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Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert

VA A.T. & Finland

Michael's Bio

I wake up because my face is numb. I really should learn that a 10F rating doesn't mean -10F.

Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

4 5

Got this and returned a Norrona Falkentind... The Falkentind was not worth what I paid, and I purchased this as a low cost replacement.

Going from a GoreTex Paclite jacket that retails nearly 5x as much as what I paid for this gave me some concern. So far, I don't regret it at all. Shed water well this morning and stayed dry even in "medium" rain (not quite a downpour).

My only complaint is that the sizing seems to be off compared to other MHW jackets... Small is good for me in Norrona, Arc'Teryx, TNF, (most) MHW, and so on... yet, this one was just too tight in the pits and short in the sleeves. Body fit well otherwise. Returning it for a correct size. I'm 5'9 and about 140 lbs.

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Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert wrote a review of on February 26, 2010

1 5

Let me completely retract my previous review. I have last year's model in neon yellow (Gorton's Fisherman) that I purchased on Backcountry Outlet. It is light. And the both the breathable and waterproof ratings are through the roof at 30K a piece. As far as sizing goes, I'm 5'9 and 140lbs and the small fits perfectly, and has enough room to put a technical fleece, long shirt, and undershirt on. That combination seems to be good to about 28F for me. Anything colder I just put on a [heavier] hard shell.

Now the bad. I do courier work on my bicycle, so neon yellow was a good choice. Yet, for some reason, in the month I've infrequently used it, it's almost black. It attracts dirt like a day job. The pockets are a bit small, a trapezoid shape, and zip from the top down. The problem with this is that the space at the top is not adequate to get your hands in, only when the zipper is all the way down. So I have to unzip the entire 9" pocket to get my hands dry. This is the complete opposite of my MHW Technical Windstopper Fleece.

Now for the guaranteed / 30K waterproof rating. I don't know who the hell rated this jacket, but that is a blatant lie. I wanted something highly breathable and also waterproof so I can do deliveries in the spring and summer while staying dry without sweating 10 gallons. Yesterday I was caught in a fairly heavy shower, and I came out soaked! Since it was early in the morning, I hadn't worked up enough sweat for that to even be a possibility of how drenched I was. Lastly, while I certainly don't baby my gear, I'm not trying to destroy something I paid this much for. And the jacket already has a tear in it!

I thought getting this at 40% off was a good deal at BCO, but it's not even worth that... I don't know what these other gear heads are talking about, but in the real world this straight up sucks. Thank god for BC's return policy.

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Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

4 5

After hearing so many great reviews, this only nets 4 stars in my book. Yes, it is warm. Yes, it is good for layering. But the selling point of this jacket is as a stand-alone system - why else would it have the windstopper layer?

I bike frequently (read: everywhere) and this layered with a t-shirt and undershirt is only good to about upper 30s, lower 40s for me. Below that, I either put on TNF Vortex shell, an Arc'teryx Fission AR insulated jacket, or put a stronger Sugino Merino Wool baselayer (great combo for cycling).

In the end, I'd buy this again, but only if I could get it shipped for under $140. About me: I'm 5'9 and ~140lbs. depending on how much pizza I eat.

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Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert wrote a review of on November 8, 2009

4 5

First off, I have the 2007 model. Shell + Liner with no baselayer (read: T-Shirt) is good for me to about freezing. Shell breathes well enough with armpits unzipped that I use it as my raincoat during the spring and cooler summer days. Can also use the liner by itself (I guess that's implied by the triclimate design).

Hood isn't helmet compatible, but the shell does have a powder skirt. However, if you zip the liner in to the shell, you loose the skirt. The liner has hooks to snap into the sleeves of the jacket, so I usually just stick to those, and zip the liner and shell up individually (rather than together). The liner stays in place, plus I have my skirt.

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