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ethp21179 wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok, so I test products from W.L. Gore. And I used to live in Seattle. So I think that makes me qualified to review this. While I would not place this in the stylish category, it for sure takes care of business. It keeps you dry, keeps the sun out of your face, and is easy to clean. Keep this in your pack if there is a chance of rain, and it will make you one happy hiker. Not much else to explain, but another solid product from OR.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are the best I have owned. I have a pair of Cloudveil Troller gloves that were my favorite before trying and using these gloves. They are designed for climbing, but I use them for outdoor activities-skiing, snowshoeing, etc. They are the best. Super warm, dry, and the fit is great. Granted these are pricey, but if you watch for them on sale, you can get a good deal.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love me some vests. I wear sleeveless coats year round, for me they are incredibly versatile. For a long time I was hooked on fleece jackets, but the pilling always made them unsuitable for meetings/etc. This softshell fits the bill. The WindStopper keeps your core warm, and it handles many, many washings quite well. Great choice if you are looking for a great vest.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this jacket. I am 6' 215 and wear the large. It fits like a glove. This is my go to jacket that I leave in the car to always have with me. I work all over N. California and much of my work is in the San Francisco area. There have been countless times that I have been thankful for this jacket- the WindStopper is great - completely windproof and warm to boot. I have the blue color which is great and would totally recommend this jacket. Hood is great as well, packs down small, and breathes great. Fares well on the trail as well - everything from a hike in the Sierra's to a day of skiing at Squaw- it can handle what you throw at it as long as it is not pouring down rain.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this jacket for several years- and it is one of my favorites. I use it primarily for resort skiing, and i appreciate the soft shell material, the Gore-tex, and the micro fleece backer that keeps you just a bit warmer than a straight shell. This is cut a bit roomier than a typical Arcteryx jacket- i think if I reordered, I would definitely order a large vs an xl. I am a product tester for Gore-tex, but I purchased this for my personal use.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Other posters have posted about this not being a mountaineering boot. That it is not. I did take this boot up Mt. Olympus with crampons and it did not fare so well. Wished I would have had my Millets. Nonetheless, this has been my favorite pair of hiking boots that I have owned. I like the style compared to other full leather boots, and boy these things stay dry with the Gore-tex liners. I have never had a pair of boots stay so dry. My only complaint is the the soles seem to wear a bit more quickly than other boots, but the tradeoff is that it seems to be a sticker rubber, so good for scrambling/etc on rock. These are very well constructed, have a very short break in period, and even though I have replaced them with a new pair, they still get worn quite a bit as I can't seem to part with my first pair of Fugutives.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this jacket for several years- and it is one of my favorites. I use it primarily for resort skiing, and i appreciate the soft shell material, the Gore-tex, and the micro fleece backer that keeps you just a bit warmer than a straight shell. This is cut a bit roomier than a typical Arcteryx jacket- i think if I reordered, I would definitely order a large vs an xl.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I received this jacket as a part of my participation in the Gore-tex MountainTechs program. This is a great jacket-the construction is second to none. I found it to be cut a little large to my liking, but I am more a fan of athletic cut jackets. I gave it to my brother and he absolutely loves it as he is more accustomed to a "snowboarder" cut than me. He raves about the jacket, and always gets compliments.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

I am a Gore product tester and have owned these shoes for over a year. I did not receive these shoes in order to review, but I wanted to write a review anyway. I have a hard time taking off my Chaco's during the summer, and even during the winter, I am almost always wearing a pair of Chaco's. But when it comes time to shave/wear pants/etc. then these are the shoes of choice. I love the comfort that these provide, they are stylish, and they look great with my eyes. As other reviewers have said, the laces were a bit funky at first, but give them some time and things get better. Great clean up shoe that provides wetness protection better than a duck under an umbrella.

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

4 5

Dear Everybody-

I am a Gore product tester and have had these shoes for over a year. This shoe is excellent. They keep my feet dry, provide a lot of stability, and have a cute little pocket to tuck your laces into. Seriously though, if you have chunky feet, they probably won't fit. At least on me, the Solomon's seem to run a bit narrower than other shoes. For me, it isn't tight, just cozy. Cozy that I like on a trail run- not cozy like a subway after a Yankees game. The styling is great and they have great traction. Others have commented on the soles going to quickly, but I have not had that problem. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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ethp21179 wrote a review of on September 11, 2012

5 5

I have used these pants extensively, from mountaineering trips to Mt. Olympus, to backcountry, multi-day snowshoeing trips in the Cascades. These pants are exceptionally well made. The fit is fitted without being tight, and not baggy. The ProShell holds up like a champ and the full length zippers are a great feature as well as the crotch zipper. Highly recommend. *note: I was given these pants as part of the MountainTechs program. However, even if I was not, I would have written the same review as I truly believe in Arcteryx products.

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