Benjamin Vincent

Benjamin Vincent

Uintas, Wasatch mountains, Utah skiing

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Good gear makes for a good day, great gear makes for a great day.

Benjamin Vincent

Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Nice, functional piece of gear for the little one. Kept him warm all winter on walks with the dog, outings to see christmas lights and any other outside activities. The design is really nice in that it can be a true bunting with just a sack area for his feet, or split into legs for carriers and car seats. The cactus green color got a lot of good compliments as well.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on March 21, 2013

4 5

Has everything your rain jacket needs, keeps the rain out and breaths. pockets are mesh so they double as extra venting. The hood has the pull tab w/velcro on the back so it adjusts to your head size/neck length. I generally like a chest pocket which this lacks, but minimal pockets keeps the weight down. The membrane of this jacket isn't the top as far as waterproof/breathable rating, but it does the job and performs above what you pay for at this price.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on February 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great casual jacket, very comfortable and pretty warm, and being fleece it breaths well. Cuffs are great, pockets are good and the hood fits a regular head. Only small complaint was the pocket zippers lack zipper pulls. Contacted TNF customer service and they sent me some no problem, matching color to my jacket even. Highly recommend if you're looking for the comfortably hoodie to bumb around in that you'll still have in 10 years.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

5 5

Very impressive that this packs into its own handpocket, which is awesome because the handwarmer pockets are microfleece lined so it becomes a nice fleecy pillow. Right amount of pockets in the right places and the hem drawstrings are NOT in the pockets which I like so much better. The cuffs are the best kind with velcro and some rubber stretch. For me, this is a great layer. Also sweet on it's own. It's on the light side, so it's good to about 40 degrees, 35F if you run warm but no more. Sizing is pretty true to size. I fall inbetween sizes and went up to make sure I could layer underneath if I wanted and it's not to baggy with just a long sleeved shirt underneath.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

5 5

Great design, weight is acceptable, and a pleasure to use. Same floor space as my last 3 man, but feels a full "man" bigger due to design. Takes more to set up than a simple 2-pole "x" design, but after doing it once it's quick and easy and the tent is sturdy.
Gear loft attaches with strings you have to tie, but it can be positioned more towards one end or the other. the plastic connectors for the cross top poles may be a weak point long term. Doors are "D" style so they stay off the ground when opened, and being at the ends (instead of the sides) allow any and all people in the tent access to both of them. No windows or vents in the fly, but those can end up a weak point anyway. And I still love that it's all clips and no sleeves for the poles!

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

5 5

I've never focused on comfort for ski pants but these are really really comfortable to wear. The outer is waterproof for all intents and purposes and has a good amount of stretch to it. The velcro tabs to adjust for waist size have give to them as well making for comfort on the lift and through any amount of moguls. Good pockets, not to tight not baggy fit and scuff guards at the ankles round out a sweet pair of pants.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

5 5

Picked these up in a bind out of necessity, and I've been pleasantly surprised. At this price point, I wasn't expecting something to be this functional. For this price, you don't always get something that is waterproof, often just water resistant. These are even fully seam sealed. You don't often get vents of any sort, much less a venting system that actually works like on this pant. most don't have adjustable waist and require a belt, but not these. Plus you get good pockets, a comfortable fit and scuff guards at the ankles. These really are pretty warm with the lining, I wouldn't recommend the insulated version unless you really run cold.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

In the end, this jacket ended up being to long for me. The hyvent outer is pretty burly, which is good for durabilty and you don't have to worry about snags or scuffs. but it's not very flexible. With the thigh length cut and stiff fabric, when I sat down if the coat was zipped up it did not bend very well and the entire jacket rode up on my torso, looked like the collar was trying to eat my head. Unzipping up the two way zip didn't help much. I have a short torso so this may not be an issue for everybody. Very nice jacket otherwise with double storm flaps on front zip and a nicely adjustable hood. Ended up not keeping it and going with a TNF yellowband parka, which is pretty much the same with a slightly shorter cut.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

This jacket is perfect for it's designed intention - streetwear. I love having a jacket from a brand I trust that will still hold up to the harshest conditions, even if I'm in them just going about my day. Don't have to wear out any ski gear doing the around town stuff. The outer hyvent is burly and doesn't leave me worrying about rips or scuffs. The cuffs adjust nicely and the pockets all have closures of some type. The thing this jacket is lacking is a drawcords at the hem. Can't figure out why that wasn't included, particularly at a $300 price point.
I purchased this parka along with the TNF stone sentinel and ended up keeping this one. The main difference is that the sentinel is cut longer. The shorter cut of this jacket still hits me below the waist and gives it more of an "everyday" feel . A very capable winter parka.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Where this jacket goes right for me is the ability to adjust it to my particular shape. The hood is the best! I have a very short neck, so most hoods go up to far and end up coming down over my eyes. This jacket has a velcro tab on the back of the hood allowing me to pull it back up and out of my face, along with the cinch cords around the face. A drawstring hem and elastic cuffs seal out the cold. Fleece lining in the pockets and fleece in the collar (a first I've seen on this type of jacket) are welcome additions. Construction is good, uses a 30D ripstop nylon. Many jackets in this category use 15 or 20D , the little extra thickness doesn't add much weight but makes it more sturdy. The included stuff sack is nice, a minor complaint in that I prefer the design where you can stuff the jacket into it's own pocket instead of a sack that can get lost, but no biggie. This is my first item from Mont Bell and I will be looking their way again in the future.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote an answer about on November 6, 2012

The wind resistance is pretty good. It's not 100% like windstopper, but it breaths SO much better. It's about on par with polartech powershield, or 96-98 % roughly. I haven't been in super windy conditions, but at 20-30 mph I don't feel any wind. Fortius is Arc'teryx own proprietary material, with the number - 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 - referring to how thick the fleece lining is. 1.0 is pretty much none or just a shell, 2.0 is a light fleece lining and 3.0 is a thermal layer.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on October 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lightweight and really comfortable. Good arch and metatarsal arch support, which is great for myI plantar fasciitis. can be on my feet for several hour stretches and have no discomfort. Really good styling. Water resistant properties and good grip make these a good winter month shoe. Fit true to size for me.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

5 5

Used to carry snorkle gear - masks, fins, snorkles and towels for 2 people plus snacks, cameras, sun block etc. Capacity is large enough for any day excursion. The back panel is stiff, ventilated foam so it holds the load quite nicely and with waist and sternum straps it's comfortable for longer distances. Capacity would work for overnight as well, and with the compression straps you don't feel like you're over doing it when not stuffing it to the limits - very versatile.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on September 8, 2012

4 5

I own the previous years model of this jacket and really like it, and was just checking out the new model. Glad to see they added some type of closure to the cuffs! Spyder just might be listening to the consumer after all! Bummer that they went to 700 fill down instead of the 750 fill power of previous models though. 700 is still very high quality.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote an answer about on August 25, 2012

SV = sevier weather, SL = super light. The SV is designed to take the harshest weather conditions, while the emphasis of the SL is to be lightweight. Arc'teryx advertises the Fission SV as their warmest insulated fully waterproof jacket, while they advertise their Fission SL as their lightest insulated fully waterproof jacket.

1. The SV is going to be warmer

2. The main differences are found in 2 areas: the face fabric and the insulation. The SL uses a 2 layer gore-tex pro shell, where the SV uses 3 layer. Both have the same level of wind and water protection, the 2 layer weighs less while the 3 layer is more durable. For insualtion, the SL uses ThermaTek while the SV uses coreloft.

3. here is a guide to recognize genuine arc'teryx jackets:
http://www.arcteryx.com/counterfeitfaq.aspx?EN

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Benjamin Vincent wrote an answer about on August 19, 2012

Connor, thanks for your answer. I looked into further and this is what I found: The windstopper membrane is more or less waterproof, but garments made with it aren't required by the Gore company to be seem taped like they are with gore-tex jackets, so water could leak in there (as noted above, the Venta SV is seam taped) . Also, body oils or other substances (i.e. sunscreen) if embedded in the windstopper membrane can compromise the waterproofness of it - the main reason why it isn't marketed as "waterproof".
Gore-tex on the other hand, has an additional PU coating to the membrane which keeps body oils and other such stuff from interfering from the waterproofness guaranteeing it will remain waterproof indefinitely. This PU coating makes it less breathable, however. Lacking the PU coating also makes the windstopper lighter and more flexible.

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