Aye, I’ve been busy, it’s always the same at this time of year and so this place goes a bit quiet. The snow’s arrived in decent amounts now and I’ll shall be heading off to play in it with a fair bit of shiny new gear from Arc’teryx, MSR, Rab and Montane, to name but a few. Stay tuned for more write-ups from the white stuff.
Whatever your plans for the Christmas break, I hope you enjoy them with the people that mean the most to you. I’ll see you in the mountains in the new year.
Millie’s been sporting this for a while now, this is the KoziKidz Vind jacket.
It’s a windproof fleece, basically a membrane sandwich, exactly like a grown-up version.
Fit is excellent for her, the length is good with a slight scoop to the tail. The arm length is great and there’s thumbloops which are apparently the best thing ever. There’s reflective piping on the arms and the signature reflective panels on the lower back. We get some proper grown up features like solid zips with quality pulls, and a zipper garage at the chin. The collar is fleece lined too
It’s a proper windproof for wee people, made with the same attention to detail as the big people’s kit. It’s completely windproof and fairly shower resistant, and she’ll layer it under a shell when it’s really nasty. This is always her first choice when she’s heading out the door, which I reckon is endorsement enough.
Millie’s quick review is that she just loves it. The thumbloops in particular. Awesomesauce.
There’s been a fair bit of climbing over the last year, I’ve been out almost every week and I’ve been alternating between two harnesses. The first is the Wild Country Summit.
This harness is pitched at multitasking, a sort of jack-of-all-trades option. That’s ideal for me, I like a harness that does it all. I want to be able to climb indoors and out, trad and sport and still use it when I’m out in the winter. Yes, I could use several harnesses and get the best for each, but where’s the fun in that? I need a reasonable number of gear loops, and most importantly it needs to be adjustable and comfortable. That’s the top priority on long mountain days.
The summit fits the bill very nicely. It has a moulded belt, tons of rack space for gear and ice tools and full adjustability. It’s super-comfy for those hanging belays and protracted sessions. Come winter, you can adjust to accommodate more layers and put it on over crampons. The buckles are very sturdy and there’s no sign of wear yet, which suggests good durability.
Of the two harnesses I’ve been using, this has been getting the lions share of the attention. It’s designed as a do-it-all harness and that’s what it does: everything, really well. Recommended.