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Chris Simrell
Chris Simrell

Chris Simrell

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A proud Seattle native, Chris has been enjoying the Cascade Mountains literally all his life — his mother, an avid hiker, kept it up while pregnant with Chris. After graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in 2010 Chris returned to the Pacific Northwest to rock, ice, and alpine climb both in the Cascades and throughout the American West and Canada. When in Seattle he is a route setter and instructor at Stone Gardens Climbing Gym. A fascination with climbing ice prompted a move to Bozeman, Montana where he currently resides climbing, skiing, and enjoying a less urban lifestyle.

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Montbell UL Thermawrap Jacket

Montbell UL Thermawrap Jacket

The Montbell UL Thermawrap jacket is the lightest and most affordable model we tested. All features have been minimized to make a light, clean, very compressible dedicated mid-layer. With...
North Face Nuptse

North Face Nuptse

The Nuptse is one of the cheapest product we tested in this review. The lack of a hood and its relative heaviness make it a bit less desirable for backcountry use compared to the other...
Mountain Equipment K7 Jacket

Mountain Equipment K7 Jacket

Combining box-baffle construction, quality fabrics, attractive style, and well designed (and unique) features the K7 Jacket from Mountain Equipment is one of our favorite warm winter down...
Feathered Friends Hooded Helios

Feathered Friends Hooded Helios

The Feathered Friends Hooded Helios is a great climbing belay parka that feels much more at home in the mountains than downtown. Since it is not available from major retailers, you must...
Mountain Hardwear SummitRocket 40

Mountain Hardwear SummitRocket 40

The Mountain Hardwear SummitRocket 40 is a very lightweight mid-capacity alpine pack at a reasonable price. Designed specifically for the weight conscious climber the SummitRocket is...
CiloGear 30L WorkSack

CiloGear 30L WorkSack

The CiloGear 30L WorkSack has been refined over time until... perfection? The pack's capacity is best for day trips and car-to-car alpine climbing, but can also work for 1-3 night climbs...
CiloGear 30:30 WorkSack

CiloGear 30:30 WorkSack

With about 40L of space in a simple and durable package, the 30:30 WorkSack from CiloGear is an extremely versatile, go-to alpine pack. Bigger than a 30L alpine pack, but smaller and...
REI Revelcloud Jacket - Men's

REI Revelcloud Jacket - Men's

Of all the jackets we tested, this was the least expensive. It gets our Best Buy Award because it offers quality materials, great functionality, light overall weight, and good looks in a...
Arc'teryx Atom SV - Men's

Arc'teryx Atom SV - Men's

The SV has been discontinued. The current Editors' Choice is the Rab Xenon X. And our current highest rated Arc'teryx jacket is the Arc'teryx Fission SL. Check out our complete Men's...
Mountain Hardwear Zonal - Men's

Mountain Hardwear Zonal - Men's

The Men's Zonal Jacket has been discontinued. Check out our Insulated Jacket Review to compare all of the jackets that were tested. If you are looking for a jacket to wear while doing...
Haglofs Barrier Pro Hood

Haglofs Barrier Pro Hood

This product has been discontinued and replaced with the Haglofs Barrier Pro II Hood. The Haglofs Barrier Pro Hood is one of our favorite light synthetic insulated jackets. Haglofs...
Ibex Wool Aire Hoody

Ibex Wool Aire Hoody

Unique in this review, the Ibex Wool Aire Hoody is designed to look and function like any other light insulated jacket, but is insulated with wool as opposed to the more standard, and...
Montane Ice Guide

Montane Ice Guide

The Montane Ice Guide is a well featured and very warm jacket intended as a climbing or belay jacket for winter conditions. In our testing we found the Ice Guide to be not simply warm...
Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

The Patagonia Encapsil Down Parka is the world's first down product to use a hydrophobic treated down that increases fill power. (This fall Montbell will introduce the 1000-fill power...
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