Tag: jacket

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

With the name “Alpine Start” you know this lightweight hoodie from Black Diamond should be good!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  This simple and lightweight layer cuts the wind, sheds light precipitation and keeps the sun and bugs off all while breathing very well.  It’s not waterproof though so any continuous […]

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: RAB Paradox Pull-On

Review: RAB Paradox Pull-On

RAB’s Paradox Pull-On, much like RAB’s Strata Flex before it, literally changed how I layer. The fit is, in a word, perfect. Performance across varied conditions is exemplary, and its versatility keeps astounding me. I think I’ve used it nearly every day this past winter, and don’t foresee hanging it […]

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 […]

Review: OR Iceline Jacket & Pants

Review: OR Iceline Jacket & Pants

The Iceline Jacket & Pants from Outdoor Research have been designed specifically with ice climbers in mind, and are aimed at the more moderate-weather, wet-ice climbing days rather than the frigid depths of winter (i.e. most of the time?). The Iceline(s) offer most of the protection of a hardshell in […]

Field Tested Adidas Terrex Agravic Primaloft Jacket

Field Tested Adidas Terrex Agravic Primaloft Jacket

The Terrex Agravic Primaloft jacket is, simply put, a really nice jacket.  The name is a bit of a mouthful though so I’ll refer to as the TAP jacket for the rest of the review.  Since getting a sample to test I’ve taken this jacket with me just about everywhere, […]

Field Tested: OR Cathode Hoody

Field Tested: OR Cathode Hoody

The Cathode is a jacket that grows on me the more I wear it. When I first got it, it seemed to be nothing too special, just your usual lightweight synthetic with stretchy breathable side-panels. All the materials are high-quality, top-of-the-line spec, but it still didn’t seem too remarkable on paper. Fast […]

Field Tested: OR Lodestar Jacket

Field Tested: OR Lodestar Jacket

The first thing you notice about Outdoor Research’s Lodestar is how fuzzy and cozy it is on the inside. It’s like your favourite sweater. It’s probably warmer than your favourite sweater, though — this jacket is designed for winter use and it shows. The main body is made with Polartec […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia’s Houdini Jacket is a simple, lightweight, weather resistant shell that almost disappears into its own pocket when it’s not being used.  While advertised as a shell for runners on Patagonia’s website we tested it on some multi-pitch rock climbs where weight and bulk are the enemy.  The Houdini worked […]