Kam Ilkhanipour

Kam Ilkhanipour

Mountains of PA and WV....and the west whenever I can.

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Kam Ilkhanipour

Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

5 5

Bought this on a whim for a late season ski trip to Alta two weeks ago. Forecasts were for warm temps. Luckily we go some snow, but went backcountry skiing three times during the week and I almost never had to take this jacket off the whole day. Just a lightweight wool base layer underneath. Temps in the hi twenties to low thirties. Would put my puffy vest on over it at transitions and stay warm enough. It was very breathable when necessary. Fit a
Was trim, sz M and I am 5'11" 178 lbs.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have an older version of this pant, at least five years old. Has been my go to ski pants During that time. Either with boxers on warm days or three-quarter tights on cold days they have been phenomenal. They have held up to serious abuse, Particularly at the cuffs where my skiing technique could probably use some improvement. They are windproof and the side vents work pretty well. I would not want to wear them on a 40+ degree day, however. When I factor in the cost versus the number of times I've used them 15 or more days/year, and how well they have performed and held up, they are a winner. I'll definitely get another pair when the time comes, probably, probably size down from 34 to 32.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote an answer about on March 17, 2013

Thanks for the answer Dan. I did go with the medium and it is a very trim/athletic fit, but not restrictive. I can still get a lightweight down vest underneath it without restriction. I plan on using this jacket for ski touring or in warmer conditions when I wouldn't be wearing much underneath it And can throw a puffy jacket over it in an instant. This jacket in size medium would not be my resort jacket. I'd go with one of the beefier jackets that have a more expedition fit.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on February 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this hoodie a couple of weeks ago. Took it on a week long trip to Jackson Hole and wore for travel and all around town, more as a casual piece. Felt and fit great. Very soft and comfortable. Washed it in my front loader on "handwash" setting and line dried it...and it shrank in length. Can't say how much, but enough to be noticeable. I'm 5'11" 175lbs and got the large. Fit great initally, not baggy, not technical, just comfortable...but now it just feels a little shorter and "closer". There's no way I could be an XL...Don't know what went wrong. Have had zero shrinkage issues with Icebreaker or I/O. Really wanted to love this piece.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on January 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this for Christmas and I think it is going to be the perfect addition to my clothing arsenal. I already love the UL down jacket for under my shell when resort skiing, but wanted something warmer for over the shell when ski touring, and also double as an around the town warm jacket. Much warmer than my UL jacket, feels more substantial, the material is definitely stronger, but still need to be somewhat careful with it. The hood is a nice fit.

I went with a L, to go over my hardshell etc, but wear a M in UL jacket for a more trim fit. I could go with an M here if I was going to wear it over light layers....5'11" 178lbs.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on January 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a dyed in the wool...wool fanatic, love the icebreaker, ibex and patagonia wool lines, but I have been wanting something that really dries fast. Have not been a big fan of capilene 1, but I really like my ArcT motus shirts so I gave this a try. First, I went with a really performance fit in M. I'm 5'11" 178lbs...reasonably athletic build. It is snug, but it will always be worn under something else so I don't care. Good news is that it is long enough not to pull above the belt when bending over to set bindings etc... Feels really good on the skin, like the motus, and really really wicks. Does not stay wet or stink too much at the end of the day. Have not done back to back days w/o washing so can't attest to long term odor retention. Liked it enough to order a second one.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote an answer about on October 12, 2012

So I'll answer my own question....got the Beta FL yesterday. Only can comment on the fit/finish. The medium is a very trim, but not restrictive fit. Tried it on with a nano puff vest underneath...probably the heaviest insulating layer I'd wear under it, and it fit fine. I can do a "self hug" and don't feel restricted in the back. The shoulder cut feels great, can lift both arms all the way above my head with minimal movement at the jacket waist. As mentioned by another, the cuff opening is a little tight, which could impede dumping some forearm heat, and I am pretty sure all winter gloves will have to go over the cuff. Finish is typyical A-T...very very nice. Got it in cardinal, beautiful color. So, I think it is a keeper, we'll see how it performs and I'll do a follow up.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a question about on October 6, 2012

Hoping for some help from the ArcT gurus here. I am torn btw this jacket and the Alpha FL. Intended use, B/C skiing and throw in the bottom of the pack for climbing and hiking trips in good weather. Already own two great GT Proshell jackets for the dead of winter/ski area etc. So, I fit perfectly in sz M of the Theta and Beta AR's. 5'11" 178lbs, waist 32. Will the M of either of these be appropriate? Are there any significant differences other than the pocket configuration? Thanks!

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a question about on October 6, 2012

Also posted this on the Alpha FL page:
Hoping for some help from the ArcT gurus here. I am torn btw this jacket and the Alpha FL. Intended use, B/C skiing and throw in the bottom of the pack for climbing and hiking trips in good weather. Already own two great GT Proshell jackets for the dead of winter/ski area etc. So, I fit perfectly in sz M of the Theta and Beta AR's. 5'11" 178lbs, waist 32. Will the M of either of these be appropriate? Are there any significant differences other than the pocket configuration? Thanks!

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a question about on October 6, 2012

Hoping for some help from the ArcT gurus here. I am torn btw this jacket and the Beta FL. Intended use, B/C skiing and throw in the bottom of the pack for climbing and hiking trips in good weather. Already own two great GT Proshell jackets for the dead of winter/ski area etc. So, I fit perfectly in sz M of the Theta and Beta AR's. 5'11" 178lbs, waist 32. Will the M of either of these be appropriate? Are there any significant differences other than the pocket configuration? Thanks!

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

5 5

So other than wearing around the house, the first real test was on the Exum ridge of the Grand last week. These pants performed very well. It was cool enough to wear a lightweight knicker long john underneath...and they layered better than I thought. The pants had just enough stretch, but still felt durable and did not snag or catch on any features. The cinching cord at the cuff came in handy when the wind started blowing high on the ridge. They breathed well enough not to overheat on the descent. I thought these would be a strictly summer only pant, but I am sure they will be good into the low 30's. I have a 32/33 waist and the mediums fit best...better than the medium of the gamma hybrid pant which was way too "slim fitting"....

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

Have been a fan of the older palisades for years and did not like the look of the new ones. Got these and so far very happy I did. Similar, nice light fabric. A less tech look, but would use them in similar situations..hiking/climbing. Very light fabric, perfect for hot weather hikes. My waist is btw 32 and 33 and I went with the 32's. The rise is just a bit short, but not uncomfortable. Trim fitting. The double snap closure is a nice, reassuring touch since I don't think I'll be needing a belt with these.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

Has become my favorite hot weather, non baselayer shirt. Wicks and dries quickly. The fabric has the best "feel" I have come across. Has a nice cut/fit and could be worn from the crag to the bar without looking too techy. I'm in between sizes for arcteryx and went with L (5'11" 180lbs). I can wear some of their stuff in M, and some L.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

Bought this as a baselayer for wearing backcountry skiing...if it ever snows this year. First use was a run in the mid 30's under a driclime windshirt. Wicked the sweat away from my skin, never felt wet and dried within 10 minutes of getting home. I love wool baselayers, but always hated the long dry time for high intensity activities. Can't wait to try this in the mountains. Fit is very...very trim, but comfortable. I'm 5'11" 180, medium build and the medium is skin tight but not uncomfortable, and I like the longer back. Wouldn't wear it alone...not flattering if you have even a little bit of a gut, but as a technical piece, so far so good.

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Kam Ilkhanipour wrote a review of on November 30, 2011

5 5

Got this jacket last month and was in a quandary on sizing. Have the mx in L...and it fits pretty well, but just a bit loose. After much deliberation I went with the medium. Nice trim fit...enough room for a baselayer or thin mid weight layer...but nothing else. I'm 5'11" 180lbs. Wore the jacket hiking and climbing in the 20 - 30's and was comfortable when moving. If I had to sit around at a belay for a long time in those temps it might get cold, but I usually have a puffy vest. I think this jacket is going to excel in the higher output activities down to the 20's.

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