Marcel

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Alpine Touring
Trail Running
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Alpine Skiing

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Marcel

Marcel wrote a review of on May 13, 2014

so far so good
5 5

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

I've only taken this bike for a short 10 mile ride. The price is very good for a xt/xtr carbon bike even though it's a 26". The bike shifts flawlessly, brakes without much effort and it's incredibly light. This custom build by backcountry is very well thought they put some xtr components where wear is not much of a problem (crankset, shifters and rear derailleur ), I'd have liked xtr brakes as well but xt brakes are awesome too!

The 6" travel is amazing and I can see I will be able to drop from anything I'm able too without any problems, I can definitely say that this bike can stomp big airs, higher than I can !

The cable routing in this yeti is not the best around, but it works, there will be some cable rub if you don't use some protection in the frame, this frame is very prone to marks so some clear protection will be welcome! I'm not sure why the build guys decided to route the left shifter cable straight down the bottom of the top tube instead of across the head tube first, but that was no big deal and it took 5 minutes to re-route across the head tube to reduce cable rub.

The packaging and shipment was very good, the bike arrived in perfect condition and the brakes and shifters were working very well, I only had to do some minor adjustments in the rear derailleur stop limits. But the suspension was way off for me, so if you don't have one yet get a shock pump to dial the suspension to your liking and riding style!

Btw, the head tube was the perfect spot for my patriot goat! :-)

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Marcel wrote an answer about on May 8, 2014

that's what I got when I sent an email asking!

other than what you ask it comes with notubes flow ex, better to send an email! but you can always change components, I asked for a different stem. you might need to pay extra though

FOX Racing Shox 2014 34 Float 26 160 CTD OE Black, 15qr/1.5t

Shimano XTR Dyna-Sys FC-M980 Trail Crankset - Double 175mm, 38x26T

Shimano XTR Shadow Plus RD-M986 Rear Derailleur, Medium Cage

Shimano XT BL-M785 Hydraulic Disc Brake

Shimano XT Dyna-Sys CS-M771 Cassette, 11-36

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Marcel wrote a question about on April 21, 2014

anyone using this on the blizzard cochise? Looks like the cochise is right in between brake sisze. Did you go with the 100mm or 115mm? I have wider than necessary brakes, and I've always been lucky using 115 brakes on my on3p billy goat 114, and rocker2 which is 113. and 100mm brakes on 98mm underfoot skis... now I'm not sure which way to go with the cochise! I saw some pictures of a cochise with 115mm brakes and they looked too wide to me...

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Marcel wrote an answer about on April 21, 2014

I've heard different things from different people. Looks like officially the ski is unchanged since 11/12, 12/13 and 13/14. But some people say it go stiffer, not exactly sure what Blizzard say about that.

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Marcel wrote a question about on April 19, 2014

I've heard this got stiffer compared to the 12/13 version. I haven't had any time on the 13/14 but quite a bit on last year's version. Is it noticeably stiffer compared to previous versions, or just about the same?

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Marcel wrote a review of on April 13, 2014

5 5

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

I've used the Patagonia Powslayer bibs for a little over a season, and decided to bite the bullet and buy the arcteryx stinger bibs when I saw it on sale. Backcountry was great on price matching and I got it for a good price.
I got the bibs not too long ago so can't comment on durability. I've used this a few times in April on some wet storm days, skiing on a mix of snow, wet snow and also rain, as you would expect from Gore Pro Shell it's totally waterproof and excellent on beading water!
I'm 5,5" ~147lbs somewhere between 30 and 32 waist and 30 inseam and the small fits me perfectly, the fit is not so generous above the waist area like the powslayer but it's not restricting, it's a nice snug fit, legs are less relaxed but still good room for layering, I could fit either a merino baselayer or a fleece pants for really cold days. It looks a little longer compared to the powslayer, but I'm not really sure.
The pockets configuration is great for me, the two upper pockets are small, but useful and they don't make the bibs part bulky, I would put things like money and cc for apres, ID and things like that, since they are not really easy to reach if you are wearing jacket and pack, I prefer to put stuff I grab more frequently during my day on my jacket pockets. The two lower pockets are big enough for a balaclava, glove liners, neck gaiter or other things like that, maybe a trail map if you are skiing inbounds in a place you are not used to.
Venting is great, two big side zipper venting that go from the top of the bibs to around the knees, the best is that it's a triple not dual zippers, so you can play with it, you don't need to open all the way to the top of the bibs to vent and you don't have zippers hidden bellow your jacket! The drop seat seems practical and easier to use compared to the powslayer.
I'm really impressed by the stinger bibs, it costs $100 less, and more durable(??) 80D vs 70D, but I think both are comparable and I'd get the one that fits better!

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Marcel wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

This is a great jacket! The mix 80D/40D gives you durability and save some weight without compromising features!

I'm 5'5" / 147 and the small fits great! I agree with some of the reviews that say the jacket is a little on the short length side, but that's where the powder skirt is going to help you and the slide&lock feature works great to attach to your pants if you don't like to wear bibs, it provides enough room for layering and and I can move without any restriction! The quality and detail in this piece is outstanding, the blue nile color is pretty much like shown in the picture.

Pockets: the two hand warmer pockets are a little higher than normal, but not totally pack friendly, they can work with a pack, but are not the easiest ones to use with a pack, the internal stash pockets is handy and the zippered internal pocket is a nice addition for some snacks or wallet, no media pocket but I prefer to put iPod on my mid layer to keep it warm and save battery. I wish there was a big chest pocket, something like the one on the Theta SVX, maybe not necessary to be too big, but a chest pocket would be a nice improvement!

The hood is big and easy to go over my medium smith helmet, the collar is high but not the most spacious. Sometimes I wish there was a little more space in the collar area since it can get a little tight sometimes, but not to the point to bother me.

This is a great jacket, light, generous fit for layers, nice helmet compatible hood and I believe it's the least expensive Goretex Pro Shell from Arcteryx, what else can we ask for? Humm, maybe a chest pocket!

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Marcel wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

First of all this is the quality piece you would expect for an Arcteryx! THe cut is generous, but not relaxed. Huge helmet compatible helmet, longer cut, articulated sleeves and 80D goretex pro shell!

This would be the perfect storm day skiing shell except for the terrible pockets! I'm not a big guy so my jacket was size small, but I also have small hands I use small in pretty much all brands (Hestra, Black Diamond, Smartwool). The two hand pockets are not pack friendly, they could work with some effort but I would put anything I reach out for regularly. The two chest pockets are there just to add weight to the jacket! They are too small and I can barely put my bare hands inside to grab stuff, that was a deal breaker for me, since I couldn't care less for features that add weight and are useless. If you have practice grabbing stuff from your pockets using two fingers or don't mind taking your gloves off in cold, snowy days this jacket might be the one for you!

The quality and attention to detail is what you would expect. The fit is amazing, it's somewhere between the Rush and Theta SVX, the collar and hood are a little higher, bigger than the ones in the Rush but not as nice as the ones on the Theta SVX.

To me both the Rush and Theta SVX are better options, the Rush is a 80D/40D jacket, but it's lighter and has a more trim fit, but it's also an amazing piece and it doesn't come with useless chest pockets. The Theta SVX is simple the best shell ever made by Arcteryx!

I bought these 3 jackets and kept the Rush and Theta SVX, and if you are interested in the Caden I would look elsewhere if you care to use pockets!

One note about size, I think it's true to size, I've tried many different jackets Rush, Theta SVX, Sabre, Caden, Alpha SV and yes they fit different, but I'd be happy with any in size Small, some have a longer cut, others a longer sleeve, but I wouldn't be in a different size for any model!

Giving a 3 stars due to the quality of the garment!

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Marcel wrote a question about on March 9, 2014

How does this goretex compares to last year's pro shell? I see that most of the Arcteryx women stuff now uses the same 3L goretex fabric with different construction, other than a few SV pieces that use the new pro shell. Last year's Kamoda uses the old gore pro shell, this year's Kamoda says gore 3L. Is this similar to the Sentinel gore fabric? How does it compare to last year's pro shell in terms of breathability and waterproofness?

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Marcel wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

4 5

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

This is my first polartec neoshell piece. I bought because Flylow is a reputable brand, and to have a taste of the fabric. First thing I noticed it that this jacket is much heavier than any other Patagonia, Arcteryx, OR and MH jackets that I'm used to. Yes the fabric is really burly and appears to be durable and bomb proof, but it makes me wonder if it needs to be that heavy and thick to achieve the same durability compared to a 80D gore pro shell.

The fit is great, relaxed fit but true to size. I'm 5'5" / 150 and I use size small, and I pair this with the compound pants also size small. Thanks to the relaxed fit it's easy to move in this jacket but the heavy fabric is quite noticeable when compared to my theta svx and powslayer jackets.

The design of the jacket is a little too busy for my tastes, too many zippers, the two internal stash pockets have zippers, also the front zipper is quite big and could have been more minimalist. The powder skirt is removable which adds more weight to the jacket and another zipper, also it seems to have too many snaps to connect to the pants. Maybe two front and one back would be enough.

The adjustable draw cords are no perfect, I find much easier to adjust Arcteryx drawcords wearing gloves, but they are far from bad, they are great just not perfect.

I like the two way front zipper, which is great if you have to adjust something on your pants, and also love the pit zips which are huge and great for venting!

Overall this is a great jacket, but needs some improvements and a lighter fabric, I haven't used much to say it's more durable than a gore pro shell 80D, but it better be because it's much heavier. handwarmer pockets could have been put a little higher to work better with a pack, but they are still accessible.

Also, even though it's "made with love" it's made in China! Wish they were made here.

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Marcel wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

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

This is by far the best jacket in the market for outdoor activities. The fit is roomy, but I wouldn't call it relaxed, Arcteryx calls expeditions fit, it has articulated elbows, a bigger hood, longer cut, it's simply a perfect fit for me. I got size small and I'm 5'5" / 148. This is my best jacket and I use it exclusively to ski, it's the perfect storm day skiing jacket. The cuffs are amazing if you like to use under the cuff gloves, it has elastic in 1/2 of the cuff which makes it really easy to put them over gloves, I can move freely with this jacket and the hood goes over my medium smith maze helmet easily. I like the waist and hem drawcords which helps dialing in the fit when wearing a pack, the big chest pocket is great to store anything you want. The hand pockets are not very pack friendly but they still can be used. The new gore pro shell seems pretty light for a 80D fabric and I like it, I still haven't hit any tree branches or anything like that so I can't comment on durability. If you are skiing powder I like to wear this jacket with bibs, since it doesn't have a powder skirt and even though it's pretty long cut I prefer the extra protection of the bibs. This jacket is the perfect piece to pair with Arcteryx stinger bibs. I got color heron and different from the blue color I'd say the picture is pretty true to the color.

Pros:
big hood
longer cut, long pit zips
articulated, easy to move
light, this jacket is only 550g, little over a pound
drawcords and hood easy to adjust wearing glove
usual arcteryx quality and it's made in Canada

Cons:
price, it's pretty expensive
the stash pocket could have been a little bigger
hand pockets are not 100% pack friendly

A comment about the size, I've seem reviews suggesting to size down, I wouldn't suggest that. This jacket definitively has a bigger fit, but it's smart bigger fit not just a crazy relaxed fit. I'm a size small on all jackets flylow, patagonia and also other arcteryx rush, caden and happy with the small

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Marcel wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

4 5

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

This pants are great, the relaxed fit is great and not overly relaxed like Arcteryx Sabre and MH Compulsion 3L pants, which looks more like clown pants than ski pants! Back to compound pants, it's a really burly fabric and the fit is great for skiing. The pants are heavy, heavier than all of the Patagonia's and Arcteryx bibs. I see that a few improvements were made for next year's model, which I like it, but I believe the weight is due to the fabric itself. I don't really care much for the full side zips, I prefer a 3/4 or 7/8 zipper since I think it's easier to vent than a full side zip that is hidden bellow the jacket, even though for some the full side separating zip could be useful since it's easy to put and take off the pants with ski boots, even clicked on skis, also I couldn't care less for the back pockets, I don't use them and they make the pants heavier. The 3 front pockets would be enough for me, but could also be a little bigger, they are not small but I wish they were a little bigger. The snaps to connect to the powder skirt could have been made of metal instead of plastic (arcteryx slide and lock), but they seem to be durable, a little too many though I prefer a more minimal powder skirt, there are just too many snaps. The inner vents are definitively small, they are about 7 in and my pants are size small. Overall a great relaxed fit pants that could use some improvements, but close to the top pants in the market. Still prefer the Arcteryx stinger pants though, since they are much lighter and easier to move inside. But if you prefer a more relaxed fit, durable and complete breathable and waterproof pants, the compound pants are the best around, and I think next year's being a little lighter and less pockets will be even better. Definitively top of the line, only reason I gave 4 stars it's because the design is a little "busy" for my tastes and could use some improvements, which seems to have been made for next year. Also 4 stars because they are made in China e not the here.

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