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Sid Nitzerglobin

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on January 16, 2013

Any suggestions on a quick disconnect kit for the Hydrapak tube/bladder this comes with?

Looks like this one is only compatible w/ 2012 models forward but I have no idea the vintage of the one that came w/ this pack:
http://www.hydrapak.com/store-2/#!/~/product/category=632580&id=7096644

Just got this pack in today, looks pretty decent for the price off of SAC but was bummed to see the hydration is not QD. I could just toss it and use one of my other bladders but I actually dig on the tube insulation and bite valve design.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on January 4, 2013

Torn between the 184 Mantras and the 181 Hardsides myself for a 1 ski quiver for big mountain trips that are still a usable option on the hard crust and ice that we call "snow" on my home hill.

Skied a set of the 2011 Mantras in 184 in Whistler for a week last year and was really impressed by their versatility and over all feel. Never tried the Hardsides but from what I'm hearing they sound like they could be just as versatile and potentially a bit more interesting to ski.

Would the Hardsides be overly floppy for a kind of aggressive, high advanced-expert level skier at 6'2" hovering between 185-190 lbs?

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

4 5

Ordered these off of SAC a month and a half ago and have been pretty happy w/ them so far. I think they were the first pair of shoes I've ever ordered online and luckily the seem to fit well for me. They seem pretty true to size IMO, but may be on the smaller side dependent on what brands you usually wear(?).

Grip seems pretty damn good on all but the slickest of rock. Pretty stable and relatively light. They feel like they've got a little bit of positive action to them w/o being overly exaggerated about it.

The OutDry membrane has proved to be totally waterproof for me so far as long as I don't get water up over the sides. Pretty decent breathability and not all that hot w/ light weight SmartWool PhD hiking socks.

I'm neutral to supinator and they definitely seem to be pushing me to the outside edges of my heel/arch area (more so on my left foot) but this seems to be much improved when I swap out the stock footbed for the Sole ones I got for my hiking boots. Not sure if these are exactly optimal for me, but with that setup, they work pretty damn well for me for the price I paid.

I'm not really an expert in trail runners (only other ones I've owned were several pairs of Adidas Kanadias) but they seem pretty nice to me compared to what I'd used before.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

5 5

Got a few pair of these ahead of an 8 day AT trip and they have been awesome. Very breathable, fit/cut is very good and comfortable, and they dry ridiculously fast. Zero chafing, no swamp ass, and very little funk after wearing a pair for 3 sweaty, high output days straight.

I just wish they would make a longer inseam model as well. These do seem to have a tendency to migrate up the crack a bit for me and the longer inseam seems like it would help them to stay put a bit better. They still manage to stay pretty comfortable even after they have worked their way into hiking thong mode though.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

Great Tech T
4 5

Wound up picking up a couple of these in long sleeve and a couple short sleeve.

The good:
Fit is great, a good semi-relaxed athletic cut without a bunch of extraneous material but still very comfortable and flattering. They move very well with me through a full range of motion w/o binding anywhere or lifting at the sleeves or waist. For reference, I'm 6'2" ~185lbs, w/ a 44.5" chest, ~35" waist and a long torso and arms and got size XL. Sleeves are a perfect length for me, I could probably go for another inch or so of length in the torso, but it still provides plenty of coverage at full reach as is.

The material's performance and feel is awesome. Definitely super comfortable, ultra breathable, and provides very good evaporative cooling w/ minimal chilling effect when getting hit w/ a breeze while sweaty. Almost impossible to soak, and I'm a pretty prodigious sweater. I think I might have encountered a bit of chafing on an 8 day AT trip a few weeks ago from the interaction of my shoulder straps and the seams on the inside of the underarms but there weren't any signs of this on the skin upon visual inspection. Totally non-see through and while there is some nipple display going on with these it's not nearly as bad as many other shirts of similar design.

The bad:
The short sleeve Motus that I took on my recent backpacking trip developed some pretty serious abrasions to the the fabric in the side hip belt areas by lunch time of day 1. Didn't seem to get too much worse over the course of the rest of the trip, but it was kind of a bummer to see this none the less.

The pewter color does seem to stain if it gets regular old dirt ground into it. The same short sleeve mentioned above now has permanent brown dirt marks on the tail from sitting down trailside and at shelters/campsites. I've only tried cleaning it w/ techwash on cold so far though, maybe OxyClean would take out the stains??

They do seem to stink up for me. Didn't notice it so much while backpacking, but they are definitely a bit odiferous after dayhiking, trail running, or cycling. Smells like new after a washing however.

Conclusion:
Much better fit, feel and performance than just about any other shirt I've tried for high output athletic pursuits for three season use (not sure why this is listed for nordic and cool-cold weather use, it's definitely a summer weight fabric IMO). Durability seems like it would be awesome for anything not involving carrying a bunch of weight on your hips/shoulders (snag resistance seems to be excellent and all of the stitching seems very solid). Like all Arc'teryx stuff pricing is pretty damn high but this piece really does seem to out perform similar ones I own from UA, TNF, Patagonia, Adidas, etc.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

4 5

Wound up picking up a couple of these in long sleeve and a couple short sleeve.

The good:
Fit is great, a good semi-relaxed athletic cut without a bunch of extraneous material but still very comfortable and flattering. They move very well with me through a full range of motion w/o binding anywhere or lifting at the sleeves or waist. For reference, I'm 6'2" ~185lbs, w/ a 44.5" chest, ~35" waist and a long torso and arms and got size XL. Sleeves are a perfect length for me, I could probably go for another inch or so of length in the torso, but it still provides plenty of coverage at full reach as is.

The material's performance and feel is awesome. Definitely super comfortable, ultra breathable, and provides very good evaporative cooling w/ minimal chilling effect when getting hit w/ a breeze while sweaty. Almost impossible to soak, and I'm a pretty prodigious sweater. I think I might have encountered a bit of chafing on an 8 day AT trip a few weeks ago from the interaction of my shoulder straps and the seams on the inside of the underarms but there weren't any signs of this on the skin upon visual inspection. Totally non-see through and while there is some nipple display going on with these it's not nearly as bad as many other shirts of similar design.

The bad:
The short sleeve Motus that I took on my recent backpacking trip developed some pretty serious abrasions to the the fabric in the side hip belt areas by lunch time of day 1. Didn't seem to get too much worse over the course of the rest of the trip, but it was kind of a bummer to see this none the less.

The pewter color does seem to stain if it gets regular old dirt ground into it. The same short sleeve mentioned above now has permanent brown dirt marks on the tail from sitting down trailside and at shelters/campsites. I've only tried cleaning it w/ techwash on cold so far though, maybe OxyClean would take out the stains??

They do seem to stink up for me. Didn't notice it so much while backpacking, but they are definitely a bit odiferous after dayhiking, trail running, or cycling. Smells like new after a washing however.

Conclusion:
Much better fit, feel and performance than just about any other shirt I've tried for high output athletic pursuits for three season use (not sure why this is listed for nordic and cool-cold weather use, it's definitely a summer weight fabric IMO). Durability seems like it would be awesome for anything not involving carrying a bunch of weight on your hips/shoulders (snag resistance seems to be excellent and all of the stitching seems very solid). Like all Arc'teryx stuff pricing is pretty damn high but this piece really does seem to out perform similar ones I own from UA, TNF, Patagonia, Adidas, etc.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on May 10, 2012

Anybody have experience w/ the wide version of these or the Fugitives? Either of these seem to fit very well for me in size 12 aside from the outside edge of the toebox bumping against the next toe in from the pinky of my left foot when pushing off on it or descending. Would the Wide version primarily add to the fore foot or does it also add a lot of volume to the instep/ankle/heel?

I'm a little gun shy at this point as I'm now stuck w/ a pair of 11.5 Fugitives that felt fine in the store and in the 2 days I wore them around the house before hitting the trail but became pretty painful in this area when carrying load for more than a mile or so. I paid for a pair of 12 Flames tonight and did around 1.5 miles of laps inside my house w/ a ~30# pack and was noticing a slight interaction of the same problem toe w/ the toebox. Any suggestions for other boots w/ similar fit/function w/ a bit larger toebox?

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on May 10, 2012

Anybody have experience w/ the wide version of these or the Flames? Either of these seem to fit very well for me in size 12 aside from the outside edge of the toebox bumping against the next toe in from the pinky of my left foot when pushing off on it or descending. Would the Wide version primarily add to the fore foot or does it also add a lot of volume to the instep/ankle/heel?

I'm a little gun shy at this point as I'm now stuck w/ a pair of 11.5 Fugitives that felt fine in the store and in the 2 days I wore them around the house before hitting the trail but became pretty painful in this area when carrying load for more than a mile or so. I paid for a pair of 12 Flames tonight and did around 1.5 miles of laps inside my house w/ a ~30# pack and was noticing a slight interaction of the same problem toe w/ the toebox. Any suggestions for other boots w/ similar fit/function w/ a bit larger toebox?

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on May 8, 2012

Do they still make a 9" inseam version of these?

I have 7 pairs of the old UA Boxer Jocks w/ the 9" inseam and they have been great for all my athletic pursuits (except road biking, nothing comes between the chamois and the sensitives...)for the past 5 years or so aside from getting a bit funky, but they are starting to show their age. Other shorter inseam ones I've tried seem to ride up a lot more, both on the thigh and up the crack/around the junk.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

4 5

I got mine last week and have gotten to get it out in the weather a bit since.

I was really just shooting for lightweight raingear for the late spring, summer, and early fall as I've already got a GoreTex Pro Stretch shell, a Sabre SV, and another 20k/15k ski jacket for cool/cold weather use. I was pretty set on the OR Revel to fill this role until I tried on the Alpha Hybrid (the beginning of the end). This jacket is just very well designed and constructed, as most would expect from an Arc'teryx piece. Weight wound up only a few tenths of an ounce more than the Revel and the fit and expected durability advantage of the Paclite/Pro Shell were enough of an enticement to start seriously considering dropping twice as much on this jacket over the Revel. Once I saw the Blue Galaxy colorway it was pretty much a done deal.

Fit is great in an XL, a little more volume than I need in the body and sleeves but it is in no way baggy and there's plenty of sleeve length, the front torso is long enough, and it has a slight drop tail that provides a little extra butt coverage. I can layer just about anything I own under it and would expect to be able to remain comfortable wearing this as a shell down to low single digits F provided I'm not relying on it for chin/cheek/nose coverage. My XL Atom SV actually fits under it very nicely aside from the front of the waist hanging out by ~1/2". The Atom LT pieces in XL fit under it w/ zero overhang. Between this jacket, my Atom SV, and my Sabre, I'm am now entirely convinced that art and science of ergonomic hood design has been completely perfected by Arc'teryx.

Haven't been in any monsoons in this of yet, but spending ~45 minutes in steady heavy to medium rain w/ stiff winds, it's performed exactly as I expect a GoreTex shell should as far as rain and wind resistance goes. It is much lighter weight than any of my other waterproof jackets and way more packable.

The only negatives on this one for me so far are the mediocre breathability when battened down and plastic feel against bare skin (but ~70% of it is Paclite so what do you want...), the somewhat fiddly/catchy/wimpy feeling pit zips (I'm thinking it would probably be pretty difficult to produce a jacket this waterproof and packable w/o this issue w/o it costing a lot more money however), and the price (but more often than not you do wind up getting what you pay for).

Another great piece of gear IMO, regardless of what factory it came out of.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on May 7, 2012

4 5

Definitely a high quality T but cut pretty large IMO. I'm 6'2". ~ 185lbs w/ a 44.5" chest and ~35" waist and got an XL in Silver. I went ahead and tumbled dry on low after my first cold water washing in an attempt to lose a bit of the volume but I may have to try washing on warm as it's still a bit looser/longer than I'd like.

I wish some one would make merino crews in a cut somewhere between this and the NTS/Icebreaker Tech Tee w/ some solid standard colors. The cut on the Stoic shirts in XL are just about perfect but they can't seem to make any decent colors anymore.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on May 7, 2012

4 5

Has worked very well for high output hiking and trail running and doesn't look too dorky for casual wear. No itchiness after a full day of wearing. Breathes much better than I was expecting after seeing the thickness on the top panels of the hat. It still traps some heat (getting the black one probably didn't help this a lot either) but much better venting than anything else I had. Seems to dry relatively quickly but can stay damp for ~ 1/2 hour - 45 mins. if you work up a good sweat in it. Doesn't seem to show sweat so far like other hats I've used for active endeavors would.

Stays put very well w/o feeling like you've got a vice on your head, thanks in large part to the stretchiness of the fabric and the elasticized adjustable strap. It is a form fitting and low rise cap, but covers down to about a 1/16" or so above my ears on my ~ 7 3/8 size head. Fits very well w/ any of my sunglasses/glasses on. The bill came w/ a nice shape and seems pretty beefy. It provides good coverage w/o being obnoxiously long/large.

Only complaints I have is that the sweatband could be a bit more absorbent (probably perfectly fine for lighter sweaters or those in more arid climates though) and the price could be a bit lower.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on May 1, 2012

4 5

Fit takes a bit of getting used to, somewhat between a military cap and running hat. 0 structure to the body of the hat but the brim provides good coverage and holds its shape. Very comfortable overall aside from getting a bit clammy when upping your physical output above zone 2.

It performs very well as a rain hat, I've been in several heavy downpours wearing this w/o a hood and no water made it through from the outside, but is pretty stifling for more active endeavors in mild - warmish humid weather. All of the sweat (and you will sweat w/ this on if you're doing any cardio activity in anything over ~65F) seems to get trapped on the inside and doesn't seem to dry/evaporate w/o taking the hat off for an extended period of time.

I'll give it 4 stars based on it being designed as more of a rain hat than anything else, and at that task it does very well.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on April 29, 2012

Debating between this and an MSR AutoFlow (which sounds like it's 2.2oz lighter, will be more friendly to the group, and faster but potentially less versatile and more of a pain in the ass to maintain) for an upcoming 9 day AT trip. Any other advantages/disadvantages I'm missing?

Big question I have w/ the MiniWorks is connections to my water storage. I'm planning to take a 2L Osprey HydroForm bladder and a couple of 1L Platypus soft bottles for electrolyte drink and temporary water storage and transport at camp. Does the included interface screw onto an Osprey bladder? I believe it's made by Nalgene. If not, can anyone recommend bladder tubing that will definitely fit the nipple on the clean side cap?

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on April 29, 2012

4 5

It's a high quality heavy weight cotton T. I can't deal w/ cotton for most active endeavors, but these Ts have secured a frequent spot in the rotation for casual wear.

The logo looks very good and comes pre-aged. haven't noticed any deterioration of the silk screening or fading of the fabric after 15 or so washings. No shrinkage to speak of either, but I also wash on cold and hang dry.

Ordered an XL and a XXL in black on the basis of feedback on spotty sizing (normally would wear an XL for this kind of shirt) planning to only keep one and they both fit great in different ways, XL for wearing w/ more technical mid/top layers and/or bottoms and XXL for the more baggy stuff. I'm 6'2" ~ 185lbs w/ a 44.5" chest and ~ 35" waist for reference.

Debating on picking up another in orange now that they're so cheap.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on April 29, 2012

I'm torn on what size to go w/ in these. I usually wear a 34-36 waist and 32-34 inseam dependent on cut. My crotch to ankle measurement is ~31.5". The size Large regular Stingray pants I've got are just about perfect in length/hips/waist, but they're kind of a different animal.

Length wise, 32s can at times be a little short for physical activity and 34s often leave a bit more bunching at the ankles than I'd like. Anyone find these to be particularly long or short compared to other pants w/ the same purported inseam?

I find that more often than not a 35 waist is perfect if offered. From the couple pair of Arc'teryx shorts I was able to try on locally (Renegades fit perfect and Perimeters needed a belt but just barely) in a 36 I'm thinking I probably want to go w/ a 36 waist in these, but would rather not have bunching under the belt if these run larger in the waist.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a review of on April 29, 2012

4 5

Have two of these, a 2L and a 3L, and haven't experienced either of the leaking issues (quick connect or lid) using in a Dakine Drafter or old MULE for MTB, an Osprey Karve for snow stuff, and an Osprey Ether for backpacking. I'm a notorious overpacker as well so there should be plenty of opportunity for gear to put pressure on the connections and the lid.

Definitely many improvements over the older 3L bladder that came w/ my MULE. The shape definitely seems to be much flatter, the lid is much easier to open and is wider allowing easier access for cleaning, the integrated stand and internal baffles make it alot easier to get it to stay open for drying, and the quick connect is a must have IMO especially for winter packs w/ internal insulated tube routing.

Barring any future problems w/ the leaking described by others, I'm pretty happy w/ mine.

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