Ive used it spring skinning in the Sierras in +50 degree temps, i've used it hiking/shredding at 18,000' in -25, i've used it hanging out at crags in summer downpours. I don't know if that qualifies as "the wringer" but these are my experiences.
-Pockets! Combining hand warmers and crossovers hits the nail on the head.
-Great technical fit. Maybe not the most technical if youre ice climbing but if you ski/mountaineer it's a great ski jacket with a lot less bulk than most.
-Great hood for hunkering down, with or without helmet. Soft material that wont chafe your face.
-Kept the elements out in my experiences. Stayed bone dry in pouring rain, kept cold wind out.
-Didn't have to take it off on warm skin tracks. Just unzip everything and you should be good.
-Removable powder skirt makes this very versatile.
-I'd call it perfect if the powder skirt could integrate to pants. Not sure why Marmot doesn't do this.
-Pit zips are easy to open but hard to close. This is mainly due to the tiny zippers. Not the end of the world.
Note: Totally a material thing (not the jacket's fault) but I don't think Gore Tex Pro really breathes at all. Specially not for how much its hyped. I paid the premium for their warranty, otherwise I think theres plenty of cheaper materials that are just as good... Anyways, breathability is relative. You dont want it when its cold, you want it when its warm. Luckily this jacket vents well but will also block out the gnar when you need. No jacket will ever be 100% right for everyone's preferences.
Awesome, that makes sense. I figured that might be the case because the tongue lacks a lace loop. Thanks!
Does this shoe have a gusseted tongue? Cant find that detail anywhere.
They serve so many purpose. All around great shell from the elements but so light and thin that I have no problem wearing them in 90 degree heat. I primarily use them climbing so they definitely take a beating but I am yet to rip them. I tried many pants but these were the only ones that had the slim fit I wanted. Theyre pretty no frills. Just one basic zippered pocket, two regular pockets (with a weird ass cut), and elastic bands to cinch the bottoms. Waist runs about a size big.
I have a TNF Power Stretch hoodless pullover. I really dig the material but was looking for another hooded piece to casually wear alone. The material is as good as it gets IMO. Warm, light, durable. I love the fit on this thing. Its a performance fit and many might complain about the tight wrist and forearm area but I prefer this over bagginess.
Con: I'd give it 5 stars but on numerous occasions ive been pulling it on or off or fiddling with it and have heard stitching rip. It is so overly stitched though that its not even noticeable nor has washing it affected it. It was just an ugly sound when it happens and a difference between this and my TNF of the same material.
6'1" - 170 - Medium has a good technical/alpine fit.
Ive put about 75 trail miles on this pack since I got it. For the price I dont think theres anything comparable which is why I give it 5 stars. The value is unmatched. Its got plenty of chest pockets. I typically throw my phone w/ headphones in one, nutrition in another, then car key in the one with the zipper. After using the zippered chest pocket, i dont know how I could run without it. It gives me big time peace of mind that my lone car key wont bounce out of it. The main compartment fits a 3L but is probably optimally designed for a 2L. Its summertime so I havent needed to put anything else in it besides an apple or two but come winter it could definitely fit some layers which can be compressed with the elastic string which also has a nifty hook to keep the slack from bouncing around. Two chest straps work a lot better than one. The shoulder strap loops allow you to bring your bladder in on any side, cross your chest and tighten it down on the other side.
OK here's the negative... the fit is great and totally snug on your body. The way the shoulder straps are designed totally form the pack to your torso when you tighten the shoulder straps. The problem is the adjustment buckles loosen as you run, so tightening them down feels great for about 10 minutes then the pack goes loose again. Not the end of the world but might be annoying if you run with a lot of weight.
It fits my Camelbak 3L but it seems like 2L would be the ideal size as it would allow to put some weight on the hook strap at the top of the reservoir. You can still hook it with the 3L but the weight is all at the bottom of the pack.
I bought this for car/summer camping where nighttime lows are usually high 50's or low 60's. I figured it couldn't hurt to have a 20 degree bag just in case I needed the extra warmth. Recently experienced mid 30's and i'm glad I brought tons of extra clothes because I needed them in this thing. At 35 degrees, I felt base layers and socks were insufficient to stay warm. A lot of that might have to do with a lack of hood but that was my choice. I hate mummy bags and their constriction.
I sized these down 2 sizes after determining 1 size down would stretch too much. They were brutal at the start and I was scared to even let go of the bouldering wall because landing on the pads hurt so badly. After about 2 months of light climbing (1-2 a week) theyre perfect. Absolutely perfect. I still take them off when not climbing.
Same 500ish calorie mark as most other dried meals but with less food. Great for the cold elevation when you need to eat but your appetite might not be there. Taste wise, this is the best dried meal ive had.
Yes it does. Very helpful indeed.
I'm finally able to write a confident review after my latest trip at winter elevation with single digit temps, wind and sideways snow. It's super light and the option of only bringing in the main tent for quick assaults/bivouacs is killer. The included vestibule and gear loft are features that automatically put it above similar Black Diamond's and the Mountain Hardwear Direkt. It is quiet in wind. The material sheds snow well. It has good ventilation with the option to fully open air vent or mesh vent. Vestibule window is like having live NOAA updates from the comfort of your warm sleeping bag. There are enough guy lines to plaster it anywhere.
My main complaints are:
It's really short, I am 6'1", use a long bag (6'6") and can't keep my footbox off the wall.
The vestibule is sick but the connectivity to the tent sucks. If it's windy and you are parked back to the wind, the blowing snow will sneak in through the cracks between the tent and vestibule. This means that in high winds/snow you'll wake up to a little layer of snow INSIDE your vestibule.
Bare in mind this thing is small, as the name implies it's an assault tent and 2 people would probably only want to share this for quick overnighters on the move. I use it as a solo tent since my stays are longer, in single locations and desire more comfort. This thing is great for my purposes and it would achieve perfection if it were just another 6 inches longer.
For what I was looking for, the Assault 2 and the Nemo Tenshi are the best tents on the market. Knowing what I know now however, I may give the slight edge to the Nemo since it appears the vesty is better connected to the tent.
Note: To those complaining about rain leakage; if you want a rain shelter, save some money and buy a three season tent, or save a lot of money and get yourself a tarp from Home Depot. This tent is intended for high alpine, not rain forests.
This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing. I wear it all the time in sun, rain or snow. I use it as a mid layer while snowboarding in down to around +10F and for the most part don't need to take it off when i'm skinning uphill. While its plenty warm in the winter, I love that its not too warm on brisk days (60F).
Love this jacket. Pretty warm and weighs almost nothing. Packs tight. Works great as a mid layer under a ski jacket when temps drop.
Frame is solid and capable of a lot more weight than volume allows.
The air intake box has been moved. It is no longer over the shoulder so it does not dig in when youve got a heavy load = Huuuuge perk. I used this pack on a 2 nighter with enough gear for 3 nights. While its volume forced me to strap most everything to the outside, the weight factor was not an issue like on older avalung packs. Super comfortable. Back access is awesome. Great vertical board carry. Not sure how I feel about the new locking buckle design on the straps. Takes longer to do everything but I guess better safe than sorry.
1. No ice axe loops. I tucked mine into the lower snowboard carry strap hider. Didn't feel as solid as a loop though and not great for dual ice axes.
2. Chest strap female buckle is tucked into the shoulder strap and inaccessible. This makes it near impossible to clear ice out of it to get the buckles snapped closed.
3. Not crazy about the goggle pocket. The weight distribution of the pack deforms the goggle pocket even with a very light load. This puts a lot of pressure on your goggles and deforms them.
4. Be ready for some major strap management. When everything's tightened youve got feet of excess strappage everywhere.
I was getting really frustrated with my strength giving up on a day of climbing quicker than my stamina. This board has significantly improved my finger and grip strength. Also the jugs at the top are much more comfortable for doing pulls ups than a bar at the gym.
I'm returning this item unused before I poke a hole in my backpack or rip my down jacket. If your crampons have toe spikes, this brilliant design will allow the tips to penetrate the mesh bottom. On top of that, the sack seems far too short to fit most crampons. I could see it being good for phones, cameras and GPS's but not technical crampons.