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Jchu wrote a review of on February 17, 2012

3 5

I always wanted a Millet jacket to add to my collection but they are somewhat expensive. I decided to take a chance on the Belay Composite and in general I like it. It's as described a sofshell upper married with a primaloft lower. The softshell is par for the course in this price range - light fleece on the inside, water resistant (but not waterproof) and stretchy. The primaloft insulation is minimal fill; this is not a jacket to wear standalone on very cold days.

The fit is very nice though. I am 5-9", 170lbs, 33 waist and a Medium fits on the money as a standalone jacket. I could squeeze in a light fleece if I wanted a snug fit. Here is what annoys me though - the zipper. It's European and reversed - you slide the zipper in on the right side. Just plain awkward for us used to the other way.

I like it, but it's more of a nice to have jacket than a need to have.

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Jchu wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

3 5

I originally bought Gen 1 of this jacket in black/neon green and absolutely loved it..then I lost it. So I bought the Gen 2 also in Black. First the good stuff - I love the exterior material, general design and insulation level of this jacket. The shell is softer than Goretex and has a nice texture. The insulation is perfect as an all day winter jacket except the coldest of colds. The new black/green combo is pretty nice.

Here is what I don't like - I *think* the fit this year is a little larger. It might be my imagination but I don't recall the jacket hanging so much on me. I am 5-9, 170lbs, 33in waist, slight athletic build. I bought the Gen 1 jacket Large and it was a perfect fit for what I wanted - slightly roomy but I wouldn't call it baggy. Gen 2 feels more baggy. In addition, 1 stitch inside already came loose which is somewhat annoying for a new jacket. All in all I still like the jacket but I don't love it like my Gen 1. It's possible the Medium may now be a better fit on Gen 2 but I don't want to bother ordering another

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Jchu wrote a review of on April 2, 2007

3 5

I'm a big Marmot fan and these pants are solid. Functionally they work just fine - what you would expect from ski/snowboard pants. Two gripes. One, Marmot sizing is too small. I wish they made sizes more like The North Face. I normally wear a Medium for almost all men' stuff, but needed a large here. They are true to their sizing. If you wear anything over a 32" waist, you need the large or higher. Second, the knee pads are too low. They are off about 6". I think it's a great idea to have them, but I had the same problem with both Med & Large sizes and I am 5-8. Otherwise solid offering from Marmot

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Jchu wrote a review of on February 21, 2007

4 5

Just a thin shell that's softer and stretchier compared to Gore-Tex shells. The construction is impressive with the taped seams and pit zips. I've used it in serious New England snow conditions and it works flawlessly. Be careful with MH sizing. I am 5-9", 160lbs, 33" waist and bought Medium. The Manticore works fantastic with my MH Link jacket but it's a SNUG fit. When I cross my arms, I get that "pulling" feeling on the shoulders which I like. I didn't buy this jacket for the bitter cold so I don't need anything heavy underneath, but if you want this jacket for every layering condition, you have go up one size to your norm. My new fave winter shell!

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