Good Gear/ Bad Gear – Clothing

Posted on 22 November 2012

Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock
A long time I was not satisfied with GORE-TEX fabrics, but with the Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock I have fallen in again with this new Performance shell fabric. It is robust, breathable and very light. Furthermore  this smock has an excellent hood which protects you from wind, rain and snow. The Asgard Smock is my favorite jacket for hiking and packrafting trips. If it gets too hot under the jacket you have a long zipper to regulate the temperature. Furthermore you have a big pocket to store some bars or small things.

Montane Spektr Smock
Great smock made with my favorite fabric eVent. Used it on several day trips and overnighter. At first the roll closure was a bit tricky, but with some practice it was no problem to close it. I did not really like the hood of this jacket. This hood has no visor and there is not a real rain protection for your face only in combination with a cap. After a while of using the tape of the seams broke. This was a warranty case and I could get an replacement from Montane. As replacement I have chosen the Minimus Jacket.

Golite Malpais
Oh what should I say about this jacket. The weight was excellent and the own waterproof fabric was also ok. That’s it. Never had a jacket with such a bad cut. You could not really adjust the big hood.

Montbell Thermawrap Parka
Got this parka last year in a sale at the Montbell Store in Grindelwald Switzerland. It is a perfect parka. Long enough that you could not get a cold ass. The parka has also a adjustable hem to prevent weather entry and heat loss. In two big pockets you can warm your hands  or store a hat and a pair of mitts. The hood fits perfect and is also adjustable with some drawcord. With a merino baselayer and fleece I stayed in my Therawrap parka warm down to -10°C. I’m also using is in combination with my Golite Ultra 20 quilt to have some extra warmth in cold night like on my trip in the Engadin in spring.

(Photo my tyrolmountains)

BPL Beartooth Merino Hoody
The BPL Beartooth Merino Hoody is in my opinion the ultimate hoody. I was happy to get one via the BPL Gear Swap. It offers a perfect hood which protects you in cold nights from spring to autumn. The long zipper is perfect for ventilation if the temperature gets hot. The humb loops bring an additional protection for your hands. Meanwhile I found a perfect replacement if my Beartooth gets broken. Ibex Merino Clothing offers a merino hoody with an identical hood, only the fabric is a bit thicker.

Patagonia Simple Guide Pants
Patagonia or as I call it Patagucci. The Simple guide pants is my favorite one, but in summer I have to wear another one because the Patagonia is too warm. It is my pants for the colder days or winter trips. The weight of 406g is acceptable an the stretchy soft-shell fabric works fine. Meanwhile I have this pants in use since two and a half years and it is time for a replacement.

Inov-8 X-Talon 240
Normally I’m wearing no boots, but here I made an exception. I’m really sad that Inov-8 stopped the production of this lightweight mesh boot without any waterproof fabric. Got this boot also in a sale and after some day trips with my dog it was my number one shoe. The sole is very thin and has no real attenuation, so you still have a barefoot feeling. In wet conditions the shoe dries really fast and can vent perfect because of the mesh. Since it is a boot, you do not really need gaiters to protect your feet from small stones. A detailed review of this boot will follow.

Smartwool NTS Lightweight Zip T & Bottom
If you do not wanna wear a hoody on you trip I can really recommend the Smartwool NTS Lightweight Zip. The wool is slightly rougher than other shirts, but it is still comfortable and warm. The zip is excellent for ventilation if it gets a bit warmer on your trip. Furthermore it has a longer neck to protect you from cold wind, but no thumbloops to protect your hands. The Bottom pants completed this set. It is my favorite bottom for cold nights.

Woolpower Tee Lite
This shirt fits perfect and I have worn it on several trips during the summer. The moisture control is perfect. Even when you are completly sweated, it does not feel uncomfortable and cools you in summer and warms you in autumn or spring. Despite the polyamide content the shirt does not smell after prolonged use.

Woolpower Lite Boxer Briefs
The new lite wool is fantastic, but this boxer brief is slightly too warm for summer use. I prefer to wear it in autumn and winter.

Röjk Tvister Helmet Hoody
I was looking for a synthetic hoody for wet conditions and packrafting trip. What I found was these amazing Tvister Helmet Hoody made by Röjk. It fits like a second skin. The tunnel hood protects you from wind, rain and snow and is superb and the fabric is super warm. This hoody is a good additionto a Merino baselayer if it is really cold on winter trips. A detailed review is planned.


Vibram Five Fingers Bikila
Some time ago I became aware with some articles about barefoot running.I decided to get also a pair to this shoes to it. My first shoes were the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila. After my first kilometres I had a bad muscle ache, but with some training it was ok. These shoes are perfect to start. All seams are glued so there is no disturbing edge on the inside of the shoe. Putting on the shoe for the first time is also a bit tricky, but after a while it works. During the 3 seasons I’ll try to wear this shoes as often as possible.

Woolpower 400 Socks
These are my spring and summer sleeping socks. They are pretty warm and fluffy. Quality from Östersund.

Smartwool PhD Socks
Normally I’m really satiesfied with Smartwool PhD socks. They are pretty warm and fit perfect. For spring and autumn I prefer the longer version of these socks. For summer I’m using the PhD socks Mini. I don’t know what was wrong with this brand new pair which I used on my Slippery and Wet trip in Norway. After 5 days of hiking in wet boots both socks had a big hole. Think it was a Monday morning sock. So far I’m really satisfied with these products and next time I wanna test some of the toe socks.

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