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Brian Pfaff

Brian Pfaff

All of Utah, Tahoe, Yosemite, CA

Brian Pfaff's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

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Doin it big

Brian Pfaff

Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on September 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have used many rain jackets but I believe this is the best one of all. I want to start off and say I have many jackets for different purposes, so I have only used the minimalist in select conditions. This is a not a do everything jacket, but for what it is designed for (Rain) it does very well. The gore-tex paclite makes it a great light weight jacket to wear when it's storming out. It feels very light and offers a great range of motion when wearing it. Its a jacket that I would throw in my pack on a day hike if I expect a bit of rain. Now it is not a gore tex pro shell, its durable, but it does have its limits. I wouldn't take it on a multi day trip and use it as my primary protection from the elements. With that being said, I am more than satisfied with this jacket. If your looking for a dedicated rain jacket to wear around town or to throw in your pack if your expecting some rain, you should definitely consider the minimalist jacket.

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Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on December 17, 2013

Great down jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought the non hooded version of this jacket mainly for skiing. I do not like skiing with many hoods stacked on top of one another so i chose this one. I got to try this jacket on a few of the coldest days Snowbird has seen this season including one when it was -14 in the morning and it was great. All i wore was this jacket, and a lightweight fleece underneath and I was completely warm. This jacket just traps in heat. The jacket is super lightweight and packable, it compresses into an included stuff sack and is about the size of a nalgene when stuffed. I was really amazed by how packable this jacket is considering it has a bit more loft than other jackets that pack down to the same size. I've heard complaints about this jacket because it doesn't pack into its own pocket, but i think its better because there doesn't have to be an odd sized pocket. This is a great down jacket that i would recommend to anyone.

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Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This binding is great, this is my first touring setup and i can say its awesome. I spent alot of time deciding between these and the marker duke. I ended up going for these because they're lower to the ski and I think they have a better mechanism than the duke. The duke requires you to detach before switching it into touring mode, but with the tracker, you can put it into touring mode while you are still attached. I have toured with this a few times and the rest of the time I ride it in bounds. It feels like a normal alpine binding when in bounds. this binding is an amazingly versatile binding that can perform in and out of bounds. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good and versatile touring binding.

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Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on November 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love this jacket, I've used a lot of synthetic insulation jackets and this one is my favorite by far. Its really warm for its weight, and is also very light and packable. I was wearing this during the windiest week SLC has had all season and i could not be more impressed. It kept the wind out and kept me warm. I have yet to ski in it but I believe itll hold up great. My only complaints about the jacket are the hood and zipper. The hood its a bit loose and the zipper has absolutely no resistance. If you grab the hood the wrong way, itll unzip. But overall a great jacket that I would highly recommend.

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Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This jacket is phenomenal. I bought it little over a year ago when on sale. Since then I've used it for just about any activity from skiing to climbing. One thing I love is how durable it is. I was in a cave a little over a foot white and was sliding through it wearing this jacket. I thought it would surely show signs of the scraping in the cave but nope, it withstood all the abrasion with no problem. Another thing I love is just how versatile it is, it can be worn as a stand alone piece in moderately cool weather, it can be a layering piece, and it also has enough room for more layers underneath. When spring skiing i wear this and another layer underneath and am completely warm. It is advertised as water resistant which it is, but it really takes alot for it to give, and it is also fully windproof.

Pros: Versatile, Comfortable, Great weatherproofing, light/packable, stylish, decently warm.
Cons: Requires more layering for colder weather, price

Overall this jacket is great, it is a great piece for just about anyone wanting a daily use jacket that can still hand up to just about anything thrown at it. Must buy!

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Brian Pfaffwrote a review of on November 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This harness is great for anyone looking to buy their first harness. For the price of $55, you simply cannot beat it. I've used some of the more expensive harnesses that black diamond makes such as the chaos, and this one is feels almost the same to me. This harness has super comfortable leg loops and a comfy waist belt. The buckles are nice because they are auto doubled back so you just have to pull to tighten it. Its very simple and straightforward. So far I've used it in gyms and outdoors for sport climbing, and it works flawlessly. This harness is a great buy for anyone but for beginners especially.

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