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Ray wrote a review of on June 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this pack to go day hiking. The 3L reservoir is more than enough for my short hikes (10mi so far). In fact, filling up 100% with 3L is too heavy, and causes my shoulders to get sore from the weight. The straps are very thin, probably to let it breathe so it's not soaking wet with sweat. The weight is distributed on my hips, and my back doesn't really touch the pack, which is great for ventilation.

I like how compact everything is, I think it's just the right size for me. I usually use the left hip pocket to keep my Galaxy S3, but it's a tight fit, especially since I like to keep the hip straps really tight (external pocket becomes curved shaped).

I also love the magnetic bite valve, it's very convenient. I just wish they had put pockets on the should straps, then it would have been perfect.

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Ray wrote a review of on June 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my wife so we can go on day hikes. So far, we've used it on several 10mi hikes, and the 3L resevoir is more than enough. It takes a few uses to get rid of the plastic-y taste, but it's really easy to suck water through the bite valve.

One thing I've noticed is that the external hip pockets aren't good for rigid items like cell phones or keys. They'll wrap around your hips and will cause a pain point. Also, there is a lot of sweat (moisture) going through the hip pockets.

Finally, I've noticed that the straps are rubbing my wife's arms on both sides. Design wise, it doesn't seem any different from the Raptor 10, which I use, and I don't get any chaffing from the should straps. The Raven 10 maybe a bit thinner and skinnier in some places, like the external hip pockets and shoulder straps, but otherwise, is practically the same.

Drying the hydration pack is a pain though. If you don't put something inside the bladder to prop it open, it will never dry. I've been using a 1/4c measuring cup to keep it open while it dries.

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Ray wrote a review of on January 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very warm jacket. Really comfortable too. This is much better than the TNF Denali Wind Pro that I got last year. At least the sleeves aren't super baggy, hahaha.

I don't know if it's the foil looking lining on the inside, but I get more static when I take this jacket off.

I'm about 150lbs, 5'6" or so, and got a Medium. Perfect fit.

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Ray wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

3 5

5'7, 150lbs, got the Medium. It was a good fit, but the quality wasn't that great, in my opinion. When I tried adjusting the hood, the cord came right out. It wasn't even fastened on the inside.

My Mountain Hardwear's Chillwave Parka has more down and was warmer, not to mention $200 cheaper.

This may not matter to many, but I wish the logo was embroidered. It looks cheap with the iron-on sticker.

Also, I didn't like how Backcountry sent my $500 jacket in a plastic bag. At least put it in a box. However, their return process was very easy and fast.

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Ray wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Columbia fleece jacket was starting to wear out by the cuffs, so I decided to get a replacement jacket.

This jacket fits perfectly, except for the arms. They're sooo baggy. Also they're not as wind proof as my Columbia jacket. I can definitely feel the wind going through the jacket when walking in downtown Chicago.

Also, the TNF doesn't have a liner on the inside, which I liked about my Columbia jacket.

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Ray wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

---Edit (2012.12.26)---
I ended up returning this coat because it was a bit too small. Also, once the jacket settled down, I started to feel the coldness on the top part of both arms. The hood didn't provide enough face protection too.

---Original review---
I'm 5' 7" and about 150lbs. Bought a small. Fit is on the snug side,but I don't intend to layer much with it, since I have a warmer coat for subzero days. It still fits fine with a light fleece jacket or sweater as a mid layer.

Pros:
Water proof.
Warm (with only a tshirt at 25F), just enough down in arms.
Classic and simple looks.
Besides the 2 handwarmers, there is an outside and inside pocket.
Handwarmers are insulated.
Sleeves are longer than the chillwave parka (which are very short).
Shell seems to be a tough material, will prob last a long time.

Cons:
Sleeves are a bit tight,circumference wise.
Cuffs can't be tightened.
Bottom part of coat is a tight, need to unzip a few inches from the bottom or it could tear when sitting down.
Hood could be better, doesn't have total face coverage.

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Ray wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I decided to give them a second chance and got a Medium instead. It is a much better fit. The arm length is longer, and the cuffs don't hurt on this one. I'm not sure if I got a newer version or older version, but this one didn't have the Mt Hardwear logo on the back like my first purchase.
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I purchased a small size jacket. I am about 5'7 and 150lbs, and the fit was perfect, but I returned it due to the cons below.

As other reviewers have mentioned, I too found the sleeve to be a bit too short. When my arms were down, it was perfect length, but as soon as I brought my arms up (eg, when driving), the cuffs would ride a few inches up my arm.

Also, I had a difficult time zipping all the way up. I think my neck size is something like 15 3/4.

Finally, a negative I have not seen mentioned. There is a hard corner in each cuff, so when I velcroed them tighter, the corners were rubbing into my wrists, which hurt after some time.

It's a great jacket, but I couldn't live with these cons.

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Ray wrote a question about on November 8, 2012

How bulky is this jacket compared to the Himalayan jacket? Is it more comparable in terms of bulk to the Mt Hardwear Chillwave Parka? Would it be overkill for Chicago weather, where it can go below 0F? I'd like to be able to wear it in a wide range of temperatures, maybe from 40-45F down to -20F. I have found that the Himalayan is way too hot to wear if it's over 20F, I'd like to avoid that experience with my new jacket.

Thanks.

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Ray wrote a question about on November 6, 2012

A few questions:

Is the hood insulated?
Is there insulation in the hand pockets to keep hands warm?
Is the shell windproof?
Will it be comfortable to wear at 45F? 0F?
Also, I think the description about the cuffs being hook-and-loop (velcro??) is wrong. TNF site says it is pre-cinched cuffs (elastic), which seems to be the case by looking at the pics.

Thanks!

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