How does this compare to the Marmot Ama Dablam Down Jacket? I'm specifically interested in the fit and the amount of down fill in these jackets. I'm looking for a lightweight puffy to put on during stops while winter hiking in Colorado.
How does this compare to the Mountain Hardwear Hooded Phantom Down Jacket? I'm specifically interested in the fit and the amount of down fill in these jackets. I'm looking for a lightweight puffy to put on during stops while winter hiking.
Hey keegs, I think you misread Brett's answer. He said he had used another North Face boot (The North Face Verbera Backpacker GTX Boot) for the past 2 seasons, not the Verto.
The fleece lining on this jacket is definitely thin. Sounds like this would be what you're looking for.
Not sure on the exact rating, but it is very nearly windproof. If I had to guess, this jacket is about 3-5 cfm.
If you are looking to ski both on and off piste, the Blizzard Bonafide (98mm) is the best choice. It has just the right amount of rocker/camber mix, a great flex profile, is very stable at speed, and rails on the groomers for a ski that wide. The mantra and Rossi E98 are both stiffer, more frontside oriented skis. The Bonafide is also much more nimble than you would expect from a 98mm waisted ski. I wouldn't definitely recommend going with the 98mm range, you will get increased float in soft snow and stability in crud, without sacrifices much on hard snow. You won't regret it.
The 12/13 liners are improved from last year's Cochise. I thought they were really nice and would definitely give them a shot before springing for new liners.
I'd definitely go for the medium.
These would be a great choice for commuting on a bicycle in the rain. They are fully waterproof, are very light, and pack down small enough to carry with you all the time so you don't get caught in a downpour without them.
If you are looking for a boot to use for both resort and touring I'd check out the Tecnica Cochise or Cochise Pro Light boots. They are significantly beefier and stiffer so you'll pay some weight penalty, but they should perform significantly better at the resort. They also get great reviews for their comfort in walk mode.
I have the Look PX 12 bindings on my 2011/2012 Bonafides and have been extremely happy with them. Definitely worth a look (no pun intended).
How does this compare to the Patagonia R1 Hoody?
I am 6'3" 185lbs. and got the 180's last season. They were easy to ski, but still never found a speed limit on them. With the crappy snow here in Colorado last year I never got to take them out on a pow day so I can't speak to that. The only advantage I can see from going longer is the increased flotation. Just remember that 7cm is less than 3 in. so it's not a huge deal either way. Honestly I think you'll be happy with the ski in whatever size you choose because this ski rips!
I have a pair of Salomon Quest 4D hiking boots. Does anyone know how the fit of these compares to the Quests?
Definitely a small. This jacket is "regular" fit so the medium would be really baggy.
This jacket is very nearly windproof, but has very little insulation so you would definitely need some layers underneath, especially if you are standing around. Pair this with a thick fleece, or even better, a down jacket and you'll be toasty warm.
I checked out both the Marmot Hyper and TNF Leonidas. Both Jackets are very similar and I really liked each of them. Ended up with the hyper, as it has a "more" athletic fit. I'm 6'3" 185 and needed a M in the Leonidas and L in the Hyper. Either is a great buy.
I'd check out the M. Should fit you pretty well.
Does this jacket have the same "athletic" fit as some of the other Marmot jackets like the Super Mica? Or is it more generous cut like the Precip?