Alain Brouillaud

Alain Brouillaud

Alain Brouillaud's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Alain Brouillaud's Bio

I now ski on the Dupraz D2 "White Curve"ski... with its asymmetrical profile of 155-103-135, this ski is a total winner on piste and off!!

Alain Brouillaud

Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I returned the iON goggle and exchanged it for the Eclipse. I have had three ski days so far and I am extremely satisfied! The fit for me is just right for both my face and helmet. I appreciate the Polarized lenses on those sunny days. The lens performs great in low light... flat light must be respected otherwise you will hurt yourself. What a joy it is NOT to change lenses during the day! This is for the skier who is passionate and expects quality. There are other really good ski goggles. Alpina for instance makes a sun lens that connects to your goggle with a built-in magnet. The Eclipse has met all my expectations/requirements. I hope I never forget them somewhere!

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was super excited for the iON. I went to Zermatt for a day of skiing. The conditions were low light in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. The positive factor is that you don't have to attach anything to your helmet. The negative is that the camera films the snow more than anything else. Skiers have to look down otherwise you will probably fall. I (personally) like to see the whole background - mountains, clouds etc. - I don't get that with the iON. I also had issues with the microphone... it picked up my voice well but doesn't eliminate the wind noise at all. I was skiing at speeds near 90kmh. The lens on the goggle is superb. I saw everything in low light just fine. The lens adapts well to the Sun but it isn't Polarized. Zeal (I'm sure) will fix this problem in the future. I would also advise an external microphone component in the next iON. I ended up returning the goggle. I would say the iON needs improvement. C'mon Zeal... get it right the next time!

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on February 12, 2012

5 5

I just finished skiing at Lech/Zurs, Austria, during the week of Feb. 4 - Feb. 11, 2012. The early A.M. temperatures were (on average) -27C/-16.6F. The average mid-day temperatures was (on average) -17C/+1.4F. I said in my earlier post I would wear an Atom LT under the Micon if temperatures were brutal... I did! I was NEVER cold and I left the vents open all the time. We did have one day where the temperatures warmed to -5C/23F... I was TOO WARM with the Atom LT under the Micon. On a normal day all U have to wear is a base layer under the Micon jacket... that's it!!

I understand most skiers use the base, mid & outer layer scheme. The Micon is your mid & outer layer on a normal ski day. Very cold temperatures (I think) do require some sort of mid-layer. I think the Atom LT is best! You could also use RHO AR Top with success as well or any mid/heavy fleece. I must stress ONLY IN VERY COLD WEATHER!

Don't take my word for it... wear it :-)

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on December 17, 2011

5 5

I just skied with the "Micon" Jacket at Saas-Fee, Switzerland in snowy conditions w/moderate winds.

This jacket compares w/Patagonia's "Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket". The "Micon" is over 500grms lighter, has way better vented pit zips - mine were open all the time - and (IMO) a simpler design... "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Steve Jobs

I wore an Icebreaker GT baselayer under the jacket and nothing else. I was warm all the time. I would not wear this jacket on a spring day, this is meant for cold, nasty weather. Leaving the lined pit zips open will keep your temperature regulated... no worries at all. I did keep a "Sigma AR" vest in my pack just in case. Layering with an "Atom LT or SV' would only make sense if the temperatures were brutal!

The "Micon" is worth every penny in my book ;-)

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on July 13, 2010

5 5

I put this shirt through a hot day in NYC. The temperature was in the low 90's and I was comfortable. The amazing thing is that the shirt doesn't have a vent or pit zip. I don't know how ARC'TERYX keep coming up with the goods, this shirt is a must if U really appreciate a good looking technical shirt! My only regret is I should've bought a couple of long sleeve Skyline shirts as well!

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on March 11, 2005

5 5

Hello "Gearheads"! Arc'Teryx does it again... so what else is new eh? The Sigma AR has Gore Windstopper and pit zips. The Sigma will work on the slopes, X-C in the woods, open the zips and your bike ride won't be a sweatfest! I bought the Salsa from backcountry.com, and I've gotten a lot of compliments already. I also own the Gamma MX, but the Sigma AR gets the nod in nasty, windy conditions. I'm looking forward 2 my bike rides when the snow melts! BUY IT!

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Alain Brouillaud wrote a review of on October 19, 2004

5 5

I must admit I wear the Covert Crew more around town, than as a insulating piece under my Sidewinder SV.

On the slopes, I used the Covert Crew as a mid-layer and was quite warm. I think the Covert Crew would be perfect as your mid-layer for a soft shell jacket. The Covert Crew is very breatheable.

What makes the Covert Crew great? THE STYLE! Simple, classy and easy on the eye! The Covert Crew is first off the rack in my closet come wintertime... it will be on high rotation in your closet as well!

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