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The Boundary Stormtight Jacket from First Lite comes in solid Dry Earth, ASAT, Realtree Max 1 and Realtree Xtra.
It was about 0300 when I walked in the door from our trip back from SCI in Vegas and I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open until I saw the box from First Lite on my desk. I immediately opened it and gave the shell layer jacket that was inside a quick once over. It looked right, the sound was muffled and it felt good weight wise. Then I tried it on over my fleece jacket. Ahhhhhh. I was afraid it was going to be another Kuiu type sizing disappointment but it was wasn't. They told me the Stormtight was sized properly for layering and they were indeed correct. The size XL fits the way it should.
Here is what the First Lite website says about this product:
"The Boundary Stormtight Jacket is the weatherproof shell component of the First Lite Layering Kit. Using patented Cocona Technology and the industries best DWR and lamination combined with custom constructed fabrics made to First Lite specifications, the Boundary Stormtight provides unsurpassed protection against the harshest conditions Mother Nature has to offer. There are so many features in this compact, packable jacket that they can't all be listed making the Boundary Stormtight the perfect jacket for chasing that monster bruin in B.C.
Available in men’s sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl"
This jacket reminds me of the old Sitka Gear Nimbus Jacket which I liked very much. This is a touch heavier at 21 ounces but it has the same slick type interior backing, minimal three pocket set, and relatively quiet exterior fabric (feels like the Patagonia Storm jacket).
I noticed a few other things. The top of the main zipper swerves off to the side about an inch, the cuffs have both elastic and hook & loop so you can keep them set the way you like but still don/doff the jacket (I like that). It also has water resistant zippers all the way around.
The hood adjustment cord holes on the back are unprotected, the Dry Earth color has orange trim and the zipper pulls are metal but those are about the only nit pics I can see at this stage of the game.
I am anxious to see how the Cocona performs in the field. To my knowledge this will be the first time I have used it.
Now remember how I do things here. I don't test any junk so if you see it here it must be pretty good but if I really like this piece and want to make it part of my system then you will hear more about it from me, if not then you won't. Make sense?
UPDATE - I wore this jacket working around the house and walking the neighborhood for several hours Saturday during a heavy rain storm. I am pleased to report that it was comfortable and completely watertight.
I am still getting used to the off set main zipper but it doesn't bother me, it is more of an aesthetic thing for me. Also, I prefer my cuff adjustment straps to run out away from my body as opposed to inward. Overall, so far so good.
Can't wait to get the matching pants.
What do you think? As a consumer, are you impressed or influenced by who a company puts on their pro Staff? Have you been a pro staffer or a PLM that runs a pro staff program and have a different take?
UPDATE - I got a big response to this post and it was the topic of a few conversations at SCI. Two take away messages were that while flawed, seriously flawed in some cases, pro staff programs seem to be viewed as a necessary evil. Second, most consumers I spoke to said they viewed pro staffers as no more influential then any other advertisement. The exception seems to be professional shooting teams.
One pro staffer (he would not tell me for who) made it a point to come up to me while I was at the booth and tell me he didn't appreciate my messing around with their programs. He said that it was working just fine and then, I swear to God, he asked me what discount we (The Outdoorsmans) offered to guides and outfitters.
Pelican #1620NF (no foam) rolling case
Eberlestock Halftrack F3H backpack (30-40 liter)
Danner Merino wool knee socks
or Smartwool Light Walking Crew socks
UA 6-inch boxer briefs
Smartwool 150 micro LS crew neck
Lowa Ranger GTX boots
or Hanwag Mountain Lite boots
or Lowa Cevedale Pro GTX boots
Arbor Wear Ascender Pants
or Sitka Gear Timberline Pants (solid Lead color)
Yates rappel belt
REI Active Stretch half zip
Orange Hardcore Outdoor baseball cap
Sitka Gear Shooters Gloves
Storm whistle on lanyard
Road ID Slim
Zeiss Miniquick monocular
Banana Boat lip balm
Black Diamond trekking poles
PACK (23 lbs without water and food)
Sitka Gear Kelvin Jacket
or Patagonia Das Parka
or Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket (summer)
Hanz glove liners
Outdoor Research balaclava
Sitka Gear Dewpoint Jacket (solid Lead color)
Sitka Gear Dewpoint Pants w/suspenders (solid Lead color)
Arcteryx Alpha SV shell mittens with fleece liners
Wilderness Emergency Kit with DeLorme inReach SE
or SPOT Global Phone
4x heat packs
Instep ice cleats
Julbo Bivouac sunglasses
2x Camelbak 100 ounce Water Beast bladders
32-ounce Super Man drink in Nalgene Cantene on belt
w/Hill People Gear holder
Apple iPhone 4S in case on shoulder strap
second iPhone case on other shoulder strap for Garmin GPS
Therm-a-rest sleeping pad
Switch 8 battery and USB cord
Small bear spray in case on backpack belt
w/FHF Gear holder
Costco toilet paper
Costo baby wipes
Snow baskets for trekking poles
Wilderness Athlete Super Man mix (spare)
Food (pick from the following depending on availability)
Bagel with cream cheese
Taco Bell bean cheese only burros (double foil wrapped)
Bear claw/apple fritter
Snacks (one or all of these)
Milky Way bars
Sees peanut brittle
Wilderness Athlete Altitude Advantage
Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover
Super hydrate before hitting the trail
Apply altitude cream
Fly out (on Wanna Get Away ticket)
Drive to trailhead area
Eat a good breakfast
Hit the trail early
Fly home (on changeable ticket)
Back to work. Ugh!
UPDATE 1/30/14 - In response to a number of comments, you are correct that there is no stove and that is an issue especially earlier in the year when it is or can be colder. I would prefer to carry a Jetboil Sol Ti but airline rules won't allow me to carry the fuel canister even in checked baggage.
Also, yes, 232 ounces of water is a lot and certainly adds to the weight but that is worst case scenario and what I like to train with. I can always adjust or dump water depending on the situation. Thanks for the comments, I appreciate the input and of course you are welcome to send me your list too.