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Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on December 14, 2017

5 5

The Randonee Gauntlets are my first choice for skiing as well as alpine and ice climbing. They've got a full leather palm that's super tough for rope handling and gives great grip on leashless tools. Soft shell fabric and a full pile lining means they dry fast and stay warm even when damp so they're great for expedition use where a fully waterproof glove can be hard to dry out once it's soaked. These in conjunction with a thin pair of gloves for the hardest pitches or warmer parts of the day are the system I use most of the time.

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on December 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I work for ME and the Lightline is a legend within the business, the first version was made back in the early 70's, the current one is the best yet and our most popular jacket. They're being used somewhere in the world every day of the year, from Himalayan peaks to ski days and digging out the truck! The Drilite Loft fabric is impressively weatherproof [1500mm hydrostatic head] and the down is audited for animal welfare and quality through our industry first Down Codex system. A great down jacket that many people buy for a big trip and end up wearing every day of the winter!

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on December 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I take this with me almost every time I go out, it's a great jacket for big rock routes and just as good for ice or Alpine climbing. The Pontetorto fabric dries super fast if you sweat it up on an approach and it packs small when you stuff it in a pack. It's the perfect layer and a waterproof or soft shell, stretchy and totally unrestrictive. The hood goes under a helmet really well when you need it to and the chest pocket fits a phone. I wear mine in the mountains, at the crag, in the gym and to the office... just about everywhere!

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on December 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've used the Citadel a lot, it's probably the warmest 'proper' belay jacket there is. It's totally reliable and keeps working long after a down jacket would have started to suffer thanks to the hydrophobic Primaloft Gold insulation. The Drilite Loft outer fabric is impressively weatherproof [1500mm hydrostatic head] but still light and breathable enough that it dries fast. The hood easily goes over a helmet and whatever other hoods you already have up, A brilliant piece of kit whether you're out climbing ice for the day or on super serious multi day routes where your insulation has to keep working..... and a great jacket just to live in over the winter in horrible weather!

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have literally lived in the Flash Hoody since I've had it..... Mountain routes, bouldering, work and long haul flights have all been tackled! It feels like cotton but dries like a technical layer so it's just as comfortable to climb in as it is in town. The hood is just big enough to go over a helmet on hanging belays and provides critical protection for airport bivis.

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large/34

These have been my go to climbing pants for over a year now. Tough, stretchy and quick drying they've been perfect for everything from big routes and walls to sport crags and sessions in the gym..... I haven't taken them off much! They're best described as a medium fit, for me they're ideal even for harder routes with a long hike in and out. It's a small detail but the extra zip pocket has meant I finally know where my key is when I make it back to the car!

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been using Groundup t-shirts for years now and they've become a key part of my outdoor wardrobe. They're as quick drying and breathable as the most technical thermal layer but fit and feel like a cotton t-shirt. Initially I just used them for rock climbing and trekking but now often wear them as a base layer for ice climbing, alpine routes or anything else I'm doing. The Polygiene treatment means they don't smell on road trips either so no need for slow drying merino again!

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been using the Squall for over a year now and it's become a firm favourite for anything on the rock. The stretch woven fabric is light, stretchy and massively breathable so it easily copes with hard leads but is really abrasion resistant and sufficiently windproof for the belay. It's a slim fit, I generally wear mine just over a t-shirt or, if it's colder, one of our Eclipse light fleece layers. The hood works really well with or without a helmet, the face protection has been designed to seal out drafts on big routes but not to be so high that it gets in the way if you're on the sharp end with everything zipped up. Evening cragging or summer alpine walls, the Squall is a brilliant bit of kit.

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Richard Bailey

Richard Baileywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are seriously warm gloves and the ones I reach for climbing and skiing on the coldest days. The Gore-Tex lining, Armortan palms and Primaloft Gold insulation is backed up by the fibre pile lining that really helps to keep these gloves feeling warm even if you do manage to half fill them with spin drift on a belay!

As with all big gloves that have a lot of leather on the outer they need a little bit of wearing in but once they've softened up after a day or two I can easily second steep pitches in them before swapping out to my Randonee Gloves for the big lead.

I've used a lot of big gloves over the years and if there's a better super warm gauntlet glove I've never found it!

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Richard Baileywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fitzroy Mitts are now really well proven in the most severe conditions and have seen heavy use in Alaska, the Himalaya and Scottish winter amongst many other places. The outer Mitt uses our Drilite Loft fabric, this has a 1500mm hydrostatic head so is super weather-resistant but still dries fast on multi-day routes. This is backed up by the hydrophobic Primaloft Gold fill which keeps going wet or dry. The Pittards Armortan Goatskin palm is super tough as well as giving good grip on ropes when belaying in the worst weather. The soft shell and pile lobster claw inner mitt gives you dexterity and even more warmth.

As well as the whole package the outer mitts have been used over sized by some of our Pro Partners in conjunction with our Randonee Gloves for hard routes in Alaska and the Himalaya, this gives you a fast drying system that combines the dexterity for leading in full-on conditions with the warmth for belays, essentially a belay jacket and 'action suit' for your hands!

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Richard Baileywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Randonee Gloves are already probably the best all-round winter gloves out there for almost any occasion.... dexterous enough to lead hard pitches, warm even when wet, fast drying, perfect for touring days etc. and the Gauntlet only improves on this. A long cuff makes them warmer and further extends their protection and range.

The first proto pair of these went to one of the most experienced guides in the UK and their first outing was the North Face of the Matterhorn in winter. They were worn as the only glove all day, described as 'perfect' and we never got them back.... pictures of them have since cropped up on hard routes all over the world!

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