South-central Idaho. Mountain biking, snowshoeing, elk hunting. Alpinist in the making... :)
Yes, they do have a removable liner.
I have both and I (generally) go with the Northwall at temps<20*F or for a lower level of activity. The Knifeblade and Northwall both seem to breath quite well for me. I do prefer the fit of the Knifeblade under a climbing harness, FWIW.
I appreciate the info and photo! Another 'gear whore' here, so don't feel too bad. ;)
I decided to go with the Nepals, and yes, durability played into that decision. I suppose I will give the Baturas or Spantik a hard look when I get into higher/colder stuff a bit down the road.
As far as $$$ goes, I recall Dane on his blog, Cold Thistle, saying something about how all of these boots are cheap compared to the cost of just a couple of frost-bitten toes!
Batura 2.0 or Nepal Evo GTX?
I am looking for a good all-around Mountaineering boot for (beginning) ice climbing as well as winter climbing in the Rockies and summer alpine climbing in the Alps. I would prefer to purchase only one pair of boots, if possible. I am leaning towards the Grivel G20-22 step-in crampons for these boots.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Been using the Knifeblade since it was introduced better than a year ago? It has stood up to City of Rock granite without a scuff or single hole. It breaths very well but is still windproof, IME.
Hood fits nicely over a climbing helmet and the fit of the jacket under a climbing harness is very good.
Breathability (sp?) is awesome, especially for a 'sweater' like myself. Touchpoint system on the hood and waist could be a bit better, but that is the only negative thing about the Knifeblade.
Fit, for me, is superb. I am 5'9" 200# and wear a 44" suitcoat. I can fit a cap3 and R1 hoody under the knifeblade with no trouble at all. That combination is about perfect for my needs.
EDIT: I haven't had this jacket in a heavy rain, but in heavy snow -fall, it stays dry for me.
I bought these from BC for use as a approach/hiking shoe. Fit, for me, is a touch narrow in the toe box, but still comfortable.
I used the Alp Trainer on a 5.4-5.5 Alpine climb in the Tetons this last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised with how well they 'stick' to the rock.
I haven't a bunch of miles on these yet(perhaps 20 total?) but they seem like they will hold up very well.
Only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the fit for me(subjective,I realize).
I have been running the Alpinlite for a few years now. I really like the warmth and lack of weight.
The width is a bonus for me, as I am rather broad across the chest(44 coat size)and am a side sleeper.
I haven't had this bag much below 15*F, but in those cases it was still very warm-I have a hunch I could go into the high single digits with just a base layer and wool cap sleeping in the Alpinlite.
I will never part with this sleeping bag.
Bought this last fall when I got tired of using a cheapo rental harness-very pleased with the fit and comfort.
Been using this for cragging mostly, but a few alpine climbs as well. I can wear this thing all day without any issues.
Only thing I don't like about the Adjama is the adjustment to lower/raise the leg loops-not easy to use IMO.
I plan on keeping this one for a while.
I purchased these shoes two months ago from Backcountry and have ~50 miles on them, including a climb of the OS route of the Grand Teton last weekend. During that climb, the shoelace guide on one shoe completely ripped out, making it difficult to properly tighten the shoes.
Also have holes wearing through the fabric below the laces.
Not pleased with these at all.
I have had better luck with other La Sportiva products, so perhaps my pair of these shoes slipped past QC somehow?
NOTE: big thanks to Backcountry for letting me return these shoes! BC is the best!!
Jeff, thanks for the input-exactly what I needed to know.
What sort of 'pons do you guys recommend for the S Evo GTX boot?
Strap on or step in?
I currently have the G12 strap-ons, but it would be nice to use a step-in 'pon if possible?
Is this the new 22 kN PAS?
I notice the pic shows the new Metolius 22kN PAS, but BC's specs indicate a rating of 18kN which is that of the last version?
I am needing one of these suckers, but I would prefer the newer version.
Any help would be appreciated.
Not R4 Fleece!
According to Patagonia, the Regulator fleece on the Northwall is closer to the R2 variety.
Just an FYI for you folks that are taking a look at this item.
Dean and Jason,
Appreciate the help, fellas.
Jason, I should have stated that I am wanting this for cold weather use.
I am quite interested in the Knifeblade as a climbing jacket, but I have a major problem with perspiration-therefore I need something that is very breathable.
Any input would be appreciated!
Thanks for the feedback, Matt. I just received the jacket today, fit is very good...looking forward to putting it to work here soon.
Anyone use this little sucker for a belay jacket? Impressions? Recommendations? I have a DAS, but am looking for something lighter and not so bulky for when I need an extra layer- but not cold or windy enough for the DAS.
As much as I love the NP pullovers, my Micro Puff vest is not going to be replaced by the NP version any time soon. The Micro is warmer, and the shell is much more robust than that of the NP line, IMO.
I am very impressed with the warmth of this garment.
Incredibly light, packs down to almost nothing.
Got caught out on(got lost, mechanical problems!) mountain bike ride last night, and this jacket, was literally, a life saver.
Going to buy another one so I have a spare.
BTW: I am 5'9", 190 lbs, and wear a size 44 men's sportcoat and the large is perfect-not too baggy, but handles a base layer with ease.
My single most utilized piece of outdoor wear.I have this along on every mountain bike ride(fits in my Camelbak Blowfish with room to spare) I also bring it along on every hike, backpack trip, snowshoeing trip, or backpack hunting trip.The warmth for the amount of weight is nothing short of amazing. The thing even is pretty warm when wet!Sizing seems spot on, with room to layer a R1 or Capilene or Icebreaker underneath.Patagonia got it just right with this vest.
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