Category Archives: Jackets

Mont-bell Ex Light Down Jacket

A few years back, I purchased my first Mont-bell down garment, the UL Down Inner jacket. Then shortly after, I also ordered the UL Down Inner parka.  Being that I couldn’t justify having both, the jacket and the parka, I … Continue reading

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First Look at the Montane Minimus Smock

While hiking approximately 3 hours in pretty steady rain on a previous hike, I learned a few things about my silnylon rain jacket. While it is great as far as weight is concerned, and even despite the most excellent fit, … Continue reading

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First Look at Luke’s Ultralite Silnylon Rain Shell

Manufacturer: Luke’s Ultralite Product: Silnylon Rain Shell Year of Manufacture: 2012 MSRP: (US) $69.00 (+ $10.00 for additional pit zips) Size Ordered: XLarge (with custom work) Listed Weight (w/ Stuff Sack): 4.2 oz (without pit zips) Measured Weight (w/ Stuff … Continue reading

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The North Face Verto Wind Jacket

It has taken me a while to finally give in and give wind jackets a try, but I finally did. The way I have viewed them is, why would I need a wind jacket when my hard shell already does … Continue reading

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Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Parka

As much as I hated to see my Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Jacket go, I felt that it was only right to do so. Now that I am really focusing on my AT thru hike in 2013, when I make … Continue reading

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Mont-Bell UL Down Inner Jacket Review

Layering. I have found that this is what it is all about if I want to stay warm on those cold nights. Every since I realized this I had been eyeballing these Mont-Bell jackets, wanting to add one to my … Continue reading

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GoLite Tumalo Jacket Mod

Recently I purchased the GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5L Storm Jacket to replace another heavier rain jacket. (See review here.) I am really happy with everything about the jacket other than the foam cord locks that GoLite chose to use to … Continue reading

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GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5L Storm Jacket Review

It is a quest that never ends…swapping out gear for something “better.” This is what I have done with my rain jacket. I have been using the Sierra Designs Cyclone Eco jacket and while it is a great jacket, I … Continue reading

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The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

I recently picked up one of these North Face Apex jackets. It is not necessarily for use while backpacking as much as I wanted it for casual wear around the house and town. Although, this is not to say that … Continue reading

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Update: SD Cyclone Jacket Return

Last year about this time, I was zipping the pit zip on my Sierra Design Cyclone Eco jacket and when I did so, the zipper completely pulled out of the jacket. I returned the jacket to SD for repair, however, … Continue reading

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