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asal wrote a question about on January 21, 2014

I'm curious to hear from people who have an Alpha jacket, how does it compare to the Arcteryx Aphix (80g Coreloft) or Atom SV (100g Coreloft) insulation. From the video review I'm looking for that all round jacket for coldish sometimes rainy environments that I could wear on a hike or to work, and it looks like both types of jackets could serve me well, but the technologies are hard to sift through sometimes.

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asal wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

5 5

Just adding my 5-star review to the dozens of others. This jacket performs, and the material is great. Never turning back from Pro Shell, and Arc' just makes sweet equipment. I like lots of other companies for different things, but my favorite base, mid, and tech shells come from Arcteryx. Only negative on this jacket for me is my use of the theta AR as a snowboarder: I wish it had a powder skirt. But that's my fault for buying a jacket without it!

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asal wrote an answer about on March 31, 2011

I disagree somewhat on the hem drew cords being a suitable replacement for a powder skirt. As a snowboarder, it's the one thing I wish this jacket had. Granted, the layers you choose underneath could protect you, but if you're not wearing long base layers that can tuck/snap into pants, that wipeout can definitely feel a bit colder w/the Theta AR

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asal wrote an answer about on March 31, 2011

I'd say go for the Large. I'm 6'1" and 185, and I actually wear an XL and it doesn't look overly big. If a large was available when I bought, it would have fit the best for me. I wear L in my Arc' base & mid layers (i have 1 of each), and I couldn't fit into a medium if I wanted to. BTW, I have a 34" arm length and have no issue.

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asal wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

5 5

I have nothing bad to say about this goggle. The lens worked amazingly well on my recent trip to Winter Park where we had sun the first day, 10" of snow throughout the second day, and overcast skies during others. I never even had the thought to switch my goggle. I've had some bolle's in the past that would fog up occasionally and the lens was only good in bright light. These just plain work, and as a snowboarder I like the extra field of view the spherical lens contributes. I wear it with my Smith Variant Brim helmet, and couldn't be happier.

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asal wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

5 5

I'm a boarder and originally was looking for a bern or red, but after visiting a store and trying them on, this smith just fit the best. The mesh lining & xstatic just felt sweet. It looks great, the vents are easy to adjust for conditions (i was easily able to close them on the ski lift w/my gloves on) They fit seamlessly with my Zeal Dominator goggle, and I also like that the Medium is so adjustable (54-59 cm i think), so I can wear a beanie underneath w/out issue if wanted. You can easily drop in audio adapters as well, if you're into that.

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