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gary289343 wrote a question about on November 28, 2012

I'm trying to find the ideal mid layer for...

I'm trying to find the ideal mid layer for cold backcountry ski trips. Last year I bought a Montbell Thermawrap Guide, but with my Mountain Hardware conduit shell and thin poly base-layer, I'm sweating out the insulation. Example, three weeks ago I went on a simple 3 hour hike. Temps were 10 degF with about 30 mph winds. I had to bundle up pretty good, but at the end of the hike, I was freezing cold to discover my layers were completly sweated out. Therefore, I think the Thermawrap is just too warm to wear with a shell, but I desire a shell to protect the fragile shoft shells from damage in the backcountry and provide some water protection.

I also consider a hood a requirement for both additional confort if needed and also in case of emergencies, always good to have extra head protection.

Reading these other reviews leads me to believe the nano puff is also going to be too warm for my needs. When I compare the insulation between the nano and the thermawrap however, the Thermawrap has more than twice the insulation as the nano, which leads me to believe the nano is not as warm as the thermawrap, which is what I think I need.




gary289343 wrote a question about on January 2, 2012

How easy are these boots to put on? I'm looking for a new boot for overnight snowshoe trips sleeping in tents or in a bivouac such as a snow cave. I find my current snow boots (including my ski boots when I ski instead of snowshoe) are extremely difficult to put on in the morning when they are frozen. Do these open enough to go on easily?




gary289343 wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

Being tall and thin, I was on a quest to finally get a pair of ski pants that fit proerly. Plus I required many features like cargo pockets, venting and hook gators. These fit the bill.

Ideally, I'm 33 waist with 34 inseam. The medium-tall version of these fit great with a little sinching of the inner drawstring.

All the pockets and other unexpected features have made these pants a joy.

Although Backcountry sorting and filtering made it very difficult to find exactly the sizes and features I was seeking, the live-chat support helped signficantly.