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dalto wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm quickly realizing that Norrona really gets it right with fleece. This has the typical long-and-lean Norrona fit. I'm 5-10 and 140 and the Small fits well. It's very soft; thin but substantial. Packs a good amount of warmth for its weight. Looks and feels good just to wear around. Two things Norrona or Backcountry don't mention are that the pockets are open, but the right pocket contains a small zippered pocket inside, and that the main zipper runs from the bottom of the jacket straight through the peak of the hood, so you can zip your face entirely into the hood if you want to catch a nap. "Cool black" is a cool color, but it's in no way black. It's a blue-gray, with a silverish cast. This is just a great piece that does what Norrona says--functions well as a technical piece or as something to hang out or cruise around in.

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dalto wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Jonathan Rambo's review covers it pretty well. This is a thinnish but warm sweater. Typical long-and-lean Norrona fit. I'm 5-10 and 140 and the Small fits well. Snap closures on the pockets are a nice touch. The lining of the pockets really is super soft. Fulfills a similar purpose to the (discontinued) Arc'teryx Gothic sweater, but not nearly as bulky.

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dalto wrote a review of on April 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This looks great, feels great, and keeps you warm, too. I don't know if it's really that technical. I just wear it around. It is sized right, is very soft and supple to the touch, and gives a decent amount of warmth for a medium fleece. The hood is double thickness, so it's very soft. The adjustments for the hood seem a little cumbersome for a technical piece. But without using them you just look like a mysterious dude in a hoody. It's a little heavier than a Rho AR and a little lighter than a Tau, if you remember that one. Has that "my favorite hoody/jacket" feel about it. I'm 5-10 and 140 and the Small fits great.

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dalto wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

It's just what it says: light, thin, stretchy, high collar. Unfortunately, I was looking for more of a soft casual fleece. This one would be a real performer for core warmth (nice and long to keep drafts off your waist) during high activity. But for casual wear, it's a little too techy and the generous wind flap on the zipper placket is pretty noticeable unless it's zipped up (and the neck really is high). All in all, seems like a great-performing fleece but I didn't take the description seriously enough and was looking for something else. As for size, I'm 5-10 and 140 or less; the Small is a very good fit--close but the ample stretch in the fabric allows for movement.

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dalto wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Yeah, what they all said: warm, soft, super comfy, "athletic fit but not ass tight." I'm not sure I need something this warm (or expensive) but now that I'm wearing it I don't think I can bear to send it back. Great high-pile fleece. Really nice for around the house (just got it and it's early spring) and would probably keep me darn warm in the winter.

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dalto wrote a review of on September 25, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

There is no mention in the BC description of a very important fact--these shorts have no fly. Arc'teryx says they have a "zipperless gusseted fly." Bypassing the temptation to make jokes about a gusseted fly or the presence of drain holes in pants that have no fly opening, I'll simply say that this feature was the deal breaker for me. The fit is also slightly smaller than typical for Arc'teryx and the stitching on the front is a little goofy looking. Fabric seems nice, though.

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dalto wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I found this to be tight in the pit zip area. I think it's a combination of being improperly tailored for the body and of the stiffness of the pit zip material. I'm scrawny, yet it still felt tight under the arms and around the back.

I have some older lines of Salomon (Minim, X line of jackets, Cosmic) that I'm very impressed with, both in quality and because they fit my slender frame. But recent attempts (Tournette, Joly, Darbon) have been disappointing, mostly by being too roomy. (Even the Tournette, which is tight in the upper body, has sleeves that seem too generous.)

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dalto wrote a review of on June 21, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really love the Caliber cardigan and pullover. I was excited to see a hooded version, but I'm disappointed in its fit. It seems baggy around the upper body (of which, I admit, I have little) and midsection. If I extend my arms upward and outward it looks and hangs great, but how long can I stay like that? The material is nice, but seems different than the standard Caliber. The inner hood is lined with a smooth material. I probably use my Calibers more than either the Covert or Delta LT because they occupy a niche between the other two, but this version struck me the wrong way. Soapstone is a very nice dark gray, though.

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dalto wrote a review of on June 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

A little too weird for me, so I'm returning it. I love all things Phase. The body of this is just like the Phase beanie, and it has a soft, scrunchy brim attached. It's hard to know whether it's fish or fowl. The beanie part makes you want to pull it down over your ears, but then it looks a little odd to have a bill on it. Or, you can wear it like an engineer's hat with the body of the cap above your ears, but that looks a little odd, too. However, I probably would have kept it anyway except that I wear glasses, and the brim is so short that I don't think it would provide any protection for them--so I might as well just wear the beanie I have or go for a full-fledged cap. Interesting idea, well-executed, and all the usual Arc'teryx superlatives, but it didn't seem like it would serve a purpose for me.

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dalto wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

4 5

Would have kept it but decided that the Patagonia R-1 Hoody that I already have does essentially the same thing. I have a slight build and often find clothes too roomy, but this TNF fit snugly, a big plus. Best part was the hood. It fits close and comes down completely over the forehead to the eyebrows. Sometimes I have to wear a beanie in extreme cold because a hood won't cover that far. It also zips up to the nose go give good overall face coverage. Nice jacket if you are out in the cold more often than I am and if you have the niche for it.

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dalto wrote a review of on January 19, 2013

5 5

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

I also have the hoody and wasn't sure I needed this, even though I found a good deal on one. I wore it one time on a run and I'm sold on it now. Even though it's meant more for winter sports than running, it's basically for being active in the cold so it works either way. It really does seem to breathe well. I'm skeptical of such claims, but this kept me between warm and cold when worn in 39 degree weather with a light wind. It is air permeable because I could feel the slight breeze when running into it, but that helped keep me cool. The cut and fabric are so tremendous that you almost don't realize you have it on. It's like a shell that levitates slightly above your body to regulate your temperature. The collar is the perfect height and the perfect fit for your neck. By the end of the run it was drizzling slightly but that's no problem for the Acto. It's a little tech-geeky for casual wear (the similar Epsilon is better for that) but it's right on for being active in the cold.

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dalto wrote an answer about on December 17, 2012

For running, I'd say the Acto for sure. It breathes well but still resists weather. The Gamma MX might be more resistant, but rare is the runner who will be out in bad weather for hours. Breathability and comfort are more important. Although the Acto is less form-fitting than the Gamma MX, less of a pliable material, it nevertheless moves incredibly well with your body. I feel very comfortable with it while running (or running errands), and I imagine skiers and snowshoers would agree. I think Arc'teryx has done a superb job of tailoring this jacket for active use. It's a great jacket!

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dalto wrote a review of on December 8, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I picked up a couple when they went to 70% off because I liked the colors. I figured for that little money, I could do that. But it's not even worth keeping them at that price.

Now, if I didn't already have a couple of good anoraks, I might make a different call, esp. at such a low price. I can't say I've even used them, but there just isn't enough good about them to warrant giving them a try.

On the bad side, the material seems too stiff. Also, like many others have said, the rubber wrist closures are a joke. If you cinch them a lot there seem to be enough rubber bumps on the closure to grip the velcro. But the wrist openings are pretty small so not many people will need to cinch them down much.

On the positive side, since the wrist openings are small, you can just do what several others have said and cut off the silly rubber wrist tabs. The garment is slim-fitting. A skinny guy likes me sees that as a welcome change, but I can imagine that a fair number of people would want to go up a size unless only planning to wear a light layer underneath.

If you're looking for an anorak and find these at rock-bottom price, it's probably worth a shot. Nice colors! But otherwise, stick with what you have.

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dalto wrote a review of on October 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a Phase fan. I love the shirts so I got a Phase AR Hoody when they came out. Fantastic! Then I had to try the beanie. A couple of days after getting it I took it out for a little spin (26.2 miles). It was great. Large enough to cover the ears. Great for cool and cold weather aerobic activities because it provides warmth but you don't overheat easily. The construction is interesting. The stitching and four darts form a U-shape open at the forehead. Not sure exactly what that is designed to accomplish. Even with it pulled snug the darts tend to form little points, but I don't have any hair to fill it out, and it's certainly not as goofy looking as the 6-dart Rho LTW construction. I'm square in the Medium size range and bought a S/M; it seems slightly tight at times, but having it any looser might be a mistake. Slight qualms about the looks and sizing aside, it's a superb beanie because it's so light, is stashable anywhere, and, most of all, provides good temperature regulation.

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dalto wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I love Arc'teryx, I love merino, and I love the color Deep Dusk, but I couldn't keep this. It's light, flexible, non-itchy, versatile, but the six-dart construction makes it look like a half-a$$ed jester's hat, or, if it's pulled snug , as if I had six nipples protuding from my head. I just couldn't get past that and returned the hat. I much prefer the Vestigio, which has a simple bowl shape and is about as soft, despite having a different texture.

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dalto wrote a review of on September 19, 2012

5 5

I echo all the positives that other people have written. Very nice fleece that seems like it will be really warm when the cold weather hits. It equals the Narvik Warm3 Fleece for coziness. It has a great fit for active people; I wouldn't consider sizing up unless you're in between sizes.
A note on color: Ebony is dark gray. It's similar to the picture on this web site, except you might think the picture is a slightly washed out image of black but, if anything, the picture is slightly darker than the color of the actual fleece. It's a nice color, but you should know you're getting gray instead of black. I'm really impressed by Norrona.

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dalto wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

This is a great running jacket. I wrote a long review that was erased for being too long. Grr. I like the jacket so much I'll bother to do it again. Fit is trim, as it should be (unlike Celeris, which is supposedly trim, too). I'm 5-10, 135 and Small is wonderful. Long enough to keep the mid-section warm. Sleeves ample without being long and bunchy. Asymmetrical cuff is brilliant--keeps outside of hand/wrist warm. Half-elastic cuffs work well. Blocks a breeze well. Haven't experienced any rain yet. Ample mesh panels under arms, along sides, and along underside of upper arms enhance breathability. Short stand-up collar is just right. One pocket on the side goes backward to make reaching in easier. Zipper of pocket catches occasionally on the cuff during arm swing, and unzipping doesn't help because the pocket gaps and causes the same problem. A second minor irritant is that I sometimes feel the hem cinch toggle. Personally, I don't need a hem cinch for a running jacket because I'll rarely face awful weather. But those are two extremely small quibbles for what is a brilliantly designed lightweight running jacket. Well done, Arc'teryx!

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dalto wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

Tremendous hoody. I've used it for running in cool temps. Fit is trim, as it should be for a base/sole layer. I'm 5-10, 135 and the Small is comfortably snug. (I had a little trouble with chafing initially but some well-placed lubricant took care of that.) Arc's update to the Phase material does make it feel better against the skin, although the previous version would only bother me for about 4 seconds before I forgot about it. The hoody is warm but breathable. It's long enough to keep the chill off your mid-section. Sleeves are ample in length without being ridiculously long. Wouldn't have minded thumbholes, but they're not a must. The neck construction is very nice--material drapes to keep the chill off, but doesn't feel constricting. Hood is superb--good volume, close-but-not tight fit to balance warmth with air flow, and it stays on your head while running. This is a stripped-down garment--no pockets, no hood adjustments, no hem cinches. Only what you need. (Not sure the anti-stink treatment works, but maybe that's my fault.)

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