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Joshua D.

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Joshua D.

Joshua D. wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've got two of these and they are fantastic. But there is one downside: the stitching is pretty weak, in reference to the buttons. Both shirts had buttons start to come off after wearing each about three times. I caught it before they buttons actually came off and re-secured those puppies.
Other then that, these shirts am heavenly. The fabric is wonderfully soft and light, but they aren't super thin. Theses babies are comfy. The comfort is the reason I bought two. They look great two, the colors are very natural. If you were to tell me you don't mind resewing a button or two (I really don't mind) then I would definitely tell you pick one of these on up.

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Joshua D. wrote an answer about on October 9, 2012

I own the Stoic bombshell coat and I love it. One major difference I think you will find between the Bombshell and the other two is that the bombshells outer material is much lighter. It is thinner and somewhat stretchy. I love it. I haven't tried the other two, but I'm sure the Bombshell will be thinner because it is not Gore-Tex while the other two are. I have owned Gore-Tex and it is a wonderful material, but it is much heavier then the stoic coat. But, on the other hand, the bombshell will be much more prone to tearing.
I feel like the Lofoten and the Powder Bowl are going to hold up longer, especially if you tend to hit trees. Another thing to consider is the thumb gaiters. If you like theses (I do) they are great. But if you don't like them (at times for me) they can be cumbersome. They are always on your hand so you are quite aware of them. The Powder bowl jacket is the only one of the three without the gaiters.

Good huntin' to ya!

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Joshua D. wrote a review of on June 10, 2012

5 5

This jacket rules. It is much lighter then I thought it would be! The outer fabric is on the thin side but surprisingly durable! I've jumped through trees with it on a lot (I tend to be good at hitting trees) and it hasn't ripped! It is also quite stretchy.

Like I said, it is light! The jacket almost feels like my down puffy coat its so light (given you can obviously still tell a quite distinct difference)
I have other coats that feel much heavier and are restricting on my movement. This on does not restrict movement at all (speaking respectively of course).

The Lining of the jacket has a very soft and puffy feel, and never seems to be too cold when I slip it on. With bare arms, even when I start to sweat, it never begins to get too clammy. Although, I have never tested this in a situation where I am completely drenched in sweat.

It is nice to have a coat that makes it feel like I am hardly wearing anything while skiing. So much more freedom.

The thumb holes were initially a tad bit snug, but they stretched out quite nicely and now fit perfectly. It would also me nice if I was able to get my gloves inside the sleeves, which I cannot. I do have Hestra mitts (http://www.backcountry.com/hestra-heli-mitt) and the cuffs are, compared to some other gloves, gigantic. I suspect that with a more slender pair of gloves, such as the Black Diamond Legend Glove ( http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-legend-glove-mens ) or the Hestra Ski Cross glove ( http://www.backcountry.com/hestra-ski-cross-glove ) (Links given so you can easily see the cuff type I am talking about), you could get the cuff inside the sleeve and still where the thumb loops without too much difficulty and it would continue to be comfortable.

The Cirrus insulation definitely gets the job done. I haven't yet been could and I have been in 15 F degree weather with some wind. If you were to put it on inside at a friendly gathering or royal ball perhaps, you would probably want to leave fast, or you may be in danger of become considerably warmer and beginning to sweat. No one wants to sweat at a royal ball.

I am 5'8" and 160lbs with an athletic build. And the medium fits like a soft and fluffy lucid dream.

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Joshua D. wrote a review of on May 28, 2012

5 5

This jacket is wonderful. The big sleeves kept me comfortable on the hill all year. The powder skirt never once failed me (to my great surprise!) and I never even attached it to my pants. I'm 5'8" 165lbs and I used the medium size. The waterproofing on the jacket is great as well. I had days with rain and The water would hardly even soak through after an entire day! I was wet on the outside, but dry inside. This is definitely now my go-to shell for the warmer or wet days.

The cuffs on my coat did tear a little bit, but I re sewed them and they were fine. I tend to REALLY yank on those as well and regularly break them, so I'm taking most of the blame on that subject.

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Joshua D. wrote an answer about on December 6, 2011

Jamie Preston is right, but if you are going to spend more time in powder, go with the longer length. The float will be better and the turns, in my opinion, are much more pleasurable. Im 5' 8" and 160lbs, and all three of my skis are over 180. (184cm Mantra's (last years) 186cm Gotama's (also last years) and 186cm Donner Party's (my pride and joy!)) I have had shorter skis though, and it comes down to a preference thing.

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