Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

MI, NY, VA, TN, CA and everywhere in between

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Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
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Matthew Johnson wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

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I've gotten several different pairs of Icebreaker underwear over the years and I was really excited to try the Anatomicas. For the most part they fit, feel, and look great, but there's just something that's not quite right at the hem. They're usually fine but sometimes when I sit I feel something getting pinched and I'm not sure if it's because they're a little too short or if it's for another reason. It hasn't bothered me enough to stop wearing them but they're not as comfortable as the Icebreaker relaxed fit boxers.

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Matthew Johnson posted an image about on February 7, 2012

Vancouver, BC, Canada

I hope this answers some questions before they're asked. Arc'teryx did not MOVE production overseas - they expanded overseas. There are still many products they make here in North America.

The jacket is awesome but I haven't seen enough winter this year to really put it to the test yet. I can say, though, that the fit is the best of ANY Arc'teryx jacket I have had the pleasure of wearing. Squid Ink is also a more awesome color than you could possibly imagine without seeing it in person. I'll say more after I have a chance to put it through the wringer.

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Matthew Johnson wrote an answer about on February 6, 2012

If you're trying to compare it to the Downlight Sweater I have both. The Zeus is slightly warmer. The Downlight Sweater is slightly lighter. The face fabric is a little heavier on the Zeus than the DS so it doesn't lose down at anywhere near the same rate as the DS. The DS does leak down, but that's because it has such a light shell - and a plume or two at a time isn't going to make much of a difference for a long time. You will lose down from almost any jacket or sleeping bag but if the annoyance is just too much you can't go wrong with the Zeus.

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Matthew Johnson wrote an answer about on February 6, 2012

You'd be surprised what people are still buying in "this economy." The people in the financial position to buy Arc'teryx haven't all been hit as hard as the general population. The store I work in sold more Fission SV jackets this year than we ever have in the past and it's been a pretty mild winter. Now, on to the jacket... I'm sure Brandon Carlile can tell you a lot more about it than I can but the Ventii is a step above the rest of Arc's ski line (in the right conditions). Start with a Mako jacket (which is already $750) and make the hood and powder skirt removable. Next replace the standard Gore Pro Shell exterior with Gore Pro Shell Stretch - and that stuff isn't cheap. Would I pay nearly $1000 for it? No - but it doesn't fit my needs. However, there are people looking for a jacket that does everything the Ventii does and they are willing to pay for it. Don't pretend you're better than everyone else by shaming a company for selling an expensive product.

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Matthew Johnson wrote an answer about on January 9, 2011

It's warm, wind resistant, breathable, and incredibly soft. This is more of a jacket than a sweatshirt and compares well to the polartec jackets I've worn in the $150-$200 range - I would say backcountry goofed when they wrote their own description. I've spent a lot of time in the non-hooded Aspiring fleece and I never want to take it off at the end of the day.

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Matthew Johnson wrote an answer about on September 22, 2009

I think the SL is a little easier to live with backpacking. The cut is slightly longer and the pockets are much easier to live with if you ever plan on putting your handsin them. The pockets on the LT are a little awkward to access. The LT is heaevier by a very small amount and will be a little more weather resistant, but if you really need that extra protection you've probably got bigger problems. Either one would work great, but for backpacking I like the SL a little more than the LT.

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Matthew Johnson wrote a review of on September 9, 2009

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The PreCip Jacket is good at what it does. It will keep you dry and the inner coating actually does a decent job of keeping things from getting clammy. The pitzips and mesh pockets do an okay job of letting fresh air in without too much rain, and the pockets are accessible while wearing a pack.

The PreCip sets the standards for $100 rain protection but it has its limitations. You won't easily find a better $100 jacket but if you really use it a ton you probably won't get more than 2 seasons of heavy use out of it. $100 buys you a jacket that relies on a coating, rather than a membrain, for weather protection. Once that coating wears off it's up to you to re-coat it, but spray on and wash in coatings are never as good as factory coatings that are chemically bonded to the shell. If you only have $100 to spend buy the PreCip. If you have $50 more and want to get a little more use out of a jacket get one that uses a membrain. Everyone makes one and they're just as light.

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