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Monad- we are many

Monad- we are manywrote a review of on March 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I used this jacket 50+ days this year at Abay/Keystone, as a light mid-layer, over 2-3 lower layers and it performed flawlessly.. I was shocked at the versatility, comfort, robust functionality. The front side, insulated baffles keeps your heat in, the backside breaths and dumps perspiration up to the top layers, leaving the skin with a relatively dry feel.. paired with a POC VPD Spine backpack, w Camelback insert, w 2 glove warmers taped to the water bladder, I never felt either and didn't have the damp back that other midlayers created, when paired with the pack.

I also lived and slept in it most days. The hood cups the head, the neck zips up to the chin. I felt a little oompa loompa-ish at first but quickly grew to love how it kept the wind out, warm in, with such a thin layer. With this and a heavy thermal hoody, I could run out for quick walks with the dogs and take a snow covered, spiked tire rides down trails, without getting cold and most importantly, without overheating.

Me: 170 5'10" 32-3W, and typically wear a M-L 40-42 jacket.

Fitment: I have the M and it fits slim but true to size (for fit folk with athletic builds) and great but can't be used over too many layers..and it's not really an efficient cold weather outer layer, except on warmer 50F+ days, due to how well it wicks and breaths.. If you are a little heavy, buy a size or two up and you'll be stoked.

USE: this tech midlayer dominates as a very targeted, specific use garment, riding, skiing, climbing, including sleepwear while camping or in mixed sleeping conditions.

the good: well placed hand pockets are warm, with wind solid protection, the hood swaddles the neck and head in warmth and savage wickinessity. The zippers are flat, thin, easy to use, pull and super durable. after 50+ days skiing this year, it still looks great.

the bAd: nothing bad though the stitching from one of the front side thermal baffles, has come undone, (nipple area) for about an inch, where my outer shell rides on the jacket.. I put a few clumsy stitches in to stop further pulling and will do a more permanent fix here shortly.

Just wore it on my first longer MTB ride of the season, with similar amazing performance to the ski days.. I <3 OR.

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Monad- we are many

Monad- we are manywrote a review of on March 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I put in 50+ days this year, thank you EPIC pass, this was the only shell I wore.

I started off wearing just the Black Diamond Mission Down Parka but it wasn't resilient enough, wind/cold, as a stand alone jacket on the colder sub10F 25mph Abasin days.

Looking at the jacket today, with a fresh wash, it appears to be 'as new', which is shocking. I hit so many tree branches, sliding down 50ft past rocks and stumps, (thank you POC VPD) and it looks like the day I bought it. The La Meije seems like a heavier build than other 3L products I've used in the past.

mE: 170, 5'10" 32-3 waist, 34" sleeve, 16" neck, telekinesis (powers growing stronger daily).

Fitment_ got the L, I wear a 40-42 in jackets

Layering: layerd with some tech gear, including Under Armor 4.0 shirt and a UA Infrared stretch lycra thermal hoody, then an Outdoor Research Deviator midlayer on warmer days, adding a thicker midlayer puffery jacket on freezer days and was usually fine...

the GOOd: plenty of well placed, sealed zipper pockets, fit is great at LARGE with an athletic build. The hood has a rear adjustment and under chin pulls that cup the head or helmet. The one day I forgot my helmet, it worked great keeping the wind out, heat in, with just a cap and hoody layers.. I still have a tattoo on my forehead from that day that imprinted through the wool cap and hood. Wear your helmet.

I spent most of my days in the trees and bumps, caught more than a few branches as I sped by, which felt really great but left more bruises but no mark on the 3l goretex..

All seams and zippers intact, overall it looks to be in 'as new' condition. . I'm shocked and stoked on how well this gear performed, how well it held up, how great it looks (periwinkle blue very nice).

theBad: I don't want to sound like a cheerleader, or look like one for that matter but wow, nothing bad here, all good.

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Monad- we are many

Monad- we are manywrote a review of on December 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've worn these about 14 days this year at Keystone, Abasin, on cold 4F days.. I really, really like them. All good, no bad, well made, look great!

I layer compression and some thin thermals on 30F days, throw on a bulk lower layer for colder days and bingo.. warm and well regulated all day. Bibs are the way to go for all days..they let you be more flexible with all other layers.

Fitment- I'm 5'10" 175 33"W 32L and bot the Large size. I layer 2-3 lowers, plus sweats (cold daisies) and a POC VPD shorts...and they still fit with room to move. Mediums maycould work for spring and fewer layers.

Pockets- good, several and accessible. the zip pulls are sturdy. I really liked the grey color but went with the BLUE..

Length is standard to measurement without a bunch of Armada bunching at the bottom.

The gooD- everything about them.
NoBADdays.

getsum

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Monad- we are manywrote a review of on December 16, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this balaclava, under a POC Receptor helmet, 11 days this year, at A-Basin, Keystone and Loveland, with temps ranging from the low zeros to 30s. I'm currently shopping for other options and will not even keep this as a back up, due to issues described below.

I wear a Large POC helmet, I purchased a Large MH balaclava. Fitment was good, as expected.

At 30s, the balaclava functions ok fine but it has no breath holes so it tends get soaked around the mouth area.. Sans holes it also tends to fog up my goggles, when I breath, unless i have it tucked under the goggle rim or pulled down under my chin. :\

At lower temps, 4-10 F, with high winds, the ride up the lifts at A-basin were challenging. I kind of expected more warmth, wind protection, but couldn't have any thicker layer in between head and helmet.

This is the first season I've worn a full balaclava, so I didn't know what to expect/ order. Now, after 2 hand fulls of ski days marked, I have 1 suggestion-> GET A BALACLAVA with MOUTH HOLE(s), never get one without.

At 10F and below, the soaked mouth area mentioned above freezes solid. On these days, I've had to go into the rest area and hand dryer it, to make it usable again.

I'd buy another MH balaclava but I'm going to look around more first..do actual research. I bought this while OTP with a representative, during the black friday hysteria..my bad.

I'm sure someone has an argument for why balaclavas without holes are superior but for skiing or other cold weather exertive activity, I'd like to politely suggest that they are misinformed.

Summary- it seems to be well made, fits as expected but totally useless-to-dangerous without mouth holes.

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Monad- we are many

Monad- we are manywrote a review of on December 3, 2017

5 5

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

The G00d:
the jacket is light, warm, wind-proof and warm. Did I say warm? It's not too warm though, feels like the perfect soft blanket. I was out in 30+ mph gusting winds at 17F a few days back and it was cold everywhere else, except for my chest, head and arms.

Functionality-is full service, w wrist adjustment straps, easy open/ access zips/ pockets. i like how the hood sits on my head with and w/o a helmet, the little flip over flap and thermal layer In the hood itself.

Aesthetics- the jacket lines are clean, the logos are unobtrusive/ understated. You can't really see them at first glance, . There's no melon sized text embroidery logos. I usually don't like big labels on my stuff, unless I'm being sponsored ;D and paid to run the gear. These guys get it.

Fitment is standard for most Large coats but without all the extra fabric usually left in there to fit the widest Large folk, so it fits clean and un-tentlike. That said, at 5'10 175, I would have gone for the M if I wasn't looking to layer under, if only for the narrower waist.

The BAd: nothing, it's all good.

THe UPdate:
12+ days in at Keystone, A-Basin and Loveland, so far this year, with temps ranging from mid 30's to low Zeros.

I forgot to highlight the hood tensioner bungee that cups the hood to the helmet or head, blocking wind in either config. ++ feature.

I pulled the zipper pull off on the 10th day, trying to zip it over a useless balaclava., currently using a ski pass tag, in its place.

Pockets- I'd like a few more specialized pockets. The pockets are great and accessible but basically like a kitchen junk drawer, without proper mgmt.

The jacket has met and exceeded expectations for warmth and usability. I would recommend a hooded (over the helmet) mid-layer jacket, on days below 9F-ish with any wind. I'm looking at the BD Forge and other non-puff options.

I still <3 it after several long cold days.

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