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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on February 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Everything about this piece is just right. Needed something that wasn't too poofy so it would layer comfortably under a shell on the slopes, but wasn't too minimal as to not provide much warmth. This fit the bill perfectly; it's light, but you still know you're wearing something. I love the high neck - it fits snug without being too tight, and gives me protection without having to zip the shell up all the way. The fit is exactly as described in the size chart. The final bonus is the napoleon pocket, which allows me to keep my iphone a bit further away from the elements than it would be in an outer pocket, but at the same time isn't a huge struggle to get to when I do want it to bring it out for a second.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

5 5

As usual, I was in the market for a new pair of ski pants. I'm not a teenager anymore, but I wanted something that stood out a bit while still looking age-appropriate.

Though technically a snowboarding pant, they work fine for skiing (except for no cuff guards), plus I found they were the right balance between fashion and function - modern and stylish without looking like I was trying to hard.

Silly board short gimmick aside, these are one quality pair of pants for the money. Besides being comfortable, they're loaded with all the usual stuff - lots of pockets, vents, mesh liner - everything you need for a day on the hill.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on January 12, 2009

5 5

Though marketed towards women, when you boil it down the Anthem is just a small-fit goggle. Anyone - guy or gal - with smaller facial features can take advantage of this great google. After trying a myriad of different brands and styles, it wasn't until I put on a pair of Anthems - not realizing they were 'women's' goggles - lo and behold they fit like magic with my helmet. The moral here: go with what works best for YOU, not what the packaging says. Also, after experimenting with a large variety of goggle/lens combinations, I can say that Smith's Sensor Mirror is THE BEST lens on the market for overcast/flat light conditions.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on April 8, 2008

2 5

Fabric-wise this shirt is fairly nice, but not quite what I was expecting. Honestly I was a little underwhelmed by it. Beyond that I can't tell you much because I haven't really worn it - it doesn't fit. I've been buying Arc'teryx for quite a while so it's not like I ordered the wrong size. According to the Arc'teryx size chart I should be ordering large size clothing. Most things I've purchased in that size have fit fine, but recently every so often I buy a piece of clothing and it is just way off. Such is the case here. This thing fits like a hospital gown. It gets very frustrating getting the clothing only to have to turn around and pay ship to ship it back.

I'm sticking to exclusively to ordering Mountain Hardwear from now on. Their stuff is top quality and at least with them I know their sizes fit true to their sizing chart.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on December 18, 2007

5 5

Comfortable and warm. The form-fitting compression fit helps to keep muscle vibration to a minimum, thus reducing muscle fatigue. It's very versatile - all alone under my softshell on a mild day or as part of a layering system when the mercury dips low. It's smooth outer face keeps other clothing from catching. It fits small, similar to Mountain Hardwear or Arcteryx.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on December 18, 2007

2 5

The Windwall Glove keeps the wind out, but that's about it. The interior feels uncomfortable against the skin. The so-called grip is slippery and actually makes it harder to hold onto things. Shell out the extra twenty dollars more and buy the vastly superior Pamir Windstopper model instead.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on December 18, 2007

5 5

I was at first a little leary about spending so much on sothing that seemed so flimsy, but my ski buddy swore by them so I figured I'd give them a try. They did not disappoint! They're light, but don't let that fool you...by keeping the wind out they reduce the need for bulky insulation. Unlike big, fur-lined gloves your hands don't sweat in them which makes a big difference throughout the day. I wear them while inbounds skiing on all but the coldest days. The grip is awesome for hanging onto poles or a steering wheel or anything else for that matter.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on December 14, 2007

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The prairie winters get pretty cold where I am, but keeping the wind out makes it so much easier to stay warm. The Windstopper softshell outer combinied with the synthetic insulation keeps the chill out and the heat in. For normal everyday use around the city this jacket is good for temps down to -20C or so. People are always asking how I can walk around in the bitter cold in such a 'little' jacket while they're all bundled up in their parkas. It also looks nice without appearing overly technical.

For a cold day on the mountain you can remove the hood and wear it as an extra-warm midlayer under a shell. Pit zips are there when you want to cool down between runs. It compresses nicely to fit in a pack if things start to warm up.

I've tried similar jackets like the North Face Redpoint Optimus, but with the added features of Windstopper, pit zips and removable hood this one beats it hands down for only a few dollars more. I would have been happy to pay a little more for PrimaLoft insulation, but otherwise it's all one could ask for in this type of jacket.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on November 1, 2007

4 5

As a zip-in or mid layer it works great! It comes fully loaded...pit zips - something not even found on comparable models from other manufacturers for hundreds more (Most outer shells have them, but the midlayer is where they really work well to cool you off). It's pretty minimal when it comes to bulk - nice and light, yet still warm. It packs down nice and small, making it an ideal piece to put on in the morning and then throw in your pack for the afternoon when it warms up (or visa versa if it starts off nice and then turns cold). It also doesn't have the stiffness of a softshell and the ultra smooth nylon outer lets it move freely against the other materials you might have on, giving complete freedom of movement. The brushed inner feels super comfy.

As a standalone outer layer it's a bit less hearty compared to other models, so if you're looking a synthetic insulation jacket to wear all winter you might want to move up the scale and try something a little more expensive.

All in all, though I've only had to use it a couple times, it's been great for me. As a midlayer you couldn't ask for more.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on October 23, 2007

5 5

Great for on the hill or just wearing around town in the cold of winter. I love the multitude of pockets for carrying all my odds and ends. Take the lining out in when you just need a shell, or zip it in when the temperature drops. Sizing fits pretty standard to other Mountain Hardwear products, but it's a bit smaller than some other brands. If you want a good quality, functional jacket but don't want to pay the premium price for GoreTex, this is the product for you.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on April 24, 2007

5 5

I needed something light yet warm that could be used in the spring and fall or cooler evenings. I had tried the Arc'teryx Covert hoody, but found it very disappointing for the money - severely lacking any real weather protection especially when it came to wind. The Fugitive is a full zip, hooded version of the Tau pullover. I own the Tau as well, but love the Fugitive for its versatility. The Polartec Windpro keeps gives reasonable wind and water protection and the fleece inner is buttery soft and ultra comfortable. It could have used another pocket somewhere, otherwise it's awesome. If you're thinking of buying the Covert, spend the few extra bucks and move up to the Fugitive - much better bang for your buck.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on April 12, 2007

5 5

Though it's not the absolute perfect pant, for the money it can't be beat. Great for skier or snowboarder, the Cargo pant has many features not found on more expensive pants. Tons of pockets. The mesh lining turns into a soft thin fleece lining around the seat to give just that little extra warmth while sitting in the snow or riding the lifts. The removable knee pads are a nice bonus too. If you are looking for a pant that's a little more burly looking than the rest, look no further. As for waterproofness, they kept me dry while skiing in the rain at Panorama this spring, so no problems there.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on April 5, 2007

3 5

Had a chance to try these out a few times now and in terms of weatherproofness they seem to hold up well. The relaxed fit is stylish and quite comfortable and despite what the description says, they do have leg zip vents - on the inside of the thighs. However, I found a few issues while wearing them. First, no adjustable waist. There are belt loops, but that just means one more thing for me to forget to pack. Second, the cargo pockets are placed over top of the waist pockets. What good are they there? Lastly, the cuff guards are the smallest I've seen on a pair of ski pants, which worries me that I'm likely to be patching cuts in the future. As I said, as a whole they are decent pants, and much of these issued are just personal preference based on what I've been used to in the past, but from my own experience there are better options out there that don't have these problems. Try the Marmot Cargo Pant or North Face Freedom Pant instead.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on March 12, 2007

5 5

Best value fleece EVER!!! For under $100 you just can't go wrong. Has all the features of a fleece worth twice as much. Great styling and good weight actually feels like you've got something on. With a napoleon pocket, interior zip pocket and the hand pockets there's always plenty of room to put your stuff. Plus I love the interior cuffs. One very small annoyance, you can feel a little coldness of the pitzip zipper on the inside of the sleeve when wearing just a t-shirt underneath. Could have used some sort of cover or lining there.

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Can-erican Ski Bum wrote a review of on March 6, 2007

4 5

As good as it gets in shell technology. Super comfortable - never 'crinkly' no matter how cold. The minimal fleece lining makes the interior incredibly comfortable. It could do with some reinforcement or maybe a little different material in key parts though - I wear a small hydration pack and after half a dozen or so uses I've noticed areas around the chest and shoulders that have started to 'fuzz' due to the slight rubbing from the pack straps. I'm admittedly a little disappointed considering how much I shelled out for this thing. Hopefully it doesn't affect the jacket's performance down the road. Otherwise I'm completely happy.

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