Action sports photographer exploring life through the lens one mountain range at a time.
FIT: Burton's "Regular Fit"
COLOR: Keef / Poison / Acid
CONSTRUCTION: GORE-TEX fabric and fully GORE-SEAM taping. The jacket is zoned in mapped taffeta and brushed tricot lining to allow for the best combo of warming and breath-ability. Pit zips are mesh free, ideal for backcountry use. The hood is adjustable and fits over helmets with ease. The built-in powder skirt is not removable but very comfortable whether it's done up or not. There are two zip side pockets and one sneaky stash pocket with a slit for your headphones. The beauty of this shell is that it is ideal for wind, wet weather and layering of all kinds. It's going to keep you as warm, cool and/or dry as you'd like to be with minimal weight!
USE: From village strolls to heli drops, this jacket has seen a lot of days and a lot of places. The regular fit is laid back and easy to rock with any style of snow pants or leggings/jeans. It's also awesome for layering. I can wear this jacket with a long sleeve underneath, or on a cold day with two shirts, a hoodie and a puffy and still zip it up just fine. If you live in a colder climate that you know you'll be layering lots, I would go a size up just to allow for extra room. When you've got LOTS of layers on, the powder skirt can be a little annoying if the jacket is too snug. I'm a GORE-TEX snob, so I won't own a jacket that isn't GORE-TEX and for good reason. This jacket keeps me dry in the coastal weather of Whistler and keeps the wind out while managing to breath enough to keep me dry on the inside when I'm working extra hard for some human-powered turns. The feel is strong, but not too rigid, and keeps its shape well.
OVERALL: If you're in the market for a jacket, a Burton [ak] is always worth the investment. The tough fabrics will last more days than you can a season. The technical aspects sell its self as far as breath-ability and waterproofing and once again Burton makes tech super stylish.
The Nylon Ripstop is tough! This bag looks a little ridged, but she breaks in nice! The structure is greatly appreciated when its loaded to the brim, but does relax slightly with time for a comfortable fit. The main compartment can be accessed from the top and youâll quickly notice that the interior is divided into two sections. The first section is near the front of bag and is designed specially for avalanche gear (shovel, probe and transceiver). You can also access this compartment from the side zip for quick access to your avy gear no matter how you have your pack loaded. The second compartment with in the main section is accessed via draw string so that your avy gear doesnât get your layers and lunch wet! Or in case of an emergency you can grab the necessities with out digging through everything in your pack. There is also an area for a water bladder here. The separate compartments with in the main pocket is pure genius â great construction and well though out for dry gear and ease in an emergency. The zippers are waterproof and strong. There is a side pocket for quick stuff â I like to keep my map, cell phone and snacks in here for easy access. There is also a goggle lined pocket to keep things safe. The bag looks pretty simple from the outside, itâs not flashy, but it is very productive â just what you want. Itâs also amazingly lightweight! Lots of options for loading your board, splitboard, poles, ice axe and whatever tools you might dream of bringing on a mountain inspired adventure with the straps and clips on the outside of the bag.
Gear testing isnât a one-and-done deal. Iâve brought this bag splitboarding off piste, hiking, over night camping and on BIG splitboarding missions. It shines on day trips. Whether itâs a sled trip or heading off piste for some turns this bag is the one to pull from the quiver. One thing I did notice is that when your splitboard is A-frame it doesnât allow easy access into the side or top compartments, carrying your board solid is much easier. The bag itâs self can hold quiet a bit and has adjustable straps to get a custom fit for the most comfort. I wouldnât bring this one on BIG splitboard trips because it simply isnât built to carry ALL your mountaineering gear or overnight gear at once. It will blow away your buddies packs on any day trips or specialized missions that donâ involve the entire gear closet. Most recently stoked when using the 31L for an avalanche course. Kept my lunch happy, my gear accessible, my layers dry and my back happy â not sure what else I could want!
A definite âmustâ for your pack quiver. This bag will get used more than any other and you wonât be disappointed when you bring it out time after time. Did I mention it wears well?! Mine still looks brand new after putting it through the wringer!
Walking the hound on a brisk (-7 Celsius) morning near the lake. Felt nice and toasty!
Previously to receiving my uhhmazing LD Absolute Down I had been warned that the sizing would be smaller and shorter than normal standard for USA brand backcountry gear. With this in mind, I ordered a size larger than I usually do. That was a bad choice. This jacket is much too big for me. I'm usually a solid small across the board. But this medium jacket is quiet big. I would order a small or extra small next time. With that said, it was sort of a nice surprise and I'm keeping it. It's so cozy and roomy. It feels like I'm walking around in a sleeping bag that hugs me back. The arm length is perfect for my very average length-ed arms and the coat is longer than expected - which I love! The hood is also very roomy but stays in place. Could easily wear the adjustable hood with or without a helmet underneath.
The color I received is a bright pink. The photos posted are very accurate to it's true color, however I don't see this color option on backcountry.com currently. The logo is just slightly darker pink than the jacket, not big and flashy at all. Thumbs up.
Although these are just initial impressions, the jacket seems to be constructed very well! The material feels tough and not super absorbent like it should be able to keep muck and some moister out. The waterproof main zip slides nicely, however, the side pockets are not waterproof zippers which is always a bonus. Speaking of pockets, there is a secret stash pocket inside the coat near the chest. There are sinchers for the bottom of the coat and for the hood to adjust. The hood also has a little brim on it - YES! The sleeve cuffs have Velcro for adjusting. The over all fit is sporty but feminine. It's tailored enough to feel girly, but not too fitted to restrict activity. As I mentioned, it's a bit big on me, but it's dang comfy and pretty cute! Also, to be honest it's a bit thick. I know there is a TON of insinuation in it, but it's no micro or nano puff, its a full on puff. First Millet purchase and so far so ... great!
While I haven't used this bad boy on a mountain mission just yet, I have worn it in town to run errands, on cold early morning dog walks and on a hike. The description says it is for technical winter mountaineering and I hope to test that asap (come on snow!). If mountaineering is your pure use for this jacket, I would definitely order a size smaller or your actual size to make sure you can layer it as it is pretty thick and long and might not layer ideally under a fitted shell.
Stoked. Can't wait to test this product in the mountains with a harness around my wait, a splitboard on my feet while working for some powder turns!
These boots where comfy, didn't need breaking in, waterproof and sturdy. LOVE.. right? Well I"m aggressive hiker and after my first BIG hike they streached out an entire size, so I upgraded to the White Rose GTX Mammut boot that is full leather so a much stiffer materiel so they wouldn't stretch out. I would recommend the extra cash for a quality boot if you are an aggressive hiker or clock a lot of hikes a season! Check them out!
I first purchased the Mammut T Aenergy GTX boot and right away LOVED them. They stretched out fast - a whole size! I was told because of the blended material they have more stretch so I should give the leather boot a go, so I ordered the White Rose GTX and these boots have kept their shape like no other!
I have size 6.5 feet and wide feet. The smallest Mammut size fits me perfectly. There wasn't even much of a "break in" period for these. I did two small hikes before a multi-day and the were feeling great! Now many hikes later and they are perfect!
They are not the lightest hiking boots due to the leather, but they are waterproof, comfortable and solid feeling. I'm a notorious ankle roller and these have saved my ankles some serious pain this summer! When rock scrambling they feel stable but at times a bit clunky, took a bit of time to get used to that, but like any boot, the more you wear it the more it feels like you're not wearing them.
Well worth the extra cash to upgrade!
FYI: I have the newer version of this classic Lole bra which is strappier than this one, but still similar features.
Here it goes... I don't need much support in the bra department, so this little guy is my running, climbing, hiking, hanging out, everything type bra. Might not be able to do the same for all ladies, but I think it's got a place in every yogi's closet. It is fairly rated along the Lole support system for bras. What they don’t let you know is that although it might not be the most supportive or structured bra (no underwire either) it is an awesome compression bra. No nips for the world to see – thank you Lole!
Its light weight, breathable and super pack-able. I love the straps on the back, especially with the peak-a-boo in the back! The best part about this bra is the edging. This bra doesn't dig into you, hooray! The seeming is gental, wide and stays in place with out digging into your sides. The only thing I’m a bit nervous about is the color, it is a lighter black and I’m curious to see if it will fade. Keep ya posted on that.
Bra's a bra you might say, but this one is a gem!
So I'm not going to lie, I'm a BIG time legging snob. I've had what feels like millions of pairs of leggings only to realize they are garbage and don't last long, or the fit is cheap and funky. I since have found my new "favorite brand and fit" but Salutation Pants are making me question myself. I’d like to consider myself the newest Lole Legging convert!
The fit is so light and breathable! They are thin with out being see through (yikes!) and tight with out showing off, you know, the stuff you don't want to show off. The pockets are a fun detail to the front, but I think their best feature is the waste line. No big seems for your tops to get hung up on and sit funny on your waist. They are rather high wasted and I'm into it. Especially for being active its nice to have a tight waist and leg fit that isn’t going to stretch out mid exercise, but also not dig into your sides and make you un-comfortable. These leggings have a great balance for a comfy work out or lounge day.
I’ve used these for running, climbing, hiking and yoga so far. So far so good, although when I encountered a rock scramble on my hike I was wishing I was in something a bit thicker.
Pairing these pants with any work out top or a go out top is ideal. They are the kind of pant you can rock during a yoga class and through on boots and a sweater and scarf and look ready for a nice out on the town! I’m really digging the blog color as it feels just right for fall! I’ll be sure to test these as a layering piece this winter and let you know!
Hello to the piece of clothing I didn't know I was missing.
This top is perfect for throwing on when jetting to and from yoga class. Perfect with jeans or leggings for heading out for a quick coffee with a friend. Perfect for a little cheeky dress when heading out for a night full of dancing. Perfect for... everything? YES.
I opted for black, no surprise, I love black clothes for their versatility, but it literally can be worn anywhere, so although I choose black, this multi purpose tunic can be just as versatile in any of other fun colors! The exposed back gives this semi-classic top a fun flirty twist! If I were packing for a week and could only bring one top, this would be it! Lole’s fall line has lots of multi purpose pieces and this is one of them that I am just in love with!
The material is thin and silky soft. The blended material is cozy, has a bit of stretch, but holds its shape well. I think a LOT of tugging on this dress would lead to loosing its shape based on the material, but I could be wrong as mine is still in great shape, I’ll let you know if that happens!
I’m usually a small, but I moved down to an extra small for this piece because I didn’t want it too be too big since it is a bit wide/not fitted, but I could have worn either a small or xs. I would base sizing more off of your shoulders because the chest, stomach and hits are stretchy and comfy and are able to accommodate a lot of different body types.
The open back would be fun to pair with a colorful bra to peak-a-boo through the open back! I’ve already worn this piece for different activities and outings styled in all kinds of ways, can’t wait to see what else it can do!