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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Tahoe Backcountry, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole and Surroundings, the Trails and peaks of the Sierra.

Patrick Mulligan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Patrick Mulligan's Bio

20+ years experience with all my activities.

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a very lightweight and well put together Gore Tex Shell. For ice climbing, alpine climbing, etc I'm certain its a good jacket. Its missing several things I would look for on a ski jacket however, and its missing several components I would search for in a jacket at this cost.

Pros:
-Solid Construction and if it is like other BD outwear it will be pretty bomproof.
- Lightweight (at a cost of features)
- Goretex
- Good helmet ready hood.

Cons:
- For a Jacket at this price point I would look for things like wrist gaiters (missing), powder skirt (missing), and better arrangement of pockets (only two chest pockets).
- very crinkly for a shell (makes noise moving around in it).

Its apparent that the lack of features was probably driven by the desire for a simple & lightweight waterproof and breathable shell. However, with that said, there are several alternatives in the same weight category with Goretex Pro in the same price range. I'd go with Arc'teryx at this price point any day given the longer history and track record. Their jackets are less noisy, and every bit as good and in some cases even cheaper. At this price point thier jackets have even more features people actually use. Norrona would be another alternative for a good shell that is more robust with features that folks actually use.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I wore this jacket on a rainy ski day this past saturday. I had worn it climbing a couple of times, but more as a weather resitant windbreaker than a true "shell" prior to that. Amazingly, water beaded and just "fell" off of not only the 3 layer fabrics so smartly placed over the front top of my core and shoulders and the top of my arms, but even on the stretch sofshell fabric on the torso as well. I skied for 3 hours in a rain snow mix (I live in tahoe and its early) and was Gore Tex style dry.

I must say, owning several pieces of BD clothing that I've been very impressed by the quality and make of their cloting. Its as good as anything I've seen.

Their clothes have an athletic cut, so don't expect baggy style. And as a climbing company, their stuff is borderline minimalist so expect light and no frills construction. I'm 6'1" and 170 and the large fits perfectly.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I chose the #6 Wild Country tech friend over the Camalot for a few reasons. #1 it feels better in my hands and I feel like I can better handle it. #2 the heavier spring (anecdotally) on the WC just feels more stable to me. #3 I like how these rack. For some reason these seem to hang on my harness better. While I use almost nothing else other than C4s, the #6 WC is money.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a huge fan of Oakley for quite some time. That said, I picked up a pair of these on sale and have been amazed at the quality. They are very light, very comfortable, and the rimless optics are perfect. I've swapped out for the Photochromic lens as late fall early winter sun angles are very low and I can simply put one lens in and it works in all conditions. Given that Northern Cal and Tahoe Sierra riding has a lot of sun / shade scenarios this has been perfect. They are the first pair of sunglasses I've ever worn where I've simply forgotten that I'm wearing them. They even saved my left eye from a branch in downieville and flying mud this past Sunday. They've been a great purchase.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on November 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I'm writing this shoe for my wife. I've owned the male version of the shoe for two years. I've just replaced the original with a new shoe after two long seasons of abuse. Prior shoes have never lasted me more than 1 season. That said, my wife loves the shoe. It is a little narrow, but that is to be expected for a shoe that is made for approaching climbs and with sticky rubber. They do not roll on the foot when pressed into edges. They stick well and offer great support. It is worth noting however that their sizing scheme differs from many companies. Their EU sizing is one 1/2 size less relative to US sizing than many manufacturers. My wife for example normally wears an EU 36 and size US 6. In this shoe US size 6 is EU 36.5. The shoes run a little large as a result.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a hold out for sure. I still ride a 26er, and until this week was on a 3x9. If it aint broke don't fix it has been my motto. Given a really good deal on the X01 group, I modified my XTR cranks with a narrow wide chainring and went for it. I dropped over a pound, cleaned up the cockpit, and simplified my shifting. There has been zero chainslap since, zero missed shifts, zero "oh s@#$ I can't get the gear I want moments". I'm loving it. That said, I cut out my two top end gears and three bottom end gears by making the change. I've spun out a couple of times, but really, who needs to go faster than 34mph on a mountain bike. I've also done a couple longer climbs of 3000' where a gear or two lower would have been OK. That said - I'm sold. I've been a life long shimano lover, but sram's got a winner with these groups.

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Patrick Mulligan wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is a great shirt and the materials do what they're supposed to. I rode yesterday morning starting in 47 degree weather. The shirt kept me dry while the darker colors helped to warm me as we climbed 2000' in the sun / shade mix. Once warmed up the day hit about 65 degrees prior to our ride ending. The shirt breathed well and kept me dry allowing me not to overheat.

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