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Dannywrote a review of on July 21, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this helmet having heard good things about it from some other riders. The helmet is light and seems that it would do the job, but the sizing was funky and the adjustment system felt a bit cheap. In fact, I had to return the helmet because the adjustment system stopped working entirely––it's possible I just got a defective unit, but because protecting your head is not something you want to skimp on, I decided to just drop the extra money and get the Giro Savant with MIPS. It's definitely more expensive, but it feels leagues better, both in construction and fit, right out of the box.

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Dannywrote a review of on March 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Two seasons of hard riding and they still look brand new. The lenses provide a very wide, very clear, distortion-free view, and the foam and strap are perfectly comfortable (both directly on your head or on a helmet). They ventilate well––never had any fogging issues––and they can take a hit. In sum, yes, these goggles are expensive, but you get what you pay for, and if you get them on sale, you're getting a great deal on a set of goggles that will last you many, many seasons to come.

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Dannywrote a review of on March 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

"Your boots and bindings are the most important parts of your set-up"––after two seasons of hard riding, I can say that these bindings are a solid choice for any rider looking to follow this truism. The build-quality is top-notch and they have all the bells and whistles of more expensive bindings without all the fancy "space-age" carbon materials (which keeps the price down). They're as easy to set up as they are to tune, and they have a nice flex that is right at home on any part of the mountain. Great company, great bindings, and as they're usually on sale––great price.

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Dannywrote a review of on March 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These have carried me from the dusty streets of Istanbul all the way to the cold, soggy mountains of Norway, and they've performed impeccably. The waterproofing is excellent, the break-in period is almost non-existent, and the build-quality is great. Now, of course, some weather/terrain-specific boots will outperform these––insulated boots will be warmer, thinner boots will breathe better/dry off quicker, softer boots will be more comfortable, etc. At the end of the day, however, these will save you the cost of having to buy all those different types of boots, and they'll get you to where you need to go.

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Dannywrote a review of on March 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Needed to replace an old fleece so I went with this one after a lot of research and recommendations from friends––couldn't be happier. It breathes amazingly well (used it while skiing), but it still kept me warm for those cold chair-lift-rides back up the mountain. Now, some people may complain that it doesn't protect you from the wind: it wasn't designed to. Full breathability means no wind-blocking, and vice-versa. That being said, if you throw a shell over this, you've got yourself a layering system that's practically unbeatable for any activity above 10 degrees Fahrenheit (key word: active).

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Dannywrote a review of on November 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Atom AR is the most versatile jacket I have ever owned. It sheds rain and light precipitation even after a year of abuse, and it's managed to retain it's shape as well (thank Coreloft for that). But my favorite thing is that it regulates temperature so well––wear it with just a t-shirt and it's perfect for anything down to 40F degrees. Throw a light 1/4-zip fleece under it and it's good down to the teens. Put a shell over that combination and you can dip into the negatives with no worries. Basically, there's no weather under 60F degrees where this jacket isn't useful.
Now a little about the craftsmanship: it's excellently made. The fit is fantastic, leaving just enough room underneath for a fleece (heavy or light, your choice), but it also has a slim fit that layers really well under other jackets. The zippers are a dream, and the handwarmer pockets are "that" detail that make you happy every time you put the jacket on.
The price might seem slightly steep at first, but you get what you pay for, and as strapped for cash as I am right now, I would have no issues buying another one of these jackets because it's just that good.

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Dannywrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I won't lie, I was hesitant to drop this much money at first. But if my other two pieces of Arc'Teryx gear (Rush and Atom AR) were any indication, it would be worth the investment. And boy was I right. On days when it's 40˚ below zero, and there's a 25mph wind tearing away at my face, this jacket works like a charm. With nothing but a t-shirt and a light (LIGHT) fleece underneath, this jacket has no problems standing up to that kind of weather. The hand-warmer pockets keep my hands toasty, the hood is absolutely wonderful and adjusts to every inch of my head, and the cinch-waist and hem are killer details that keep the wind from sneaking up through any gaps. This jacket is going into it's second winter and it shows absolutely no signs of wear––can't recommend it enough.
(It got down to 60˚ below zero one day, and I threw the Arc'Teryx Atom AR underneath it. Not only did it fit perfectly, but I was actually starting to feel a bit too warm after a while.)

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Dannywrote a review of on October 28, 2015

Bombproof
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought this jacket last year after considering a few other models from a few other companies. I think what did it for me was the brand's stellar reputation, the design of the jacket, and the reviews.
Arc'Teryx is a great company, and they're constantly churning out great gear. My other two pieces of 'Teryx gear are the Atom AR and the Fission SV. The Atom is by far my favorite down jacket, and the Fission is the ONLY jacket I have (and need) for -40ËšF/C weather. So the point here is, Arc'Teryx knows what they're doing: they make great outdoor gear that lasts.
So what about this jacket? I've used this jacket in everything from a walk in light rain on 60ËšF day, to snowboarding on a -20ËšF day (+ wind chill). It it perfectly windproof, it breathes very well, and it's perfectly water proof. Moreover, for being an alpinism-grade shell, it's very lightweight.
I'll share one quick story to convince you that this is the right shell for you, no matter your needs. After backpacking for about three days and ~50 miles in Norway's Jotunheimen National Park, I'd finally made it to the base of the mountain I was going to climb (Falketind). It was pouring buckets of rain, and even though the last approach had only been a couple hours of hiking, I'd been walking through it the entire time. I pitched my tarp, I crawled under it, and to my utter amazement, I was BONE dry. Now here's the good part: because it was so windy, I hadn't had much time to make my shelter wind-proof. So, after crawling in my bivy and realizing I was sleeping in a wind-tunnel, I took this jacket and hung it across the entrance. Not only did it keep out the wind (and rain) the entire night, but the next morning when I was packing up camp, it was dry within 15 minutes of wearing it. I don't know about you, but that's the kind of protection I expect. While the price may be high, this jacket still looks brand new after the months of abuse I've put it through.

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Dannywrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

You're not too keen on dropping 200 bucks on goggles that either have way more tech than you need, or are just much more fancy than you want-- which is why these are freakin' great! They're pretty middle-of-the-road as far as price goes, but they're not cheap-- they ventilate well (hardly ever had a problem with fogging), they fit well, and they come in dope color-ways. They might not have the most visibility in the market, but you're gonna have to shell out some extra money if you really fee like you need 360-degree vision...

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Dannywrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

Even though these are my first pair of snowboarding boots, I can honestly say they're very good ones. I've used many rental boots in the past, so I have a fair amount of experience with how they should/shouldn't fit, and these boots definitely fit well. The materials are all top notch, and they're pretty much in the middle as far as stiffness goes (not too flexible/not too stiff)-- definitely all-mountain boots. Great price too!

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