Northwest Wyoming, Southern Mt, Sometimes CO, UT, NV, HI, CA. Absarokas, Beartooths, Bighorns, SW deserts too.
I have to spend the winter on the North Slope of Alaska; are these boots sufficient? I can expect temps of occasional -40F and ave around -20F. The best boots I presently own are the La Sportiva Glacier EVO's (Yellow leather mountaineering boots).
the fly has nylon straps with grommets in them that the end of the poles fit into. The Nylon straps can then be pulled tight. There are also a couple clips toward the middle that clip around the poles.
This is the warmest coat I have ever owned. Almost never gets cold enough for me to use it; in most cases I could wear a t-shirt and this coat and be comfortable at like 10F with minor activity. it seems to stop all the wind, and is basically a -40F mummy bag with sleeves and pockets.
I am 6'1", 180 lb, 32" waist and the large fits fantastic.
I am your size and have a black one in large. I am happy with the fit
I bought the tadpole so I could have a lightweight summer time backpacking tent, and it fits that part just fine. However, this tent is really only room for one man by the time you put some of your stuff inside like your backpack. It is way too cozy for me to get with a buddy, in which case I would bring my 3 man tent.
Also, at 6'1" tall, I have to sleep right in the middle since it is tapered and I still barely fit inside. I like this tent for warmer trips, but it is sized more for 1 man + 1 woman, or more comfortably a man and his backpack, boots, and stove.
I had a north face denali I wore for a long time, but replaced it with this one. I have to say this is a much better jacket; better construction, fit, comfort and it has some rain resistance. The windstopper material also does a good job of blocking breezes which are normally a problem with fleece layers. I am glad someone finally put a membrane in a fleece; making it the best one on the market in my opinion.
Not only do use I mine for skiing, and general outside activity, but it is also my daily jacket since it looks good and works good too.
I have one of these and use it in the low country, but still prefer a good dense foam pad when it is really cold. I don't like air between me and the ground.
I am 6' 180 and have the 186's with Marker Jesters and really like the setup. I really have no complaints of the 186's, but if I had to say anything negative it is that they are slightly too long...maybe the 179's would have been better for me.
I have used this backpack over the last couple years and like its design, lightweight, and the fact that it just feels comfortable on my back. However, I have had some trouble with the connection of the shoulder strap to the frame. Once I had it pull out of the steel link it connects to and managed to put it back, but now it has completely ripped out. I think the light rubber/vinyl connector needs to be toughened up a little bit, but I have only had trouble with one side.
Other than that I really like the pack.
I never zip my inner layers into my outer shells, but wear them zipped up independently over one another. Kind of how my underwear is independent of my jeans, I don't connect the two. This way if I have a mid layer I like and a shell I like, I don't have to worry about them being "compatable" and just buy my shells based on the expectation of using them over my mid-layer fleeces or down vests or jackets.
I personally have never been a fan of parkas that have zippers for connecting inner and outer layers. It only makes something that once was easy more complicated. It is much easier to shed or add layers when they are not connected.
Decided to get this after freezing a couple nights in the -10 to -20 range in my -20 bag. The Inferno is obviously heavier than needed in some situations, but adds peace of mind and comfort when it gets really cold. In my experience sleeping bag ratings are not conservative, but more of a best case scenario. In other words, I would not expect to be comfortable in this bag with no pad, no shelter in -40F temps. To be comfortable in -40 means a 4-season tent and good insulation between you and the ground. So if I was going ultra minimalist and expecting -10 temps with no sleeping pad and only a tent or bivy, I would take this bag.
Overall good experience with these pants. I am 6'1" and generally wear 32x34 jeans; I have problems buying pants that I cannot choose the length as well as waist because they normally end up being too short. However, I bought the 32's in the Apex pants and the length is perfect. Plenty of room for a long underwear layer underneath too, also fit nicely over my ski boots and mountaineering boots.
I have used these for general cool weather trekking, spring backcountry skiing in the beartooths, and cold days on the lifts. I would say they are adequate for fall and spring conditions or high activity in colder winter situations, but if you are idle for long in extreme cold they are not enough. Not completely windproof or waterproof, so blowing blizzarding, or wet snows require a shell on the outside of these.
Agreed, mountaineering boots are the way to go even if you are a hunter. Warmer, more rugged, more supportive than any "hunting boot" out there.
could someone reccomend a good AT binding for these? I want a good backcountry touring setup.
I have some Line Prophet 100's with an alpine setup and really like them, however they are obviously not great for the backcountry. I was thinking of just switching out my Marker jesters for these, but based on the reviews, it sounds like that will make me hate my Lines.
Instead maybe I should get new skis too and these bindings? I was thinking some stiff BD's, but am open to suggestions. What ski would some experts reccomend with these bindings for a good AT setup?