Aug 23 2014
From mid-March onward I used this jacket a ton. I took it to Iceland and I lived in it while getting lines done for my next book. I love this jacket and want to share with you the reasons why.
First off, I’ll start with what a jacket like this is all about, warmth. There are lots of ways to stay warm when you’re out there in the hills. When you’re pushing yourself and sweating hard on those long days you can really get a chill once you stop moving. I carry extra socks and gloves in case they get wet for just this reason. When your core is soaked, it’s great to have something warm to put on. This jacket covers that call. Managing the sweat is one of the main issues you need to deal with in the hills. This is a comfort, performance and safety issue. The 700 fill water resistant down that this jacket uses dose its job. On the really cold days I even skin in it and just vent so I don’t get too wet. Other days when it’s less cold I wear my soft shell and use the down during change overs or while waiting for a ride at the pass.
In Iceland, just 2 degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle, I wore this almost exclusively. It was cold and humid there most days. It was a lot like mid-winter in New England only colder. We camped many nights while over there and the jacket helped me stay comfortable. I am so stoked to have had it with me on the trip.
Through the course of the spring we had some big days and I was really hard on my gear as always. This jacket survived with zero holes. It stood up to rappels and hail. Sleeping in the back of a tent was no problem. 7000 vertical in a day with pack on and off over and over again was no problem for this tough piece of gear. I thank the rip stop nylon shell for this toughness. I also thank it for its ability to keep the wind out.
There are ample pockets that are large enough for lots of snacks or and maps. Pocket placement is good even when you’re wearing a pack and a harness. The hood is nice and warm and really helps keep you warm by insulating the part that most of your body heat, your head.
I recommend this product to everyone that gets out in the hills and pushes their gear and themselves. You can check it out here.