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Chuck Mabry

Chuck Mabry

Ashburn, VA, Bend, OR, and Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Chuck Mabry

Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 10, 2013

4 5

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

I purchased this to replace my mammut broad peak jacket. Although not down insulated it seems to work quite well. I've used it in the Swiss/ Italian Alps in March, Oregon and all over the east coast. My only complaint is that the hood isn't adjustable. It seems to be the one thing lacking. Not incredibly warm compared to down insulation, but overall a solid jacket that could use one or two improvements.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 17, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a really good jacket for lightweight use. Wears well but isn't windproof. At 6' and 195 pounds the XL swallows me so you might consider getting one size smaller than you think. I wear XL in most other brands...including Patagonia clothing, but the fleece jackets seem to run big.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 2, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

4 stars and not 5 because they discontinued the porter 90. These are the best travel bags I've ever owned!!! I wish they still made the 90, even though mine is still in great shape. Folds down small, has a great strap system, and even the fastex clips are covered so the airlines don't destroy them

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 1, 2012

2 years and going strong!
5 5

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

I was really worried about ordering these boots considering what more than a few people said about the heel blister issues, but I have been impressed so far. I bought these as a replacement for my La Sportiva Onix GTX-XCR boots which I loved, but which fell apart...twice. I sent both pairs back with no questions asked. Anyway, the Salewa's arrived and I wasn't too happy when I put them on. I thought there was going to be a serious issue with the heels, but after about two weeks of 8 hour/day use, they have molded to my feet very nicely. It's a more robust boot that my previous La Sportiva, but still in approximately the same category. No hot spots, no blisters, and plenty of room in the toebox. For comparison, I'd say the are a bit wider than the La Sportiva's, but I ordered the same size and my feet are not sliding around or anything like that. I also got Smartwool PHD midweight socks which seem to be a really good match for this boot. So far... I'm sold on Salewa and will definitely be buying more!
***UPDATE***
So I did my initial review in Dec of 2012. I am still wearing the same boots after all this time. No issues with laces or stitching or any other "quality" item. Many have spoken about the heel cup issue which I initially had, but now they fit like house slippers. Like any other boot, this one won't fit everybody. They happen to fit me very well though. They have now lasted for two one year deployments to Afghanistan and are on their third one now. I really can't say enough good things about them. I'm actually taking the opportunity to buy another pair since they are currently on sale.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 1, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first pair of any type of "stability" clothing and I'm not sure of the exact benifit, but they fit really well, are windproof in the front as advertised, and are warm. I've used them in 28-30 degree temps for running and I am pleased so far.
***UPDATE***
Did a 6.25 mile run in them today and I think there truely is a benefit to these. My legs feel a lot better than usual when I do this run and I think it is because of the stability provided by the tights. We'll see how I feel in the morning!

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 1, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I continue to try other socks and always come back to the Smartwool PHD medium weight. They have lasted with daily use over the past 10 years of military deployments and countless snowboard trips. I just bought 5 more pairs to replace ones I bought in 2003. I also bought a pair of mid-weight Patagonia's but they are not nearly as comfortable as these.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 14, 2010

4 5

I agree with one of the other reviews. It was pretty itchy as first but after two washes that issue seemd to be gone. Other than that it is a really nice baselayer. It fits tighter than you might think, so consider moving up a size. Feels like a full size smaller thana comparable Patagoinia Capeline piece.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 7, 2010

4 5

After having my TACTIKKA PLUS stolen, I picked up this one. A great light but the red light feature was an afterthought. The TACTIKKA uses a red lens to cover the large light vice having an extra bulb just for the red light feature. This is a great all purpose light but could use a brighter red light. the whistle in the headband is a nice touch as well. Definately 4 stars.

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Chuck Mabrywrote a review of on December 7, 2010

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an extremely warm jacket...especially for how thin it is. I'm wearing it as my primary jacket here in the mountains of Afghanistan. Lows in the low 20's so far. So far it has worked great. My only two issues are that it fits perfectly everywhere but under the arms. Not a huge deal, but when you reach for something you can definately feel some restriction. The other minor issur is that the zipper seems to be a bit difficult to initially zip. This might be because it is a dual zip (zips from the bottom up as well) but not sure. I will say being able to zip up the bottom zipper is a really nice feature. Overall great so far, just remember that you might consider going up a size. Oh...hand pockets don't zip either.
***UPDATE*** Now that I've gone from 6' 225 to 6' 190 the thing fits a ton better...but now I have to same issue as others. A bit too big in the chest. No matter!!! I still love this thing and I would tell everybody to buy it. One point to make. This jacket will fit underneath your shell, where other "puffier" jackets have no hope of doing that.

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