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huge fan of the Thermoball...the first vest proved so versatile, I bought a second!! Cant fault it. Use casually and under shells on warmer days, or high excersion days...fit - no issues, warmth is exceptional.
My preferred choice for hiking due to packability...and warmth. Use during transition phase or lunch breaks on hikes, then unpack for car trip home. The design provides core warmth, but with the stretch woven side panels, enables sufficient heat exchange if you've not quite finished the hike after lunch...
Would describe the fit as "athletic" vs regular, suspect due to woven materials "hugging" the torso.
8 y.o. (135cm tall) in size 12 - would suggest runs true to size, if not slightly large - but not overly so.
Used in Japan, minus 20 (inc windchill) on "Japow" days...with base layer, mid, then the addition of the inner jacket and shell...no complaints...toasty warm! Powder skirt and draw string proved very effective on deepest of days. Highly recommend. Inner jacket in the black/graphite grey is a huge hit, loves wearing this independently.
Used during spring skiing down in Australia, as an outer layer only, and with the active fit can see how this will match well under pretty much an shell. Tho active fit, there's no restriction in mobility and well positioned pockets work well with any pack. Dual front zips (my preference on any jacket) enable venting and heat regulation. I have several of Zephyrus jackets, for their size, compressibility (?) and resilience, together with the warmth generated they are a great piece of kit. Fabric withstood several skirmishes with a few snow gums or two, no damage to report. Recommend.
bought these as i have the lobster version and find those too warm...was hoping these would be a happy medium...
have spent pretty much the last 30 days using these in mostly trying conditions (Hakuba Japan...from +5c to -12c) generally heavy powder and my "back to base" touring kit ....over periods of several hours however these gloves do lose their initial warmth quickly. Whilst highly water proof, the leather does get damp faster than similar gloves (ie. hestra alpine pro's)...not sure of the leather treatment process at BD, but have found Hestra gloves far superior in this capacity. Inserts are great initially, but quickly "pill" with constant use and don't particularly like getting damp from snow infiltration.
Voluminous, hardy, takes a beating, then packs down to nothing for easy storage...I have these in nearly every size & colour as they just can't be beat for versatility...
Numerous ways to haul this bag, with great shoulder straps...the danger is you pack too much into them because they can take it...
A version with wheels, yet still packable (if its not already available) would be great...
Fabric is incredibly resilient with no punctures or tears to report so far.
Cinch straps and daisy chains add to functionality...
My only criticism is the zippers take some time to "wear in" and can be sticky (this is consistent across all sizes).
I have THREE pairs of these booties...they are my go to relief shoe after a day out skiing...or for wearing around the house on those cold winter days...they are VERY durable...the rubber soles are grippy and hard wearing...
The initial fit is tight, but they do stretch and the elastic around the boot does loosen in time...they deal with light snow, rain and the odd puddle, or spilt beer(!) very well.
To say they are comfortable doesn't adequately describe the sensation of putting them on after 8 hours in ski boots...
Go up one size would be my recommendation...
two boys 6 & 7 - extremely active and always pushing it...this helmet has been excellent in terms of fit and adjustability, as well as functionality and according to them, comfort. No complaints of cold heads etc, so guessing its warm too...
Only complaint, the ear warmer inserts do wiggle loose, so tighten the adjustable straps to keep helmet firmly in place...(hence only 4stars). The Goat sticker is optional!
Used extensively in Japan (refill via Rapie's in Hakuba) and New Zealand (refilled & new cylinder by SportivNZ in Christchurch - great sales service by these guys too.) Travelled back to Australia no issues with cylinder through X-ray - no questions asked by "TSA" equivalents. Great pack - HIGHLY recommend it.
Whilst this pack doesn't negate the necessary and appropriate planning and decision making needed to assess backcountry risk, it does however add some piece of mind. this is my first air bag, replacing a track hardened Ospraie pack, but the BCA has all the same features, plus the air bag, that I love about great backcountry gear. The key backcountry kit of shovel/handle/blade & probe, beacon etc fit easily into the dedicated section. My 320 mammut probe, which packs to 44cms length, fits easily with room to spare. The general section fits all kit, including skins, first aid pack, bivvys x2, alpine harness,30m of rope, lunch, down jackets, spare gloves,500ml thermos, you can insert 2ltr camelback etc and any additional kit etc...the goggle pocket is tidy and will only handle current large frames, the helmet tie down is simple and functional to operate. The waist harness is hardcore, takes some practice to engage with gloves etc, but feels very sturdy (leg strap is easy to install). Whilst yet to activate the bag (hopefully won't need to either), the functionality, ease of use, quality materials and overall sturdiness of this pack should be an essential part of your backcountry gear. cheers ss
top of mt fuji (3717m), -1c, but brilliant blue sky, tho wind was howling on the ridge, the pullover did brilliantly. The wind proofing was tested and for the most part did a great job...packs down in the chest pocket to about 5 by 4 inches and compresses well...to stow in backpack...another pocket or two wouldn't go astray tho...(hence only 4 stars).