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Ty Nelson

Ty Nelson

Vendor Rep

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ty Nelson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Skiing
Surfing

Ty Nelson's Bio

Patagonia rep based out of SLC.

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Ty Nelson

Ty Nelsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

The regular Houdini from Patagonia is an awesome lightweight piece, and the Alpine Houdini comes in to compliment it as a waterproof version. (windproof too)

I always have a regular Houdini with me for just about any outdoor activity, and I'll reach for the Alpine Houdini on my way out the door if I'm anticipating the weather to be nasty, or if the conditions are a little colder for a hike or mountain bike ride and I need the extra wind protection. The breathability isn't the best, but it packs down super small and keeps you dry when you need it to.

The fit was slightly updated for 2016, as well as a more durable zipper, and the latest and great version of the fabric

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Ty Nelsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

I had written this pack off as just a running piece at first, and didn't think a pack with no waist straps would do well mountain biking until a buddy of mine started riding with one and raving about it.

This is my new favorite riding pack, and one of the most comfortable I've used. The chest straps have two ways to tighten down, and the packs sits really well even over bumpy terrain. Not having a waist strap is actually a great thing, and makes the pack super comfortable.

I've always liked packs with front pockets on the waist straps, but the pockets on the main straps here are even sweeter. Plenty of room for gels, chewies and bars, and super easy access whether you're on or off the bike.

It is still designed as a running pack so the interior has just a hydration bladder pouch and the rest of the pack is open. A little tough for a biker to get used to since there's no dedicated tools, a pump, or co2, but I got used to it pretty quick. Finally the exterior stretchy pocket is great for food or an extra layer and actually holds everything pretty well despite not having a secure closure at the top.

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Ty Nelsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

The Torrentshell is a great jacket and a good value, and newly updated for this season. Not every person needs a $300+ technical gore-tex shell, and not every outing calls for one - that's where the Torrentshell comes in. Several companies offer $99 rain jackets, and the Torrentshell here is designed as a step up from those, while not breaking the bank. It's well made, fully waterproof, and fully windproof. All seams are taped, and the fabric itself goes through rigorous testing in Patagonia's in house fabric lab. If you turn the Torrentshell inside out you can really see the quality. All seams are meticulously taped and the patterns are well thought out by the designers to fit well and move well.

More expensive shells will give you lighter fabrics that offer more breathability. A lot of the time when people think their Torrentshell isn't waterproof, it's actually condensation building up from the inside, even if they're not sweating. Breathable jackets work by allowing water vapor out when there are different atmospheric pressures between the micro climate next to your body under the jacket, and the outside world. So in warmer climates especially it will seem like the jacket isn't keeping water out, but it's actually keeping water in.

Back to the updated Torrentshell itself, the interior of the jacket is a textured pattern designed to keep the jacket off of the skin and give it a little more comfort, while protecting the waterproof membrane of the jacket. For 2016 the fabric was updated to a higher performing and softer version of the previous jacket. The back of the neck has a small fleece patch for comfort, and to protect the jacket for the oils of the skin since that is one of the main contact points for a shell. The jacket also packs into it's own pocket which is great for travel, or for not taking up a lot of space in a pack.

To sum it up the Torrentshell is waterproof, packable and versatile. It is not the most technical jacket on the market, but Patagonia is confident that for $129 you are getting your money's worth on a jacket that will last a long time and travel well and many different trips and activities. Patagonia will back that up with the Iron Clad guarantee if you're ever unhappy with your purchase.

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Ty Nelsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2016

5 5

The Torrentshell is a great jacket and a good value, and newly updated for this season. Not every person needs a $300+ technical gore-tex shell, and not every outing calls for one - that's where the Torrentshell comes in. Several companies offer $99 rain jackets, and the Torrentshell here is designed as a step up from those, while not breaking the bank. It's well made, fully waterproof, and fully windproof. All seams are taped, and the fabric itself goes through rigorous testing in Patagonia's in house fabric lab. If you turn the Torrentshell inside out you can really see the quality. All seams are meticulously taped and the patterns are well thought out by the designers to fit well and move well.

More expensive shells will give you lighter fabrics that offer more breathability. A lot of the time when people think their Torrentshell isn't waterproof, it's actually condensation building up from the inside, even if they're not sweating. Breathable jackets work by allowing water vapor out when there are different atmospheric pressures between the micro climate next to your body under the jacket, and the outside world. So in warmer climates especially it will seem like the jacket isn't keeping water out, but it's actually keeping water in.

Back to the updated Torrentshell itself, the interior of the jacket is a textured pattern designed to keep the jacket off of the skin and give it a little more comfort, while protecting the waterproof membrane of the jacket. For 2016 the fabric was updated to a higher performing and softer version of the previous jacket. The back of the neck has a small fleece patch for comfort, and to protect the jacket for the oils of the skin since that is one of the main contact points for a shell. The jacket also packs into it's own pocket which is great for travel, or for not taking up a lot of space in a pack.

To sum it up the Torrentshell is waterproof, packable and versatile.
It is not the most technical jacket on the market, but Patagonia is confident that for $129 you are getting your money's worth on a jacket that will last a long time and travel well and many different trips and activities. Patagonia will back that up with the Iron Clad guarantee if you're ever unhappy with your purchase.

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