Jul 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #1292260
@freeradicalLocale: Central TX
Anyone seen / heard anything about this? I just found it on TheClymb:
And it's an impressively low price for a synthetic puffy that weighs 11.5 oz. But, there's hardly any technical information at all on this piece, even on the manufacturers site. I have no experience at all with the Bear Grylls brand so I haven't a clue whether they have good construction, decent materials, etc.
But if it's any good, then this would be in the same class as a Nano Puff Hoody, or an old UL Thermawrap Parka (btw I'm trying to sell my MB parka right now in the Gear Swap, hint hint).
Anyway, I'm real curious about this piece. Anybody know anything?Jul 23, 2012 at 11:25 am #1896894
@shortbusLocale: So Cal
I would be a little nervous about it. You may feel the urge to start drinking your own pee.Jul 23, 2012 at 11:51 am #1896897
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
If you could cover over the logo, it would be a great buy. Ultralight insulation is the most expensive part my kit. BUT, I don't want anything associated with Mr. Grylls or to carry around his name on my gear. He's like a professional wrestler: a clown in a different costume.Jul 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #1896916
@klagsLocale: Northeast USA
Hey so I couldn't disagree more about not buying it because it says Grylls on it… this guy has been screwed and basically got fired from the show because he didn't want to be as ridiculous as they made him act. He is a respected survivalist and just because he was marketed to the world doesn't mean his name on something means it sucks. HOWEVER, I can tell you the quality of the gear that craghopper's makes in his name is questionable to say the least. I bought a pair of the "bear grylls" pants because they looked like they could take a beating. They came and the sizing was so odd – baggyish legs but tight waist. The seams all had threads hanging off. Overall the fabric used was heavy and did not look great. Honestly I would steer clear of this brand because craghopper's uses sloppy sewing and assembly, not because it says bear grylls :)Jul 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm #1896919
@freeradicalLocale: Central TX
I don't have any strong opinions about Mr. Bear, unlike the other posters haha! Anyway, your response is all I need to see. Thanks for weighing in.Jul 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm #1896922
for that price id buy it if i didnt have an old navy puffy that i got for 19$ already …
$50 for a synth hooded puffy that weights ~12 oz??? …. it could say "proud member of the republican tea party" and id still buy it at that price ;)
dont worry about how you look, but what you do with it …
its not even in those garish colors that BPLers are bemoaning about =PJul 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm #1897081
@skomaeLocale: northeastern US
I have a different BG/Craghoppers clothing item that I purchased a month ago from TheClymb. It is the Tracker Top, which has a fleece inner (similar to Polartec's furry Thermal Pro) and a nylon shell outer. I've worn it a few times, and while the quality isn't anywhere near Patagonia or even Marmot, it is still a pretty nice and somewhat unique piece that I expect to get some good use out of as the colder months start coming up.
For what it cost ($44) and the fact that I got to spend my referral credits on something useful, I am quite satisfied.Jul 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm #1897294
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
I'd avoid it, but only because of the issues with quality other users have brought up. I've looked at some of it at Gander Mountain, where it's been on sale on and off and much of it made it to the 30-70% off clearance rack. The materials, design, and workmanship didn't impress.Jul 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm #1897297
I ordered a couple pair of their lighweight pants last year and while the quality was decent (not great) the fit was just bizarre. I sent them back for a refund as there was no way that sizing up or down would garner a good fit.
Not sure what they use for designing the fit of their pants, but it isn't anatomically correct :)
as far as Bear goes, the theatrics are part of the "show"- I'm pretty confident he would be quite comfortable in most survival situationsJul 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm #1897527
Larry De La BriandaisParticipant
@hitechLocale: SF Bay Area
If it is anything like his deal with gerber I wouldn't trust the quality. Gerber was looking for someone to just put their name on the product without any input. They went to Les Stroud (Suvivorman) first and he declined. Bear obviously did not.Jul 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm #1897575
Regardless of the experience people have had with other items from this clothing line, the reviews on Amazon and the Craghoppers website were favorable for this particular jacket, so it could still be worthwhile at that price.
I may pick one up myself just to see what it's like.Jul 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm #1897590
I like to think that good products, from reputable manufacturers, require minimal advertising, and sell themselves on reputation and word of mouth.
Items which are mass marketed and sold using imagery, spokespersons, etc often do so for a reason.Aug 5, 2012 at 3:07 am #1900314
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