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davp106368 wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

4 5

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

I hate it when a harness, weighted with gear, drags your pants down with it.

The Knifeblades perfectly combat this problem with the high-waist and suspenders. Even compared to other pants I've had with suspenders, the Knifeblades climb the best under a harness.

So far I like the powershield pro and have been impressed with it's breathability and protection - although still not willing to commit to a jacket with this material quite yet.

The suspenders are poorly designed, at least for my body shape/size. To get them tight enough the "buckle" has to be all the way up by my shoulders where they sit under my pack straps and are extremely uncomfortable.

Also, the one and only pocket is just about useless as soon as you put a harness on as it sits directly under the leg loop.

Finally, as a pant that is billed as alpine climbing specific, I'm surprised that it has thinner and less reinforced material than the Alpine Guide pant, but I guess that's what Patagonia's incredible warranty is supposed to cover as far as replacement/repair (as long as the actually carry this line of pant for more than a season or two).

Overall, awesome pant but in need of a few tweaks, otherwise may be one of the best alpine pants available.

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davp106368 wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

3 5

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

I really really want to like this jacket. I love the styling, color and hybrid construction. Call me vain, but I've wanted a hybrid jacket and the only real competing option (Pat. Mixed Guide) is a horrendously ugly thing to look at much less wear.

However, this jacket seems to have a personality disorder that I can only imagine is a result of BD trying to appease climbers/skiers and people who just want a cool jacket to wear around town. Otherwise, why in the world would BD put hand pockets on an alpine jacket that will fit under the hip-belt of a pack or under a harness? Why in the world would they make zipper pulls that will be next to impossible to grab with anything more than liner gloves on. Why in the world would they make an iPod holder a key advertised feature. Why in the world would they include 4 freaking pockets on an otherwise light weight jacket (two of which are superfluous with pack/harness). Why would they make short sleeves that will ride up the first time you lift your arms over your head to swing an ice tool?

As I said before, I really want to like this jacket. I love Schoeller, I love the hybrid construction, I like the fit (except the sleeves) and I need a jacket that is more protective than a stretch woven soft shell, has better breathability than a laminated softshell, but is not as restrictive as a full on hard shell.

I wish BD would have gone the true alpine route with this shell and not try to make it have equal appeal to town folk, there are more than enough brands and options out there that fill that market niche. Unfortunately, it seems with this offering BD is trying to go the North Face/Marmot route instead of a dedicated alpine shell a la Rab/Arc'teryx/Mountain Equipment.

Bummer. I'm going to go climbing a few more times in it, but I don't see it being a permanent addition to the jacket quiver.

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davp106368 wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Awesome grip for ice tools and great breathability.

However, and this seems to be a consistent BD glove issue, these gloves have about an extra 1/2" of material on every finger and a little more on the thumb. This ends up being a giant PITA when your glove gets stuck in the gate of a binder every time you try to clip one.

I thought maybe a size down would solve the problem but they were just tighter across the back of the hand with the same excess material in the fingers/thumb.

Also, the liner is not attached to the insides of the fingers so anytime your hands are a little sweaty and you take the glove off, half of the finger comes out with your hand. Then it's an equal PITA to get your hand back in, especially if still a little damp. Liner gloves do partly solve this problem.

Finally, compared to other gloves of similar bulk the Arc is surprisingly not warm.

So, I pretty much stopped using these gloves but am, for some reason, sad about that every time I see them sitting in the glove drawer...

The palm grip does make them awesome for opening stuck pickle jars though.

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davp106368 wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These socks are definitely warm and comfortable. Also the polartec power stretch material was the solution to my mountain boots (Scarpa Mont Blancs) that have been plaguing me with heel blisters.

The one thing I'm not 100% about with these is the primaloft underfoot. It adds kind of a weird "flotation"where your foot slips a bit with every step as the two layers of power stretch and primaloft shift. I don't know if this is a ultimately a loser for these socks or not.

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davp106368 wrote a review of on January 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had multiple pairs of fleece gloves and these are by far my favorites. The fit tightly but are supremely warm and dextrous. I do wish they had some faux leather in the palm to improve grip, but I can't fault them for that because they're not billed as that type of glove.

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davp106368 wrote a review of on December 15, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I actually really love this fleece. The polartec windpro is a winner in my book. I wear this around town a lot but it is also absolutely perfect for cold days skinning up hill through the trees where there's just enough wind where a normal fleece layer would be too chilly but not enough to justify throwing the shell on yet.

The only two complaints I have about this fleece are (1) I've only had this jacket about a month but the cuff seam is already fraying and coming loose and (2) it's cut a tad on the short side (for me) reminds me of the way most Arc'teryx jackets are cut.

Needless to say none of the two above complaints keeps me from wearing this jacket almost every day. I'll just be interested to see how long the cuff seam lasts.

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