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lam3575640 wrote a review of on February 15, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this bag for 8 months in Patagonia and it SUCKS. It was comfortable down to about 20 degrees. Below that and it is miserable. This bag has its place, and if you're aware of its limitations go for it.

Loses loft quickly. Yes it will be warmer than a wet down bag but it will be colder than other synthetic bags.

It is very, very heavy and is not very warm when wet and takes longer than any other bag I've used to dry. Does not pack down small and the zippers get stuck constantly. If you can't afford a better bag this is a great value but if you have the option to spring for a better bag you won't regret it. The only upside is that a friend was giving away a L zip and I had a R zip so it's possible to zip them together for a well you know...

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lam3575640 wrote an answer about on November 1, 2012

To zip 2 mummy bags together (which CAN be done) you have to get a left and a right zip bag to put them together right. Otherwise you have to turn one of the bags inside out for the zippers to align.

Have a L and a R bag of same kind just for this reason... it's pretty cozy and makes backpacking trips that much better.

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lam3575640 wrote a review of on August 5, 2012

Exceeds expectations in harsh environments.
5 5

Over a month of nonstop rain? a 10 day blizzard with 80mph winds on a glacier? High winds and cold temps in an alpine environment? You want this jacket.

Lived in this thing for 7 months of climbing in Patagonia and never got wet. Not even once. Worth every penny. Felt like a fortress when I put it on, cinched down the hood and went to shovel or whatever.

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lam3575640 wrote a review of on August 5, 2012

DO NOT BUY THESE
1 5

Do not buy these.

Was mountaineering in Patagonia when the outer fabric delaminated from the goretex, and the zippers came unglued from the rest of the pant. So I found myself in a raging storm with negligible protection because my equipment failed. What happened was the outer fabric delaminated and I literally glued the 2 fabrics together when the same thing happened to the zippers down the leg. Thought I might have torn them myself but... happened on both sides the exact same way, in the same fashion as the delamination occurred. The tears were resultant of the gaping holes caused by this failure.

These are not suitable for alpine environments, ice climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, rock climbing... I would trust them to walk around a golf course in. Maybe.

If you are buying these to actually use them go elsewhere. Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, OR, pretty much anything other than Arcteryx since they moved to China without adjusting their prices and letting their quality slip. Really guys???

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lam3575640 wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

5 5

Alright, so I was new to the concept of a softshell, but after talking with backcountry's (surprisingly with the quality of standard customer service online) EXTREMELY knowledgeable and helpful staff I picked up the Gamma.The night it arrived on my doorstep it was 6F and I was going out on a trailrun. I ripped the softshell out of the packaging, threw it on over my fleece and started out. First impression was fantastic. This thing breathes extraordinarily well, and handles wind fantastically.I have never been more pleased with any piece of gear that I have ever owned, nor has it performed BEYOND my expectations for it. This thing is great in the cold, looks sharp around town, and cuts the wind like no other while being way more comfortable than a hardshell. This is my go to piece since my first run with it and will eternally be in my stash when heading out to the back country.

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