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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

5 5

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 review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

I seriously love this jacket. Gore-tex Softshell really is a great fabric. It has just the right amount of insulation; not too much, but just enough to allow you to wear it by itself on a mild day. The details on this jacket are just perfect, combining technical fabrics with a minimalist design. I went with the color, Green Light, and couldn't be happier. The large pockets in the front are really easy to access. All in all, its a brilliantly designed jacket, with everything you need, and nothing you don't.

One thing I would like to address, is the sizing. The jacket runs about a half size large. To be safe I bought both sizes to really compare the two. Personally I liked the fit of the Small (5'9" 130lb), but the sleeve length/articulation is far superior Medium. So I am just warning those that don't like a relaxed fit, go with the Stingray. For only $25 more, you have basically the same jacket with an athletic fit, and tall collar to finish it off. The only reason I personally haven't gone with the Stingray, is Arc'teryx doesn't carry the jacket in my favorite color: Greenlight!

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Aaron Hickey wrote a question about on December 4, 2011

So here is my proposal for layering with this jacket: Sabre SV, Atom LT, Phase AR. For bottom: Stingray, Phase AR. Would this work for most conditions? Or would the Phase SV work better? It never gets ridiculously cold here so I don't want to be over heating if I went with the Phase SV.

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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 an answer about on August 29, 2011

The SV will definitely be warmer than the Down Sweater. The SV is fitted with 100 grams of synthetic insulation. I love both jackets, but the SV is definitely warmer. Maybe you can just get both and be extra warm :) Or you could go with the Fitz Roy Down Hoody! Oh yeah, there is also a new jacket out from Patagonia for Fall '11 called the High-Loft Down Sweater!

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Aaron Hickey wrote an answer about on July 25, 2011

I have a pair of hiking socks. I suppose I'm just used to my snowboarding boots. They are size ten, but then key to fitting boarding boots, is to have them tight but not constricting at all. After doing a bit of research, I learned about hiking boots having toe boxes, and some are generous. The reason I chose these over other boots, is the slim heel and ankle support. I have really skinny feet.

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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 26, 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 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 an answer about on February 8, 2011

I have the Alpha SL, I have had the Beta AR 2010, the Atom LT, and the Gamma MX. They all fit perfectly. I tried out the Sabre SV and it was huge. I know thats how it was suppose to fit, but I could have gone with the small. I just hate downsizing for specific jackets. I feel like it defeats the purpose of them designing the jacket the way they do. I don't know, I am 5'8" 130lb. I should probably just go for the small. I just hate ordering online because of this! Noone carries this in store. When I was in Alaska, everyone carried legit equipment. The closest store here is REI. But they only sell it online lol. I was planning on layering the SV with my Gamma mostly. Thanks for the help guys, I just wanna make sure before I drop $600 on a jacket lol

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