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elizabeth.1480125 wrote a review of on June 14, 2012

2 5

I agree with the other reader these run so small!! Im 5'7, 127, my dress pants are size two, usually a four in jeans..I ordered these in a four and the leg fit fine, but I could barely button them. I was also expecting the fabric to be a lot thinner (its more of a lightweight canvas), so I am not going to try a size 6. The stretch is fantastic though, they just don't meet my summer climbing needs.

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote a review of on November 10, 2011

5 5

These are amazing! Thick enough that I feel secure wearing them in public outside of climbing and yoga, but still great for wearing under skirts/dresses. I am right between a size 2 and 4 (5'8, 122 lbs) and the extra small fit great. Also had plenty of length for my long(ish) legs! I prefer them for yoga and climbing, but I have run in them and they were great--I just prefer my nike running tights for running--but if you are looking for one pair of tights to do it all, I cannot recommend these enough!!!!!

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote an answer about on August 1, 2010

I have both the mammatus and the alpha sv and i actually prefer my mammatus. I like the Gore Pro Shell Stretch better--its a much softer fabric, not so damn stiff. The mammatus is a touch lighter (apprx. 50 grams). I also use mine mostly for mixed alpine climbing, so I appreciate the extra stretch and less noise. The only thing that really bugs me abut the mammatus is the reflective taping around the zippers--it looks much better on the mens version, but its still ugly. Last comment, yeh, TNF makes a lot of showy, logo bearing "lifestyle" pieces, but most of the summit series line is pretty good...they dump all the profits from the denalis into development of technical wear. Anyway, thats my 2 cents on the mammatus, but try them both out and see what one fits better, etc...with backcountrys guarantee, plus lifetime warranties on Arc and TNF you really cant go wrong either way!

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

4 5

This is going to sound like a contradictory review, but here we go...I love this jacket; the plaid is fun, the price is right, and the fit is great (5'7 130 lbs, medium is perfect). Its also plenty water resistant for my 20 min walk to work. For me its a perfect jacket.

HOWEVER, this jacket does not breathe, at all. NONE. Its like wearing a plastic rain suit. This is a great jacket for the pacific NW (i live in portland, but travel to seattle often as well), where its mild (50-60 degrees) and rainy. Absolutely do not buy this if you live in a warm weather, humid area--I lived in florida for 4 years and this jacket would be hell if i wore it there.

Also, the material is polyurethane coated cotton, so the feel of the jacket is also very rubbery--i dont mind, but i know one of my friends hates it.

Lastly, this garment is NOT seam taped, so it is not actually waterproof--just highly water resistant. I am fine walking 20 minutes to work in moderate to light rain, but eventually water will soak in at the seams.

All in all, you get what you pay for...this is a fabulous jacket for under $100, but if you need something that is seam sealed and breathable, shell out the $200+ (I highly recommend The North Face Grace Jacket for complete waterproof and breathable protection).

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote an answer about on January 9, 2010

its almost identical in design--there was an issue with the seam taping and lining delaminating and this model corrects that. The only issue you may run into is sizing....TNF used to advise ordering a size down, as they ran big---they have now "corrected" that and you should order "true to size"...its possible you have a "small" and may now need a "medium".

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote a review of on December 16, 2009

4 5

im so sick of eric pollard going on and on about how every ski he makes is just the best on everything...well, this ski sucks on anything but steep, deep powder, but hey, thats what its for, right!?! had them out all day on variable mixed conditions--the steep bowls at the top of mt. hood were dry and fluffy and the pandoras were fantastic. tree runs with 4 ft of powder, they handled like champs. i really noticed a difference with the early rise--my boyfriend was skiing line lizzies and was having issues getting his tips out of the heavy pow. after the bowls got tracked out we headed over to the other side of the mt, which was icy and windblown....i didnt know a ski could handle so poorly--because they are so soft, any "bump" you hit, they bounce you non-stop. The other skis in my quiver--the volkl mantras just plow through anything, so I wasnt used to being tossed around. Serious, my sports bra supported A cup boobs had a sad afternoon! So then off to the groomers....SLOW, again compared to my mantras, i couldnt get these things to move. to finish off the day, over on the lower mountain it was rainy, with soft slushy snow and they handled pretty well, since the snow was so soft they could plow through--but the tree runs had crusted over snow and again, pandora hell. Conclusion: kick ass ski for steep deep powder and agile turning in the trees--I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a super soft powder ski.....absolutely horrible for anything else. Oh, Im 5'7, 135 lbs and ski the 172's (170 is my standard length, so with the early rise, these are a tad shorter than Im used to). I would also seriously consider switching out my 4fnt vct's for these as my AT skis--they really are nice and light, I think my vct's are still more versatile though, since I only have 1 AT ski.

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elizabeth.1480125 wrote a review of on November 16, 2009

5 5

for as long as i can remember ive used patagonia capilene for my baselayers, however, i was bored with the simplicity and wanted a pattern, so I bought these and i LOVE them!! The stretch is fantastic, its as warm as a midweight baselayer should be, and the design and colors are fun. i would highly recommend these!! fit is true to size--5'7 140 lbs, a medium in everything i buy and this was no exception!

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