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jon2901323 wrote a review of on April 10, 2012

Very Versatile Headlamp
5 5

I purchased this headlamp specifically because it uses CR123 batteries which meant that I can share the same power as my Steripen Adventure handheld UV water sanitizer. Having to only bring one type of battery on expedition really simplifies things.

On Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya, I loved the fact that the headlamp will burn down every last ounce of power from it's batteries before quitting. Other headlamps will simply shut off if they don't get enough juice. This meant I could use the "dead" batteries from my Steripen for a few hours in the headlamp, which is quite economical.

In terms of performance, I had no issues. The light output is great on a full charge, though to maximize battery life, I usually kept the side-lights on (not the main bulb) and set to the lower setting. The light-weight of just two CR123 batteries is fantastic.

I would use this headlamp on most expeditions up to 8000m peaks. For 8000m and above, I'd consider taking a lamp that uses more batteries (sacrifice the weight savings) for performance under severe temperatures.

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jon2901323 wrote a review of on April 10, 2012

Versatile With Great Fit
5 5

I bought this jacket as my go-to winter shell for San Francisco where it doesnt get very cold, but does get quite wet in the winters. My immediate impressions were that the size Small fit my 5'9" 155lb athletic frame perfectly! I completely love the fit.

I also took the jacket on expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya this past March. As some reviewers have noted, this isn't a severe weather coat, so don't expect a high level of durability or wind protection on 6000M (20,000 ft) peaks. The weather on Kili on our summit day was atrocious but the coat performed as well as to be expected. The 30mph wind certainly got through. On Mt.Kenya we summited Nelion (19 pitches, grade 4) and the coat performed well. The hood doesnt fit well over a helmet (since this isn't a technical jacket), but the gusseted arms were terrific on the climb.

Overall I love this coat for normal 3-season wear, but I'll be taking my Theta SV jacket on future 6000M+ adventures.

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jon2901323 wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

Decent boot
3 5

I took these boots to 6000m in Nepal this year. See pic below.

On the glacier and on summit day I found them to be fairly comfortable and I appreciated their flexibility coming down on the scree. For reference, I am 5'9" 150lbs and usually where I size 9.5 shoe, wide. After trying a few pairs, I purchased these boots in size 45 which left the right amount of room for thick socks. HOWEVER, it is critical you use the included tongue inserts to keep your feet from sliding around. In addition, I found the ankle support dimples to be a bit overly pronounced, which hurt my feet.

In terms of warmth, I used thin RBH vapor barrier socks, silk liner, and thick Thorlo trekking socks. My feet did get pretty cold on a very sunny summit day at 6000m, but no frostbite. If I did it again, I'd go with insulated vapor barriers. I would not recommend this boot for elevations much higher than 6000m.

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jon2901323 wrote a review of on November 28, 2010

Nice Jacket
4 5

I took my new Theta SV up to Lobuche East (6000m) in Nepal this past October. Overall I was pleased with it's performance. I'm 5'9" 150lbs with a broad chest and the Small was plenty large to accommodate my base layers, usually Capilene tops and a fleet jacket. On many of the hiking days, I simply wore a light base layer and this shell to cut the wind. The pit zips, and chest zips were clutch in keeping me cool. Likewise, the large interior pocket is big enough to hold a 1 liter Nalgene bottle which is crucial if you want to avoid frozen water on summit days!

One downside- upon return I found one of the welds on the chest pocket had failed and the seam were coming apart. See pic below. I sent the coat back to Arcteryx and they fixed it for free.

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