Chris Green

Chris Green

New Hartford, NY / Lake Placid, NY

Chris Green's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

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Chris Green

Chris Greenwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a great jacket, period. It packs away like a dream, super light-weight and is basically waterproof. I chose the Lithium color in men's medium. I bought both medium and large and the large was way too big. The medium fits very athletically and doesn't leave a ton of room for layering ... A 100g fleece/T-shirt or less is about it. If you choose this coat strictly for belaying, I'd definitely size up.

As far as CoreLoft goes, it's warm, but I find PrimaLoft Gold warmer. It takes some time for the jacket to retain body heat. It's not like wearing a down piece where you feel your radiant body hear almost immediately.

As far as the hood goes, I feel Arc'teryx dropped the ball here. Usually, Arc'teryx is the king of hood construction; Not here. The hood has only 40g of CoreLoft compared to the rest of the jacket at 100g's. The hood has a very odd fit and I find it difficult to get a proper fit without a climbing helmet. There is a ton of excess outer (Windstopper)material and when wearing without a helmet, it makes you look very goofy.

The inside storage pocket is great, just wish there were two instead one just one. The back of the jacket does reach close to the bottom of your bottom, which is a nice touch. The cuffs fit very tightly, making wearing with certain types of gloves challenging. This does keep blowing wind out perfectly though.

Personally, I wish Arc'teryx would update the hood - fill it with 60 or 80g's of CoreLoft and adjust the cut so that it fits better when not wearing with a helmet. Four stars for fit and hood discrepancies. Great over-all winter jacket, just size up to fit over your action suit for belay purposes.

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Chris Greenwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

Alpine Crafted
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's very obvious that someone who climbs ice had something to do with the design of this pack. It's the little things about this pack you notice when your fingers are freezing and the wind is robbing you of your core warmth.

The material, a ripstop grid fabric, is almost buller-proof. The hipbelt is super comfy with padding where it's needed. I love the fact I can clip biners to the gear loops and the hipbelt even has slots on both sides meant for ice clippers.

I think one of the best thought-out features is the rope strap. It strangles your rope so it doesn't fall out, but the best part is, you can roll the top all the way back so you can get into the depths of your pack without having to worry about unclipping your line!

The hipbelt even tucks away into the pack so that it doesn't get in the way of your harness. Sure, other packs have removable hipbelts, but your still occupying space inside your pack. This way, the hipbelt is out of the way & tucked nice and clean.

Both lid and hipbelt are strippable if you decide to leave them at home. The buckles protrude out, making it easier to unclip while wearing gloves or mitts. When the lid is off, the main strap connects to the rear haul loop and brings everything together nice and tight.

My only gripe, and this is just me, ... I just wish this pack had an external crampon pouch. I like them, just my preference!

The ice tool attachment is very easy to use and the Headlocker system is genius! Strapping your tools takes less than a second and the system was engineered to attach any type of skis as well. Very easy to use with thick gloves on too. Lash points make sense and there's even places to tuck away extra straps.

Highly recommended piece of alpine kit!

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Chris Greenwrote a question about on January 20, 2015

I have the BD Vector helmet and have been very happy with it. However, the helmet seems to take up a lot of space while zipped into a hood; almost too much space that when fully zipped, it's a very tight fit. The actual circumference/height of the helmet seems rather large & I was wondering if the Vapor is any smaller size-wise? Does anyone have any direct comparisons??

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Chris Greenwrote a review of on January 14, 2014

4 5

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

I've been using the men's medium since the end of November 2013. I purchased the cinder and white color. I'm 5'10 168 pounds. Medium fits great.

I've used these winter mountain hiking and ice climbing. Great fit, all pockets accessible with a harness. The pants stretch when hiking/climbing and appear very well made.

Only complaint - The integrated belt sucks. When wearing a pack or harness, the belt loosens prematurely and the pants tend to sag. It's a cheap belt/buckle and from the pressure of the hip belt, it loosens.
I wish I could replace the belt with a sturdier one, but the integrated belt feeds through the waist line with no openings, so it would be very hard to feed a new belt through. I wish BD gave us the option of suspenders.

The rear portion of the waist is cut higher to accommodate a harness. I think that's a huge plus and I would never buy another pair of pants without a higher waist.

No integrated gaiters, but I don't miss them. I wish there were metallic grommets at the end of the cuff to really cinch them down, but it's not a deal breaker. There are sewn-in loops inside the pants to remedy this issue.

I would definitely recommend these pants. Shoeller material is bomber. I love it!

**UPDATE** 11/06/14

I called and e-mailed Black Diamond and bitched about their awful belt. Because of Black Diamond's awesome satisfaction guanrentee policy, they had me send in my pants and they issued me this years (2014) model with a better belt system. I haven't had a chance to use them yet, but from wearing them around the house, the new belt system is night/day compared to the cheap crap they used on last years model.

Big thanks to Black Diamond's customer service department!

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Chris Greenwrote a question about on November 8, 2013

I've been eyeing these pants since September when they were released. I have high expectations for the Power Shield Pro. Has anyone out there used these pants yet? Thoughts?? I'm thinking either these, which I have yet to try on, or the new Black Diamond Dawn Approach pants, which I have tried on and which fit pretty damn good ... :-)

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Chris Greenwrote a review of on January 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Be careful of the integrated belt. The belt is an awesome idea, but on my second trip wearing these pants, I went to re-tighten the belt and the internal stitching snapped, rendering me wearing my pants like I was on the block. Not cool.

The fit on these pants is awesome (when the damn belt works!) I'm 5'10" and 168 pounds. Wish they had hand pockets for when your not wearing a harness and gloves just don't take away the sting! Be careful when wearing!

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Chris Greenwrote a question about on May 17, 2011

Does anyone recommend buying a bigger insole because of proper fit? I wear a size 11.5 boot and purchased a pair of green's that fit the boots pretty well with minimal cutting of the insole to make it fit.

After about a week and 10 - 12 miles on them, I am still feeling as if the arch support is still too far back, resulting in painful heels / arches / feet. I love the insoles otherwise, but I just wish the arch support was located more forward than back. Someone stated they have a size 11 foot, but purchased size 13 insoles for better arch fit. Any suggestions?

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Chris Greenwrote a question about on April 15, 2011

I'm going back and forth between the Hyper Tractions and the M11+'s. I called and talked to a Kayland rep and she advised me that the Hyper Tractions are warmer than the M11+'s, but they have the same rigidity. I guess my question is - How are the Hyper Tractions to walk / hike in? Are they capable of being a winter mountain hiking boot that can handle miles of approach with snowshoes? Are they built with the "rocker" effect like the M11+'s are?

I'm basically looking for a step-in capable, eVent lined and PrimaLoft insulated mountaineering boot that will be reasonably comfortable to handle miles of approach. Then once it gets nasty, have a solid boot that handles crampons and is warm enough for the dead of winter summits (Adirondacks). Also, how is the fit? I have an average foot, but a bit wider toe area. Anyone who has the Hyper Tractions...any issues with the toe box? Thanks a lot!

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