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David's Passions

Hiking & Camping
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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This jacket is exactly what I was looking for - lightweight and very warm (for winter camping in temperatures colder than 20 degrees F).

Two issues: 1) inconsistent down weight. In trying to decide on a color, I got two versions of the jacket in XL. Immediately I noticed that one had significantly less loft than the other. Sure enough, one weighed 614g while the other was 660g.

2) In total, I've now tried on three of these jackets and two of them have had main zippers that are extremely hard to work. I'm hoping that the zipper will break in over time. If not, this jacket will be returned.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice lightweight jacket. Love the athletic fit. Keeps me warm with a shell down to about 35 when not engaged in aerobic activity.Of course, you'd buy a jacket like this for when you're engaged in aerobic activity - my Montbell Ultralight keeps me warmer and is lighter, but is useless if I get it sweaty. It seems like it's fitted to be inside Arcteryx winter shells - it fits perfectly inside the Beta AR (the hood fits perfectly inside the Beta AR hood). It could also be used inside a lighter weight shell, but the hood doesn't really fit nicely inside the Beta SL hood. 6'3" 210 lbs and the XL is perfect.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a winter hiking boot and initially loved these. They are sized a bit large and allow a thicker sock. After a brief break in period, I took these on a hike on dry roads in 20 degree temps, my feet were warm but not too warm. They were comfortable (though lacking in arch support - nothing a good pair of Superfeet couldn't fix). A few days later I put on a pair of microspikes and took them up in the mountains in snow (not in deep power - on an established snow covered trail) on a two hour hike. The longer I was out it seemed that my toes weren't quite as warm (despite aerobic activity). When I got back I felt inside and felt cold water around the edges of the sole and the upper. Definitely not waterproof. Bummer - I have a hard time finding size 15 boots.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a solid piece of gear, but I'm returning it for two reasons. First, it just doesn't feel as good as the newer style Gore-Tex shells. Second the fit is not what I'm looking for. Even with the XL (I'm 6'3"), both the sleeve and coat length seem a bit short. On top of that, I'm just swimming in the body (I'm not tiny - 210 lbs). I guess it's built so that you can layer, but it might be a tad excessive. If you're built like a barrel and don't want to pay for a newer type of shell, this may be the coat for you.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This pack was precisely what I wanted (a tough top-loading daypack with support to keep the weight off my shoulders). Being 6'3" with long legs and a relatively short torso, I ordered a large. Unfortunately, the bottom of the hip belt hit just above my hip bones. The Black Diamond Nitro isn't top-loading but is a much better fit.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on April 30, 2012

5 5

I backpack in the Rockies and am usually sleeping at 8000-10000 ft, so nights get pretty cold even in July and August. I've also found that most bags really don't perform down to their temperature rating (especially over time); I have spent many cold nights in my North Face Kilo. I wanted to upgrade without increasing pack weight. This bag, while pricey, has met all of my expectations. Warm nights at last!

FYI, I'm 6'3 and 200 with wide shoulders and the bag (long version) does not feel overly tight - it seems (from customer reviews) that some bags in this weight class (e.g., WM Ultralight 20) are overly restrictive. Looking at the shoulder/hip/foot circumference specs seems to indicate that this bag is in fact more roomy than others.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on November 26, 2010

5 5

I wear this for winter running when the temperature drops below 20 deg. F. I wear it over a long sleeve lightweight technical shirt and it keeps me comfortable (I prefer being slightly cool). It's very lightweight and the fit is exactly what I'm looking for. I'm 6'3", 195lbs with wide shoulders and long arms and have the XL. It's a tad loose so I can layer and still have freedom of motion. A size L would be tight and would be short in the arms.

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cosmicgumby wrote a review of on June 5, 2010

2 5

I read rave reviews about these and they were relatively inexpensive. I don't love the fit (on the short side - I'm 6'3", size L) or feel (a bit scratchy), but most of all, they did not adequately wick moisture (in fact, they seemed to generate additional moisture). If you're looking for an absolutely fantastic product, I would go with the SmartWool midweights - more expensive but they outperform these in every way.

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