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Jared  G.

Jared G.

Western Colorado via North Dakota

Jared G.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing

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Jared G.wrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

I have had these for around two years. They are unbelievably comfortable and warm. I can wear mine outside in the dead of winter below zero to do a few chores outside and my feet stay warm. The wool molds to your foot shape over time and makes them even more comfortable. Your feet will sweat in them with moderate activities, but they do not stink from my experience.

The leather sole becomes very smooth and shiny making it crazy slippery outside if you step on snow and ice. So they should really only be worn indoors. My wife has the rubber sole and can wear them wherever and really loves hers as well. I sort of wish I had bought the rubber sole, so I might just get a second pair.

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Jared G.wrote a review of on December 18, 2016

5 5

I took mine recently to -30 F on a calm night lying out under the stars. I used an old 2" Cabelas pad and a closed cell pad. I wore medium weight wool socks, fleece pants, upper body (wool t-shirt, r2 fleece, ghost whisperer) and was plenty warm all around. I could go lower with ease I think.

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Jared G.wrote a review of on June 30, 2016

Fits well
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet has been great for the little guy. It's easy on and the dial on the back allows you to get it nice and snug on their heads. My boy likes his so much at 2 years old that he wears it just around the house and yard sometimes.

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Jared G.wrote a review of on February 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I have had mine for I would say at least three years. It washes up well after getting dirty and the DWR works again and again. The windstopper makes this very utilitarian. It is not the warmest coat. It is fleece lined, but the fleece is very thin and not all that warm. None the less, I wear this coat three seasons of the year regularly, and sometimes in the winter with a Atom LT or Ghost Whisperer under it. I find it to be a great cycling coat as well as long as you have a layer underneath that has a chest pocket to hold music devices. This coat does not have a internal pocket to hold your phone or mp3 player and it really should.

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Jared G.wrote a review of on February 5, 2016

Well Built
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Made of heavy materials and the overall build quality seems really good.

Mine came without the extension clamp by accident from the factory. I contacted Park Tools and they had one in the mail the next day with an apology and no questions asked.

User friendly for all ages.

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Jared G.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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Jared G.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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Jared G.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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Jared G.wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

Pretty Big
4 5

I am 5'10 185 lbs. 42 -chest; 33 -arms; 34 -waist; 16.5 -neck
Bought a Large for layering, but it looks like a grandma's night gown on me. I bought a Beta AR instead, however I think this would definitely be the better ski/snowboard jacket. Since there is no insulation, you have to layer it anyways. I sent it back.

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Jared G.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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Jared G.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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Jared G.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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