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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Tahoe Backcountry, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole and Surroundings, the Trails and peaks of the Sierra.

Patrick Mulligan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Patrick Mulligan's Bio

27+ years experience with all my activities.

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on February 18, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I purchased this jacket to replace an Armada Vortac jacket that was very much the warm / waterproof down jacket I wanted but was too loud (red/orange and given to me by a friend). The Colt jacket by contrast has almost no loft. Only a few of the baffles are even remotely full (what you would look for in a warm jacket) and the baffles in the arms and hood are baffling in the way that there is no down at all in either. Also missing are nice features such as mesh in the pit zips (how else do you keep snow out for the cold and deep days for which this jacket is advertised).

To test the jacket, I wore it over a T-shirt on a cool night of 35 degrees on a two mile walk to see if it offered any warmth. The metal zippers in the pits became very cold and as expected the jacket was little more than a thicker shell. I was cold by the time I returned home from the walk. By contrast I normally wear a low loft Arcteryx Atom LT jacket over a t-shirt and am very comfortable on such evenings.

FlyLow seems to have significant QC issues (I've had other experiences with their gear - such as delams and weak seams) and this jacket fits that bill as well. If the down was evenly distributed - or actually if there was any down in the jacket at all I would have kept it. It was sent back and returned. Similar jackets in the price range are far better. Especially those made by Spyder and Narrona.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced a Petzl hammer with this one over a year ago and have never looked back. This thing is heavier, making the work easier, and has much better workmanship. I've never nailed with this and have only worked on bolting and bolt replacement, but its the best hammer I've used.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a very lightweight and well put together Gore Tex Shell. For ice climbing, alpine climbing, etc I'm certain its a good jacket. Its missing several things I would look for on a ski jacket however, and its missing several components I would search for in a jacket at this cost.

Pros:
-Solid Construction and if it is like other BD outwear it will be pretty bomproof.
- Lightweight (at a cost of features)
- Goretex
- Good helmet ready hood.

Cons:
- For a Jacket at this price point I would look for things like wrist gaiters (missing), powder skirt (missing), and better arrangement of pockets (only two chest pockets).
- very crinkly for a shell (makes noise moving around in it).

Its apparent that the lack of features was probably driven by the desire for a simple & lightweight waterproof and breathable shell. However, with that said, there are several alternatives in the same weight category with Goretex Pro in the same price range. I'd go with Arc'teryx at this price point any day given the longer history and track record. Their jackets are less noisy, and every bit as good and in some cases even cheaper. At this price point thier jackets have even more features people actually use. Norrona would be another alternative for a good shell that is more robust with features that folks actually use.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I wore this jacket on a rainy ski day this past saturday. I had worn it climbing a couple of times, but more as a weather resitant windbreaker than a true "shell" prior to that. Amazingly, water beaded and just "fell" off of not only the 3 layer fabrics so smartly placed over the front top of my core and shoulders and the top of my arms, but even on the stretch sofshell fabric on the torso as well. I skied for 3 hours in a rain snow mix (I live in tahoe and its early) and was Gore Tex style dry.

I must say, owning several pieces of BD clothing that I've been very impressed by the quality and make of their cloting. Its as good as anything I've seen.

Their clothes have an athletic cut, so don't expect baggy style. And as a climbing company, their stuff is borderline minimalist so expect light and no frills construction. I'm 6'1" and 170 and the large fits perfectly.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on December 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I chose the #6 Wild Country tech friend over the Camalot for a few reasons. #1 it feels better in my hands and I feel like I can better handle it. #2 the heavier spring (anecdotally) on the WC just feels more stable to me. #3 I like how these rack. For some reason these seem to hang on my harness better. While I use almost nothing else other than C4s, the #6 WC is money.

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