Ethan Taftwrote a review of Patagonia Black Hole 60L Duffel on May 2, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought this bag for a 6'0 shortboard. Perfect for car travel. Not necessarily great for airline travel but could be adapted for such with towels and wetsuits used as padding. Not much else to explain. Comes with included shoulder strap which is awesome if you want to walk down to lowers and surf with everybody else.
Was able to test this out at Snowbasin in the spring for one day. It was raining at most elevations and sleeting at the high elevations. Kept me dry for the most part. It performed well and was breathable and lightweight. The main hand pockets are a little funky as they are in a weird position if you just want to relax with hands in pockets or warm them up but hey, everyone has their thing. Under arm ventilation was perfect and sizable.
I was able to test these pants for one day at Snowbasin in the spring. It was raining at the lower elevations and in the higher elevations it was snowing sleet.
The pants held up in terms of being waterproof. As far as any durability issues, I wasn't able to use them long enough to know how they will hold up but the construction was quality from what I noticed.
They are a shell and perfect for people who don't want to overheat. The bib straps were awesome and easy to use. The vents are also great and sizable.
I use them for touring and they do just what I need them to do: block the sun! The lenses are easily changed!
Been using this for ski touring. Really awesome and breathable. There's not much to say about the performance of the jacket that hasn't already been said by other people. It's durable, light, and waterproof. The helmet compatible hood is awesome and it does a great job at keeping wind out.
I was a little disappointed with the sizing as the jacket fits kind of bulky/boxy and not fitted as well as I thought it was going to fit for an Arcteryx. I think they should lengthen out the torso a little bit and then it'd been stellar all around.
These pants are a great mountaineering pant in that they are light, well-ventilated, and have a nice athletic fit. Gore-Tex Pro waterproofing keeps all moisture out.
Potential drawbacks may include the fact that they don't fit well around/over ski boots and the built in boot gaiters just aren't like a traditional ski/snowboarding pant gaiter. They just fit tight. When using with a mountaineering boot, however, that's going to be a different story.
The suspenders are really well built and thought out as they are easily adjustable with just a pull of your hand.
I usually wear size 32 waist pants and these are a size 34 and they still run a little small
I've been using these pants for touring.
Very breathable with the side vents, which are massive.
Waterproof. Durable fabric. Reinforced cuffs on the bottom are awesome as well. Hook and loop closure is also an added bonus (also has a button). I thought the pockets were a bit odd at first but started liking them after a few days of use.
Not too baggy and not too fitted. Just perfect
Super waterproof although not very breathable.
I've been using this for touring. Not a great jacket to tour in for the uphill but on the downhill it's awesome. This is definitely more of a resort coat.
The fabric is very durable. The hood is definitely big enough for a helmet and when it gets really windy or cold out, that becomes a necessity.
Fits a little long which is awesome and the sleeves are also a little long which is great for me.
Only downside: The main zipper isn't that great, especially when it gets cold. Really hard to get started.
I originally bought the Scarpa Maestrale RS to match my wide foot, but those didn't work out as I thought they would/should (https://www.backcountry.com/scarpa-maestrale-rs-alpine-touring-boot) .
Even though these boots state that they are a 98mm last, they fit my feet super well, right out of the box. I talked to a friend at a local ski shop and the same thing with his feet, and here's why:
How the shell curves from the top to the bottom is much different than the Scarpas. Where the bottom of the foot bed meets the shell curve is much flatter than the Scarpas. So if anyone is worried that these boots aren't going to fit their wide feet, give them a try.
These are also some of the most mold-able touring boots on the market and if they do fit too snug, there is a lot that can be fixed.
Not quite as soft as stance's regular socks, but they are still constructed super well and they fit really ergonomically on my foot. They have designated L and R socks.
Only been touring in them once but they left no blisters on my feet anywhere, and they don't smell bad yet, either.
Bought these as a gift for my sister and she likes them. She was worried they were actually going to be a little too small but they were not. She has an averaged size face/head and they fit perfectly for her and with her smith helmet.
Can't go wrong with chromapop, either.
Bought a size large and it fit's me just fine. I like the construction as it seems well made and it seems like it will last a long time.
These are super well-fitting and the sizing is spot on. Great for general use or running, working out, etc.
If you want warm and smell-free, buy these socks. They are also super comfortable.
I bought this shirt thinking it was going to be a little too big, width wise, but after one washing it fits just great.
Super comfortable and soft and perfect for colder days.
Stance socks have stood the test of time in my book. They are durable and comfortable and don't seem to shed threads like other socks do. I've used them for the last several years and I will continue to do so which is why I bought these.
I bought these boots hoping they'd work out in size, but unfortunately they were too small in the mid-foot. Everything about the boots, besides the fit on my own foot, is so awesome and they just seem super bomber. Unfortunately, I never got to use them.
Scarpa reports a last width of 101mm but that is not a consistent last throughout the length of the boot. It narrows considerably as it goes from the toe box through the heel.
Once again, this boot is awesome but is not for people like me who have a consistently wide foot from toe to heel.