Miles Callahan

Miles Callahan

Vail, CO

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Alpine Skiing

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Miles Callahan

Miles Callahan wrote an answer about on November 3, 2011

Hey Ward, you are correct that they are very similar. The Theta AR has basically the exact same fit as the Beta AR (athletic) with minor differences. Like you said, the Theta is longer and not just an inch or two, but several. I'm only 5'6" and I have the new Beta AR (which they extended the length a bit this year) and it fits my shorter torso perfectly. The Theta has a longer hem length, a slightly taller collar and an extra small pocket on the left arm which the Beta doesn't have. Also, I'm not sure which year jacket James Jenden was trying on, but both the Beta AR and the Theta AR have very large helmet compatible hoods. If you're tall or like longer jackets go with the Theta, if you're short like me go with the Beta. Hope this helps.

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Miles Callahan wrote a review of on September 19, 2011

3 5

I skied with this boot last season and I sort of have mixed feelings about them. The reason I'm only giving them 3 stars is because of the performance vs the price and overall concept. Let's just say these boots are for fat, and I mean super fat feet. I have a medium to wide foot, and my feet were way too narrow for these boots. The biggest positive about these boots is they are unbelievably comfortable. If you are an average to intermediate skier, who doesn't charge very hard, but either is on the heavier side or just likes stiff boots, than these are for you. I've had several different boots over the years, and these were by far the most comfortable. However, when it comes to controlling long fat skis in the powder, these struggled quite a bit. These boots have a nice stiff and smooth flex, which is awesome on the piste, but when you get into powder or crud, they just don't respond as fast as higher performance boots. If you have a fat foot, just likes to cruse on the mountain, are a little heavy or just likes stiff boots, I highly recommend. Unfortunately they just weren't right for me.

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Miles Callahan wrote a review of on September 19, 2011

4 5

I tried this jacket on in the local Patagonia shop this weekend in Vail, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. The Channel Blue color is just flat out awesome, and now that Patagonia has finally gone back to Gore-Tex instead of the H2No stuff, I'm a little more interested (haven't had the greatest luck with H2No in the past). I'll admit, there are certain things that I really dislike about Patagonia, and there are some things that are the greatest out there. As I'm sure everyone knows, Patagonia tends to make the men's jackets very boxy/square and short in the torso. I didn't try on everything at the store, but at least with this jacket, that's no longer the case. The torso length is spot on, and the jacket itself is a very nice relaxed, but not boxy fit. I went there with the girlfriend to try on a few things for her, and now because I can't help myself, I'm contemplating spending the cash for a new shell. My only complaint with this jacket is the arm length. Even in the size small, the arms are extremely long. Once you cinch up the wrist cuffs it's not a huge deal, but when I put my arms all the way in, you can't even see the ends of my fingers. They're that long. I understand for climbing (as I am a climber) it's better to have sleeves on the longer side, but these are a few inches too long. Other than that, which isn't a deal breaker, the jacket is awesome. Hopefully BC will be getting more of the Channel Blue color in size small in the near future?

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