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SMc302

SMc302 wrote a review of on February 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Despite having never purchased anything but the best sunglasses, for whatever reason I had always settled for entry level goggles. What an incredible difference these are over my old Phenoms. With the low light in the PNW and high likelyhood of getting pow everywhere, maintaining good visibility had been a challenge. Hauling down a face only to be knocked on your ass by a mogul or dip in the snow that you couldn't really make out until it was too late is incredibly frustrating - the clarity with the red sensors in low light is great and allows me to anticipate the terrain before I'm right on top of it. I put my facemask on while hiking up a ridgeline to test out the fogging-resistance: while it did fog up after a little while (I was purposely huffing pretty hard), it vanished within seconds. Amazing how much you can fine-tune your skills and have even better days with good vision. I'm definitely kicking myself for not getting a pair of these earlier.

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SMc302 wrote a review of on September 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great shell for alpine climbing, I've had it up Rainier and Baker (and randomly assorted other smaller climbs) thus far. Amazed with it's ability to cut fairly significant wind down to almost nothing. It breathes well and the zips are sizable allowing for less stops to put on or take off layers. I've also been pleasantly surprised with the toughness - it's been rubbed on sharp rock, had a few brushes with ice tools, and been in constant abrasion with a harness, pack, and rope and it still looks brand new.

I'm 5 10, 175 lbs with an athletic build and the medium fits great. Long enough that it won't keep coming untucked from your harness, but still packs very small. There is enough room for several layers, including down, but there doesn't seem to be any baggy excess material to get in the way.

Growing to be a bigger and bigger fan of Arc'teryx. You get what you pay for.

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