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Dakota007

Dakota007

Western Colorado via North Dakota

Dakota007's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck . I bought a Large. I can fit this over layers (shirts, sweatshirts, midweights), but it also fits under my shells (Arc Beta AR in M and Marmort Pro Tour in L). The Ultralight I found has a very trim fit so I do not think I would have been comfortable at all with the Medium.

I bought a MHW Ghost Whisperer and this at the same time as they were both on sale. Luckily I live in the country with no neighbors because I probably looked pretty goofy going out and doing walking laps in my yard alternating between the two to see which I liked better. My conclusion was that the Ghost Whisperer was better (warmer). The temps were about 0-5 F with a light wind and the hood with elastic stays tighter around your head and keeps you warmer. I also felt less air seep through the stitching. I think the Patagonia is better looking and the hood is better looking just as OutdoorGearLab stated. The Pat is the better coat for around town, but the Whisperer is more effective. The Viking blue is a great color as well.

I bought my father in law one as well with no hood for Christmas and he really liked it and kept it. He lives in AZ and hikes a lot. He didn't quite need the warmth I was looking for.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck . I bought a Large. I can fit this over layers (shirts, sweatshirts, midweights), but it also fits under my shells (Arc Beta AR in M and Marmort Pro Tour in L).

I bought a Patagonia Ultralight Hoody and this at the same time as they were both on sale. Luckily I live in the country with no neighbors because I probably looked pretty goofy going out and doing walking laps in my yard alternating between the two to see which I liked better. My conclusion was that the Ghost Whisperer was better. The temps were about 0-5 F with a light wind and the hood with elastic stays tighter around your head and keeps you warmer. I also felt less air seep through the stitching. I think the Patagonia is better looking and the hood is better looking just as OutdoorGearLab stated. The Pat is the better coat for around town, but the Whisperer is more effective.

The material is light and fragile so I will almost always have it under a shell.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I bought the Blue in a Large. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs. 42" chest. The fit was good for me. I could fit layers under it no problem. I bought this to replace a TNF that doesn't have a hood. I found that I didn't find the coat to be any warmer, actually less. I felt like I was feeling air go through a little more in the stitching then my old coat. I decided that I just need to get a more burley coat for below zero temps. I returned it, but if I didn't already have that TNF, I probably would have kept it.

The blue color is nice and not too bright IMO. The forearms are sort of tight like I had read before, but nothing to cause concern.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

Not bad ...Bought a Large
4 5

I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck

I found some peoples reviews contradicting and confusing, therefor I had a difficult time choosing a size. My objective is to have a nice winter coat I can layer. The large feels big on me, but it doesn't look too bad. I can fit my monkey fleece coat or my 800 fill down coat underneath it and it doesn't look tight or awkward. I have a old summit series TNF that is Gore Pro in a medium and it looks better on me, but I can't layer under it because the zipper barely wants to close and it is way too tight. I know without ever having seen the Beta in a Medium it would look good and feel better, but I'm not sure I would be able to layer under it. The arms are long, but I have to come to terms with the fact that this is a technical outdoor sport shell and not the around town and hiking cross I wished it was, it is meant to go over winter gloves and all that, so I get it.

I drank the Arc'teryx Koolaid in buying this coat for how expensive it is (first Arc piece for me), and it is really nice. But I can be honest since I am not a cheese ball Gore Tech program guy or whatever and just a dude spending his hard earned cash. The coat is nice, but it is almost the exact same as my TNF. Same gore pro, almost same denier nylon on the outside, same taped seams, both made in China (great quality control, but maximizing profit). I like the main zipper on the Beta much better though. The TNF cost half the price, actually less since I bought it at a TNF outlet store new for $160. I took pics to back all this up, but the site won't let me load anything.

Bottom line: It's a great coat, but if you can score another brand with Gore Pro for much cheaper, consider giving it a shot.

It's a 5 star coat, but gave it 4 star for the price.

*In the pic, I have a MH Monkey fleece underneath

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

2 5

Only wore it twice. Bought a Medium (5'10" 185 lbs) and it fit weird. I couln't find a good time of year in North Dakota to wear it. It's not warm enough for most of fall, winter, and spring. I couldn't layer under it or wear more then a T-shirt because it was too tight. The bottom hand pockets also make it flare out and look wide and awful.

The second time I did give it a shot, I put a piece of paper in the chest pocket and the button came off! I had it 6 months or so, way longer then Backcountry's return policy, but as awesome as they are, they just returned it and gave me my money back for it.

One positive, I liked the Walnut color.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

I am 5'10 185 lbs and bought a Medium which fits awesome. I wear it in the winter with a T-shirt and Flannel on and it is very warm and comfortable. It even does a half decent job of blocking wind.

As others have stated, fleece is only in the main body area, which I thought was going to look goofy when on, but you can't even tell. I know I wear it under 32 F pretty often and it is perfect for a quick run around town.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for a carry on for a trip to the Galapagos. It is the same dimensions as Delta's website requirement. When it arrived I thought it looked stupidly small and was thinking it wouldn't work for me. Well, I was wrong. This thing fills up and expands fantastically. I fit my full length wet suit, full size flippers and snorkel gear,keene sandals, and clothes for 5 days in it. This thing was brilliant. Went on boats, planes, camped, and whatever else and it still looks brand new. It folds into itself so it stores away with minimal space.

Complaint:
The shoulder strap is horribly uncomfortable and slippery when it is completely full. It's best to wear it across your body. I plan on finding a old shoulder strap pad from some other bag and using it on this.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

I have an older model. 3 layer Pro Gore-Tex. It is a Summit Series, and works fantastic. This looks like the same coat in almost every way. I have a Medium. I'm 5'10" 180 lbs. It fits perfect for summer or fall use under a light shirt. If you try to layer it with a fleece coat or even down coat, forget about it. It is really really tight with another jacket underneath. The fit is awesome though otherwise and looks good. Very durable and on sale quite affordable for what you get.

I think mine was a TNF Point Five or something like that.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on August 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I ordered this softshell hoping for something warm and windproof for the winter this year for around the 15 to 40 F temp range. It is not as windproof as I was hoping it would be. It is summer, so I can't give it the true chance to know, but I wore it around at 65 F with a 15 mph that did tell me I can feel the wind and I know it won't block a good North Dakota arctic wind. So I guess the point I'm getting at is that I don't think it is quite what I am looking for.

With that said, the Cobalt Blue with the green and black is a really sharp looking coat. I am 5'10 185 lbs with a 43" chest, not in great shape, but the Large fits really nice. It looks trim and athletic. The sleeves are a bit long, but pretty tolerable (I have 33" arm length for shirts). The materials are also really nice and soft feeling.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on June 21, 2013

4 5

It fits well and feels nice on your head. I got it for an upcoming seakayak trip, and while testing it out, it can easily be blown off in a decent wind around 15-20 mph. I put eyelets in the elastic band near where my ears are and you can't feel them and I didn't have to make exposed holes on the exterior where you would see them. It gives me the option to use a chin strap or not but the hat looks the same on the exterior regardless.

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Dakota007 wrote a review of on May 22, 2013

5 5

I have had mine for 7 or 8 years and it is still in great shape. The material has somewhat balled up after washing it, but mine is an older material and not as soft as the new ones. I love it for traveling on airplanes because it doubles as a pillow and the chest pocket is perfect for my Ipod and the pockets on the side are big enough to fit a small book it or rolled up magazine. The only weakness is a bitter arctic wind in North Dakota can go right through it.
My wife is on her third one because she keeps sleeping in them, getting drool and ketchup or whatever on them so I have to keep buying her a new one to wear in public ;)

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