new geary bits used for first time

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by edh, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I blame you lot....a bit of new gear used for the first time. Just back from a few Scotland days:

    I don't do 'reviews' as one persons cup of tea is not another's...so 'comments' -

    Arcteryx Squamish Hoody windshirt - fantastic - an order of magnitude warmer than my dated and somewhat porous Montane Litespeed. Bit rustly. Perfect fit - but that is me and Arc - which is why I buy it (that and being a knob with more £ than sense). Wrists roll back over chunky forearms - good. Hood great. Chest pocket limited - phone+ size. Wore it 30% of the time - three days out.

    Sawyer Mini; better than the original. Easy to lose the drinking end cover - as in I did on day 1. Slightly worried I'll lose the white rubbery bit on the input end as it has fallen off twice.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I've been looking at the Squamish for the same reason, my Litespeed has bobbled badly under the right arm for some reason
  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Ed - when you say a magnitude warmer (!?), is it more/less breathable(air porous)?
    I sometimes find my litespeed gets condensation when working hard, though it's needed for the wind protection. (Pertex microlight CFM is fairly low)

    Shewie - no need to make excuses here - save it for home! :p I expect the the bobbling affects it's performance?:rolleyes:;)
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I would think less breathable; let's bear in mind it is brand new and has not been subject to attrition. Wearing it I was for the first time thinking that a windproof gilet in the same fabric might be more 'me' - but this was a very limited 'test'.
  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    cut the sleeves off then?
    Then buy another for the option of windproof arms.:p
  6. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I bought a Squamish at nearly half price. Not used it much so far but impressed with quality, fit and hood. Also has a good DWR. The only way I could improve it would be mesh venting pockets. Material feels quite robust and comfortable against skin.
  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Yes, mine was £65. Like it thus far....time will tell; the Litespeed is a good six years old and still (just) OK.
  8. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I much prefer Velcro cuffs to elasticated ones as well. I converted my Litespeed to Velcro ones. The later Litespeeds didn't seem to be as breathable.

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