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This type of Gore material will block the wind effectively, even though it's not specifically Gore Windstopper. Even with the wind blocked though, you should plan to have some heat loss just by transfer, so layer up for insulation against the cold.
For the price, you should look at the full specs directly from OR (and yes, being windproof is one of them)....and here they are:
Hope this helps.
Jackets don't really have temperature ratings because whether you're warm or cold is too specific to who's wearing them. But, without more layers, you'll start feeling the chill at about freezing, maybe a little higher. So, to be on the safe side, plan for 40 degrees , hope for lower, dress accordingly for your comfort level. Hope this helps.
Over many years of hard use and more washings than I can count, I've never seen any of my Arcteryx pieces shed, nor do they really even do what most fleece does, pill up.
Old question, but here you go, Neil- I'm really partial to the Western Mountaineering Badger MF. Nice, wide bag. Legitimate rating to 10 degrees -. It's a real go-to piece of gear for me.
You can possibly pull off a medium in a few brands, but large is generally the size you'll want in most. Rule of thumb is to take the original stuff size of your bag +/-(in this case, 9x20") and use that as the baseline for your compression sack sizing. You might get an inch or two more diameter, but you're not going to lose any ability to squish it down to the max lengthwise. You get too small to start, and stuffing the bag gets to be a real hassle, especially if you opt for something waterproof with a roll-top.
You have to know the limitations. You trash them, it's not going to be covered under warranty.
Here's how Mont Bell sees it:
MontBell?s warranty covers all defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, MontBell will repair the product, or replace it, at our discretion. This warranty does not cover damage(s) caused by accident, improper care, negligence, alterations, or normal wear and tear. Damage(s) not covered under warranty will be repaired at a reasonable rate and a fee will be charged for shipping. All shipping to the MontBell Warranty Department must be pre-paid....
Okay, thanks. Burn a candle or sacrifice a goat for me. I'll take it however I can get it.
That's a tough call, but I've been partial to Outdoor Research and Rab's stuff. If you're going to be hanging out and want something more than just a sack that's more than just a place to crash out, you definitely want something hooped or maybe even a solo tent like the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1. More room inside to actually function, less claustrophobia, light enough to justify, packs small enough to fit in your panniers. Hope this helps.
Ultra is what's called a cuben fiber. Doesn't breath at all, so what you make up for in moisture from rain splatter, you get back in internal condensation. Here's the scoop on cuben:
Cuben Fiber is a high-performance, non-woven, rip-stop, composite laminate developed in the 1990s by a nuclear weapons physicist and an aerospace composite engineer. Originally designed for use in world-class sailing, it is ideal for certain applications in lightweight and ultralight outdoor gear due to its unmatched strength-to-weight ratio.
Technically speaking, Cuben fiber is a laminated fabric made using patented technologies with unidirectional prepregnated tapes of in-line plasma treated fibers that are spread into mono-filament level films. In more simple terms, Cuben fiber is made by sandwiching Spectra or Dyneema polyethylene fiber filaments a thousandth of an inch thick, in various arrangements between thin outer layers of polyester film. The ?sandwich? is then melded together in a high-pressure autoclave.
Cuben fiber is lightweight, highly durable, and is 50-70% lighter than Kevlar, four times stronger than Kevlar, and allows flex without losing strength. It is also less than half the weight of silnylon, has low specific gravity (floats on water), high chemical resistance, excellent UV resistance and is 100% waterproof.
No, but then again, not much that isn't designed for winter/crampon use will. You want something with a nice big, thick patch of something like Cordura, but still, crampons always do damage, even to heavy fabrics. There's always gaiters, too.
Thanks for all you do, Wayne, Lexi....everyone!! All we can ever hope to do is our best, and I know that you guys put it out there and man the line every single day with that in mind.
Gregor- You got an answer because you asked a legitimate question that provided the right information to respond to it accurately, not because of your grossly misplaced indictment, hyperbole and throwing what amounted to a tantrum.
Yes, the big expedition sized Altra packs all use basically that same P'ax system that you saw in the videos. For carrying, you would use both loops at the ends of side compression straps, but for one-hand, what you do is slide the axe or ice tool shaft under just the upper loop, lift a little, then slide the axe head into the sleeve you see the lower comp strap going into at the bottom of the pack. I know it might sound confusing, but it does work. Watch the videos again and scrutinize the Altra's features, you'll see pretty much how it works.
Yes, all the ProLite pads come with stuff sacks.
You could go all over the place in layering systems. I'm not a fan of hooded soft shells inside of hooded hard shells because I think it feels funky and messes with helmets, etc...I prefer a nice Windstopper beanie that I can use to control my temperature and still keep my head warm. But, the Nano-puff is a nice jacket. For high winds, I used to use a Rab shell, with a TNF Denali under that, then a Gore Windstopper under that, over a t-shirt or a Patagonia Capilene 3-4. It was a great combo that never left me cold, gave me the ability to shed layers when I needed to, and it seemed to breathe well enough, most of the time. Now, I still use the Rab, but I've become a big fan of Merino wool mid and base layers made by Icebreaker. I still use my Arcteryx soft shells regularly...hooded or not. The Gamma SV I'm wearing in my profile photo was and is a fantastic piece.
I'll tell you though, if you do want the weather protection, as nice as the Atom is, I would seriously look into the Zion. Hope this helps.
You've got a thing for out of stock tents. Anyhow, they're basically the same tent, but I'm of the opinion that the Frog has a bigger and better vestibule and entry, even though it raises the profile.
Ha! Okay Henry. Yes, I've seen it and would say that it runs to the purple side...more what I really would call, "Magenta", not pink.
As I recall from seeing it in person, probably the most accurate, current representation of the color is in Amazon's photo. Although Wayne should be able to go pull one off the shelf and give you his opinion. Results may vary.
And a tent, too, huh? If it was in stock, this would work, but you might also look at Marmot. Something like the Limelight 2 would be good. Light, strong, inexpensive, free stuff, green makes you one with the forest.....With you not minding some weight, you get a lot of choices, but just be aware of the pole geometry, anchor points, the shape, and the ability to guy it out well in the wind. And, with you not so worried about weight, you can choose some bomber 3-season tents that will actually perform better than some of the 4-season stuff. But yeah, especially since you can basically just move your cursor directly to the left side of your monitor and take a look at it, check out the Limelight first. You can be all set for just over $200.
No, it wouldn't. First, the volume is too small for that amount of time, imo. Also, this is more a mountaineering pack that you would see more on big summit pushes than in backpacking. In the right pack, as for size: I usually carry an 80 liter pack for that long, if I pack smart. I can go to 110 liters if I need to, but that sucks to carry. Besides all that, if you look at the Prophet, it doesn't have what you might call, amenities. Good features in this pack for what it's intended for, but not so much for backpacking.
So, I think you should look at some of the other TNF packs, Osprey, Arcteryx, and maybe Gregory. Get some idea of what you're going to have to carry for a week+, figure it out for rough size, then probably start looking in the 80-85 liter and go bigger if you need to, or smaller if you can. Hope this helps.
....but they are, Josh and El Gato, made by Gore.
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