Patagonia Alpine Houdini jacket

A while ago I apparently lost/misplaced my Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket somewhere, I can’t find it. If you know where it is please let me know 🙂

Fortunately for me when I realized this the Patagonia Alpine Houdini jacket was on sale, 50% off so I instantly grabbed it. As you might know I already own the Patagonia Houdini jacket and it’s a jacket that I like a lot. The difference between the two is that the Houdini is a windbreaker and the Alpine Houdini is a “lightweight emergency rain shell”. Emergency rain shell really translates into that the jacket will (probably – not yet tested) withstand a heavy downpour but not prolonged sessions of rain unlike the Torrentshell that will take everything you throw at it (10,000mm- vs 20,000mm water column – waterproof rating).

As with every rain jacket out there you’ll eventually get wet anyway so for me this is not really an issue. Compared to the Torrentshell the Alpine Houdini is also much lighter which is nice, saving me about 160g of weight (345g vs 184g).

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Size Medium

PatagoniaAlpineHoudini (3) The only thing that I’m a little disappointed about is that they went “stupid light” with the front zipper. This is only a normal YKK-zipper with no extra taped seams or anything just a storm flap on the inside. When I read reviews of the jacket this is where most people complain that it’ll leak through for the most part, no big surprise there. But since I haven’t tested it myself I can’t comment on this.

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Zipper storm flap and membrane. On the right you can see the only pocket on the jacket that doubles as a stuff sack.

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Size medium, Classic Navy. I’m 176cm, 65kg.

Specifications

  • Highly water-resistant woven nylon shell, with laminate membrane and DWR (durable water repellent) finish holds a 10,000mm water column
  • Taped seams throughout entire garment
  • Full-zip hooded jacket has minimal interior storm flap and single-pull adjustable, helmet-compatible hood that rolls down and stows
  • Zippered, interior left chest pocket doubles as self-stuff pouch with streamlined shape and carabiner clip-in loop
  • Elasticized cuffs and a minimal single-pull adjustable drawcord hem seal out weather
  • 1.5-oz 20-denier 100% nylon ripstop shell, with a waterproof/breathable membrane and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 187 g (6.6 oz)

New sleeping system – Cumulus Quilt 250

Recently I’ve sold all my sleeping bags besides one that I’ve kept for the time being and now that the primary backpacking season is starting up again I had to get something else or otherwise I’d just have to sleep on the ground wrapped in a survival blanket…

I’ve been interested in quilts before but I’ve never taken the step from the conventional sleeping bags over to one of those. Even now before I ordered I wasn’t sure if I was to get one or not. The ones I ended up choosing between was the Cumulus Quilt 250 and Western Mountaineering Highlite sleeping bag. Both of them are about the same weight and has basically the same comfort temperature rating.

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I ended up choosing the Cumulus Quilt 250 as the price tag was more interesting and I like the idea of having a quilt rather than a sleeping bag as I normally sleep quite warm and I think it’s a nice feature to have the possibility to quickly get some cool air into the bag or just keep it open without having to fiddle with a zipper.

Before I say anything else I just want to give a shout out to Cumulus customer service which is just completely awesome! I had some trouble ordering and they sorted everything out very quickly and made sure the quilt arrived on time. It was a really good experience buying from them, highly recommended.

My first impressions of the quilt is that it’s lightweight, very well made, high quality stuff – no down leakage etc. It looks like a really good choice.The only thing I can complain about is the stuff sack, it’s a little small and I had a hard time compressing the quilt into it and closing it properly. It’s made out of the same material as the quilt, Pertex Quantum fabric so it’s really lightweight but not waterproof in any way. I’ll swap this for a stuff sack or a dry bag from Zpacks. I haven’t really decided what to get. I need something that’s light and waterproof as I stack my tent on-top of the sleeping bag and from past experience you’ll sleep in a wet/damp sleeping bag if you do that if the stuff sack is not waterproof…

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On Cumulus shop they claim that the bag weighs 480g and by the looks of it they’re correct, everything is in order 🙂

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It also comes with some extra bungee cords and a storage bag.

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New shoes and sleeping pad

Some new stuff that has dropped in lately.

The sleeping pad, a Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-Lite looks very promising and will replace my Z-Lite and also complement it during the winter to add more comfort.

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Trailroc 245

I also got a pair of new Inov-8 shoes. It’s not that I don’t like my Roclite 295’s but they’re run a little small (pun intended 😉 ). So for running around for an hour or so they’re fine but when I walk for several hours my feet get swollen and I guess that I’ll get hurt eventually. Won’t risk it on a 3+ day trip. To be on the safe side I got these Trailroc 245’s instead. I must say that I love the box that they came in! 🙂

These I got two a week or so ago. Will serve as extra grip for the Ultamid in stormy weather.

MSR Mini Groundhog stakes

MSR Mini Groundhog stakes

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Nice touch with MSR logo on the stakes. They’re a little heavier than the others I’ve got. 9g per piece.

I got it for a bargain!

I’ve wanted a canoe for a long, long time but I’ve always found them to be too expensive. Now my fiancés father has this friend who wanted to sell his old canoe so I got it really cheap.

Here’s the beauty!

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It will need some lovvin’ but the hull is in a really good state so I just need some new color. I also got two paddles, old wooden ones, that will have to be sanded down and coated.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Got my Sawyer Mini water filter that I bought a long while ago. I got the one with just a 16oz “pouch” and I also received a free emergency blanket, thank you!

Looks to be a sturdy thing. Haven’t tried to filter any water through it yet but that will come soon. I most definitely need to start using all my new stuff – I haven’t even had time to try out my new backpack with some stuff in it. Same goes for the tent but that’s mostly due to the late delivery of the trekking poles. Unfortunately this weekend is quite cramped with stuff to do but I hope to get some spare time on Sunday…

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Delivery from HMG!

Here it is! My new tent, the UltaMid 2 from Hyperlite Mountain Gear.

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Without the packbag and additional strings attached to the tent it weighs in at the astonishing 499g. With the strings, stuff sack and the UltaMid pole straps it sums up to 645g which is very light for a huge tent. Cuben fiber looks to be an awesome material!

I also got my new book and some accessories from HMG.

I’m really excited to go out and pitch this tent now during the weekend, perfect now that Easter is just around the corner. However my new trekking poles hasn’t arrived yet and my new backpack but they should be here by the end of April.

New backpacking wallet

My new wallet arrived with the mail today. I got one from Granite Gear and it’s one of their Air Pockets. It’s made out of ultralight 30 denier Cordura and weighs only 14g. I got the small versions that will be big enough for my passport, some cash and a credit card, 5″x7″. Might even hold my car keys in a pinch.

To get rid of some extra weight you could use your scissor and cut of the Granite Gear label because that one feels heavy. You could also remove the hangers, the two ears at the top, if you don’t plan to attach it to anything.

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Besides the pocket/wallet itself it comes in a handy zippered pocket that you can use for something else. Right now I don’t really know what I’d use if for but the things that come to mind is a pen case, cable management, memory cards, spare batteries etc.