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John wrote a review of on June 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Bought these on the reviews of a lot of people. Clearly the Power Matic 200 GV has rock star status. I took a hard look at Zamberlans which are also amazing but decided on these based on fit. Hiked all over Yosemite for 4 days - very comfortable.

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John wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

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.

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John wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

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.

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John wrote a review of on July 17, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

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.

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John wrote a review of on December 21, 2012

3 5

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

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.

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