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Thomas A.

Thomas A.

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Thomas A.

Thomas A.wrote a review of on December 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Bought in spring of 2016. This has been worn consistently for 2 1/2 hard years of frequent climbing, fishing, trail running, backpacking, alpine, outdoor work and around town. I've loved this jacket as a well fitting, dependable, durable component of outdoor activity in my life. Depending on weather, I will lightly layer beneath with merino or with a base and puffy in colder weather.
Pac-lite material has exceeded my expectations in terms of durability, and with regular dwr restoration a reasonable amount of waterproofing can be had. For the first year I had few issues with jacket wetting out except for in heavy or extended rain (which YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM ANY BREATHABLE RAIN JACKET)If you want a fully waterproof jacket you'll have to get at least a 3+ layer system, spend a paycheck on Arcteryx or better yet just go get a pvc poncho and be done. 2nd year on, considerably less water protection usually allowing protection in lighter on and off rain but not much more.
~2-3 times a year I restore the dwr with a Gear Aid or Nik Wax wash and that has worked well to extend it beyond the typical life of a rain shell. There has been absolutely zero delamination issues as I have seen with countless other mid to lower priced rain jacket materials( precip, torrentshell, etc). No outter deterioration other than losing a fight with a barbwire fence resulting in a small tear. Life goes on.
Material is quiet and moves well with you and can vent very well with good inherent breathability and pit vent options on jacket. I noticed that this jacket really absorbs skin oils in particular around wrist cuff, along zipper flap where your hand swipes and around neck/shoulders. This certainly impairs the dwr function as it clogs the pores and does not allow breathing. This was more noticeable to me with a green jacket color as the oil spots would darken the material. Reducing skin contact or being less of a dirtbag and bathing more (yeah right) will help with this.
The fit is slightly boxy but form flattering and athletic inspired; TNF did a good job making this jacket not only look good but move with you. Hood fits great, especially in conjunction with a hat, giving lots of motion and peripheral vision while offering great weather protection; I didn't wear a helmet all that much with the hood up, but it is possible, even if Outdoor Gear review didn't like it.
All cinch points have worked well for the life of the jacket. The inner pocket cinches are easy to use and adjust for wind/ snow conditions and I like the multiple hood adjustments to keep it in place when up or out of the way when down. Wrist cuffs are velcro and have been long lived and functional.
Zipper has held up better than expected, and has only in the last few months gotten a bit sticky around the upper 2/3 of the zip. A bit of petroleum jelly or bees wax (only on the zipper) can help extend the life and keep it working smoothly. It's 13oz. I think that's great weight unless you're really, really counting ounces( PCT, ATers) but then you start compromising durability with thinner fabric so choose carefully. I've been shopping for a new rain jacket, and it seems to fall in step closely with the Marmot Minimalist and OR Foray jacket. I'm weary of OR gear so will decide soon between the two. I paid $170 for this in 2016 with a friends discount. The only difference in the version I have and this newer one is the material went from 50d to 75d and I'M REALLY BUMMED THEY DISCONTINUED THE GREEN COLOR WHY DID YOU DO THAT IT MATCHED MY EYES SO WELL. Overall a bomber, long lived, good looking jacket that gets the job done. thumbs up!

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Thomas A.

Thomas A.wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions


Time will tell.
*First Impression review* Soon to leave on a 3 month climbing/fishing/ camping trip where the pack will be thrown in and out of a truck almost daily. Duffel will be holding all clothes/hygiene/ miscellaneous. Looks tough, packs well. I like the square construction as opposed to the typical rounded duffel; this allows you to overstuff generously and the zippers seem tough enough to deal with it. I packed three pillows in it and took it outside to test water resistance. Sprayed from all sides with a hose for 5 seconds each and let sit. Unzipped a few minutes later and definitely a lot of wet through. This material appears like a vinyl, waterproof fabric but it allows water to absorb quite readily. The video is a bit misleading spraying it down with a garden hose and expecting it to stay dry. In some reviews people were using this as car top luggage and for expeditions in the elements( I.e pack trips, float trips). I'd strongly suggest looking at dry bags instead of this. Otherwise, it looks like some durable travel luggage that will function well but.... time will tell!

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Thomas A.

Thomas A.wrote a review of on December 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a lot of fun, not as intuitive as 1inch webbing, but these are definitely made for the trick crowd. I've been reading a lot about ratchet issues on these as I began having concerns while ratcheting mine. It was extremely difficult to ratchet, would sporadically work and then not, but finally start to play along as more tension was placed on it. I scratched my head and examined each piece carefully but no burs, bends or grooves had formed to cause this. LUBE. The answer to all of life's sticky situations. Clean er up if it's got sand/ debris in it and allow to dry followed by a couple squirts of your favorite all purpose lubricant. I used PB blaster, but most anything will work. It instantly worked like new and am no longer weary of it exploding in my face while ratcheting.

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Thomas A.

Thomas A.wrote a review of on November 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used and abused from an AT thru hike to roadside car repairs to kayaking, climbing , mountain biking, fishing, caving to random night shenanigans to free diving at night. Holds up. The screw broke on my battery case but BD replaced with no questions asked under their 3 year warranty on headlamps. Get ya some.

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Thomas A.

Thomas A.wrote a review of on February 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Planning to wear these on my 2014 thru hike of the AT. Have worn them nearly every day at work and to bed since receiving them and the wonders of merino is so true; no stink! Elasticity stays put. Have camped in and tested them on a hike down to 2 degrees F with only nylon hiking pants over them and was completely content. A very convenient fly for bathroom breaks at night. Also do a great job of circulating; haven't overheated yet at work and my job consists of climbing with kids all day. Will be buying another pair when these wear out. Great construction with no itch. Not to mention the snazzy grasshopper color way gets the ladies attention! 4.5 stars

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