My ZZeros are Mondo 30s. Aren't the Vulcans available in M 30 too? A 29.5 tends to crowd my toes. Not so good for the cold.
How does the weight on these compare to the old Gaias?
This is a really well made jacket with a great fit and nice detail features. It's fit is athletic- at 5'11'' and 150ish a medium fits perfectly. It's windproof (as you would expect) allows me all the range of motion I need for backcountry skiing and rock climbing. The material strikes me as very durable even in high abrasion contexts, it has pit zips, a drawcord waist, and torso pockets that you can access with a harness.. Mammut stuff always seems to be beautifully made and I've yet to wear out any of the clothes I have from them (including some heavily used Champ pants that still look new). Definitely worth the price.
I've been using a full set of these for some time now and they are really sweet. Sure they are a bit heavier than some but given their range you can reduce the number of cams. Great when you are feeling shaky on a placement as their wide range makes placements that much easier. Highly recommended. And unlike another manufacturer of popular cams, these things are actually made in the US.
I got this as a gift for my wife-- however at a slim 5'3" the size S was tight in the shoulders on her. A medium would be too long so the item was exchanged for a perfect fitting Mammut WS. I'd suggest trying this on before buying as Patagonia sizing can be tricky across items. Her old (hoodless) Retro X jacket in size S is big and loose on her, while this is too tight (at least if she wants to raise her arms above her head). Apart from the sizing issues it has all the virtues of Retro X material, strong, tough, and warm. Do note that the hooded jacket has a quilted back and not fleece. Too bad on the sizing as this would otherwise be a great piece for all round cold weather wear.
This is a great fitting, high quality piece. One piece base layers are far more comfortable and warm that separate tops and bottoms especially if you spend lots of time in deep snow, skiing or climbing. This suit replaces an ancient Capilene one piece (not made for years). A size medium fits me ( 5'11" 150 lbs) perfectly. The material is stretchy, comfy, with variable thickness in appropriate places. It has a butt flap with small zippers on the upper leg for bathroom stops and a two way front zipper. I recently wore the suit under outer layers for a week of backcountry skiing in Canada with -35 c temps on one occasion- the suit worked perfectly, wicked well, never smelled and was totally comfortable. While it is pricey, Backcountry gave a killer discount and unlike a lot of Euro gear, Houdini actually makes their stuff in Sweden. Quality all the way.
This jackets replaces a much older synchilla jacket which has proven to be bullet proof.. I bought the new one for casual wear in cool weather and it works fine for that. A drawcord hem is a nice feature. It features the usual Patagonia quality. Like most Patagonia clothing I own, it does run pretty large- my medium is pretty bulky on me (5'11" 150) so size accordingly. If I were buying one for layering under a shell I'd get a small. Only niggle is the jacket -- after two washings-- leaves a patina of red fleece filaments over other clothes- presumably these aren't lodging in my lungs at the same time. And I do wonder why Patagonia has to take American made fleece and ship it all the way to South America to have it sown and then ship it back to the US for distribution- not very green sounding to me.
These are great ropes- supple and smooth and they don't tangle. If you do long wandering trad routes, half (double) ropes are the way to go. Belaying takes a bit more skill since you'll be clipping on only one rope at a time. For me the double rope system feels really safe and convenient on multi-pitch trad routes. On shorter routes I still use just a single.
These are great boots, stiff, light, and perfect with Dynafit bindings. They fit me the same as the same size in Scarpas. Carbon stinges are very tough and show no edge cuts after a season of pow. And just so you know they are made in Italy with French liners NOT in China as the Backcountry.com Tech Specs indicates. Nice that something is made somewhere besides China.
This is a primo item-- perfect as an outer layer in cool weather and a killer inner layer in the cold. Great for cycling, cold weather running, climbing, and all sorts of backcountry activities. I'm 5'11'' 155 and the medium is a trim fit with room for a couple of lighter layers. The thumb loops are perfect for keeping hands warm under gloves when skiing or ice climbing.