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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Salomon Minim Down Sweater Review on 07/13/2010 13:22:11 MDT Print View

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Salomon Minim Down Sweater Review

Marco A. Sánchez
(marcoasn) - M

Locale: The fabulous Pyrenees
"New" vs "Old" Quantum on 07/14/2010 01:58:05 MDT Print View

How windproof and heat retentive is the new Quantum compared to the old one? Being a lighter version it will be less windproof. In addition, I suppose the air escapes more quickly, so you need more insulation (weight) for a given temperature rating.

Do you think that the new fabric offers real weight savings?

Martin RJ Carpenter
(MartinCarpenter) - F
Coated fabrics on 07/14/2010 04:56:34 MDT Print View

Depends I think :) If you're counting something to be worn in winds and stuff, then actually there has to be a strong argument for using very light coated fabrics.

Totally windproof and rather more water resistant of course. Only ~40g extra on a PHD jacket from MX to Drishell so the weight difference isn't extreme and you even get some static warmth while you're at it.

+2 degrees on the EN values for RABs sleeping bags for endurance vs quantum for instance. Suspect also a non trivial portion of why the anti freeze tested quite so warm in the recent group test.

Of course thats a fixed amount of extra warmth so sometimes the very lightest fabric lets you add enough extra down to be worth using. Or you'll be mostly sleeping in it/wearing a windshirt over the top etc etc.