Atlanta, GA; Young Harris, GA
The Atom LT is my first Arc'teryx purchase. I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical about buying Arc'teryx gear because it is pretty expensive and I am a broke college student. However, after I wearing this jacket everyday for a month straight, I have to say that I have hopped on the Arc'teryx bandwagon.
I can't say enough good things about this jacket so Ill just list out my favorite aspects:
1. The warmth of this jacket is quite impressive. i figured that when I bought this jacket, I would mainly use it under a shell. Come to find out I can use it as a stand alone jacket with only a t-shirt on underneath and be comfortable down into the 30's.
2. The weight of this jacket is awesome. i can throw it in my day pack and I forget its there.
3. The water-resistance is actually quite impressive. One time I was caught in a downpour walking across campus and my initial thought was, "Oh great now I'm going to get soaked and then have to sit in class for an hour." When i got to class the jacket was soaked, but I stayed completely dry.
4. The Side panels allow this jacket to breathe pretty well, yet remain pretty wind resistance.
I could go on but I'll spare you the rest.
Bottom line: this jacket is worth the investment.
I'm not going to lie, I'm very picky when it comes to my hiking pants. So when I got these pants (color: bark, Size: medium) in the mail I wasn't sure if I was going to like them. However, after putting them through the wring this winter, I have to say that these pants are pretty bomb proof. I love the softshell material that they are made out of because it is pretty thin and strecky, yet durable at the same time. As far as water-resistance goes, these pants hold up surprisingly well in light to moderate rain (I wouldn't recommend using these as rain pants). I have seen some reviews that say you can wear these pants in the summer ( I don't because I live in Georgia), but generally I think that these are 3 season pants (Spring, Fall, and Winter).
I have to say that the overhang pants are pretty stellar and I would recommend them to anyone who is on the fence about buying them.
The only down side to these pants is the sizing. I am 5'10 145 pounds and the mediums are a little big on me, but that is nothing that a belt can't fix.
Hope this review helps!
Just received this shirt in the mail and wore it for the first time. I have to say that for $9 this shirt is a steal! Super comfy and looks goods too!
These things are excellent casual flip flops. I bought these things to replace my 2 year old Rainbow flip flops that were just plain worn out. I have to say that when I ordered these things on the SAC and I wasn't expecting them to be very good. I was just looking for a cheap flip flop to hold me over until I got around to buying another pair of Rainbows. However, after I tired these things on, I changed my mind. I decided not to buy another pair of Rainbows and just hold on to these because they are so comfortable, even right out of the box! (Unlike my Rainbows, which took about a week to really break in)
I haven't had these things very long so I can't really comment on the durability, but I'll update my review after I wear them over the summer.
If you are on the fence about buying these, I say go for it!
I wore it for a day while skiing out in Steamboat Springs and it kept my head nice and toasty. This hat is stylish, warm, and reversible. What more could you ask for in a beanie?
I use this thing on my REI Flash pack 18 and it works like a charm.
I have had my Chacos for almost three years now and I have yet to find a single thing that is wrong with them. I wear them all the time for anything from walking to class to 5+ mile hikes with my friends. If I had to describe these things in one word it would have to be: flawless.
I have found that since they don't make these in half sizes that they tend to run a little big so i would suggest ordering a size down. I normally wear a size 10 and I have a 9 in these and they fit beautifully.
Hey Gregg. Many of my friends have had problems with smelly chacos as well. I have heard that if you put them in the freezer overnight, then that will get rid of most of the smell.
This water bottle is the bees knees. I can put any type of fluid in it and throw it into my backpack confidently cause I know that it will not leak. Why spend more than 12 dollars on a water bottle when you can simply buy this perfectly engineered beverage container?
This shirt is great! I have use it all the time for anything from working out at the gym to layering when I went skiing out in Steamboat Springs, CO over winter break. The shirt is really light weight, breathes well, and feels good on your skin. What more could you ask for in a shirt?
Bottom line:This is a great shirt that is price really reasonably.
Can't say enough good things about this jacket.
I would definitely suggest that you get a medium as well. We are almost the exact same build, I'm 5'10 145ish and I bought a small and I have to say that it fits pretty snug and doesn't leave much room for layering purposes.
Conquering the 5.11 wall at Stone Summit Climbing Gym.
I have had this rain coat for almost three years now and I have to say that it has held up pretty well. So well that in fact, I recently gave this jacket to my girlfriend because she needed a good raincoat and I had just purchased a new one.
I use this jacket mainly as a rain coat for light backpacking and simply keeping me dry when I walked to class. I have to say that I am impressed by how long the waterproof coating has lasted on it.
As far as waterproofing goes, I have only had this jacket fail on me one time and that was when I was outside for 4+ hours and it was just raining cats and dogs, but I have to say that even then I only got wet along the zipper because the storm flaps failed.
Bottom line, this is a great entry level shell with some pretty nice features (fully taped seams, pit zips, etc.) that is well worth the price and will last for a long time.
I agree, but I don't think that they were designed to be additional pockets on the inside.
If I were you, I would go with the medium. I'm 5'10" and I have a small and it fits pretty well, but its a little bit snug and does not leave a lot of room for layering.
The BD gizmo light is a nice headlamp for the price. It is simply, has some decent features, and is not too expensive.
Buyer beware: this headlamp DOES NOT have a red night vision mode as stated in the description.
I have the 2010 model of the CamelBak classic and I love it! I mainly use the Camelbak for mountain biking, and I have to say that it does an awesome job.
I really like this thing because it holds a lot of water and it does a great job of distributing it properly throughout the bladder, which allows for it to have a low profile and stay close to my back when I ride. I also like that if I put ice in the bladder before I ride, it keeps it cold for almost the whole time!
Lastly, I think that it is awesome that the bladder is removable because I can take it out and use it in both my REI flash 18 day pack and my Osprey Kestrel 38 pack. I cannot say enough good things about this thing. If you are on the fence about buying it, then I recommend that you pick one up!
I just got the Gerber Fast Draw Knife and I have to say that it seems to be a pretty solid knife so far. I like that it has a spring assist to help you open it with one hand. I also love that it has a switch on it which locks the blade in the down position so that it won't somehow open in your pocket.
Bottom line, its a sweet knife with a sharp blade and solid handle, which makes it ideal for daily use.
I started climbing about 3 years ago with some of my friends. We go indoor climbing quite a bit, and I got tired of using those crappy rental harnesses that they give you because they have zero padding and are uncomfortable on your boys.
So that's when I decide to get my own harness to use. My only criteria were that it had to be fairly inexpensive, yet have some of the things that you would find on a nicer harness. I have to say that the Momentum has done just that. It is really comfortable, reasonably priced, and it has a lot of nice features.
As far as durability goes, I have had this thing for almost 3 years now and it has held up really nicely.
Basically, this harness is perfect for people who are just getting into climbing and want a good, entry level harness.
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