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Brian L

Brian L wrote a review of on May 10, 2013

3 5

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

Comes in at 15.6oz in a large. The pocket this jacket packs into is way too small. I doubt you can fit it in there, and even if you do, you'll be damaging the insulation and it'll loose loft very quick. I couldn't fit the jacket into it's pocket, and I likely would have also damaged the fragile inner lining trying to do so.

Being Primaloft 100g and weighing at 15.6oz, it is very lightweight for that quality and weight of insulation (the lightest weight Primaloft 100g hoody on the market?). If you plan on packing it in another way, then I could see it being a good jacket. However, as is, it's not a very good belay jacket because of this problem.

The shell fabric seems pretty durable, but you'll need to be VERY careful with the lining.

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Brian L

Brian L wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These run a little too short unfortunately. I have a 30" inseam, and wear a Medium. They drop down to the bottom of the knee, when they really should be hitting mid or upper calf. They are about 2" too short for normal ski socks. As such, when skiing aggressively (i.e. fast in moguls, cliff drops, etc.), these pants will come untucked from your socks and start to ride up, and your socks will start to droop down into your boots.

Disappointing because I really liked the fabric.

The North Face Boot-Top ones hit about mid-calf and fit much better, but the fabric isn't as warm - not as good of a midweight.

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Brian L

Brian L wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

2 5

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

This jacket is so close to being awesome. Unfortunately, it falls short. The zipper at the top of the jacket is extremely annoying, when zipped all the way up.

If it was designed like the R1, buying this jacket would be a no brainer. Unfortunately, the zipper on this jacket is bigger, stiffer, does not curve off to the side of the mouth, and doesn't have a large enough fabric backing to protect your chin.

As a result, the zipper chafes your chin and it's size is obnoxious.

The hood could be a little tighter too. It's very slightly looser than the R1 - only noticable under a helmet (slightly more bunching).

Bummer. Hoping Patagonia gets this piece right, next year!

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