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Old 11-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anybody rocking this midlayer? Would it be too hot with a merino ninja suit baselayer and goretex shell?
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Anything like that is more for -10C. To give you a reference I used UA 2.0 base/ a thinner (but 900 fill down montbell down sweater)/ and Hover 3l for opening day on Sunshine.

For what is worth I highly recommend something like Eddie Bauer First Ascent/Patagonia down sweater/Montbell ex light over the ak mid layers. Same price but lighter and has real 700-900 goose down fill vs the 550 fill ak has.
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Was in the same situation and picked up an Eddie Bauer First Ascent downlight jacket. They're on a pretty good sale right now and set me back about $140 shipped to Canada. If the predictions are right this winter will be a cold one and this jacket could get good use in the rockies.
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basically, the quality on the burton insulator is lower than similar priced mountaineering company ones (as mentioned already patagonia etc). The Burton has two things in it's favour though:

1) it's Burton, so mass produced and it's easier to find last season's stock on sale
2) it has pit zips where the others don't
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basically, the quality on the burton insulator is lower than similar priced mountaineering company ones (as mentioned already patagonia etc). The Burton has two things in it's favour though:

1) it's Burton, so mass produced and it's easier to find last season's stock on sale
2) it has pit zips where the others don't
This, which I personally find mandatory. I had last years AK Insulator, which I would only use when it was -10c or more. Still I find it was a bit over kill and bulky. I bought this years Ak helium insulator which is a lot more low profile, and still very warm. I havent hit -10 yet, but im confident with a marino base, the lower profile AK insulator and 3L goretex shell it will be just what I need.

In either case I find the pit zips a must. If you over heat in one of those things you are toast....literally.
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I can guarantee the montbell ex light will be better than the insulator even without the zip perfect thickness for active layering.

If anyone is looking into like -20c conditions, try the new spyder Bernese jacket. Expensive but it has Pit zips, 750 goose and it is toasty. I can still fit it under 2012 hover shell.
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Salamon posted earlier this am about getting 800 fill down from Eddie Bauer at 50% off. I was able to buy an everyday down jacket from Eddie Bauer as well as a down sweater to be used under a shell for $260 CAN. Same price as the AK Insulator Jacket. I will just unzip if I get too hot, but the sweater seems very thin and its likely just the ticket. Thanks for all your responses.
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Salamon posted earlier this am about getting 800 fill down from Eddie Bauer at 50% off. I was able to buy an everyday down jacket from Eddie Bauer as well as a down sweater to be used under a shell for $260 CAN. Same price as the AK Insulator Jacket. I will just unzip if I get too hot, but the sweater seems very thin and its likely just the ticket. Thanks for all your responses.
Hey arsenal fan - fellow gooner I presume?! Are you a Brit? I'm a big fan too. Try and watch as many games as I can living in San Francisco. Not a great result today against Swansea though...!
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Hey arsenal fan - fellow gooner I presume?! Are you a Brit? I'm a big fan too. Try and watch as many games as I can living in San Francisco. Not a great result today against Swansea though...!
I will be honest with you. I used to be obscessed with Arsensal after seeing them play Barcelona in 99. I have been out of the loop for the last couple years and would consider myself more of a "poser" as the kids say

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