QuinnL

QuinnL

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Hiking & Camping
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QuinnL

QuinnL wrote a review of on March 14, 2013

4 5

Just got these in the mail from CL this week and mounted them. For the price ($350 or under), they seem to be a great bang for your buck.
The Product description is totally incorrect in some respects though and needs to be updated:
-The spokes are NOT internal on this model. Previous models of the solitude were internal, and they updated the design due to spoke breakage issues I believe
-These are not made in the USA/Utah. The box clearly said "Made in Taiwan" and decals on the internal area of the rim had asian QC markings, so that was kind of a bummer.
Besides that, they seem great for the $$ in terms of apparent build quality. I will update my review if there are issues.

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QuinnL wrote a review of on March 13, 2013

4 5

Just got these in the mail from CL this week and mounted them. For the price ($350 or under), they seem to be a great bang for your buck.
The Product description is totally incorrect in some respects though and needs to be updated:
-The spokes are NOT internal on this model. Previous models of the solitude were internal, and they updated the design due to spoke breakage issues I believe
-These are not made in the USA/Utah. The box clearly said "Made in Taiwan" and decals on the internal area of the rim had asian QC markings, so that was kind of a bummer.
Besides that, they seem great for the $$ in terms of apparent build quality. I will update my review if there are issues.

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QuinnL wrote a review of on December 12, 2009

4 5

This is my third insulated jacket. I have a lightweight Primaloft (Mountain Hardwear Compressor) and a lightweight down puffy (OR Virtuoso). I wanted something to fill the void in between the two. A jacket that was WARM but also not overly bulky utilizing synthetic insulation. The Patagonia DAS Parka fit the bill. It's super warm (with 170G of Primaloft versus the 100G of most jackets), well made, and still very packable. It is super comfortable on those cold days. Just beware that this is a belay jacket cut large in the body so you can wear it over many layers. I wear a size Large in Patagonia fleeces and shells and they fit very close, but this jacket in a size Large has way more room and is on the baggy side. I tried on the Patagonia Micropuff hoody for comparison at the Patagonia store, and it has a closer traditional fit, compared to this jacket. The Micropuff only has 100G of Primaloft though.

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QuinnL wrote a review of on August 14, 2007

4 5

So I have a funny story that displays this pack's quality. A buddy and I took a long break in a beautiful meadow before the last 4 miles of a multi-day trek. After downing a couple bottles of trail wine (takes the edge off), I didn't have the best judgement of where to cross a stream on the trail on the hike out. Long story short, I picked a bad spot and ended up totally submerged for a couple seconds with my Bora on. The thing kept my gear (including $1,500+ of camera equipment) bone dry. That alone sold me on Arcteryx pack quality. I'd definately buy it again.

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