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Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen

Boise ID, and ocassionally the some portions of Utah.

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Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen wrote an answer about on February 7, 2012

According to the description it looks like it will work but if not backcountry is great about returns. I would click the chat now button to verify with a sells rep before purchasing just to be sure.

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Josh Larsen wrote an answer about on February 7, 2012

The only cons I cink of are 1. price, and 2. The eVent membrane may not last as long as a stanard sack.

But the pros - Much more waterproof, more breathable material, and much more compressible because although water can't get in the air goes right through the bottom and allows excellent compression without air pockets etc.

So if your gear doesn't have to stay dry you could save a few dollars, but I would rather have the more versatile bag with the piece of mind that comes with knowing my gr will stay dry when it counts.

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Josh Larsen wrote an answer about on February 7, 2012

Sounds like you might want a slightly smaller glove. Your fingers shouldn't be smashed against the end but you don't want a bunch of space either. Most importantly the fit should be comfortable, and you should still have some measure of dexterity.

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Josh Larsen wrote an answer about on February 6, 2012

The Drystein is an alpine/mountaineering jacket. So the fit is likely to actually be smaller. However I own a Victorio which is also an alpine jacket and I find the XL to fit perfect. I'm 5'11" 215lbs for reference.
You might want to check out the Snowpocalypse jacket as well it is in the same line as the snowtastic and could be the ticket for you fit wise.

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Josh Larsen wrote a review of on February 6, 2012

4 5

I picked up one of these for 40$ on clearance. That said for the price its a pretty good little jacket.
The fabric is good and the stitching etc. is all of great quality as I have come to expect from Mountain Hardwear.
After an extended period of time (over 1.5 hours) in heavy rain I did notice some wetting out of the fabric but only in the shoulders. This occurred faster when I had had something like a strap from a pack on the shoulder.
The breathability was decent, however with just a t-shirt on the interior did get somewhat clammy. The inside of the sleeve would then stick to my arms occasionally.
My biggest compliant is that after only a couple of months the interior of the jacket near the arm pits has become discolored. My jacket is green and the interior is white with the nut from the mountain hardwear logo printed all over it. Now that area is a nasty faded green color. I haven't contacted Mountain Hardwear yet, but I'm hoping they'll replace is as it seems that the interior Conduit Silk coating/laminate is wearing away in those areas as well.
Still if you can find it at a good price I would say you could do worse. But don't expect it to keep you as dry as say Neoshell, PacLite, event, DryQ Elite, etc.

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Josh Larsen wrote an answer about on February 6, 2012

I would buy the cheaper of the two as they are very comparable. I haven't owned an eVent jacket so I can't comment on the performance but I can say the PacLite holds it's own against the newest DryQ Elite jacket I have with the exception of not being quite as breathable. However I paid more than double for the DryQ Elite.

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