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Matt M

Matt M wrote a question about on November 11, 2010

Can anyone compare this (or other jackets) to the Patagonia Guide Jacket? I've tried that (the Paty Guide) on in a store an it's pretty darn close to what I'm looking for. I have a metric TON of Jackets but was lacking a lightweight softshell with a LIGHT lining. I have a Schoeller UNLINED softshell (it's just the one shell fabric with no backing or lining) and find it's a bit tool cool for sitting around when the sun sets. I'm looking for the step up from this where there's a bit of warmth added. The Paty Guide seemed perfect. Another way to describe it would be if you put a stretch soft shell onto a Driclime wind jacket lining. Thanks for any info!

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Matt M

Matt M wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

5 5

This is hands down the best biner made today. Lightweight, full size (yeah there are biners that are lighter but they border on "toy size" - fine for moderate alpine use but not good for difficult clips) and STRONG. This is one of only a few biner with a full 10kN open gate strength ( really the only important strength rating to look at") DMM's Spectre (another awesome biner) has this as well. The wire gate will feel a bit stiff to people coming from something like a Hotwire but is BETTER IMO after you adjust to it. The keylock nose is great as well - best of both worlds. Note that the nose is a bit wider than say a Hotwire so getting it through narrow chain at some anchors may be hard. I still carry an old school BD "d" or two to cover that though. If cost is a concern (they are pricey) I suggest heliums for the "bolt" ends and WCs new Nitro for other things. Essentially a Helium without the notch-less nose. (You do loose 1kN in the open gate strength - Hotwire is also 9kN)

Great gear!

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