Vern Nelson Jr.

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Trad Climbing
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
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Vern Nelson Jr.

Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

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

I am picky when it comes to gear, so when I picked up this piece I really wanted to hate it, its heavy (compared to my down jacket, which is expected) and just not a piece I thought I would use all that often. I love my ME K7 and thought this was a piece that would stay on my wall, maybe I would let my girlfriend use it to run errands around town. It has these funky thumb loops that seemed silly on such a big jacket (I get it on base layers but not on an insulated jacket), I felt a bit like the Pillsbury Dough Boy when I would wear it.

BUT MAN WAS I WRONG.

This has actually been my go to jacket for anything with a short-med approach (still will pick my K7 due to weight concerns on long outings). This jacket is warm, hood fits very well over a helmet and it has held up really well and is really burley. Im not easy on anything so this is saying quite a bit. The thumb loops have ended up being something that I use all the time and ad an extra bit of warmth by sealing off out elements that much more. The insulation seems to have kind of molded to my body (if that makes sense). I can and have comfortably climbed rock and ice in this jacket. For belays its pretty awesome you throw on the jacket, put your thumbs through the loops, throw the hood on, zip it up and your warm.

I didn't think that I would but I highly recommend this product. Im finding it hard to not recommend anything from ME.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

Awesome belay/climbing jacket
5 5

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

I struggle with down jackets, I want one that keeps me warm but doesn’t make me feel like Ralphie’s brother on “A Christmas Story.” It seems like most companies I have tried either load up on down or they don’t add enough. So you have to pick movement or warmth.

The K7 does a really good job of giving me both worlds. They use a 750 Down fill that has a dridown treatment with a pretty water resistance outer shell material. Under the arms there is just a little bit less down, still down but not as much as on the chest or on top of the arms (there is still down and never once has the underside of my arms been cold). This is nice when you want to climb in it. The jacket allows you full movement of your arms without restricting you.

The outer shell seems durable also. I have had it for about a year and there are no holes in it to date. Just last night I was rapping off a WI climb and had several times where there were funky raps that caused me to hit the sides of the rock with arm and I had the K7 on. Upon inspection this morning there is nothing wrong with the jacket. I think it will stand up and be worth the money.

The hood ME also got right. It fits over a helmet allows me to move my head around freely and not be constrained. There is nothing I hate more than a jacket that doesn’t allow me to move my head freely and tires out my neck.

I also love the large internal mesh pocket on the inside for a water bottle or gloves. It’s really nice to have such a large pocket to pop your climbing gloves into and keep them from freezing at the belay.

Its warm it, it climbs well, has an awesome hood and good features. Of all the downs I have tried this is the best if you want something warm and is going to allow you to move when needed.

ME like most all of their products that I have tried got this one right and I give it five stars.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote an answer about on December 15, 2010

two options get the Large, i feel like it fits pretty true to size, or you can order both large and medium and return the one you dont use, you will have to pay about 6$ return shipping but its worth it to make sure Xmas morning he has one that fits perfectly. Nothing is worse than getting an AWESOME jacket and having to return it because it doesnt fit just right and having to wait an extra week.

GOOD LUCK

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote an answer about on December 15, 2010

All depends on the size of your rope for my rope i use the http://www.backcountry.com/store/search.html?mv_session_id=Nu9HPvIr&aff=1&q=metolius+rope+ranger for a day of trad climbing i http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-mutant-38-backpack-2100-2550cu-in the mutant is my go to pack and i find that most the time i end up stuffing the rope ranger in the bottom with the rope and pile everything else on top. good luck!

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote an answer about on December 14, 2010

Looks like at some point it stopped rotating then started to burn from the friction of the rope. This device is not designed for high speeds, its made for light rescue and for climbing (hauling gear bags) or other climbing applications. The plastic is not made to stand up to heat, i would look into something that is made for zip lines probably a metal pulley. I dont know of any climbing gear made for that fast of movement and that much friction. Good luck be careful.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote an answer about on December 14, 2010

Most people go ahead and Girth hitch them. You are true that normally you dont want to girth hitch two fabrics together it does weaken the system but you shouldnt be falling on this system anyways. Also if something it girth hitched to your harness for to long you could wear out your belay loop (what might have happened to Skinner), it should be fine unless its always really tight and for a long period of time just be sure to inspect your equipment and you will be fine.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on July 23, 2010

4 5

I found one climbing about a year ago. It seems to stand up to A LOT of abuse. The down side is that they are heavy, I like my Meteor III WAY MORE. But for guiding this helmet is nice because its easy to adjust for different head shapes. For the price I would rather buy a Petzl Meteor III.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on July 16, 2010

2 5

The first bag i bought a year ago worked awesome. The last bag i bought a few weeks ago does not work at all. Its almost a lube. As soon as i put it on my hands are wet again about 5 seconds later. I dont know if I got a bad bag or what but i think that it is acting as a lube kinda like a graphite lube for bearings. Might try another bag to see if i just got a bad batch but not impressed right now.

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