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edw3139403 wrote a review of on December 15, 2013

5 5

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

I bought this for alpine skiing and have used it twice this season so far. The first time, it was 5*F. The second time, it was 35*F. I had different base layers, but the jacket performed well under both sets of conditions. I love the hood; it fits perfectly over my helmet and it helped keep my head warm on the cold day. It detaches easily for warmer conditions.

The medium fits me well at 6'1" and 165 lbs. I was afraid the sleeves might be too short, but they're fine. Nice inner cuffs which you can pull out to ensure no gaps. The powder skirt works well and stays out of the way when you don't want it.

Lots of perfectly sized pockets in the right places. I love the left wrist pocket for my RFID season pass.

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edw3139403 wrote a review of on September 15, 2012

3 5

Good construction and materials. Comfortable fabric. I wear a 34" waist and got the medium. A little big but okay in the waist and butt, long in the rise, HUGE in the thighs and the fabric sticks out to the sides above the knee. So if you like that kind of look, go for it. Otherwise, try Patagonia GI III shorts which have a much trimmer fit.

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edw3139403 wrote a review of on July 14, 2012

5 5

These pants are exactly as described, including the weight, which is 10.2 oz on my scale for a men's medium. I'm 6'1", 165 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly. Lots of adjustment in the elastic draw string waist; good length over the tops of my boots but not too bunched up on the bottom. The hip length zippers make it easy to get these on and off over my size 12 mid cut hiking boots when sitting or standing. They kept me dry in a moderate rain storm. Reasonably stylish, although I use them for backpacking so don't really care how they look. Recommended.

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edw3139403 wrote a review of on February 7, 2010

5 5

Having been burned (or frozen!) by some manufacturers temperature ratings in the past, I was hoping Marmot would live up to their reputation and that this would be a true 15 degree bag. It is. I have a room over my unheated garage which I use for this sort of testing. Last night, I stabilized the room at 25 degrees and slept on the floor in the Helium on a Thermarest 3/4 Trail Lite pad, wearing socks, light-weight long underwear, and a thin long sleeved t-shirt. I woke up around 3am, checked the temperature, and it was still at 25*F. (The 25 degree room simulates sleeping in a tent with an ambient temperature of 15 degrees.)

I was warm enough all night. The bag was very comfortable, easy to zip and cinch in the dark, and the regular was long enough for me at 6'1". Good bag, works as advertised. I'll be on a 2 week trip in the Wind Rivers this summer and will post again if I learn anything new, but I expect this bag won't let me down.

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edw3139403 wrote a review of on November 24, 2009

5 5

As described: a light, warm 800+ fill down sweater. Some previous reviews have raised questions about pockets, fit, and weight. So here are the facts on my men's medium which arrived Nov. 2009:
- I'm 6'1", 162 lbs and it fits just right over a t-shirt and long sleeved t-shirt. Sleeves are long enough, collar is comfy and warm when zipped up. Enough space to trap warm air, but not so big that it gets drafty when I move.
- It weighs 14.3 oz on my accurate scale.
- The outside pockets are perfect for hands.
- There are 6"x11" vertical inside liner pockets on each side which as others have noted are not totally "secure". You could change that with a bit of Velcro. Good for a beanie hat, gloves, headlamp, etc while you're sitting around, to keep the hand warmer pockets free for your hands.
- I think it compares favorably with the Patagonia sweater and is a better value.

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