The little bit of insulation on the inside of the Scarab make them very comfortable.
With mid-weight long underwear, they kept me almost too warm while climbing through the night on with temperatures in the mid-20's.
They block the wind well.
Sizing: I wear between a 36 and 38 jean. My inseam is around 33-34. I'm 6'1" and weigh 235lbs.
The XL --Regular were too big in the waist.
The L-Regular fit well at the waist, but the include belt was really tight and they were a tad short.
The L-Tall was absolutely a perfect fit. They feel tailored made. The included belt is exactly the right size. The length is right to the ground. The thighs are cut larger to give more room but aren't like parachute pants.
The thigh pockets are deep and hold things comfortably. You don't even notice you have something in your pocket. The side vents are excellent.
Don't all alpine bindings have a vertical heal release? If 4Frnt is just a rebadged Tyrolia then there would be no difference in the mechanics.
Having a waterproof shell along on any length hike is almost a must have. Unfortunately, most rain jackets weigh-in at 12-18oz. This jacket weighs 6.5oz (186g) in size XL. That's just 2 oz more than the lightest XXL T-shirt I own. It breathes nicely so it doesn't leave you feeling clammy. In terms of fit, I've always have had problems with TNF jackets being too short in sleeve length. The XL is right at the limit for me in terms of size. With a 50" chest, 38" waist, and 36" sleeve length it's on the border of needing to be an XXL. I wore it as the final layer of three on a couple of colder evenings. It blocked the wind nicely and was a nice comfortable (and light) jacket to have along.
Having a bowl along on a trip makes eating a much more civil event when in the wilderness. But when adding 4-8 oz of additional weight to do so, something has got to give. The Snow Peak Ti bowl I received weighs 53g (1.75oz). Hardly a noticeable addition to pack weight. It is strong and light and holds more than 2 servings of cereal, pasta, soup, etc. Being able to eat while cooking the 2nd course is a nice luxury to have.
I spent 14 hours in this tent in a driving Sierra rain storm at ~8,000'. Winds gusting to 50-60 mph, rain coming down in buckets and this tent was dry as could be inside.
In the winter, camped at ~9,800' on a cold cloudless night. A little snug for two, but sleeping sardine style helped a lot. Barely noticed the other person in the tent.
I'm pretty confident this tent will suit my needs in the high Sierra for some time to come - for all seasons.
I've tried Osprey Switch packs - too heavy empty. Mountain Hardware Glisse Pack - ok, but not great, Life-Link Granite - too small. This pack fits the need. At 29 oz it can piggy back on a larger approach pack easily for day tripping from a base camp. For day use, it has all the room you need for skins, crampons, shovel, probe, emergency kit, scraper, knife, gob-stopper, 30m of rope + simple web gear, water, lunch, goggles, spare gloves. It carries skis best A-frame and serves as a nice day-pack for summer outings.
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