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Colorado_Rockswrote a review of on May 6, 2013

5 5

(First let me say that I gave these 5 stars because of the pairs I already own from last season. I have worn them enough to confidently give them top honors)
I already own a few pairs of Ramparts, both shorts and pants, from last season. I must say they are my favorite shorts and pants ever! Feel great, weigh next to nothing and tough as nails...I've rubbed against some rough rock, thinking they would be somewhat shredded, but not a scratch on them!
So......I noticed that they came out with new colors this season and I've been wanting a new pair of these. Another reviewer here mentioned that the sizes were different so I decided to try them on in the store. And I just want to say "THANK YOU" to that reviewer for saving me some time and money, because they definitely do NOT fit me anymore!! I currently wear last season's ramparts (both shorts and pants) in size 32" waist and they fit me great. However, the current size 32" waist is much too big even though the hip area feels the same. I also tried size 30" waist and the waist felt better (more like a 32") but the hip area is way too tight. So neither size will work for me, and I am SO GLAD that I have a few pairs from last season. Unless Arc'teryx brings the sizing back to 'normal', I might never be able to get another pair of Ramparts and that just breaks my heart!

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Colorado_Rockswrote a review of on February 10, 2012

2 5

My first down jacket and I'm not impressed. I've always heard how down is usually warmer than synthetic insulation so I figured I would give it a shot. Well...stepping out in the cold (30F) I can feel the cold air seeping in through the jacket right away, with no wind. My 100g Primaloft jacket blocks 100% of the wind, is much warmer, looks better, is easier to care for, has more pockets AND a hood, is less bulky (no 'michelin man' look whatsoever) and doesn't weigh that much more than the Zeus does. I'm sticking with Primaloft for sure. I do like the 'ocean blue' color of the Zeus but that's about it.

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Colorado_Rockswrote a question about on January 13, 2012

I have a size question. I am 38 years old and just learned to ski 5 years ago. I am in Colorado and ski maybe 11+ days per year. I am 5'6" 150lbs. My current skis are Rossignol Axium STX 154cm...I've had them since I started skiing and I feel it's time to upgrade. I guess I'm an intermediate skier, not too aggressive but still progressing and want something to handle the powder and ice better. Skiing fast isn't top priority for me. Here in CO I come across powder, lots of groomers, and the occasional icey crud. I like what I've read about the mantras, but noticed that 170cm is the smallest length they come in. Seems most newer skis are much longer than my 154cm's. At my height (5'6", 150) and current ski length (154cm) would the 170cm size be too much for me to handle?

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Colorado_Rockswrote a review of on April 28, 2011

5 5

I got this jacket cheap in january and figured it's time to write a review. I'm really picky with jackets and have tried a whole bunch of different ones...and usually end up just selling them and moving to the next one. Then I found this jewel! It fits so well. I am 5'6" 150lbs and the medium fits PERFECT. Big enough to wear a base layer and my north face redpoint underneath for the cold days, but surprisingly not too baggy with just a t-shirt for those mild/cool days.

I know a common complaint with the beta ar is the shorter length...but for me it's great. The back comes down far enough to cover my entire bum, but doesn't feel like I'm wearing a dress like the theta ar. Probably due to a combination of my shorter height and the slightly-longer 2010 version...so if you're a little on the short side this should be the one for you.

I've worn this skiing in some pretty bad weather...sub-zero temps, windy, snowstorms and rain/sleet...and water/ice/snow just falls right off without a drop getting in. The collar is great also, because it's short enough to not get in the way when fully zipped up, but long enough to protect from the elements quite well. When things get crazy on the ski lift, I can just tilt my head down and bury half my face behind it. The hood doesn't fit over my ski helmet but I wear an xl size helmet so it's understandable...and I've never had a need to wear a hood over my helmet anyways so no big deal to me.

Bottom line is: if you've been searching high and low for the perfect shell and just can't seem to find 'the one', give this one a try and your search may be over! Heck, I liked it so much I bought another...now I have one in 'big sky' blue for skiing and one in black for climbing, hiking and everyday use. No, I didn't pay retail for them so it didn't break the bank TOO bad!

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Colorado_Rockswrote a review of on December 3, 2009

4 5

First, let me start off by saying this is a wonderfully-made, quality shell. I'm 5'6" 150lbs, and after reading many reviews I got a size Small. It fits me perfectly with just a t-shirt underneath. But I'm not sure about the fit once layers are added. Today is in the single-digits where I live, so I thought I would try it out. I wore a tight thermal shirt with my TNF Redpoint jacket under the Theta AR. The Theta is just so close-fitting that there just doesn't seem to be enough "space" between the cold air and my skin, so I could feel the cold coming in a lot...it's as if the tight fit of the Theta is compressing the insulation layer too much and making it less of a barrier. Not to mention, the armpits rise up quite high and press against my underarms...I felt the outside of the jacket armpit, and there was a lot of warmth escaping. I would probably be warmer just wearing the Redpoint by itself. I've tried on the size Medium at the store and it's pretty big on me with layering and HUGE on me without layering. Now if only there was a size that's between small and medium, it would be perfect for me. So I'm going to keep the small and use it for spring/summer/fall, when I'm not wearing an insulation layer underneath. I might try to find a used Medium for the winter, when I need layering and warmth...but these things are not cheap, so it really sucks that I have to do that to get 4-season use out of it.
This frustrates me quite a bit, since lots of people writing reviews who are bigger than I am say the small is a little loose on them. It's definitely bigger than the average small, but not as much as I thought it would be. Does anybody else notice this?

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