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aga3168075 wrote a review of on October 23, 2011

5 5

Got this for a steal on BT for my GF - I've been snapping up all the Luna gear I can since the clothing line is going out of business. A shame, really, because it's so darn good. She loves this piece, just as she did the Warmup Jacket - great fit in medium (5'9", 140lb), super soft and comfy, and doubles as an around-town sweater because of the discrete back pocket and the wonderful silk/merino feel. Try that with a synthetic bike jersey! Even at the regular sale price, this is a good value...perhaps the original retail price was a little high, and I'm afraid that may have been Luna's demise - it wasn't because of the quality of their products. I've personally spent much more on synthetic cycling tops that weren't nearly as versatile.

As a bike jersey, I'd guess this is good down to about 50 degrees. It's not thin, so I wouldn't wear it when it's warm out, but it's also not windproof, so there's only so much it can do while riding. Very similar thread weight to my 260g merino wool zip-neck from Icebreaker.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on October 5, 2011

4 5

Bought this jacket in TNF black when it was on sale, and I'm glad I did. Had purchased a Patagonia Guide and found it way too loose and not particularly functional in regard to wind/water-resistance. I had also tried on the Apex Bionic at a local store before purchasing the McKinley. The McKinley is definitely my favorite of the three. It's cut much narrower than the Guide, plus the fabric is much more water-resistant. Compared to the Bionic, the difference is mostly looks - the sealed pockets and upgraded zipper drawstrings look deluxe, and the TNF black with welded chest pocket look very sweet as well. The fit is fairly similar to the Bionic, and while I was hoping this one would be warmer, I don't think it is. I'd say it's good down to 45 degrees with a long-sleeve baselayer, but beyond that, it won't do much good without an insulation layer. The fabric is definitely much stiffer than the Guide and a bit stiffer than the Bionic. I'm sure this helps with water/wind, but it takes it one step closer to a hard-shell, without being a heck of a lot warmer. I bought this mostly for around town - my Patagonia hard shells serve hiking, boating, and skiing duties. One other thing - the wrist closures are pretty poorly designed - there is no "slack" built into the wrist itself, so when you cinch it closed, the wrist folds over on itself, which is pretty darn uncomfortable. I think this is similar on the Bionic...it's not a problem on the Guide, because the Guide doesn't have adjustable wrists! This was a selling point for me on trading the Guide for this, but in retrospect, TNF doesn't really have it right either.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on September 18, 2011

3 5

Very functional backpack with nice padding, comfortable straps, good organizational pockets, etc.

BUT...the photo of the cumin color is clearly photoshopped. It bears almost no resemblance to the actual color, which is yellowish-brown bottom (like the color of baby poop) and a plaintain top. Not nearly as attractive.

This is the second time a SAC/BC product has clearly been photoshopped, and I'm going to be very careful to never buy a product from them again unless I can find a picture elsewhere.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

5 5

Bought this on SAC for next to nothing, and didn't intend to use it for winter sports, although I might try it during my next ski trip. What I have used it for is outdoor activities like cycling and boating, and I find it very useful. It sits comfortably on your shoulders/back, it has both a sternum strap and a waist strap (although it's small enough that the lower strap isn't of much use), and it has a handy bottle pass through on the lower right side, great for grabbing a bottle without taking the bag off. Of course, this can interfere with items placed in the bag (or they can fall into the void left by removing the bottle), so it's a mixed blessing. One word of warning - the colors are a little out there - pastel blue and yellow on black, Just make sure that's ok with you and you'll be happy.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on July 29, 2009

5 5

The Xenon jersey is a steal at its MSRP. I got this and the Oxygen at the same time, and definitely prefer the Xenon, but it all depends on what you're looking for. While the Oxygen is comfortable and somewhat casual, the Xenon is all about high-performance function. The Xenon has mesh around the lower torso and through the spine. That makes it very airy, but it's also practically see-through, so some may think it's a little odd looking in mixed company. The fit is tight, just as it should be for a jersey meant to go fast, and the fabric is lightweight all around, not just in the mesh sections. I was a little suprised to see how high the neckline is, given that warmth is not exactly what I'm looking for in a jersey like this, but it's a small criticism and easy to forgive. Overall, definitely worth a try.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on July 29, 2009

5 5

Gore makes great shorts, period. I own three models of their shorts, and all are very good at their respective prices. The Xenon is highly technical, with an advanced, thin chamois that doesn't get in the way. It's much thinner than the chamois in Gore's lower-end shorts, so that's something to consider for long rides - I use the Xenon for short, fast rides . The styling is excellent - I love the black and white, but consider that this short puts the white panel in the middle, where it is more easily stained by road spray or dirt on your saddle. Most black and white shorts have a black panel down the middle (and so do many black and white jerseys). Otherwise, these are highly recommended. Medium works well on my thin 6 foot frame.

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aga3168075 wrote a review of on July 29, 2009

3 5

This is a decent, fairly-priced jersey without too many fancy features. It's comfortable, with relatively thick, soft fabric. Not ideal for very hot days. It also fits bigger than most jerseys of the same size. I bought this and the Xenon jersey at the same time. While they are both the same size (medium), the Oxygen is baggier in the middle and also significantly longer, reaching further down the waist. As long as you're not looking for a tight fit or a super lightweight fabric, you'll be fine. Otherwise, try the Xenon.

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