The Gabba stuff is amazing for racing, or going hard enough for the body to warm itself. It will only keep off the worst (wind)chill, but you'll not stay very warm in cold wet conditions.
For recreational riding in bad weather, I would strongly suggest an actual jacket, such as the Confronto, over "Gabba" gear.
How much warmer is this than the new Aphix? Loving the Aphix' longer torso, but looking for something really warm (and still packable).
I'm thinking about getting the Kappa or the Atom SV. Are they the same length? Both say "athletic - hip length", but the Kappa looks longer on the pics. Thanks.
How warm is this compared to the Atom MX that I have? Really loving the the MX, but looking for something a solid step more toasty, as a complement for really cold weather.
I'm finding the fleece panels on the MX -- while awesome for ventilation -- also cost a lot of insulation. If the Aphix is not significantly warmer I have to look elsewhere.
How packable is this compared to the class of (synthetic) down jackets that are so popular now? Thanks.
How much warmer is the Atom SV than this one? Looking for a light packable (but as warm as possible) backup piece to take out on unplanned stops (gear breakage, emergency ...).
Also have to add that LT has much nicer colours, but got the Atom MX already and it's probably not so much warmer?
Yes, it somes with alpine sole blocks that are easily swapped for the AT ones.
Great, super light material, good moisture management (moisture from the inside). Works well below 0°C / 30F as long as you are on the move producing heat (jacket does not really warm due to thin fabric).
Size runs big, for comparison, I (6'1" 170ish) got an Atom MX which is trim/snug fit, Gamma MX which is probably "athletic" fit and the Accelero, which is considerably bigger (all in size medium). The longer, hip length, cut is very nice, but it's also very roomy around the torso, so I had like 3cm stitched off from pits to waist on both sides to make it fit similar to the Gamma MX.
Small pockets would be nice too if you were to use it for hiking, trail running or other multi-hour/outdoorsy activities.
Does this fit more tightly, like the Atom MX, or more loosely, like the Gamma MX? I tried both and would like to go for a really snug fit, for trail running.
I normally have arcteryx size M and it fits me perfectly, but if it was cut like the Gamma MX I'd consider size S.
I haven't used the Naos, but it seems to have a slimmer profile and no side access zipper (which makes it even more waterproof, some say submersible). The Arrakis is a bit more versatile as it has plenty of gear attachment loops.
This is certainly a nice "freeride"ish pack (more robust, heavier). As already stated this pack takes a lot for a 20 liter pack, and it still carries well when you stuff it and additionally put skis on.
If you're looking into a lightweight rando-race/trailrunning alternative, Deuter, Dynafit, CAMP and the likes have nice alternatives. Just don't try carrying your 100mm+ skis. They are not built for that.
That's only the brands I've been using, though.
Looking for a backup/emergency layer to carry when ski mountaineering. Looks like these would top the Rab Photon Insulated Pant. Could anyone who tried both weigh in? Thanks.
Could I pull those over my Norrøna Trollveggen Dri3 Climbing Bib when the conditions get really nasty?
Would this be good for (road-)cycling?
How warm is this pant? I'm looking for a lighter, really breathable pant for spring ski mountaineering.
Do they compress well enough to carry them as a backup/emergency piece at the bottom of the pack?
Mr. mcatt has a point of course. If you can, get similar gear as the chaps you're going to tour with. If they're into freeriding with 110mm+ waisted skis and stuff you won't have much fun in a rando racer outfit, and vice versa.
Can you carry wide skis with this pack, say wider than 100mm, preferrably in diagonal style?