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Benjamin Vincent

Benjamin Vincent

Uintas, Wasatch mountains, Utah skiing

Benjamin Vincent's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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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 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

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 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 a review of on July 27, 2012

5 5

Couldn't decide between this and the Venta SV, so I ordered them both to try them in person with the idea to give up the loser. Bad idea. With Arc'teryx there are no losers and I have to explain to my wife why I need both these jackets.

There are so many things to love about this jacket. Despite all the technical features I have to start out by saying just how good it looks. I have the "nightshade" and both the grey and the blue of this jacket are darker than what is shown here, but look super sharp. If anything bad could be said about the look of this jacket, it is that the logo is printed and not embroidered. You give up a little in weather protection with not having a membrane like windstopper in the Venta SV, but the gains you get in breathabilty are noticeable - pit zips not included because they aren't necessary. The outside pockets are plentiful and definitely adequate but I do always like an inner zip pocket as well which is missing on this jacket. The cuffs are stretchy and slide on nicely. Sometimes I prefer being able to adjust the cuffs, but being able to just throw the jacket on and not fuss with velcro is also nice. This jacket isn't intended for as severe weather as the Venta SV, but still handles a wide range of conditions and is preferable in many of them. It also works better as a mid layer if you every wanted to throw a shell over it, as it isn't cut as long in the rear and has no hood.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

5 5

What's awsome:
-the jacket is completely windproof
-keeps out snow and all but the worst downpours.
-hood is truely helmet compatible, and can be forgotten easily if you want due to design of drop hood.
-breathable. Pit zips give you added control over your temp.
-cuffs cinch down nicely without bunching up and getting uncomfortable.
- included pockets are good sized and well placed.
- material is soft and flexible and downright comfortable.
- fit is really nice throughout body, unrestricted arm movement
-zippers move real smooth, even pit zips.

Critiques:
-Drop hem is very pronounced, could lessen the difference in length between front and rear hem.
-exterior chest pocket would be nice

Lots of weather protection and a solid set of features with spot-on fit. Good luck finding a better softshell.

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Benjamin Vincent wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

2 5

Spyder... what happened with this jacket? The materials and workmanship are fine and the styling of the buffalo plaid is really attractive. However, the fit of this jacket is awful. It is incredibly boxy and seriously rides up with arm movement - in no way could this be used for skiing or anything active. And Spyder, you really need to do something with your cuffs. This is my 3rd spyder jacket (only keeping one, not including this one) and NONE of them have any finishing to the cuffs. Step it up or get out of the game, the $30 black diamond knock-off soft shell at costco is better than this jacket.

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