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Officer Jimmy

Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

My husband bought me these last year to use as my downhill gloves out ski touring. I tried so hard to make them work, but after 5 minutes of descent my hands were freezing and I had to break out the hand warmers. I have very small hands and there was just too much extra material and no dexterity. I had to constantly remove the gloves to make clothing adjustments, which made the cold hands even worse. I am usually very impressed with Arcteryx products, but these gloves were a huge disappointment.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

5 5

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

I've only used this jacket a few times but so far I'm really happy with it. I typically end up either swimming in shells or they're too tight in the chest and shoulders (various Patagonia & Arcteryx). This shell fits really well, slim but roomy enough for a soft shell &/or thin synthetic jacket underneath the shell. The two chest / side pockets are roomy and simple, no pit zips though so far the jacket breathes well provided it's worn when a shell is necessary. I'm short and stalky, I've had the alpha lt and it fit like a well thought out garbage sack and the lighter simpler patagonias were either really baggy or too tight in the chest & shoulders. Arcteryx did inform me that some of their jackets fit so that when your body is extended (ie climbing) the rear tail of the jacket still keeps your bum covered and your wrist cuffs still settle on your wrist. This shell seems like it should perform as such even on us vertically challenged.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

4 5

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

I've only skiied these a few times on skinnier skis but they fell great when touring, ski nice and stiff on the down and are really comfy. I had some tlt5's and nothing I did would work, constant pain either in the lateral foot or in the arches, and the carbon cuff typically dug into my calves, I really wanted them to work but it wasn't happening. The spitfires weren't comfy out of the box, I added cork footbeds and had them shaved down a bit, but combined with the really nice stock liners they're coming around to being super comfortable, like any of these lightweight boots these won't be the warmest though they supposedly added some material on the bootboard to increase insulation. If the tlt5's don't work try these!!!

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on July 21, 2010

5 5

This helmet's awesome, comes with replacement padding and protective cover. It's super well vented and has worked great on the hottest days, it's low profile and is really easily adjustable so it can sit squarely and securely on your noggin'. I had previously used another superlight foam core helmet from a rival manufacturer which was great 'til the padding started peeling off, I thought I'd fix it with some barge cement and that managed to melt the foam. The Petzl has all straps and pads well attached and Backcountry's stellar return policy swapped out the helmets no questions asked.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on December 12, 2009

3 5

I've owned three of these watches over the last 6 yrs., they work well when they work, reliable and accurate enough in the mountains, skiing/climbing in the northwest and BC, But, the first one I had water seeped in (accidentally pressed function button while in shower) and the condensation never dried out, then the battery lid was trashed in the process of trying to change the battery, second watch the compass bezel broke off, never did get that fixed, warranty two, tried a highgear, unfortunately they're nowhere near as accurate or detailed as the vector, then I had a handheld brunton and unfortunately lost it!!, I then bought another vector and now changing the battery plagues me again!!, I've tried taking the watch to a retailer to change the battery and that works well, but this time I bought the battery kit and tried it myself, one of the inner plastic tabs w/in the watch broke off so the lid won't seal on!!!, now Suunto wants $$$ to fix it, and getting the watch to them and from them is a headache. The watch is great when it works but be warned unless you're prepared to keep buying &/or warrantying them.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on September 30, 2009

5 5

Looks like a great glove for skinning and climbing. I bought them for my girlfriend who says she's got small hands, I bought a unisex/men's small, too large though, she tried on some other OR women's med. gloves and they fit great so we unfortunately had to return them, thankfully backcountry is great about working with you on any issues with the items they sell.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a question about on September 30, 2009

I am looking for a day and a half pack that will work well when I ski into huts with a sleeping bag and 4 days worth of food. Has someone experimented with attaching skis and stuffing a shovel or probe into this pack? I have the Gregory Targhee in a size small for day skiing and love it, but I need something a bit bigger for the over nighters.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on April 10, 2009

4 5

I'm a little on the shorter side so the small is still a little long, probably fit right at the waist for a 5'8 or taller, slim fit but I can fit a couple of layers underneath it, it doesn't take any room in my pack, I mostly use it for backcountry skiing and it works great, doesn't bunch up with other layers either.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on April 10, 2009

5 5

Nice, simple and easy to use. The declination scale works well and seems easier and quicker to use than turning the tiny screws for the adjustable declination compasses. The clinometer is nice for a little accuracy on slope angle when you're curious beyond the eyeball guess and don't want to set your poles up to get a slope angle. I'm not sure how long the plastic lid with the mirror will remain attached but otherwise the compass is small, simple, and inexpensive, great little tool to add for your snowpits too.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

1 5

I had this probe for one year, and began having problems within the first two weeks. I never did have to use it for rescue but regularly deployed the probe for digging pits, either the nut on the top wouldn't thread onto the bolt or the internal cable would freeze in one of the segments making deployment and occasionally breakdown impossible. I always dried and stored the probe as directed. I finally contacted G3 about this and they said to send it in for a repair, it may take 2-4 weeks though, G3 does not warranty probes.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on April 1, 2008

5 5

I hadn't originally had this shell in mind thinking it'd be too light & fragile or not weatherproof enough, one of the staff talked me into it and the shell's amazing. I'm mostly a backcountry skiier, and most of my time is in NW Montana / British Colombia so fairly cold and very wet, the shell keeps my dry, it's super light & breathable, very compact and fits incredibly well, I'm 5'6" and stalky, the shell goes just below my waist, the arms are the perfect length, and it fits whether over a base layer or a down jacket, the zippers and velcro tabs and drawcords are simple, slim, & durable. The hood is a little roomy, I don't wear a helmet and it's intended for that, but it keeps my dry and mostly stays out of the way when necessary. I'd reccomend this for anything alpine.

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Officer Jimmy wrote a review of on February 25, 2008

5 5

I purchased the duffel for a hut ski trip, it works great being hauled in any sort of cargo trailer or rack, keeps things dry and protected, if you need to haul the duffel on your back for any sort of portage or short hike it'll comfortably carry a lot of weight in a stable concise bag, the zippers are really beefy, my only complaint is that the flashy logo could attract undesirable attn.

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