Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold

Alaska

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Andrew's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering

Andrew's Bio

Student athlete (XC Runner&Skier) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Raise Alpine pack goats.

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on August 4, 2012

5 5

I have waited a while to give this jacket a review, and give it a bit of abuse too.
This jacket gets a 5 star rating, only because i can't give it anything higher.

This jacket makes me look forward to the rainy windy snowy days all summer long (the ones that seem to be getting more common in the Anchorage area. . .), and is the perfect shell for me for backcountry skiing. also is the only "rain jacket" i have used since i got it.

The very simple design (no pockets, half zip, one small stash pocket) helps keep the weight down, and it also prevents zipper pulls and pockets to get in the way or cause discofort.

This is the closest to a truly "waterproof breathable" fabric i have ever used. It breathes fantastically, while still having all of the waterproofing necessary. i have run in the rain for hours at a time and stayed dry, while not getting clammy and stuffy and sweaty on the inside of the jacket! it's great!

for me the fit is ideal. i'm pretty skinny (5' 11", 147lbs), and it fits with a bit of baggyness. this is what i want, because it makes for a perfect fit over an insulation layer (usually i am using either the 1/4 zip Moutain Hardwear Zonal (ideal because both are 1/4 zips), OR Transcendant Hoody, Montbell UL Thermawrap Hoody; in colder [below -5 Fahrenheit or colder] i have worn the Rab Infinity underneath, and that with it's much bulkier size has fit just fine!). when worn alone the fit is good too, not too loose, so it does not get in the way or caught in stuff. comfortable for running, nordic skiing, activity with lots of motion.

The cuffs are great! i love the removal of the velcro strap (personal preference i know), but i have liked it, and it is much nicer for colder conditions and snow. the only thing about the jacket that i do not like however, is the tightness of the little thumbcuffs that they have put in place, and the reason i would like it a little bit more loose is that i like to pull the sleeves up to just below the elbows during high output activities, and with the cuffs it is impossible for me to do that, though sometimes i can pull them up to the small point above the elbow, and it sits a bit too snugly there. but, i realize that the tightness ensures the ideal fit for when you are wearing the cuffs. (i do realize that most people do not pull up their sleeves, so this would be perfect, and not an issue at all. for me, it is not really an issue at all, just something to think about.) also, when it is really rainy the cuffs can get wet if you aren't careful with them, i suggest retracting the cuffs up the arm a little bit inside of the jacket, as this keeps them dry and out of the way, and has worked splendidly for me.

Great jacket, and totally worth spending a lot of money to get a shell that truly works great! to me a great shell is the most important piece of clothing to have, and this one really is the best.

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Andrew Arnold wrote an answer about on November 29, 2011

Sam, i think you may have made a typo, or were misinformed... CH4 is actually the coldest wax in the swix CH line up. they do not have the correct picture of it on the website, but it is one of the ordering options. it is essentially the same at START Green. CH6 should be similare to START Blue. if it is really cold out use CH4, then scrape and brush with a bronze brush two to three times, and that should be fine. if you are really concerned about top speed as soon as you start skiing, you can brush with a nylon to top it off.

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Andrew Arnold wrote an answer about on November 29, 2011

i have owned them both and prefer the R2 to the Monkeyman. yes the monkeyman is a warmer jacket, but it is heavier. and the monkeyman shows wear on the fuzzy fleece more than the R2. also for me the R2 definitely fits better, which is very important for me as i use it for layering. also, the R2 packs down smaller for more room in the pack. another improvement is that the elbows on the R2 are not the fuzzy fleece, as that is one area that tends to get worn quickly, where as my Monkeyman is super worn down on the elbows. this is just my opinion, i know that some people really like the monkeyman, and it seemed great to me, until i got the R2, and now i stopped using my monkeyman.

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

5 5

Perfect layering fleece, they improved the chest pocket to be more durable (the old one with the black pocket sections seemed to fall apart), the jacket is perfect to be a warm layer under any shell, and is able to breathe well when you are producing your own heat. to be clear, this jacket has no wind protection, which shouldn't be required, as this is a layering tool. very comfortable under a shell. great fleece!

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

5 5

Fantastic Jacket, but do not expect it to be very warm. Warmth is somewhere between the Patagonia R1 and R2, but very durable and well designed technical jacket. i love this jacket, but would advise someone who is going to be using it in below freezing temperatures as a simple layer to look for something a little bit warmer. fantastic to use while moving and working hard in colder temperatures, breathes well, but not warm enough to be worn alone when the thermometer dips down.

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

3 5

very light, thin. packs small. Not the most comfortable jacket, but works well as an insulation layer on the move to go under a shell, but fill tends to poke through and become uncomfortable. great for Alpine Touring though, as it is light and packs small. could be more comfortable and have more durable shell material. Not a good option if looking for one insulating jacket for all purposes.

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

5 5

Fantastic cold weather coat, can walk around in -40 F with just a t-shirt underneath, and stay warm, fleece on the collar is fantastic. hood is very functional (though silly looking). the torso is a little bit long, which is good, because at the temperatures this is for more coverage around the hips and waist is nice to have. great bitter cold jacket.

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Andrew Arnold wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

Great stand alone midweight down
5 5

Great Jacket to use alone. works well as a layering tool, but not the best in it's category. very comfortable, and good for around town. perfect if you want a jacket that will be great to pull on as you go out the door for any activity, always keep in the car or backpack. great jacket. lost some fill in the first month of owning it, but was a very small amount, and after that it has lost almost nothing in a year of hard use...

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