Russell Griggs

Russell Griggs

Bozeman, MT and Denali NP, AK

Russell Griggs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Russell Griggs

Russell Griggs wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

4 5

If you're looking for a minimalist, very light rain jacket that will keep you extremely dry, then look no further. With the entire body made of Gore-Tex Paclite & the only frills being pitzips (waterproof zippers, so no flaps to add weight), and 2 hand pockets (also waterproof zippers), this jacket is incredibly light. However, unlike other lightweight jackets I've had in the past, this one really stands up to normal wear without realling showing it and without sacrificing useful features. For instance, the pockets aren't lined with cheap mesh, but instead are simply an additional layer of Gore-Tex Paclite layered over the body, allowing me to leave the pockets open without getting cold (although there is the downside that they can't be used for venting). This also means that if I do accidentally leave the pockets open in a rainstorm, that I still stay completely dry. The only downside I found was that when wearing the hood without a helmet, the hood requires a lot of cinching down, which creates very long lengths of cord on the back of the hood (where the hood volume is adjusted), which can flop around and hit you in the head in heavy winds. Also, it should be noted that the zippers are a little stiff when first used, but gradually become easier to use with use.

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Russell Griggs wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

This gaiter is markedly similar to OR's flagship gaiter (the Crocodiles), although with a non Gore-Tex (although still waterproof) upper, non-replaceable instep strap, and slightly less beefy lower section (500 denier for Verglas vs. 1000d lined w/ 8 oz packcloth). However, I found the OR Verglas to be more than adequate for backpacking & light mountaineering, with the uppers letting no water in and the lowers providing sufficient durability to only display 2 small scratches from crampons. Also, as for the replaceable instep strap of the OR Crocodiles, I've had my Verglas for nearly 2 years of weekly hiking or backpacking trips of ~10 miles and my instep strap still looks great.

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Russell Griggs wrote a review of on April 25, 2007

4 5

While at first glance the Maestro's amber lens tint would appear to be less effective than the standard mirrored gray lenses, it actually provides much better performance. Zeal’s combination of polarization and amber tint in the Maestro enhances depth perception and contrast and while not photochromatic, provide nearly perfect vision in the majority of situations that most people will find. In addition, the Maestro are nearly unbreakable due to the construction of hinges. The lenses are sufficiently large to effectively block both wind and sunlight and the hydrophilic temples combine with spring-loaded hinges to provide a highly secure fit, even when sweating profusely. Finally, the Maestro are sufficiently stylish as to be street-worthy no matter your attire.

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