a good fit over all other layers, plus a bit of extra room to stuff those inner mesh pockets with water bottles or inner booties to keep them thaw after a long day in your shells. An XL would be ideal in your case....as you likely found out 2 years ago if you got the parka!
Having not been on Denali...but living in Alaska, climbing a couple of it's many, many other mountains aside from Denali, and experiencing it's otherwise austere winters, I know that your expedition is likely going to be an exercise in weather survival, by and large. For that reason alone, I would avoid down jackets even with the outer layers. Honest opinion? Get yourself a Patagonia DAS parka. It's synthetic, designed for belays if you have any, and is incredibly warm. Not much heavier than your 800-fill parkas out there either, and packs down pretty well. Don't get me wrong - you will be warmer with down and save weight...but it's better to have something that can keep you warm when wet, just in case everything goes to scat, as it usually does on that mountain when one is up there for 3 weeks straight in most cases.
Anybody who thinks spending the extra $100 to give your tele bindings a free-pivot touring mode isn't worth it...clearly has never used them before. My ONLY gripe against these bindings is that the plastic bottom of the toe plate does not make for easy on-off. The beaver tail on the cable aleiviates some of the frustration, but not enough to give these bindings a full five stars. Other than that, the bindings are nothing short of excellent. They are easily adjusted depending on contitions and desired stiffness, which is a huge advantage over having to purchase seperate cartridges. And to be honest...it's great to see such a phenomenal piece of equipment made in the U.S. by a couple of ski bums in Idaho. Great work...and maybe next year you can tweak that toe plate.
I can't say for sure, but they don't look any narrower or wider than typical tele bindings. I have the O2 bindings, and they fit on my K2 Piste Stinx, which are quite narrow at the waist (~65 mm). I'd say as long as your skis aren't any narrower than 60 mm, these would fit.
Five stars for perfect execution of intended use, and beyond. No person claiming to spend ample time in the mountains anywhere should be without this windshirt, or an equivalent from another brand if it exists. The Ion holds up in steady alpine winds, scoffs at the occasional flurry, and offers great breathability for those in-between moments when you need a shell, but know that your GORE-TEX is overkill.Starting with a lightweight base layer (capilene 2 or equivalent), adding a Power Stretch jacket or R1 hoody, and topping it off with the Ion...you are seriously set for any high-exertion activities in most weather above treeline in any season. Steady precipitation and gale force winds call for more-durable shells, but the Ion gives you comprehensive protection on those "iffy" days. Plus it packs anywhere, and weighs almost nothing.
The only knock: slightly too short at the waist...or you could say my power stretch mid layer is too long. Your choice.
You could also send the jacket directly back to Outdoor Research at any time for a size exchance...which is what I did. OR has an infinite guarantee on all their products.
It's hard for me to give anything a perfect score...but this parka is extremely ideal for places that are both cold and wet...which is the definition of Alaska.
Unless you are scaling peaks in the dead of winter up here...or spend a load of time in the dry arctic...this parka is the way to go. The PrimaLoft insulation lives up to it's name...and is perfect for a gnarly day of ice climbing. Down jackets sell like hotcakes up here, but most don't leave the city of Anchorage. Up in the mountains, you want to eliminate any possibility of gear failure that you can. Are there warmer parkas? Of course, but that being said, the DAS is extremely warm by itself, and will stay as such in less-than-ideal weather...which in Alaska, happens far more often than not. Also, the DAS is fairly lightweight and compresses very well.
Seriously, if you're considering an Alaskan adventure...take one step towards avoiding misadventure and invest in this parka. I know several folks up here who are avid mountain adventurers, some of them professionally. All of them wear the DAS.
I would like to explain the situation surrounding the Bear Vault cannisters and their clear inadequacy in the High Peaks Region of Adirondack Park in NY State. What I am about to say was posted in a forum by a representative of the Bear Vault company, and they themselves do not recommend using their 2008 or earlier models in this region, and here's why...
Rangers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have concluded there is a bear active within the Marcy Dam area and the John's Brook Valley (i.e. the High Peaks Region) that has a clear genetic attribute which allows it to bite these containers open at the lid. The plastic locking points do not hold up against this specific bear's jaw, and there are several reports of this cannister failing in this region, including one which I know about first-hand (I've seen the cannister, teeth marks and all). This bear ripped it open and ate all the food with relative ease.
AGAIN...I want to stress that this is literally the ONLY place where the Bear Vault cannister has failed during tests...even ones conducted by the Bear Vault company. It is certified basically everywhere else, as noted in other posts, so if you are NOT venturing into the Adirondack High Peaks Region, go ahead and buy this cannister (unless it doesn't fit your fancy).
I just think it's funny that all of this commotion is being caused, they think, by one single bear.
The Osprey Switch series of packs aren't nearly as large as the Argon series, but they are specifically designed for snowsports. You can attach skis, snowboards and snowshoes with ease. However, these packs are designed for day trips, so that might not be what you're looking for.
Wore these along with the 1/4 zip top (not sold here, unfortunately) during a mid-October weekend in the Adirondack High Peaks region. Under a pair of hiking pants, these will be all you need in fair weather and temperatures ranging from the low 50s to right down around freezing. While active, the top is all you need for similar weather. My only gripe is that the size I got (medium) were a bit short on me in length. If you're around 5'10" and about 145-160ish, consider ordering a size up. Other than that, the material is very lightweight, extremely breathable, and dries very quickly - everything you ask for in a lightweight base layer.