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ian3317683 wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

4 5

The nano puff is a great piece of gear but unfortunately, it went back because it didn't fit. I started off with the Stoic Loft but the quality was awful and after many pulled stitches and ripped seams, I sent it back and got this. I started off with the large which was way too bulky in the chest, upper arms and waist. Tried the medium but the torso and sleeves were too short. At 6'1, 170 pounds, Patagonia doesn't really have a size that works for me which is unfortunate because they make bomber gear.

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ian3317683 wrote a review of on August 24, 2012

4 5

Overall I love the jacket but the fit is really funky. I'm 6'1, 165 pounds and went with the medium based off of other reviews and previous experience with stoic products. The fit is great everywhere except for the arm pits where it's ridiculously tight and the sleeves which are ridiculously long. I would exchange for a large but I'm worried that the sleeve length will be WAYYY to much. With just a t-shirt underneath it's fine but with a t-shirt and a mid weight layer it's too tight at the pits. Bummer, I was hoping I could use this with Patagonia R2 or Stoic Luft on those soggy, cold PNW days.

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ian3317683 wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

5 5

I got this to replace a Kelty Grand Mesa II that got stolen. The Kelty held up really well and I basically lived in it all summer while working for the Forest Service. However, the Marmot is better built and has bomber seams and excellent features. I love the cross pole at the top and how it makes the walls more vertical. The vestibule is roomy and the tent comes with good stakes. It vents well and does a good job of keeping water out. What more could you want? The only thing I liked better about the Kelty is it was a bit lighter but overall, this tent is better built and has better features. Love it!

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ian3317683 wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

4 5

This is a great little cookset. I find the size to be just about perfect for two people and my MSR Windpro fits inside nicely. The heat exchange seems to be pretty effective. It will boil water fast and does a good job of distributing heat from the stove across the pot to keep it from getting hotspots. About the only thing I don't like about it is the fact that it's pretty heavy.

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ian3317683 wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

4 5

This is an all-around great jacket. I love the fit and the color, it's also warm and seems like it will whit stand the test of time but we'll see about that. However, I do have a couple of complaints. The helmet is huge (yes, even for a helmet compatible hood) and there is nowhere to tuck away the cord you can pull to adjust the size. Also, the quality control on the sewing isn't that great. The seams are not the cleanest. However, for what I paid I think its a great jacket!

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ian3317683 wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

2 5

I picked up a pair of A frame goggles with persimmon lens at the beginning of last season. Up until today, they were the best goggles I've ever used. Awesome clarity, never fogged up no matter how wet they got, solidly built and the lens held up to plenty of abuse but didn't show it.
Today however was a different story. It was a warmer day on the hill and I was overdressed for it. The first few runs down I really started heating up and the foam started to absorb sweat causing them to fog like crazy. After a couple runs they were useless and I ended up wearing them up on my forehead over my beanie the rest of the day.
When I got home I noticed a small smudge to the right of the nose on the inside of the goggle. I took out my lens cleaner and gently tried to get the stuff of. I looked at it again through the light and the small smudge had become a huge one. I popped the lenses out in attempt to get the smudge out but it just wasn't coming out.
I tried windex, goggle defogger, glasses cleaner, camera cleaner, soapy water, and as as a last resort denatured alcohol and nail polish remover. None of these work and only smeared the stuff around even more.
Upon closer inspection I realized that the once little smudge was actually a little blob of the glue that Oakley uses to glue the piece of foam in between the dual lenses. My suspicions were confirmed when I was able to scrape a little bit of it off with my nail and realized how sticky that crap was.
My lens is shot and I'm now trying to decide if I want to risk buying a replacement lens or go with another company. If you see a small smudge towards the edge of the lens leave it alone. I learned the hard way and now my lens is useless.

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