Macpac Nitro

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by theoctagon, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Apparently that makes you the Devil.

    I kinda get it, it wouldn't be so bad if everyone with a Bluetooth speaker had identical music tast to me, yet to meet a Pungent Stench fan in the hills though...lol
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  2. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    20% extra off the clearance price at the moment (68NZD ~34£ + tax & shipping), so tempted..!
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  3. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    My mother was named Rosemary.....
    Poor typing on my part-I meant I use the little speaker in the phone, on very soft, sometimes, if I can see no-one around.
    Bloke sprung out of the trees once (spending a penny) and I apologised after turning off the music, he said "what music?"
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2020
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: degenerate
  5. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've done the same when an earphone died, but same as you am conscious to turn it off if I see people coming.
    That said I usually only listen when walking at night/somewhere very dull, try to immerse myself in 'now' as much as possible.
  6. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    So I got the blue, seems to be more than €10 less charged than the first & my second attempt at ordering this top. I may or may not have got the first cancelled only to order the wrong top the second time, but hey third times a charm at 1am. :angelic:
    Edit: Very nice & understanding customer service from a nice guy called Oliver who told me to go bed in the end. :bag:
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  7. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    Eh, I've only really used mine for regular wear (only 3 actual hiking days so far). Within the first dozen uses, a gash appeared around the cuff - I don't know what the cause was as I don't recall snagging it on anything, which makes me a little wary of it's durability.

    It's still a very impressive piece.
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I pull mine on over my garmin everytime, sat wearing it now... Don't know how you've managed that! Faulty?
  9. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Yeah strange 80 kg dog jumping on me only ripped a wee 5mm hole. A branch did snag me too-causing a sort of a small rip/run. Sewed it before it could snagged again. I know that if you don't repair it asap it can get very ugly based on a colleagues experience with it. Unuseable basically. Perhaps you had a small bit of damage and it took off/snagged further?
    As mentioned, sewing is invisible.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2020
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  10. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    Not sure how this will affect other orders: ordered a blue XL Nitro on 21 Jan - emailed last night to ask about progress on the order. They didn't have it in the warehouse and had to set about sourcing it from one of their shops - taking a long time o_O ( may be on it's way next week ). I hope. I notice it's still on their website. :rolleyes:
  11. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    They keep lots on their site they don't have. Their stocktaking is as dodgy as their pricing.
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  12. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    It gets even more of an issue.

    I've had an email asking me what I think of my new purchase.

    I've emailed our Oliver asking for reassurance that I'm going to get my order.

    Not what I expected to be doing - I ordered on 21 January!
  13. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    21 January 2020? It often takes 2-3 weeks when family ship stuff over from NZ (or vice versa). Mam got her birthday card 2 months late..
    Heck it took 10 days to get a parcel from germany here, I wouldn't be too worried about 10 days from the antipodes!
  14. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    As others have had theirs in 7 days I am just a little concerned - especially as they haven't even got one to dispatch, yet.
  15. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    The latter part is pretty poor on their part, sadly.
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  16. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    These look good :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2020
  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    They will be trying to track them down. Stocks are low online I'll wager as it's the new UL darling. If they can't post you the colour you want-the others are basically the same price. You'll get one eventually.
    And we can expect the price to sit higher for longer. Oh well.
  18. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    Macpac definitely won't be used to a sudden influx of US and european orders from niche hiking communities.
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  19. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    You hit the nail on the head - it's the new UL darling. They started it - by making very desirable Nitros!

    I ordered a blue XL; I really don't mind what colour.

    What gets me is that I emailed last night and was assured that my order would be fulfilled - they just had to find a blue XL Nitro in one of their shops.

    I had a very quick reply/conversation last night. Nothing tonight.

    Who needs niche hiking communities? o_O
  20. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Yeah, there's definitely a delay. I ordered a blue XL through group buy on BPL. Guy is in Australia and was getting them in 2-3 days from MacPac. Mine took 8 days to get to him from NZ, just shipped it to me yesterday.
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  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Wore mine yesterday with my brynje...
    Started late afternoon heading into a night hike.
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    Cool to cold start, warming up nicely with the incline... Hiked for around 4hrs, open Moor, near full moon, clear sky, gentle breeze... (picture makes it look lighter than it was)
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    I could see the ground changing as I went, turning to a good ground frost, making the marsh grasses sparkle and the shorter grasses turn white...
    Didn't put my very thin transparent wind shell on until I stopped on Saddleworth Moor to watch and bid on an item I was keen to get...
    Set off at a steady fastpacking pace to warm up.... Never felt the need to take off or vent the shell, and even after a few hours and the temperature dropped to probably around - 2, did I feel the need to add my insulated jacket...
    Carried on regardless and stopped to bivi down around 11pm by Stoodley Pike. Added my shell, made my bed, any sweat dried quickly with no clammy feeling.

    The combo works.... Very well when active and enough when static reading the map, taking pictures etc.

    Set off this morning with my over jacket still on. Couldn't move quick as the ground was frozen and there were plenty of sheet ice sections on the flags and down the hill on a track that was saturated... Dropped into the valley bottom and removed the jacket and bimbled on in freezing temps...
    Not as warm as I'd have liked, but not cold enough to be a concern.
    Once I hit the valley bottom and was shuffling along the canal... I put my over jacket on again.
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    Top & bottom... The combo works really well.
    I ran warm enough to have a sweated back in the night with my pack... But never felt uncomfortable. Win win :thumbsup:
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  22. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    Dispatced - eventually - on Sunday night ( our time ) arrived 15 mins ago! Good old DHL.

    Got the XL which fits well - plenty of room: 152 grms. It feels insanely light and incredibly fragile: if I hadn't read about it's durability being OK, I'd be concerned.

    Thanks @Chiseller for you comments on wearing it with the Brynje base. I think that this combination will be my go to base ware.

    I plan to wear one of 3 tops over these: a Montane Slipstream Gilet; a Buffalo Curbar: an OMM Aether - depending on conditions.

    Just need to check out how these various tops perform with the Brynje and Nitro.
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  23. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I can vouch for how well alpha raw works with the aether, (my Norrona as opposed to Nitro) the Curbar looks a cracking piece of kit... For the weight, its adaptability makes it a winner.
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  24. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Finally arrived today. Glad I went XL, can fit thin baselayers like Rab 120 or Bjorn Daehlie underneath. Look forward to trying it out this weekend.

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  25. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

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    Macpac Nitro's Poster boy!

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