Alex D

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Alpine Touring
Camping
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Hiking
Snowshoeing

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Alex D wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

ok im 6 150lb, got the medium fits alright over the base layer , they are pretty warm no sure how much they can hold up to right now i got outside since its 19F to test my lt hoody and pants and im kind of surprised while wearing them with out base layer i didnt feel any cold at all , wind was about 5-10m/s.

anyways, i have about 6-7 arcteryx products and what ive noticed you can only use them exactly what they are made for nothing more while other companies make a bit havier shells and outer layers on hard shells or mid shells to get product lighter. After using couple arcteryx products i think better choice will be to go few grams heavier but durability will be much higher also as versatility. So im giving these pants a 4 for lack of versatility.


another thing they say ''Full length separating side zippers means you can easily enter or exit the Atom LT pants even in a cramped tent or when you're wearing boots'' OK yes you can... Who wears mountaineering boots inside the tent? Putting them on during climb or hike while you got hit by the cold yea i get it, but knowing temperature and condition of a trip i probably would have them on anyway before at start so i dont really get why they even have those full zips there to be honest.

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Alex D wrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

ok i havent used them yet so just wanna say few words on initial impression build quality is good, fit very comfortable ( on my face) the first time i took them out of the box i thought i ve got the kids' version or something but when i put them on they fit perfectly. also very light and sides all covered very well.

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atleast a glued strap over the nose for padding for 1-2mm would make them complete.

you need a bachelors degree to take side covers off after playing for 10 min i just left them there while being scared of breaking anything, not a word about it in the manual.

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Alex D wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

just got them today, 150lb 6ft medium waist bit tight but everything else is baggy but its cool cause they gonna cover atom lt pants so no worries.

ive had beta sl jacket which is not waterproof at all but these i just put under small test in the sink under running water for about 20 min and they withheld water very good inside everything was dry, the only drawback is full zips and the price ;) but overall pretty good , packs approx to a size of can of soda

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Alex D wrote a review of on October 15, 2013

5 5

got it a while back , found it a good use during sandy, charges 2k+mah phone approx in under 3h time. a bit heavy but very solid and scratch and short drop proof.

anyone tried to charge ipad mini? wont charge it. very hard to calculate how many watts this unit is some say around 30 most shops say its 10watts no amps info no wattage info , not sure if you could even charge laptop with it or even use , ipad mini needs 10 watts and it wont charge with it , was using it flat at 12-1pm right under the direct sun cant figure out how to make it work, no extra adapters or anything else was used simply ipad mini to solar panel by usb. the good thing is it does charges cell phones pretty good in low light while other portable solars dont even work in low light so i was assuming it has some higer wattage then 10watts.

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Alex D wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

got it on sale at other store prices for these i see dropping like crazy ive got it couple months back but havent notices that its not 3 layer but still it says ''garanteed waterproof''....

anyways had it 3 or 4 times under somewhat heavy rain, inside the hood had drops of water , shoulders also got wet even though i was outside for 5 min max .

returned it first chance i had.

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Alex D wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ive got the 95 black did couple hikes with it weight was approx 35-40lb which is as i see nothing for this kind of pack , but very comfortable many adjustments make perfect fit up hill down hill doesnt matter, side straps make pack go slimmer if you dont carry much which is a huge plus. Durability seems pretty good, love the side pockets which can be used for many thing such as canteens any flat objects and i ve seem couple people caring rifles with a stock in a water pocked and tighten up with side straps which makes it amazing i think. Top lead is detachable can be worn as belt bag on the front but more comfortable when its on a back.

Not sure if its me but i havent seen anyone wearing the lid as a backpack.
IF you connect both small straps and wear it as a backpack you can strap a belt around your chest im not sure if it was intended or not by the design but you easily can do it , lid was packed with about 15-20lb and performed pretty good ( thanks to wide belt) .

I would suggest getting getting back/orange version because in the winter days it will help melting snow if you under the sun at least i got it with this intention.

Also want to add who ever is into light backpacking yes its abit heavy BUT belt , aluminium back support are removable.

the only two things ididnt like about it are: no small pouches on the front of the belt and when you open the lid and its loaded it draws the backback on the ground ive tried front back same thing only if you disconnect all 4 and pick it up and flip it then backpack itself doesnt move not a big deal but still i like the idea of removable lid but when packing and unpacking there something sould be done with design .

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Alex D wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

Ive got the first version of this bag about two years ago with a big red stripe in the middle gotta say besides its super warm it has a collar super adjustable hood , glow in dark zipper handle , pocket for head lamp/flashlight etc.

the only disadvantage is size.. i can deal with 6lb but the compression alone will take 40-50 litter pack easy. but overall size/price/warmth it still worth it because -20F+liner or 0F + few liners will weight and take as much size

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Alex D wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

I was looking for something waterproof and warm and in my opinion these boots just IT... you can stand in high wind in the water or snow at 15F ( having good whool thick socks) with out even knowing how cold it is outside.

Besides they are super warm and waterproof they are super soft and grip pretty good on snow and rocks ( hiking). No need for microspikes or gaters and for this price Salomon just kills every other shoe. Inside of the shoe is very comfortable and design is made so your foot doesnt move at all even if its sideways and you slide into snow of the rock. Highly recommended using them for 2 years for hikes and commute and not 1 scratch.

Wish Salomon would enforce the soles abit for crampons in my opinion thats the only thing away from these shoes being perfect.

im usually 10.5/11 and i got them in 10.5 they were a bit tight on thick sock but walked it off a bit and they are perfect now but i do suggest get half a size larger from sneaker size you wearing.

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Alex D wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

ehh
3 5

Hate to do this because i love Arcteryx but these gloves dissapointed me before i even used them. Got them a month before i was going to use them ( please notice i ve got made in china version ) not sure if these ever were made in canada but anyways. Tried them on arrival and felt discomfort right away the fabric on the inside joins wasnt cut enough so i had to fold them inside out and cut the labels and pieces of fabrics on the inside so they wont poke my hands, no biggie but then it was snowing outside was high 20s ive decided to come outside and just see how they feel , they grab very nice if u hold anything in your hand a knife rope or pole they hold it amazingly but if temperature drops bellow 40F you will be warmer with out them literally i was hiking on the move in mid 30s with 15-20mph wind it made me colder then i was with out them for some unknown reason and after i grabbed stones and few trees to pull myself up right glove ripped right infront of me so then i put some glue on the joint on top of both gloves because i ripped off by myself the other one with ease so i figured id put some super glue over both of them . The area on top of the glove is very sensitive when u grab to something or make a fist because of the insulation padding foam inside when you make a fist front fabric picks up and pulls wrist part which creates alot of pulling force but my left glove i ripped it myself very easily so i think its either defect or they didn't put enough glue on the factory.

dont get me wrong they feel very nice and gram extremely nice i will continue using them but only 40F+ . i would recommend make a stitching on top of the glove or put some crazy glue over them just incase

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