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Olafwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

WARM! Should Be Called Deep Space Down!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I am 5€'™8"€ tall, 155lbs heavy and I wear 38R suits/Medium coats but I had to size down to a SMALL in the Deep Cold Down (DCD) to get a proper fit. Even still the size Small is cavernous enough in the chest and arms to layer lots of clothing underneath. This is a big lofty warm expedition coat that wears easy and feels very light-weight on your back.
With 400 grams of 800 fill responsibly sourced Down supplemented by 40 grams of Primaloft you will never need to layer more than a base and mid layer underneath the Deep Cold Down to keep warm in any type of weather inside the orbit of Pluto.
PROS:
Nice Shape -€“ The DCD has an actual shape instead of being a shapeless lump that most big expedition down coats tend to be. The DCD is tailored to fit exquisitely with contoured stitched panels, hem cinches and a waistline cinch. So it remains rigid and keeps a respectable shape whether worn zipped up or unzipped.
Durable - Montane uses different weaves of Pertex Endurance fabric throughout the DCD. There is thicker fabric at the arms, shoulders, hood and lower rear with softer fabric on the chest and mid-back regions so that it is a strong wear-resistant (not just weather-resistant) coat.

Warmth /Weight Ratio - This coat is very warm but also the lightest expedition box wall down coat I'€™ve worn. Having a removable hood with an ingenious substitute for a traditional heavy snow skirt helps shed weight. The Mammut Eigerjoch is the closest in warmth/weight ratio but the DCD has more features.

Hood -€“ One of the best hoods I'€™ve ever experienced. It is warm, waterproof, helmet friendly, offers full face coverage, tucks away when not used, has a wired brim, & 3 way cinch system in addition to being removable. The hood connects with a sealing zipper and baffle flap so when worn it protects like a normal non-removable hood.

Collar- This coat has a down filled baffle fleece collar that wraps around your neck when the coat is zipped up so heat is sealed in and cold is locked out. The top of the collar also has a cinch toggle that lets the collar hug your neck when zipped up or be pulled back when zipped down if you get too hot.

Internal Waist Cinch - Instead of the traditional heavy snow skirt the DCD uses a bungee cinch toggle that runs along the waist at the back. When cinched the jacket hugs your torso and hips at the back to effectively sealing in heat and keeping out cold and snow.

Sleeves -€“ Articulated and long for the size and provides good coverage.

Belay Zipper -€“ Love that it has this long forgotten, very useful, feature that most other expedition down coats no longer have.
Drop Tail Hem - The Deep Cold Down is long enough, with a well-defined contoured drop tail hem, so that your upper legs are well covered. If you don't need the extra length then the hem cinches will shorten the coat.

Exterior Pockets - All pockets are well placed with down-filling or fleece on both sides so your hands will be warm in all of them. They all secure with either Velcro strips (lower bellow pockets), zips (side fleece-lined hand pockets), or both Velcro and zips (napoleon chest pockets).

CONS (nothing substantial but if you need to nitpick):
Too much Velcro - €“Velcro on almost every pocket, along the center storm flap, on the cuffs and all over the hood. It makes using the coat easy and quick compared to using tiny snap buttons but the Velcro has a loud distracting tearing sound that you eventually get used to.

Small Interior Pockets -€“ At best a 16 ounce Poland Spring water bottle will fit in the bigger of the two mesh pockets. The smaller zippered but is big enough for cell phones, wallets and keys.

OVERALL:
This is a great coat at the end of the day. Apart from all the things I pointed out it is easy to wear and light on your back while providing the best warmth and weather protection anywhere your feet can take you on this green Earth!

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Olafwrote a review of on November 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a very warm coat for the weight & price. It will keep you warm down to the 25F to 32F. It is windproof but not water/snow/storm proof. With that said lets get on with the most important thing you will read before making a choice to buy this item. Sizing!

I've been buying these down sweater jackets every other year since 2009. The Fall 2011 to Spring 2014 down sweater jackets of the past fit much bigger than the Fall 2014 to the current Fall 2015 line does.

I'm 5'9" 155lbs and in 2009/2011/2013 style years I found the Patagonia Size Small fit me exact (like a normal men's medium 38R chest ) This year style the size medium fits the same way.

So for Fall 2015 I purchased the Patagonia Size Medium get a correct 38R fit. My only complain is that while torso is tailored to fit better with a tapered fit that narrows from the armpit to the hemline, which I love, the sleeves are completely untailored and baggy for the size. There is more fabric around the triceps area than I would like. You can see this in the Patagonia website pictures for this product as worn on the model.

Other changes are the zippers for this year's (2014-now) style is much beefier and more durable. The DWR-treatment and crispy-factor is much better on the outer shell. In the past the thin zippers would always snag on everything and the wispy outer fabric would stain and tear easily-which is why I HAD TO replace my down sweater jackets every other year. However, this year's zippers are much improved and the outer fabric so far seems more resistant to dirt (specifically oil and grease from your skin and hair) and tearing.

I also loved that they bought back the internal chest pockets in this year style and returned the "dual" cinch toggles on the hemline that you could now cinch from inside the hand pockets (yeah it boggled my mind why Patagonia used a one sided hem cinch toggle the last couple of years).

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Olafwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

 Not The Best Base Camp Coat!
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium



DEC 2016 EDIT: I got rid of this jacket after the winter 2015/2016 season because I had several issues with the warmth retention (cold spot down the center zip), durability (outer fabric was too thin) and lack of exterior pockets.

-the center zipper is reinforced with the thinnest of storm flap that anchors down with three wispy velcro tabs. the velcro tabs did not stay connected and when walking into wind the poorly insulated central zipper left a cold spot down the length of the zipper as well as across the chest. I ended up wearing too many layers to keep warm in anything below 10 degrees F.
The outer fabric is sensitive to snags and abrasions that you get from any sort of contact with the outdoors. The seat region was starting to wear from several sit downs on logs and stone surfaces during at camp. Light to moderate wear in urban environments are fine but if you put it thru the wringer then yeah it will suffer.
Lack of pockets also made me give the Eigerjoch up for the more handier Montane Deep Cold Down Jacket. When you wear this at base camp and not carrying around your backpack I find large map pockets and separate hand warmer pockets useful especially since the Eigerjoch does not have mitts holder D rings stitched in. Pockets to hold large winter mitts would have been an alternative. Also when you zip down the hand pockets you tend to get cold spots inside the coat. It is a good enough coat for many but at the $500 price tag and what I need in an outdoor winter base camp coat I had to get rid of it. I would give it 1 star but I do think this will be a great coat for young urbanites and suburban back yards! See my original review below and I also have a video review on Youtube.

This jacket is super lightweight for the size and super warm. I'm 5'8" tall/150 lbs/38R chest and the size Medium fits me excellent. I got the Black color which looks great with it's neon blue lining. The jacket, when not cinched, is longer (down to mid thigh) than I'd expect which is great for providing coverage but it can also easily be cinched up and worn with the hem at the waist. There are lots of great things about this jacket but things that surprised me was the quality of the materials and fabrics. The tailoring is also precise (there is no extra bulk of fabric anywhere) and all the minor details are well done. I think Mammut changed the design slightly for the 2015/2016 season. The zipper pulls and cinch toggles are different on my coat versus the last year coat that I seen in the stores. Also this year's Eigerjoch seem to wear lighter and warmer than before.
This Eigerjoch is perfect but the only thing I would change are the ultra weak velcro closure tabs on the storm flaps. Unless you zip the central zip up those velcro tabs won't stay close-especially the velcro at the hem which just stays open and never really catches. I would have also wanted an extra zippered pocket on the inside chest for my mobile device even though the two mesh bucket pockets are enough. I also removed the bright orange zipper pulls on the pockets. They were just too much for me.

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Olafwrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

�The Dry Peak feels like someone took a light waterproof rain shell cut it up and restitched the panels with taped seams into a daypack. I needed a daypack for an weeklong kayaking/water caving trip.
PROS:
-When rolled up tightly no water gets in the lid nor soaks thru the fabric. It is a nylon/polyester blend coated on both the inside and outside with a durable pu treatment. ONLY use powdered detergents and/or Nikwax. Anything else deletes the waterproofing.
-Price! At $50 on sale this 9oz bag is a bargain. The closest competitor, the $160 25oz SeaToSummit 24L Carve, carries less but weighs & cost almost 3x more.
-When not underwater the Dry Peak makes a great daypack.
The hypalon loops are useful for holding items on the outside of the bag with a bungee cord .
-The roll top anchor straps that run up the sides CAN also serve as a compression strap OR waist belt
-Can be closed to seal in air for use as a floatation device. Sounds funny but it actually works.
CONS
-Fabric is very thin and light so it is not a pack for carrying anything sharp and heavy. It also looks like a potato when stuffed and wear comfort and swag is completely lost. With a large stiff lightweight padded Fed Ex envelope inserted inside along the back wall the pack now keeps shape and I have a compartment for an ipad.
-No hydration pocket or internal pockets.
-Shoulder straps and back wall are not padded.
-There is a large zippered outer pocket that if not zipped all the way water WILL get into that compartment. The waterproof zip is stiff and stops before closing so you have to remember to tug it an extra bit to get it to close.
-There is a front tunnel pocket for an ice axe or ski poles. I haven't figured out what to do with it in regards to water and day hiking activities. I would have wanted a mesh pocket instead.

BOTTOM LINE: If you leave the kitchen sink home and want the most out of one daypack for all your 3 season endeavors whether on water or land I highly recommend this pack.

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Olafwrote a review of on December 25, 2012

The Sticky Icky On These Boots!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 30+ miles on the Appalachian Trail these are my favorite boots of all time. I was worried about the blister situation and packed extra insoles just in case and found that the supplied peel away split insole that these come with either made the boots fit snug or too loose. So in the end I just used my old stillflex insoles (from an old Dolomite boot) and had no issues with blisters. I also use liner socks and pre-applied my own homemade anti-blister balm just to be safe and had no issues with blisters. The break in time for these boots took just the morning on the first day.
My favorite feature is that the rand and under-soles stick to everything. We were hiking late December and there were wet leaves, wet rocks and ice everywhere and I had no issues climbing over anything.
My one gripe is these are not the most cushioned boots I ever worn and downhills you tend to feel it more especially on worn down trails. But this can easily be fixed by inserting beefier cushioned insoles.
In closing I will sum up the awesomeness of these boots: In the last 10 years of hiking the first thing I always want to do when getting back to the car is throwing off my boots and getting into some dry cotton socks and sneakers or flip flops for the drive home. Last night was the first time in 10 years that I kept my boots on during the two plus hour drive back home. That is how comfortable these Salewa are!

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