Jim Gray

Jim Gray

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Jim Gray

Jim Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote a review of on December 2, 2014

4 5

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

I'm not the slimmest or the most athletic shaped guy in the world at 6'2" and 195 lbs but the slim fit Atom LT in size xl fits me great. Even has substantial room for layering, but no too large in the least. The stretch sides make motion that much easier. I'm gonna try it for cool weather running, although most I spoke with tended to discourage that for possible overheating. Maybe- maybe not. Can't wait for it to get cooler in Tennessee.

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Jim Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote a question about on February 5, 2014

Regarding the NON GORE-TEX Mantra 2.0, does anyone know if they run large? both in length and width. In general, I'm between a 12 and 13, and usually get wide-width running shoes, (like in a Brooks, when I can find them). General experience whether to size up if in between sizes.

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Jim Gray wrote 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 Gray wrote 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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Jim Gray wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

4 5

If you liked the TNF 103 GTX XCR, you'll more than likely LOVE this shoe. I bypassed the 104 GTX XCR, as I did not like the lacing so wide on the shoe. Evidently, I was not the only one, as TNF returns to a very similar style with the 105. I do find the 105 to be a little less stiff and more flexible than the 103, which in my opinion is a very good thing. I think part of the secret is the heel cushioning TNF uses in this shoe. X-2 cushioning is superb. I did not realize it had an incorporated air pocket, which helps soften the ride, but is still firm. My 103s lasted two years, which for me is amazing. The kicker. I have a wide toe box, and wear a 13 2E in road running shoes. Hard to find in a trail shoe. I did find a size 14, while just slightly too long, addressed the width I needed. Still in the 90s here in Tennessee, but can't wait to put them to the test soon. Next month should be raining and cooler, and off we go....All-in-all, a GREAT shoe thus far.

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