The backpack itself is good, but the reservoir started leaking at the bottom, near the seam, after the 5th. use. Not good at all, and it will be returned. Too bad, since i really love my Osprey backpacks!
Got this as a part of the Raptor backpack. The reservoir started leaking at the bottom near the seam the 5th. time it was used. Not impressed at all. My camelback is not leaking, and it is 4 years old!
This jacket is warm, light and very cheap. My stars are based on the price of less than 300USD, and I paid 350USD for mine. I consider buying it in Norway, where it was about 1100USD, but found that a bit pricy. For 300USD it is a real steal.
I bought the XXL, which fit me fine. The lenght is pretty good, but it could have been an inch longer in the back. I have not tried it in rain or wet snow, as I have other jackets for that, but in dry and cold weather it does the job very well. The hood and collar is snug, and does not let any warmth out. I have it in black with orange, and I do not find the orange very good looking. Overall, my second favorite down jacket ever, after the Peak Performance Air Down, which is extremly versatile.
Run and buy it at this price!!
Bought some pairs of this as an everyday winter sock. It is warm and soft, and hopefully it will last as long as my other Smartwool socks. I also bought the PHD light, but I prefer the medium crew.
Looks good on both sides, and is a little bit "longer" than many beanies. Warm and soft, what more can you wish for?
I have several Arcteryx fleece sweaters, all in XL. This model, however, had a wierd fit. It was wide and short, and did not look good on me. I returned it, and will stick with my other fleece sweaters instead.
I have several of this model, and it is excellent. Wear it as a base when skiing or just a t-shirt year around. It is warm, soft and very good looking. I am going to buy more of these in the future.
Bought this in XXL, which I normally use. The arms were short, and the body wide, so I did not like the shape at all. If you like the shape and fit, it is probably ok.
Bought the Pewter Space Dye in XXL, which looks cool. The feel of the fabric is a bit different than a bodyfit 260, it is more like a regular cotton sweater. It is not very big in XXL, I wish the arms had been a litte longer. First impressions were that this is a sweater that is going to last for a long time, and I am going to like it.
Bought this in XL, too bad they don't make it in XXL as the XL is a little short on the arms for me. It is slim fit, looks and feels good. A good choice for a veryday light sweater, and a good buy now when it is 20% off.
I might buy another one later, and for sure if they start making it in XXL.
Before this, I had the Arcteryx Theta SV and Peak Performance Heli Alpine, so I have some good pants to compare with. Bought the Lofoten in Tasty Red XL, both fit and color are excellent. The details that makes the Lofoten stand out is:
-Pants can be zipped togheter with the jacket
-Bibs can be removed
-High and stretchy waist keeps snow and wind out, even if not zipped together with a jacket
-Velcro thighteners at the waist, makes belt unnecessary
-Several large pockets.
-Nice fit, it feels just right
The fabric seems bullet proof, so does the reinforcement on lower legs.
I bought this in Carbon copy as a rain jacket to wear around town. The fabric is soft and nice, the lenght and hood is nice. What I don't like is the baggy shape. I find Norr�na jackets to have a much better fit than the Sabre SV. I have not used it for skiing, but the powder skirt does not seem to be as good as Peak Performance or Norr�na. I also find it to lack pockets, but the under arm vents are good.
I bought this jacket in XL, but normally wear XXL. Found the XXL to have to long arms. The problem with the XL is that it is to slim around the lats and chest. . The fit on the arms and abdomen is perfect, but I can not fit a back protector under my jacket. Other than that, the jacket is very good. Very good looking, light and waterproof. The Pond color is very good looking, and the zip for the pants is great. Hood is also good, but I'd like a chest pocket.
It is true that Arcteryx has a better under arm zip vent, but I find this to be a minor problem.
My old jacket, Peak Performance Heli Alpine, had softer fabric and was warmer. I'll see what I'll do, maybe switch it for a XXL or go back to a Peak Performance.
I bought this jacket when it came in 2008, and have used it as my primary jacket for warmth under a shell jacket when skiing ever since. It still looks good, and not worn out. It is warmer than most other fleecejakcets of similar thickness, and its sleek surface makes it nice to wear under a shell. It got some burling initially, but it did not increase after the first few months. Bought one for my GF, and she loves it as well. This year, I bought a new one in the color Dark Moraine. A very good looking color! The jacket is mostly the same as my old one, except this has holes for the tumbs, and has a fleece liner around the neck. Looking forward to several years in this jacket. Have it in XXL, and it is true to its size. The new jacket has slightly longer arms than the old one. The jacket also has a light stretch, which makes it good to wear over a back protector
First of all, I have not used this jacket much, so I will edit og make a new review later. Have it in pop red sized XXL. It has a nice and slim fit, and feels warm. The problem is, it looses A LOT of fibers. Everything I touch gets red. Tried to wash it, and the clothes I washed afterwards had red burlings from the jacket. My jacket did not improve after the wash. I will try to wash it 2 more times, but if it does not improve, I will return it. I can not have a jacket that leaves so much red fibers on everything I get close to.
Update Feb 2013:
It is still the same, even after use and several times through the washer. My GTX shell gets lots of red fiber sticking on the inside after wearing this jacket underneath. I will return it, as I have other fleece jackets that does the job without leaving all those fibers. I would recommend Norr�na Lofoten instead, or Arcteryx Delta SV if the extra warmth is needed.
I just loved this jacket, from the first time i put it on. Warm and cozy with a nice slim fit. I have the XXL, and found that the arms could be longer. I also noticed a slight burling, so I hope that does not continue. My other Icebreaker sweathers seem to look good for a long time, so I hope this will as well. Regular price is pretty steep, thankfully it is often discounted.
I bought this jacket as a winter jacket, for higher temperatures than my 3 down jackets. I initially planned to buy the /29 parka, but found that this jacket would be more versitile temperature vise (as it is less insulated, and the /29 parka is as warm as a down jacket), and the hood on this jacket is much better than the one on the /29. It also has armpits vents, which I really favour.
The jacket looks great in caviar, like a regular winter coat. The GTX fabric keeps you dry, and the hood fits well. I also bought the fur that can be attached to the hood with welcro, just love that one. The jacket is not bulky, like a Canada Goose, and the light insulation makes it best suited for -10 to +10 deg C (14-50 deg F). The fit is more relaxed than Lofoten or some other Norr?na jackets, and that is nice for the purpose I bought it for. I normally wear XXL or XL in Norr?na, and bought this in XL. It is on the large side, with very long arms. Consider sizing down on this jacket. Highly recomended as a everyday jacket around town, but I'd prefer the lofoten shell when going skiing. I will add a photo of the hood with the fur later.
This was the first Icebreaker T-shirt i bought 4 years ago. Needless to say, I have been very happy, since I now have 12 Icebreaker T-shirts. I now boutht my second of the lancewood model.The fit is great (XL for me who is 6'4" and 216lb). The look is also good, and it has good durability. The fabric is soft, but very "flat", so it does feel a little moist if you sweat a lot. For high intensity, I choose something else, but for everyday wear or alpine skiing, it is perfect.
I use the bootcut heli mid pants on my legs, and on my upper body I wear an Icebreaker t-shirt, an Icebreaker longsleeve 200 (optional, only if it is cold), my back protector and then the PP heli mid. If it is very cold, I might swap the heli mid for the Arcteryx Delta SV high loft jacket.
Due to the body mapping, the jacket is warmer than most GTX shells. I've never used primaloft or down under the shell, that is to warm for me.
Skied with this jacket (and pants) entire last season, and will do that this season as well. The Heli Alpine is really the best skiing clothes out there, period. Before that, I had the Arcteryx Sidewinder AR jacket and Theta SV pants, and the Peak Performance Heli Alpine is better in almost every aspect.
First, and most important, the feel of the proshell fabric is very smooth. Not like other Proshell, more like a softshell. The body mapping with thin fleece pads where you usually get cold, works great.
The look on the jacket is also great. Great room for layers, but snug enough to keep the cold air out. The hood is easy to adjust, so is the arm cuffs.
Many and roomy pockeds, all with zippers. No complaints on this jacket, it is just as I should have designed it myself. The only thing that was better on the Arcteryx was the durability (or maybe the fabric/stitching quality). The Arcteryx did not look used at all after a year, but on the Heli Alpine you can see small fibers of fabric around the zippers and in the collar.
I would also like a zip to connect to the pants, instead of buttons and snowskirt.
The price in Norway? 1100USD for just the jacket. Worth it? YES.