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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
CAMP Flash Anorak Review on 02/14/2012 13:32:24 MST Print View

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CAMP Flash Anorak Review

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Flash on 02/14/2012 17:31:19 MST Print View

Interesting idea. Kudo's to them for trying something different.

Some people are going to find this great.

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Flash on 02/15/2012 01:18:26 MST Print View

6 ft = 183 cm

173cm = 5 ft 8.25 inches

*This has been fixed. Thanks!
-Addie
Forum Moderator
Typo Fixer-Upper

Edited by addiebedford on 02/15/2012 09:59:53 MST.

adam blanton
(adamallstar) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Flash on 02/15/2012 07:54:07 MST Print View

"Interesting idea. Kudo's to them for trying something different."

+1

I like how you put it on over your pack straps. No need to stop and take off your pack.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: Flash on 02/15/2012 09:43:08 MST Print View

As I was reading the review, I was hoping that the missing back could be rolled down out of the collar when the pack is off, making it a full windshirt. A bit complicated, but it could really be worthwhile and versatile. I guess that's the tradeoff.

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: CAMP Flash on 02/15/2012 09:58:04 MST Print View

+1 on the interesting idea.

I'm wondering how much you could save by cutting off the pocket. If you could get it down near 3 oz this is the perfect complement to single shoulder carry to let your back vent. Might have to go over the the CAMP distributer here in Boulder and beg for one.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
DW on 02/15/2012 10:15:01 MST Print View

Thanks for the correction. That was my mistake and I've contacted Addie/Daniel to correct that. I'm just as tall in America as I am in the rest of the metric world!

JASON CUZZETTO
(cuzzettj) - MLife

Locale: NorCal - South Bay
RE: "CAMP Flash Anorak Review" on 02/16/2012 05:51:49 MST Print View

I wear my windshell backwards here in California most of the time because the weather is so nice. It would be great if I had a hood that didn't blow in my face too... A neat concept.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Not multi use on 02/16/2012 21:07:55 MST Print View

Neat idea, but like another poster stated above, the jacket needs a strip of back material that can roll down from under the collar when you need a full jacket. Do that and get the sizing right and come back to the table Camp. And maybe make it a bit lighter as well. Full zip too.

Jonathan Shefftz
(jshefftz1) - MLife

Locale: Western Mass.
Cross appeal of rando gear on 02/17/2012 10:54:28 MST Print View

Nice to see a specialized CAMP product reviewed here for its potential “cross” appeal. (Although for those posters who want to see if modified to appeal more to non-racers, I doubt that will happen, since their clothing line is very small and specialized, although their hardware covers a broader spectrum.)

But I don’t understand the comment about the “sub-par fit” – fits me fine (size Medium for 5'8" 145lb). Other people, perhaps not, but characterizing any clothing item as having a “sub-par fit” is a rather bold declaration given the variation of human body shapes (even among the subset of fit backcountry enthusiasts).
Also:
“To clarify, the hood was plenty big to fit around my large head (with a beanie), but would not fit over any type of helmet, despite CAMP’s claim the the hood is helmet compatible.”
- Fits fine over my CAMP Speed helmet.

But overall:
“Weighing the pros and cons, the Flash Anorak is not overwhelmingly better than my current wind shell. It is just different.”
- That is also my conclusion. The weight is an ounce more than my favorite Montane windshirt, and a whopping two ounces (hah, 100% heavier!) than my Helly Hansen Mars windshirt. But if I anticipate relatively short “skin” laps where I want to skin up without any layers over my shirt, then for the descent quickly put on a windshirt, and stuff my climbing skins into it, all without having to access my pack, perfection!

Also, here’s an example from a randonnée [note the double “n” spelling, ahem :) ] racer blog. I’ve never competed in a course that technical, but even in the races out east, something like 60 seconds of delay that would be absolutely trivial in a day of ski touring becomes highly regretful in a rando race.

http://slcsherpa.blogspot.com/2012/01/north-american-ski-mountaineering.html
“At the base of the ridge, out came the via ferrata and ascender, skis went on the pack, and we all donned the required jacket. I wore a CAMP Anorak and was able to put it on without taking off my pack. That combined with being more comfortable with rope work than those around me allowed me to get the jump and pass a couple more.”

Simon Hogben
(Slippery) - MLife
Re: Not multi use on 02/18/2012 07:35:39 MST Print View

Maybe add a goretex shell, extra pockets, a down insulated layer, emergency strobe lights too. Or maybe just go and buy a different jacket. For what it is and what its intended for its a great idea.

Edited by Slippery on 02/18/2012 07:44:36 MST.

David Heath
(snowguy) - F

Locale: Boulder Colorado
Flash anorak on 02/19/2012 16:51:09 MST Print View

Hmmm.... maybe my wife could open up the back of my old windshirt and make a velcroed flap for ventilation.

Q Smith
(neotech@ktc.com) - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
photos are very well done on 02/23/2012 10:03:22 MST Print View

Thanks for the effort. Well done. Your photos are very illustrative...

David Linn
(davidlinn) - MLife

Locale: The foot of the Wasatch
I did this years ago- but yours is much better! on 09/12/2012 13:53:16 MDT Print View

I modified a North Face anorak twelve years ago with this exact design. I used it exclusively for cycling while wearing a hydration pack. It was great to be able to put the shell on for cold descents etc. without having to get off the bike or take the pack off. I'm glad someone has taken it to the production level- with substantial improvements over my crude design.