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Jim Gray

Jim Graywrote a question about on March 1, 2015

I'm 6'2" and 195 lbs . As far as general Arc wear goes, I wear a large in the Adan short (could MAYBE go to a medium), an XL in both Atom AR and LT. jackets and XL in casual shirts. Bottom line with Arc, unless it's extremely trim fit, I wear an XL but could get by MAYBE with a Large. But that's not a trim fit. As an aside, I wear a large loose fit in other brands (NIKE, UNDER ARMOUR) but an XL in trim fit. Anyone's thoughts on sizing for this shirt which seems awesome would be helpful. THX.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on February 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Love this belt. Thicker than most "webbing" belts and stays put. NOW, that I've lost a considerable amount of weight, a Large is, well, too large. I now have a waist of about 35 inches. Would a Medium be too long? I went over this this past summer, and got lots of help in deciding on a Large, which fit well at the time. New year, new me.

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Jim Graywrote a question about on January 21, 2015

@Reid Pitman -- Thanks for the info. I tried on the Patagonia Nano-Air, and it felt too boxy. Couldn't find an OR dealer nearby so I went with the grams of loft. (Did that also for the Nano-Air.) Having an Ar'teryx Atom LT I love, and comparing the grams of loft between the Patagonia and the OR, neither seemed to have that much more insulation than the LT. But, the Atom AR did, so I went with the Arc Atom AR. Both the LT and the AR fit great, a little more room for layering than I found to be the case with the Patagonia, too The OR loft seemed to be between the LT and AR in grams of loft, so I thought it made more sense to up to the Arc Atom AR. Thanks for your info.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on December 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have both the Atom AR and the Atom LT. I guess this review points out what I feel are the major differences and some similarities. The Atom AR has more Coreloft insulation, and of course makes the jacket warmer. I use it for trekking or just around town on fairly cold days. Awesome warmth. The AR has an athletic cut, (Arc'teryx's standard fit) so it's not as close-to-skin as a trim cut. I ordered the iron anvil color and was afraid it would be too light of a gray, but is darker than the color swatch. A final thought. Maybe not necessary because it fits a bit looser, but I really like the stretch panels that are part of the Atom LT jacket. More about that in an LT review. Great jacket. Glad I have both for different uses and different temps.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on December 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have two pair of Rydr pants and I think they're great. The color swatches can be a little misleading and it's even harder to determine the true colors after several washes, as the pants are designed to have a "broken in" look from the beginning. My first pair is "dark khaki" which to me is not traditional khaki at all. It's more of a brown with a hint of olive. Nice look though. My other pair is "camel" which to me is more like what I'd consider a traditional khaki color. The color swatches on Backcountry's site and on KUHL's site are a bit different. Also, remember to wash them inside out. If I really needed more than 2 pair, I'd buy more, but something tells me that these might last forever.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on December 11, 2014

1 5

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

Wow. I thought this was gonna be an awesome sweater, and the outside of it is. It looks great. BUT, after the first wear, I noticed "pilling" or fuzz balls on my tech T-shirt I was wearing underneath, and also fuzz on the upper part of my pants when I had been sitting down. What's WORSE is when I washed it, I had to literally clean out the washer from all of the soaked fleece that had separated from the inside of the sweater. Drying it practically filled the lent trap in my dryer. It looks so great on the outside, but the fleece inside ruins it. It's now in the trash. What a waste. Do not buy.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on December 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have both the Atom LT and the Atom AR. I guess this review points out what I feel are the major differences and some similarities. The Atom AR has more Coreloft insulation, and of course makes the jacket warmer. I use it for trekking or just around town on fairly cold days. Awesome warmth. I've found the LT is good to about the high 40s to around 50 degrees before I start feeling cold, just when used for casual use. The LT has a trim fit where as the AR has an athletic cut, (Arc'teryx's standard fit) so the LT has a closer-to-skin trimmer fit, but still room for a light layer. I use it often for running. It breathes fairly well due to it's light weight. I have the LT in the carbon copy color, which is a very dark gray, bordering on black and my Atom AR is a dark gray, too (The LT is much darker) I really like the stretch panels that are part of the Atom LT jacket. As the AR has a loser fit, those panels aren't as necessary, but I do wish the AR had them. Great jacket. Glad I have both for different uses and different temps.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on November 5, 2014

5 5

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

Was looking for an Arc'teryx Venta AR for casual wear and for cold weather running/walking. As I WAS a big guy in July, (6'2", 249 lbs. and now 43 lbs. lighter) I could previously never wear Arc'teryx products. So I ordered an XXL and it was huge. So I returned it. I then spoke with a gear head and we were looking at possible alternatives. After much discussion, he recommended the Marmot Gravity soft-shell jacket. My initial impressions are the jacket feels trim but not tight (I had been used to bulky, large fitting clothes) It fits perfectly, including perfect sleeve length, which had always been and issue for me; always too long. Just had it a couple of days and have worn it only in 50 degree mild weather (with a tech tee under and a medium weight base layer) I'm not sure the jacket will be the thing for cold weather running as I think it might be too heavy and a bit warm. But around town for a casual jacket, it's perfect. Thanks to the "gear head" for his recommendation. It was spot on. I'll be back for a lighter true running jacket soon.

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Jim Graywrote a question about on October 22, 2014

Lost a lot of weight, would have probably worn an XXL in the past. Now wearing an XL base layer. Had the specs from Arc'teryx on sleeve length and chest size for both, but most have deleted the email. Could anyone give me those specs for both XL and XXL for Venta AR? I'm guessing XL as I continue to lose weight. Thanks.

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Jim Graywrote a question about on August 13, 2014

Can anyone tell me the length of the webbing of this belt? I have an ArcTeryx and it's 49" in length. In that particular belt Arc has s, m and l. the large is 49" I know most are "one size fits all" but that depends on the length of the web. Also, I have a web belt from Mountain Hardwear that fits very well, too. Not sure of the length, but I'm guessing well less than 49" Thx.

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Jim Graywrote a question about on February 7, 2014

Wear a 13w in most athletic/tennis shoes and 12w in loafers, etc. So, I find myself in between sizes in looking to buy the Moab GTX XCR. Would you size up to a 13w or stay with a 12w? In my case I'm not sure what "true to size" really means. Probably a 12.5w which doesn't exist. Even though I understand all boots fit different feet differently, just looking for a little general guidance. Thanks guys.

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Jim Graywrote a question about on January 29, 2014

Amazon.com lists Backcountry as the supplier of wide-width Vasque Mantara 2.0 shoes. This shoe in wide width is either backordered or discontinued by most online stores. Why would Amazon list you as the suppler of a wide width shoe when clearly that is not the case? I'm glad I went to your site to find out. Someone should contact Amazon and get this straightened out. I was very excited to find my shoe size, but now am bummed out.

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Jim Graywrote a review of on November 11, 2011

5 5

Awesome. Warm enough for outside mild weather and comfy for indoor. Very nice pullover. Highly recommend. It's funny. I looked here on Backcountry for colors and sizes in early October (I already owned one of these sweaters) and they seemed to have a great assortment of colors and sizes. A month later, not so much. Order early; they are extremely popular.

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