utah whatchamacallit

utah whatchamacallit

Alaska, Wasatch, California

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utah whatchamacallit

utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are nice-super warm and light-but I prefer the rab endurance down mitts. The endurance down mitts are a bit loftier, a litle longer cut and have no elastic so they are a bit easier to put on when you are wearing a liner glove. I personally wouldnt wear anything thicker than a light windstopper glove in these-otherwise you would have to upsize 2 sizes which would make them near unwearable when you arent wearing liners.

Ive used them thus far to about -10-will likely use them in the next couple of weeks in the chugach or denali and will update.
Lastly-these are not meant to belay in at all-you will destroy them nearly immediately.

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utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on September 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I love this jacket. Super breathable. Durable face when sliding across rock. Super nice fleece interior with nice taped seams.

I own the gamma mx, gamma ar and gamma lt. This would be my favorite overall. It is the second most breathable next to the gamma lt. The gamma lt is more wind resistant but less warm. The gamma mx is warmer and more wind resistant too. The gamma ar is the most warm and wind resistant.

I've used this touring in the chugach on 20 degree days to days where it's 50 in Denali. It seems I always want a hard shell in alaska because it always rains or the wind rips so much- so I have used this the most while the gamma mx is near new. The gamma mx is just to warm for really high output unless its 20 degrees or colder IMO. But then the gamma mx gets to cold if theres any serious wind. This fills the void.

I would say this fits normal arc'teryx. The new gamma mx runs big/sloppy. This is more similar to the older gamma mx or the gamma lt. Even closer to the venta sv. I wear medium in all arc'teryx and this is about a perfect fit for me.

Bottom line. This is what a true soft shell is. Super breathable. Light wind resistance and warmth.

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utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

Pretty sweet for backpacking/climbing
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this several times from backpacking to glacier travel and ice climbing. I love it thus far.
For backpacking I was able to carry
1. Golite shangri la tent
2. Neoair ultra lite
3. Western mountaineering ultra lite sleeping bag
4. Arc'teryx acto
5 arc'teryx atom
6. Titanium cook set and stove/gas

This pack carried well with no problems. I was really surprised but it was great and so light. I was only carrying about 24 pounds and would not want to carry much more but it worked good.

I've also used it for glacier travel and ice climbing on different occasions. Have been able to carry ice tools with no problems despite them only supplying one ice tool carrier.

The top lid is large enough to easily fit an iPad mini plus food and gloves etc.

I like it enough I will likely get the 40 liter for ultra lite trips where I want more hip support.

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utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

3 5

My closet is full of arc'teryx so i love their stuff-but the newest iteration of the gamma mx misses the mark.

This shell is way to wind permeable. My Gamma Lt is way more wind resistant than the new MX which is sad- I formerly regarded the Gamma Lt as the jacket for milder weather-not so sure anymore. The old powershield version was more wind resistant, thats for sure. I only took this jacket ice climbing a couple of times-wind blew right threw it much easier leaving me chilled much more than the old version. It is not as water resistant as it was either with powershield.

Pros: looks awesome-very high construction build. The hood swallows any helmet. Longer arms for climbing which doesnt expose the wrists.

Cons: Not wind resistant at all-regarding wind resistance it is between
the Arc'teryx acto and the Gamma lt-Im thinking about just selling this and keeping the acto because they are so similar.
the material also is thinner than the old version with a lighter fleece-not much warmth at all is provided.
Bottom line: dissapointed-one of the former best softshells, IMO has been neutered. i wouldnt want to take this jacket in mixed weather like I did hundreds of times with the powershield version.

Unfortunately I made the mistake of selling my powerstretch Mx so I could buy the new fortius version-sad mistake.

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utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on November 1, 2010

ultra lite-stormworthy
5 5

This tent has been great thus far. Ive used it snow storms, in the tetons in horrendous thunder storms with heavey hail/wind rain. The tent has kept me dry no problem at all. The goal of this tent is to save weight and considering its weight- you are going to have to baby the thing..(dont step on it etc..realize the fabric is thin.)
I have never used the golite center pole-just Use the BD trekking pole link and shave off over another half pound and save more space. But the BD Trekking pole link can be hard to find, so buy exras.
IT is a single wall tent, so condensation does build, but its better than being in the storm. Just bring a small towel.You really do have be willing to sleep on the ground and see the bugs crawl around you etc. You may also need to dig a moat to stop the rain from coming in if your not using a floor.
So, maybe a particular type of camper/mountaineer is needed.And for what it is worth, marmots can crawl right under the tent and eat all your food while you are dozing off for a few minutes (first hand experience)

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utah whatchamacallit wrote a review of on November 1, 2010

Really durable but small thighs-or im fat
4 5

Pretty cool shorts, but seemingly small thighs. If you bike alot or do any mountaineering on a regular basis, where your building your thighs alot, these may get small feeling. Or maybe im just getting fat. Probably fat. These are ultra durable, you can skid your arse on rock(rock climbing, down hill biking etc) all day without really worrying about it. My kid took the picture way up on Timpanogos.

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