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j.a3892736wrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I really like this jacket. The durability is incredible for how light it is. The eVent fabric really does breathe noticeably more than goretex. The hood is my favorite of any shell I've owned (vs Marmot, REI).

I got the jacket for alpine climbing (RMNP in all seasons, etc), but end up using it for everything. Here's a story that attests to the durability of the fabric: I was riding my bike down the hill to work on a chilly morning a few weeks ago, wearing the jacket, and hit a deer while going about 35 mph. I flew over the handlebars/deer and subsequently slid to a stop on my back on the pavement. The jacket was scuffed, but the damage was almost not noticeable. I was blown away. The deer was impressed too.

It is big enough to allow me to put a medium puffy underneath. I'm usually a small, got the size small, and I'm happy with the fit.

My only complaint is that the zipper is starting to fail near the bottom, after two years of heavy use.

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j.a3892736wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

Get this bivy for...
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bivy for winter mountaineering. I have had condensation like others mention. But when it gets COLD (down below 0 F) I just end up with some frost on the outside of my bag, and no dampness.

No, it isn't particularly waterproof. If you seal the seams well it supposedly (according to the kind folks at B.D.) will hold up for about an hour in the rain. I don't plan to find out.

It is awesome for winter in the mountains. Keeps me warmer than a tent. Packs tiny. Single wall, four season construction is perfect.

My only complaint is the foot-box area. With a Neo-air all season pad and a zero-degree bag, the bivy compresses the bag's down at my feet. I haven't suffered yet, but I wonder how much of a liability this is. Compressing your down is never good...

The photo is from Canyonlands, where I had no condensation problems :)

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j.a3892736wrote a review of on January 17, 2012

5 5

The other reviewers are forgetting one very important thing: this is a 12-oz pack. No, it's not super-heavy duty, indestructible. It's not super-heavy anything. It's way light. I love it. I strap my snowshoes on the outside using the compression straps. I carry water, layers, nom-nom's, and a camera. I bag 12,000 and 13,000 ft mts in winter with it. It's a no nonsense, minimal pack, and that's exactly what it is. It's perfect.

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j.a3892736wrote a review of on October 13, 2011

5 5

I bought this piece for use just as casual wear (I'm not big into soft-shells for the backountry, I stick to down and gore-tex) and it's great! It's solid and looks good. It is warm enough for walking around town in winter, although I haven't worn it in cold temps yet. It did keep me dry in a downpour while I was walking -- I was probably only in the rain for 20 minutes, but it was POURING and the water all beaded off like crazy. I'll update my review when I get to put it to some cold-weather use.

It is nicely cut -- athletic but can fit layers under.

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j.a3892736wrote a review of on September 19, 2011

5 5

I knew I got the right hydration system when I took it on my long weekend run in the Boulder mountains. Not only did it feel like I wasn't carrying anything, with a seemingly perfectly engineered suspension that prevents bouncing and distributes the weight perfectly, but every other runner that I saw out that day was wearing the same damn thing! I probably saw ten runners, and nine of them were wearing this vest!

I've heard the bigger version is also great, but 50oz is more than enough for me, so I chose this one.

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j.a3892736wrote a review of on September 19, 2011

No compromise pad
5 5

This pad rocks! Comparable in weight to foam pads, but packs down to nothing. I've been through a lot with this pad, and it hasn't let me down! Well, except when I put a big cut in it with a sharp point sticking out of my cooking-kit, but a little duct tape saved the day. If you want to get a sleeping pad, and you like to go light, but you don't want a bulky foam pad dangling off the outside of your pack, this pad is the best choice.

See photo below: This definitely wasn't the pad's fault! Taped up and good to go! Turns out my patching job was a little leaky (pad gets soft by morning) so I'm going to get the same pad again! Nothing beats the Stoic LTWT Pad!

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