Ty Nelson

Ty Nelson

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Ty's Passions

Alpine Touring
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Yoga
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Surfing

Ty's Bio

Patagonia rep based out of SLC.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

I've written a few other reviews on Capilene 4 pieces, wanted to comment here though. Zip necks tend to be Patagonia's best seller among base layer tops, and this is one of the best offered. Cap 4 fabric is super warm for how light it is, and incredibly breathable when you need it to be. At first glance it doesn't seem super warm, the fabric is a high/low grid and is practically see through, but it definitely packs a punch.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

Not sure I can describe on the internet just how much I love this hoody. Definitely one of my favorite Patagonia pieces ever, and one of the most worn shirts in my closet. The Capilene 4 fabric is amazingly comfortable, warm, lightweight, and breathable. It's 100% poly, but I feel like it almost wears like Merino for the warmth it captures. It's similar the R1 from Patagonia, just a little lighter version. The fabric is treated with Polygiene, which is a silver based anti-microbial, that does a great job managing the stink. The Cap 4 Hoody breathes super well when worn on it's own, or with a silkweight T underneath. And then captures warmth really well when it's layered with a jacket or shell over the top. It has definitely changed how I dress for the mountains in winter.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

This is a killer update to Patagonia's best selling Down Sweater. Changes for this year include a more durable zipper and improved fit. This new fit has more length in the body and runs more true to size than the previous version. Other than that it still carries in the same great characteristics and lightweight 800 fill down. It packs easily into it's own stretchy interior pocket, and is a super comfortable and versatile piece.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

This is one of the sweetest jacket Patagonia makes and is a 5 star product for sure. It's one of the lightest down jackets on the market, and is incredibly comfortable. The nylon fabric is more durable than the poly from the regular Down Sweater, and it seems to break in and get more comfy the more you wear it. It's great all fall and winter long, and is lightweight enough to wear on summer camping trips. Looking forward to the weather cooling off already so I can wear it again every day.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

Was lucky enough to get to wear a Nano Air Jacket last winter and totally fell in love with it. It's entirely different from anything Patagonia has offered before, as well as anything from other manufacturers. I kind of think of it as a Nano sweatshirt. Still provides the same warmth as a regular Nano Puff, but it's even more versatile to wear since the entire jacket is breathable and stretchy. The fabric has a matte finish which I think gives it a little more casual crossover, so you don't look super tech'd out wearing it around day to day. It's got a DWR coating and handles moisture just as well as a regular Nano, even though it seems like it might not at first glance. The breathability is where it really shines, and worn as a technical piece it really is a game changer for what a lightweight puffy can do. I was super psyched wearing it as a mid layer while resort skiing on really cold days. It didn't clam up as much as a regular Nano or Down Sweater, while still being nice and warm. And when you're moving fast and building heat it's incredible how dry and comfortable you can stay while not having to take your jacket off. I had no problems with durability and the jacket still looks great after months of solid day to day wear.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

Patagonia's Houdini is an incredible piece, but there have definitely been times where I've been caught out in a full on rain storm and wished there was a little more to it. Enter the Alpine Houdini. Shares a lot of the same great features such as being very lightweight and packable, while providing full waterproof protection and a little more protection from the wind. The regular Houdini is still my go to for most outings, but if it's a little chillier, if there's a decent chance of rain, or if I'm going further out than normal, I'll toss the Alpine Houdini in my pack. It's slightly heavier, and doesn't breathe as well as the Houdini, but it's definitely worth the trade off when you need it.

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Ty Nelson wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

This is a killer new version of one of my favorite pieces Patagonia makes, the Houdini. Same great DWR coated fabric that has good breathability and water/wind resistance, with a little different styling. I feel like it has a little more casual crossover, or can be even more technical since it's lighter weight than the hooded full zip version. Awesome piece to keep in the hydration pack all summer long, and a great travel piece since it stuffs into it's own pocket and doesn't take up a lot of room.

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Ty Nelson wrote an answer about on July 17, 2014

It actually does have PrimaLoft insulation, I think Bill had it confused with the Regular Torrentshell. This is a great jacket for cold weather skiing for sure and I think it would suit your needs well. Full waterproof with taped seams and windproof as well, especially with the 60 grams of insulation. If you're in between sizes I would size up to allow for a nice fleece or vest underneath for the really cold days.

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Ty Nelson wrote an answer about on June 30, 2014

tough call, both are awesome, and both will have similar weather protection and breathability (top notch). M10 is more of a minimalist piece where lightweight and packablity are it's strengths. Super Pluma is a little more of a fully featured all around jacket, but still nice and lightweight.

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