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William Swanson

William Swanson

SW Montana

William Swanson's Passions

Biking
Skiing

William Swanson's Bio

Neophyte skier, volunteer DJ, over-enthusiastic bike commuter and mountain cyclist. I don't really respect people who can't be bothered to ride (or ski) up the hill, too.

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William Swanson

William Swanson wrote a review of on February 5, 2011

4 5

I've used this touring in warm wet spring conditions in MT and skinning in the rain in Valdez. I've used it with several different sets of skins and have never had glopping problems, so long as I remember to apply the wax before the tour. As far as I'm concerned skin wax is essential for touring in warmer weather. That said, I'm not convinced that there's anything special about THIS wax. I'd hypothesize that a block of normal ski wax or regular old paraffin would work as well. I'm still on my first block after three seasons, however, and haven't needed to test the theory. Bottom line: Wax is good & this wax works as advertised

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William Swanson

William Swanson wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

2 5

This is an addition to my previous review entitled "exactly what I was looking for". While I still feel that these provide and awesome amount of insulation for their low weight and bulk, I'm extremely disappointed with the durability. I have had to stitch up holes in almost all of the fingers, and I've been wearing these for only a couple of months. Good warmth and fit, poor longevity. When it's time to replace these (after I can no longer stitch the fingers) I will not buy Arc'teryx. For reference I am using these strictly as a liner underneath an insulated leather ski glove, not as a contact glove.

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William Swanson

William Swanson wrote a review of on December 15, 2008

5 5

This is a great liner glove. Merino wool is the future, tell your friends. It's warm, it breathes, and its soft on the skin. These liners are very thin, they fit under my outer gloves perfectly, but they provide an astonishing amount of insulation. For comparison, these are about as thick as an Icebreaker 190 weight shirt. Highly recommended.

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William Swanson

William Swanson wrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

My brother broke my glass press, and I replaced it with this one because I figured he'd be hard pressed to do the same with titanium. I combine this with a small hand grinder for incredible fresh coffee anywhere. It's durable, light, and fairly packable. Great for cabins, camping, backpacking, traveling, or just at home. The fact that I can boil water in the press is a huge bonus, it makes for one less container to carry. It's a little pricey, but high quality and so far seems to be indestructable. Recommended.

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William Swanson

William Swanson wrote a review of on November 21, 2008

5 5

First off, GORE-TEX PRO is the bee-knees. Water beads off, sweat escapes, and the material holds up to a lot of abuse. This jacket has some exceptional features that make it stand out among the other GORE-TEX offerings: The two-way side zips that go from the bottom of the jacket all the way to about halfway down the bicep provide incredible ventilation and versatility. There are plenty of pockets, including two chest pockets big enough for huge mittens, skins, or just hands. Two inside pockets provide more storage space and a napoleon pocket is a good place for sunglasses or whatever you want handy. The hood is huge, which is nice because I can fit any helmet underneath it, and also has side and back cinches to make it work even if I'm not wearing anything on my head. The waist cinch works well, and the cuffs are well designed. I'm about 5'8 and 140lbs, and I ordered the medium. It's a little big on me, but the sleeves are long enough to cover the cuffs of my gloves even when I'm stretching out in drop bars on my bike, and the tail is long but the two-way side and front zippers allow some articulation at the waist without exposing anything to the elements. My brother is about the same size as me and wears an OR shell in Small, for a much more athletic fit. All in all OR makes well thought out products and I'd recommend them. Even at full price this jacket is cheaper than most other companies' comparable offerings, and on sale it's a steal.

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