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Jahan wrote a review of on March 29, 2013

5 5

These pants are great. I wore them 12 days snowboarding in the PACNW this year in heavy snow, mostly from 15-35*F. I was 5'7"/175lbs when I got them and the medium fits me very well. I'm about 182 now at the end of the season and the waist is a bit tighter that I'd like, but they still fit and don't restrict my movement on the mountain.

These are simple, functional pants that do everything you want. There are only 2 pockets, but they are sized perfectly and are in a good spot: Easy to access on the lift, big enough to load with a tool, your keys, some bars, but they don't look like huge, tacked-on cargo pockets, and the bigger/heavier stuff doesn't move around and bang against my leg constantly.

The face fabric is very durable. No wetting-out, good abrasion resistance, only minimal wear on the bottoms from boots/bindings/ground.

The insulation is perfect . . . I've never been too hot or too cold, and they aren't overly thick or restrictive. I normally don't like insulated outerwear, but I like not having to wear anything between these and my base layer.

I wish they were compatible with the jacket-pants connection system that Arcteryx came out with this year, but I'm sure they'll get updated soon.

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Jahan wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

5 5

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

I tried on a sidewinder several years ago and was put off by the way the collar fit with the offset zipper. I decided to give the new one a go, and I was surprised to learn how much I liked it. I tried this on along with the Sabre, both in size small in Tobiko. I'm 5'7" and 175lbs, have a wide chest/shoulders, and big thighs, which typically dictates at least a medium in everything I wear, but in this case, the small fit perfectly.

The collar seems comfortable, and the new "tear away" zipper means you can just pull on the fabric and the zipper will open, so unzipping it is not awkward. The collar is a LITTLE bit stiffer on one side compared to the Sabre, but not much, and the fabric seems just as comfortable against my face. To be honest the zipper isn't a major point for or against this jacket for me, I just wanted a non-insulated, ski specific, Pro Shell Jacket, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

Differences from the Sabre:

1. Pro shell (Sidewinder SV) vs. Softshell (Sabre) material, but they both use the new N80p-X face fabric. They are both softer than previous Pro-Shell jackets, but they are both stiffer than previous Soft-Shell jackets. There's not a HUGE difference between them, and I'm guessing both will be very good at beading water and not allowing the face fabric to wet out.

2. The powder skirt on the sidewinder is tighter. Not quite too tight, but clearly tighter. They both seem to stay put pretty well, at least while moving around in my living room.

3. The cuffs on the Sidewinder are narrower. They seem like they'd still fit over gloves if you wanted to, but just something to consider.

4. The Sabre's internal lining adds weight and warmth, but the Sidewinder is lighter.

I'll update this once I get on the slopes this year.

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Jahan wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought this and 3 Arcteryx ski shells for my wife to try on before the season starts. We haven't used it yet, but having had several high-end Gore Tex shells, I can tell that this Jacket is one of the best out there. I've been a die-hard Arcteryx fan for the past 7 years, but Peak Performance may be taking their place soon. The construction is just as good as Arcteryx with regards to stitching, fit/mobility, and attention to detail, but this jacket has some notable advantages:

1. The face material is a bit softer and less "tarpy" than the Arteryx jackets we've tried.

2. The jacket seems to fit her normally. She is 5'1"/110lbs and the Arcteryx jackets were all a bit boxy and baggy on her in a small. This jacket fit her perfectly with room to layer while not being too big.

3. Peak performance seems to have found the sweet spot between weight and features. Arcteryx typically shies away from things like a zip-off powder skirt and lots of specialized pockets, but this jacket has both, while still being very mass-efficient. I really like that the interior pocket has a headphone cord slit and that there's a chest radio pocket that has an opening for the antenna.

All said and done, I really like this Jacket. I would have bought one for myself, but I have a brand new Arcteryx shell, and I'm not big on the colors that Peak Performance is offering in the men's version this year. My wife hates the idea of spending $700 on a ski jacket, but after trying them all on extensively, she agrees that it's clearly the best jacket.

For what it's worth, we also tried on several Arcteryx pants along with the Heli Loft pant . . . same story. We're keeping the Peak Performance pants as well.

I'll update this after we get some time in the snow this winter.

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Jahan wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these last year for a 2 week snowboarding trip to Alaska. I'm 5'7" and 175lbs and an athletic build, and medium ski pants are always too tight in the thigh, so I'm forced to get a large, which typically ends up being too long and baggier than I'd like. These were no different, but there's not much I can do about it.

Anyway, the pants are amazing. I've worn Arcteryx gear for the past 6 years, and these pants are just as good in terms of performance and construction. There is a big difference in exectution between PP and Arcteryx though . . . Arcteryx tends to focus on minimalist, lightweight designs, while PP typically seems to have more features. More pockets, fit adjusters, cinches, etc. My only complaint is that the suspenders aren't easy to remove if you have to go to the bathroom. I recently bought my wife the Heli Alpine Loft pants and her suspenders have easy velcro pull tabs. I'd prefer this design, but it's not that big of a deal. I tried on every pair of Gore-Tex pants that BC.com had last year in my size, and these were hands down the best, and they proved themselves once I got to the mountains with them.

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Jahan wrote a review of on February 20, 2012

5 5

I bought this to replace my 6 year old Gamma AR that has been to hell and back. I was hesitant to buy this because I really like the stretchiness of my Gamma (made of the old polartec material) and this jacket has almost no stretch to it. But I found it on sale in black for under $200 locally and it fit me pretty well so I bought it anyway.

I'm 5'7" and float between 174-182 (muscular/athletic) with broad shoulders and this jacket in a medium fits me very closely with a T-shirt, polo, or other thin layer under it, which is what I was going for. I used to layer my Gamma (size L) over a hoody for cold days, but this jacket is to trim for that. The fit and style is clean and sharp, which is great for wearing around town.

It's thin and light, but deceptively warm but breathable. I've used it for running hills in 28-30degree weather, warming up for tennis in 50degree weather, and I even wore it watching a baseball game in sunny, 70 degree weather last weekend. I could probably use it for drier days on the ski slopes, but I have other jackets for that so I probably won't.

This is my 5th Arcteryx jacket (and my 2nd China-made one), and the construction is second to none, as always. Just like everyone else, I was disappointed when they moved their manufacturing to China, but I have seen no evidence that quality has suffered as a result and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another China-made Arcteryx jacket.

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Jahan wrote a review of on January 25, 2012

4 5

The Hestra Heli is the warmest, most comfortable, most dextrous glove I've ever owned. I was nervous about trying a leather glove, so I applied a nice thick coat of the supplied wax a few days before I used them. After 4 days at Mt. Baker, my hands didn't get cold or wet once, and so far no damage from my board edge. On the thrid day, a few spots in the leather looked like the wax had worn off and water had soaked into the leather, but my hands never got wet. No cuts from my board edge yet either.

The one issue that I have is that snow seems to work its way into the velcro wrist closure, and if you're in deep powder, by about 10am they won't even close. I had to leave them open all day towards the end of my trip. Not a deal breaker, but I've never had that issue on my last two pairs of Burton Gore-Tex gloves.

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Jahan wrote a review of on January 22, 2012

5 5

Got this in a 157, I have 5 days on it so far this year. Compared to my 2011 Custom X (which I love), The barracuda has a bit less pop and a bit less grip, and the base doesn't seem as fast on flats, but it's softer, more forgiving, and I don't have any issues on groomers or ice. Overall I was indifferent about it until riding in knee deep powder at Mount Baker. I'd get quite a bit of leg burn last year on my CX, even with the bindings set all the way back. The Barracuda is absolutely effortless in powder. ZERO leg burn and awesome float, even with my stance set at the reference position.

I bought this mainly for my trip to Alaska, and planned on riding my Custom X on non-powder days in the lower 48. I'll still pull out the CX for hardpack groomer days, just because I can, but this Barracuda is a blast in all conditions that I've ridden it in so far.

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Jahan wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

5 5

I bought this for my wife because she was having trouble learning on the 2007 Atomic Tikka that we got as a free hand me down. The atomic was WAY to stiff for her (5'1" - 112lbs) and she had a lot of trouble linking her turns. I hoped that the reduced camber and rockered tip/tail would help. It took her about a half-day to get used to the K2, because it was so much more responsive than her Atomic. But once she did, her snowboarding improved significantly. Her turns were smoother, her transitions more consistent, and she felt MUCH more comfortable and confident on her board. I'm sure this board will suit her well as she progresses to an intermediate, but it's pretty soft so I don't know how it would hold up on steeper stuff or at higher speeds.

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Jahan wrote a review of on December 19, 2009

2 5

I'll echo what others have said. I bought a small for my wife, who wears and XS in some things and an S in others. The waistband was so tight she couldn't even bend over to strap on her board, and the legs were too loose and constant rode up. There were not comfortable for her at all. I'm sending them back and going to try something else.

The padding seems decent if you are the right size/shape for them to fit right.

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