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Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

Washington, Montana, British Columbia

Ben Taylor's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Ben Taylor's Bio

No where do I feel closer to God than in the mountains...

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylorwrote a review of on March 23, 2011

3 5

Ordered this after reading the other reviews thinking that it would work nicely for me since I am rather slim and needing a medium-duty softshell. I am 6'1 175lbs. I was very surprised when I tried on the large and it was very snug. I usually have the opposite problem - I need a large or XL for sleeve length, but I need a medium for torso size. Well, this thing fit tighter than most mediums of other brands. Other reviewers are correct, the arm holes are uniquely small and seem a bit uncomfortable on the arm pits.
I don't agree with the other reviewer regarding features and durability. I was surprised at how thin the material felt, and I just can't see it standing up to a few brushes with trees while skiing (which is why I bought it). I can't comment on breathability or water repelling ability since I returned it.

I think it's an ok jacket, and appropriate for the price. It's certainly not anything special.

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Ben Taylorwrote a review of on February 22, 2011

4 5

First off, this jacket definitely does have insulation. I don't know if it's down or synthethic, but it's got a layer of that "puff" jacket material all along the inside. Skied two days in this jacket in single digit temps, and had the vents open the whole time. That's saying a lot, since I usually get cold and wear many layers. I only needed a single base layer under this jacket to stay warm. Another layer and I was too hot.

Features: My favorite is how the collar fits nice and snug around my face. I have a Mountain Hardware softshell and an Arc Teryx hardshell (about 10 years old), both good jackets, but both have large collars that kind of sag down and I have to dip my chin to my chest to get some shelter from the wind. Not so with this one. It zips up to just about chin height, and is nice and snug. Pockets are pretty standard, nothing special, but there are enough. I don't have a helmet, but I don't think one would fit under the hood. Powder skirt is good, with loops, and I love the inner sleeve liners with the thumb-holes. Keeps your sleeves from sinching up when extending your arms.

Fit: This is the one spot where I deduct a star. It's on the baggy side, and I think has too much material in the body. Length is ok, but I would prefer shorter. I'm fairly lean, though, so it might be perfect for a larger guy. I'm 6'1". 175 lbs, and have the large.

Color is not quite as bright as shown on the website.

Overall, a nice solid jacket at half the price of Arc Teryx or some of the other high-end brands. Lifetime warranty is assuring.

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Ben Taylorwrote a review of on February 22, 2011

4 5

I received this last week and was immediately bummed. The jacket was awesome, and fit perfectly, except for the arms. I'm 6'1" 175lbs. To be fair, I have longer than normal arms, but I was hoping for an "athletic" fit. Rest of the jacket was great - pockets are awesome and everywhere, fabric is smooth and comfortable, and I really liked the soft fleece lining inside the collar. Hood was a bit small (definitely NOT helmet compatible), and doesn't have the nice rigid brim to keep it from collapsing in your face. Also doesn't have the nice sleeve thumb-loop thingees that most high-end jackets seem to have now days.

All in all, I would have kept it if the arms had fit me.

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Ben Taylorwrote a question about on December 7, 2010

So I really want a pair of these, partly because I'm a fan of the Stoic quality, and partly because Stoic products fit me very well. However, there are no more left in my size (L), with none coming in on the horizon.
So, you have Arc'teryx, which costs a gazillion $$, or North Face, which seems to no longer be the quality it once was... and other than that, I haven't tried any other brands in a while.

Anyone out there have a recommendation of other brands that have a similar fit & quality to Stoic?

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Ben Taylorwrote a question about on March 21, 2010

Tele Crud Busters?
Anyone tried mounting these Tele? If so, how are they in the crud? I need a new tele ski, and I'm considering these, the Blend, Salomon Czar, and Rossi Phantom S108. I don't really care about groomer or hard snow performance - I'm looking for a good crud/powder ski for the heavy sticky Pacific NW snow. Any suggestions?

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Ben Taylorwrote a review of on March 9, 2010

5 5

Love this shirt, and am in the market for a few more! I'm 6'1", 175lbs, and the cut is perfect for me. I have a +2 ape index (wingspan is 2" greater than my height), so I do have longer-than-normal arms. It's usually really hard to find things that fit me. If it fits in the arms, the rest of it is like a dress. If it fits my body, the sleeves are too short. NOT THE CASE WITH THIS SHIRT! This thing is made for guys with long arms and slim bodies. Plus it holds of the stank way better than my Marmot base layer.

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Ben Taylorwrote a review of on March 9, 2010

3 5

Ordered these off SAC for a great deal, but they just didn't fit my face (I have a medium-sized face). They rode a bit high, too far up my face. They also left a slight gap around my nose. Other than that, they seem to be a great quality goggle - I liked the style and the lens (ignitor). I tried the Phenom next, and they fit much better.

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