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Chiefs rip wrote a review of on June 18, 2009

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First of all Doug Coombs was tough as nails, so I'm not calling him a liar by saying it's incredible he endorsed this company. Some things I've bought from this company have been "just okay", most have just outright sucked.

I remember unintentionally holding a 3 year old midweight Patagonia polypro next to a 6 month old Marmot one after a ski season and thinking out loud "wow, the Marmot one is trashed, and after 3 seasons the Patagonia still looks brand new...".

To be sure, the Precip was never intended to be a "high-end" piece, but you still shouldn't expect it to f-ing leak like an f-ing collander either. You could stay drier on a hike with a waxed farm-hand jacket.
in the past, I've had Patagonia and Mtn Hardware lightweight rain jackets w/ each company's proprietary name (H2no & conduit, I believe). After many hard years those jackets finally bit the dust, so I decided to cheap out and pay 99 of my earned bucks on the Precip. Then I trudged through rain for 4 days, with a 60 lb pack, my skin cold, wet, slimy, my demeanor ranging from humiliated, to surly, to really pissed off.

Right away I noticed the breathable membrane is too thick and heavy, and even feels clammy when it's completely dry. With a light rain and moderate sweating the jacket becomes useless. Sure it keeps the wind off, but that's about it. If you're looking to be angry, clammy and chilled, by all means, buy the Precip. Otherwise spend the extra money and get the Mtn Hardware Typhoon; even in downpour it has kept me dry.

In general, I think Marmot has missed the train; even TNF makes better stuff.

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Chiefs rip wrote a review of on May 7, 2007

5 5

First of all, what was the "fish out of water" reviewer smoking? Anyone can tell you that 2 hours on a pair of skis is usually not enough to get a feel for all they have to offer. If your boots aren't set up right, if the bindings react differently than you're used to, etc etc: there are a hundred reasons you may not find that sweet spot on a ski right away. That said, the Apache Chief kills it. Pow is usually what people rave about for these boards but I actually enjoy them just as much, if not more, at 11am when the mountain's all manked up and tracked out. These things explode crud like a grenade going off under your feet; point them straight, sit back, read the front page of the newspaper, and before you know it you're at the bottom of the run. Don't mistake that comment for meaning these skis are for lazy, easy-minded skiers. Yes, they'll just go and go and go when you point them straight, but they're also pretty stiff skis and you need to work them if you want all the love they have to give. Turning them requires a bit of work when your legs are tired, but when you're ready to buck up and steer them they will reward you with some serious grins. Great for groomers too; not hard to lay down at all.
These skis have essentially replaced my G3 Reverends for BC use, and I still have my old Seth Pistols (which are also great, but not quite as beefy) and/or Volkl AC3s (holy-high-speed-lay-down-groomer-action) but the Apaches have become the front-runner in my quiver, and I ski them in just about everything nowadays. I logged over 180 days in the last 2 seasons, and probably 100 of them were on the Chiefs; what's more, every time you ski them you learn to love them a little bit more. Can't wait for the '07 Apache Chief Coombas, the proceeds of which go to Doug Coombs' family.

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