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Aug 8, 2020 at 6:22 pm #3670032
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Ultimate Direction, Nathan, North Face all have good vests and most important thing is how your wife feels when carrying it.
I think most out of the way, almost clothing like quality would be one of the Salomon running vests, like the Salomon S Lab Sense.
If your wife is looking to carry some water and essentials like a wallet, phone and wind shirt, glove, some snacks and an emergency blanket this would be great.
Or if looking for more volume or secure closing perhaps look at the Adv Skin 8 or 12 vests.
An alternative would be to look at a hipbelt, and stash essentials in there. Perhaps in combination with a vest.
Fit and comfort to your wife being more important than features looks or weight if you ask me. Good for you guys to try and enjoy being out there together. Hope it works out.Nov 20, 2019 at 11:37 pm #3619751
Tim, I think since recently the first posts are editable, though I haven’t tried this myself.
If you make your post in the text as opposed to the visual editor it often comes through without all the unwanted glyphs.Sep 22, 2019 at 11:34 am #3611255
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There is additional interesting information in this research article:
Or straight to PDF:
It’s not about hiking but has some interesting insights on sustained maximal human energy expenditure.
“…we find evidence for an alimentary energy supply limit in humans of ~2.5× BMR; greater expenditure requires drawing down the body’s energy stores”.
So bringing more seems unnecessary / counter productive?
As an aside, with a BMR of 1600 this would amount to 4000.Sep 1, 2019 at 11:57 pm #3608558
Thank you! There is not a lot of feedback about this jacket so it’s highly appreciated.
I used to have a neoshell jacket and to be honest I just like my less breathable GTX jacket, with pit zips more. Topping out at peaks or walking along ridges I really like and appreciate the bomber wind proofing. And when I get warm I open the pit zips to vent. Must be more breathable than fabric.
Really nice to hear it seems to work well for what it is designed though. Not wetting out nor gaining wet water weight, and the compact size and lightness is very tempting.Jun 20, 2019 at 3:58 am #3598507
Awesome – thanks for posting!Jun 8, 2019 at 2:01 am #3596746
I am not really interested in it personally but I like that openness from Montbell.
Would it be that the sweat or oils mostly inhibit the breathability?
Keeping mostly the waterproofness intact.
Of course there is still the mechanical damage that friction might do to the waterproofness.Jun 1, 2019 at 8:00 am #3595714
Still deciding between a Tensor insulated small, or non-insulated full length.
Which one do you have and if you’ve used it how do you like it temp wise?
(I personally would like to use the set up for fast packing and with the food and water volume I really have to watch grams and volume. So small torso pad seems logical. But the thickness of the pad makes me doubt side sleeping on it is going to be ok with the drop off to my thin CCF pad/pack.)Apr 23, 2019 at 10:50 am #3590001
I second cycling leg warmers.
Montbell also sells their zero-Line base layer as leg sleeves. Or at least here in Japan. They come with an extra bit of non slip elastic on the top against slippage. I used to have them and they’re super nice.
Sadly after getting injured and proper rehab (tons of squads) they really don’t fit anymore. I might also try the Craft cycling sleeves (should definitely fit), but I’m first going to try the cut off route with some other tights.Apr 12, 2019 at 10:15 pm #3588509
Thanks Charles, was wondering how the old and new model compared.
I have an old Echo Hoody in Medium which is good but wouldn’t want to go much slimmer. Got a Large one which is way too loose for me. From your description new model Medium is more from fitting so perhaps I better check out the Large again.Apr 3, 2019 at 1:43 am #3586761
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If I recall correctly the earlier Squamish have a higher CFM than the more recent ones. Don’t remember the respective numbers though, nor from what year the change was made.Apr 2, 2019 at 10:28 pm #3586726
Thank you so much for the testing and interesting discussion.
Personally surprised how relatively low the CFM of the new Houdini Air is. Saved me some money too, but still in search for a better alternative. In the mean time I’ll squeeze some more use out of my 2014 Squamish.Mar 3, 2019 at 8:25 am #3581454
Yes a lot of the Japanese UL-ers also like to buy from local makers.
Personally I don’t have use for a dome. Slept in a Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 and if I’d want one I’d consider the Djedi but for me this is not the time.Mar 3, 2019 at 7:33 am #3581449
I don’t think this tent is only for high altitude base camps.
This is a Japanese maker that is one of the only ones to provide a UL version of the dome tent that 98% of the hikers and climbers use here in the Japanese Alps.
See page one of this very thread for an example
Again, these domes are used because of small, rocky, exposed sites with mostly rocks for places on stakes. The domes give people peace of mind in the high winds and frequent rain storms during climbing season. Mids are possible but used rarely above tree line where a lot of the popular camp sites are in the JP Alps.Jan 1, 2019 at 4:39 am #3570935
“By now, the looming dangers of climate change are clear to anyone who’s been paying attention, covered extensively in both academic literature and the popular press.
But what about solutions?
This book by Paul Hawken ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change.“Dec 31, 2018 at 11:40 am #3570828
“The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn’t a Technology –
Forests are the most powerful and efficient carbon-capture system on the planet.”
From this Scientific American post.
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-best-technology-for-fighting-climate-change-isnt-a-technology/Dec 22, 2018 at 8:58 am #3569780
“I looked at the Direkt when I was looking at the Firstlight- the Direkt got pretty poor points for condensation”
I borrowed the Direkt 2 from a friend once. Slept in it after scrambling up one of the steeper and longer routes in the Northern Japanese Alps. Next morning woke up to quite a lot of condensation on the inside, and the sleeping bag fabric was soaked.
Slept like a baby though (I was so beat I think you could’ve dumped me in the river and I would have slept through it).Oct 14, 2018 at 3:00 am #3559716
On the other hand, today there was news (here in Japan) about a brown bear attacking a 71yo man. The man pushed the bear over a ridge (with a pole or stick he had) and got away with minor scratches.Oct 14, 2018 at 12:39 am #3559685
I haven’t read the whole thread but I use Bronners because it’s a liquid biodegradable solution that is available to me. I can’t stand the smell of most soaps perfumes and find the Bronners baby unscented variety is very unobtrusive.Oct 14, 2018 at 12:31 am #3559681
It looks really nice. And for sure great to have something that is made according what you want/need. I personally don’t like hipbelts when I’m traveling and would want to go hipbeltless or be able to remove it.
But recently I have just used a small/medium duffle that carries good enough for me, and put my hiking/running pack in there. That works because I don’t have a frame so my rolled up pack is tiny.
For you to have a pack with a strong enough frame to not have to worry about it this looks really great. Also just nice to have a one bag solution obviously.
edit – I guess you can of course also just wrap the hipbelt around the pack and clip it so it is out of the way in the airplane etc. Is that what you normally do?Oct 12, 2018 at 11:43 pm #3559546
Also beware that yes they do have a Shakedry option under cycling shells, but with a gigantic hood. Way larger than climbing shells, as the hood is fit to go over the aerodynamically shaped cycling helmets.
It was so huge I passed/Oct 10, 2018 at 8:07 am #3559211
I’ve seen a thin powerdry vest here, tight fitting, full zip from Mountain Hardwear, made for runners. Can’t find it right now, and it might have been Japanese market only, but could be good to search for a bit.
I also have a Marmot hybrid ½ zip vest. Front thin Alpha, back thin Powerdry.
In the end though I either wear my Montbell Chameece fleece vest (153g), but mostly I wear the Montbell UL Thermawrap Vest for 157g.
I do think when wet from rain or sweat in the cold, tight fitting Powerdry feels almost as if you’re dry, even though you’re soaked. So I agree that what you’re looking for makes a ton of sense.
Hope you find what you needOct 8, 2018 at 1:12 am #3558915
I have often cut the liners out of my shorts so wear thin baselayer shorts from uniqlo as underwear. If I need to put tights on yes I just put off my running shorts and put on my baselayer tights over my underwear shorts and add the running shorts.
This would be too warm except that I never wear the tights unless it starts to get below 5C/40F, and because my baselayer shorts and tights are both super thin.
I used to have cycling leg sleeves from Montbell and I prefer that system. But my legs grew out of them and they’re too tight around my quads now (moved closer to the mountain). My full baselayer tights are also actually lighter than the leg sleeves.Oct 1, 2018 at 2:21 am #3557945
So just survived Typhoon Trami (Japan) last night and though I do love to hike and run in the rain, this time I wasn’t out there. I did want to test the fabric a little bit further and did a shower test.
Though I guess there are short comings with shower tests, I hung my shell and let the shower go for a bit over 30 minutes. Ideally I would have let it go on for a couple of hours but felt it to be a bit too much of a waste to be honest. Of course the shower was spraying harder than even hard rain storms here (though perhaps last nights typhoon excluded). A plus point with the shower is I can rule out my own sweating wetting the liner.
I put kitchen paper on the inside of the jacket and there were no wet spots at all from leaking through or anything. There was a small spot from a couple of drips that leaked in at the top of the zipper / head hole cause it was right at the top of the zipper. I had the venting pockets closed and there was no wetting of the paper towels along the main zipper or the pocket zippers. Also the liner was completely dry in all places. It was really easy to tell because once I touched the jacket with my hands that had a couple of drops of water on them I could see it where I brushed the liner or the paper towels.
Again, I don’t know what longer exposure would do of course – and if the harder spraying of the shower vs a typical rainstorm would negate some of that time difference. But so far, with or rather during this limited test, it was easy to see nothing was coming through or wetting out.
Looking forward to hear from more experiences and tests.Sep 28, 2018 at 10:37 pm #3557718
Do keep us posted. Perhaps someone who’s had the jacket for a while can comment if theirs looks similar? Or perhaps Richard Nisley himself has a good educated guess?