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tocej31806 wrote a review of on August 19, 2010

4 5

I have both the Typhoon jacket and pants- and wore them on a recent trip to climb Mt. Rainier. They work well as a super lightweight and waterproof shell layer - not to mention windproof. Keep in mind these are a bare-bones shell - no lining or insulation. Also I know GoreTex is supposed to be breathable- but not really- so don't be surprised if you find yourself sweating up a rain forest inside. There are side zips on the pants so you can vent them appropriately. I previously had the MH Pinnacle Pants and traded them in for these because the Pinnacle only had ankle zips and the Typhoon's have 3/4 length zips. Let me tell you- it's so much easier getting the Typhoon's over a pair of double plastic boots. The Pinnacle also had built in boot gaiters- but considering I was always wearing mountaineering gaiters over them I didn't need them. I prefer the weight savings of the Typhoon pants which are 7 oz. lighter. My only complaint is that the Typhoon pant is not sized well for use as over-pants. I'm a 36 waist so I originally got the large. They were way too tight over my softshell pants. So I had to return them for an XL.

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tocej31806 wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

I bought the Swix Elite poles because I live in the pacific northwest and spend as much time in the backcountry as I do on groomed trails. (My dog loves snow and unfortunately dogs aren't allowed on groomed trails.) I'm also a heavier set guy when it comes to cross-country. Collapsible poles just don't cut it when you're trying to push off or right yourself. (They collapse.) Cheaper poles sometimes snap in half - or the plastic grips and wrist strap just becomes uncomfortable by the end of the day. The grips on these is awesome! And the innovative new wrist straps are super comfy and disconnect with a push of a button on top of the grip. I don't have to fuss with the straps - just tighten them once and then you can pop the poles on and off at will. Overall the poles are super light and as far as I can tell pretty strong. I'll update you if I manage to break them.

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