Thursday, May 08, 2008

Down is the new fleece

its official.
fleece is out.
down is in.
(apologies to vegans)

for starters it has much better warmth for weight.
it also packs much smaller.
and from what i've seen in melbourne and sydney recently its quite the fashion statement.
have to admit the first time i saw someone wearing a 'puffy vest' in melbourne i gave them a slightly odd look.
guess it was 20 degrees tho.

walking past a lot of the 'fashion' shops in sydney this week and everyone seems to be selling them now - presumably synthetic equivalents anyway.
all different shapes and sizes and colors.
if youre not wearing a puffy vest these days youre obviously a dag.

from the practical side of things i decided to get a jacket at the smaller/lighter end of the market and after having trouble getting the western mountaineering ones sent out to aussie decided on this one: http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?cat_id=70&p_id=2301283
main specs are 210g weight and 800-fill.
couldnt resist getting the vest as well.

and just to make mr g jealous i got that new 210g gore-tex jacket from outdoor research: http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/m_s_zealot_jacket.html
yes...210g!!!!!!!!! and it has a hood :P

now i just have to hope the delivery actually arrives and everything fits :)

and just while youre starting to think i have lost it i was thinking the other day about how down sleeping bags are nice and warm but the problem is you cant walk in them.
so if youre getting hypothermic but want to/can keep moving (which helps keep warm) then i could cut holes in my down sleeping bag and i guess tape them so feather doesnt leak everywhere??? and keep cracking.
well looks like i am not the only insane person as tonight i saw this in US trailrunner mag!: http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/wallcreeper.html (piccie below)
holy moly!
i guess this raises the question - well why cant you just sleep in a light bivvy wearing a down jacket....anyhoo........end of pychotic rant :)



dont think i'll be actually needing the gear for a while.
still off running until walking down stairs doesnt hurt (well der i guess) so maybe 1-2 weeks until a little trot.
tho have been run/walking a 1km or so with the dogs this week.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jen_runs said...

That's an "interesting" look ;-)

Will take a photo of my puffy jacket on the weekend - however for the sake of my life, I choose not to play "whose got the lightest gear" game with you & G-man :-P

6:40 AM  
Blogger Tesso said...

Ooooh, you've gotta get the daks to match that first one!!!!

2:35 PM  
Blogger 2P said...

The reason they call it "down" is cause that's how you go when it gets wet! Soggy down has all the insulative qualities of an ice bath :-)

Looks good but ;-)

6:35 PM  

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