JonathanSW

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JonathanSW

JonathanSWwrote a review of on November 28, 2015

Most playful ski ever invented
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the golden age of ski construction, and there are lots of contenders -- with innovation in sidecut, camber and materials -- but for me, Icelantic has won. I've skied through 3 pairs of these over the last 7 seasons. The crazy wide tip floats nicely, and the significant width underfoot keeps the setup buoyant. On the groomers, the massive sidecut (50mm from tip to waist) makes this thing behave like a specialty carving ski. (It is fairly torsionally rigid despite the width.) Very playful in a variety of conditions.

The downside is in the very steep-- if you are skis across the fall line, you may only have two points of contact -- tip and tail -- because there is soooo much sidecut.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on November 2, 2014

Patagucci
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I like this short; it has been my go-to running short since I first found it two years ago. Downside: expensive. Good stuff: I don't notice them at all / light in weight and in feel; thoughtfully designed.
The photo shows the pockets. There are two on each side; they close with an elastic gate; one is deep enough for an iPhone. There is one in the center-back, wide and shallow, with a zipper closure (it is also big enough for a phone.)

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have used this glove for mixed climbing and also as a thin summer glove for cold mornings on rock. The palm and finger leather is incredibly supple. They are a great barrier to chill, and sacrifice as little dexterity as you could imagine. Durability is a question however -- seams are separating after a half-dozen uses. If funds weren't a constraint, I'd keep a drawer full of these. At the price however, they are only 3 stars.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on October 12, 2014

Quite good
4 5

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

(This is the 2013 model) I'm very impressed with the Super Alpine. It is Gore tex pro shell, and yet has a much more supple hand that the Arc'teryx pro shell shells. I can imagine that there is a trade-off in durability, but this seems tough enough. The pockets are large, the pit zips are long, and there is a small interior chest pocket.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

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

Just received these and want to offer a little guidance on sizing. I'm 5 9", 145 lbs, 41" chest. The small works for me, but with very little room for a big lunch! Length is good out of the box. The fit across my chest / abdomen is snug, but will work with a base layer and very thin mid layer.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on January 26, 2014

4 5

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

This piece is very flexible -- I never noticed it was on during a day of skiing and hiking. The hood is thin, but a useful wind block or to supercharge a hat or helmet's insulation. For me the fit is spot on (size medium for 5'9 150 lbs). Weight 13.5 oz for size M. Made in Portugal.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on October 14, 2013

3 5

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

... However less breathable than you might expect. Pros: lightweight wind block; easy to stuff anyplace; big zipper allows a range of venting. Cons: expensive, when running in this I find myself with more on-skin moisture than I would expect. Neutral: mostly translucent.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on August 31, 2013

They don't leak, they fit the UD vests
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My Ultimate Direction AK vest came with larger water bottles (which I found hard to use because of the bite valve). I replaced them with these 10oz bottles and prefer this configuration. The valve is low tech, but isn't leaking even after several cycles through the dishwasher.

A further advantage of the 10oz size is the lighter weight on the chest of the race vest (obviously the lower capacity is the inescapably associated disadvantage).

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

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

I like the Kriti. It is cut long in the body -- from neck seam to hem it measures 29 inches (size M). This compares to the Patagonia Piton at 28 inches (size M) and the Arc't Accelero at 27 inches (size M). It also seems to have a pretty narrow/tight forearm, and the elbow is well articulated.

The fabric is a rough softshell -- very stretchy -- reminding me of the Cloudveil jackets from the early-mid 2000s. I like it.

In addition to the pockets listed above, there are two drop pockets on the inside -- no closure of any kind, but deep.

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JonathanSWwrote a review of on August 14, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear this shoe in an 11 for the length, and perhaps (at least some of) the shortcomings I found are a results of a too-wide-for-me toe box in that size. I found this shoe to be sloppy. I didn't feel that it stayed planted through a running stride. My second issue, however is less about fit. The soft foam of this shoe was problematic. It added to an insecure squishiness and the feeling that the shoe was moving under me (when it was supposed to be in place). Despite that thick squish of sole, the soft foam didn't protect well against rocks. I felt them more clearly (ie uncomfortably) than in any of the other shoes I run in. So for me, the foam was too thick to provide good response and connection to the ground, but not stiff enough to protect against terrain.

On the other hand, it is a very lightweight shoe.

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