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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 March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

The only thing this jacket is missing is brand name components, ala gore-tex or primaloft. That said, I have several Eider pieces and the construction is bombproof, and the materials do their job. This is a very warm jacket and is perfect for less than 30 degree days. It breaths well, has a great pocket and feature layout (goggle pocket with wipe/ pass pocket, snow skirt, etc). It also looks great.

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Patrick Mulliganwrote a review of on March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded from the original alien (which I gave to someone in need on a long ride) and haven't looked back. This is not a minimalist tool, I ride with a crank bros 19 when I'm simply out for a quick ride. However, with this thing, I put a boot and a couple of quicklinks for my chain in the case for long rides. You really wouldn't need anything else if you're suffering from a mechanical beyond a pump and a tube. That said, I've never had a mechanical (or seen someone else's) that couldn't be fixed by this thing. I've even broken it out when folks don't have the appropriate tool in their kit at the cars.

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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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