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Old 22-10-2015, 12:25 PM   #3016
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True. Online shopping makes for good deals especially when they overstock in the off season.

And agreed on north face. I never bought into the nuptse nonsense. I have one ice down jacket from them as its a big fluffy bomber jacket style monster for daily use. Bought a closure deal/return item for about 120 inclv of shipping to sg by comgateway.

Very very convenient. Wear it and never layer anything below, just t shirt and jeans. With so many pockets, I don't need to carry a bag. Just stuff everything into the pockets

BTW what you think of this ?

Have heard mixed reviews of uniqlo windblock/wind proof jeans (they got trashed by my friends)

I've been to the shops and they have the male ones as well. Neoprene like material that is waterproof as well. Looks to be a good halfway liner/technical shell.

Thinking of buying one and putting a zip at the armpit area. Will be good enough for a Fuji ascent in summer I think.
I saw them at the shop and they look quite good for the price. They will probably be great for wearing during your rest stops and maybe at the top of the mountain.

Fleece with membrane sandwiched inside them have been the latest fad a few years back with Gore Windstopper fabric that you find in genuine hiking wear and the technology seems to have matured a bit and filtered down to general wear manufacturers like Uniqlo.

Fleece by itself is very warm but not windproof at all, as the fabric is very porous, allowing heat to escape with the gentlest breeze. So while wearing fleecy stuff will be very warm indoors for reading your favorite book on the sofa, you will get chilled in a fleece jacket walking down the main road in Hokkaido when the cold wind is blowing from Siberia. Hence the development of a fleece laminated with a breathable film to help block the wind, while still allowing the fabric to breathe.

But with all these synthetic plastic film, they are unable to ventilate the moisture coming out from our body as sweat sufficiently during when worn during activity. Even with Goretex (or even eVent/Neoshell), we will need to vent the jacket through opening front zips or pit zips, especially when hiking or going uphill with a heavy backpack. So for these wind stopping fleece jackets, while they are very warm when you are fully zipped up, you will also probably start sweating too much as well.

My advice is that if you are thinking of wearing them while hiking up the slopes of Mt Fuji, they will probably be too warm. You will be better off with the standard fleece jacket from Uniqlo.

When you have reached a rest stop and it starts getting cold in the fleece, wear a waterproof or windproof jacket over the fleece and you should instantly warm up again. Then when it is time to start walking again, walk a bit wearing these 2 layers until it feels too warm, then take off the outer jacket. This will allow you more flexibility in regulating your body temperature during a hike.
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