KCB

KCB

Pacific Northwest, Canadian Rockies, New England

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KCB's Passions

Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

KCB's Bio

I love to climb, run, and ski. Also, I think I have more outdoor apparel than all the other types of apparel combined.

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KCB wrote a review of on January 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This jacket is a great all-around jacket. It's a midweight down jacket, similar to the First Ascent downlight jacket, or the Patagonia Down Sweater. However, the down in this jacket is waterproof, which is really nice for those times when it's dumping wet snow and you're wearing it. Also, it has a little bit longer length, so it covers your butt and keeps you warm. It fits true to size with a couple of layers underneath, but if you want to use it as a belay jacket or over multiple, thicker, layers, you might want to size up.

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KCB wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Holy cow is this thing warm. I have been very impressed with how warm this jacket is for its weight. I haven't used Polartec Thermal Pro (the fabric) before, and it's pretty dang amazing. The fit is fairly roomy for a Millet piece, so good for layering. The neck comes up nice and high and cozy. I am 130 lbs and 5'8", and I have a Medium.

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KCB wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

Fleecy Jacket!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have the hooded version of this fleece, and I really like it. I'm right on the border between the small and medium, measurement-wise, and a small fits very snugly. This works well for the hooded version, which is a pullover, but a medium would probably work best for something with a full-zip like this. I really like this weight of fleece as a baselayer in the winter, or as a second layer in the summer.

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KCB wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

Millet Tech Stretch Hoody
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a great piece. I usually use it as a baselayer in cold conditions (ie winter) and it's pretty perfect for that. The colors are awesome. It's similar in weight to a Patagonia R1, but the fit on this piece is much slimmer. If you want to layer under it, you might want to size up. I am right on the edge of the S/M according to the size chart, and my size S works well as a baselayer, but would not work for layering under.

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KCB wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

I love these pants
5 5

The Monterosa pants are pretty stellar for any kind of winter activity. I've used them mostly for mountaineering and ice and mixed climbing. My measurements are 27" waist, 37" hips, 5'7", and a small fits perfectly. They're warm and fairly breathable, but more importantly, pretty much waterproof. I never bring hardshell pants climbing anymore, because these pants are plenty waterproof. They have an internal gaiter which I initially thought I would never use, but it turns out I use this exclusively now, and never use separate gaiters because the internal ones work so well.

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KCB wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

Millet Belay Device Jacket
5 5

I have the women's version of this jacket, and it is great. The hood does fit over my helmet, and the insulation weight is pretty spot-on, as far as what you need in a belay jacket. It's also nice not having to worry about it getting wet (because it's synthetic) while climbing in snowy conditions! So far, I've used it for mountaineering in Ecuador and Mt. Rainier, and ice and mixed climbing in the Canadian Rockies, and it's performed admirably. One morning I wore it while cooking bacon, and it got completely splattered with bacon grease. Three days later, both the smell and the splatter marks were gone...magic? Sometimes I wear it climbing, too, and it is non-restricting.

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