Scott P.

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I sell Mack Trucks for a living, but Gore Tex in its many lustrous forms seems to my passion. From skiing to sailing and every where in between, bring on the weather.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had a few Arc shells from the whiteline, and this one is pretty much the best fit for me. It's longer in the front, but about the same in the rear as their other jackets... makes for good coverage over my mid layers. The extra chest pocket seemed like overkill, but is actually useful at times for my psycho organization habits. The drop in mesh pocket is a must, and while the hand pockets aren't pack compatible, they are great hand pockets. Hood is truly helmet compatible, and my favorite part is the high collar... even without the hood up, its still plenty of coverage. Most people were wearing neck gaitors, but I was able to just zip up all the way.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 7, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

let me start by saying that is are nice gloves, very well made it seems and sharp looking, I am a large in all gloves, and these in large fit great. I don't think they were tight for me like some others stated. My issue is their dexterity... it pretty miserable. They might break in, but I couldn't easily touch my thumb to my pinky finger. I tried shoveling the driveway in them, and while they are very warm, I had to use a lot of force to hold the shovel. I couldn;t imagine trying to ski all day, despite how warm the liner is. The removable liner is a nice feature, but not a deal breaker for me... it takes the gore tex with it so other liners would make the gloves leak if it got wet. There seems to be a big debate over these or Hestras... I went with the hestra XCR and am very happy

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I tried on almost every comparable glove I could find, and it came down to the XCR's for a couple of reasons. The first is they are gore tex, which is something that cannot be overlooked. They will keep water out no matter what, even if the shell is soaked. It is worth the one time up charge in my mind from the Heli's. The other reason is they are very dexterous, I am surprised more people don't rave about Hestra in general for that fact. I find that I am a large in all gloves, and the 9's fit me perfectly. The included leashes are a great feature... look around, you can't just find them for sale on their own, let alone attach them to gloves that don;t have them. The other feature that stands out is the wrist velcro strap... very secure and easy to use. Cuff could be easier to loosen, but that is my only gripe. Glad they added a grey color this year, used to be only black. Hestra has always been a great glove for me.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

This jacket has a great fit, and just the right amount of pockets and features. I know the sidewinding zippers are love or hate, but for me this collar offered the most coverage from the elements when skiing. Hood fits over a ski helmet, but as expected it doesn't offer much mobility. Tough tough fabric, and clean lines makes this a winner. I find that with Arc shells I needed to step down a size from their other pieces.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are great bottoms because they are trim fitting and warm. The deal breaker for me was I needed a fly and these were some of the only models that had it. They are not as warm as a say a powerdry material, but they are just slightly less so. Very good fit under clothes, and very breathable.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This was exactly what I was looking for to go with my Cap 4 bottoms on super cold days. I got to use it this weekend sailing in low 40's, and until the temps dropped into the 30's I was good with just this under my shell. Its trim fitting, but definitely thick so it takes up room. Can't say enough about how quickly it traps wamth.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This was a jacket that I avoided for a while, and I wish I hadn't. I was skeptical about the hood, and I have always been a fleece guy. This hoody completely wow'd me with how it fits, and more importantly how it performs. This jacket fits me perfectly at 6'3" I am an XL in all but Arc shells. The drop tail is great for coverage, and the hood is better than a hat in most cases... if not a little goofier looking in public. I have worn this alone over a shirt in 30 degree snow and light sleet... the DWR and face fabric are great for that, but I wouldnt want it in a rain storm. Under my Sidewinder shell this thing is a beast... makes it like an insulated jacket with the hood and all being covered. The neck zips up pretty close to my chin, so offers nice protection from the weather. I don't climb, but I use this for a skiing mid layer and general jacket for quick trips. It's not cheap, but its worth every penny and more. The colors are really sharp too this year, which was just an added bonus.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

5 5

Let me start by saying I originally bought this and returned it, only to circle back after a large search and buy it again. The reasons for me coming back were because this jacket actually has the most features and best fit for its type. I flip flop between Arc and Patagonia depending on the gear, but mostly buy Arc for the fit and finish. This jacket is top notch, and he polartec pro is really slick. The best part for me is the way it plays nice when layered with my other patagonia stuff... Which means I can use it in more temperature variety. The pocket placement is great, with the hand pockets being a huge benefit for me around town. Basically I was between the gamma mx and this for a high activity shell/warmer weather shell, and the knifeblade offers the whole package.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on August 2, 2013

5 5

This a great piece, even at full price. Typical patagonia construction, with a nice fit. Not too baggy, and the sleeves are long enough. I'm replacing an Arc'teryx vents AR, a while this jacket doesn't quite compare its function is the same at a fraction of the cost. I would say the Adze edges out the vents slightly with adjustable cuffs and an internal pocket. If on sale don't hesitate!

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Scott P. wrote an answer about on January 16, 2013

The windproofness of the Venta will be warmer than the Gamma hands down. That being said, for high output activities, the Gamma is better. An example would be skiing... I feel the Venta would be too much for the swear, as windstopper is not truly that breathable. The gamma would be colder on the lift, but would regulate the sweat more on the downhill. Proper layering is key, but the Venta can stand up to more on it's own in my opinion.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is a real gem, its likely the most versatile piece in my closet. In temps of 40 to 50 I can wear it on it's own, anything warmer and this might be too warm. If it gets colder, I can still live with it, but a layer would be necessary. Where I think this jacket really shines is in the windstopper element, its much warmer for its weight than it appears, despite a lack of real insulation as it blocks the wind 100%. This windstopper also creates an insulative property when active, as it will not breathe like the Gamma MX, if extremely active it can be worn in cold temps. The only thing I miss would be a chest pocket, but realize that is an alpine minimalist piece so there arent even adjustable cuffs. Sleeve length is generous, and the fit of the jacket overall is close. I've worn this for any time I am going to be out in the cold temps with wind, and possible light rain.... the DWR and nylon outer fabric work great. The windstopper itself is actually quote waterproof, but the seams are only finished with finishing tape, so its not seam sealed for water. Compared to the Venta SV this is much trimmer jacket fit wise.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I understand these are labeled as relaxed, but they are so straight and baggy it was a joke to me. I really like the cargo side pockets, as well as having two hip pockets. The belt is good, but supplying your own would be a good idea. I could not live with the fit of the pants overall, just not even remotely good looking or practical to me. Not to say someone wouldn't like this, just my opinion.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I managed to get this jacket for $200 on web specials, which made it a no brainer, but even at closer to full price it's pretty nice. The pro shell is super light weight, so it definitely isn's really durable feeling. It's light as a rain shadow almost, but has 3 layer gore tex waterproofness. Fit is pretty tapered, I'm 6'3" and wear an XL... just a little baggy, but not box cut. Hood is not quite as nice as Arc'teryx stuff, but it gets the job done. Pocket s are a tad small, but its a light and fast piece. Styling is pretty clean and it looks great. Overall, if you need a super packable but top of the line gore piece this could be it.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me start by saying the massive quantities of reviews don't lie, these are great gloves. They are a lot of glove for the money, and the quality is top notch. Fit for me was right on at a 9, which is a men's large... I guess the thoughts that they run small might be true, as some other brands in a large are too big for me. I think it's like anything, different brands fit different people. I think dexterity in my size is decent, especially considering how insulated they are. They keep your hands warm, but with anything that is not expedition weight, you might need a liner when the mercury drops. The one short coming is that these are not Gore Tex... most people will agree, if you can get gore tex, get it. The guarantee for waterproof, and two warranties justify the extra cost.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on January 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

There is no reason to mention cost and quality with Arc'teryx... As always both are high. These gloves are basically the same as last year's model but with an improved cinch and wrist leashes were added. These two features were what sold me, in addition to the other salient features. Firstly, the gore tex construction of these gloves makes them very simple and bombproof. I looked at all brands and could not find a comparable gore tex gauntlet, with wrist leashes... With skiing these are a must. The cuff cinch is great, large coverage gauntlet style. The general cinch is really just OK, I prefer Hestra's Velcro. These gloves beat out Hestra by being completely waterproof, where hestra was just a coating and not even under the palm. I also look forward to being able to swap liners in, but have not had a chance. So far I like them, and and the fact you can set your hand cinch and since its elastic you can pull the gloves on and off. I measured to a large as usual, and they fit perfectly fine. I suppose dexterity is good, but honestly they are severe weather gloves... It can only be but so good.

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Scott P. wrote a review of on November 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This new version of the sidewinder is a great update for a couple of reasons. One, the new fabric is much softer and less noisy than the older Gore Pro Shell. Secondly, the jacket has some features merged into it from other shells and now makes one complete package in my opinion. Previously, the sidewinder didn't have a goggle/gloves drop in mesh pocket, but the new version has that as well as a zip internal pocket. The sleeve pocket also ditched the clear patch, which I think just improves the overall appearance. Overall this jacket combines what I liked about the Rush jacket, with bomber fabric and cut of the sidewinder... you can pretty much take anything you need on the slopes and have a place for it.

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