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aks4006645 wrote a review of on December 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used these as my lightweight liner gloves for Denali last May. What I really liked about these gloves is that you could put the outer shell on over the gloves for shoveling or building snow walls and not get the inner liner wet. Everyone else on our trip had wet liners every day but I was able to keep mine dry by using the outer shell when needed. Overall a great idea in design and saves you from having to bring extra gloves. These were the only lightweight liners I brought with me on a 3-week trip.

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aks4006645 wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I used this jacket as my primary "working layer" on my Denali climb this past spring. It was everything I had hoped for from base camp to summit. Nice long pit zips when needed and good wind protection when the weather was bad. For added warmth underneath, I wore a Patagonia UL down hoody and that was practically all I needed while climbing for 3 wks on Denali.I cannot recommend this jacket enough. I bought the Medium so I could layer underneath. I am 5'5" and 125lbs but have very wide shoulders so I rarely fit into a small.

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aks4006645 wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

I was waiting a long time for this jacket and was so glad that Backcountry was able to get them this winter. I am a female, 5' 5" / 125 lbs and bought the men's small - just in case there are other women interested in this jacket. I do like the fit as I have broad shoulders and there is little extra fabric in the mid section but for the most part I am layering a fleece or UL down jacket underneath so that is not a problem for me.
The jacket is warm for a shell and is completely wind proof. I have worn it skiing at -10 & hiking a mountain with a pack at about the same temp over the past week and so far I can attest to it's breathability and flexibility in regulating temp due to the extra long pit zips. During the hike I had a Patagonia nano puff underneath which was not necessary even in -10 temps so this shell is warmer than most. The jacket also did not get wet on the inside despite the fact that I was carrying a heavy pack so I think it beats a 3L gore-tex shell any day of the week. Overall I am really happy that I waited for this jacket. I was originally looking for the Chalten jacket which is what the Pariano replaced. They are essentially the same but I still think that the fabric on the Chalten is a bit thicker and it is lined with a brushier fabric on the inside. If I found a Chalten in men's small I would probably buy that one as well.

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aks4006645 wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

These pants are great! I love the full zips and the fit. I bought the caviar / small and I am 5'5" and 125 lbs with somewhat narrow hips. I think these pants have a great athletic fit and the inside is very comfortable - not scratchy at all. I plan on using these pants on Denali in May as my main working layer and have worn them hiking up mountains at -10 with windy conditions and they are very warm & windproof. of course they are not waterproof so they are not perfect for everything but unless it is rainy, sloppy snow or I am sitting on a ski lift - these are the pants I plan on wearing the rest of the winter.

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