Beaches, Mountains, Airports, Foreign Countries
Mammut stands for quality. Fit is vital for me - at 6'3" it's tough to find a jacket that's athletic in cut. Why this jacket? 1. fits me perfectly, 2. TWO draw hem cords - perfectly balances with synching both sides, 3. good color (black), 4. chest pocket - can stuff entire jacket into it, and 5. warm. Overall a great design and well-executed. Typical Swiss.
Four stars for good quality. I'm 6'3" and fit is exceptionally important. I had to send this back for three reasons: 1. it didn't fit me well - rather than fitting tall and athletic like I need it had a little extra in the stomach area, 2. it only has ONE draw cord in the hem which means when you pull it, it will create a funny pull look on one side, and 3. the orange color - too much for me.
Are these thin enough to wear as a glove liner in ski gloves? How thick are these - in millimeters if available?
I love this pack. I use it for downhill skiing but I'm sure it would be great for any snow sport. Excellent design and lots of pockets.
This is a great camera backpack if your camera is a consumer-size DSLR such as the Canon Rebel EOS. However, if your camera is a pro size, such as a Canon 5D, this pack is simply too small. Further, I'm 6'3"and 215 lbs - this pack is comparatively so small it looks like a girls backpack on me - kind of ridiculous. One additional wish for this or any other camera back pack (attention Lowepro...) is to make the hydration compartment large enough to accommodate a 15" laptop. The reality is that sometimes people are hiking, and at other times they're traveling on a plane for vacation and want to take a notebook along. Having a pack that could handle both tasks would be a stroke of genius and differentiate your brand.
This is an excellent, high quality pack for back country skiing or boarding.
The Rho AR Bottoms are *awesome* under shell pants in extreme cold: what I consider between 5 and 25 degrees plus wind. I started out skiing one morning in February in 10 degree temps plus wind. The high was 25. I was comfortable all day.
I've worn these on several ski trips. Great gloves. Love the wrist leashes! Warm and they look great.
I own the prior model Beta SL (drop hood). It's excellent. I bought new Beta SL (storm hood). I have nothing against storm hoods, but I'm highly disappointed with the new model because it's poorly designed around the neck and face. Call me a perfectionist if you like but for more money I expect more. I have three major complaints with the new Beta SL model:
1. When zipping it up the upper part of the jacket isn't comfortable and the draw strings project oddly;
2. My biggest complaint and the reason I'm sending it back is that the draw chords used to tighten the hood on the sides are poorly placed - they're on the INSIDE of the hood at face level rather than OUTSIDE the hood and low (like other Arc'teryx jackets such as the Sidewinder); Consequently when the chords are pulled to tighten the sides of the hood, these chords literally are in one's face. Why? I own the Sidewinder - its draw chords are perfectly placed: on the OUTSIDE of the hood and low - when you pull them they're out of your face and low - there's no way they're going to make you uncomfortable or be in your way.
3. A surprising disappointment with the new Beta SL is the cheap-feeling zipper tab - this might not seem like a big deal but when you grab the new zipper tab it feels like you're touching cheap string. The old model jacket has a thick hard plastic tab at the end to give you something to actually grab onto - it feels like quality. The new zipper tab feels like someone was trying to cut costs and put on this thin string - hardly reflecting the brand that produced quality jackets like the Alpha SV, Sidewinder, and Gamma MX.
I'll gladly retain my "old" and excellent red Beta SL and return the new olive one with its oddly placed draw chords and cheap-feeling string zipper tab.
PS - I'm a huge fan of Arc'teryx and all the other products I own I love, just not this one.
This is the most comfortable soft shell you'll ever put on hands down. If you're able to shell out a little extra for one go for it. You won't regret it. I got one in 2011 so not sure about durability but given the Arc'teryx name I'm going to assume it will last a very long time.
Great Pack but primarily intended for mountaineering. There are probably better pack for pure "back packing".
I would buy the size jacket you normally buy. If you usually wear an XXL, I'd get that.
But they're a bit pricey in my opinion. Next time I don't think I'll spend as much.
Thanks. I'll be snow skiing. Sitting on lifts getting blasted by wind.
Will this be too warm for use with Gore-tex shell pants at 25-30F with wind chill - feeling like 20-25F?
Great all around all season pants. So far have used for skiing and they work extremely well.
Excellent jacket. The only improvement would be pit zips, but even without them this is still an extremely high quality piece to take out for several days hiking, backpacking whether in high winds, in heavy rain, or snow.
I get the impression the Deuter is a stronger/better made pack.