Warm, but not as warm as i'd hoped. It reportedly has 200g of synthetic insulation, but unless I wear thick layers underneath this jacket I'm cold in 20-deg temps. Fabric has a crinkly loudness to it that is mildly annoying. Hood is not full-coverage enough. It really p$sses me off that companies are delivering products for cold weather applications that have hoods that do not come far forward enough to cover the front of the face. What is up with this? I've run into this from other vendors as well (patagonia). It's ridiculous. General fit is a bit baggy, which is ok for a belay-parka because theoretically you would throw this on over your climbing clothes; but, the sleeve length is a bit short. Overall, this jacket is barely serviceable as a winter parka for belaying and general wear; but I can't really recommend it fully. The not-full-coverage hood especially disqualifies it for me. Standing around belaying a slow leader on an ice cliff on a frigid day with my face freezing off is not a situation that can be accepted. It frankly amazes me that this kind of hood design would get through a company's testing process.
100 g primaloft, windstopper shell fabric. Nice! However... there are a couple of things that really p*ss me off about this product. The 'hand warmer' pockets are not insulated. The velcro wrist cuff straps are way too long (minor quibble). The inside chest zip pocket is a bit hard to use with one hand (minor quibble).
But the main problem is the hood. It is possibly the worst design for a cold weather hood that I've ever encountered. It's awful. The whole front of the face/head is totally exposed to the elements. It's too wide open, too low, and the various adjustment strings that you can pull on do nothing to fix it. You can never get this hood to really close in and envelope your face in warmth. Pulling on the two front string/tabs only pulls the top of the hood down over your eyes. The bottom area around the chin is too low and too wide. Cold air just streams down into your neck area. It's a cruel joke really... I think they might have been trying to provide better peripheral vision or something, but they completely over-compensated for that and delivered a hood that totally over-exposes the wearer to the elements.
is the gauntlet area insulated? or does the insulation end at the wrist seal?
I have a marmot zeus jacket. is this ama dablam parka similar in terms of warmth; but with a hood? why don't manufacturers provide better details? sewn-through or baffled/boxed? 800 fill down - great. What's the fill weight though? overall garment weight is really not that helpful.
I just spent a week in these boots in the Wind Rivers. Mix of days with a heavy pack on trails, and days of steep scrambles up peaks with a light pack. I expected these boots to do well on the scrambles (which they did) but they also did just fine while laboring under that heavy pig of a pack. Nimble, great traction. Mostly very comfortable. My only problem was the bottoms of my feet. In these boots (worse than others I've worn) the bottoms of my feet felt like they were burning up. Hot Feet! Especially on long descents.
will this 3x10 unit also work with an old 3x9 drivetrain?
These have become my favorites. I have two pairs now. The weight of the fabric is perfect in my opinion. Mid weight, not flimsy, not too heavy. No laminate, no fleece lining contrary to the description above. Works for me for all seasons, but best for spring and fall. Nice stretch. Nice pockets. My jeans size is 33x30. So I ordered size M and had them tailored a bit. They were a bit too long so I had them hemmed up to inseam 30. And I also had them tapered at the bottom so the opening was a bit narrower. For climbing, etc, I like to have a minimum of extra fabric flapping around down there catching on things and hiding my feet from view, etc. So, with these changes in place, I think I've found the perfect pants.
no. no fleece lining. the description is wrong. the fabric is a mid-weight stretch nylon. the interior might be 'brushed' a bit to soften it to the touch , but there is no barrier bonded to the fabric, and no fleece lining. That said, I love the fabric. It's perfect for spring and fall, ok for winter if you're working hard, and not too hot for summer nights. Sheds light precip but not fully waterproof. Very breathable. Great pants!
why choose this (mtn trainer) vs the Alp Trainer? What are the differences, benefits, drawbacks? thanks in advance
100g of primaloft is a nice thing to have.Fit is poor though. Too tight in the shoulders, too loose around the mid-section. Too tight in the forearms. Uncomfortable/awkward fit around the neck/chin. Third pocket fits a smart phone, but it's internal and it's a pain to have to open the jacket to get at your phone. Despite description above, it is not a hook/loop wrist cuff. Patagonia used to impress me with their garment design choices; now not so much.
I'm 5' 10" 180 lbs and the Men's L fits me very well. Fit is much less roomy than the DAS parka. the DAS parka is cut very generously so you can put it on over your climbing clothing. The Apastron is cut more traditionally. It is warmer than my DAS parka. The only thing I don't like about the Apastron is the hood. The whole neck/face area is too loose. It doesn't form a tight seal on your neck/chin. Cold winds just pour in. It does not cover enough of the side or front of the face. Unless the cold wind is coming from behind you, your cheeks, face etc are quite exposed. Tightening the adjustment strings doesn't help.
?!? really...!? it's a wonder that I survived 20+ years of ascents & descents in the Northeast White mountain, the Rockies, and the Alps with my pathetic nylon garments. More durable? That I can get on board with. Even 'ripstop' nylon tears with alarming ease when it comes into accidental contact with ice tools, etc. So if this new fabric is more durable, then great. But please let's not get overly caught up in a manufacturer's claims about something like wind-proofness. Traditional insulated nylon/poly jackets (like the DAS parka) offer all the 'windproofness' we'll ever need. One last question on this jacket: Why no separating bottom zipper (for belaying etc)?
Why does patagonia make a big deal about this jacket/fabric being 'windproof'? Any nylon (or polyester) shelled jacket with insulation is functionally windproof. Why pay extra for this gore windstopper fabric? what's the big deal?
these have changed a bit over the years, and I might not have the very latest model; but I believe mine are pretty recent. Apologies if these issues have been dealt with in this year's model. These are very warm gloves, very well constructed using top-quality materials. I would thoroughly recommend these except for two fatal flaws in my view. First, while the hand-area of these gloves are richly insulated, the gauntlet is not. I get bad cold spots at the juncture of the uninsulated gauntlet area and the end of my jacket-wrist cuff. Second, the cut of the thumb is too short. This is a personal issue and it might not be a problem for others, but the fingers are cut kind of long for the size, but the thumb is cut pretty short. As a result, the tips of my thumbs are crammed into the end of the thumb pocket, compressing the insulation there and therefore... another bad cold spot at the end of my thumbs.
very comfortable, and they have held up well (durable).
light, well ventilated, good fit
cable-lacing system works, but is gimicky and doesn't really provide much of a benefit over traditional laces. sole/lug pattern is very shallow and provides only mediocre traction. under heel the shoe is padded and protected from below. but under forefoot and front foot the shoe is very thin and offers almost no protection from objects you might step on. Why just the heel?
I've relegated these to around-town and now use Montrail Mountain Masochists for real trail running
and I'm experimenting with Vibram KSO Trek Sports. If you are going to give up on protection from below, you might as well go all the way.
this generation of Suunto watches has an animated display of seconds sweeping around the very outside of the dial, and a digital readout of seconds (you choose to see either this or the date). The animated sweeping display is indeed a bit odd at first. It is accurate, but it is not exactly like a traditional sweeping second hand on an analog watch.
very nice! so light, but yet so warm. just a few tiny tiny gripes: the pertex quantum shell fabric is a bit on the loud side (crinkly, crackly noises); and the sleeve length is a bit short. Otherwise though, a remarkable piece for layering or for wear by itself.
just arrived. love the jacket. lots of nice features. very comfortable. rubberized main front zipper is a bit hard to operate, but I can deal with it. love the fact that the powder skirt is removable because I plan to wear this for many other activities besides skiing. I'm 5 10", 180 lbs and the size L fits excellently. Just a tiny bit roomy, but i think that's perfect. I can wear it as is on cool days, or with an R1 fleece layer underneath for colder days. Highly recommended.
800 fill down is nice. what's the fill weight for this jacket? I'm comparing this to the Patagonia Fitzroy. Both 800 fill down. Fitzroy I believe is 6.3 oz of fill. How about the TNF Catalyst? Which jacket would be warmer?
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