amia

amia

amia

amia wrote a review of on December 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome shoe. The Gecko Guide has a slightly tapered toe, but is equally as accommodating for wider feet. I also tried on the Scarpa Crux, but went with the Gecko as it seemed equally as comfortable, has a slightly sturdier, more aggressive sole, and isn't made in China. The Geckos run true size and a bit on the wide side. I bought a 38 and typically wear a 7/7.5 (maybe that's indicative of the 'to the toe lacing' system?) Regardless I didn't need to size up a half size to get a comfy width. They're a great all-purpose approach shoe- the Geckos hike well and confidently attack scree slopes and scrambles. Laces frayed quickly, but the shoe and rubber is bomber!

(0)

 

0 Comments

amia

amia wrote a review of on November 18, 2012

5 5

I remember seeing a friend wear a pair of Prana flannel lined jeans in college. I'm so happy to see that Lined Boyfriend is back, and even better, they fit well! I was surprised to discover I preferred the size 4, I'm almost always a 6. (5'5", 135) Perhaps they're supposed to be baggier and my thighs just fill them out, but regardless they don't have too much of the dreaded waist gap and I can wear them without a belt. Bring it on, winter!!

(1)

 

0 Comments

amia

amia wrote a review of on November 18, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh so light, oh so compact-able.

For split boarders I would hazard that there's nothing better on the market. They breakdown so small I can stick 'em in my boots to keep all my together by the door.

For AT skiers these fit the bill for light use, however one word of caution, similiar to a tent pole, the BD Compactor uses a taut cord to extend. Genius for lightweight design , however I snapped the cord torquing it in really chunky snow. I like that most of BD's poles can be fixed with replacement parts, the Compactor is done-zo once it breaks.

I also found the split baskets (for securing compacted poles) waren't super ideal for flipping the newer Dynafit heel risers. Not a pain, but I wasn't convinced the cut out for storage/display purposes was worth a sacrifice in on snow performance.

Overall the Compactor is one of the most interesting poles on the market, its weight and size alone will convinced a lot people (me!) to keep using it despite any greivances. However, on long trips in which you use your poles aggressively as tent stakes, etc. I'll probably stick with the tried and true Traverse or Expedition.

(0)

 

0 Comments

amia

amia wrote a review of on November 18, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought these to replace a pair of Patagonia Alpine Guide pants for backcountry skiing in the PNW. Like most Arc'teryx products I am impressed with the initial fit, waist is snug (in a good way) but the hips and thighs offer plenty of room for movement without feeling baggy.

I see the backcountry.com lists the Gamma SK as having removable suspenders, however my 2012/2013 Gamma SK in Raku does not. I was a little disappointed the women's does not have suspenders like the Men's Gamma SK. I worry that they will sag while wearing a pack. I agree with other reviews that the pant seems long and the knee gathers don't hit me quite right. For resort or sidecountry this wouldn't worry me, but for those who fiddle with buckles skiing yo-yo laps too long pants aren't always great.

With that said, Arc'teryx makes stellar products which tend to exceed my expectations (don't get me started on drop seat on their bibs.... love!) so we'll see!

(0)

 

0 Comments

amia

amia wrote a review of on August 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome fit by Arcteryx.

I can't believe I've wasted money on other pants when this one has everything right. I bought this pant as well as the Arcteryx Parapet. This one was my choice for a 5 days trek in Peru. The waist rise was high enough to stay put and was definitely made with a backpack hip belt in mind. The knee gussets allowed me to take long strides and crouch awkwardly despite having little stretch. And like others have said, the knee gussets aren't prominent in real life.

I'm 135 lbs, wear a 6 or 28 in most pants, the 6 waist was awesome and fit my skier thighs.

(0)