Matt Novak

Matt Novak

Utah Mountains and Desert Dirt Roads

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on November 27, 2012

Sarah,
This would make a great winter jacket combo under a waterproof shell. It being a down jacket and living in the wet PNW, you may want to look at the Redpoint Jkt which is a Primaloft synthetic option.
Down is lighter and more compressable, but loses insulation properties when it gets wet. The Redpoint is still quite compressable and will keep you warm when wet.

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on November 27, 2012

This is one of the warmest and most versitile jackets from The North Face for Girls. The shell is 100% waterproof and windproof for protection from the elements. The inner liner is a great synthetic insulation/"puffy" jacket that traps body heat, keeping you warm and comfortable. The option to wear each layer alone or combine for the really cold days makes this a great pick. Highly recommended!!

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on August 29, 2012

Marie,

The Nuptse Down Vest is a very lightweight but warm layer. It all depends on where you live if you need a heavy(ier) layer underneath. For most cooler Fall applications a light long-sleeve or a hoodie would be all you'd need to stay warm. In winter, that may change to a wool sweater, again, depending on location & climate.

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on August 29, 2012

Jenna,

The Point Five Jkt from The North Face would be a solid choice for a resort & backcountry ski jacket. It is contructed of Gore Tex Pro Shell with a 70 denier face fabric for extreme durability, yet packs away nicely for the skin uphill & weighs only 15.5 oz . It does not have a powder skirt for the deep days, but is a nice durable, packable do-it-all shell.

For skiing, this may be a better option than Alpine Project shell you also inquired about due to the heavier duty 70D face fabric. If you ski in the trees, the extra durability will help out.

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on August 28, 2012

Jenna,

This jacket would be suitable for Alpine endeavors and AK skiing when layered properly with quality base layers, etc. The jacket is constructed of Gore Tex Active 3L which is 30% lighter than other Gore laminates. This style is a little more minimalist, designed for technical climbing ascents where weight is critical but still has all the needed feature sets of adjustable helmet compatable hood, pit zips, alpine pockets & waterproof zips.

If you think you need a heavier duty Gore Jkt, check out the W Freethinker or Zero Jkt from The North Face which are made with Gore Pro Shell. The outer shells are 70 denier & 40 denier respectively, while Alpine Project with Gore Active is 30 denier. Higher the number, heavier the duty.

Hope this helps!!

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on August 28, 2012

This may also depend on shoulder girth and chest circumference/size. I am a little taller than you at 5'10" and weigh 190 lbs and wear a size Medium in TNF. I prefer a little more streamlined fit with my apparel, so maybe a Large would suit you for a little extra room & length.

You can always order both Medium & Large and return the one that doesn't fit as well to Backcountry.com. These folks will take care of you!!

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on August 28, 2012

I would recommend the Large versus the XL size. The Large is quite spacious as I have sucessfully packed 2 sleeping bags & pads, tent, clothing for two and other needed items with room to spare. The Large measures 90 liters (5495 cu inches) and the XL measures 155 liters (9460 cu inches). Both have removable shoulder/backpack straps that allow you to carry on back, but when full, the XL is huge and cumbersome to carry.

Either way, these BaseCamp Duffel bags are bombproof. Super durable and will last you many trips to come. Can't go wrong with these!!

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Matt Novak wrote an answer about on July 31, 2012

MayaJ...These are 100% waterproof, windproof, insulated winter weight ski pants for Women. When properly layered with quality long underwear, you should be comfortable down to 10-15 degrees F when actively moving or skiing. You may start to get warm around 25+ degree F, but the pants do have side venting zips that provide nice airflow when things are heating up.

See review below from "Gone Fishing" and the temps they call out. The Freedom Insulated Pants are some of the warmest winter pants TNF makes for Women. Highly recommended!!

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Matt Novak wrote a review of on April 17, 2012

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I have put the Docking Station to use about 8 different times now, in a variety of configurations and have had nothing but comfortable nights sleep and plenty of space!!

On the beach, it is an awesome shade structure that can withstand some serious winds. I leave the sturdy, steel stakes behind and use sand to cover the corners and base of Docking Station for a floor-less spot to relax out of the sun.

In the mountains, I have set the Docking Station up with Mesh Room and experienced some significant rain & wind, but remained dry on the interior (8/26/11). Some bugs do accumulate between Mesh Room and Docking Station canopy/fly, but that also tends to happen on smaller tents as well.

I feel the Docking Station really shines in the desert however. It has provided me with some excellent lodging when setting up camp for a few days in a row and using it as a base camp.

I have come to prefer utilizing the Docking Station and 4-Person Sleeping Dock as my go to set-up. The main Docking Station remains floorless and can withstand serious winds when fully staked out and maybe a cooler, tool box or some water jugs on the interior corners for added weight & wind security. With each of the 4 doors ability to be rolled up, fully dropped, half up, and partially zipped, the options for airflow, visibility, and shade are plenty.

The 4-Person Sleeping Dock connects to the larger doors and provides plenty of headspace and floor room to sleep in either direction with a full length pad. The Sleeping Docks provide a bug/sand free environment with full zip doors and mesh screen windows that can be closed or opened for privacy.

The ability to customize your sleeping structure and base camp needs with the Docking Station, Mesh Room & Sleeping Docks based upon the environment and number of people keep this item quick to grab when heading out with a crowd!!

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