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jacket_master wrote an answer about on August 10, 2013

Thanks for the advice, much appreciated! So I run really really warm usually, (I blame growing up in MN) and now having just moved to the PNW, have realized its temperate here, thats why Ive shied away from looking at the venta. I went to REI to try on some arcteryx softshells but unfortunately they arent in stock yet! I did try on the beta (or the alpha) and the medium seemed to fit well with my nanopuff vest on underneath. Also from what ive read the gamma should breathe better than the venta.. Should I look at the gamma lt?

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jacket_master wrote a question about on August 9, 2013

Arcteryx softshell match-making time..

So, I am looking at replacing several of my jackets and have heard good things about softshells. I havent had one for years after having a poor experience with a TNF softshell that didnt fit well many years ago..

Uses: Im looking for it to be used all year around here in the PNW. I was a bit worried about rain resistance but heard softshells are actually quite well. I have an OR foray shell if needed for heavy downpours. In the major attraction point is breath-ability, I sweat like crazy. I usually wear shorts year round, as I did in MN where its actually winter when I grew up and hardly ever use my marmot ama dablam down jacket. Id be using it for casual, around town/to work, snowshoeing maybe downhill skiing in winter, and hiking and backpacking the rest of year..

Size wise: Im hoping to maybe layer a small layer underneath, Im a out of shape 185, 5' 10'', with a stockyish build. I usually wear mediums in patagonia, but got a large atom LT half zip.

Sorry for the book, mister librarian. Any help would be great. Oh and ive been looking at this one, vs the venta mx, and gamma lt. All hooded. Hoping to spend around $250 (and find it on sale obviously). Thanks!

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jacket_master wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Good News: You can stop looking. You found it. Greatest lightweight rain jacket out there.
The Bad News: Now you will wish it rains every day.

So I have been through my fair share of rain jackets recently, from the technical MHW, budget Sierra Designs, Patagonia Torrentshell and a top of the line Columbia piece. And heads above shoulders this stands above the rest. It has everything one looks for: lighter than a cloud, enough features for a boy scout, soft as a pillow (which is saying something for a rain jacket), and super stylin without being as flashy as a 50 cent album.

I love it. The only negligible thing I have found is the lack of roomy eternal jacket pockets to store that gold you find at the end of the rainbow. Nit picking the zip is only single (love the double zip) and its not the most smooth.

Because my haphazard rain dances, I have yet to climb a mountain in it while raining so I am not aware of the durability. But based on the eye grabbing Patagonia logo on the front it should be rather durable.

I am 5 ' 10" and a [generous] 185 lbs and its a good tight fit. I seem to have arms like a hobbit as most patagonia gear tends to bunch on my wrists. There isnt a lot of room for layering, just a small layer or two. But if I were heading into a raining coldzone I would be armed with my cold weather columbia rain jacket.

All in all this is a beast of a lightweight. I cant wait for it to rain more. And I was able to snag a deal on SAC for around $95.

UPDATE: I have take it all back. I had an epiphany and got the OR foray. Which is the rain jacket to end the rain jacket of all rain jackets. In the end I couldnt get over the lack of double zipper and stickiness (its waterproof). Also the foray fits me a bit better for layering purposes. Id still recommend this in a heart beat though.

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jacket_master wrote a question about on June 23, 2012

Declining stockpiles of the R3- so I recently picked up a mdw monkey man but seems I am less of a monkey than I thought- the fit is real awkward on me. I am like 5 10 and 175ish with I guess short arms bc it bunches like a shrivled squid on my arms (medium). Also not stoked on the neck fit. Thus I am contemplating taking it back and picking up this beast for a bit more.

So finally my inquiry.. Seems most sites (here, backcountry, rei, etc) have very few left of these. I think I'd fit the medium best and in blue. Is this just because of 'spring cleaning' for next years models or is this jacket being discontinued?? That's my concern, and will medium fit me best??

Much thanks for reading my quasi-novel here.

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jacket_master wrote a question about on April 19, 2012

A sizing dilemma..

I think I am stuck between 2 sizes here (as happened before with the Patagonia micropuff pullover).. I am about 5'10" and maybe 170 lbs or so with an slim(ish) athletic build. I think my arms are too short because I ordered the medium and it fits rather snug (like I could only wear my medium sized tshirt underneath and the armpits are real tight). Snug is okay, the big issue is the sleeves are like 3 inchs too long and thus the whole arms 'bundle' up and look all wavy.

I am considering returning for a large to solve the arm pit and general snugness.. Problem being if I do so I am assuming the large will have even longer sleeves (oh no!). Can anyone confirm or deny this? Any thoughts on my first world crisis issue here?

Thanks!

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jacket_master wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

5 5

I used to hate rain. Now I it's definitely bearable with this awesome jacket. It's comfortable and does work in the rain. The light fleece inside also makes it warm for those chilly rainy spring days. The only drawback is the hood is massive, seriously Chewbecca does not even need this large of a hood. But it does come with cinches which makes bearable. Otherwise a bomb jacket, with sweet features like stuff sack.

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jacket_master wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

5 5

I love this knife. I got it for a good price on SAC (~$25=steal) and it was definitely worth it. It does everything well. It is the perfect weight I think.. Heavy enough to feel legit but not too heavy to weigh down yourself. Its light enough for the pocket but its not a light weight knife by any means. The blade is sharp and build construction excellent. Also it looks beautiful. Definitely buy it now. The assist opening is nice and does not flick open on accident (yet). It also has a locking mechanism that keeps it locked open. I could go on and on, but basically just buy it and you wont regret it.

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jacket_master wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

4 5

This jacket is great. It does work in the rain and is insulated enough to keep you warm on those rainy fall afternoons. It is very comfortable and has a lot of pockets and features that I really enjoy. It is one of my favorite jackets and is a great value for the price. However the only drawback is that it is a quite heavy.. Also another drawback is that they no longer sell it and I bought one size too large for me so I no longer own or have a chance at owning it. It is rather hard to find too, I cant find a replacement in medium.

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jacket_master wrote a review of on April 26, 2011

4 5

I got this jacket for a good price and it is definitely worth its value. It is a great jacket to pack up and use as a shell for when its raining. It comes with a pack pouch that is rather compact. I have not used it for extended (mult-hour) rain storms but it works well for the light or medium showers. But if you are looking for a 100% multi-hour rain coat this might now have that type of longevity.

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