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Sierra Designs Peak Bagger Jacket Shell Jackets Review

Sierra Designs Peak Bagger Jacket


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Outstanding performance for under a pound. This is the lightest weight waterproof/breathable jacket out there. Wear it to the mountains or shore-hiking, biking and trail running.


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Review Date
October 14, 2003

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 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Igor S ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
If you are looking for the crappiest climbing jacket design ever, go with Sierra Designs PeakBagger.

Seriously, are they the first guys ever to come up with the idea of pockets in a climbing jacket? No?? So why on earth are the hand pockets placed exactly, perfectly, ideally right where the harness belt is? And what's the deal with those pockets being "zippered ventilating"?? Like, it got a little hot, let me just open those pockets... Oops, hey, where did all my stuff go? BTW, the zipper on those pockets is from top to bottom, which makes it absolutely impossible to close them when the jacket is tucked underneath the harness.

And if you think the chest pocket will work, you are right, it will - as a Pez dispenser. The ingenuous design ensures that the bottom part of the really deep chest pocket gets squeezed by the harness belt too. So the moment you open it, the built-in spring action conveniently throws the contents right in your face.

I used the jacket during my trip to Peru this summer. Within a single day, I dropped my radio twice (it miraculously landed on my feet both times) and my camera with a nearly completed roll of film (landed some 700 ft below me according to the topo) - all three times they just slipped out of various pockets. Needless to say, I was rather frustrated - I never dropped a thing from the HellyHansen jacket I used for the previous four years.

P.S. If you think this does not matter to you since you are just hiking and don't use a harness, all of the above will apply to you backpack hipbelt.

Similar Products Used:
HellyHansen (don't remember the model name) - worked great for nearly four years and was going strong when I ruined it while digging a cave for a cold bivy...


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Review Date
March 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Trekkerman ,  Climber

Summary:
I got this jacket specifically for a mountaineering trip in Colorado in March - I wanted it to challenge all those who wrote it off as a 3-season wind jacket. As some of you may know, the Colorado area had its biggest blizzard in 90 years. Well, I was there in my Peak Bagger XV.

I want to address 2 criteria - toughness and waterproofness.

Regarding toughness - my team encountered extremely heavy bushwhacking - I got caught on more branches than I could count as we navigated the steep gulleys. I also carried a couple of pickets tied to my pack, and despite intermittent jabbing from all sides, this jacket held through as strong as any.

So just because the material feels soft and silky (which it does), it doesn't mean that it can't withstand some abuse.

Now for waterproofness - I mentioned the blizzard, which poured snow on us for several days straight. Since we were doing some heavy trekking, the snow melted and turned to water as soon as it touched me. I'm glad to say that the Peak Bagger is just as waterproof as advertised - and with great breathability sweat wicking to boot.

Overall - highly recommended for all 4 seasons and the roughest of activities.

Customer Service:
Well, when I first received it, I exchanged it for a different size. While the exchange went smoothly, the CSR did not treat me to the free shipping offer that was mentioned on the webpage that week. So I could have actually saved money by not calling them.


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Review Date
January 7, 2003

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Bearman ,  Mountaineer , from Calgary, AB, CAN

Summary:
Have the Peak Bagger XV (has pit zips, more pockets, slightly (barely) heavier) and think it's awesome! This jacket is so light weight & breathable, and it stuffs up small enough to make it perfect for high aerobic activities. Have used this jacket for backpacking, canoeing, snowshoeing -- handled all with ease. Been in heavy rain and sleet with strong winds and had no problems. Wouldn't use it for mountaineering or heavy bushwacking, as the fabric is so light I'm afraid it would rip too easily. For those of us heavy perspirers that only need a wp/b coat in downpours, this is ideal to throw in the pack for security. Highly recommend it as a 3-season or winter aerobic wp/b jacket.

Customer Service:
Haven't had to deal with Sierra Designs, but Sierra Trading Post is great on returns or exchanges. Jacket has held up well under heavy use, so hopefully I won't need to find out.

Similar Products Used:
Arc'teryx, Taiga, MEC, Patagucci, Sierra Designs


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Review Date
November 30, 2002

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: davmedic ,  Backpacker , from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Summary:
Nice jacket. It is very light and packs well. The 3-ply laminate seems to work well- I found this jacket much less clammy than the Marmot PreCip jacket I had earlier. Not to mention it looks great. I did have a few problems with mine, however. The seam taping is starting to bubble in a number of places after only 6 months of use and the DWR finish no longer works. I have read that other people have had problems with their Sierra Designs jacket seam tape bubbling as well.

Customer Service:
They will fix it for free, but it will take 6-8 weeks despite living in the same city as the factory! Unfortunately, this is my only rain jacket so I guess I'll have to put up with it until the rain lessens. Lifetime guarantee tho...

Similar Products Used:
Marmot PreCip


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Review Date
October 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: canyon ,  Mountaineer , from NYC

Summary:
Well, I have been carrying an old Helly hanson coated waterproof jacket with me on all summer climbs for some time now. It gives me the sense that if the skys open I'll be dry on the trip down or if I have to sit and wait it out I can at least stay dry. I bought two of them, they stuff into their own sleeves and weigh I guess less than 16 oz. Of course moisture immidiatly builds up in them and they are reallly for emergencies only. so Now I get a WB just as light, same athletic fit, can put it on and actually hick in it for a while if its cold without to much moisture buildup. I love the fit, simplcity etc. It just feels great. I always try on arcteryx and fantasize, but I actually think this feels better on, and moves with me better. And for 69 dollars what can I say. I have mostly stopped wearing WB or pure WP in the winter as I find soft shell/windshirt/combos work most of the time and I dont like carrying two pounds of frozen goretex. This winter it will be between this and my Patagucci Essenshell, not sure yet, but I I know this is the one for summer peaks wear rain is a constant possibility.

Customer Service:
nope

Similar Products Used:
Kichatna for many years, great big jacket, bomber, Lowe alpine some ceramic, dont like the mesh liner,


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