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SKOL wrote a review of on October 8, 2011

4 5

Okay, so initially my review was "what's the big deal?" I'm coming off that a little bit. While I will never call khaki's "bomber," these pants are akin to a workhorse. I've been wearing them for four days straight on a surf vacation this fall. They get progressively more comfortable with every day. While I do not think these are good climbing pants (not flexible enough), they have been great on pre-dawn, chilly mornings as I drive out to check out the local breaks. They're also fairly durable. i've worn them working around the house, fixing dings in my surfboards, and just knocking around.

Overall, they're similar to a quality pair of utility pants, although a bit more comfortable (the fleecy waist lining is a nice touch. I still don't know if they're worth 100 bucks, but since they were a gift, I'm not complaining.

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SKOL wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

3 5

I got these pants for my birthday and I am, in fact, wearing them now. They're comfortable, appear well made, and look good. That said, they're a pair of freggin' khaki's. They're not particularly stretchy; I wouldn't wear them climbing -- it's just as hard to highstep in these pants as it is a pair of jeans. I'd wear them out to eat dinner or to a bar, but so what -- that's not why I buy Arcteryx gear, given the cost.
Assuming you want to use these pants for climbing (i.e., the "spotter" name), you'd be much better served buying a nice softshell pant like Marmot's Scree, which is about the same price and way more comfortable and stretchy. If you want a nice pair of pants to wear to dinner, get these (hopefully on sale) or just go to the Gap.

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SKOL wrote a review of on September 17, 2011

4 5

I am dangerously close to buying this jacket, but I think I'm going to hold out for the Westcomb Apoc. It also has Neoshell technology, but the shell fabric appears to be more hardshell-like. I love marmot m1 softshell, but I'm concerned that the fabric will get soaked and hold water -- the neoshell membrane should prevent any water from getting through to me, but it will still be super heavy if it gets soaked. thoughts?

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SKOL wrote a review of on July 31, 2011

4 5

I bought this tent because my wife and I had a girl, and we wanted to bring her backpacking with us. This tent fits three thermarests side by side, making it the equivalent of a giant pack and play for my daughter. It might be a bit cramped for three adults, though. The tent is super light, and once you practice in the living room once or twice, a snap to set up. I haven't had it in a serious storm yet, so that's why my review is preliminary, but this appears to be a very solidly built tent -- what I would expect from BA.

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SKOL wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

5 5

I have probably 10 pairs of sandals, ranging from olukais, to reefs, to rainbows, to sanuks. These are, bar none, the most comfortable. They're even more comfortable than just walking around barefoot. If I had a criticism, and I don't, it would be that these sandals are so comfortable that it makes me baby them like a fine leather shoe.

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SKOL wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

3 5

I bought this pack for a superlightweight climbing/scrambling bag. It fits that bill, but the main hip belt buckle broke after a week, and the bag buckles feel like they could go at any time. I haven't sent it back yet, so I really can't complain, but this bag definitely has a less than sturdy feel to it, almost cheap. I guess that's to be expected with a pack this light, but a bit offputting for a company like Arcteryx, where everything I've bought in the past has been bomber.

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SKOL wrote a review of on July 14, 2011

5 5

I brought this with me on a two week trip to Wales. It kept all of my hiking gear in good shape and reasonably well ordered. It rains quite a bit there and, although I never left the bag in a downpour for extended periods of time, the bag kept my stuff dry. The backpack straps are actually quite comfortable, which surprised me, and made hauling this bag around a lot easier than I thought. The quality of the bag is very apparent after inspection and it held true during my trip. Thumbs up.

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SKOL wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

It was humid and 65 degrees in my area of PA yesterday, with a forecast for rain. I went out for a 40 mile ride and wore this shell to test its breathability. I kept the pit zips open and rode at a mid-aerobic pace -- i.e., sweating, but not soaking. This jacket is fantastic. It breathes better than any hardshell I've used. I did have some sweat buildup on my forearms, but that would have been the case even if I weren't wearing a jacket. Otherwise, I felt as if I didn't even have the thing on, except that it did a decent job of blocking out the wind.

Also, it's worth noting that this jacket stretches a bit with use which, for me, is working out nicely. I bought the L instead of the XL -- I'm 6'2" and 215 -- because I wanted an athletic fit and wasn't planning on using this for layering. It was a bit tight in the shoulders at first, but now it feels like a second skin.

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SKOL wrote a review of on May 9, 2011

5 5

These skins make backcountry skinning almost unfair. I first slapped them on my BD Zealots and customized them accordingly (reviewer's note -- trimming custom skins is kind of like doing your sideburns -- resist the urge to keep evening them out, or you'll shave your way out of climbing power). They are super grippy and make you feel very sold underfoot on steep terrain. If I had a complaint (and I don't) it's that the glue is so sticky it takes a he man to pull them apart. That said, they are still easy enough to pull off with your skis still on (just try not to throw out your shoulder). They're only three seasons old, so I threw them on my new bluehouse maestros at the end of the season. No problems so far. Nice work BD.

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