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Dick Thompson

Dick Thompson

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What is it with the "Beyond Fonda" bit in the recent email notice?

I can tell you absolutely that if you are even 1/10th of 1/10th of 1% involved with or owned by any Fonda I will cease shopping with you. I will advise all I know to do the same and why. I am beginning a web search to find out.

If you have to ask you are either oblivious or in denial. Anyone who cheered American soldiers and airmen dying, as she did, is not a fitness expert, in fact that too was/is a scam.

Please tell me it was a copy writer's error who doens't know anything about the 60's and 70's.

You 1968-1971 Veteran here...old but memory still works.

Dick Thompson

Dick Thompson wrote an answer about on February 22, 2012

I bought the shadow jacket for an "urban wear" jacket, however it would perform well almost anywhere. In severe cold, wear it over a fleece item, like the "monkey phur" numbers from Mountain Hardware. I no longer can ski the steep and deep (age is a beotch) but the Shadow would be a perfect ski jacket and seems designed for that purpose in fact. Darn sure a beetter choice than my prior ski wear preference of Bogner ... about $1400 less expensive to start with ... and well designed in the details, like the hood flaps not waving in the wind, but dovetailed in to the collar. Well baffled and no cold spots, and not bulky at all compared to many other coats. My mega-ugly cold jacket is the Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero model, which, as it is a torso furnace, isn't very handy in and out around the city. Now that I have it, the Marmot Shadow becomes my travel jacket of choice to Montana high country in early spring and late fall. Just a well made and intelligently designed coat. It can cover a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions with its features.

Too bad BackCountry has run out of the Shadow in most sizes and colors.

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Dick Thompson wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

5 5

The name Monkey Man Fleece Jacket intrigued me, so I bought one. Now I am about to buy a couple more. Yes, it fits tight if your gut is extended, and mine is a bit, but I'm still 6' x 190 lbs, 44 shoulder and 36 gut (aggggh!) thanks to my more sedentary life style these days (I'm older than dirt). However at that size a Large fits fine for an under layer....snug but just right...with a nice drop down at the back side. If you want blousy around a large middle, get a size larger. However, the normal right size for you will be the right size for you in most cases. It is warm under a shell, and it breaths well, just open the pit zips on the shell. I would have loved to have had one of these when I was riding horses daily under a short barn coat or the de rigor Comfy Brand down jacket...bending over (you do that a lot with horses) or mounting and dismounting exposes your backside a bit, and sucks in February. This jacket is the cure, under either. As it is now, I diddle around with photogrpahy in out of the way mountain places and this jacket is the perfect first layer under a long waterproof shell (many pockets for gear), and under a middle layer of a down snap front liner when cold enough. Best part is perhaps the zippers which can be operated gloves on, like most Mtn Hdwe stuff.

In short, you don't have to be a delightfully crazy & 20 something adreneline junky (any more) like many of the BC.com contributors I've read. It really is a good piece of gear for ordinary Joe's whose crazy days are a bit in the past.

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Dick Thompson wrote a review of on October 25, 2004

4 5

Well designed jacket, almost perfect for on & off use, very packable for air travel, and as warm as advertised. I use for commute to city high rise office, as well as to exercise and train dogs in open country. Would be a 5-star if the area over kidneys had more volume...a little light there, and should have the same kind of snag resistant fabric for the waist band as the shoulders and arms...it is a high wear area. Fleece pockets are very nice, as is the position of the Napolean pocket, easy access and room for glasses and cell phone. Can't have everything, so for the cost, it is a great value.

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