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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 an answer about on January 8, 2013

6'2", 190 ish lbs., 38 years old, aggressive high advanced - expert skier here and the 180s seem to do the job remarkably well so far on granular left overs, hard pack, death cookies, ice and soft crud bordering on the edge of slush (sucks living in the midwest), haven't had them in powder yet though unfortunately.

I'm thinking the 188s would definitely be faster and might be slightly better for flotation, but they would probably be a bit much for me in hard, tight bumps and the 180s are already plenty fast for me.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote an answer about on January 6, 2013

Just got to demo these and the 88s today and can't agree more that the 98s feel a whole lot different (and better for me) in just about every category except maybe edge grip where they both held like the were on rails. Paradoxically more responsive and eager in quick turns and bumps and seemed to ski a good bit lighter despite the wider dimensions. They seemed a lot snappier when I put some muscle into them as well. I guess this is maybe a result of the titanium sheets rather than the basalt on the 88s?

I was really looking more at the Hardsides and the Mantras for the one ski big mountain quiver but the demo on these prompted me to go buy a set of these on the way home from the slopes.

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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 an answer about on May 17, 2012

Yellow stitching on the Deep/Deep that I just got a couple days ago.

I REALLY wish they would stock the more regular/tame colorways appropriate to demand in these (and really all Stoic pieces). The cut of their upper body wear agrees really well w/ my build providing a non-restrictive and flattering fit, the materials seem pretty nice across the board, and I haven't had any issues w/ durability, but I feel like I have to win the lottery to find a color combo that I don't feel like a tool wearing outside in stock.

If they had consistent stock of black, grey, true white, and some solid non-funky hues/tints of other colors, I would probably own another 4 or so of these, 3-4 of the LS merino shirts, and more of their midlayers.

/rant off ;)

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote an answer about on May 15, 2012

Just got them, they really are like a super dark aqua-blue. Might have to swap for the light carbide. 36 is still a tiny bit loose in the waist for me, but I'd rather have them a little loose in this fabric than a bit tight. 32 length is maybe a bit iffy but I'll have to check them w/ some low top shoes before I know for sure.

Fabric seems awesome however. Not a whole lot of give to it, but seems like it would be pretty bomber and breathable w/o feeling heavy or stiff.

Any idea if BC will be carrying the current season of these? Would really like the Graphite or the Nubian Brown color and maybe a 35 inseam.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote a question about on May 11, 2012

Two questions: How does the Deep Dusk color compare to Graphite in this fabric in person? Darker as it appears in the pics here? Is there a blue cast or is it pretty much straight up grey scale?

How does sizing compare to the Rampart? I got a pair of 36/35s in those and they are a bit looser in the waist and baggier in the legs than I would like. Cuffing the Ramparts once puts them at about the perfect length but I would rather not cuff these so I'm thinking of trying the 32s but am a little worried they'd wind up kinda short.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote an answer about on May 11, 2012

So comparing this side by side to my Squid Ink Atom LT jacket the Paclite sections seem to be a brighter shade and are more definitely purple in hue. The Pro Shell sections seem to be an exact color match to my Squid Ink Atom LT (closer to a royal blue, but can still look purple based on lighting and your particular frame of mind at the moment).

I absolutely love this colorway.

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Sid Nitzerglobin wrote an answer about on May 11, 2012

Thanks for the reply.

I tried Superfeet green, orange, and black in the 11.5 and 12s of the Fugitive (and Flame) but all of them seemed to feel like they were pushing me to supinate and didn't really seem to be doing much for my toebox issue. Went back to the store last night and wound up walking out w/ a pair of Power Matics paired w/ a set of Sole footbeds which seem more neutral, provide a slightly more cushy feel, and give my sort of high arches a bit more support. Got in about 2 miles on my friend's treadmill in them, and while it's obvious they need a good deal of breaking in, the fit in a 12 seems absolutely spot on and the uppers seem positively buttery considering they're brand new. Gonna hit up the treadmill for at least a few miles a day over the weekend to make sure there are no issues before getting them dirty though.

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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 an answer about on May 8, 2012

I'm 6'2" ~185lbs w/ a 36.5" sleeve and a 44.5" chest and the XL has a bit of length to spare in the sleeve (~1/2 - 3/4"), torso is just the right length to maintain belt coverage through full RoM uncinched. The Large was a better fit in the volume of the body and sleeves but the shoulders didn't leave much room for layering underneath in the cold, and the sleeve came up an inch or two above the wrist and the waist just shy of my belly button when lifting the arms over head.

There's a bit of spare fabric in the body and sleeves, but it still fits much better than any other lightweight shell/rainwear I was looking at, doesn't bunch up w/ a pack on, and should give enough space to wear it in the dead of winter for skiing/winter backpacking if I so choose.

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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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