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Jacon Mayer

Jacon Mayer

Vermont

Jacon Mayer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Jacon Mayer's Bio

Vermont local - climber first, sailor second, skiier third.

Jacon Mayer

Jacon Mayer wrote a question about on March 26, 2013

Ok, someone riddle me this:

Patagonia Capilene 3: 5.4-oz Polartec� Power Dry� fabric, total weight: 6.6 oz
Patagonia Capilene 4: 3.8-oz Polartec� Power Dry� High Efficiency? fabric, total weight: 5.4 oz

Can the "High efficiency" fabric really be that much warmer? Polartec's website says the high-efficiency Power Dry breathes better, but it doesn't say it's warmer.

It doesn't make any sense that the 3 is actually heavier than the 4. Anyone?

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Jacon Mayer

Jacon Mayer wrote a review of on March 3, 2010

3 5

My initial impressions after a few days ice climbing with them are not very favorable. Let's start with the good stuff: they seem very durable. The leather is high quality and the seams are well placed. Obviously only the test of time will tell, but I don't anticipate these gloves falling apart.

Downsides: they're VERY bulky. I cannot envision myself ever leading with them, as I can barely operate a carabiner. They're quite thick, so I got pumped gripping my tools and belaying with them. And, they're not too warm. My fingers were getting cold on a warm day (25 degrees) after standing around for an hour.

I have also worn the Black Diamond Renegades, which I could lead ice in: they were thinner and warmer than these. That said, they're surely less durable (no leather).

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Jacon Mayer

Jacon Mayer wrote a review of on December 2, 2009

5 5

Ultra-durable, never leaks, comes in great sizes (personally I prefer my 6l), switches to a hydration system when you want it to. No flavors from it, caps are well-designed with the three openings. Basically MSR took the concept of lightweight water storage and perfected it.

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