Macpac Nitro

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

  1. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Had a chance to try it last Saturday. It was interesting weather, mid 50s, intermittent rain and sun, sometimes quite windy. I wore with Rab Merino 120 base and Marmot Bantamweight WPB. Started out in light rain, about 20 minutes in sun came out and I shed the WPB. The Nitro was still warm enough, but once it was free of the shell I could feel how breathable it was. Sweat dissipated quickly, and just wore standalone rest of the way. At times it got cloudy and drizzled a bit, but the alpha shed that pretty easy.

    In terms of warmth and breathability it feels very similar to my Patagonia Capilene Air Crew. Both are very airy weave. Cap Crew is closer next to skin so strictly a base layer for me. I like the versatility of being able to wear Nitro alone or with a shell.

    Been warm here lately, plan to try with breathable wind jacket like BD Start or Kor Preshell this weekend. IMG_2228.JPG

  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Welcome to the Nitro Clan :thumbsup:
    Interesting that you picked xl in Nitro and Large in the patty :writing:
  3. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Thanks! I got XL based on forum feedback from guys around my size. I have wide shoulders/athletic build and was concerned about restriction under arms. I also wanted to be able to wear a light base layer under. No returns as it was coming from guy in Australia so wanted to be sure it would be large enough. Happy with the XL fit.

    With the Cap Air I wanted close next to skin base layer fit like Rab Merino and knew it would have some stretch to it. Can’t fit anything under, XL maybe, it’s definitely a slim fit.
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  4. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Cooled off a bit and got to try again this morning. Started off at 52F and ended at 66F and sunny. Wore as outer with Bjorn Daehlie Sweater Training Wool as base. Started off feeling bit cool, stayed well regulated even when pushing uphill. Having a light cool breeze makes big difference with the airy alpha, acts like air conditioning. The Bjorn Dahlie Merino/poly blend works as well as Rab 120. The mesh panels do a great job wicking moisture. Supposed to be cool and drizzly tomorrow, plan to try it with Alpine Start.

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  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Black diamond alpine start? Been keeping an eye on the prices of those... I'm a sucker for schoeller fabrics....
  6. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Yes, picked it up for $65 last September. Similar to Kor Preshell, but even more air permeable and bit better in terms of shedding light precip. Preshell is lighter, more stretchy, has zip hand pockets.

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  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Alpine start was on my shortlist, but the gram weenie in me steered me towards the preshell
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  8. Cali

    Cali Backpacker

    Kor is my favorite (have two) and wear quite a bit. One issue I've found is Quantum Air pills pretty easy with certain types of backpack mesh (see pic). The Schoeller material on the Start is a bit tougher, more pill resistant.

    Pilling from BP straps on Kor


    Coarse Mesh


    Talon 22 smoother mesh less abrasive

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  9. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Trekker

    Quite tempted by the Nitro, have a friend in NZ, wondering, if I get her to buy it, and mail it me as a gift, can I avoid import duties, VAT etc, does anybody know? thanks
  10. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    We did same with friend in Oz.
    (there's an Oz only online store. Oz only, in that it only posts domestically, but I was able to pay using my GB credit card)
  11. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    There's usually a limit on the value of gifts before tax is payable. $50 in the USA if sending to UK I believe. Don't know about NZ though.
  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Oh. Macpac NZ use DPD who you have to pay the fee to before they deliver. It was another £21 on top when I bought the first Nitro. (size L was a bit tight, so partner took it on and got me an XL via Oz minus the fee).
  13. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    There is a limit on gift declarations before you pay vat. My father sent over some of my old lenses from New Zealand, which he declared as a £500 gift for unknown reasons (I’d asked him to make sure the value was low) so I ended up paying a lot on the import of something I already owned and was second hand in the first place (they were 70s and 80s lenses). But I’ve never paid import on other taxes or had problems with other gifts declared more favorably.
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  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I've had a black one in and out of my basket more times than I can recall...
    The amount of use I'm continuing to enjoy, it's less painful the taxe and handling seems....
  15. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Trekker

  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Can't see anything written :(
  17. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Trekker

    Sorry Chiseller, done in error

    Did a quick bit of looking into the other day. Seems, from what I saw, that value of Nitro, if bought at NZ$105, it should avoid import duty, but would be VAT to pay. Postage to UK via New Zealand post a shade under $20, so $125 to pay in/ to NZ, £62.55 at todays rate, then presumably 20% to add the VAT, to pay as it comes into country? Another £12.50 ish. £75 total or thereabouts? Any thoughts if this is roughly correct? thanks
  18. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I went in with another trek liter and we saved on postage as 2 didn't increase the postage. Might be worth a group buy and a chat with macpac for a discount?
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  19. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I might be interested in that! Belgium-based however.

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