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amazer wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a nicely designed jacket-- not bulky (substantial, but not too heavy material). Windstopper makes it a decent shell for cold days, and the excellent pit zips let you ventilate when needed. The hood is quite large, so it can accommodate a helmet; without a helmet it is still workable, thanks to adjustment clips. The inside zip pocket is smaller than I anticipated-- not quite big enough to hold a wallet, but plenty roomy for a few credit cards and a key. The two outside pockets are quite capacious, tho.

The lining appears to be a high-quality, short-nap fleece, almost like the felt on a pool table. If you are wearing any sort of a flannel or fleece sweater, it is grabby when you try to slide your arms into the sleeves. Not a huge deal; on the plus side, the lining adds a bit of warmth without being at all bulky.

I am 5'11" and 198 lbs with a 36" waist. Was gonna get a Large, but decided to go XL so I could wear a sweater and lightweight down jacket if needed. Glad I did! Even with just a shirt on, it is not over-large at all (though the sleeves are 2-3 inches longer than my 36" arms need; the velcro straps at the end solve that issue), yet I have enough room to add layers if I need them. The Large would have been too tight.

Some companies' XL sizes are huge, but not so with Acr'teryx.

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amazer wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Let me first say that this is one hell of a cool-looking jacket, nicely constructed and designed. It seems to be a good weight-- not too heavy, but more substantial than the light Cloudveil serendipity softshell that I've been using for backcountry skiing and winter hiking for the past 8 years.

The Elementalist is certainly more water and wind-reistant than the Cloudveil, and warmer too. I can't say how well it breathes since I never wore it outside and ended up returning it.

I liked the high hand pockets and the velcro closure at the wrists. I am 5'11", weigh just under 200 lbs., and wear shirts with 35" sleeves. My only other Marmot jacket is a Goretex hardshell, Large size... and it fits me like an XL (almost too spacious).

So I ordered the Elementalist in Large, expecting it to also be roomy. The sleeves were certainly long enough; they would have easily fit someone with 37" or 38" arms, but the velcro made that a non-issue. However, the body of the jacket was surprisingly snug-- about all I could wear under it was a long sleeved t-shirt and perhaps a light pullover.. and that would have been almost too snug.

This is obviously quite a departure in fit from the older goretex shell. I considered getting an XL, since I really liked the design, materials and weight of this jacket, but the sleeves on the XL would no doubt be at least 6" too long for me (assuming they'd be 2-3" longer than the Large). I've since ordered an Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody in XL, which hope will fit me better.

I rated this 3 stars, balancing the fit (0) with the fact that if it did fit me, it would be perfect (5). As usual, averaging out extremes sheds little light on anything!

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amazer wrote an answer about on January 26, 2010

NO, the metal bar in the BC boot is much bigger-- both in diameter and length-- than the regular NNN boot's, plus the BC boot's bar is mounted slightly further toward the rear than the NNN boot's.

NNN and NNN-BC are not compatible-- unfortunately, most online vendor websites do not make this obvious. Sometimes it's hard to tell if a boot is NNN or NNN-BC from the website description.

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amazer wrote a review of on January 27, 2006

5 5

This is the casual knock-around jacket I've been looking for. The wool material is pretty heavy, so the jacket is nice and warm. It's probably too heavy for aerobic activity in all but the coldest weather and if you're going to be cross-country skiing, you'd probably want a lighter coat made from a stretchy soft-shell material. This jacket is perfect for either going into town or taking a winter walk. My only gripe is that it doesn't have a good wallet pocket, the inside pockets are mounted low-down near the jacket's hem, which is especially uncomfortable if you're putting a seatbelt on because it presses against the wallet.

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