T.Lane

T.Lane

Northern Maine Woods,Adirondacks in NY

T.Lane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

T.Lane's Bio

I am a avid long range expedition guy-Love
traveling in my expedition prepared Land Rovers- Defender and Discovery.
Ice Climbing,hiking,backpacking,scuba,and volunteer work with the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts.
I spend most of my time in the woods of the Paul Smith's Wilderness-I have a place in Lake Placid,so all of my outdoor activities are within 15 miles of home.
I enjoy winter more than any other time of year-hence the Arc'teryx gear.There isn't any better gear for extreme weather conditions.
I do an inordinate amount of hiking and outdoor travel in my area-and because mountain weather is so changeable,you've got to keep your gear with you at all times.All items I've reviewed have been extensively tested in very difficult conditions and in much less than ideal weather.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on January 2, 2012

3 5

I just got this jacket the other day and I can say that it fits well-ie,it has articulated sleeves and elbows and does not rise when I do radial reaches,which is good,but overall I'm not impressed with the performance based on the pricetag.Hate to return things but for the money-my Tau pullovers do about the same job just without a hood-or the $350 pricetag.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on October 17, 2011

5 5

These are the best socks I've ever had.I started wearing smartwool socks while on active duty years ago-and never bought any socks exept smartwool socks since.This incarnation of hiking sock is about as close to perfect a hiking sock can get-they breathe extemely well,they wick moisture quickly away from your feet so they never feel clammy or wet-and dry very quickly if you DO get them wet.The best.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on October 12, 2011

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for the wife-her second,because she loved the first one so much.She always complains about being cold-so we set her up with a few merino wool baselayers, an Arctery'x Alpha SV jacket, and a few fleece midlayers-including this one.instantly happy and not busting my shoes about the cold.She has worn this one for days she loves it so much!
This is mostly used for snowshoeing and skiing,but looks great just popping into town or on a night out.
I feel that most everything Arc'teryx makes is made for serious athletes or people who take their sports seriously.You need to be in good shape to wear this gear and it'll fit like it was made just for you.My wife is in incredible condition and everything looks good on her,but all her Arc'teryx gear look great.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

lightweight super packable shell
5 5

I got this jacket as a lightweight alternative to my Alpha SV jacket,which is Pro-Shell-a bit heavier or at least more durable.The SL is a good all around warmer weather waterproof shell that's better used during non abrasive activities.Needless to say I wrecked mine on an ascent during my last climbing weekend in the Adirondacks,on Mt Marcy.My Gore-Tex repair kit worked wonders,though,so it does not leak at all and I'm still wearing it.
I have now worn the jacket a dozen more times,and in some fairly difficult conditions climbing and downhill mountain biking,and it went through a bad spill(my fault-going too fast on a sharp,steep curve)and didn't get damaged any further.As I mentioned earlier,a really good alternative to my Alpha SV for warm weather.The best part is that it packs down to the size of a softball and goes into my pack that I take everywhere.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on February 25, 2011

5 5

These gloves are by far and away the best gloves I've ever worn or owned-period.
After reading a few of the reviews,I've come to realize that when people pay a lot of money for something,they'll find fault with it-or look for something that could be better.
These gloves are just about as perfect a glove that you'll find for cold weather endeavors and adventures.They'll allow you to pick up a quarter off the ground without issue-but also keep your hands warm in -25F.The best 275 bucks I've spent.
I just spent the past 4 days snowshoeing the Paul Smith's Wilderness area just outside Lake Placid,in the Adirondack Mountains.Temps as low as -25F and never above 5F,and my hands were warm and dry-a feat I did'nt think possible after digging a snow shelter.The way the outer layer of fabric is laminated to the Gore-Tex Pro Shell is nothing short of revolutionary.The best gloves ever.
I think I should also mention that these gloves have a very easy to use and separate fleece inner liner that works well by itself in cold weather,but wearing both is so comfortable I can't see why you would want to just utilize the liner.I loaned these gloves to a buddy on a week off from snoeshoeing-he did not give them back until I went and got them!

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T.Lane wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this smartwool shirt well enough,but would've been happier if it were a bit roomier.I am a big guy-6'4",250lbs..and if I wear this(xxl)out in public,people think I'm showing off the build.I'd much rather a looser fit to be comfortable and to blend in better.
That said,it's very good at wicking moisture away from your skin,does not hold any foul smell,and bounces back from washings.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on February 8, 2011

4 5

This is another surprise from Arc'teryx-I knew I'd get great,super high quality gear from the bird co.,but this just iced it. Warm,very comfortable,deep front zip,but what did it for me is the warmth to weight ratio and the fact that it's so thin-but really keeps me warm.Easily as warm as other heavier weight fleece that I have.One of my best,and quickly becoming a favorite.
I have other 100 weight and 200 weight polartec fleece from other companies that don't hold a candle to this one.It's the warmth to weight that really does it.I'm a minimalist when it comes to clothing (travel light-freeze at night)so this can take the place of two midlayers stacked.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on November 19, 2010

5 5

This is a great baselayer that I find myself reaching for more and more.I have tons of great baselayers from Icebreaker and Underarmour and TNF but this is what I wear most often when the temps dip below 30F.Comfortable, not too tight or loose and no funk after wearing one for five full days of snowshoeing in the Adirondacks.No smell?unheard of,until now.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on November 5, 2010

RHO AR
2 5

This is the ONLY Arc'teryx shirt that I've bought that I did'nt love.It does not fit like anything else I've got from them-I can't even tell you it did not perform well,as I could'nt even get it over my shoulders.As always though,Backcountry stands behind everything they sell and immediately got me sorted out with a Arc'teryx Tau Pullover,my 3rd.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on October 21, 2010

5 5

I actually got the first of these sweaters directly from Land Rover North America_it was in the LR Gear catalougue.It says volumes about the build quality.If LRNA puts any sort of outdoor gear in their cat.
Warm,quick to dry,comfortable,and just the right length.I am 6'4" 250 lbs and the XXL fit me well.
Have now worn this new sweater on a week long excursion through Northern Maine into New Brunswick-it has performed as well as my earlier one and seems to be the perfect midlayer under a Gore-Tex shell with daytime temps in the high teens and night temps hovering around 0.My feeling is that at temps around 0-you'll need an additional layer unless you are active all day.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on October 20, 2010

5 5

This is the second of the same Arc'teryx fleece sweater/pullover that I have bought because the first was outstanding.I just get different colors.This tells you that it is completely bomber and does everything well.
I have worn this sweater to work and out on the town then worn it in the frigid adirondacks in January under my Alpha SV shell and it's kept me warm down to about 0.
It does not have any protection from wind,but that is what you'll wear a shell for.I love it.
Most of the times I've worn it,it's been skiing on Whiteface Mountain which can be very cold and backcountry snowshoeing and it's been great.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on September 13, 2010

5 5

One of the greatest baselayers in my pack.
Whenever I go out in the woods and it's colder than 40,this will go with me.Warmth without weight and it's breathability has no peer.I am not easy on any of my gear(but I take exellent care of everything-maintaining all I own with the knowledge that it may one day save my life)and I have not been easy on this,but it has stood up to numerous scrapings and washings and never looks the worse for wear.

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T.Lane wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

5 5

This is the second Apache AR fleece pullover I got-because I loved the first one (in black)so much.
Just to let you all know-this is a great fleece midlayer-the fit is perfect and this one is coffee bean.The color is not what I would call coffee bean-I would say olive drab or Ranger green.I love it.I was expecting some brown type color but was pleasantly surprised to see this more drab color.I will continue to buy these when they wear out.Arc'teryx totally has their game down!!

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T.Lane wrote a review of on February 17, 2010

5 5

Arc'teryx dosen't do anything badly-quite opposite actually.This fleece is another great design that is warmer than it's rated 100 weight and just as good(and better looking)than my 200 weight under armour fleece pullover.
I've worn this as a midlayer under my Alpha SV Gore-Tex shell in northern Maine winter with great comfort levels-for me,this is good down to 10 degrees with a shell over it.Great job in the fit-everything Arc'teryx makes fits you like a glove.
I think anyone who decides to get this will be pleased with the performance,as I have been-in all conditions.

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