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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 Mayerwrote 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 Mayerwrote 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 Mayerwrote a review of on February 7, 2010

2 5

I ordered these gloves for leading ice and they're not going to work.

1. They are a weird shape. Aside from the L being slightly too small for me (fine - maybe I am an XL in this glove), the glove was extremely constricting around my thumb pivot. Friends with smaller hands who tried them on felt the same way. This unusual constriction prevented me from effectively gripping anything.

2. These are thick gloves, not really suitable for grabbing anything. Far, far too thick on the palms - so I was getting pumped really easily.

3. There are some weird seams and lots of extra leather on the fingertips. Also not ideal for leading ice.

Needless to say, I am sending them back.

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Jacon Mayer

Jacon Mayerwrote a review of on December 2, 2009

5 5

If you accept it for what it is (not rain protection), this softshell is great. In particular, I like the long arms, the general athletic cut, and the large hood. It breathes super well, is pretty durable, and has only the features I need (ie, not too many pockets, etc.). Looks pretty good for the apres-climb too.

Cons: it's not a hard shell. So when the mountain is spitting a nasty mix of stuff at you, this is going to be the first layer to get wet. And get wet it will. That's a tradeoff I choose to make, but it's a choice you should make consciously, not unconsciously.

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Jacon Mayerwrote 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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