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Olafwrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a very warm coat for the weight & price. It will keep you warm down to the 25F to 32F. It is windproof but not water/snow/storm proof. With that said lets get on with the most important thing you will read before making a choice to buy this item. Sizing!

I've been buying these down sweater jackets every other year since 2009. The Fall 2011 to Spring 2014 down sweater jackets of the past fit much bigger than the Fall 2014 to the current Fall 2015 line does.

I'm 5'9" 155lbs and in 2009/2011/2013 style years I found the Patagonia Size Small fit me exact (like a normal men's medium 38R chest ) This year style the size medium fits the same way.

So for Fall 2015 I purchased the Patagonia Size Medium get a correct 38R fit. My only complain is that while torso is tailored to fit better with a tapered fit that narrows from the armpit to the hemline, which I love, the sleeves are completely untailored and baggy for the size. There is more fabric around the triceps area than I would like. You can see this in the Patagonia website pictures for this product as worn on the model.

Other changes are the zippers for this year's (2014-now) style is much beefier and more durable. The DWR-treatment and crispy-factor is much better on the outer shell. In the past the thin zippers would always snag on everything and the wispy outer fabric would stain and tear easily-which is why I HAD TO replace my down sweater jackets every other year. However, this year's zippers are much improved and the outer fabric so far seems more resistant to dirt (specifically oil and grease from your skin and hair) and tearing.

I also loved that they bought back the internal chest pockets in this year style and returned the "dual" cinch toggles on the hemline that you could now cinch from inside the hand pockets (yeah it boggled my mind why Patagonia used a one sided hem cinch toggle the last couple of years).

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Olafwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket is super lightweight for the size and super warm. I'm 5'8" tall/150 lbs/38R chest and the size Medium fits me excellent. I got the Black color which looks great with it's neon blue lining. The jacket, when not cinched, is longer (down to mid thigh) than I'd expect which is great for providing coverage but it can also easily be cinched up and worn with the hem at the waist. There are lots of great things about this jacket but things that surprised me was the quality of the materials and fabrics. The tailoring is also precise (there is no extra bulk of fabric anywhere) and all the minor details are well done. I think Mammut changed the design slightly for the 2015/2016 season. The zipper pulls and cinch toggles are different on my coat versus the last year coat that I seen in the stores. Also this year's Eigerjoch seem to wear lighter and warmer than before.
This Eigerjoch is perfect but the only thing I would change are the ultra weak velcro closure tabs on the storm flaps. Unless you zip the central zip up those velcro tabs won't stay close-especially the velcro at the hem which just stays open and never really catches. I would have also wanted an extra zippered pocket on the inside chest for my mobile device even though the two mesh bucket pockets are enough. I also removed the bright orange zipper pulls on the pockets. They were just too much for me.

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Olafwrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

�The Dry Peak feels like someone took a light waterproof rain shell cut it up and restitched the panels with taped seams into a daypack. I needed a daypack for an weeklong kayaking/water caving trip.
PROS:
-When rolled up tightly no water gets in the lid nor soaks thru the fabric. It is a nylon/polyester blend coated on both the inside and outside with a durable pu treatment. ONLY use powdered detergents and/or Nikwax. Anything else deletes the waterproofing.
-Price! At $50 on sale this 9oz bag is a bargain. The closest competitor, the $160 25oz SeaToSummit 24L Carve, carries less but weighs & cost almost 3x more.
-When not underwater the Dry Peak makes a great daypack.
The hypalon loops are useful for holding items on the outside of the bag with a bungee cord .
-The roll top anchor straps that run up the sides CAN also serve as a compression strap OR waist belt
-Can be closed to seal in air for use as a floatation device. Sounds funny but it actually works.
CONS
-Fabric is very thin and light so it is not a pack for carrying anything sharp and heavy. It also looks like a potato when stuffed and wear comfort and swag is completely lost. With a large stiff lightweight padded Fed Ex envelope inserted inside along the back wall the pack now keeps shape and I have a compartment for an ipad.
-No hydration pocket or internal pockets.
-Shoulder straps and back wall are not padded.
-There is a large zippered outer pocket that if not zipped all the way water WILL get into that compartment. The waterproof zip is stiff and stops before closing so you have to remember to tug it an extra bit to get it to close.
-There is a front tunnel pocket for an ice axe or ski poles. I haven't figured out what to do with it in regards to water and day hiking activities. I would have wanted a mesh pocket instead.

BOTTOM LINE: If you leave the kitchen sink home and want the most out of one daypack for all your 3 season endeavors whether on water or land I highly recommend this pack.

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Olafwrote a review of on December 25, 2012

The Sticky Icky On These Boots!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 30+ miles on the Appalachian Trail these are my favorite boots of all time. I was worried about the blister situation and packed extra insoles just in case and found that the supplied peel away split insole that these come with either made the boots fit snug or too loose. So in the end I just used my old stillflex insoles (from an old Dolomite boot) and had no issues with blisters. I also use liner socks and pre-applied my own homemade anti-blister balm just to be safe and had no issues with blisters. The break in time for these boots took just the morning on the first day.
My favorite feature is that the rand and under-soles stick to everything. We were hiking late December and there were wet leaves, wet rocks and ice everywhere and I had no issues climbing over anything.
My one gripe is these are not the most cushioned boots I ever worn and downhills you tend to feel it more especially on worn down trails. But this can easily be fixed by inserting beefier cushioned insoles.
In closing I will sum up the awesomeness of these boots: In the last 10 years of hiking the first thing I always want to do when getting back to the car is throwing off my boots and getting into some dry cotton socks and sneakers or flip flops for the drive home. Last night was the first time in 10 years that I kept my boots on during the two plus hour drive back home. That is how comfortable these Salewa are!

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