jason spellman

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Jason's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Jason's Bio

i like to be outside. backpacking, camping, hiking of all kinds. my dog goes with me because my wife is not a big fan of tent sleeping.

and i am a gear whore. i have been at it a while and have some old stuff that they still make, some duplicate gear from different brands, some new gear that is great and some that is crap, and some new gear on which i spent far more money than i should have...i like to write reviews and i answer questions when i feel i am knowledgeable enough to do so...

Most of my treks have been limited to Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee (although i have done a few of Colorado's 14ers), so keep that in mind when you read my reviews considering cold and altitude.

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jason spellman wrote an answer about on March 26, 2012

They will probably be good. But if i was hiking said trail I would look for something with a vibram sole and goretex depending on bridge status and time of year. Definitely give them a good break in period before you go no matter the footwear you choose.

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jason spellman wrote an answer about on March 13, 2012

same weight, same material. (backcountry's desciption is wrong for both). the material is Marmot M3 Softshell (90% Nylon, 10% elastane). the tioga has an integrated belt, scuff guards on the ankles, and is more athletically cut. scree is a looser fit and lacks the scuff guards and belt (but has belt loops). hope that helps

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jason spellman wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

3 5

held up well after a few heavy extended uses. these are good for me to down around freezing. i wish they were either longer or shorter. they come a couple inches above my ankle. i like calf length or no show socks, but at the 18 chucks i paid for 3pair off SAC, i am not complaining. decent socks at a good price, but they are not smartwool. so dont be fooled and pay smartwool prices for them!

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jason spellman wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

3 5

got this jacket of SAC for 89. i am relatively happy with it at that price point. would not pay the 185 full retail. It is warm enough as a mid-layer, but not as warm as a circumferencially insulated jacket would be. without the polyester/elastane sides, i feel it would be much warmer, but they vent pretty well if you plan on wearing this thing on the move. wore it down into the windy 20s (windchill in the single digits) as a mid layer (1 of 4 layers total) and was not cold. 6'3" 220, and fit a midweight long sleeve icebreaker and a midweight merino halfzip under with a windstopper softshell over with no problems. i will say like others have said, that it does not seem up to the material quality that i am used to getting from Mountain Hardwear; just a gut feeling...its not falling apart or anything and has no scuffs or snags in a couple outings. Got the XL.

overall impression: the Zonal is a decent, lightweight, compressible, insulated jacket for mildly to moderately cold temperatures. is it worth 90 chucks? probably. is it worth 185? no. would i use this as a winter alpine layer? no.

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