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Sean Hilliard

Sean Hilliard

Southern California

Sean Hilliard's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running

Sean Hilliard's Bio

I am getting back into hiking after a long layoff. It is time to get back out there and see the world from the tops of mountains!! I work two jobs so time is tough, but whenever I can I get out there.

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on January 23, 2012

Are the specs listed here on BC.com correct? I ask because the weight is listed here as 12.9oz (and yes I read the question and answer below), but on the patagonia website it is listed at 17.4oz (using 6.2oz fabric). Here is the link to patagonia website:

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/patagonia-mens-simple-guide-jacket?p=83746-0-889

I am very interested in this jacket at 13oz, but not really much at all if it is 17oz. I am in need of a light stretch woven softshell without a hood (I hate them). If anyone has any ideas on that I would love to hear them too! Thanks for the help!!

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on December 28, 2011

Question about the material. Here on bc.com the material is listed as DryQ Active, but on the MH website it is listed as "AirShield Active," not the DryQ Active; however, DryQ Active IS listed as a technology for this piece on the MH site. My question is this: what material is used in this jacket (as least the front facing material)? And if it is AirShield Active, how does that material compare with the DryQ Active?

Thank you for the help!!

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on March 5, 2011

This question is for Jon Webb. Since you seem to be the "go-to" guy on everything Mountain Hardwear.

I have the Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Jacket; which I love. However, I hate the hood (I hate most hoods, not just the one on the Chockstone). I just ran across this jacket and see that it seems to be the same material (chockstone doubleweave) as my Chockstone Jacket, without the hood. I figured that by losing the hood, I would also lose some weight as well. But this jacket weighs more then the Chockstone Jacket with the hood. So, does this jacket have a thicker lining (i.e. warmer) which would be fine, or is it something else?

Any information you have would be great.

And, as a side note, the tech answers that you give are extremely informative. Thank you!

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on January 18, 2011

Icebreaker Body Fit 150 vs. These

Does anyone have any kind of idea how these compare to the Icebreaker Body Fit 150?? I think that the Icebreakers are a little lighter, but I have no idea on the durability of either one. I am looking for my first pair of wool base layers, and these two are at the top of my list. With them both being priced at $60 right now, I wanted to see if anyone out there could give me some ideas on which way to go.

Thanks for your help!!

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on December 23, 2010

Does anyone know what size a compression sack would be need for this bag? I was looking at the sea to summit event dry bag (this one: http://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-evac-dry-sack) in the 5L size and I am wondering if that will be big enough. Granite Gear makes a dry bag (http://www.granitegearstore.com/eVent-Sil-Drysacks-P110.aspx#) like it but much lighter. The problem is that the smallest size is a 7L. Anyone have any ideas on a stuff sack size???

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Sean Hilliardwrote a question about on January 26, 2010

A quick question: does anyone know why this midweight shirt is 6oz. and the lightweight shirt is 7oz? I saw those weights on the marmot website:

http://marmot.com/spring_2009/mens/baselayer/lightweight/lightweight_zip_neck_ls/info/details

and then

http://marmot.com/spring_2009/mens/baselayer/midweight/midweight_zip_neck_ls/info/details

Any ideas??

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Sean Hilliardwrote a review of on January 23, 2010

4 5

I first want to say that I really like this hardshell. I have had it for almost a year now, and it has served me very well. Its waterproofness has been excellent. I have have been in some serious storms (and a two hour ocean fishing boat trip where spray landed on me the entire time), and have not had any leaks at all.
Breathability could be better...but really can't it always? I over heated the jacket in about an hour of hard up hill hiking with a light pack. The pit-zips on this are a life saver though. I almost always have them unzipped.
The fit on me is perfect. The xxl fits perfect over the xxl windstopper tech vest I just got. The torso length is long enough for me to just about cover my butt (like a rain shell should). I have a very long torso though, so it may be too long for some of you.
At some point in the future I will move on to the marmot mica jacket though....got to go lighter!!

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Sean Hilliardwrote a review of on January 23, 2010

4 5

I bought this pack after doing serious research on many, many packs. It is very light, and quite comfortable to carry. The construction of the pack is top notch.
My problem is this: this was to be my one and only pack for quite a while to come. I realized it would not work for me on an 18 mile one day mountain hike. I need more room then my ultra-light 18L pack, but way less room then this pack (or a pack with better clinching and far more organization options; like the osprey exos 58). I had serious, "hey, where did that bagel go??" issues. With only one huge pocket, everything got lost quickly. That being said, in the future I may get this again as a longer trip backpack, where less little stuff will get lost inside.
All said and done and very well made, light, and comfortable pack, just not what I need right now.

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