If I never saw or owned an Orbit (smaller sibling 45 lumens, 84g), I would have have no comments. However, after comparing the Apollo and Orbit side by side, I would have to say that Apollo needs to be much brighter than the Orbit considering the greater weight - 84g vs 220g. with 45 vs 80 lumens. For over twice the weight, the light should be 3x greater in brightness to really make this light worthy of the extra weight since Orbit can do pretty much what Apollo can but a little dimmer.
Yes, the Apollo is brighter and throws a wider ambient lighting but Orbit is not overshadowed by it.Orbit is powerful for its size ? Orbit can hold its own. If I had the choice of one Apollo or two Orbits, it would choose two Orbits.
Apollo would be ideal when weight is not a primary concern compared to Orbit. Also Apollo does a better job placing it over uneven surface. Apollo also sits much higher, without additional support, which allow the light to be distributed in a larger area with minimal effort.
The build quality is great. The telescoping diffuser does not wobble when pulling it out like the Orbit. It also has a battery gauge. The overall form looks like the larger sibling of Orbit.
If you can afford the Apollo and Orbit, get both. Each has it's benefits. I got both on sale and own 2 Apollo and 3 Orbit.
TNF knows how to make great pants and shorts. The North Face Paramount Utility Short is a perfect example in a great fitting with utilitarian function and style.
The first impression I got when putting the shorts on for the first time was an awesome fit like a custom tailored shorts that slipped on with ease without any tight spots. Once the short were on, they fit great and super comfortable without looking baggy.
One may think that a heavier fabric would not be a comfortable as a lighter fabric short but this short fit just as comfortable as the lighter short such as the North Face Horizon Peak Cargo Short.
Kudos for being totally utilitarian.There are + 7 Functional and useful Pockets
+ 2 Angled front pockets
+ 1 Zippered deep front pocket (almost 12" deep!)
+ 2 Side utility pockets with velcro on 1 pocket
+ 2 Pleated rear pockets with tabbed velcro
+ Great fabric and finish
They are all usefully designed. The front pockets are nice and really deep. the depth is around 12 inches!! - Truly amazing. The rear pockets are generously wide and pleated to allow bulkier item to fit if needed. Very nice.
The fabric is nylon faille, DWR coating which looks super durable yet light and has a rugged technical appearance
The short are priced very reasonably and awesome when purchase on sale.
I give it a 5 star rating, since there is no 4.5 rating. The reason I would not give it a 5 rating is the stitching job on the back such as the velcro and around the pockets have some loose threads and stitching is not perfectly finished to be picky.
I can't think of any negatives currently. This short has become my favorite short for now.
The Patagonia Roving Cargo Shorts are one of my best in my various array of shorts. The way it fit is the best part about the short. They cut is a very athletic slim look yet it does not feel slim or tight anywhere. It feels roomy yet looks slim and has a dressier finish (streamlined) due to the fabric, design of the pockets - the pocket flaps stay down neatly and low profile.
This short has an unusual snap button design which some complain that it comes off. I did not experience this in any of the 4 pairs I have. (also includes the Rock Craft which uses the same snap button). I do like the innovative snap button design but not quite sure about the long term functions of these.
I do not recommend the short to fit tight around the waist as it could possibly come undone for some people. I wear mine somewhat loose so I have no issues of having the snap button come undone.
+ Style/Design - slim look without the slim fit
+ Fabric and finish
+ Great colors
+ Clean, streamlined look than other hiking shorts
+ Optimal length
+ Good craftsmanship
- Snap button enclosure questionable for some
The style got me interested in trying the shoe as it has a great technical appearance along with the Quiklacing. I bought the shoe wanting to try the Quiklacing system. As it is not perfect, however, I do prefer it over the cumbersome laces. One pull to adjust the tightness depending on the situation. To loosen the tightness is to press the fastner and slightly loosen the cable and done. It's much faster than re-tying and getting it just right.
Although comfort of a shoe depends on how well the shoe fits a particular foot but fortunately it works for me. The shoe support for me is not too stiff nor flimsy. It provided me a good balance of support between hard and soft whether I was running over a rocky and hard surface or running up a steep mountain which was dry hard packed. I go on fast pace hikes that are about 3 hours long and there have been no issues of pinching, rubbing, spot tightness, etc.
I gave it a 4 star rating since I personally felt it was a great product but not an absolutely perfect in every aspect. The lacing becomes slightly loose after awhile and I would have to give it a slight pull to re-adjust.
+ Quiklacing system
+ Comfort - toe room, heel, arch, upper
+ Design & Style
- Quiklacing not perfect
- No improvement change from previous
I made a purchase on KEEN Ontario Slip-On Shoe based on the great photo provided by Keen. Well, when I received it, what a big disappointment on the poor quality it had on the leather quality. The hide dying process was done poorly. It had a ugly flat dark brown which look like a dirty brown. I could not tell if it was dark brown or black. Just horrible. I got this on 50% off and I still returned it. I was so surprised by the flat unflattering finish, I call to tell Keen customer service how good it could have been if the leather finish was done just like the photo. Just too bad on this one.
(photo for reference)
+ Good style (from Keen's brochure photo)
- Bad leather finishing (real life appearance)
This is one of the lightest fleece jackets you can get. I would call it vented fleece jacket yet it does provide wind protection and warmth. When you put it up to a light, you can see through the fleece patterns. The approx. weight is 10.5 oz / 297 g. When worn snug, it wickers the sweat and allows perspiration to escape through the sheers pattern yet providing wind barrier.
This jacket is light and compact. It feels like a light sweater with three generously sized pockets with the full-zip. It's a neat versatile jacket.
The weakest part about the jacket are the TNF logo all over especially the logo on the back side on the shoulder blade. The front chest, left arm, back left. The logos on the arm does make it look technical. However, I wished that they would have left off the logo on the back. With this many logos, TNF should pay the customers for advertising. LOL. What is the deal with TNF. Is The North Face going through a Middle Age insecurity ,as a company, with so many brands out there? I think they should focus on making innovative products through design and research and not through excessive branding.
I like this jacket enough to get used to their branding. Feels light and very comfortable. If comparing to a baselayer, I would say somewhere between mid-to heavy weight.
+ Light fleece design
+ Unique textile design
+ Versatile / Multi-purpose use
+ Worn as base, mid or outer
+ Design & Styling
+ Light weight
+ Sweat wicking
+ Fast drying
+ Good Fit
+ Large pockets
- Too many logos placement
- Zippers difficult to open one-handed
I do not usually buy sweaters but this one is an exception. It's very cozy and soft on the inside and great for layering. It keeps very warm by it self.
I like the, higher than the usual, crew neck design. It is a little tight getting my head through but that is all good to keep the neck area not too loose.
I would buy another when this goes on sale to have a second one since this is the only sweater I own.
First of all, let me say that TNF pants are one of the best. They know how to make pants in terms of style, great fabric and fit. I think the A5 Utility pants are still my favorite which they discontinued a few years ago.
As for the Mt. Rainier pant, there are two weights. One is heavy cotton twill which is very soft. The other is a lighter cotton canvas fabric which is lighter than the heavier cotton twill.
The fit and comfort is not as good as the A5 or the previous year's cargo pants. The lower rise does not make the pants more comfortable. As many are complaining, the low rise does not provide a better active snug fit at all. A good test is to squat down and see how the pant contour around your leg and hip comfortably. Low rise tend to pull more fabric than standard since there is less fabric covering the waist down. Bottom line is low rise is not optimal for active wear.
Another negative is the shallow front pockets. Come one TNF, the Mt. Rainier front pocket depth is for kids. Give me pocket where I can put my wallet or keys or knife and not worry that it may fall out when I sit down. I feel the designers have missed one of the important philosophy of TNF which is functionality.
Hear me out TNF designers if you ever read this. TNF should be developed with function in mind first! Once you have gotten the function and comfort down, then begin designing the pants for great looks.
I look forward to the day when TNF pants are created with perfect balance of great fit and comfort, function and looks. TNF once had the perfect formula on the A5 utility pants (material, fit, comfort, function)
Here is a reference to the TNF A5 Utility pant:
Photos of the A5 Utility pant (khaki & new taupe):
Rainier Pant Overview - Pros and Cons:
+ Good fabric and finish
+ Good styling (pocket lines, belt loops, pocket flaps, etc.)
+ Good construction / quality
+ Good weight for cold/cool weather
+ Lighter canvas fabric only available in certain colors (not indicated on web site)
- Shallow front pockets (not functional)
- Low rise design offers less comfort and not as good fit as traditional rise (un-utilitarian)
- Heavy fabric not ideal for hot summer or warm weather
- Rip stop lighter fabric only comes in Mt. Rainier Surplus (cargo) Pant
- Lighter canvas fabric only available in certain colors (not indicated on web site)
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