Tag: belay

First Look: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

First Look: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

The first iteration of Patagonia’s Micro Puff showed up around ten years ago as a groundbreaking, lightweight layering and belay piece. That first Hoody came in at over 500 grams and over the years used a variety of different insulations: Polarguard, Climashield, Primaloft One, Primaloft Sport; perhaps others I don’t […]

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

Review: RAB Nebula belay parka

New types of insulation always interest me. Down keeps getting pricier, and it seems as if at some point synthetic reached its limits, so now we’re seeing a lot of down getting mixed with synthetics into various blends. The holy grail? Synthetic that performs like down: warmth without weight that’s also […]

Review: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Review: Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

Jottnar is a very young, new company, founded just three years ago in 2013. In that short time, they have created a solid and focused range with core pieces from fleece mid-layers to full-featured hardshell jackets and pants. I received the Fenrir Jacket a few months ago and have been beating it up and using […]

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR jacket

I’m always skeptical when companies set out to ‘improve’ a product, especially if that item is already a favourite of mine. So when Arc’teryx replaced the Solo Hoody — my favourite and most-used belay jacket — with the Nuclei AR, needless to say I was curious to try it out […]

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Solo Hoody & Dually Belay Parka

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Solo Hoody & Dually Belay Parka

I can still vividly remember the first time I used Arcteryx’s Dually Belay Parka. It was my first year of ice climbing and a couple of new friends had invited me to climb The Sorcerer, a long, hard climb situated in the near-mythical area called The Ghost. I don’t actually […]

Field Tested: Arcteryx Nuclei Hoody Review

Field Tested: Arcteryx Nuclei Hoody Review

There are few items that end up coming along with me on almost every outing, even if I know they might be somewhat redundant. Take Arcteryx’s new Nuclei Hoody, for example: I’ll bring it along just because it fits so well, is so warm for it’s weight and takes up […]

Comparison: Belay Devices

Comparison: Belay Devices

There are probably a hundred different belay devices on the market, yet around here, only two are commonly seen on climbers’ harness: the Black Diamond ATC Guide and the Petzl Reverso. A fairly new contender is the Mammut Smart Alpine, a tube-style device with the ability to autolock in the […]