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Norris wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

1 5

I bought one of these in 2008 just prior to an Aconcagua trip and ran out of time to test it before leaving. On the mountain it produced zero current. I should have returned it or made a warranty claim, but I figured I must be using it wrong. It went into the garage. Now I have a Peru trip coming up so I tested it today with a multimeter. Nothing. Zero output. So if you take a chance on one of these, test it carefully as soon as you get it. I think there are better options out there these days.




Norris wrote a review of on March 20, 2013

4 5

My first impressions on receiving the pack were that the ice axe loop on the left side was missing an elastic adjustable tie down device at the bottom attachment point, and that the hip belt strap was way too long. I contacted Mountain Hardwear customer support and they responded promptly and helpfully, arranging for me to return the pack for alterations at no expense. They are going to shorten the belt and finish the end professionally and also send me an extra elastic tool attachment device.




Norris wrote a review of on March 7, 2008

2 5

I purchased the Mountain Hardware Sub Zero SL Parka specifically for a high-altitude mountain climb (Aconcagua) and although it was warm enough, it did not perform as expected. I wore it briefly a few times at Camp 1 and Camp 2, and all day on Feb 12, 2008 (summit day).

Although it was quite warm, poor design/ construction revealed itself in several very disappointing / annoying ways:
1) The main zipper was very hard to get started. It required a lot of struggling to get the zipper started. In the early morning of summit day, I had to remove my outer gloves and fiddle for a long time with just thin polypro liner gloves in extremely cold conditions before I could get the zipper started properly. Plus the zipper is metal. This seems like a good recipe for frostbite. An unreliable main zipper is a fatal flaw for a climber’s parka
2) During the climb, the zips on two or three of the pockets snagged on the fabric backing that runs along the zipper just due to normal operation (opening and closing the pockets). It was too cold to mess with them, so I left them in the snagged / half-closed state until I returned to high camp. I later found that I had to operate the zippers very slowly to prevent snagging
3) The removable hood needs a different, more secure attachment system. At one point after a brief rest stop, I put my pack back on and realized that the hood was trapped between my pack and my back. I pulled on the hood and it started to detach, being held only by a few snaps.
In summary, the jacket was a hassle the entire day. I think it needs significant revisions to meet the needs of high-altitude mountain climbing. It is less expensive than some other parkas, such as the North Face one, but in retrospect, the savings were not worth it. I returned this item.