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Johnathan Phillips Rogers

Johnathan Phillips Rogers

Johnathan Phillips Rogers

Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

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

Let me preface my review by stating what I do not do. I don't ski, yet, I don't climb and I don't spend time in the backcountry per se, even though I live in a semi-rural, semi-urban city/state. So I won't be able to share my experiences with this jacket under those conditions. What I do is run and train year round in every condition imaginable- from 95 to 10- I'm outside. What I needed in a jacket was something of an all-around cold weather piece. I needed a jacket that I could train in 10F or walk around with a t-shirt on in 25F. I'm very pleased to say this jacket does all the above and probably more. The Fit and Finish are second to none and better than my previous top-dog, Arcteryx, but more on that in another review. I wear an XL, and while it fits slightly longer than the waist, it's still athletic in feel and function. Yet it also has plenty of room for layering. What's most important and impressive about this piece is that it doesn't blink at moisture. I sweat like a racehorse so I usually use 100% synthetic insulated piece from 30 below. This BD piece has a new "down blend" that works every bit as well as the synthetics! If anything it's a bit warmer. After training I inspected it and there was no sweat-through- zero. I hung it and it was dry in about 10 minutes. It even repels odor. I bought the blue and it is true to the image. It has just enough swag to standout without being loud. Highly recommended. You can't go wrong with this one.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on February 4, 2014

5 5

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

I received this along with a Patti Ultralight Down and the Cerium is considerably warmer but equally light. The Cerium's fit is slightly more athletic- trimmer waist, higher armpits, slightly longer as well. But what is most surprising is the warmth to weight ratio. The Cerium with a t-shirt should be toasty in the 20s. Today it was only in the high 30s so I didn't really get to test it but just slipping it on outside gave a clear indication of its warmth. For the weight I can't imagine anything else packs this punch. I wouldn't describe the fabric as rugged but it doesn't seem flimsy. I'm sure a more hardcore backcountry enthusiast will give feedback on this aspect of the jacket. If maximum warmth and minimum weight is your aim, this is the bull's eye.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on January 8, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

The jacket seems well-built but is much closer to a down sweater than a jacket. The biggest problems are the high armpits and small-ish sleeves. Granted, I pump a little more iron than most but I bought an XL and I don't think a XXL would make a difference because of the sleeve height and narrowness. This is the second time I've had this problem with a British made jacket. I've never had this problem with Arc, Pat, MH, Marmot. Maybe they don't know about angel-wing construction so they make the pits higher to increase mobility. Idk. Whatever the reason, this is a jacket for slim cats who want a sweater weight down jacket that can be a mid-layer or outer-layer in mild temps.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Superb all-around piece. I use it almost year-round, from 60 to 25. The key is to remember this is an aerobic piece built for action. It has incredible body temp management ability and the new Fortius material is a significant upgrade over the previous version. It blocks 90%+ of the wind and sheds rain up to a downpour. Be sure to use a baselayer underneath for 35 and below. If pressed, this could be the only jacket in your closet. I can't say that about any other piece I've owned. Also, the fit is more generous than previous models, but still athletic, so it's more true to size and much easier to layer underneath.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

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

This is my first Stoic piece. I have plenty of Arcteryx, MH and Marmot, so I'm accustomed to well-made gear. This Stoic stacks up very, very well against the best of the big brands. The seamless cut and stretchy fabric feel like Arcteryx level gear. Finish is 1st rate and the fleece inside is very warm for such a thin layer. It's impressively weather-proof as well yet I don't really overheat and if I do I cool down quickly. Fit is athletic but not tight. I could add a baselayer if necessary. All together this is a First Class piece, useful for at least 3 seasons, maybe even deep winter depending on how you layer it and what you're doing. Highly recommended.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

5 5

I own a few MXs and this latest version is a significant improvement over the 2010 version. The Fortius 2.0 material makes the jacket much better in weather resistance yet it's somehow smoother to the touch and moves even better with the body. Impressive materials here. Other than the material, the 2011 version is slightly longer thus offering better body coverage and warmth retention, all without becoming bulky or awkward. Whoever said "if it ain't broke don't fix it" needs to listen to the folks at Arcteryx. The MX is now a true year-round or 3 season jacket with no weaknesses.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

4 5

I own two of these and overall this is a solid piece- very warm, good athletic fit, lightweight, packable and fairly versatile. A few fine points prevent it from receiving the final star. First, Marmot need to decide if this is a stand-alone or layering piece. It's not quite wind-resistant enough to be a stand alone but it's too puffy to layer easily. The stretch material side vents allows in too much wind for my tastes and the material itself is rather flimsy. Also there are some quality control issues with seams fraying on one of the jackets before I'd ever worn it. By comparison I own the Arcteryx Atom pullover and it is a full 5 Star piece. However, it's not offered in as many colors and it's not quite as warm as the Marmot. I love pullovers and am glad to see a few gear makers finally offer some. If Marmot corrects a few shortcomings this will be a five star piece.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

Arcteryx has nailed the three Fs again- Fit, Finish and Functionality.

Fit- Superbly athletic fit to this little number with great range of motion. It feels like a second skin. A++

Finish- Like so many Arc pieces, the fabric feels great to the touch and makes you want to wear it. (Don't ask me to explain it because I can't but I've had the same reaction to several other Arc pieces. haha) The small things like the quality of the side vents and the wrist closures, makes this piece a pleasure to wear. A++

Functionality- Incredibly warm, almost windproof with enough water resistance to handle light snow, the Atom LT can be used alone or as a layering piece for really heavy climates. I've used it down to the low 30s with a L/S shirt on and been toasty.

This is an action piece though. It only has one inside chest pocket. This doesn't make a difference to me. In fact, any more pockets would ruin the aesthetics.

I highly recommend this for any use, athletic or casual. It's so versatile it could easily be your main jacket for many winter climates. For the price it's almost a steal.

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Johnathan Phillips Rogers wrote a review of on November 12, 2010

5 5

I haven't sampled enough gear in enough conditions to give a firm answer to my opening statement but from what I've worn and done with the Gamma MX, it is damn near amazing. First of all, this is an Action Jackson piece of gear, meaning it's intended for action, the more the merrier. Second, the fit is glove-like but so very flexible. It moves with you like a second skin. Third, it has an amazing warmth-to-weight ratio. It's ability to keep me very comfortable in 30 degree weather with a 100wt baselayer is unmatched for its weight and mobility. Fourth, it looks BOSS. I own a MH Synchro and Arc Griffin a Arc Hercules and a few other pieces for more extreme conditions. The Gamma MX is my first choice and I actually love to wear it, something I don't feel with my other pieces except the Hercules. If you only want one or two jackets and want them to do just about everything, add the MX to your list. It'x expensive but it's damn worth it if you use it the way it was intended to be used. You'll be amazed.

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