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dvtwrote a question about on March 27, 2014

arc seems to make a lot of mountaineering models. as some features are not developed for skiing, which of their pants has most ski specific features and design. I don't wear harnesses or packs and don't want clothing designed for those functions. I want convenient pockets, zippers, and no features to relieve myself while hanging on a wall. Alpha SV? want 80d minimum

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dvtwrote a question about on February 7, 2014

Are ski clothing companies trying to avoid accountability for waterproof/breathable by not giving a fabric a number we can compare. At over$600 to offer DryQ, a proprietary fabric, and not quantify the specs is way out of line. Is MH now just the upper end of Columbia? There is no way to know what you're getting any more.

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dvtwrote a review of on November 9, 2013

1 5

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

This glove is poorly constructed. the sewn in lining must have gaps, voids, or missed spots because when you are skiing, certain fingers in certain locations feel like there is no lining at all. In general I find that mountain hardware has changed some major things in quality control since producing huge quantity now and no consistency. also fit is horrible as the fingers may fit but you can't get into the glove because of a very small wrist opening. avoid this product.

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dvtwrote a review of on June 25, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am on my second Marmot ski jacket, a Goretex Performance model a couple years back, and I question the quality and durability. In about 140 days, I have 4 jackets but the Marmot was the day to day shell, the color completely faded, high wear areas were worn through to the white waterproofing laminate, and all the velcro closures, which are critical to weather proofing, were shot. When I spoke to Marmot, I got a defensive, aggressive, rude woman who insisted that I had worn it out, period, and there was nothing they could do except replace some velcro. I said I wouldn't have worn it out so quickly if it was made more durably. the there we were, round and round. My conclusion: Marmot is nothing special any more, and the warrantee, supposedly lifetime, is worthless.

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dvtwrote a review of on May 30, 2010

3 5

The jacket is beautifully and durably made. I have been wearing mine maybe 12 days a year (of 100+ total) for over 6 years. Only some color fade in wear areas. But the scholler fabric is not that special, IMO. In the cold wind, it is very cold. Won't work when wet western snow is falling. In the heat or during effort, it doesn't breath that well (compared to a goretex hardshell). So it is like a high tech sweater,not usedful in that many conditions, needs better windproofing and breathability to be what it claims to be, not even considering snow fall days, again, IMO.

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