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Brille Jesus

Brille Jesuswrote a review of on May 11, 2015

Poor - Better alternatives out there
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My girlfriend have this backpack and we've tested it on about 5 alpine ski tours this season. Bought it for about 100 USD on a special offer, but she still regret it. I'm generally pretty satisfied with arcteryx products, so if anything, I should be biased towards liking this backpack, but I really don't. I'll shortly list my biggest issues:

1) No hood
I would never buy a backpack without a hood. Always nice to be able to cram stuff in or attach it under the hood.

2) Lack of possibilities
They call it minimalistic, but I'm more tempted to call it vain. Although it may look a bit more tidy than let's say a kestrel 48l, the lack of possibilities in regards to attachments is drawback. The wind, temperature and general exposure to the environment will demand that you adapt your layers. This is easier if you don't have to open overstuffed zippers in the process. Not all of the

3) Poor design for ski-carrying
This was the biggest issue we had with this backpack. It's trying to cater both snowboarders and skiers needs, but ultimately fails. When moving through vegetation in the lowland, you don't want to have the skis horizontal as it will snag. Having the skis at the side with the top angled towards the center of the backpack and over the persons head is the consented preference where i'm from. This way you can see the top and adjust to branches or other obstacles, and you don't hit the back of the skis with your heals or other stuff while walking. There's no way you can do that with these. Even if you tighten them at the side they will still wiggle back and forth. The lack of straps will make it impossible to fixate them in the position you want, and that's pretty s**t for a backpack made for skiing. For some reason the ability to carry a snowboard isn't really that comforting while you're struggling through the woods.

You only need one!
I call bull-shit on the whole concept of ski-backpacks, as there are plenty backpacks that are great for all kinds of activity. That's just the industry trying to play you. You don't need a "ski backpack", you just need one well-designed and adaptable 30-50l backpack. I personally use osprey kestrel 48l and I love it. It's not perfect. The attachment of the hood isn't adjustable, but otherwise pretty close. Highly recommended as an alternative in this segment.

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Brille Jesuswrote a review of on November 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent gore tex pants. If I were to do it again, I would have gone for one of their bib solutions, but that's just a preference.

Light and dry. Knees are bended reducing the resistance in the stiff fabric when you walk, climb or ski.

Can take a lot of abuse before it tears. I have a little one on my thigh after three years use. I've used it for alpine activities.

The ability to fasten these to the shoes are also an extremely useful feature.

82 kg (180ibs), 186cm (6'2"), athletic fit and I have medium tall. They fit nicely, but I have to be careful though, cause I'm almost getting too fat for them.. :)

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Brille Jesuswrote a review of on November 28, 2012

Hip Hurrah!! Not animal tested!!
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hip Hurrah!! This top can't be animal tested whatsoever.. I'm thinking of specific mammal here, namely the two legged homo with glasses.

I'm also convinced that it has not been taylored to any other kind of mammal, as the square-torsoed ones are non existent.

Arms are good and long, and the fabric is light, very stretchable and warm for it's weight. It's also very comfortable against the skin.

However, it's too short to be used as a base layer, and I also prefer my mid-layer to not give glitches if I raise my arms (look at picture).

If they actually had made it long enough in the back and slimmer around the waist, this would have been one mean top... With those two flaws however, it falls short of being a top notch product.

Explanation to photo.
Upper left: what I regard as a pretty average athletic upper body; 186cm (6'2") and 82 kg (180ibs)
Upper right: Please note both the glitch and the space it leaves around the lower part of my upper body. This fleece is not at all athletic fitted.
Lower left: A proper length for a base (and mid-layer if you ask me). Illustrated by a Devold wool top (My go to product for wool).
Lower right: again, showing the so called "athletic fit" which appears to be a square..

PS; This review is for last years model. I chose to post it, since there were none for this product, and they look the same.

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Brille Jesuswrote a review of on November 26, 2012

Cold oven-mittens
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Arc'teryx is a great brand for gore-tex equipment and backpacks, but these gloves just bear the brand without living up to it.

They are thin, light and of wool, so far, so good.

However, Arc'teryx have somehow managed to waste the advantage a thin glove should have, namely precision and delicacy. As other people have mentioned the stitching in these liners have been put directly on the fingertip. I second that observation and it was much worse than I thought. It's just pure stupidity, and makes these a thin liner with an oven mitten's precision. I doubt these would even be sold without the little avian fossil. I'm returning these. I recommend you go for something else. I've had good experience with sealskin in the past.

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Brille Jesuswrote a review of on November 23, 2012

Greatness thwarted by one big flaw..
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I've chosen to give this jacket only 3 stars, i.e. a "adequate for the job" and it's all because of one flaw.

I just bought this jacket and I must say i'm soooooo disappointed by the design of the armpit ventilation zippers.

I've been using arc'teryx for years now, because the last time I bought a jackets, Norrøna were going mental with the colours.

Since I am of Norwegian heritage I was hoping to return to Norrøna once again, but what the f**k Norrøna!?!

You've put in long zippers, but instead of zipping out from the middle like e.g. arcteryx, your zipper opens from the edges. "Arcteryx design" gives you the opportunity to decide where and how big you want your ventilation opening to be. This is extremely useful in wet conditions.

Your's on the other hand will just either give me a wet upper body or a wet arm.. I am sad to say that I will return this jacket (my first returned product ever, as I usually can't be bothered) and will probably buy a new Arcteryx jacket..

You should have used some minutes of those two years of fabric testing to evaluate your design. It took me 10 sec from i received the jacket till i realized the flaw. Shame on you!!

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