This jacket is great. Wrist gaiters for me a are a must so I loved that feature. It also comes with a lightweight balaclava which attached to the inside of the jacket so it stays down. The jacket is waterproof, breathes well enough for some resort side-country (too heavy for back-country riding though), and the pit zips also help with breathability. My favorite part about this jacket though is the fabric. It totally waterproof and quite breathable while retaining a tad bit of stretch. This is great for double-diamond runs or those crazy lines when you really need the mobility from your jacket. On top of that, plenty of pockets for storage. As a reference, I'm 6' and like a slimmer fitting jacket and the small was great. DC jackets run a bit big in my experience.
Overall: great resort jacket that's also breathable.
These pants are great. They're waterproof and quite breathable so tackling a bit of side country during a resort day is no problem in these. These are however 2-layer, so they're a bit heavy for back country riding (in my opinion at least). I'm 6' with a 29" waist and went with the small. It fits my waist and still provides enough length in the legs (these do run a bit long). Also, the fit is regular so there's no restriction of movement while skiing/boarding. I like the scuff guards around the ankles as well since it keeps me from ruining my pants against snowboard edges and the occasional clumsy kick from my boots.
One problem I ran into however was with the laminated seams. I've never had a problem with laminated seams but the inner right pocket came undone. I didn't want to wait around for a warranty replacement so I just went to my local fabric store and bought fabric super-glue. Fixed the seam just fine and I haven't had a problem since.
Overall: great resort and side-country pants! Hopefully you don't encounter the same problem with the seam.
This hoodie is perfect! Smooth outer finish, longer sleeves for mobility, hem cinch, and thumb holes. Plus, Polartec Powerstretch is amazing. It's a tad heavier than a 200-weight fleece, but it breathes well and has some decent stretch to it. I originally bought this as a mountaineering layering piece but find myself wearing it very regularly just for casual wear. It's warm and light and does a decent job of blocking light wind will still remaining breathable. One thing to note is that this has a trim fit. It fits very close to the body and runs quite narrow in the forearms (if you have thicker, muscular arms I don't think this will fit you very well). Overall: a great all around piece for many applications.
I needed a new rain jacket and I wanted something durable. I didn't want something as heavy as my Theta SV, it was just a light rain shell I was looking for. I was planning on going with just gore paclite but then noticed that the Hybrid shell had reinforced gore pro shoulders. This was the feature that sold me since I didn't want my jacket wearing out under a heavy pack. So far, I've used this jacket as a light back up to my softshell for windy summits and have used it a few times under rain and snow. Keeps the moisture out and breathes well (plus the pit zips)! What more do you want from a shell? The hood is also great since it fits it over a climbing helmet but also cinches down very well. Overall: great jacket with well thought out reinforcements.
This jacket has met all my expectations. I normally wear a small in soft shells (I like them to have a closer, athletic fit) but I went with a medium with this one since I planned on using it for snowboarding. This jacket isn't the lightest soft shell, so I don't use it during the summer. However, for the other 3 seasons this jacket is perfect. A little bit of stretch, breathes very well, blocks the wind and is extremely water resistant. The Gore Windstopper material isn't as breathable as a light Schoeller type material, but the jacket does have pit zips to help vent. I use this for shoulder season and winter mountaineering as well as back country snow boarding or snowboarding on warm resort days. As a reference, I am 6', 135lbs and the medium fits with enough room room for me to layer a fleece and a light-insulated jacket underneath. Again, if I wanted a more technical fit, I would have bought the small. Overall, this jacket is a great soft shell for colder weather activities!
I've been looking for the perfect down jacket for a while. I live in the PNW and its usually wet around here so having the Pertex Endurance fabric is a nice bonus. Also, I'm very thin and tend to run cold and on top of that I continue to climb even in the winter months. This jacket has finally fit the bill. I first tried the Marmot Ama Dablam. It had a great fit, but there wasn't enough down to keep me warm. I then tried the Marmot Greenland. That jacket was too warm. I then tried the First Ascent downlight jacket which I tried to love, but it wasn't very weather resistant and and didn't fit right over my mountaineering layers. This jacket finally felt right. Perfect amount of insulation to keep me warm (more down in the body than in the arms) but not enough to make me start sweating like crazy. Additionally, the hood is great and the collar covers high to seal out the wind and cold. For reference, I am 6', 135 lbs. and bought a medium. This fits fits easily over my winter mountaineering layers (base layer, 100-200 weight fleece, light synthetic jacket [atom lt], and a hard/softshell). If you're looking for a warm, weather resistant down jacket, this a great buy!
There's actually a string already attached to it and it's got the little cinch for it (the same cinch you find on the hem of a jacket.. I forget what it's called) so it's ready to go!
Great hat! Wind resistant and the smooth finish doesn't snag and sheds light moisture. Polartec power stretch is a tad warmer than a 200 weight fleece and this thing keeps your head warm and itch free. It also breathes very well. Because of its low profile, it also fits under a helmet (bike or climbing) no problem. I've only used this down to 40 degrees so far, but I have a very similar REI one which keeps me warm down to about 15 degrees (F) if you're moving. I hope this one performs just as well as that one when the temp drops. Buy one! It won't disappoint.
UPDATE: I was able to use this hat in the low 20s(F) and 25+ mph wind and it performed perfectly. Kept my head warm while I was moving but didn't let me overheat and it blocked the wind so my ears and forehead weren't freezing. Overall, this hat seems to have passed all my field tests! Still highly recommended.
Close fitting, smooth outer finish, grid-fleece on the inside. Basically everything I wanted out of a fleece. I also like this non-hooded version better since its easier to layer with during a climb or while snowboarding. The fleece is light weight yet warm enough for Seattle's fall weather (~50 degrees). The smooth outer finish ensures that the fleece doesn't stick to everything and doesn't clump up lint. Also, the collar is very soft and doesn't chafe my chin when it's zipped up all the way. Also, this thing breathes amazingly well and the chest pocket vents quite nicely when you begin to warm up. It's nice to have a fleece that I can actually hike/climb in. All in all: a truly amazing piece that comes with me on every trip.
I was originally planning on going with some Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL wheels but when I saw these on sale and noticed they were lighter by almost 100 grams, I went with these guys. These wheels are lightweight and accelerate in a snap. The wheels are stiff but not harsh; they are still forgiving and absorb a fair bit of road vibrations. They're also quite durable and I've had no problems so far (~400 miles). With a 23mm tire, the tire had no bulge over the sides and looks like it's integrated with the wheel. As far as aero goes, once you reach about 19+mph, you can really notice the difference the aero wheel makes. The spokes aren't bladed, but the wheel is still plenty aero. I also liked that fact that these guys were 42mm deep, as opposed to the 52mm deep Mavics (a little too deep for me).
Overall, they've been a great all-purpose wheel so far.
I had some massive condensation build up in the rain while using this bivy, even with the zip open about 12" (twice the recommended amount). I've never had experience with Pertex before and assume that Pertex just isn't very breathable? Has anyone used one of the Goretex bivys? How does the breathability compare? Thanks for any responses!
For how much this thing costs, it can't be beat. It packs down quite small, is warm and quite lightweight. It also comes with a compression sack which is a plus since I didn't have to buy one (packs even smaller once you cinch the straps). I've used this bag in about 40-45 degree nights so far it kept me perfectly warm and very comfortable. I would have to agree with a previous viewer about the zipper; it snags easily. But, as long as you don't pull too hard you can avoid all the snagging. I went with this synthetic bag at this temperature range over down to save money and it definitely has not disappointed. Buy one! You'll be glad you did.
Awesome sunglasses for active-wear. They fit snug, but they're not uncomfortable. They really stay in place and I don't have to constantly shift them like I have to with other sunglasses. The lenses are extremely easy to swap out even on the go. When the trail turns to snow, I can swap out to a darker lens in just a few seconds right on the trail. The vented lenses don't fog up but still block the wind. If you're looking for one pair of sunglasses that does it all, this is it.
As always, Arc'teryx never fails to deliver (I think I'm a little biased to Arc'teryx products at this point). I've only been able to use these pants a few times now and they have been amazing. I love the full side zips, it makes getting them on so easy. I threw these on when it started raining on a winter route and I didn't have to worry about my crampons tearing a whole into my expensive pants. The full zip design is simply the best when it comes to mountaineering hardshell pants. The boot hooks and hem cinch are awesome. I didnt even use gaiters when hiking through the snow; its that good. Also, they're totally waterproof (it is Goretex) with a great DWR coating to bead off the water.
These pants are made from gore paclite, but the face fabric is plenty burly. The paclite makes them super light weight so I have used these pants just as rain pants as well. They breathe very well but I wouldn't want the inner fabric in direct contact with my skin. Be sure to wear long-underwear under the pants if you use them as rain pants.
As a reference, I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and very skinny. The small actually fit great and gives me enough length in the legs. I think the sizing guide is off on all Arc'teryx hardhsell pants though... they seem to run a little longer than suggested by their size charts.
Overall: great, versatile pants that can be used all 4 seasons!
I got this on sale and for what I paid, I think I got a pretty sweet deal. The bag doesn't leak down, it's lightweight, very warm, and pretty much does everything I could ask for out of a sleeping bag. I have used it for summer mountaineering on Rainier, Adams, and Baker as well as winter camping when overnight temps were in the teens. The bag kept me warm with just base layers on. At 6' I definitely had to go with a long. If you're looking for a warm bag for winter camping/mountaineering, this is a sweet deal.
Amazing bindings! Nice to have finally upgraded this past season to some bindings that fit my riding style better. I ride quite aggressive and fast and these bindings fit the bill. The ankle strap is very comfy and the backs of the bindings are high and padded. No complaints on the comfort side of things! The bindings are super responsive and stiff which is what I was looking for. Also, the base is padded well with a gel insert that really helps dampen the hard landings. I currently have this paired with a K2 Turbodream and the setup is a charm. Highly recommended for the intermediate+ rider.
I use the BD Sabretooth Pros with these and it seems like they shift a little when I use them. I think the front bail just doesn't fit the toe bail on the boots... any suggestions or other crampon recommendations? Has anyone else had a similar problem?
These will be a great all round crampon for pretty much any mountain. However, I wouldn't recommend the Air Tech as they're aluminum so they won't be as durable. If you're going to be spending money on crampons, invest in a solid pair of of stainless (Black Diamonds) or chromly (Grivel, Petzl). But like Pat mentioned, read up on both the materials as they both have their pros and cons.
Looking at both the packs, it seems like they both have the exact same suspension system (same hip belt and shoulder straps with reactive technology) and similar features. BD packs are very tough so don't worry about that. Ultimately, it's up to you whether you want those extra 5L... I would go for the 35L though. It won't add much weight and you'll have that tad bit of extra space when you need it. However, for multiday trips I don't know how a 30L would suffice... I'd also consider the BD Speed 40.
If you pack efficiently, I think you could get everything in there. Black Diamond also makes a 40L in this pack which might serve you better for a "weekend" excursion. For school, I would personally find this pack annoying since it's top loading... I prefer a traditional zip style pack for that purpose.