Aaron Hickey

Aaron Hickey

Aaron Hickey

Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on June 13, 2012

I'm just curious how this would fit with the Atom LT Hoody. I'm trying to save some money, so I was looking at the Beta SL. I know the Alpha LT would be the best shell to combine it with, but its a little too pricey. Considering how the Beta SL is part of the Beta line, is the drop hem going to be long enough to fully cover the hem of the Atom? If not, I might just wait to save up for the Fall '12 Black Alpha LT.

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Aaron Hickey wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

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Seeing as I have already reviewed the Sabre SV Jacket, I won't go in to much detail regarding the Stingray seeing as they are almost identical (with some key differences). This jacket is great, integrating technical design with a minimalist approach. It is extremely light compared to most Skiing/Snowboarding jackets out there. The fit, unlike the Sabre, is Athletic, which is perfect for someone like me, at 5'9" 130lb. The other thing I prefer over the Sabre SV, is the collar. At first I was skeptical of the collar, because most Arc'teryx layering pieces with collars run extremely short. The Stingray's collar is perfect; its really tall, but not too much to get in the way. It keeps the wind out, and prevents snow from falling down your neck if any snow accumulates in your hood.

All in all, I like this jacket more than the Sabre, not only for looks, but for its fit mostly. The ONLY reason I prefer the Sabre this year, is because of the color selection in the Stingray. I bought the Sulphur color, and immediately I thought to myself, Highlighter Yellow. It's almost the same as buying a completely White jacket. It WILL get dirty immediately if you're not careful. I like the color, seeing as I've always liked the color Lichen, but I can't get behind this color. The Sabre SV comes in the color Greenlight, which is too good to pass up. I would prefer this jacket much more over the Sabre if only the Stingray had a good color selection.

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on December 1, 2011

Phase SV or AR? I live in New Mexico, and will be using one in combination with the 2011-12 Stingray Pant, which is Gore-Tex Soft Shell. Believe it or not, it does get somewhat cold here, and we do have plenty of skiing/snowboarding. Any ideas? I'm also looking at which top to go with as well. I have the Alpha LT with the Atom LT (jacket instead of hoody this time) to layer with.

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on October 2, 2011

So I just received my Vertical SV glove, and one thing I noticed between this and the Alpha glove is the liner. Is the liner inside the Vertical supposed to be extremely baggy and large? The Alpha was nice and fitted around my fingers. Also, what size do you wear? I love these gloves, but I can't get the sizing right. The small's felt short, but now with the medium I feel like they are slightly too long, where my thumb doesn't move with the glove. I guess the only reason the original glove felt short is because it felt a little restricted only when extending my fingers out as far out as possible. I really wish I had the option to compare in store. Thanks to anyone that can help! Seriously!

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on September 20, 2011

I'm not quite sure which glove to go with, the Alpha SV Glove or the Vertical SV? I like both, really, but I'm not sure which glove would be a better choice considering the length/style difference. Does anyone know which glove usually performs better? If I'm going to drop the cash on one of these, I want to make sure they will work to their full potential. I have to admit, the Alpha SV glove sounds much better, considering the possibility of being buried in snow. I feel like my sleeves will ride up on my Alpha LT with the Vertical glove.

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on July 24, 2011

So, I have the Cosmic 4D GTX Boot. I measured my foot inside REI, I was size 10 right on the dot. I have a narrow foot. The question I have is because, when I finally had them arrive, they felt really large. Anyone have some suggestions as to what to do? I was told I probably shouldn't go below a 10, but I feel like I should. Keep in mind, this is my first pair of backpacking boots. Thanks!

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on February 25, 2011

So is it just me or does the jacket version of the Gamma MX have a shorter cut than the rest of Arc's jackets? I have the Atom Hoody, and the Alpha SV. They all have the drop back hem. I'm wondering, does the hooded version of the Gamma have this feature? I just feel like its pointless for a jacket that is 98% windroof to be so short. Don't get me wrong, I realize it is for climbing with a harness, but I am looking for an all around jacket for Backpacking, Skiing, etc.. So if the Hooded version has this, I am definitely sold, because this is an amazing softshell.

Thanks, Aaron

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on December 21, 2010

Two Questions: First, when will the sizes come in a small or medium for the Totem color?!?! I don't have the pants yet because noone has the sizes, and I really need to get riding! Secondly, I am 5'8" 130lbs 30x32ish pant size. What size will be better? Medium or a Small? I wanted to keep layering somewhat in mind. Although I really doubt I will ever have to wear anything than a light baselayer. Just let me know! Thanks! :)

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on November 27, 2010

Which one would be a better layering piece: This or the LT? I had the LT before, and I remember being somewhat cold. But then again, it was Alaska and now I'm in New Mexico where its generally in the 30's and 40's so far in the day time. Nights are in the 20's and 30's, but its still not even winter yet. Don't let the name New Mexico fool you, its nothing like Arizona here. Its a very high elevation desert, so it does get cold. Not Alaska cold, but still. I am going to be using either jacket for snowboarding in northern New Mexico and Colorado this winter. Anyone out there that has actually tried this jacket out? I liked the LT but it still seemed very light in the insulation it provides. Any kind of answer besides "well it has 100 grams so..." I have read all of the descriptions, I'm just wondering if anyone has tried it out yet, since it is fairly new to the Arc'teryx line. Thanks. Oh and I'll be layering it with the Alpha LT.They have a video with the SV and LT together on that page

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on August 4, 2010

So I just bought the Theta AR jacket, it is made in Canada and I love it but I am considering getting the Beta AR instead. I wanted to know the length difference.. I have the Alpha SL in a medium and it fits perfect on me. My Theta is rather big, and it doesn't help that it fits so long. So if anyone can help me figure out the sizing, thanks! Oh and I forgot to mention, I am 5'8" 130lbs.
I am scared to get a small because the Alpha SL is perfect in the medium, and I personally don't like switching up the sizes for particular jackets..

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