Yeti 2010

That blue monster above is the Yeti Professional Jacket, the biggest and most badass of the Yeti range which is now available in the UK.
It’s not all arctic extremes though, there’s some properly lightweight gear in there too. I had a look through the range last month when I was down south and was loathed to leave some of it behind as I drove from the showroom straight home.
Above is the Solace vest, and below the Purity jacket, 180g and 240g respectively. Both 800+ Eu fill and with Toray’s world beating down-proof face fabric. Both pack into your trouser pocket, and having learned that if down is handled well (Yeti is hand-made in Germany) pack size is not related to warmth, it’s the quality of the components and construction that supply that. So, I’d be expecting good things from these.
I love the look as well, that slanty front baffling is gallus.

This green hoody is the Barricade Jacket, which is hiding a lot of grunt under that olive green bonnet.
It’s got unusual sloping-box chambers to try and keep a fat wedge of down sitting to attention at all times to maximise heat capacity,there’s stretch seams in back areas (which you can see above), and there’s synthetic fill mixed into shoulder area for better wear protection. The shell is Pertex Microlight with a beefy DWR, the fill is 700+ 90/10 European down and it looks to be a general hard-wearing piece as opposed to just hill-wear.
They way our winters are going maybe we’ll all end up with stuff like this in our winter wardrobes instead of denim jackets.

The hoodless bag below is the V.I.B. 150, a 415g minimalist affair with 800+ fill and unusually for this spec of bag, a full-length zip.
The mat in the photies is Yeti too, a Daybreak I think (?!), which are available here too.

 

Two extremes here. Above is the Passion One, the worlds lightest down bag they say at 265g and 320g for the medium and large sizes. For that you get 100g of 900+ down fill, a full-length zip and and a few square yards of Toray’s amazingly fine LightyGram RipStop Nylon inside and out. It’s stitch-through, but balance that with the 900 down, and from experience this will be warmer than it looks and boost a bigger bag well into the minus degrees world if used as a liner.

Below is the V.I.B. 1200 which was about two feet high before I even got in it. It’s well out of my sphere of operations, but I always marvel at this stuff and the frankly insane temperatures it’s designed to operate at, -43°C extreme rating for this bugger for example.
The footbox is multi-layered, there’s 1250g of 800-fill down in it, and like all the Yeti kit you can’t help but marvel at the quality of it. Don’t need it, just want it.

Another view of the V.I.B. above. It’s like the Rolling Stones big lips logo isn’t it? Although there’s more chance of this sleeping bag having written more than one good song in the last 30 years…

Below is the Powerizer 750 , it has water resistant sides and back, a water resistant zip and 700+ down fill. I like this idea better than a fully waterproof down bag. I have visions of the down never fully drying out, and whether that’s accurate or not, I’m not alone in having that notion, so this should appeal to some fence sitters on the matter. Plenty of bags get extra water protection on the head and foot, this is just a sensible extension of that.

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff, non-down technical clothing, various mats and variations of the bags above. Accessories too like the Professional Down Shoes below, and the quality looks to be top end, no doubt.
I’ll have plenty more to say when I get some road miles on some test kit.

23 thoughts on “Yeti 2010

  1. Just registered so go easy on me eh?

    The Yeti Passion One is very interesting – huge €’s to own one mind.

    On Down, Fill Power and Performance, I discovered the “International Down & Feather Laboratory” – I’m not joking – you’ll find them at http://www.idfl.com.

    Here’s an interesting statement I found on their site about the ‘recovery’ properties of down: “Unless chemically or thermally mistreated, no matter how hard the down is twisted or compressed, it can (like naturally curly hair) return to its original form. In metallurgy this phenomenon is known as “memory effect”. In the case of the protein macromolecules (the building blocks of down and feathers), warmth and moisture support this (re-)activation of the structural memory. When customers use a duvet, a sleeping bag or a down jacket they exude moisture and warmth and the down cluster “opens up”. This helps to increase the insulation value of the product, which may have been hard compressed for a long period of time.”

    How does that tie-in with everyone’s “field experience”?

  2. Kate, you can lean sideways until they’re straight and really confuse folk.

    Gable, interesting info that. One of the things a lot of folk are telling me is that they’re coating the down in various “stuff” to help with water repellancy. I wonder if that will screw up the down’s natural qualities and shorten it’s life as it’s always getting compressed for packing?
    I show my down no mercy, I crush it into waterproof compression sacks and it does come back to life every time, unlike synthetic which does start to die and go flat after a while.
    I do swap the gear around a lot these days so, it’s probably getting off quite lightly with me.

  3. PTC, got it…crush and be damned. Didn’t know that manufacturers are coating the down. As IDFL says that the users body warmth and moisture helps restore the down’s structural memory, it might be interesting to hear what your manufacturer contacts say about that sometime?

    IDFL also says FULL recovery of down structure can take days depending on compression (Articles section). Implies 2 performance phases for down: loft your bag/jacket/booties etc. (big effect I guess), then simply wearing/using will also gradually restore the optimal down structure and efficiency (2nd but maybe still pretty important effect).

  4. I’m in the ptc* school on squishing down; rather necessary in my case for sleeping bags since my summer bag is -5c rated! But I let it go free-range in large storage bags when back home.

  5. Actually minature baffles might be popular but really are baffling ;) (extra seams surely not smart for all sorts of reasons?!)

    They must like zips to keep one on the passion 1!

    The more serious problem that these people have is where the current exchange rate seems to be leaving their prices in comparison to PHD.

    Still its nice to see really good, light stuff getting into shops :)

  6. You could slide one of those V.I.B. 1200 bad boys over this way ;-) I’ll find somewhere cold enough to try it out! Damn it looks hellishly difficult to get out of first thing in the morning. Nothing to do with the zips or cut, just too damn comfortable!

    The Powerizer 750 looks perfect for single-skin floorless shelter camping on snow.

  7. The Yeti extreme has some serious hoodage!

    I like the look of the passion one… Show down, PHD Ultra vs Passion One. Could the colour swing it?

    I currently have an old ME Dewline which is desperate for a sparring partner. Which would you choose?

  8. I was watching Dune just the other day :o)

    Gable, I agree with the points about time and body heat restoring the down. After unpacking I see down gear improving as the night goes on, and by morning my down jacket looks like a catalogue photie and my bag is always fat looking.
    I must admit part of my harsh treatment is due using test kit, I really do try and upset it to see what happens.

    Kate, I nearly cooked one night last summer in my Minim Ultra :o)

    Martin. some of the reasoning for small baffles seems to be better down distribution and fill shift, it stays put rather than ending up all at one end of the baffle by morning, which I’ve had in the past.
    The cold spots seem to be more in number, but as the actual surface is more uniform (smaller dips and peaks from baffle to stich line), the potential heat-lost area should be less. We’d need proper lab testing for this stuff though, so for now it’s all just “looks like it could be right”.

    Holdfast, it does look like it would attach itself to your arse and make escpae impossible. The Powerizer does lend itself to possibilities doesn’t it.

    Kiff, that show-down is exactly what I though of. It’s using the Minim Ultra that means I’m willing to take a Passion onto the tops and see how I get on with it.
    That zip is the big difference though.
    What to chose? That’s such a hard one, I happily trust PHD down with my well-being, and on paper the Yeti kit matches up. We just need to try it out there.

    Is that yYti on the shopping list Ange?

  9. Pete,
    Seeing you in that Solace vest – really ought to be filled with Quantum – prompts me to pass on a warning about dodgy advertising; not a reference to your poses, of course!
    The latest Trail mag, featuring your good self waxing lyrical on the Rab Demand, carries an inside back cover ad. for GoOutdoors, who due to the location of their stores, have had a good income from me of late. This ad is unremarkable except that it had a Rab Generator vest for £13.50. The website, typically still shows £67 as the their stores all week. An email to their website produced the response that as the ad has run this week they are sold out and stock was unlikely to be replaced before the offer ended. The shops in Essex do have stock as does the website so I can only conclude the ad was in error.
    Shame as though I love my Prism 2.0, a £14 Generator vest woudl have been great.

  10. Ange, never give up. That’s letting “them” win. “Them” can be pretty much anything or anybody you want too.

    A £14 Generator vest would have been handy, two even, one to keep one for ebay…

    I’ll expand on that wee Demand review soon, I absolutely love it.

  11. Yep, really would have been but it is a tale of woe, misinformation, shite customer service, headless chickens, one hand not informing the other etc and wasted time all round. I would say more but on this matter at least, I am too livid to type.
    Looking forward to more on the Demand though. Not really seen any Rab 2010 stuff so it looked like Montane stole a march on them. I’ll be visiting the Rab factory store in April and may have to ask a more responsible adult to hold my wallet when I get near the waterproofs and vapour-rises.

    By the way, I think trail should let you do some of the full reviews as that white-haired (the jealousy of a slap-head) must be running out of poses by now?

  12. Too true, but it keeps internet retailers and specialist stores in business I guess. Any recommendations Pete for a 30-40 litre lightweight rucksack for day-long use? I had been thinking OMM, Vaude, Osprey and Deuter as starting points. I’m not ashamed to say that I am drawn towards those stretchy pockets for your windshirt that packs seem to have on them these days.

  13. I’ve done big Trail reviews in the past, 16 very similar sleeping bags make your eys go funny…

    The new Rab kit is good, sleeping bags as well as clothes. It’s the same all over, the recession seems to have brought out the best (the fighting spirit?) in all the brands.

    30/40 litre pack? The OMM Jirishanca is a long-time favourite, but I’ve got other packs on test just now that are looking just as good. I’ll have some update over the next couple of weeks for some of thoese.

  14. Cheers Pete will keep an eye out for your Rab and pack updates. Proper bag testing must be hard really. To me, if it works really well I’d be asleep and not noticing zip issues and whatnots (technical term).

  15. I am, as of this afternoon, the ridiculously pleased owner of a £13.50 Rab Generator Vest. I’ve joined the league of Gillet owners at last for the price of a bad meal.
    All I can say is persistence, unlike patience, isn’t its own reward, but a nice primaloft vest is.
    That’s all my luck used up now for a while.

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