Flylow Gear jacket review: Quantum [2013/2014]

Flylow Gear employee’s favorite jacket…..the quantum jacket!

BUY NOW because I love it! (backcountry.com coupon on bottom of this page!)

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About the jacket:

  • 100-percent taped seamsbig ol’ pit zips
  • waterproof YKK zippers
  • helmet-compatible hood
  • emovable powder skirt
  • articulated shoulders and sleeves
  • 1000-denier Cordura in high-wear zones.
  • Polartec Neoshell:  waterproof and breathable

Similar to the lab coat and the higgins in feel and cut, this jacket seemed like the best value.  I had an opportunity to get into this jacket the tail end of last season……..a blustery day at Steven’s Pass.  The lab coat did not disappoint.

A favorite of Flylow employees for its durability and versatility, the three-layer Quantum Jacket is one of Flylow’s toughest hardshells. The waterproof, breathable shell is truly adaptable for all conditions—blizzard, freezing temps, or pond-skimming alike. Large underarm vents keep you cool on a bootpack and a removable powder skirt blocks snow on deep days. Large, internal Junk Truck pockets easily store all that stuff you can’t leave home without.

Pockets:  4 pockets in the front.  You are ready to rip.

So with FLYLOW I wear an XXL.  Really.  Their XL is to tight on me at 6’2 195lbs.  But the pants I roll out in a XL, which fits just fine, length and all.

The jacket has a great cut to it.  Tailor fit almost. The back of the jacket is cut a little lower offering a small tail.  The shoulders fit snug but not too tight.  All in all, another stellar production from Flylow.

Color:  Red was my fav.  It is actually much red in person….

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all photos: ian coble 2013

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Crystal Mountain Avalanche Destroys Chairlift

We lost our beloved High Campbell chair today at my home mountain, Crystal Mountain Resort (www.skicrystal.com).

Aerial footage

Specifically, the bottom terminal and towers of the chairlift were destroyed.
A tower got knocked over and the bottom terminal pushed over 15′ off its foundation. (See below for updated photos).

More footage courtesy of Stohke

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Video of the Rockface slide

The NW has been seeing some unprecedented conditions the last few weeks all leading to a weak, very unstable snowpack.

Massive slides started through control work via the Crystal Mt. Pro Patrol these last few days have been like none ever seen before.

Not just the slide off of the Throne that took out High Campbell chair, but slides off of Rockface, Employee Housing run and Bear Pits have all seen incredible slides, with enormous crowns! Some as much as 5’!

After destroying the chairlift, the slide continued down Queens Run, all the way to the cut off point over to CMAC Run! A length of over a 1/4 mile!

The High Campbell lift, opened in 1976, and originally was three chair lifts combined into one.

High Campbell is the first chairlift destroyed by an avalanche in Crystal’s 52-year history.

The mountain has issued a statement with plans to build a new chair this summer.

The resort described Monday afternoon’s avalanche as “huge” and said it was “triggered by an explosive on The Throne.”

No people were injured, the resort reports.

Crystal Mountain will build a new lift similar to the Northway chair this summer, the Facebook post says.
“We are taking the instability in the snowpack very seriously and will continue to mitigate risk and close terrain as necessary,” the post says.

High Campbell lift was a “fixed-grip double chairlift” for experts only. The lift services single and double black diamond runs. And backcountry access points for hiking.

(Photos: Crystal Mountain Resort)

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Thorlos Foot Protection COVER SHOT!!

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Last season we did some shooting with photographer Matt Small.  The goal: action shots showing off the products we are doing reviews on.  Kinda hard to show socks in a photo, however, this worked out nicely!  Location: Crystal Mountain, WA.

Skis:  Liberty Variant | Poles: Leki | Gloves: Leki Trigger S | Pack: Camelbak Gambler

Boots: Dalbello KR2 pro | Clothing: Flylow Gear  | Helmet:  Pret | Goggles: Arnette Skylight