Nov 7, 2013 at 9:19 am #1309572
I am trying to find out if there is a better midlayer than a R1 type. Soemthing that doesn't weigh 12oz but more like 8. Something that is not as warm as my R2 but warmer than my T baselayer. Should I go with the Capilene 4 and are there other things I should be looking at? Thanks.Nov 7, 2013 at 9:24 am #2042168
I guess I should have kept my R.5sNov 7, 2013 at 9:27 am #2042169
Greg FBPL Member
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
The MEC T2 base layers is slightly lighter weight than a Cap4. It is a grid fleece and fairly warm. There is also the MEC T3 which is slightly ligher than an R1 but heavier than a Cap 4 and a VEGA jacket which is slightly heavier than an R1.
I use it as a base layer for hiking around freezing. Weight is 180g for medium although MEC often under estimates weight. I haven't weighed mine (Blasphamy).Nov 7, 2013 at 9:35 am #2042174
I am interested in that Power Dry High Effiency Cap 4 but not for the price!Nov 7, 2013 at 9:43 am #2042177
Ben CBPL Member
If you can get your hands on a MEC T2, I think it fits the requirements very well. I understand its the cap 4 fabric in a slightly lighter version. Mine seems to perform well. I paid $25 for a hoodie.Nov 7, 2013 at 9:46 am #2042180
Aubrey W. BogardBPL Member
Another option for less-cold conditions is the Rab Boreas. My size large weighs 8.9oz on my scale.Nov 7, 2013 at 11:41 am #2042220
MEC looks nice but won't it cost a bunch for shipping and I still have to pay to join?Nov 7, 2013 at 11:43 am #2042223
Ben CBPL Member
Not sure, Brett. I did the group buy a bit back.Nov 7, 2013 at 11:56 am #2042231
I love my new Patagonia Micro-D fleece. It's much warmer than what you're looking for and much warmer than your R1 but the weight is 8oz. That kind of warmth-to-weight ratio might win you over, so I'm mentioning it.
Someone else here recommended it to me and I haven't taken it off since the day I got it.Nov 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm #2042254
I am thinking of something I can wear over a base layer T and that will not be form fitting and fit a nice gap until I want to put my R2 on.Nov 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm #2042264
@lunchandynnerLocale: Pacific Northwest
How do you organize a group buy? I may be willing to do it, as I'm heading up to Vancouver, BC in a month. If it's not too complicated, and I don't have to buy everything with my own money up front, then I could probably do it.
I read Konrad's group buy post from when he ordered online. I'll be going to the physical store in Vancouver, BC (I think they have 2 MECs, one in Vancouver and another in north Vancouver. I'll be going to the one in Vancouver (the more southern location). Whatever I did pick up for people would be limited to what they have in stock December 6-8 at that location.
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