Hobdul

Hobdul

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Hobdul wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

1 5

These gloves were promising based on the features and the comfy fit, but they failed on the first day I was riding at Vail. The cuff tightener on the left glove ripped off the glove--the supposedly tough outer shell ripped at the attachment point. This meant I could no longer cinch the cuff, leading to cold air and snow down the glove. Return time...

Setting aside the failure mentioned above,I would also mark this glove down relative to the Burton gloves I've used before for the design of the cuff tightener. The Burton gloves use one pull cord to tighten the cuff and one to loosen it, with the latter on the opposite side of the cuff. In order to loosen the Marmot cuff, their design has you grasp a fiddly plastic piece on the tightening cord and squeeze it while sliding the cord to loosen the glove. Much tougher to do quickly and reliably than the Burton system.

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Hobdul wrote a review of on February 21, 2011

4 5

These fit great, better than any other softshell gloves that I've tried or owned. For wearing when cold but not frigid (say, 25 to 40 degrees), they are very useful. My biggest criticism is that they lack adequate grip because of the limited leather palm--grasping anything with the finger tips is slippery. Given that Arcteryx sells other gloves that do have full leather fingers, that's more of a failing of my purchase process than the gloves themselves. I'm planning to replace them with a comparable Arcteryx pair with better grip.

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Hobdul wrote a review of on August 23, 2009

5 5

These have replaced my North Face convertible pants as my favorite hiking pants. Perfect fit (I'm 5'10", 180, wear 32/30), not too baggy (and that makes them look sharp enough when you're off the trail) and the stretch aspect of the fabric makes them super comfy. The material dries very quickly when wet. Finally, the pockets are useful, as the stretch fabric means that your legs don't bind when hiking with big items in the pockets.

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Hobdul wrote a review of on March 4, 2009

5 5

I had used an excellent Victorinox wheelie for a few years until my girlfriend got a Flight Deck. After borrowing hers on a couple flights, I had to get my own. Why is it the best? 1) Super space-efficient, due to compact telescoping handle and squared off corners (whereas my Victorinox and others, including the new Timbuk2 travel bags, are rounded and don't take advantage of the full size allowed by the airlines). 2) Excellent Burton construction. 3) Great little pockets and general layout.

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