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Phat Phred wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

Very comfy--no bunching in crotch. Legs are long. Stirrups hold tights down. Nice pad. With toe covers I'm wearing booties less. The highlight is the double layer of material starting on the lower thigh, covering the the knee and some of the shin. It doesn't restrict motion and keeps my knees much warmer. MTB in near freezing temps comfortably. Road ride comfortably to low 40's high 30's. The medium fit me fine (32" waist, 34" inseam, 175#). They don't get clammy like windstopper does.

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Phat Phred wrote a question about on November 16, 2011

How do the Marmot Baffin Island, Marmot Cauldron and Mtn Hardware Compressor PL hooded jackets compare in terms of warmth, compressibility, pocket location and fit (loose or fitted)? I'm looking for a packable, hooded synthetic jacket for general use and stuffing in my ski or hiking pack.

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Phat Phred wrote an answer about on May 11, 2009

Removable valve cores are the prerequisite to use Tufo valve extenders. The threaded end of the pictured Tufo extender threads into where the core was in the valve stem. Then the core threads into the extender. This solution is the best compared to Topeak or Problem solvers or others cause the Tufo is actually just extending the stem. The others leave the original valve core in place.

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Phat Phred wrote a review of on September 25, 2008

4 5

There are threads about the binding position being forward on the Mantra (see TGR forums). Not sure if that's good or bad. I mounted mine on the factory mark. My 184 Mantras did feel short at first compared to my 183 Scott Missions (me: 6'2", 180lbs. Bindings Sal Z12 on both pair of skis). The 184 Mantras have a 22m radius and my 183 Scott Missions have a 15.5m radius and a more rear binding mount. So the Mantras initiate more easily but don't try to turn across the hill like my Scotts do. So they're more mild mannered in the turn, but running flat on firm the Mantras swim (that's w/ the factory tune).

The Mantras also pound through crud better than the Scotts which got deflected more so I feel more confident on the Mantras and will let them run more. -1 star for the swimming--my Scotts don't do that.

Both skis ride the hardpack well, maybe less chatter from the Mantra. The Mantra is lighter than the Mission (actually made by Fischer).

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Phat Phred wrote a review of on January 9, 2008

4 5

I haven't bought a fleece in a long time... the new Polartec materials are really nice. The surface of the Cairn looks classy, not just loopy polyester fibers, with nice contrast stitching. New, its really soft and warm. Nice pockets and good fit. The cuffs seem to bunch up a bit. The bottom hem flares out a little which isn't a problem when layered on top of other fleece and a pair of shell bibs. The medium fit me well at 6'2" and 170lbs. The BC.com price is nice too... I wish the logo was embroidered with something more subdued instead of white on black.

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Phat Phred wrote a review of on January 9, 2008

4 5

Rank 3 for function but value bumped it up to a 4.
The jacket is cut well and nice material, breathable, wind resistant like other softshells that cost nearly 2x. But the pockets are to low and to small to fit larger skins. While trying on a large (I'm 6'2 170#), I put a pack on and the waist belt covered some of the zippers. I didn't buy it for this reason. The jacket that cost nearly 2x had higher, larger pockets. If you don't care about that then the jacket is a 4 or 5.

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