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Matt Rufthaford

Matt Rufthaford

Vermont

Matt Rufthaford's Passions

Running
Climbing

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a review of on January 9, 2016

Suuuuuper breathable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this jacket. This is my first technical softshell and it has served my purposes so well. It has instantly become my favorite piece of gear.

I bought a small and a medium. Kept the medium because it allowed me to layer my Rab Microlight Alpine jacket underneath without any restriction in the armpits.

I sweat like a pig when I get my heart rate up and have gone without a shell of any sort when I trail run the past few winters because I always feel too clammy when I wear them, even if just on the descents. Granted, these were hardshells, but very lightweight and "breathable" hardshells. Well, they didn't breath well enough. This jacket is different and has performed flawlessly. Every time I get back to the car, true to form, my synthetic baselayer (which I love because it's so breathable) will be soaked through with sweat on the back but the jacket will at most have one or two minor wet spots, and that's with a pack on forcing direct contact between the two layers. It moves moisture so well. And today I took it to one of the three alpine zones in Vermont in my pack and brought it out just before I got above tree line. It did a fantastic job blocking the wind, though they weren't more than 30 mph gusts. On the decent, I felt waaay too warm but didn't want to fiddle with layers and rather just opened up all the zips (the big chest pockets are vents too) and kept going. Got back to the car. Sweaty shirt, dry jacket. Never got cold for a second.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a question about on November 18, 2015

I’m wondering how stable this would be on my head if I were to use it trail running. I have an approximately 5 year old Tikka2 (I think) that simply doesn’t throw enough light and I’m often concerned going downhill. But this probably weights about twice as much so the question is whether it can fit snuggly enough to stay put. Other lamps with a 3rd strap might not have that issue.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have put about 85 miles on these shoes mostly in Vermont and a bit in New Hampshire and Connecticut. They have performed really well for me. The sole has never slipped on me, even when on wet rock. The midsole is a great balance between flexibility and responsiveness which allows me to take technical trails really well while also giving good ground feel so I know how much of my foot is on that rock. I have never taken them through a creek crossing but on more than one occasion I've found myself in watery mud up to my ankles for long enough that my socks get soaked. These things dry our really quickly and I have never gotten that "squishy" sensation. The toe bumper offers really good protection. More than a few times I've gotten ahead of myself on a downhill and slammed my toe directly into a root or rock at a full clip and I've never jammed my toes at all. I caught a really point rock right through the midsole once and the pain was bad enough that I thought I had done some real damage to my foot, but it turned out to be fine and I've never came across the same issue again. I have very narrow and low volume feet and these fit really well when I crank down on the laces (especially for the downhills). Definitely recommend them. The other reviews say it runs small. I wear an 8 in everything I wear except for climbing shoes, and these fit fine.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a question about on November 7, 2012

I am looking to purchase a heavier winter jacket. Basically, I need a decent belay jacket for belaying (duh) and staying warm before I give a project another go. I'm wondering about the sizing. I am not looking to wear just a t-shirt underneath but I don't want it so large that it loses a lot of the heat retention. I am 5'7 135-140 with average arm length for my height.

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