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SomeGuyWhoClimbs

SomeGuyWhoClimbs

SomeGuyWhoClimbs

SomeGuyWhoClimbs wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A great piece of kit, it's always in my summit pack and typically always in my pack for belays.

Fit - I'm 6' 2", 190 lbs with pretty broad shoulders and a large fits like a dream; snug but not too tight, can layer underneath w/ a base layer and an R1 fleece hoody.

Weather - Seems to block wind pretty well but won't stand up to light rain for more than 10minutes or so as the shoulders will eventually wet out. Not an issue though as it's an insulation piece, not rain gear. Have been relatively comfortable into the high 20's w/ just a merino wool base layer and this piece on. You're not going to be toasty but you're also not going to be freezing. Typical alpine comfort.

Durability - Has held up well for two seasons now but I will warn you that it's not the most abrasion resistant. It tends to snag pretty readily on rough surfaces such as granite, leading to small micro rips. The fabric itself though appears to limit the extent to which these rips will grow and I've been able to simply patch 'em w/ Tenasious Tape.

Options - Highly recommend the hooded version of this jacket over the non-hooded as it allows you the ability to have a neck gaiter if you don't feel like having the hood up.

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SomeGuyWhoClimbs

SomeGuyWhoClimbs wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked this up w/ the idea that it would be a great piece of lightweight emergency equipment. Ended up having to use it in an alpine bivy scenario this year after encountering route finding issues and needing to bunker down for the night. Result was MASSIVE condensation on the inside of the bivy, even though the hood was never utlized. Thinking this was a fluke, I've since taken it out for some simple overnight climbing trips (where I wasn't too concerned w/ getting my bag/body wet) and have met the same result, MASSIVE condensation. For the price, this is unacceptable as you could get similar protection from a garbage bag or a foil bivy/blanket. Seriously disappointed in this and would suggest that anyone owning this pile test it out somewhere safe before being forced to use it in an emergency situation. You will be wet.

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