Of all the suits that I tried this is the only one that I would categorically say ‘Do Not Buy this product‘. On the hood there is no possibility to adjust for volume so you can’t alter from a helmet on / helmet off situation. They also use waterproof fabric panels in damage prone areas. It goes without saying that all the suits tested are warm and they are filled with high quality down. for toilet access. Toilet access is by way of the up and under front zip which has a 4 way zipper which is the only redeeming feature really. And remember, it’s only a rich man that buys a cheap suit! They also use waterproof fabric panels in damage prone areas. The clip fastener at the top of the front zip is a bit fiddly with mitts on and I can’t help but feel that a side press toggle instead of middle press clip would be so much better. Of the Rab one he wrote, "Verdict - This was the best in the test ...It is not without its drawbacks but it has superb ventilation and loads of external pockets which means that you can be self sufficient for snacks, water and spares whilst remaining comfortable on the go, even in changeable conditions. I prefer a one piece suit - warmer since it leaves no gaps at the waistline. thigh pockets have Velcro access but Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Expedition Suit – 1,800g – rrp £800 (down from £1,000). The volume adjuster at the back of the hood is totally useless. ‘Napoleon’ style – it would be so much Their blurb mentions Primaloft here and baffles there but at the end of the day, as I said earlier, all these suits are warm so differentiation has to be achieved by features that make the suit more versatile. The internal mesh pockets are zipped. restricts access which, in turn, for a great degree of ventability. $24.95. This is not an easy task. Features. the easily accessible extension. The other outer pockets were hand warmer style and nicely positioned to be accessible when wearing a rucksack, or harness, or both. Not a great suit, especially at the price. The waist adjustment would be better if the toggle was attached to the suit making it a one handed adjustment. This modern construction technique is great at keeping the wind and moisture out. But the 3 zone body mapping is a great feature as are the oodles of pockets for storage. Do not accept that you only have the choice of the two in the shop that you visit. There are only 3 internal and 2 external pockets which really lets this fantastic suit down. Get a bigger mitt I hear you say – but then you might not be able to get your hand in to the jumar and you’ll lose dexterity for using karabiners, operating zips putting on crampons etc. Center Back Length: 28 in / 71 cm; Uses: Alpine Climbing; Q Shield™ Down: welded, watertight baffle construction ; 6-slider watertight rainbow rear-zip for easy on/off So whilst they end up with the same number of pockets and amount of storage as most of the other suits you have to undo the front of the suit to get to a lot of your stuff. The internal mesh pockets are compromised as seen here by the location of the braces and the elasticated waist band. There’s not a huge imposing amount of it but this stuff is so highly reflective that in an emergency situation, or a night search scenario, the wearer will stand a far better chance of being discovered. One thing I found to be a big potential drawback was that the internal braces are not removable. So not overheating is almost as important as keeping warm. So there you have it. Manoeuvres are executed at an excruciatingly slow pace and every aspect of the race is dominated by the weather and conditions. in your face. There are options for a lighter fill, a detachable or a fixed hood, an extension flap to cover the oxygen mask, 900 fill down, Velcro patches and a choice of toilet access solutions. It was also difficult to locate and once cinched there’s a lot of elastic with a small toggle on the end flying around in windy conditions – a better option is to have the elastic stitched back in to a seam to prevent this problem. better if they were in the ‘hand the front zipper comes as standard. A great thumb loop and cuff along with The orange Velcro on the braces is a great feature making them easy to find. Whichever it is, this is not a great suit. suit down. And I’m no midget. Other than the front zip the only other ventilation is a one way thigh zipper from the hip to the knee which gets compromised as soon as a harness is worn. that are easy to locate. The baffle on Mt. Developed in conjunction with Leo Houlding and a few others in Greenland this is certainly a very good first effort.
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