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By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From PG, Utah
Oct 27, 2010
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So I am poor now but am still in need of some new winter soft goods. I have seen this brand called Sherpa (and a buddy swears by it) at a few places. Does anyone have some opinions or good links to reviews?


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By J. Albers
From Colorado
Oct 27, 2010
Bucky

Christian "crisco" Burrell wrote:
So I am poor now but am still in need of some new winter soft goods. I have seen this brand called Sherpa (and a buddy swears by it) at a few places. Does anyone have some opinions or good links to reviews?


I have one of their shells and thus far, it has been a fantastic piece of clothing.

The shell fabric is the Sherpa equivalent of lightweight Gore-Tex (not the crappy white laminant crap that shells like the Marmot Precip are made of) and it weighs in at around 8 oz. Despite its light weight, it has two big chest pockets, a sleeve pocket, water-tight coated zippers, and great velcro cuffs. In other words, it has stuff you want and nothing more; it is a very well thought out piece at more than a competitive price. In fact, of the companies that I looked at shells from (OR, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Arcteryx, NF) I thought the Sherpa shell was second only to the equivalent Arcteryx shell, and the Arcteryx shell was at least $100 more expensive. My only complaint would be that the hood is tad small when pulling it over my helmet.

I have only had the shell for two seasons of light use (I only use it as my summer alpine shell), but so far it has held up well. If it continues to hold up, I would definitely buy another shell from them.


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By Robert Cort
Oct 27, 2010

I have two Sherpa tops that're great. Only caveat is that they are sized smaller than I expected. I normally wear a large (6'0" 180lb), but my mid-layer top is XXL, and my lightweight fleece pullover is XL. Both fit perfectly, but I would try them on before buying.


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Oct 28, 2010
Me scaring years off my mom's life

I feel embarrassingly qualified to talk about Sherpa. I've got a hard shell, three soft shells, raincoat and pants, two pair of shorts, 4 base layer t shirts, 3 base layer long sleeves, 3 sweaters, a sleeping bag, another hard shell with a primaloft layer, 3 down coats...you get the picture. (A friend works for a shop that sells it).

I agree with Christian - I feel like Sherpa's quality is definitely up there with Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, etc. and almost up there with Arcteryx. The rain gear and hard shells have never let me get wet, the sleeping bag (30 degrees) has gotten me through some snow down in the Swell, the shorts get worn everyday. Everything holds up really well and I'm not embarrassed to go out to dinner wearing the gear.

Buy it and I'll buy it from you if you don't like it :)


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By Eric Bonin
Oct 28, 2010
my dog

austin, where have you found Sherpa in UT. There is a place in slc but it has very limited selection.?


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Oct 28, 2010
Me scaring years off my mom's life

Recreation Outlet in AF. Great selection of Sherpa gear, but just remember that it's an outlet and they don't have everything.


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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Oct 28, 2010
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!

Do actual sherpas really wear those sherpa hats, you know, the ones with ear flaps that tie under your chin.


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By nick serrano
From Albuquerque, NM
Oct 28, 2010
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I think it's more of a peruvian style.


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By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From PG, Utah
Oct 28, 2010
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Do actual sherpas really wear those sherpa hats, you know, the ones with ear flaps that tie under your chin

According to the website they do:
www.sherpaadventuregear.com/


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