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michael wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My medium weighs 7.4oz, I'm 6' got the shark color. Fabric is rebranded Event 2.5L dvl last I heard. The two hand pockets are lined with mesh that go up the entire front panel of the jacket. They are almost like pit zips, just located a few inches down. That is "multiuse" because you can put hands in pocket for warmth.

The features of this jacket are all there, but minimal and verrrryyyy well executed. 3 points of hood adjustment. This is one of the lightest shells with a real membrane on the market. A similar jacket would be Westcomb focus lt. But this one is cheaper, and better? Maybe.

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michael wrote a question about on February 22, 2014

If they added a hood to this it would probably be under 6oz and that would be state of the art. Any plans on this? A hood is very valuable with these especiLly if you use a quilt so you have head insulation. A tiny pocket would be nice and only add .2 oz maybe. Having a hood makes a person about twice as warm in my opinion. Montbell, when is a hooded version coming out?

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michael wrote a review of on September 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the Cadillac of closed cell foam pads. I've used ones from GG, even the zlite, and this one beats them all.

Reliable, and multi use... such as sit pad, windscreen, and there is virtually no set up time.

I swam across a freezing lake with this thing and was waiting on the other side trying to warm up (long story) and a dark storm was coming in fast. All I had was my swim suit on and I wrapped it around me to block the wind trying to get warm (it helped).

After about an hour I realized it was now or never, hypothermia or death :0... It started to hail and I jumped in the freezing water with the Ridgerest and swam back about 1/2 a mile. Then once I made it back I shook the water off and was able to warm up under my zpacks tarp.

:) true story!

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michael wrote a review of on September 10, 2012

5 5

Ive tried a number of pads, im not going to name them all, but I like this one the best. Its actually very warm and it does feel wider than any neo-air!

Whats seals the deal is the valve system, it seems too complicated but its genious.

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michael wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

5 5

This is a 150 weight baselayer that is casual fitting. I absolutley hate tight fitting shirts I find them uncomfortable. This piece works because you can wear it as a shirt in the city.

It looks good, feels good, lightweight, but expensive.

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