Finally back testing kit!
Posted: Nov 03 2011
Weather at the start of the walk was about 6 celcius and windy, so had the following kit on:
Brynje Super Thermo T-Shirt
Brynje Sprint Zip polo
Brynje Skald Soft Shell
Brynje Skald mountain hat
Brynje Super Thermo Boxer shorts
I was nice and warm in the kit as we started along the valley floor towards the steep walk up Y Garn. The windproof Skald Jacket and hat did a good job keeping the cold wind out, and keeping my head warm. As we started to climb I warmed up a bit (to be expected!), and started to sweat. However, the Super Thermo T-shirt started working straight away drawing the moisture away, while my body was able to breath through the open cells. As advertised, the sprint shirt then started to take up the moisture being passed on by the T-shirt underneath. However, with a Soft shell over the top, it was only a matter of time before heat started to build up. Fortunately, there are a lot of options for venting the Skald jacket including massive under arm vents with a handy double zip. One criticism maybe is that the zips are a little difficult to operate without a small lanyard on them (simple fix though). Once I had vented, we carried on up on to the top of the ridge. I also vented the Skald hat, which is a brilliant idea! Of course, I quickly learned to only vent on the leeward side of my head! Fortunately there are zips on both sides.
Anyway, weather at the top was 4 Celsius and windy. The kit was perfect, and I was able to close up the vents to keep the heat in as the work rate slowed down as we scrambled along the steeper part of the ridge. Once up and over the very wet and slippery scramble, the ridge opens out to a nice path and the views also open up as the cloud began to lift.
Once down in the valley, it was much warmer and not much wind, so the hat and soft shell came off. The Sprint zip polo was wet from all the hard work, but this was fine since the mesh (and my body where more or less dry.....clammy is probably a better term). This meant I was warm, even though the outer shirt was wet. That's exactly how the system should work, and that's why I rate Brynje so highly.....it does what it says on the box!
The final push was to get up and over the saddle separating us from Rhyd-ddu and back through the forest. The day kept getting warmer, and so it was a nice pleasant stroll through the forest and fields back to the car.
The kit gave an excellent account of itself, and so we celebrated with a pint at the Cwellyn Arms in front of an open fire! Cheers!