/ OI NEWS: INTERVIEW: Crux and Lightwave Founder Carol McDermott
"Rucksack design has just become over-engineered and over-featured over the years and I wanted to return to the simplicity of products from 20 years ago..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news.php?id=3816
With daily use the Flak jacket has withstood 3 years of abuse and still remains waterproof and is one of my all time favourite pieces of kit.
I think Kev reviewed that one for UKC and noted the hood isn't helmet compatible. That struck me as odd - particularly considering otherwise everything is so designed for climbers.
For some reason instead of the pictures I did see of the gear eg Tent, Pack etc I now see large UKC placement banners
From Kev's review that Sarah linked above:
The Plasma has an insulated hood which features a wired visor and drawcord. It is removable via a zipper and velcro and whilst this is a secure system, I can't really think why I would want to take the hood off a jacket of this type. A simple stow system, such as a drawcord or velcro tab, would suffice to stop it flapping around. Also, Crux say that it is ",not sized to fit over a helmet." This I find particularly baffling on a garment that is marketed for Alpine climbing and mountaineering. It does actually go up over my helmet, but not satisfactorily and this is my only real gripe with the whole jacket.
A very, very big thumps-up for Crux designs from here as well.
The AK-47 is rucksack perfection. Definitely best in class, and at a more than fair price too.
Have abused the Flak Jacket and Trousers for some years. Glad to see the new design has a much better hood and now comes in longer lengths just as the torq - my only gripes with the old set. Again, a lot of money, but a real bargain compared to materials, design and production quality,
Loved the halo top - gave it to colleague, who has used it daily through the winter season for 2 years afterwards. He is very fond of it too.
The Plasma is much lighter for its performance than anything out there. Not warm enough for me for winter climbing Glad to see they have made some models now with more down, though i now prefer cheap synthetic myself.
The hood fits fine over a helmet for belay duties - approx. the same size as a neutrino hood, which Rab happily sells as helmet-compatible.
Really, really liked the Torpedo 700 a LOT - check out my comments on PTC's blog.
BTW, no affiliation with crux. Bought my stuff at retail.
In summary: best kit if you want bombproof, light and simple for winter climbing and touring. You may save a few hundred grammes on ultralight but only by compromising durability or performance. Clearly Carol McDermott has a first-hand perspective on the needs of winter conditions - and has thought a lot about stripping down his designs, instead of adding clutter.
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