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JPhO wrote a review of on June 25, 2014

Nice fit, but not as tough as thought...
3 5

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

I bought these pants a little over a year ago and have worn them casually around town since. I'm not a rancher or doing anything incredibly rough in them, just wash and wear around.
First, the good: They might be the best fitting pant I own, in part because MK actually makes them in a 35-inch waist. To me, they don't seem that slim, just thankfully not sloppy baggy either (I'm 6'2, 200 lbs.). They also have great range of movement from the gusseted crotch. The slant pockets are perfect as is the hidden one. I love the Ranch color, and the way it wears.
The 'could be better': Despite the triple stitching and 'overbuilt' design, mine already got a small tear somehow near one of the belt loops, and the stitching on some pairs can often be sloppy (see pics I posted). Moreover, the triple-stitching on the inseam can rub against each other until it starts to abrade a bit. Not that they're falling apart yet, but I have to think a double stitching that bites into the fabric and hides the thread from the surface more would be better (as is the case in other parts of the pant, i.e. back pockets, fly).
Overall it's a nice-fitting, functional pant. I just think they could do a better job with the construction. Also, a navy, and chocolate brown color option would be cool too.

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JPhO wrote a review of on June 20, 2014

4 5

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

Bought this for my girlfriend and I to use car-camping and on short overnight backpacking trips. We haven't had it out down to its 20 degree rating yet, but like the other reviewer, I have a hard time believing it would be warm then, simply because there isn't really a full coverage hood, and no draft flaps/collars to block air coming down the bag in between the two people in it. Plenty warm down into the 40's where we have used it so far though.
The zippers on each side are great, especially in a two-door tent where you can get all the way out to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without waking and crawling over your partner. I also really like the laminated insulation. A great feature/technology from MH. Basically it keeps there from being any thread/stitching on the outside of the bag. Important for us with a dog in the tent who's often crawling around, don't have to worry about him tearing the thread. The shell fabric is plenty durable yet lightweight, and the lining is soft and smooth. Lots of room inside for two.
Overall a great bag but just wish it had a more full coverage hood, and a lightweight draft collar, especially in the middle.

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JPhO wrote a review of on August 19, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been waiting for Osprey to update the Atmos line so when they did I finally purchased this one in early 2012.

The good: I love the packbag design with stretch side pockets, front pocket, and dual-zppered front pockets. I can easily get a week's worth of gear and food inside, with pretty good organization. I really like the back panel that offers good ventilation, and Osprey is smart to keep exposed thread/stitching to a very minimum. In my experience, exposed thread lines (especially on the backpanel and straps) get full of sweat and trail dust, then get abraded until they fall apart. The hipbelt is comfy and nicely adjustable, and the pockets are a nice size and easy to get into.

The 'could be better': As a former long-distance hiker, I never use the top lid. Took that off right away and am really disappointed there is no strap to tighten down over the top of the storm collar. This is a real pain not to be able to cinch that down, bring the weight closer to your back and keep things up there from wobbling. Every pack I've ever owned has had one of these but for some reason Osprey left it off this one. Major minus.
Also, when the pack is fully stuffed and I go to cinch the side compression straps, often times it pulls apart the zipper on the top of the dual front pockets. I have to be real careful about how tight I cinch them so that the zippers don't pull open as I'm hiking down the trail and have everything fall out.

Other than that it's pretty well made. I appreciate that Osprey uses higher stitch-counts than most pack manufacturers nowadays. That really helps hold everything together over the long haul. I'd hoped to keep this one awhile but am keeping my eye out for possible replacements due to the issues above.

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JPhO wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

4 5

Finally settled on this tent (summer 2012) after an exhaustive search, and my experience waiting out nasty storms in similar BA tents. One of the main selling points for me, at 6'2" tall, was the 90" length. While my feet brush the end of this one and I still wish it were longer, at least it's not jammed like many others. The other clinchers were the light weight, and the quality of BA's stitching. So many other tents out there are sewn like all the other cheap junk coming out of Asia. While this home is constructed there too, at least BA applies higher stitch-counts with high-quality. Lastly, I really enjoy the layer of nylon fabric between the floor and the mesh-netting; it adds a little privacy and blocks other peoples lights from glaring straight into your eyes while your lying in it at night (if you don't have the fly on). I wish BA would do the same on the doors of the Fly Creek series.

At first I was hesitant because the the door design lowering to the bottom, rather than the D-doors. After using it I actually don't mind the door, I just try to keep it 'in' the tent when it's down, and I like how wide it is. The only things I would improve is to have the door zipper sewn and taped, like Mtn. Hdwr. used to do, rather than the now standard felled double row of stitching. The taped way makes the doors much easier to glide open and close, and helps the zipper last longer. Also, despite my comments above, some of the stitching on the fly is a little sloppy in places, but no leaks so far.

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JPhO wrote a review of on November 13, 2010

5 5

This is my fifth different Arcteryx jacket over the years and one of my favorites. I bought it for backcountry use and around town during the NW winter. So far I’ve found it comfortable (with only a T-shirt underneath) down to the mid-40’s. I’d say its warmth is comparable to a mid/heavy-weight fleece with a windbreaker over it. In the backcountry I can use it down close to freezing when it’s over a long-sleeve lightweight wool top, and under a rainshell. The hood adds a lot of warmth for minimal weight and confusion.
My favorite part are the cuffs, which provide a really nice stretchy, secure fit (unlike some other Arcteryx cuff designs). Fit and quality of the jacket are typical Arcteryx best in the business. I really like the clean design that's free of the sewn thru seams you see all across most other synthetic-insulated jackets. My only complaint (as I’ve seen others mention) is that the main zipper easily comes down. Arcteryx really needs to change this to a locking/stiffer zipper design. It’s only a slight annoyance for what otherwise is a perfect insulating mid-layer. I love the whole Atom line, and if you need more warmth, check out the Atom SV.

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