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joomington2240041 wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

I love multiple use gear where you don't end up sacrificing anything. This thing works so well as a pump, just fill it up and compress, only takes a few pumps. Plus it doubles as a super-lightweight, big dry bag. Personally I don't like taking multiple dry sacks, nor do I like taking massive pack liners. For me the 45L capacity (which is not stated on this page) is a perfect size to put sleeping bag, clothes and food in. And best of all you get it at no weight penalty: this weighs 70g while Sea to Summit's biggest dry bag weighs 65g and is only 35L!

Bottom line: if you own an Exped mat, get one! And ditch your old dry bags while you're at it.

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joomington2240041 wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

4 5

I put one of these on the scales and it came in around 590 grams, about 150g less than the claimed weight. Can't say I'm surprised though, North Face products almost never weigh close to the listed weights -- often the listed weight is higher as in this case!

Whoever at North Face is responsible for the weighing of garments and the inputting of weight data onto the websites and catalogs needs to be re-trained or fired. Seriously, a 5 year old could do the job more accurately.

Neat jacket btw. Similar to an Atom SV.

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joomington2240041 wrote a review of on September 6, 2011

5 5

The HellyTech Pro material on this jacket is just awesome! It's soft and light yet feels very tough and best of all it's properly stretchy. It feels so much nicer than the traditional crinkly, rustly nylon shells of Gore-Tex and eVent jackets. The jacket also has some nice features like RECCO, a powder skirt, shoulder padding/reinforcement and a zip-in attachment skirt for turning an Odin Mountain jacket and a pair of Odin Mountain Pants into a super Odin full body suit. It also features a super slick YKK Aquaseal non-laminated waterproof centre zip.

I'm still not quite sure what membrane tech is in this thing but waterproofness and breathability seem at least as good as Gore-Tex, and this thing stretches and moves better than any Gore-Tex I've ever tried, even Arc'teryx jackets. The cut is not quite as precise as an Arcteryx shell, nor is the build quality quite as good, but I would take this jacket over any Gore-Tex shell by Arcteryx or anyone else.

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joomington2240041 wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

4 5

Took a pair of these ice and mixed climbing for four days in temps hovering around 0C. Dexterity wise they are excellent, and the OutDry membrane seems awesome, didn't notice any moisture from sweat or leakage. One thing which has been commented on is the leather palm, Jon Webb has said that the leather comes treated but as with others I definitely found my leather wetting out fairly easily. I imagine that treated them with a leather waterproofing wax or gel would prevent this, but as it was I found my hands getting cold occasionally from the wetted leather.

These are definitely not the warmest gloves around but for the alpine climbing for which they are designed they are great: never had to remove them to fiddle with gear or ropes. One thing that disappointed me a bit was the fact that the fleecy inner layer is not bonded to the outer layers so when taking them off with sweaty hands I sometimes found myself pulling the fingers out a bit, which made them slightly fiddly to get back on again. I'm not sure if this is intentional or not, but I think it's be nice if all 3 layers were bonded together to maximise dexterity and ease of use.

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