Klymit 2013 Double Diamond Vest

Author wearing the Klymit 2013 Double Diamond at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California USA
Author wearing the Klymit 2013 Double Diamond Vest at Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California USA

Greetings Hikers,

For the past six months I have had the opportunity to use incredibly unique 2013 Double Diamond Vest manufactured exclusively by Klymit. This is a vest that stands apart from the rest of the hiking vest community. It does not have down inside of it, nor does it have synthetic material inside of it to help keep you warm. Rather it uses NobleTex insultion, which is the use of specific materials combined together with the noble gas called Argon. Klymit over the last year or two has perhaps become more known for its sleeping pads than its vests, which is all that Klymit originally offered when they got started back in August of 2007. They reminded the hiking world of the fact that they are also a clothing manufacturer in October of 2012 when they announced their Ulaar Jacket via a Kickstarter project.

For 2013 they also made a few changes to their flagship vest, the Double Diamond vest. It, like their sleeping pads and other garments, features their signature welding process for material – giving it that distinct tube style design. Just to put this out there as a disclaimer before I go any further, Klymit sent this vest to me for T&E and I was/am under no obligation to publicly share my thoughts on this vest. I was intending to return the vest within sixty days or so after getting it, but here I am almost 200 days later and I am still wearing, testing, and trying to find my full thoughts on this product. More and more I am trying to spend at least 200 days using a product before I write my thoughts about it. In the early days of my hiking and writing articles I had no problem pushing out an article with a product I only had for a few days or maybe a week or two. The internet is becoming flooded with gear reviewers who do articles after getting their product and maybe using it for a day or two, if at all.

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