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MOUNTAIN KHAKIS RENDEZVOUS
TEST SERIES BY FRANCES PENN
November 08, 2013
NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: oldhikergirl AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Santa Ana, California
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
I have been backpacking for six years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with two or more 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight, including food and water, is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight, including food and water, is usually 26-30 lb (12-14 kg) depending on the need for a bear canister. I have recently converted to a tarp, bivy and quilt sleeping system instead of a tent. I have experienced all night rain, hail, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Mountain Khakis
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.mountainkhakis.com" LINK TEXT = "www.mountainkhakis.com">>
MSRP: US $120.00
Listed Weight: 8.8 oz (300 g)
Measured Weight: 10.7 oz (303 g)
Material: 100% Merino Wool
Colors Available: Oxblood and Black
Color Tested: Oxblood
Sizes Available: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
Size Tested: Small
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The Rendezvous Quarter Zip is a long sleeve Merino wool pullover designed to be worn as an insulating layer over a base layer. The photos show the women's athletic fit, the longer torso length, the thumb holes to keep the sleeves from being pulled up by arm movement, the zippered napoleon pocket, the stand-up collar, and the flatlock stitching. The Rendezvous is a medium weight pullover meant for use in cooler temperatures.
The Rendezvous is constructed of 100% Merino wool. The first thing I noticed is how soft the material feels. There is no scratchy or itchy feeling from the wool.
The Rendezvous has a 3 in (7 cm) stand up collar. The collar also lays down flat when partially or fully unzipped.
The reverse coil zipper is 11 in (28 cm) long and features a locking mechanism. The zipper has an interior storm flap with a rollover chin guard at the top.
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The napoleon pocket fits flat across the left side of the chest for easy access to small items. The napoleon pocket measures 3 1/2 in (9 cm) wide with a zipper that is 5 1/2 in (14 cm) long. The Rendezvous has flatlock stitching at critical seams. The inside has a soft fleece lining that looks and feels similar to my other fleece tops.
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The cuffs are 2 1/4 in (6 cm) long with thumb holes that are lycra reinforced along the edges.
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The website indicates that every garment is under a full warranty to the original owner against manufacturer's defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase.
The instructions on the tag inside the shirt indicate to machine wash in cold water, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not iron, do not dry clean and lay flat to dry.
TRYING IT OUT
When I first put it on, I noticed the tight fit. I selected a small size because I wanted the top to fit close to my skin. I put it on over a tight fitting base layer as I would normally wear a fleece. The sleeves fit my arms tight. In the process of putting it on, I had to pull the material halfway around my arms to adjust the sleeve seams to the proper location under my arms. The sleeves are long enough to completely cover my arms and to fit my thumbs into the holes. This is quite unusual for me. Usually sleeves don't reach below my wrists. I really enjoy having sleeves long enough to cover the backside of my hands to act as a sunshade.
Once I am able to get this top properly situated, I find it very comfortable to wear. The quarter zip runs down to my sternum which is long enough to provide many different venting options for varying conditions and allows for easy on and off. The zipper is longer than the zippers on most of my other tops. When the zipper is all the way up, the top rubs on the bottom of my chin. I prefer it zipped down an inch or two and just left open, similar to the pictures above.
The minute I put it on and got it situated correctly on my arms, the Rendezvous instantly replaced my standard fleece pullover. All of the features of the Rendezvous combine to make this my favorite layering piece of clothing. I took a quick hike at a local neighborhood park and was pleasantly surprised with the fit, the moisture wicking, the breathability and the overall comfort of the Rendezvous. The bonus is the sleeves are long enough to cover the backs of my hands when my thumbs are in the holes. I don't need to wear my sunscreen gloves.
Even though this top may be worn as a base layer against my skin, I would always wear this top over a base layer to provide the option of removing it if I get too warm.
Overall I like the comfort, fit, feel and features of the Rendezvous. I look forward to testing it on the trail. Check back in two months for my Field Report.
Thank you to Mountain Khakis and BackpackGearTest.org for this testing opportunity.
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