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italian carver wrote a question about on December 2, 2012

how does this jacket compare to the Marmot quasar jacket?

I can tell that the quasar has the following over the MH GW:

-left chest pocket
-10D fabric (idk what the MH fabric is in terms of durability??)
-900 fill down (compared to 850, nbd i suppose?)

just wanted to be sure as these jackets ARE ~300 with tax.

i'm 5'10, 148lbs for reference

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italian carver wrote a question about on December 2, 2012

gear heads, how does this compare to the MH Ghost Whisperer Jacket? (no hood version of course) The easy positives of this jacket i can see so far are:

- Left chest pocket
- 10D fabric (i don't know what the MH GW has, but some people had said that it was fragile fabric?)

anything else? can't decide btw the two!

thanks in advance

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italian carver wrote an answer about on December 30, 2010

check out the Mountain Hardware Epic Jacket.

just got it 3 days ago in time for the major Cali storm... lots and lots of rain.

unlike goretex which requires a special "washing" (when you need to wash your funk out) with a special detergent and "follow up spray", the Epic is a WATERPROOF shell...no if's and's or but's. None of this "breathable" crap where you have to tend to the jacket to keep its waterproofness while maintaining a comfortable breathable nature.

the Epic shell is extremely lightweight, due to it being a single layer of material *backed* by a waterproof plastic/rubber/nylon coating. It is able to compress into a small sandwich ziplock bag (maybe even smaller) to help with packing on trips. This coating on the inside ensures that there isn't a chance of water getting in... maybe if you ripped the jacket. The seams are taped and there are pit-zips to help with venting. The burnt orange colourway is awesome on the Epic... with a "ripstop" style crosshatches and a dark satin orange finish, the Epic was perfect for me. Check it out!

In my opinion, there is no *waterproof&breathable* with the chance of water getting in. Pit zips do so much more in terms of vapor transport than a "breathable waterproof" material... unless you want to pay 3-6 times the price of a VERY good, simple shell.

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italian carver wrote a review of on January 19, 2010

4 5

it works as described... i wash with no detergent or techwash, take it (my northface apex softshell) right out after the spin cycle is finished... and while still damp wet, spray the whole jacket once to twice with 30 minute intervals in between and then dry it for 15 mins on delicate cycle after its been hung all night.

the only problem is.... it smells of sour milk. it's a sour smelling liquid to begin with, but since the softshell absorbs is like neoprene, the jacket now reeks of this smell. People agree with me that it is def not a b.o. smell, but there is certainly a hint of sourness. This is mot likely due to how much i put on, so beware, use LIGHT thin coats... not thick, single layer sprays. The thing is it says it redoes 3-4 jackets i think, and there is still much left for 3 more (i've dont it once before), which makes 5.... so i dont know why it smells like this. (and no it didnt smell like this before or after the washing machine thank you very much haha)

overall, great product, but take care of the amount you put on.

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italian carver wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

i wore these boarding and wow are they comfyyyyyy

i have a bike sock base (very thin and breathable) and these over them.

too bad they dont have blue anymore... overall, you look baller walking around the cabin bevore you and ur buds go out to the snow

contrary to what the blue plaid actually looks like, i got a lot of "nice socks" compliments from the ladies, they thought they were cute lol...

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italian carver wrote a review of on September 19, 2008

5 5

they may look heavy, sweaty, clunky things, but man do these feel good! After 3-4 hour rides, i can't believe i have gloves on. The gel insert takes away a lot of vibration, mesh along the tops of the fingers and wrist take care of any hot mugginess. There are latex linings on the thumbs, and 1st 2 fingers to give good grip also. The nice finisher is a patch of microfleece on each thumb-length for smooth snot sweat wiping. Weight weenies and hardcore xc racers, don't be offended by the looks, after all, how can a fingerless glove protect your fingers when you fall? Well, this glove has taken a few for the skin on my fingers and palms and i thank them for it!.

Overall, i can't believe that i waited this long to get a glove this good!!

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