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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...
I've been using this hoody for glacier travel for the last month which it may not be designed for but it crushes!
The fabric is light and breathable while still can keep the chill off.
Nice fit, not trim like it says but its just loose enough to breath and keep the torso cool.
The hood is a great feature and stays in place better than I expected and better than more trim fitting stretchy hoods.
the small pocket fits keys, GU, and the jacket.
I'm sure I'll love using this for running also.
One con though.. The hoody will get a funk even if worn over a layer faster than expected.
Perfect spring season touring pant. The coldblack finish is nice for being in the sun without over heating.
The fit is the best part for me! Finally a ski pant that wears like a pair of loose fit jeans! Great range of motion, not too baggy and not euro trim either.
my new favorite for sure!
Long term durability will hopefully be the same Mammut quality as many of their other products.
Originally I picked this up for my solo thru hikes but decided to try it out for lightweight overnight mountaineering trips.
Just a few things I've learned.
Its light and compact. a 115mm pole won't hold it up. Guy line.. and more line..
It vents great with all the mesh and yet didn't get a bad cross breeze.
Its very roomy!
Set it up a few times before heading out and just be sure to be protected from the wind.
I picked these up to replace my old Keen Newports. I really like the design of the shoe for a lighter version of the newport. Yet after a few uses they still don't seem to fit my last.
The opening takes me 2 hands to get my foot into the sandal, which is a first. All in all this is an awesomely built shoe but not as wide as the Newport so perhaps size up?
I'm a 102mm last
Meant for running I use these for mountaineering. For spending long hot hour on snow where the UV is coming at ya from all sides the Chroma glove keeps my hands cool.
They compact so well that I don't mind the tiny bit of extra bulk in a pocket.
So I picked up the Realm only after one of the local reps was overly excited about how the jacket is made (engineers...) and I figured I'd try it out. Best impulse gear buy of the year. I'm not the type to buy something by the looks but this does have some unique style and looks really good!
Its crazy light and so far very waterproof. I have yet to wear the jacket in an all out rain storm but so far some light cold snow, "wintery mix snow, sudden rain and a lot of wind have put it up to the test.
I own a Helium II jacket which has been my goto "just incase" jacket but its now replaced.
The Realm is only 4oz heavier and fits over layers better. The fully adjustable hood is nice over a helmet better than even the Axiom jacket. Still enough pockets in the chest to house some light gloves, a phone and snack. The jacket is easier to stuff into its own pocket than some others I've used.
A big plus is the one chest pocket is mesh backed and can be used as a vent when its just too warm
If I could add one feature it would be one "stuff it" or goggle pocket to the inside for climbing skins. Thats just me..
I picked up this stove system in lieu of just getting the 1L pot for my Reactor stove and I am happy with the decision!
For backcountry ski missions where gear weight and water consumption are an issue this stove tipped the scales (see what I did there?) for bringing less water and going lighter.
If a day was going to warrant more than 2L of water the Windburner was coming along.
Its so compact, light and easy to use that it was a no-brainer to just stop and take a 10 minute break to refill bottles.
I love how the easy and stable pot to stove integration. There is enough room inside the pot to house a small lighter just incase ya drop yours. (guilty..)
The plastic bowl on the bottom of the stove is very durable and the measuring lines are a huge yet subtle plus
All in all this is the best stove system I have used yet! I still use my 1.8l Reactor but the Windburner is my goto for backpacking and mountaineering adventures.
I was reluctant use a snow stake for a long time. But after a few windy nights in the backcountry I opted to adding a few of these to my pack. A huge help!
Normally I use a combination of ice ax, shovel handles and my skis to hold down the tent. These made it a snap to add some guylines and set up the tent faster.
Be sure to stamp down the snow before setting them as they can rip out of loose soft stuff.
They match up very nice and neat so they don't take up as much space as I originally thought they would. Throw a few in your winter camping kit and cut down on the flap.
Does this jacket have "sewn through" construction like the Incandescent jacket?
I like my incandescent but sewn through puffy jackets... are silly. Tired of getting cold in my big puffy.
I wanted a light and nimble board for backcountry days and splitboard mountaineering.
This is it.
It loves to turn and be on edge. From low angle slush to steep and deep, no problem.
The skins are amazing! For the price point this board really stands out!
For fit, I am 6'2" 170lbs, Long torso, arms. I wear Medium. Larges are just too long and don't give the "next to skin" feel.
I love this shirt. I own 3 of them only because I use them nearly everyday from november to april.
Stretchy, wicking, warm and breathable.
When warn standalone it keeps me warm even when drenched. I prefer to layer over a light compression shirt to speed up the wicking.
1\2 length zipper is great for venting.
I really miss the thumb holes the old funnel top had!
Now this is the most important feature I look for in a base layer:
It doesn't stink even if you wear it for a week straight. I know some people like the "feel" or the "warm to weight" ratio. But as a semi pro ski bum, I don't need to smell bad after touring day in and day out without the ability to do laundry.
Take that capilene!!
With boasting a alpine glove with dexterity I was all about this glove at first. The fit was good, dexterity is awesome and the materials top notch. I'm a standard Large in all gloves from OR.
But the features of the glove fall short of their advertised use. The cuff is ok, granted its hard to get over a wide sleeve. But does seal out snow and drafts.
What made me return the glove was that while there is enough insulation on the back of the hand and nothing on the palm and fingers. For a glove designed to use ice tools, handle ropes, ice axes and ski poles you need some insulation on the palm.
After some high teens\low 20s mixed climbing I went back to my Warrant glove to keep my hands warm on the ice tools. Skiing was the same, the palms and fingers were so cold holding poles.
In high wind I could feel it as well.
Please insulate the glove better and it will be perfect.
The OR Southback and Warrant are both much warmer alternatives to this. I opted for the Baker Modular mitt for the Alibi.
This the first pair of gloves from OR I've not liked.
I've read some mixed reviews. I apparently couldn't even get the bindings mounted.
Pretty basic out of the box, clean lines and simple to adjust features.
But even after swapping out the included screws for longer ones I couldn't get the binding plate to match flush on the board. Removing the bushings I could, thus defeating the purpose. With the longer screws it pulled the base of the snowboard in to the point I was afraid I was going to break it and still had a mm before the plate was against the topsheet. I tried on 3 different boards before getting overly frustrated.
If anyone has sound advice on how to mount them with out modifying bushings or my board I'm all ears. Otherwise these are going back Tuesday...
Does it come with an airbag?