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ford23 - on 09 Sep 2013
What can people recommend as a good synthetic belay jacket? looking at a price range of 70-100 pounds (or cheaper if possible). Something thats obviusly warm but also very durable for winter climbing and ski touring ect?
thanks
martinph78 on 09 Sep 2013
In reply to sethmford: Montane Prism can be found for 85
top cat - on 09 Sep 2013
In reply to sethmford:

I'm looking for a Montane Flux to replace my Paramo Torres. The Flux seems to have it all for climbing (high pockets, double ended zip for belay loop access, big hood).

Can't find a large anywhere though.
climber34neil - on 09 Sep 2013
In reply to sethmford: I have the flux and found it to be a great jacket, I used it in Scotland last winter and was plenty warm enough, I don't think the prism is enough for a belay jacket, if you shop around you could probably get the flux for around the top end of your budget,
climber34neil - on 09 Sep 2013
In reply to sethmford: outdoorgb doing the flux for 112 at moment
Stuart the postie - on 09 Sep 2013
In reply to climber34neil:

Prism is definately not a belay jacket!!

Stuart
BnB - on 10 Sep 2013
In reply to Stuart the postie:
> (In reply to climber34neil)
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> Prism is definately not a belay jacket!!
>
> Stuart

It's is a damned good one over 3 seasons, but the usual suspects: Flux, Alpine Generator, Fitzroy, are more suited to winter. I find the Flux oddly sized. Too tight unless you size it up. And then too much bag in odd places. I bought a TNF Makalu because it doubles well for snowboarding or in town and is definitely warmer and drier having a wind and waterproof membrane.
Nath93 - on 10 Sep 2013
In reply to Stuart the postie: Never had a problem with mines so far, older models are better suited with the two way zips to help with belaying.

I tend to run pretty hot though so worth bumping up the insulation if you feel the cold more.
top cat - on 11 Sep 2013
In reply to climber34neil:
> (In reply to sethmford) outdoorgb doing the flux for 112 at moment
But no stock in L or XL.................same story everywhere??? Unless someone knows better??

mark burley - on 11 Sep 2013
In reply to top cat: what colour do you want. Ultralight outdoor gear have red and blue in large but 25 over budget.
Check Montane.com online dealer page for other suppliers
mattrm - on 11 Sep 2013
In reply to sethmford:

Paramo Torres is nice and warm.

I have used a Montane Prism for belaying in before now.

Rab are selling the Plasma hoodie, for 100 which looks nice and warm. Certainly the right weight.
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Stuart the postie - on 11 Sep 2013
In reply to BnB:

I have the older Prism (25gram fill), not warm enough IMO. It's a great midlayer under a shell, thin, slick, not as a stand alone piece to stay warm in.

Usually if somethings warm enough to belay, it's a pain to hang off your harness and I don't like climbing hard routes with a sack, which is the kinda routes you really NEED one for!!!!

Something is better than nothing though.

Stuart

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