These are great glasses. I have a larger head and they fit fine.
Excellent for river rafting or any other place you don't want to lose expensive sunglasses.
I'm 6'5" and a M/L fits me pretty well. I suspect BD needs to make a true 3 sizes for this pack, as many people are in between the current 2 size scheme.
I just loosen the waist belt, pop the sternum strap and remove the left shoulder strap. Now it is super easy to swing round to the side or in front of me. If your helmet is in the sling, its a little more difficult, but still no real big deal.
revising my answer. I would never trust these gloves above 10k'. I consider them 'in between gloves' which are very useful here in the PNW where we get cold, wet days in the 20s. My hands tend to run cold.
There is only wool here. It is unbelievably comfortable for wool, I don't even think about or notice it compared to my synthetic fill gloves. They are more impervious to dampness with the wool than primaloft.
Got a set of these today, in the white/orange. They seem to be super sweet, fit true (XL, I have big hands. A little tight but I think they'll wear in just right) and the feel of the wool is awesome. As other reviews have noted, dexterity is amazing- I'm drinking from a crystal wine glass effortlessly with them on right now.
The orange is actually has a touch more brown/gold in it than they look like in the pictures here. IMO they look better IRL than in the pics.
Without having used them yet, they seem like an excellent glove. For $140, competition with these gloves is very steep. There are excellent choices from First Ascent, MH, BD, OR, etc, I'm hoping these Stoics live up to that price- but I'll bet you can get them on sale here or at S&C for quite a bit less.
-I do wish the gauntlet bit went further up my arm- I'd say its on the smaller/mediumish size of the 'gauntlet' class.
-No dummy straps or loops, which is kinda lame.
-There is a 2 stage cinch strap system, which you can just barely see in the stock photos. One cinch is where you'd expect, at the very base of the gauntlet. The other does a boa-wrap kinda thing further towards your wrist. I don't know why they don't advertise this, its a really great feature.
I will update when I use them to destroy some of this La Nina, however S&C sent me TWO RIGHT GLOVES, so I'll have to wait until they can fix that little boo-boo which I'm sure will be soon.
Got them, no dummy straps. See my review for more info.
I'm a giant- 6'5" and 250 lbs. XXL's fit me perfectly. I normally wear a 36 or 38 in jeans.
This is my go-to hoodie. Biking to a bar on a drizzly Seattle night? This thing is perfect. The original DWR (mine's long since worn off, had this for 3 years) worked quite well at keeping just a little bit of rain off your back. I'm always warm, and this thing breathes well. Good for me down to the high 40's, probably good for others down to 55° or so.
These are great for alpine touring, you may need gaiters though as the cuff is too small to comfortably fit over the cuff of my ski boot.
I've climbed and skied several Cascade volcanoes in these pants, over 10k or any winter climbing I will wear a baselayer underneath
Cuff Sizing- Anyone out there with large calves rocking these dynafits? I almost always have to find specific boots to fit my calves more than my feet.
In the manual, BCA states (several times) to only use ALKALINE batteries in your beacon, and to take them out in between use. Do any of you know why?
My ski buddy has been using lithiums in his (Tracker DTS, not the 2) and the battery contacts became corroded- is this from using lithiums?
They also are listed UP to a 30.5....but BC doesn't have em.
Short story: If you're very big, or very small, you're f***ed.
I'm going to quote Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear talking about the Aston Martin DBS V12..."Its an Aston Martin. With a V12. What do you THINK it feels like???"
Well, this is the Aston Martin of storm shells. The hood is outstanding both with or without a helmet on, the pulls adjust pretty much perfectly, the sleeves have awesome motion, and weather has a snowball's chance in hell of bothering inside this jacket.
Minor, MINOR gripes:
-I wish there was some way to stow the hood. Its pretty much there all the time.
-Gore Tex Pro Shell can get clammy on the inside if you're working hard and its really cold outside. Good layering will mitigate this.
-The DWR coating has pretty much given up on my jacket. I'm going to try refreshing it in the wash with some Granger's tomorrow and see how that does.
-Fit was perfect for me, but that pretty much guarantees that it will be wonky compared to other Arcteryx gear (which doesn't fit me). Make sure to try this out somewhere before committing.
I got these for free with my Freerides, but the waist of my touring ski is 110mm- has anyone else modified the Larges to fit wider waisted skis? Reading these reviews I probably won't use them much, but I'd like to at least give them a try.
Before going into the backcountry, even before buying or even shopping for backcountry gear you need to talk to some experienced people. Most places near ski areas have touring clubs and such that have monthly meetings during the winter, or ask your local gear store about avalanche safety seminars.
Everything about this probe is great, except, uhhh...the length. Which is kinda the point of a probe. I'm going to discuss this with some guides from Mountain Madness tonight at their avy seminar and post here again.
I'm tempted to already say this probe is too short for just about anything.
I'm looking for a lightweight glove for skiing and mountaineering- so I need it to be fairly warm (no frostnip at 12,000' in 20 degrees with 20mph of wind), very water resistant, good for PNW Cascade climbing in mixed wet snow/rain/etc. Think this glove would work for me?
Gave me a serious headache about halfway through summit day on Rainier this summer...that plus its mediocre looks seem to be the only drawbacks so far.
Otherwise, its light, breathes, protects, etc like a good helmet should.