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Byron Gowrote a review of on January 26, 2012

4 5

Love the fabric, super downproof, breathable, sheds light moisture well, all of that.
-actually, after wearing it for a while under and over layers, I've found that I can still snag down out of it on a daily basis. Annoying, especially when it's poking some part of you or having you imagine there's something poking.
Love the fit, typical TNF, I'm a medium, 5'11", 42" chest, 180lb, no prob.
-actually, I tried on the Small a little bit later, and it totally fits me better! Sleeves are long enough, fit is tighter and snugger, much more like my Arc'teryx Solo jacket. I prefer the tighter fit, the looser jacket was fine, but this size for me is better.

Love the hem drawcords, never had hidden ones (in pockets) that worked so well.

Even love the two-way zipper, great for belays and for sitting down so the jacket doesn't bunch up. For those who have a hard time zipping it, don't try to force it. If it's sticking, start over again.

The quibble is this. My arms are pretty sensitive to inside stitching, such that most softshells just don't work for me. The fabric is too chunky and rubs when I move. Notable exceptions are the welded Backcountry/Stoic coats and my trusty Gamma MX hoody.

In this case, there IS a full seam running down the entire sleeve, and while it didn't bother when I used the jacket as an outer layer (the sleeves were roomy enough to not rub), when I put it under a shell, that seam rubbed all day long.

So I know it's a weird thing, but when you're out all day in the freezing cold and your jacket keeps rubbing you the wrong way...well, it can get tiresome.

Lots of great thought and features, TNF, but that is a bad detail to overlook especially at this SUPER high pricepoint.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on December 21, 2011

5 5

And FIT it does! I love mine already!

I sized same as my street shoe, this is my first downcambered climbing shoe (first that doesn't totally crunch my toes!) and I think next time I might go a half size down.

Shaman - 12, for reference, I wear a 10.5 in the Demortos.

The feel is phenomenal. Everything works as it should, rubber is sticky, velcro adjusts well, etc.

But the gimmicky bits, that Knucklebox and the Love Bump...WOW that is what allows me to fit in these shoes, and fit SO well.

Taking out the dead space underneath the toes, and giving my long toes space to crimp upwards without 6 months of break-in has been a JOY.

I love 'em. So glad I decided to give them a try.
Demortos will still be my multipitch and trad shoe, but these are going bouldering with me fo' sho.

Enjoy!

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Byron Gowrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

For backcountry skiing and mountaineering, this is great. But if you're trying to use it for any sort of casual use, it's very much overkill. It is durable like the skin of a rhino, and beautiful to behold, but lacks some basics, like compression straps. The 40 also withholds on a zipper to the main compartment, so you only have rolltop access. 50 and 65 have main side zip. It will last forever, but you definitely have to make compromises when you get a pack that is this directed in its purpose.

It looks beautiful, but just make sure you buy this for the right purpose and reasons.


The ACT fabric will stand up to the worst abuse, the backpanel and fit are easily dialed, it will carry anything short of an elephant with applomb, and construction is...flawless.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

Great jacket, read all the other reviews. The only thing to add is that unlike a lot of other jackets, the hem on the Stingray is quite boxy, and does not drop much in the back at all. It makes it great for skiing, but for snowboarding, if you want butt coverage, look elsewhere. That being said, it looks snazzier and cleaner for it's shorter length.

Construction, style, function...all Arc'teryx typical excellent. Can't go wrong with the brand, just watch that you get the jacket for it's purpose.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on May 4, 2009

3 5

This jacket makes you look like a football linebacker. Admittedly, it helps with range of motion when moving your arms for belaying, but for all other situations, it just looks like you're wearing pads. The problem is that they gave you room, but also gave you bulk. Thermatek works wonders and is basically waterproof, and is warm and light as hell, but for any other practical use, the jacket is laughable as anything close to a casual piece. I'd stick to the Solo, which alternatively has a very close Euro fit, (closer than most Arc'teryx, but true to sizing) and is one of the best pieces I own.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

This jacket will be overkill for most, and was made for the most demanding of athletes and conditions. That does mean that it will easily deflect rain and almost anything nature or you can throw at it. It is heavier than the Alpha LT and Beta LT, so question how much you will abuse it. The new LT fabric will be fine for 99.9% of people. Rest assured, this jacket will look new for nigh upon a decade of use, due to the quality of the fabric and construction. When looking to buy, ask yourself if you want to be able to stow the hood, if you use your pockets for your hands (then don't get this), and if you want the low back (for coverage) and high front (for a climbing harness). The Theta and Beta are decidedly more practical for most. But this jacket is like a WRX STi...not practical for most, but still decidedly badass.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on April 23, 2008

5 5

I don't think you realize how easy it is to get to your gear with this pack. There's two huge BOMBER zippers running down the side of the whole pack, and you can just take the pack off, stand it up (it'll balance standing up!), and pull down both zippers and there's your whole rack, ready to use! Nothing has easier access.

Only qualm, the fit in the bottom is a bit tight for the Pali Rope bag, but I guess that's Arc'teryx and its tight tolerances for you.

Oh, and like everything else Arc'teryx, build, quality, materials, fit, and suspension have no problems.

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Byron Gowrote a review of on April 23, 2008

5 5

The best part about this little gem is that no matter what's in it, it sits beautifully between your shoulder blades. My buddy borrowed it and took it skiing, his first words were, "I can't even feel it" (vs. his Dakine Heli Pro) and I've taken it on hikes, to work, to tradeshows, the odd festival here and there, and just traveling in general. It's great for all of the above, and the only niggle I'd have is that the drawstring can be a pain to put away. I wish they'd put on some sort of keeper for the drawstring when tight, but I think it just needs to go down into the hole in the top of the main sack.

The best thing about this bag is how it fits even without any backpanel suspension, and how great of a harness is attached to it. Sternum strap, curved, padded, and a waist strap. That's removable! Never worry about it shifting when you're bending over or running again.

And there are attachments for shock cord, I'm looking into adding some for lashing/compression.

Oh, and for the record, I love the colors :)

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