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The Himalayan Suit is designed to protect you from the elements - here it is during an expedition to summit Makalu. This picture was taken at roughly 8485 meters, with -40� C temperature and 100 km/h wind?..
I got the Patagonia Upslope Hoody a couple weeks ago and have worn it almost everyday since. It is nice and light, but still warm for it's weight considering it's made out of Polartec Powerdry Grid Fleece. I really like the casual fit of this piece - I have the R1 Hooded Fleece Pullover, but have found it best-suited to layering rather than casual wear, as it is cut quite trim - the Upslope Hoody has plenty of room for layering, great pockets and a unique look. I am 6'2" 185lbs and a large fits me well.
I was fortunate to be able to start testing the new Powslayer Bibs in January 2014 and have been thoroughly impressed with their fit, comfort, functionality and styling. From Chamonix to Alta, I've probably gotten at least 20 days in these bibs and they're great paired with the Powslayer Jacket. These bibs are just high enough to keep the snow out while still feeling light and comfortable. Considering that these are bibs, I really like the relaxed fit; loose and comfortable, yet not too baggy. I am 6'2" and wear a Large in the Powslayer Bibs and Jacket.
I was fortunate to be able to start testing the new Powslayer Jacket in January 2014 and have been thoroughly impressed with it's comfort, functionality and styling. From Chamonix to Alta, I've probably gotten at least 20 days in this jacket and it has been fantastic, especially when paired with the Powslayer Bibs. The Powslayer has everything you need (multiple pockets, helmet compatible hood, 3-layer Gore-Tex) and nothing you don't -it's light, comfortable and handles the elements with ease. I am a big fan of the styling for 2014 - I would describe it as a relaxed fit; loose and comfortable, yet not too baggy. I am 6'2" and wear a Large in the Jacket and pants.
I got the new Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket in Malachite Green a couple weeks ago and have been wearing it as much as the weather in Park City has permitted.
As soon as I got the Nano-Air, I wanted to start wearing it - the material is super-soft and comfortable, almost reminds me of an old sleeping bag crossed with a sweatshirt. While it may be mid-August, the Nano-Air is perfect for our cool summer nights (Mid-50s to Mid-60s F), it breathes extremely well and regulates body temperature as a result. With other synthetic-insulation jackets, I sometimes get the feeling that I have a heating pad across my back after wearing the jacket for a while. This is not the case with the Nano-Air, it seems to dump excess heat with ease and keeps me warm, not hot.
The unique shell material of the Nano-Air is matte and gives the jacket a nice, low-key appearance. This, coupled with its amazing breathability make the Nano-Air a technical insulated jacket with extreme versatility. These days, I'm wearing it with a t-shirt underneath and it's perfect for time when I'd usually wear a fleece or hoody; this winter, I'll be wearing it under my ski shell as an insulating layer or over a flannel as a casual jacket.
I'll check back in with updates as I continue to use the Nano-Air, but so-far, so-good, considering that it's August and I'm already stoked on it!
I'm 6'2" 185 and the Large fits me well with plenty of room underneath.
Since getting the Classic Navy Patagonia Arbor backpack, I've used it almost everyday and it has stood up to my abuse while also keeping my laptop protected. It has a classic look and utilitarian construction. The two zip pockets are crucial for keeping small stuff separated and easy to find. The main compartment is bigger than it looks - with a 15" computer and an ipad in the laptop sleeve, there's plenty of room for my headphone case, camera, down sweater, extra layer, etc.
I love Allgood Provisions' Organic Wild Blueberries - they are great as a snack during a mountain bike ride and delicious over yogurt or cereal in the morning. I like the resealable bag, makes it nice and easy to keep fresh and perfect for traveling. Highly recommended!
The Icebreaker Departure Short Sleeve Shirt is even better in person than I thought it would be. I just got the Aegean and really like the color. While it may be made out of Merino, it feels fantastic - it's really hard to tell the difference between it and one of my favorite lightweight button-down shirts. It is very light and perfect for hot summer days. The fit is true to size - I am 6'2" 185 Lbs and the large is great for me. I will be getting another soon!
The Icebreaker Departure Long Sleeve Shirt is even better in person than I thought it would be. While it may be made out of Merino, it feels fantastic - it's really hard to tell the difference between it and one of my favorite lightweight button-down shirts. It is very light - I've been wearing it out at night this summer and it's a perfect weight. The fit is true to size - I am 6'2" 185 Lbs and the large is great for me. I will be getting another soon!
The Rab Boreas hooded pullover is a great do-it-all hoody. It is made out of a uniquely smooth, lightweight and stretchy material that works well as a layer, a lightweight long sleeve for hiking, biking or running, or just as an everyday hoody. The longer I've had the Boreas, the more I find myself wearing it. highly recommended. Fits true to size, although the sleeves are cut a bit long to provide coverage when climbing. I roll them up from time to time and don't even notice.
Dynafit Athletes putting the Dynafit Transalper DST Shorts and the rest of their new 2014 Spring/Summer clothing line through the ringer in the Alps.
I received the Dynafit Transalper DST Shorts a few days ago, and after just a couple rides, it's clear that they are fantastic shorts for mountain biking. Typically, I have used Fox Racing Shorts over my chamois; however, I wanted to switch it up and try something new. The Dynafit Transalper Shorts were my top choice, and I am extremely pleased after just a few rides in Park City. They are very well made, and the lightweight material provides fantastic stretch without sacrificing durability - they have 3 well-placed pockets and adjustable Velcro tabs on the waist to allow you to get the perfect fit. Their length is generous without being unnecessarily long - they hang just over the top of my kneecaps - and have a nice, tailored fit, so there is no issue with extra material getting in the way of pedaling. While they don't come with a chamois, that didn't bother me at all, since I typically remove the factory spec'd chamois and use my trusty Giordana's. The Austrians at Dynafit have hit the nail on the head with the Dynafit Transalper DST Shorts, once you get your hands on them, you'll know what I mean - stoked to have the whole summer ahead of me to really put them through the ringer.
The Norr?na Falketind PrimaLoft 60 Insulated Jacket is a perfect lightweight synthetic insulated jacket for wearing as a stand-alone in Spring, at night in the summer and during the fall. It also is a great insulating layer under a shell. Fits true to size - I am 6'1 185 and large fits me well.