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Gear

Jan 26, 2017

Misti: A Jacket for All Seasons

Misti, Mishmi Takin's two-layer soft-shell jacket is the perfect companion for autumn and spring, and has your temperature regulated to the T.

WRITTEN BY

Meesha Holley


Designed
to keep your body regulated in fluctuating temperature conditions, and dry and ventilated when caught out in a sudden downpour, the Misti is a two layer soft-shell jacket by Mishmi Takin, named after the 19,000ft active stratovolcano in Southern Peru.

I am well acquainted with the climates this jacket was designed for, after years of tackling the many faces of the British weather, leaving you in a constant battle applying and removing layers upon layers of clothing. 

Sadly, the initial testing of the jacket was done in the comfort of an air conditioned office, tackling the sweltering 40+ Celsius heat of Delhi summers—a far cry from the climate the designers at Mishmi Takin had intended [don’t worry, this isn’t a review done inside of a concrete building! And yes, you are on the correct website].

Soon the much anticipated cool of autumn arrived, and I was able to take the Misti for a spin to visit my partner in Dharamshala, in the Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh.

The day is clear and crisp as we depart on our afternoon hike that takes us to a lesser known location away from the more frequented trail to Triund and Dal Lake. The steep incline out of the Main Square up the forested Tushita road and over the top of Dharamkot increased our heart rates and made the chill in the air more pleasant. The warmth carried by the bright intervals of sunshine breaking through the trees gradually becomes more dominating as we reach the opening by Gallu Devi Temple.

Normally at this point I’d be inclined to remove layers, which either results in my backpack becoming bulky, hiding my essentials, or the discontent of having to readjust the jumper wrapped around my waist as I walk on. Instead, I open out the ‘pit zips’ and velcro cuffs to optimise airflow, and soon my temperature is regulated and I’m basking in the convenience of this jacket.

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Sat overlooking the basin of Gullu waterfall. Photo © The Outdoor Journal

For over an hour we trace a trail carved out alongside a protruding water pipe that supplies the surrounding residence with fresh glacier water, before the sights and sounds of the Gallu Devi waterfall reveals itself behind the wall of deodar trees. A woven line descends down mountainside into a deep turquoise basin that lies before us, where perched atop a boulder we find a moment of solitude as we watch the evolving clouds above us.

On our return to Mcleod Ganj, the temperature drops considerably as the night sets in, and the chill in the air shows itself in every exhale. I seal all possible outlets of the jacket, including the tightening the hood’s drawstrings, to retain maximum body heat within the jacket. My tolerance for the cold is very low, and usually I’d be bundled up like the Michelin man in the evenings in Dharamshala, but I was surprised to be comfortable in so few layers. Throughout the day my body temperature stayed well regulated, and as a result my energy levels were noticeably higher than usual.

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‘Pit zips’ enable airflow inside the jacket to prevent you from over heating © The Outdoor Journal

For the last couple of months the Misti has been my go-to, and so far I haven’t found a single flaw. My favourite aspect of the Misti is its ability to adapt to fluctuating weather with and temperatures, whilst staying lightweight. It’s the perfect accomplice for hiking or trail running during autumn and spring.

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The 2L soft-shell Misti comes in two colours purple/peach & teal/lime. Photo © The Outdoor Journal

Technical bits and bobs

  • 2 layer 4-way stretch fabric
  • Water resistant face fabric with Durable Water Repellant (DWR) finish
  • 165 gsm fleece lining
  • Passes rain test AATCC 35
  • Face Fabric – 86 % Polyester, 14% Spandex ; Fleece – 100 % Polyester
  • Wind resistant, yet highly breathable
  • Air permeability < 10 CFM
  • Twin zippered, hand-warmer pockets
  • Pit zips for improved venting and temperature control
  • Adjustable attached hood
  • YKK dual color vislon zippers, Velcro cuff adjusters, hem cinch cord.
  • Made in Vietnam

Cost : $150

Buy here

Feature Image: The shell of Misti is coated with Durable Water Repellant that passes the AATCC 35 rain test, and the inner lining is made from 165 gsm fleece. © The Outdoor Journal

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Adventurers & Explorers

Jun 29, 2018

Nixon Regulus: Timekeeping on the Engagés Greenland Expedition

During May of 2018, The Outdoor Journal reported on five French entrepreneurs who were traversing Greenland’s toughest terrain.

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WRITTEN BY

Maxime Lainé

Their goal was to complete 700km in 30 days. In the face of much adversity, the expedition finally made it home to Paris, having being trapped at the finish line without food, and unable to extract themselves due to bad weather.

You can read about those final few days here, and how Maxime Lainé reflected on the journey here.

Before leaving, Max and the Engagés team had to make key decisions regarding the kit that they would carry. One of those choices regarded timekeeping, and Max shares his experience of using a Nixon Regulus watch below.

The is the most impactful experience of my life… for now.

I crossed Greenland, from west to east, along the Polar Circle with 4 other entrepreneurs. It took 31 days to cross more than 550 kilometres of ice by foot, experiencing the harshest environment we had never faced. For this reason, we invested 6 months of preparation, mentally, physically, and planning our equipment. We tested and choose every piece of our equipment very carefully because eventually, our lives could depend on it.

We are very touched that some companies supported us in this crazy adventure, all in their own way. This was the case for Nixon, the watch brand. Via my role as co-founder of Weesurf, I have already had the chance to work with them.

I was very impressed by their will to take risk, and to give a chance to a young startup. That’s what I liked. As such, I decided to knock to their door again, this time with the opportunity to share with them another, but a very different adventure.

Juliette, Angélique and Louis from Nixon, provided each member of the Engagés team with the Nixon Regulus 46MM.

This watch was with us throughout our adventure, it faced the same extreme conditions that we faced, and today I’m still wearing it in one piece as I write this article (which isn’t the case for my toes). For this reason, I want to share with you some key points about this watch, and what makes it’s different.

Resistance

This is the most resistant watch I have ever had. As a surfer, I used to have a lot of them, but no other had ever convinced me that it is truly resistant. We were consistently facing extreme temperatures reaching up to -40°C, and still I never had any battery or display problems.

Weight

At first glance, it might look quite heavy, but is actually surprisingly light. For obvious reasons, this was a key point for us, we needed to carry as little weight as possible. The Regulus passed the test.

Features

The Regulus has what you need: a clock, stopwatch, alarm and timer. However, there is one feature that I particularly appreciate, much like the world clock on our phone, you can set two different times. It was very helpful for us to know what time it was in France, when we wanted and needed to think about our friends and family. When we were thinking about what they were doing at that very moment while we were on our side of the world facing the harsh environment. It helped us keep moving forwards, no matter what. It helped us overcome those daily challenges, and make it to the other side of Greenland.

Bracelet

Throughout the whole expedition, I didn’t take it off, when were setting up the camp, when we were walking, when we were sleeping, when we were cooking, when we were fixing stuff… it never broke. There is an extra element that keeps the bracelet well locked, as if it was made from just one piece, so it fits perfectly to your wrist.

Design

The watch might look quite big off the wrist, but the buttons are smoothly incorporated into the watch, so clothes did not stuck when we had to remove or put them on quickly. More than anything, the buttons are easy to tap, even when wearing gloves. This is a huge advantage because that last thing that you want to do is remove our several pairs of gloves when it was -40C.

Style

Robust and modest. It just rocks.

If you would like to find out more about the Nixon Regulus, then you can do so here.

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