Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.wrote a review of on January 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have put these bibs through the ringer, so to speak. When I am not working, I use these bibs for backcountry skiing and wet weather hiking. When I am working, I use these bibs every day as rain pants in the rainforest of far western Washington (I am a forester and am in the woods 6 inches of rain or shine). Here are my notes:

Cons:

These bibs are not downpour proof. I have used many different brands to keep me dry in the woods in my career, and can easily recognize the difference between perspiration and leakage. When I wear these and it is really coming down, my crotch and knees get wet. The zippers and lightweight material were not designed to keep steady streams of water from penetrating the fabric and crotch zipper. I have owned <$100 hiking rain pants that have performed equally if not better in downpours, although these bibs are more durable.

After less than one year of use, I have developed two large holes, one on each cuff, from repeatedly kicking branch stobs and from ski edge abrasion. Please note that I am not necessarily holding this against the bibs because I fully understand that I use these things for some of the harshest off trail brush and slash travel as you can imagine. I have found the seam between the reinforced kickstep and the regular material to be the weak point.

Pros:

The articulated knees and crotch are simply awesome. I can drag my long legs up and over downed logs and lift my knees as high as I need to without the slightest bit of bind or pressure. These things are very comfortable and can be adjusted to fit exactly how you want them to.

The breathability is better than I found with any other garment I have owned. I can be moving fast uphill all day without sweating through my cotton pants (other than the leakage points described above).

When I use these things for skiing, I am always impressed. The great breathability, flexibility and comfort make them a joy whether I am cruising down the groomers or skinning in a blizzard. I have yet to find a snow day where the rate of frozen precipitation is greater than the gore tex can shed, although when it rains, it is a different story. The inner gaiter keeps all snow out and prevents the bibs from riding up my leg while hiking.

The bottom line:

Used solely as ski pants, these things will exceed your needs and will never let you down. As rain pants, look elsewhere (something cheaper will do just as well). If you need a pair of bibs to operate as a go to ski/ mountaineering/ hiking/ workwear shell layer, these may be the best compromise I have found, although they are not quite as durable or waterproof as I wish. Not sure I will ever find a pant that is, but I did pay nearly half a thousand dollars for these...

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Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.wrote a review of on May 25, 2015

5 5

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

Just retired the pair after 4 years. I work in the woods 500 hours per year and these boots tackled torrential rain, heavy logging slash, long dirt road walks, 100 degree temperatures and 100% slopes perfectly. The leather uppers are still in their infancy but the soles are worn flat. I broke an eylet last year and had a new one punched. I'm buying a new pair right now.

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Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.wrote a review of on October 12, 2013

5 5

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

This jacket is warm, light, compressible and looks sweet. I am 6'4" and 180 pounds and the large just barely fits me. I have typically owned synthetic insulated jackets so I can't compare this to other downs, but this jacket is warm for me to 28 degrees with a longsleeve under it. This fits well under my shell, and the hood is light and low-profile enough so that it is not in the way. The description says that it stows in its own pocket- there is NO internal pocket to stow the jacket like many other down jackets. I can stuff the jacket in one of the main handwarmer pockets on the outside and it fits well enough, so this is not a complaint. The hood is smaller than I expected, there is no slack when it is over my head. I like this because it keeps wind away from my head and neck. The shiraz color is unique to MH and looks great. I like the fit far better than the Patagonia down jacket I tried on. The Patagonia fits like a rectangle box and this jacket fits like a glove.

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