(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!
That's kind of what I thought, but no where in the description does it say gore-tex or GTX...and somebody here answered a question saying they are not waterproof which made me wonder.
I just bought these from amazon.com, and the seller is listed as backcountry.com. Same sale price as your website. However, amazon advertises them as gore-tex (GTX) and your website does not. Are the shoes I ordered really GTX?
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.
Oh yes, I didn't notice the specs on this page that clearly state it comes in 163cm! Would that be the ideal length or would I just end up wishing I got the 170 later on? A ski length calculator I found says that I should be 167cm
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?
I am 5'6" 155lbs and the medium is perfect. Good room for a north face redpoint underneath and not too baggy with just a t shirt!
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!
I've owned both, and eventually sold my plasma thermal. It was a nice jacket, pretty much a shell and insulation in one. However, I prefer using the redpoint with a separate shell for more versatility (get a good shell and the combination will be much lighter than the plasma also). They were both warm, but I think the redpoint may be warmer...and the redpoint's hood is what really got me to keep it! I wear it almost every day, it's great from temps in the 50s down to below zero! Wear a warm baselayer or midlayer under it and you're super-toasty!
What's the difference between the 2008 Theta AR and the 2009 version? Was the inside pocket on the 2008 version?
I've never tried the compressor, but I can tell you this jacket is awesome for cold days and it looks great when you're "walking around town". Both use primaloft so they might be a close call. It might just come down to the look/color choice. I tried it the other day in single-digit temps while shirtless underneath and believe it or not I was warm!! Of course that was only for 10-20 minutes, but impressive nonetheless.
I have one, it seems excellent with blocking wind. Not to mention, one of my favorite jackets EVER because it's so warm.
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?
I am wondering if I should look at size S or size M. I am 5'6", 155lbs. I looked at the Arcteryx sizing chart and it's kind of mixed...my chest fits the "small" category, but my waist and hip is closer to the "medium" category. Any opinions? Thanks!
I have an older version of the black redpoint jacket. If you look close, it has a greyish "grid" pattern on top of the black color...do the newer versions have this, or is the black more of a "solid" black color?
I'm 5'6" and 150lbs. The medium fits me perfectly.
I own lots of winter jackets. What can I say, I have become a jackethead since moving out west. I own 8-10 North Face jackets, a Marmot and a few Columbia's. But if I had to give them all away and keep only 1, this would be it!!
This is the warmest jacket I have ever owned. Period. TNF Plasma Thermal comes close, but I'd have to go with this one. It is VERY lightweight but somehow VERY warm. Wind does not penetrate the material. I keep thinking it must be some kind of magic jacket...I wore this over just a t-shirt outside in 5-degree weather, windy with a windchill of much lower than 0F, and I was warm!
The "snorkel" hood is interesting and at first I didn't like it; it bunches up behind your neck when you zip up the jacket without wearing the hood. BUT, when you DO wear the hood with the jacket zipped up, it might look a little silly but trust me...this thing keeps your whole head nice and toasty (minus the face, of course). Now I just can't do without this hood! Get a good waterproof shell to use when it's raining and you are SET. I'm so blown away by this jacket!!!!
Wish I could give it 6 stars!!
P.S. If someone could find the 2007 version (medium) in blue (like this one: http://www.jacketreviews.com/Reviews/Synthetic-Jackets/The-North-Face-Redpoint-Optimus-Jacket) I would buy it from you!! I wish TNF would bring back some old colors.
This jacket is FAR less puffy than the nuptse and won't get wet while dry, but the down fill of the nuptse is a bit warmer. Don''t get me wrong, I have worn the Redpoint Optimus in Single degree weather (with a light fleece underneath). The insulated hood on the Optimus is superior than the Nuptse. The Redpoint can be worn in a FAR wider range of temperatures thoughYes, get the optimus!! It's sooo warm without weight or bulk.
I'm not sure what the exact rating is on this but I would say, with a decent layer(s) underneath, this should hold up. I just wear this with a t-shirt when it's in the teens/single-digits here in Utah and it keeps me plenty warm. A good base layer, fleece sweater, and this on top, should be good in my opinion. TNF Nuptse Jacket is also a solid choice but it can get quite warm when doing any activity unfortunately. Good luck!I agree. Here in CO, I can wear it with just a t-shirt down to almost zero and it's all good. Put a thermal or light fleece under it and maybe a shell for the rain and it's all you need. The hood keeps your whole head warm, too!
This jacket is great! Really light and not bulky-feeling at all. The primaloft insulation (my personal favorite) is very thin for the warmth it gives. I recently wore it in CO during our cold spell when the temps got down to well below zero and it was very nice. I can wear just a t-shirt under it down to about 10 degrees F (probably lower when I'm moving around a lot and creating more of my own heat). I'd say that with just a bit a layering, like a thermal and a very light fleece it can be worn to well-below-zero temperatures. And of course the pitzips help tons when things heat up, which isn't hard to do in this jacket. The outer material feels nice and smooth, repelling pet hairs...I have 3 cats and a dog, and my BLACK plasma thermal never gets "hairy"! Unless you're intent on a 3-in-1 jacket, I would highly recommend this one!