Brian Stave

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Wallowas, Cascades, Olympics

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Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Brian's Bio

Science Teacher and outdoor freak.

Brian Stave

Brian Stave wrote a question about on June 5, 2012

Brandon,

You seem very familiar with Arc'teryx products. Maybe you can answer my question. I recieved this Delta lt jacket and the cuffs are fairly loose (not much smaller than the arm itself). The cuff rests loosley on the top of my hand unlike my my Delta AR which is much snugger. Can you assure me this is the way the cuffs are supposed to fit? Thanks for your input.

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Brian Stave wrote a review of on October 22, 2009

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Ok. So here's the deal. I have owned a Gamma MX for several years now (I have owned three). I was skeptical when Arc'teryx decided to revamp their classic softshell. I decided to try it out and I never thought they could improve this jacket, but I was wrong. Every feature they changed for this jacket made it better. It is a half inch longer in the body, which makes it a much better fit. The old rubber/plastic wind flap of the old version always rubbed on my neck and they replaced the upper portion of the wind flap with a soft fleece backed fabric (perfect). The cuffs of the past version tended to stretch and not regain their elasticity. Now the cuffs are made of a more stretchy fabric and retain their retention. I really like the new waist drawcord of the new version as well. Instead of adjusting them in the front pockets, which requires taking off your gloves, they are now in the typical place on the sides where you can reach and adjust with gloves on. The attention to detail and quality of this jacket is as good as ever. This is definitely an upgrade from the previous version.

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Brian Stave wrote an answer about on December 23, 2008

Hey Josh, sadly us big guys (I'm 6'7) are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to Arc’teryx as it's in commonwealth size's so xl is a L in US, so you could try the xxl but they still fit weird I reckon PaulI have owned both the Alchemy and the Gamma MX and the Gamma MX is a bit longer.

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Brian Stave wrote an answer about on December 23, 2008

The Venta AR uses Gore Windstopper so it does not breathe as well as the Polartec Powershield used in the Gamma MX, but then offers great windstopping capabilities. They both are not waterproof, although the Venta AR may do a little better in that department, since it is less permeable. I haved owned two Gamma MX's and really enjoy how stretchy it is and how warm it is for it's weight. The Gamma MX has been around for years and they haven't changed it one bit, unlike some of their other jackets. As far as off the hill, the Gamma MX is super comfy and probably a better jacket for climbing and the Venta AR might suit you better on the hill. Bottomline, you can't go wrong with either one.

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