Free 2-Day Shipping Over $50 Order by 12/20*
B Shill

B Shill

B Shill's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on March 25, 2010

4 5

Disclaimer: I haven't tested these outdoors.

I have fairly thin, low volume feet, (size 8.5 to 9) and I tried on an 8.5 in the store. After trying on quite a few boots, such as La Sportiva, Scarpa, and vasque, including Vasque 8000's, Scarpa Invernos, and La Sportiva Trango S, among others, I found that Scarpas fit my feet the best. They felt snug and cushy all over with no hard spots anywhere. I found that a lot of the other boots had a hard spot at the back of my heel. Scarpas did not.
I liked the feel of the Charmoz. They felt like stiff, well build hiking boots, as they should. A little less ankle support than others, but they had a great feel and felt firm even when balancing/flexing the toes.
In the end I bought Scarpa Invernos for the warmth, but if i hadn't needed the warmth, probably would have gone with the Charmoz.
Take this review for what it's worth. I didn't own them, but my initial impression was high.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a question about on March 11, 2010

Anyone find these a little heavy? I couldn't get them to stay on whenever I tilted my head down to look at something. They kept wanting to fall off and I was afraid they would break. I returned them and got the wire frame ones.

-Even still, i've stuck with maui jims for the quality. it's unsurpassed as of yet.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 18, 2010

3 5

Good Jacket. I owned this jacket for a couple years after getting a super deal on it at REI. The hyVent fabric is decent. A little heavy and thick, but this jacket won't let wind through at all. Being at the top of a mountain in blowing snow, it held up great and was warm. The hood is decent although the quality is nothing like a more technical shell. The cinches were good but felt weak because of the heavy feel of the jacket. The HyVent won't keep out rain for very long, so this isn't a good summer/ shoulder season jacket. I'd recommend this for winter and for around town. It works great but once things get slushy or rainy, watch out. You'll eventually get wetted out. I've snowmobiled in this also and going 80 mph the wind couldn't make it through. Very warm, but only with some insulation underneath. I recommend a 200 weight fleece at least.

It's a decent jacket at the lower end of the spectrum. Will be reliable but doesn't stand up to OR, MH, Patagonia, or Marmot quality. HyVent is like the baby to Gore fabrics. I wouldn't recommend HyVent over any Gore, Cloudburst, eVent, etc. fabrics.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

5 5

Great jacket. I love how light this is. When you pick it up it basically feels like air. When you put it on you forget you're even wearing it. The front is big enough to cover your chin and mouth which is really nice. It's sewn through but the 800 fill still seems really warm. By itself, if you're not active it sometimes doesn't feel like enough, but with a shell over it, or if you're active, it holds in a ton of heat. i often just wear a tshirt under it. The fabric changes temps so fast that you can run outside to your car in short sleeves, and even if you left the jacket in the car overnight, throw it on and you'll instantly start feeling warmer. It grabs heat and holds it in. I attribute that to the 800 fill. Great jacket. Doesn't leak feathers very much either. Highly recommend. The hood is also large enought for a helmet but isn't too big that you can't wear it alone. Overall this jacket is super cozy

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

4 5

I have an older Koven, from before they integrated the hood with the collar and added the Schoeller fabric. It's still VERY similar. Same Cloudburst fabric. IT's a great jacket. It's stretchy in fit, and keeps out wind and snow and rain. In heavy rain/ wet snow it can get a wetted out look but i don't ever remember it soaking through. In typical Cloudveil fit, the arms feel huge, the torso feels an inch too short, and the neck is too tight to cover your mouth if you need it to. Nonetheless, i love this jacket and it's a great storm shell. Have a balaclava on hand and sinch down the waist elastic. I've used this jacket in storm conditions where it was blowing snow (roughly 40mph) and the cloudburst fabric won't let anything through. Wind will beat against it but it keeps it all out. Very nice jacket. It stays at the top of my list of favs up with my OR Mentor shell. The Cloudburst won't let you down. May need to retreat the DWR eventually as I did. Use nikwax wash in or Grangers. I'm 5'10" 160lbs and wear a small.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

4 5

I like this jacket. It is very light, and great for keeping the wind out on a hike or bike ride. Not great if its drizzling but it's a nice option on a shoulder season run/bike. Fit's really nicely and is a little stretchy which is nice for movement. Typical North Face fit means it's a little big in the torso if you're a normal fit build. Rating it down for that. Otherwise a good jacket. If we could figure how to get TNF to cater to athletic builds then this might be a near perfect jacket.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

3 5

I've owned a couple of these over the years. It's a great jacket and the PreCip Plus fabric is adequate. I would only recommend this jacket for light rain less than 2 hours, or as a back up to throw into a pack. I would classify it as the type of jacket you'd take on a day trip when you can come home somewhere dry. On an overnight, I recommend at least Gore paclite or eVent. I traded mine in eventually for a bigger brother. I just wasn't satisfied with the fabrics Marmot was using at the time. Now they have some better ones but the precip Plus won't keep you dry all day. The jacket will dry fast. The inside is smooth so wear a base layer or you'll feel extremely clammy. The side zips are nice but you'll still get clammy, especially if it's raining and humid. I couldnever tell if the jacket wetted out or just built up moisture from my body, but the inside will get wet if you're active. If you're out in town, this is perfect. The DWR coating is great, but the fabric itself isn't technical enough to take with you on a big trip. I DO recommend this for light applications. It fits really nice (i'm 5'10" 160# and wear a small). For heavier longer trips look elsewhere. It does pack nice and can fold itself inside one of the pockets. Watch out though because the stiff hood can get permanently bent. (Might be fixable with a cool iron with a cloth over it.)

Nice jacket if you're doing light things or don't mind being a little clammy until you can get back inside.

(0)

 

0 Comments

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

3 5

This is a very nice jacket. Its warm and the MH fit is nice. Tight around the shoulders and perfectly cut arms with a fitted torso. If you buy is too small it will cut into your arm pits really bad, watch out. I returned this after a week because the monkey phur fleece gets matted up really easily. It's fine if you're combing it out, but I don't want to have to care for a fleece jacket like that. It's a great jacket, but I was afraid the loft would be lost when it got too matted. Looks nice and the furry collar feels great. I give it a 3 for its great quality but rate it down for the required maintenance. It was very very warm and a had to take it off often when inside or i'd start sweating.

(1)

 

B Shill

B Shillwrote a review of on February 16, 2010

4 5

This is a great jacket for around town on shoulder seasons. I wouldn't take it anywhere technical due to its lack of a hood. The windstopper fabric is great for stopping any kind of wind. I'd always recommend at least a long-sleeve tee underneath though since the inside isn't nearly as soft and inviting as the soft outside. Wish they had reversed the fabric. Great jacket nonetheless. I'm 5'10" 160lbs and the small fits well. I don't wear anything heavy underneath. 100 level polartec at the most. This will work in winter around town if you layer some fleece underneath or down/synthetic on top.

(0)

 

0 Comments