jake28 wrote an answer about Mavic Crossmax SLR 29in Wheelset on May 17, 2014
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Super comfortable, great arch support, easily accept insoles, last a long time, even with sawdust and welding spatter hitting them all day long. Comfortable to run in in the woods and stand in at the workshop.
Off the bat: awesome bag but desperately needs load lifters. I packed this thing full with 50 lbs of gear (overstuffed for sure) and had a 3 hour approach through some gnarly off trail terrain. The bag resisted thorns and being thrown around like a suit of armor but my neck and shoulders were killing me, all that are missing are load lifters like its larger siblings.
Arcteryx recently opened a factory in China operated directly by Arcteryx and Arcteryx employees. With that in mind, there have been many complaints that some of there jackets since the move have been sub-par. On the plus side, Arcteryx and Backcountry both have limitless warranties so if something does go wrong, you can return your gear.
Cruising through Atacama desert in Chile, I'm rockin' the BC Overhang pants and staying cool and comfy. Like most Backcountry products, the Overhangs have a slim fit, (I'm 5'7", 135 pounds, 30"-31" waist, and wearing a small). The pants resist brush and weeds like armor but are super flexible for an impromptu bouldering session. In the desert you won't fry and on a windy outcropping, you'll still be comfy. I really like the pants but they are a bit quirky: there are seams that hit you across the top of the knee that take some getting used to and my girlfriend pointed out that the back is sewn in a way that make the pants look like they have a huge butt panel (think old school pajamas). Overall the pants are good, not great, and a deal if on sale but there are better options out there.
I'm 135 with a 30 inch waist and the small fit well, even a tad on the snug side.
So nice to clip, the perfect blend of ease of clipping and gate resistance that clicks securely as you're barn-dooring off a crimper out of sight of your last piece.
Bigger than the BD Ozs, strong, and not as stiff as Hotwires. Get a set. Also, the thick sling is nicer to grab than a skinny dyneema mofo.
(5'7", 140 lbs, small/medium build, Size S jacket/fleece)
I got my Stoic shell and the next day it started raining, perfect timing. It was fun to watch light rain literally bounce off the shell fabric, I didn't even feel damp after an hour of light drizzle. I got to test the flexability of the jacket and the material on a gnarly cliff approach and a morning of climbing in drizzly conditions, everything worked well and even though I got the slim-fitting small, there was the prefect amount of stretch and fabric to go for the big reach moves without the jacket riding over my waist. The afternoon of the climb turned into flash flood conditions: 40 miles per hour winds, rain going sideways, hydroplaning vans, useless windshield wipers. I ducked out of the car with the Stoic already on and watched as everyone else ran for cover. I strolled across campus totally dry while everyone else hid indoors. Twenty minutes later my core was still dry with a little bit of soak through around the cuffs and the hood brim where there is some elastic fabric. The pockets and vents are well placed and the zippers slide like magic. Layered over a backcountry midlayer it is snug and going up a size may be a good idea, but not necessary if you are okay with a close fit. This shell is going to replace my ski shell and even without the powder belt it should work great.
After a complete New England winter of use this jacket is still my favorite go-to jacket for just about everything except heavy rain. It held up well over a ski season as a mid layer and without a shell and I have yet to wash it because of either grime or stink. The jacket feels like it has a lost a little bit of its bulk but it is still as warm as the day I bought it. Yesterday I 'discovered' the stow pocket for the first time and it packs up to the size of a softball: awesome.
I am at school in Vermont and I live in this jacket from november to march. I owned and lost a nuptse and while the nupste was awesome because I could wear it over anything from a T-shirt up and run to class in any weather, I hated the bulk and didn't like to do anything active in it. I am 5'7, 135 lbs and the small fit great: slim and athletic. After getting this jacket, I am done with down, the Primaloft 1 is awesome.
I wear the jacket everyday, usually with a sweater underneath and it is ample down to about 18 degrees. I have worn the jacket with a set of Underarmor and a sweater and am fine down to -12. Light and totally windproof, the jacket is any skier/hiker/climber's gift from heaven. I ski in it in Utah in the mid-30s without a shell and it is great. Even in heavy snow and light rain, I am warm and dry.
Get one. Also, don't be afraid of the blue/lime color, I get positive comments on it everyday.
I've skied an the last three versions of the mantra and the thought has never crossed me mind that they were working me as opposed to me being in complete control. I'm small, 5'7" and 135 lbs, but I can ski a 177 with ease. I ski the Mantras in all Utah snow conditions and they are trule some of the most versatile skis made and no matter how deep it gets or how hard the hill becomes, they are my go to set of planks. If you are truly aggressive, you shouldn't have any issues with the Mantras; that being said, if you are flying down the hill and in the back seat, these skis will let you know you are doing something wrong. If nothing else, they are a great teaching tool. They keep floating in up to three feet of powder and on the groomers and hardpack they catch and hold an edge.Get a set and don't look back.Edit: My only regret with the skis is that they don;t have a rocker shape and that the rear tip is pretty shallow so you might dive in some slow, switch maneuvers.