Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Hooded Jacket

Super warm down jacket.

Update: This thing is crazy hot.  I put it on to go for a walk in 50F weather and within five minutes I was sweating.  There is absolutely no reason to wear this above 40F, maybe even 30F.

In retrospect, I would have been better off with the lighter version of this to wear over my Nano-Air, but oh well.  Now I just have to swap them as I get warmer or colder.

Outdoor Research Bolin Jacket


  • AscentShell™ 3L
  • 100% nylon 20D ripstop with 100% polyester backer Upper: AscentShell™ 3L
  • 100% nylon 70D plain weave with 100% polyester backer


So this jacket is sized rather strangely.  It’s arm length is good, but it’s even tighter than the Nano-Air around the gut.  It’s an XL, but every other XL I own is far larger.  If this wasn’t 75% off, I would return it.  I’ll just see if I can lose a few pounds to fit in it better.

Black Diamond Women’s Liquid Point GTX Shell

So my wife just bought this.  It’s rained every day since.  So far so good.  I know a few days doesn’t make a solid review, but we’ll see after a few downpours.

Basic technical data:

  • GORE-TEX Paclite 2.5L
  • 75d plain-weave face
  • DWR finish (125gsm, 100% polyester)
  • Two-way armpit zip vents
  • Weight : 350 g (12.3 oz)


It fits nicely over her Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS jack.

Winter boots

We don’t get any snow in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I only need winter snow boots when I go winter camping. For that reason, I didn’t do a ton of research and just picked out the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot.


We’ll see how well it holds up.

Update: These were fantastic in 18 inches of snow at 25 degrees.  I wasn’t working up much of a sweat, mostly standing around, and my feet were quite warm in wool socks and these boots.

We’ll see how they hold up in wet conditions.