FIELD TEST: BACKCOUNTRY TO BIG MOUNTAIN IN THE TUNDRA PANEL JACKET

Field test of the Tundra Panel Jacket by Kellen Mohr, our 2015 #coldstoked winner.

“Hope your 2016 is off to a fantastic start!  Shortly after I picked up the jacket from you in Venice, I made it up to Yosemite for a New Year’s touring trip out to Glacier Point with a few friends that were shooting a tent for Nemo Equipment and Huckberry.

The trip was the ultimate sufferfest- what turned out to be 21 miles of skinning & hiking in below freezing temps, and 11hrs of solo driving in 2 days; but my friend Bryson Malone @brysonmalone  took some pretty cool 35mm and medium format shots of me wearing your panel jacket.

The Tundra Panel jacket exceeded all my expectations for a storm-ready, highly breathable shell.  It efficiently regulated my internal temperature by blocking the outside wind and moisture, when used in conjunction with a series of synthetic midlayers and wool baselayers on this overnight trip.  The eVent fabric is extremely supple, and breathability is off the charts, while the drop-tailed design, storm collar, and massive pit zips (coupled with the slimmer fit) allowed me to dump heat as needed while touring out to Washburn Point.  I toured, cooked, slept, and reveled in the Tundra Panel jacket- what more could I want out of a shell?

After the first trip I had the opportunity to test out the Tundra jacket while skiing a storm cycle that dumped 3-4 feet of snow at Mammoth over the course of three days.  Again, it proved its worth with riding-ready, carefully thought out design elements: the season-pass pocket on the right shoulder, the well-designed powder skirt to keep blowing snow at bay, the cavernous hood that easily swallowed my helmet and moved with my head so as not to restrict my vision while skiing trees in blizzard conditions.  The supple fabric also proved to be surprisingly tough, withstanding multiple stabbing tree branches that I could have sworn had ripped right through the jacket.”

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