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Chuck Mabry

Chuck Mabry

Silver Spring, Md, Bend, Or, and Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Chuck Mabry

Chuck Mabry wrote 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 Mabry wrote an answer about on December 10, 2013

It's great for snowboarding. I've had mine...

It's great for snowboarding. I've had mine and used it for exactly that purpose for about 4 years now. This is the original SV version, but it works so well I can't justify upgrading just because of the color. As in my original review, my only problem is that you almost have to have the jacket completely zipped up or the larger side of the collar will slap the heck out of your face!

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Chuck Mabry wrote 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 Mabry wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The jacket has worked well over the last 9.5 months I've used it. My only minor gripe is that the zipper pulls on the exterior pockets are all but useless. If you are wearing any type of substantial glove, they are useless. Other than that, the jacket functions quite well.

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Chuck Mabry wrote an answer about on December 13, 2012

I think this jacket would be fine unless you need a powder skirt (which the Alpha SL doesn't have). Other than that, I have used the jacket for about 9.5 months now as a raincoat and a winter jacket for snow and it has survived quite well. I frequently wear a backpack with it and it has shown no signs of wear in these locations at all. The only minor gripe is that the zipper pulls on the exterior pockets need to be bigger. You can't grab them with any glove thicker that a thin liner.

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Chuck Mabry wrote 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 Mabry wrote a review of on December 1, 2012

Just like slippers
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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!

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Chuck Mabry wrote 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 Mabry wrote 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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