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Millet Trilogy GTX Review

   

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Overall avg rating 2.7 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: July 18, 2013
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Pros:  All zippers are quick and easy to open, multicolored main zipper looks cool, bellowed chest pocket, very large cuff openings fit over all gloves.
Cons:  Heaviest Gore Active Shell jacket, bulky expdition fit, pit zippers are unnecessary with Gore Active Shell, stretch mesh interior to hand pockets lets in meting snow, hood can be uncomfortable over a helmet.
Best Uses:  Hiking?
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Manufacturer:   Millet
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ July 18, 2013  
Overview
The Millet Trilogy GTX attempts to create an expedition style jacket out of Gore-Tex Active Shell. It’s neither as lightweight as the lightest jackets tested nor as durable as the expedition jackets tested. We prefer the Arc'teryx Alpha FL for fast and light applications (it’s 4.4 oz lighter than the Trilogy and $25 cheaper), the Patagonia Super Pluma (1 oz lighter and more durable) for all-purpose applications, and the Arc'teryx Alpha SV (1.8 oz heavier and significantly more durable) for expedition style climbing. All of these shells offer better features and more performance. For the best bang for your buck get the Rab Stretch Neo ($50 cheaper).

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The Millet Trilogy is a fully featured Gore Active Shell Jacket. It has two handwarmer pockets, a bellowed chest pocket, pit zips, and massive wrist closures that fit over large gloves. Of the five jackets tested with Active Shell, the Trilogy is the heaviest (15.1 oz on our scale). It competes with the Outdoor Research Axiom but the Trilogy has an advantage in that it's helmet compatible.

The Trilogy mixes climbing features with hiking features. Its handwarmer pockets have a mesh backing, which is a feature normally found on hiking shells (snow and ice inevitably gets in pockets and melts so mesh is bad for climbing); the hood is not very comfortable when worn over a helmet but still works; it has gigantic wrist closures (the largest of any lightweight shell and larger than most heavy duty shells); “Active Ceramic” reinforcements at the shoulders; a two-way zipper (useful when wearing the shell over a harness, but most people climb with a shell tucked under their harness – see all other lightweight shells, Patagonia shells, and Arcteyx Alpha SV); and has pit zips, which we believe are unnecessary on a jacket made of a highly breathable membrane (the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, Mountain Hardwear Quasar, and Outdoor Research all skip the pit zips).

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The Millet Trilogy GTX has a bulky, expedition fit and expedition type features, bit is made of the superlight Gore Active Shell.
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Best Application and Value
The Trilogy is a top quality jacket with a few design elements that lead our testers to prefer other jackets. We believe the Arc'teryx Alpha FL and Rab Stretch Neo offer more for your money.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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   Nov 17, 2012 - 03:25pm
Baterade · Climber · Boulder, CO
This is in response to the main review here, which is completely off base as the reviewer simply got the wrong size Trilogy JKT, and thus mis-places its use: It's not an expedition jacket as the reviewer claims at all. He thought it was because he got a size too large, and therefore calls the Trilogy "bulky". Homeboy needs to better understand European sizing (which is very simple- a Euro large is a US medium).

The reviewer also says he prefers the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, yet complains that Arc'teryx doesn't have pit zips: "No pit zips requires proper layering while moving to prevent overheating".

Yet he also complains that the Millet shell DOES have pit zips and weighs 4.4 oz more… who cares about 4.4oz in exchange for nice and large pit zips!? And pit zips are still needed along with Gore Active shell for high-output activities like skinning.

Again, and MOST importantly however, this guy got the wrong size in the Millet Trilogy shell. It's too big, so he says that it's bulky and thus an expedition jacket. If he got the right size, he would see that it is a nice, alpine (articulated) fit. See the attached photo- NOT bulky. All Millet shells from this collection have an "alpine fit", meaning they are articulated and slim-fitting so that there isn't excess fabric to get caught in gear.

So because he got the wrong size he completely mis-represents the use of this jacket. Gore Active shell isn't an expedition-weight fabric. It is meant for fast hiking, skinning, spring skiing, or ice-climbing. Then he says it's not durable which is simple BS. Millet adds ceramic reinforcements in high-wear areas to ensure durability. Gore Active shell from Millet is the same as Gore Active shell from Arc'teryx, so he cannot claim that one is more durable than the other… And in fact, Millet's IS more durable because they add ceramic to the shoulders. Ceramic in this form has a higher tensile strength than steel, and is thus extremely abrasion-resistant.

And FYI the hood is helmet compatible. Again, see photo. The pic shows the new Millet Trilogy- same exact cut and hood size (made in the same european factory) as the one reviewed here.
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Helmet compatible and alpine fit.
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Bottom line: This is an awesome jacket that is super light, has a great fit, is very durable thanks to ceramic reinforcements, and will excel at high-output activities.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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