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Josie

Josie wrote a review of on March 8, 2014

3 5

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

Ok, so who was the idiot at Kuhl who had the great idea to add a pocket to the left side also. These are beach/board shorts, how much crap can you be carrying while swimming or surfing.
The zippers for these pockets feel bulky and have no stretch and no give therefor removing all the usefulness of the stretch fabric on the side panels. You only feel it when bending or sitting but it was a dumb idea.
In addition the zipper rider thingy closes to the back(another error in design) so when you sit it presses against your hipbone/butt. Compared to Patagonia's the zipper closes to the front, out of the way, plus it's easier to use.
It's obvious the people at Kuhl don't use there own gear as I realised this within 10 minutes of handling and wearing the shorts.

Last seasons model had a pocket on the right side only, they were perfect now I will likely send these back and go with the less attractive but better deign Patagonias. Shame as otherwise these are really comfortable. The string closure is a pia but easily remedied by tying a knot at the end, doesn't come out now.

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Josie wrote a review of on July 21, 2012

4 5

This shirt is a slim fit according to Arc. I usually wear a large in most of their clothing, a large in this was like a smedium, granted I have a 43.5" chest and broad shoulders but this thing was ridiculously tight.
I definitely recommend sizing up on this one. The shirt has a nice cut and feels really comfy. I'm 5'9" 205 and I'd rock an xl in this.

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Josie wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

3 5

I'm looking for the perfect pack, I obsess over every detail, every thread, every stitch, I also look at design utility and fabric durability. This pack checked all.....well sorta.
Materials: check
Design: check
durability: hmmmm, maybe not
stitching: hmmmm, maybe not
^Here's the deal. Lowe built a damn near perfect pack but then took a dramatic shortcut in the stitching of the shoulder straps. This thing has bar tack stitching every where, even places that aren't even weight bearing, but when it came to sewing the shoulder straps they epically failed. Not only are there no bar tack stitches there but they went so far as to stitch the very edge of the shoulder strap to the pack so it's sewn on only one row of thread. It's such a small amount that you can even see a piece of the end of the strap pull out in the corner where it's stitched.

Now this is stuff some people may not ever notice and "may" never fail but for a person like me who will use this pack away from civilization for extended periods, I can't put faith in a product that has questionable engineering in such a high use, major weight bearing area. The carry handle is sewn into the same stitching as the shoulder straps and thus subject to the same fault.
I will be returning the pack for a new one to see if I just had a bad apple or this to the millimeter ounce saving by the gram weenies transfers into a design issue. I don't have time to pick another pack so if the next one is the same I'll give it a shot and see how it handles the wild. If it shows signs of failure, sorry BC but you can blame Lowe for this one.

Overall this pack is solid. It doesnt have external pockets and such but what you get is a very attractive and super light pack. It weighs nothing, really roomy, the suspension is surprisingly real comfy considering that the frame stabilizer is literally something that looks like an old 70's wire hanger. The back padding is minimal but feels real good against your back.

This 2012 version has a new peice of webbing for attaching the upper compression strap metal adjuster, very neat. The shoulder straps are really comfy and well padded with very trick cushhioning, thin at the base, thick over the shoulder and thin where they end. The top flap covers the pack well even when full even though there's just the single strap.
The water bladder pocket has a bight of hook/pile tape(velcro) for securing the bladder, cheap gram saving measure but cuts down durability.
Didn't try out the ax attaching system. The side pockets are not really pockets, there really storage space for the waist belt if removed. They're open at the top and open at the side where the waist belt is. A skinny water bottle w/ a caribiner to the bottom strap may work but nogo on a nalgene 1 liter.
That's all I can think of. Lata folks.

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Josie

Josie wrote a review of on November 17, 2011

4 5

First thing to know, these run a bit big...which I find unusual for Arc. I'm 69"/205lbs/44" chest with a muscular build. I order the XL because I didn't want a compression shirt and because I wanted to layer underneath. Cut to the chase....it fit too loose for what I imagined. This shirt is made for next to skin so the XL was only fitted around my biceps, every where else, loose. So I sent it back for an L. Very comfy and from just trying it on for size I can tell that it's pretty warm too. Sleeves are really long w/ typical Arc ergos, it's also nice and long for tucking or "no rise" slack when lifting arms. Shirt looks really awesome in person and not too overly technical if you wanted to wear around town, at least not for me. Color was true to the pics. Lata peeps.

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