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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these gloves when I took a work trip to ID in the winter. Temps got to -14 with wind chill. It was really cold but my hands were not. I think that the gloves work better without the liners because it gives you more movement out of them and you build up heat that way. I use the lines as my everyday gloves. You know to walk in, run, drive or sitting around the camp fire. Very happy I have these gloves.

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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on November 21, 2013

4 5

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

I got this jacket to replace a ripped softshell. I wasn't sure I was going to like it but after I got it used it a few time I feel in love with it. The cuffs I was a little thrown off by and they come undone form time to time but not to much of a big deal. The jacket is great for light to med rains and it is warm enough for me to about 40. I pair it with a fleece and I just did 8 hours in 27 degree weather with wind. No problem.

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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on August 1, 2013

4 5

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

I owned 3 shoftshell jackets before and I only had 1 that I truly loved. Until I got this one. The only down fall that I can see with it is that it might be to warm to go running in or something like that. I got this jacket to replaced my damaged Key III from Colombia which I loved and wanted to replacement from but they didn?t have the right color. I got my $ back and got this one instead.
I am a XL person and I got the XL. The fit is not to tight but also not really loose, so I don?t look like a stuffed sausage nor do I look like I am wearing something I might have settled on. I like how warm it is but in Washington right know it is hot (July 80?s) so I haven?t had time to wear it around town. I did take it up a few mountains with snow and it held up as expected. If you are a bigger person like myself I would suggest getting this jacket, you?ll love the fit.

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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I first got this jacket I noticed how much thicker it was than my Marmot soft shell. I liked how it fit, how it looked and the Omni heat stuff worked. I took it with me to work the next day with just a normal T shirt on. It was about 36 maybe 40 at times and I was really cold in this jacket! It blocked the wind and rain but I was still cold. After putting on some layers I felt a lot better.
I wasn?t doing much moving around at the time and it was a little cold for just a soft shell. I tried again today in little warmer temps (45ish) and it worked great. I was busy all day pulling ropes, walking around, and keeping my body heat up. The Omni heat really did the trick with just a T shirt on underneath it kept me warm but not to warm, dry in the PNW rain, and didn?t let any wind through. Today I really put it to the rain/wind test and it passed with flying colors!
I got an XL in the brown (I love the color), I have a big barrel chest, a small beer gut and I weigh in at around 230. The tail fits all the way down and the sleeves fit a little long which I like. The pockets are really warm and inviting.
I think the 1st time I used it, it was a little too cold for just a soft shell. The only down side to this jacket and my body type is that the armpits seem to ride a little high. After having it for 48 hours and wearing it all day to day I didn?t seem to notices as much. Don?t know if it stretched or just got use to it.
I think this jacket would be great for anyone who is looking for a really good all around soft shell. This jacket fits great and is true to the size, it looks good so you can wear it around town and on the trail.

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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on December 24, 2009

1 5

I got an REI mug that was just like this one years ago and I love it and still have it to this day. So I thought that I was getting something about the same. I was wrong...

1st I got the box in the mail and the way that they shipped it with no packing or anything was bad, then I get the mug and try to use it and it is not at all what I thought it was. You have to unscrew the whole lid to drink out of it, that top part is just a little cup. My REI one was not like that. Good idea and I like the price but really bad coffee cup. Don't buy.

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ESAR CHRIS wrote a review of on December 10, 2008

4 5

I think for backpacking this one is better then the full zip. The arm pits are better built then the full zip so they are not going to ware through. Both do an amazing job keeping you warm, as long as you don't have problem with wind or you layer it. I use this for SAR and on those cold nights it works great as an layer with my sleeping bag or as a nice warm place to up your head. Great product and I would get another one.

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