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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on April 17, 2013

5 5

My second pair of Icebreaker 3/4 length. First pair was the "regular" 260, which I found a little roomy. These have a snugger feel, but are not uncomfortable at all. Love the feel. Skied with them under Arcteryx uninsulated ski pants on a warm 40 degree day, and a cooler 25 degree day. Wicked very well and stayed comfortable with no slipping around my waist. I used to overlap ski socks and long underwear, but no more. Much better stink resistance than UA long underwear. Thinking of ordering another pair while they are on sale. . .

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on May 30, 2012

4 5

Couldn't decide, so I ordered one of each in XXL. I'm 6'3", 275. Very fit below the waist - "million dollar" belly above. There is no question that the Sabre had more room for layering and the front pockets were a little deeper and roomier due to the cut. So why did I return the Sabre and keep the Stingray? Because the Stingray fit better. They are both long, but the taper in the stingray is more slimming - similar in some respect to the cut of the Gamma MX. I also have a Patagonia Gore-Tex shell that I use for REALLY cold, extra layer conditions, and wanted a jacket that I'd likely wear with one heavy or two light layers at most. The other thing that I liked better about the Stingray was the collar. I'm betting that on really nasty days, the Sabre would work better, because the jacket zips up high - almost to right under my nose - and there would be room for a little pocket of warm air. But for day in, day out, the Stingray collar struck me as more comfortable and practical. I'm expecting that either of these coats will be as comfortable and watertight as my Stingray pants. I chose those over Gore-Tex pro due to the feel of the fabric and their relative "quiet". Can't wait for wet snow.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

5 5

I've had two unsolicited comments on weight loss after donning this jacket. I'm long in the torso, and the xxl fits great - hip length and enough front length not to ride up. I walk a couple miles every morning, and regularly reach for the Gamma, over a mock turtle if the temps are under 50 or short-sleeve polo if the temps are above 50. Material is non-bulky and nice to touch. I had my doubts, but worth the price.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on April 24, 2012

5 5

I bought this primarily for dog walking on chilly mornings. Will wear it tomorrow over an ex officio crew at 45 degrees and breezy, with thermometer climbing quickly toward 60. Down sweaters and the like didn't work for me - great at first, but I'd be sweat soaked at the end of my usual 2.5 mile loop. This is a really nice substitute - breaks the wind, but vents the sweat. I tried it paired with an under armour quarter zip on a windy 30 degree spring skiing day and it was not warm enough. I added a fleece vest and it was perfect. Chest pocket is nicely hidden, with thin zippers. I'm looking forward to using this on the water as a late day jacket. If you are too warm in your usual soft-shell, or need a reasonably priced, breathable soft shell, this is worth your money. XXL fits me at 6'3" 275.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on April 10, 2012

5 5

I was looking for an alternative to quarter zip fleece and wool sweaters with quitter sleeves. I'm 6'3 275 and I ordered an XXL. In Mollusk. The fit is great, plenty of length, and more tailored looking than I expected. This feels great over a mock turtle neck or a performance t-shirt. It's tailored and comfortable enough to go from casual Friday in the office, to the car for the ride to the slopes and then to the bars afterward. Last weekend I skied in my Marmot Leadville softshell, but wore this before and after changing in the lodge. Went back for a second in carbide for summer evenings on the water. Highly recommended.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

5 5

I thought these were a bargain at $120. I wear these alone or with a pair of seirus sensor liners (iphone friendly) for subzero conditions, alone from 0 to 20 degrees. I love the dual cinch system - pull to tighten, pull to release. Guantlet length is perfect for really cold conditions. Pull on strap is perfectly located. These gloves are warm, and gore-tex is the way to go. High quality, great value. Runs true to size. I looked at a lot of gloves this past winter - Arcteryx, Marmot, Black Diamond - and preferred these OR gloves - I also purchased a pair of OR Southback gloves for "warmer" - 20 to 40 degree conditions. The Southback guantlets are not long enough to go over the sleeve. My spring pair are Seirus all-weather gloves. BTW - the Seirus soundtouch dynamax liners are the best thing since sliced bread.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

4 5

A few days of "grapple" at Jackson Hole convinced me that I no longer could stand sitting in wet ski pants. I originally wanted suspenders and tried the Arc'teryx bib pants, but found them too snug around my beer belly. Also, the Gore-tex Pro cloth was, ahem, loud. Notwithstanding my gut, I'm an athletic cut below the waist, and these pants fit well. The gore-tex is supple, without the rasp of the pro, and since I'm using these for skiing, not climbing, I don't expect durability to be an issue. I substituted a belt for suspenders, and don't miss the suspenders. The pants are light, dry and measure up to my expectations. Although I initially missed the extra thigh and back pockets I had on my old pants, I've just stashed the extra face and hand warmer that I used to carry in my camelback. I would buy these pants again.

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

4 5

I bought both the Icebreaker and Helly Hansen 3/4 length pants for a recent trip to Jackson Hole. Both worked well. I'm 6'3" with a 42 inch waist, ordered both in xxl. The seats on both were a little loose and I layered under armour boxers over them. The icebreaker insulated better than the Helly Hansen, but the HH was snugger around my legs. Both got a couple of wears and neither smelled worse for the wear. I did discover that full length ski pants helped hold my socks up; be careful about combining 3/4 length with "quitters", your socks need to support their own weight!

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bzi4033523 wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

3 5

I was pretty psyched about the Etip Facet Liners and being able to use my iPhone. However, the Etip's did not fit my fingers well because they were oversize and the liners lacked any gripping surfaces, which made it difficult to hold the phone. I'll be sticking with the Serius version of the etip liner. Also, both the liner and glove guantlet were short, leaving gaps between my jersey and the jacket, respectively. The glove itself insulated well and appears durable, but these were not the glove for me. If your iPhone is in a grippy case, they may work for you.

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