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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These dry sacks really are phenomenal. I use them as stuff sacks for my sleeping bag. The taped seems and waterproof fabric give me a little extra security on ski mountaineering trips while the taped seems and waterproof fabric allow me to compress the contents and seal it up as small as most compression sacs without all the extraneous straps and fabric of a traditional compression sack. It is definitely a piece that is a little fragile as most ultralight gear is but if used mostly within you pack it lasts and will remain unscathed!

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 25, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just received my loadstar about a month ago and the jury is still out. It is a very warm jacket and is so soft and comfy I think it will excel in super cold conditions but may be a little warm for near freezing temps. That being said it has been a great piece for cool evenings in the Northwest this fall as it is nearly as warm as something like the Transcendent hoody and far far more durable.

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 25, 2012

Light and Warm
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you're going to be bushwacking through alder this isn't your jacket but if you're up high or out for a few days and want a grapefruit sized 800+ fill down piece that will keep you toasty warm look no further. Sure you trade a little bit of durability for extreme packability but the shell is still pertex protecting those lofty feathers from moisture and if you need lots warmth and durability you can pull a shell over it like the Mentor or even more bomber, the Maximus from Outdoor Research.

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 25, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants are dry. These pants look good. These pants are warm.

The pockets are laid out well and the fit is relaxed. The warmth of these pants is welcome on those inbounds storm days when the temp is dropping and you're spinning laps on the lift.

They may be too warm for some who are earning their turns in moderate temps but these are sure to be a cold weather favorite.

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants/bibs are super durable, comfortable and dry thanks to the sandwiched GoreTex membrane. The bib, being taller in the back, protects not just from deep snow but also from the dreaded jacket creep (when your pack pulls your jacket up on the uphill. The inner thigh vents are long and combined with the side vents provide good ventilation before it's time to rip the skins and make some turns.

I like like the combination of sidecountry fit/style with bomber functionality.

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on September 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using an Axiom jacket for over a year now and I must say that it's all I want and nothing I don't. The highly breathable Active Shell by Gore is more than jsut a new name like so many other breathable fabrics. There are no pit zips (a plus in my book as i never use them anyway) and the build quality is great!

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

5 5

This jacket is perfect for the weight conscious but has made it through salt water kayak tours international travel and more than a couple ski tours. It doesn't breath as well as the three layer fabrics but I have had one for the past few years and it is still waterproof and untorn! It's so light and compresses so small that there is no excuse not to have your rain protection with you. It makes a great 'just in case' piece or can be a go to outer layer when every ounce counts.

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Tom Murphy wrote a review of on October 22, 2009

5 5

For total peace of mind going into high altitude or extreme cold the Alti Mitt is it. The primaloft insulation will cost you a couple ounces over down but will always be warm and toasty. OR has done a great job of crafting a well put together mitt. The dual drawcord closure on the cuffs is easily adjusted and the removable, insulated liners speed drying and give you options if things are unexpectedly warm. If you like your fingers where they are (still attached to your hand) and want there to be no question that they'll stay there take a close look the the Altis.

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