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Vern Nelson Jr.

Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on December 14, 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. I have had the product for over a year and used it on countless climbs, craging trips and trips around town and it is still holding up very well. Im finding it hard to not recommend anything from ME.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If they made an XXL this would be my fav glove. I have very large hands and getting gloves that are big enough is next to impossible. I still use these gloves all the time even though I have other ones that fit better. They are super warm very water resistant. I do a lot of rope work and these have held up very well. For the price I think they are very very good gloves. I have several pairs of gloves that I have paid a lot more than $70s for but still seem to find my way back to these when I need a glove that I know will be warm and can hold up to abuse and won't let me down.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

My go to piece for the last several years has been an Arc' Teryx Atom MX jacket, went with me on all my climbs be it to my backyard alpine missions in the Stuart Range, expeditions in Alaska or cragging trips to the desert. The problem with the Atom MX is that they quit making it. I would check Ebay and Geartrade monthly in hopes that I could pick up another one. At last I needed to find a replacement for my Atom MX. I tried several jackets but the one I am sold on after spending some time in it is this jacket.

The Bastion is super light, stylish, breaths well, blocks wind and is very warm. I love the fact that I can put this on at the belay and follow with it on and not over heat. I can hike in it and not over heat because it breathes so well but once I stop it locks in the heat and keeps me warm. Wind does not get through at all. The hood fits over a helmet to the point where you don't even know the hood is up, which is very nice.

One feature I was very happy to notice this last weekend out ice climbing at the BIF was the fact that the two front pockets are fleece lined and feel very nice when trying to warm your hands.

Other nice thing is it is very stylish so after climbing I can switch pants and head to the bar for dinner and drinks.

Overall this is a high performance jacket that will be replacing my much beloved and used Atom MX which is a hard task to take on IMO. I would not think twice about buying this jacket.

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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 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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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on October 31, 2009

5 5

A total upgrade to the fan goggles I used to have. When hiking and having sweat coming down my brow any other goggles would have fogged but these did not. I have a medium to large face and felt that these did just fine. Get the sensor mirror for flat light, they will not be enough for bright days. I am recommending these goggles to every one I know. They are probably not needed if your not earning some turns however. Btw i dont notice any problems with the fan, you can hear it a little but not a problem.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on May 23, 2009

5 5

This probe is awesome with the little black cones at the top of each segment makes this significantly faster to assemble than poles with out it. Look for those cones on any probe you buy. I also love the rough sandpaper grip so that your hand does not slip on the probe while it is in use. You can throw this out on the snow, grip and rip and in a few seconds your ready to start the rescue. For the price this probe is awesome, best out there.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on May 23, 2009

4 5

Im going to continue with the fragile reviews. I ride a lot of Burton stuff and it is good but you do pay a premium for the name. The top clear coat flakes off really easily and the bottom scratches with not to much effort. That being said i love how the board rides and can handle a little bit of everything. I like to ride big mountains and powder and this board fits in well for those resort days when i dont need to use the split board. It is stable enough to handle groomers and some ice or mixed snow conditions. I would recommend this board but give it a 4 out of 5 because of the clear coat flaking off so easily.

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Vern Nelson Jr. wrote a review of on May 21, 2009

2 5

If you get off the groomer or out of the park and into some pow and need to strap in good luck. I had a pair of these for one day and sent them back. I found myself digging a hole to pull the back plate back to get my foot in. It was not a good experience. Some people love them and I don’t get how they could, kind of a cult following.

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