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Chocodovewrote a review of on January 25, 2016

Fortress
5 5

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

Yes, it's expensive. But I do believe you'll never have to buy a hardshell again. I use it primarily for hiking and mountaineering in the northeast. Lame winter so far, but I had it up on Katahdin in classic whiteout blizzard conditions earlier this month and it was very nice to have this between me and whatever Mother Nature decided to throw at us. Complete piece of mind. It fits great, is constructed like a work of art, and is the very definition of the word "bomber". I've had every fabric and trend to come out the past several years, and if I had to choose one shell to get me through anything, this is it. Not the lightest or most breathable, but if you want fool proof protection, this is it. My friend had on a lightweight neo shell piece for this trip and it got shredded. He's currently attempting to send it back to the manufacturer. No comparison.

I have an Alpha FL as well, but I much prefer the fit on the SV for winter layering.

PS: The Adriatic Blue color is awesome and MUCH darker in real life than in the stock photo. See my pic.

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Chocodovewrote a review of on November 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really, really like this jacket, but the qualities that make it so great also make it a little delicate. Once you put it on you really do forget you are even wearing it. Feels like being wrapped in fluffy marshmallow.

I use this primarily as a winter layering piece and once I put on a shell it really does eliminate the need for pulling out the belay parka everytime I stop. It's also so breathable that it never really gets too hot, even when working hard. It's an amazing piece of engineering. In fact, I got sick of waiting for my GF to get her parka out of the pack all the time, so I got her one of these and now we are both good to go. She loves it as well.

The only downside is I definitely have some pilling and a few tears after only one season of use. I'm not even sure how they got there. Tenacious taped seemed to take care of them, but I am curious to see how the jacket fares after another season. Of course, it's backed up with the Patagonia warranty, so even if it gets trashed I know I will be taken care of.

Five stars because of how cozy and versatile it is, regardless of durability. It's a piece you probably don't think you need, but will wonder how you ever did without once you get it.

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Chocodovewrote a review of on October 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Used these while in Baxter State Park last January and they were one of my top two favorite items for the trip (the other was a Nano Air Hoody). I really looked forward to getting these on at the end of each day, just so darn cozy. Extremely lightweight for how warm they are. When I first got them I was a little concerned about the durability, but they stood up to a decent amount of abuse traipsing around outside going to get water, going to the bathroom, etc. I'm a size 11 in street shoes and the L is perfect for me. I'm looking forward to using them again this winter.

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Chocodovewrote a review of on September 30, 2015

5 5

These are my winter mountaineering and hiking pants for the Northeast and I find them to be perfect for that purpose. They fit great and I'm a hard-to-size tall and skinny guy. 6'2, 165 and the medium fits great. There's also petty of room for adjustments if needed. Personally I am fine with them down to about 0F with a baselayer. The only time I had to add a hardshell is in -30 windchill on Katahdin. This is a good product.

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Chocodovewrote a review of on January 16, 2015

Love this jacket
5 5

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

This jacket is great. I really hate most hard shells, but the Dry Q Elite on this works like a champ. I've used it mostly in the Whites for winter day hikes and for a trip to Katahdin this January. Love the feel and fit of it. Breathes as well or better than any hard shell I've owned (and I've tried Neo Shell, eVent, Gore Pro, etc.) and is bomber. For the price it's a steal in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't use it in the summer, but for true alpine use in full on winter conditions, you can't go wrong.

Photo is from Cathedral Ridge on Katahdin.

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Chocodovewrote a review of on May 20, 2011

5 5

This thing is great. I tried a few of the other "stuffable" packs and this is by far the best for me(as long as you don't need axe loops). The shoulder straps actually have padding and it rides quite well on the back (20.5" torso here). Very lightweight for what you are getting here. Just shove this in your bigger pack and you have a great little pack for dayhikes and summit scrambles. Built like a brick ____house.

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