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gre4202717 wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

I read a lot about this jacket before I purchased. I'm very happy with this jacket. Build quality, comfort alone, comfort over layers, hood with and without helmet, zippers, water shedding, good looks ... all have met or exceeded my expectations.

I do want to mention sizing since there always seems to be a lot of discussion re sizes running large with Arcteryx. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7-inch chest. I bought a large knowing that I would be layering during the winter months. All I can say is that the fit is awesome. Looks great, is really comfy with or without something underneath.

This is my first Arcteryx product. Always seemed a bit pricey however I bought it on sale here at Backcountry. So far, I have absolutely no regrets. However, only time will tell on durability.

I've read some reviews about wearing the hood without a helmet being an issue. It hasn't been for me. I just tightened up the drawstring on the hood and was good to go, pretty sturdy even in big weather sailing in the Atlantic.

Recommend this jacket ...

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gre4202717 wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

Recently I re-geared for the cooler months. I bought a Marmot Quasar Down Jacket, Front Range Fleece, and Vars Hooded Fleece all on sale at Backcountry. Since everything I have to comment on is common to all ... I'm being lazy and writing only one review. First, I love the jackets. Quality as usual with Marmot is awesome. The Quasar is extremely lightweight and warm, and eminently compressible. The two fleeces are very very comfortable ...

My only "issue" is sizing. I like the athletic fit, however, I seem to be in between sizes. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7 inch chest. Before I ordered, I went to a retailer and tried on Marmot gear. Although the larges fit great in arm and jacket length, they were so tight across the chest, under arms, and across the shoulders that I couldn't wear them. When zipped, they had the typical "spider" creases of something too small, even stretching the stitching around the zipper. Very uncomfortable under the arms. So sized up to Extra Large. Sleeves and jacket length a bit long now, but so much more comfortable. But I don't mind. In the winter I anticipate wearing them under my shell. A little extra length on the chair lift is kinda nice. I'm 50 years old, so maybe I'm just an old fart ... Hah!

I've had so much good luck with Marmot over the years I don't hesitate to recommend the jackets. The Vars hoody is pretty damn cozy, and I like it. The Front Range does stop wind! And the Quasar, well, I can't wait for the weather to drop below zero.

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gre4202717 wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

Recently I re-geared for the cooler months. I bought a Marmot Quasar Down Jacket, Front Range Fleece, and Vars Hooded Fleece all on sale at Backcountry. Since everything I have to comment on is common to all ... I'm being lazy and writing only one review. First, I love the jackets. Quality as usual with Marmot is awesome. The Quasar is extremely lightweight and warm, and eminently compressible. The two fleeces are very very comfortable ...

My only "issue" is sizing. I like the athletic fit, however, I seem to be in between sizes. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7 inch chest. Before I ordered, I went to a retailer and tried on Marmot gear. Although the larges fit great in arm and jacket length, they were so tight across the chest, under arms, and across the shoulders that I couldn't wear them. When zipped, they had the typical "spider" creases of something too small, even stretching the stitching around the zipper. Very uncomfortable under the arms. So sized up to Extra Large. Sleeves and jacket length a bit long now, but so much more comfortable. But I don't mind. In the winter I anticipate wearing them under my shell. A little extra length on the chair lift is kinda nice. I'm 50 years old, so maybe I'm just an old fart ... Hah!

I've had so much good luck with Marmot over the years I don't hesitate to recommend the jackets. The Vars hoody is pretty damn cozy, and I like it. The Front Range does stop wind! And the Quasar, well, I can't wait for the weather to drop below zero.

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gre4202717 wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

Recently I re-geared for the cooler months. I bought a Marmot Quasar Down Jacket, Front Range Fleece, and Vars Hooded Fleece all on sale at Backcountry. Since everything I have to comment on is common to all ... I'm being lazy and writing only one review. First, I love the jackets. Quality as usual with Marmot is awesome. The Quasar is extremely lightweight and warm, and eminently compressible. The two fleeces are very very comfortable ...

My only "issue" is sizing. I like the athletic fit, however, I seem to be in between sizes. I'm 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, 34-inch waist, 46/7 inch chest. Before I ordered, I went to a retailer and tried on Marmot gear. Although the larges fit great in arm and jacket length, they were so tight across the chest, under arms, and across the shoulders that I couldn't wear them. When zipped, they had the typical "spider" creases of something too small, even stretching the stitching around the zipper. Very uncomfortable under the arms. So sized up to Extra Large. Sleeves and jacket length a bit long now, but so much more comfortable. But I don't mind. In the winter I anticipate wearing them under my shell. A little extra length on the chair lift is kinda nice. I'm 50 years old, so maybe I'm just an old fart ... Hah!

I've had so much good luck with Marmot over the years I don't hesitate to recommend the jackets. The Vars hoody is pretty damn cozy, and I like it. The Front Range does stop wind! And the Quasar, well, I can't wait for the weather to drop below zero.

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gre4202717 wrote a review of on May 12, 2012

5 5

... I've been running in Mizunos on the road for years. Should have known better. No other brand works better for me than Mizuno. Period. Not for everyone I'm sure but I don't need gortex, don't need the "cool" factor, just need sneaks that fit my foot well, stay comfortable wet or dry, and don't "load up" too much. Their lower profile works well for me also.

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gre4202717 wrote a review of on June 20, 2011

5 5

I didn't buy the pants for their insect repelling qualities. I bought them simply because I am constantly in search of convertible pants that I can use for work. I look for comfort. These pants are very comfortable. I cannot have velcro closures or expandable cargo pockets (they snag on too many things). I also need to wear a heavy belt. I do not like integrated belts. The pants wear very well (bomb proof) and the more they're washed the better they get. They dry quickly.

Please don't change them! Every time, it seems, I find a good pant, the manufacturer feels compelled to "update" the product. They are simple and effective, functional. There is brilliance in the basics.

Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Full Featured, Lightweight

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