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Dan Mc

Dan Mc

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Dan Mc's Bio

I rather be skiing than doing anything else. Anything. I think about it constantly. In the winter I'm looking to put together trips and in the summer I'm thinking, "this may be the year I go to Chile". I'm 6'1", 185 advanced/expert skier. When the conditions are good, I can ski just about anything and look good doing it. When conditions get a little tricky, I may show a tick or two. Now in my late 30's I'm by no means hucking cliffs, but I do like to be aggressive, in an age appropriate way?

Dan Mc

Dan Mcwrote a review of on December 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a follow up review of the Hestra Army Glove that is a great glove but isn't that warm.(https://www.backcountry.com/hestra-army-leather-gore-tex-xcr-glove?s=a) I purchased these mittens specifically for skiing on cold days (below 20 degrees F). I had a chance to use them this week in single digit weather. They are very warm and I'm happy with my purchase. First first day in them was a pretty cold day. The type of day that hands out of gloves got extremely cold after 30 seconds. When I put the gloves back on I balled my hands up in the large part of the mitten and they were toasty within 30 seconds. I put my thumb back in place and I was good to go. I was worried that the glove would be too bulky to get a ski pole strap over them. That wasn't a problem. First impression was this is a well made glove, waterproof, and very warm.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on November 29, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my first pair of Hestra gloves and I was excited to try them out. I've put them through the wringer for 3-4 seasons - heli skiing in AK, Eastern Sierras, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and in every type of condition. Bottom line, they're well made, waterproof, and durable but they're just not that warm. I don't get cold easily when skiing but these gloves are terrible for warmth. Even with aftermarket merino liners. I've had gloves in college at a third of the price that were much warmer (but not as waterproof). After several seasons they're still holding up structurally and I'll still use them for days above 25 degrees F. I'm online this week to buy gloves for days below 25F. I'm looking at a mitten for the first time ever and think I'm going to try Outdoor Research's Alti Mitten. It may be overkill but better to have a layered glove that breathes and can get too warm than a glove that doesn't protect your finger tips and makes you more susceptible to long term nerve damage.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on May 30, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

As you may be able to tell from the other reviews, this bib (as with all Casteli gear) runs small. I'm 6' 1" and 190 lbs. and the XXL fits OK (I'm a large in Pearl Izumi bibs). My typical riding weight is 185 lbs. and I think the bib will still fit the same after I drop the weight. Fit is OK in areas and too loose in others. The "Endurance" chamois has proven to be average at best. Not for rides over 2+ hours which is disappointing. The bib straps are very narrow. I have broader shoulders and wider straps would be a lot more comfortable.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on September 19, 2013

Best Shell I've Ever Owned
5 5

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

It's rare for me to give 5 stars to anything, but this shell deserves it. I usually wear a soft shell or fleece on mild days, and a shell in storms, wind, and/or extreme cold. I ski a lot in the Eastern Sierra and it is known to be very windy. 60+mph on the ridge lines. I've never owned a shell as windproof as the Sidewinder. Absolutely amazing. This is probably due to the GoreTex ProShell, so any shell with this material would be a good one to consider. During moderate mid-season whether (28-35 F) the breatheability of the shell was top shelf. While skiing aggressive lines there wasn't a drop of perspiration on the inside of the shell (I usually wear a base layer and a 1/4 zip underneath in weather above 25 F). Even on the rare occasion I'm wearing it on a blue bird day (34 F) the breatheablity and the pit zips make it very comfortable. I contemplated buying this shell for 2 seasons but held off because of the cost. Let's be honest, this thing is obnoxiously expensive. It sounds cliche, but I wish I bought it sooner. I'm 6'1" 185lbs the the L fit me well and has plenty of room to layer. I'm a advanced /expert skier and I didn't feel restricted once. If you are considering this shell, and your current gear is letting you down, spend the money. My previous shell was North Face. I'll never touch HyVent again. Nowhere close to the same ballpark as the ProShell Gortex in the Sidewinder. I promise you, after the season, you won't remember the cost of the shell, but you'll be satisfied with your investment and not freezing on the chair, during high winds, while wet.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on September 19, 2013

Best Shell I've Owned
5 5

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

It's rare for me to give 5 stars to anything, but this shell deserves it. I usually wear a soft shell or fleece on mild days, and a shell in storms, wind, and/or extreme cold. I ski a lot in the Eastern Sierra and it is known to be very windy. 60+mph on the ridge lines. I've never owned a shell as windproof as the Sidewinder. Absolutely amazing. This is probably due to the GoreTex ProShell, so any shell with this material would be a good one to consider. During moderate mid-season whether (28-35 F) the breatheability of the shell was top shelf. While skiing aggressive lines there wasn't a drop of perspiration on the inside of the shell (I usually wear a base layer and a 1/4 zip underneath in weather above 25 F). Even on the rare occasion I'm wearing it on a blue bird day (34 F) the breatheablity and the pit zips make it very comfortable. I contemplated buying this shell for 2 seasons but held off because of the cost. Let's be honest, this thing is obnoxiously expensive. It sounds cliche, but I wish I bought it sooner. I'm 6'1" 185lbs the the L fit me well and has plenty of room to layer. I'm a advanced /expert skier and I didn't feel restricted once. If you are considering this shell, and your current gear is letting you down, spend the money. My previous shell was North Face. I'll never touch HyVent again. Nowhere close to the same ballpark as the ProShell Gortex in the Sidewinder. I promise you, after the season, you won't remember the cost of the shell, but you'll be satisfied with your investment and not freezing on the chair, during high winds, while wet.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on February 18, 2010

5 5

It's rare for me to give 5 stars to anything, but this shell deserves it. I've only taken it on one trip thus far, but out of 6 days skiing (inbounds) I wore it 3. In the 3 days, I had varying conditions. I usually wear a soft shell or fleece on mild days, and a shell in storms, wind, and/or extreme cold. I ski a lot in the Eastern Sierra and it is known to be very windy. 60+mph on the ridge lines. I've never owned a shell as windproof as the Sidewinder. Absolutely amazing. This is due to the GoreTex ProShell, so any shell with this material would be a good one to consider. During moderate mid-season whether (28-35 F) The breatheability of the shell was top shelf. I was skiing 3-5" of powder on aggressive lines, and when I stopped for lunch, there wasn't a drop of perspiration on the inside of the shell (I wore a base layer and a 1/4 zip underneath). I did have it on for a 1/2 day of blue bird (34 F) and with the breatheablity and the pit zips, the jacket was very comfortable. I contemplated buying this shell for 2 seasons but held off because of the cost. Let's be honest, this thing is obnoxiously expensive. It sounds cliche, but I wish I bought it sooner. I'm 6'1" 185lbs the the L fit me well and has plenty of room to layer. I'm a level 7-8 skier and I didn't feel restricted once. If you are considering this shell, and your current gear is letting you down, spend the money. My previous shell was North Face. I'll never touch HyVent again. Nowhere close to the same ballpark as the ProShell Gortex in the Sidewinder. I promise you, after the season, you won't remember the cost of the shell, but you'll be satisfied with your investment and not freezing on the chair, during high winds, while wet. I do agree with the previous comment, the Everglade color is more of a lime. It appears more yellow in the picture above.

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Dan Mcwrote a review of on December 19, 2009

2 5

I purchased the Apogee ST 4 seasons ago. I also purchased The North Face Patrol Pant at that time. The Apogee is made with TNF's HyVent, and the Patrol Pants are made with Gore Tex XCR (3 layer, i believe). I mostly ski in bounds in Mammoth and Colorado and generally ski pretty hard, mostly in the bowls and bumps. I wear the pants every day and the Apogee during storms. Bottom line, Gore Tex holds up in any condition, from 40 degrees to 20 below with excellent breathability and wind and water proofing. The Apogee is warm but has terrible breathability. Perspiration moisture cannot escape and you get damp and cold on the chair. Even when using the pit zips, which are good size. The lining in the jacket makes this issue worse, as it absorbs a lot of the moisture, adding to the dampness. When you try to layer a little less under the jacket, you become very vulnerable to wind, which is pretty constant in Mammoth. Bottom line - it's a good looking jacket, the collar is an awesome design, but the jacket is bulky and it has terrible technical performance. I should have listened to the Backcountry.com rep and considered the Arc'teryx Sidewinder, which will probably be my next shell.

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