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PS wrote a question about on March 25, 2011

How does the fit on this jacket compare to the MH Cohesion, the PL Compressor, or the Zonal? I love the fit of the above three, with the MH Cohesion being nearly perfect for me (I need a very trim cut jacket).

Most shells from other brands, even the supposed "trim" fit versions, leave me with enough space underneath for another person. Wondering how the Optimo stacks up against the usual MH fit...any thoughts?

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PS wrote a review of on September 25, 2010

4 5

A bit expensive at full retail, but this jacket works very well as a "just in case" light and packable rain jacket. Have used it for several seasons, most recently on a fishing jaunt into central Ontario where it was used 3-4 times, once for the majority of a day under a heavy Canadian downpour and it kept me dry and happy.

If I knew that heavy rains were a certainty, or if I knew that I would be abrading the face of the fabric regularly, I'd probably bring a burlier Gore jacket, but as something you throw in the bag for the unexpected storm, it works very well.

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PS wrote a review of on January 14, 2010

5 5

fantastic gloves for skiing - have had them out a few times this season, in weather ranging from ~20-35, and the hands never got too cold or too hot. look like they have the typical marmot bomber construction and should hold up well for years. highly recommended.

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PS wrote a review of on January 14, 2010

3 5

A well made jacket but the cut/sizing was very different from what I have come to expect from Arcteryx. Where most Arcteryx stuff is slim fitting through the chest and at the waist, the Epsilon AR was surprisingly puffy at the hips and waist, and was thus way too big for me. I'm 5-7 and 140lbs and the S was way too roomy for me. I could have fit a fleece and a 800-fill down puffer underneath it with no problem. Was looking for a new softshell for skiing this season, and ended up returning this and going with a Mountain Hardwear G50, which fits perfectly, and can house a Patagonia micropuff vest underneath...

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PS wrote a review of on July 14, 2009

4 5

yep, it's not a full blown jacket, and as it is an arcteryx piece, it is expensive (even on sale).

that said, it is very well made (stitching, attention to details) and the materials are very nice for what they are, relative to expectations.

wish i could have kept it, but a size S was way too big for me (i'm 5'7", 138lbs). the sleeves were a tad long but most notably there was way too much room in the body and waist area of the shirt, almost as if it was made for someone mor in the 160lb range. most smalls from mt hardwear, marmot, OR, even some north face stuff fits pretty well and trim...so this was disappointing.

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PS wrote a review of on February 23, 2007

5 5

This is my first season with the Arc'teryx Minuteman (also with an Arc'teryx Alpha SV). The Minuteman is a fabulous pant. Superior quality of material and construction that I've come to expect from Arc'teryx, that blows away all other pants I've skied with (Spyder and TNF recently). The fit is fantastic, and thank you Arc'teryx for being the only (as far as I know) manufacturer to bring out a Short line of XCR hard shell pants - the Short S fits me perfectly (5'7").

Count me as an Arcteryx convert. Man is it expensive, but it is so worth it.

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PS wrote a review of on February 23, 2007

5 5

Looking for a Gore-Tex hardshell? Look no further. This is my first season with the Alpha SV and it has not failed to impress (immensely so). Everything about this jacket is first rate - the construction makes all other shells (TNF, in particular) look like cheap crap. The design of the Alpha makes sense - from how the hood will fit comfortably over a helmet while still allowing for great range of motion, to how the pockets and zippers are all easily operable with gloves on. The stitching on the Alpha SV is excellent and upon visual inspection, vastly superior (higher stitch count and more precise placement) to any other brand shell I have owned.
Believe me, I too choked up a bit of food when I first looked at a shell with a $500 price tag. I got it at a bit of a discount, but it has been worth every penny, and then some. I have a nearly brand new TNF Ama Dablam shell and I don't know if I can ever bring myself to wear it again. Maybe if I had to go roll around in the mud and didn't want to get the Alpha SV dirty...

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