May 29, 2009 at 6:38 am #1236626
This is interesting… a group of well known mountaineers (Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot, Seth Waterfall, and Chad Peele) have teamed up with Eddie Bauer to form a high performance line of clothing and gear.
One item that caught my eye was their 11 ounce $99 "Bat Hang Hoodie" which appears very similar to Patagonia's R1 Hoodie.
See (scroll down):May 29, 2009 at 6:52 am #1504297
That's a nice looking piece. I've been looking for a new winter midlayer, mine is about ready for retirement.
The hangfire looks like a bomber piece if the conditions call for it.May 29, 2009 at 7:43 am #1504308
How do you think this compares to the 10 ounce MEC Expedition Longsleeved Zip T?
The MEC doesn't have an offset zipper or a pocket but still looks serviceable at about half the price.
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Google [ mec zip t expedition men ]May 29, 2009 at 8:23 am #1504329
MEC makes great stuff, and honestly, you can rarely beat the prices. I haven't seen either garment in question but can run over and take a look tomorrow (MEC is across the street from me). I can live without the hood and pocket (I always bring my ninjaclava), but I would miss the thumb loops and the offset zip.
They are probably similar in warmth (no scientific reasoning other then the similar weight of the two garments).May 29, 2009 at 9:35 am #1504343
@foodLocale: Colorado Rockies
Just another option at a lower price. My Possum Down gloves and hat live in the tunnel pocket.May 29, 2009 at 9:57 am #1504350
@anywayoutsideLocale: South East
micro grid hoodie – comfy, light, great hood, inexpensive, very small business (5 people), super nice people.
spec on my XL is 340g (12 oz.)May 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm #1504397
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
But it's 5 ounces more…May 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm #1504455
I kept looking for a cheaper alternative to the R1 hoodie but like the other options proposed above, none had all three of the options I wanted (the 1/2 zip, thumb loops, and off-center zipper). Finally patagonia had a web special (like they do now…) for a $70 R1 hoodie and I picked one up. Otherwise, I may have purchased the First Ascent version.
In my opinion, the R1 hoodie with the features mentioned above make it such a "must own" piece of clothing. It has such a diverse range of uses.May 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm #1504470
While you're over there, see if they have a MEC Expedition Stretch Hoodie and/or a MEC Thermal Hoodie
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