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fsz2843099wrote a review of on January 29, 2015

3 5

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

Bought the Alp Monster to use as a third tool, or as a thin light "just in case" tool when when encountering surprise ice bulges on BC ski trips. The plastic handle at the lower hand position is comfortable for normal swinging. But the thin metal shaft is not comfortable for gripping at the upper hand position, and the instability of the grip means a tendancy for the tool to flop/twist sideways. I believe Grivel realized this, and that is why they include the Snake Grip with the Alp Monster tool... At least they are supposed to. Even the spec sheet that comes with the product explicitly states, "With the Alp Monster comes the Snake, which can be cut and placed on the shaft to make the handle more comfortable." However, Backcountry never included the Snake grips with my tool. Always have loved backcountry service, but this time they lose two stars for not including the grips that are supposed to come with the product, and for failing to mention that. Sorry guys, but I was expecting those grips, and they would make a big difference in the functionality of this tool.

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fsz2843099wrote a question about on November 17, 2014

I have two questions: 1. )Did Arcteryx change the fit on this jacket from "expedition" to "athletic"? About a year ago I tried on a 2013 Alpha SV, and found I had to choose between sleeves that were too short, or a body that was too baggy (even with extra layers underneath). Would be really excited to learn that they revised the fit to make this jacket better proportioned, and would definitely buy one immediately.
2.) Has anyone seen the new oxblood color? Does it look like more of a dark red, or more of a rusty orange? Sometimes it is hard to tell on the screen. Thanks!

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fsz2843099wrote a question about on November 21, 2013

When I bought my G3 Expedition skins two years ago, they cam with skin savers. I recently heard rumors that G3 was lowering their prices, but eliminating the skin savers on some of their products. I now want to buy these Alpinist skins for my GF, but want to know if they include the skin savers. Can anyone confirm or deny this for sure.

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fsz2843099wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

2 5

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

I purchased the Stoic Welder gauntlet glove last fall. It is basically the same as this glove, but with a full 5 finger design. Also, its liner is fixed, not removable like on this glove. Otherwise, materials and construction are the same. After just one season of backcountry skiing, the welded seams are all beginning to come apart. I mean the gloves are actually just falling apart at every site where fabric was welded together. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, I am having a similar issue with a Stoic welded duffel bag that I bought 2 years ago...the zipper, which was attached to the bag by welding, is just peeling away from the rest of the bag. I no longer trust Stoic's welding technology.

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fsz2843099wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

3 5

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

First off, I have to say that I do not own this jacket. I want to own it, and would buy one, if it was sized properly for someone my size/shape. I have checked them out, tried them on, coveted one. The design, materials, and construction are perfect. But, at least for me, they struck out on the sizing. I am 5'11" tall, and weigh 145pounds, 38" chest and 30-31" waist, 35" sleeve. I have a lean athletic physique, but am tall for my weight, so I have long arms. In the store, the sleeves of the medium jacket just barely give me adequate coverage, but I can imagine some real-world maneuvers causing some limited wrist exposure. And yet my body swims inside of it. I understand that the idea of the expedition fit is to allow layering, but the amount of extra fabric in this jacket actually creates the risk of it getting caught or snagged on tree branches, etc. . The small jacket is the right girth, but is ridiculously short in the sleeve and at the waist. I would think that many people who actually do the kinds of activities that truly warrant a shell of this caliber might also have a lean athletic shape. I really want to get this jacket, but I'd expect it to fit. I find it so funny, because the company devotes so much marketing effort promoting how much technical design goes into each piece of clothing, and yet it seems to be well beyond their technical capabilities to add a long/tall option to each size offering?

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fsz2843099wrote a question about on February 1, 2012

I am trying to find a perfect helmet for backcountry skiing in mountain terrain, including the occasional need to climb vertical ice, which would also protect me on fast descents through narrow forrested trails. So far my radar has picked up on this helmet and the Camp Pulse. Any opinions comparing these two, or any other recommendations out there?

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