It's the simple things in life that make me smile best.
I bought the Aristocrat color for my wife thinking it was purple. It's not, it's a really cool blue color. She wanted purple though so I returned it. She loves the way it fits so we ordered the same jacket with the hood. She loves it, but hasn't worn it in the freezing Idaho winter yet. She likes that it is not long and can be worn without poking out of her Beta AR shell.
I'm a fan of this pedal, but I just wish I could wear other shoes with it. I have to wear shoes with a flat sole in order to get a good grip on the little screws. When I do wear my flat soled shoes I really enjoy the ride, but it's not a good pedal if you want to ride and hike because you'd have to wear one pair of shoes for riding and another for hiking. Just a disadvantage of circumstance, but this keeps me from giving it 5 stars.
I agree with other comments that say these are bulky. I definitely feel like I'm wearing a diaper with these on. But, they do the job well when I'm riding - though, I wouldn't recommend them for circumstances that require walking for any period more than 30 minutes. They fit tightly against my skin, which I don't mind as I assume it keeps them from adjusting themselves.
I don't know why people are scoring this any less than 4 stars. Personally, the jacket fits me perfectly (5' 11", 185 lbs, ordered a Large). It isn't too tight and it isn't too bulky - it's perfect! Excellent quality! It has the perfect breath-ability as well. I've been wearing it in 50-60 degree weather and I wouldn't substitute anything else for it. It will be a perfect midlayer for skiing as well. I'm excited to try out the ninja mask on powder days!
I was surprised that the inseam was at least 1.5 to 2 inches longer than what it says. Usually Arcteryx is very good about this stuff. I had to get them taylored to fit properly. The waist fits my 36 inch gut perfectly, though. These are rather baggy as well, but I expected that. They are a good pant for casual activities and outdoor adventures. Very comfortable after getting the length adjusted.
I've used these for one year and so far so good. The quality is great and compared to similar options it's a great price. Keeps my hands warm and breathes well enough to keep them from sweating too much. I got a size large and they fit great. All of the gloves I get are size large if that helps.
The title says, "short sleeve", the image is long sleeve. Which is it?
My favorite shirt! It breaths well and fits well (not too loose, not too tight). The collar is also just right (not too loose, not too tight). But, YOU HAVE TO AIR DRY THIS SHIRT OR DRY IT IN DELICATE MODE! I've had two of these and ruined my first one because I threw it in with the rest of the laundry. The fabric balled up and frayed like crazy! My other shirt has stayed very nice because I air dry it - not like it takes long to air dry, it's a thin shirt. It's not see through - I got dark colors but I'd worry about it being see-through if I got a lighter color. Like I said, I love this shirt, but you have to treat it nicely!
GET 1/2 SIZE BIGGER! If you have normal feet like me, then get 1/2 size bigger. The shoe is designed with all hiking conditions (except hot weather) in mind. So, the toe cavity is shaped to a gradual point more-so than a basic hiking shoe. This makes it possible to hike on rocky terrain more efficiently.
To put it plainly, they took a rock climbing shoe concept and made it work in a standard hiking shoe. It's not too dramatic, but that's what other rating posts are trying to explain. The cavity will rub your toes unless you have toes that are thinner, or set more at an angle to accommodate the slightly pointed/firm toe cavity on this shoe. I got mine a 1/2 size bigger thinking this might be the case, and I got it right. The toe section of the shoe is also less flexible than a trail running shoe. So, if you are looking for rugged delight on rugged terrain, this is your shoe. I live in Idaho and use them year round.
They are very stylish while paying strict attention to the needs of rugged hiking conditions. Personally, I wanted a shoe rather than a boot because I prefer to wear a shoe for any condition. Whereas boots are usually too bulky for my taste. I use a boot for long back country excursions, but need a rugged shoe for everything else. This one fits the bill.
The heal support is a major factor for the shoe category. As long as the heal support is good, then a shoe can be worn in almost any hiking condition. They really focused on this particular feature as is obvious with the metal external wire that helps lock your heal in place when you tighten your shoelace. A really cool feature that makes this shoe a special one for the true hiker. A solid approach and hiking shoe for sure.