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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

I use this shoe for fast and light attacks in the Alpine, primarily the North Cascades of WA. I love this shoe because it is decently comfortable while running trail approaches, but then can switch to great grip and water resistance on snow and glaciers. I have universal strap crampons, so they work decently well with crampons. They're not meant for ice climbing, but I did end up booting down 65 degrees snow in the Enchantments with these bad boys one time! Grip on rock is also pretty solid, although the big treads can feel a little awkward.

Tread is excellent, so running across mild (less than 25 degrees) snowslopes is a breeze. Water resistant with the integrated gaiter, not waterproof totally. but you don't need gaiters with these. Warmth is moderate, but still not too hot for summer use.

If you want to be able to transition seamlessly from fast trail approaches to high scrambling and snow, these are your shoes. I've been able to slam 20+ mile 10k gain day climbs with these shoes now because I can jog the approaches and still perform in technical terrain. One of the best purchases I've ever made. They fill the gap between running shoes and mountaineering boots perfectly.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I use this jacket primarily for high to medium output activities below freezing. The side stretch panels breathe really well, yet the insulation retains enough heat so you don't get cold when you break for 5 minutes. Material seems water-resistant, although I've yet to put it through a lot of rain. Fit is very tight and athletic, so it is easy to put a hardshell on top. Works as an insulating layer when just hanging around camp, but you can get a better insulating layer if you just want something light and warm. Breathability is where this jacket excels.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this in preparation for a trip involving a bunch of Cascade Volcanoes. It proved its worth, keeping me toasty on the summit of Mt. Adams in 20 degree plus 30 mph winds with just a base layer underneath. I've used it on Rainier, winter camping, and just around town in the winter when it drops below 20. It's warm and comfortable down to about 10 with just a t-shirt underneath. Packs down pretty light and small.

Fit is nice. A little large, so room to layer underneath, but it would be a struggle to fit a hardshell over it. That's a small downside since the jacket itself is not water-proof.

Very warm down jacket, great value for its warmth. You won't need anything warmer unless you find yourself hanging out inactive in sub-zero temps frequently.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this jacket for more mild conditions because it suffices as my wind layer and insulation. It is surprisingly warm for its weight and does a good job of blocking wind. Not very water resistant, but that's not its job. Breathability is also pretty good, I used it huffing up the Boulder Glacier on Mt. Baker in the summer and never overheated, yet stayed decently warm during 10 min breaks every once in a while.

A nice versatile jacket that combines insulation, breathability, and windproofness into one lightweight package. Very useful in more mild conditions, could be layered in rougher conditions.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

I use these pants primarily for summer mountaineering in the Cascades of WA. Their lightweight nature makes them incredibly breathable, so I can be comfortable on a fast approach in the valleys and on an icy ridge at 9000 ft in a whiteout. I love the integrated gaiter cuffs, they completely keep snow out and remove the need for gaiters. Stretchy material allows my to move freely while scrambling.

Water-resistance isn't really there for these; they start soaking up water pretty quickly. Positive side is that they are very quick to dry. Also keep in mind there is minimal warmth when not moving from these pants.

Best use is for climbing and mountaineering in the summer season and maybe fall and summer for mild conditions. If below freezing, I would opt for something warmer like the OR Cirque.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these for 3 season (fall, winter, spring) mountaineering in the Cascades of WA. They have a nice athletic fit, but still with room for a base layer. The material is very breathable, a little warm, and incredibly water resistant. I wore them on a wicked approach of Eldorado Peak in North Cascades National Park during May. The entire approach was a sufferfest of pouring rain, then hail, and then whiteout conditions up to the Inspiration Glacier. These pants beaded water better than my hardshell OR Foray jacket (which I do not recommend). I don't think any pant could've been a better choice there.

The integrated snow gaiter clips work decently well, but not as well as on the Ferossi Pant, so you might still wait gaiters when in a lot of wet snow.

Best use is in high output activities below 40 degrees in the alpine. The material is tough, breathable, and water resistant.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This was my first softhsell. I wanted greater breathability and functionality than my hardshell, so I decided to try out the Ferossi. It has a great combination of water resistance, wind resistance and breathability. It is ideal in alpine conditions (pouring rain excluded) because it has the toughness to stand up to the elements. So far, it has beaded off light to moderate showers no problem. I like the range of movement and breathability.

I've used this jacket extensively in the Cascades now, from early season Enchantment peakbagging to climbing through clouds and mist on Sahale in North Cascades National Park. It has now replaced my hardshell in all but select situations.

I think this jacket is very useful if you are a fast-and-light alpinist who is concerned about breathability above all else. It provides usually a sufficient amount of protection and is much more desirable than a hardshell. However, it doesn't replace your hardshell, so keep that in mind. Highly recommend.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I had high hopes for this jacket, but it just isn't very waterproof. It beads decently for 5-10 min in moderate rain, but then wets out very quickly. Additionally, moisture will get through in heavy rains if outside for an extended period of time.

Durability is also a concern. The high wear areas (shoulders, pockets, cuffs) lose their DWR repellency very quickly, after only a few uses. Nikwak somewhat restores them, but not well.

Only bright side is OR has great customer service. When they heard about my complaints, they sent me a new jacket. It has the same problems. At least I could sell that one to recover some of the money...

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was a little apprehensive about buying this jacket since I have similar ones, but I have not been disappointed in the least. This jacket is essentially a hybrid between softshell jackets and synthetic insulated jackets. Its is very lightweight and comfortable. The arms are a little long, but that is for the thumb holes.

I first used this jacket extensively on a complete traverse of Switchback, Martin, Cheops, and Bigelow peaks of the Sawtooth-Chelan Wilderness in the North Cascades of WA. It was many hours of chossy class 2 and 3 in the standard sleet, hail, and snow of the North Cascades. I wore this jacket the entire time and it beaded off sleet, blocked wind, breathed on hard pushes, and kept me warm enough to chill at each summit for 10 minutes or so without needing another layer. I have never had another layer do all those things so well.

Not a specialty item, but can take so many different conditions (in moderation) well. Water resistant like a softshell, breathable like a softshell, but a little extra insulation. Highly recommend for high output activities (especially in wetter climates) below 40 degrees.

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Kyle McCrohan

Kyle McCrohanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Super comfy, surprisingly warm, very breathable. I usually wear this as a base layer in temperatures 45 degrees and under. It breathes incredibly well yet retains a lot of warmth when stopped. With a softshell, you're good down below freezing and in harsh temperatures.

Only downside is the material is not very durable. I wore it the first time on a six pitch climb at Banks Lake, WA. I never took any lead falls or rubbed against the granite particularly hard, but at the end, the stitching on my forearms was already coming undone. I am disappointed because many people recommended this for climbing. You definitely want a tougher outer layer for climbing.

Overall, great based/mid layer, but not the most durable.

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