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jaybruce wrote a question about on July 10, 2014

I'm struggling to decide which tent I'm after. Originally I wanted a light tent for 2 people and was leaning towards the BA Angel Spring UL3, as I wasn't looking for an ultra minimalist option and liked the larger area especially for extended trips. However, I'm now thinking the tent I choose is probably going to be half 2p and half solo and am thinking it seems silly to lug around a 3person tent for solo activities. So I'm torn between the BA Copper Spur UL2, and the Angle Spring UL2 or UL3 as something that could do double duty as a 1 or 2p tent. Part of my issue is, while I am wanting to cut weight (my current and only tent is a 3p and weights 5.5lbs) I'm still tantalized by the floor space in the angel spring UL3... at only 4ounces more than the copper spur UL2 you get approximately 50% more floor space and still near vertical sidewalls which would be appealing for use with 2people

I realize the Angel spring series is pretty new and there is almost no reviews on them, but I'm curious if anyone has a first had comparison between the copper spur series and the angel spring series.

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jaybruce wrote a review of on January 11, 2014

5 5

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

I've been looking for a softshell for a while and finally found it. This jacket is relatively wind resistant, but still very breathable. I've taken it bc and Nordic skiing so far and the breathability has been great. The fabric is fantastic. Tons of stretch making it very comfortable and non restrictive. And the fabric feels super durable.

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jaybruce wrote a review of on November 2, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I'm sure there are those out there who appreciate an athletic fit but I feel bd got carried away. The jacket fits like a compression base layer both thru the chest and in the arms. I'm definitely not a large guy. I could have sized up but the torso and arm length were nice so I ended up returning it. Some might appreciate such a fitted piece and to its credit the schoeller softshell is quite stretchy. But I couldn't see much use for that type of fit in an unlined softshell. It's definitely made for use with just a base layer in my opinion.

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jaybruce wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Wierd question... Can anyone confirm if the "red" colored uptrack that is on department of goods(what I assume is last years model) has a brushed fleece lining? I have the uptrack from a few years ago which I absolutely love. However, the zippers broke and so I ordered this years model (in the blue if anyone cares) but its now unlined. The model I have from a few years ago has a fleece lining in it and I'm really am after the same jacket (i.e. with the brushed fleece liner). But I was hoping someone could confirm that last years model does have the brushed fleece liner before I pay to return for the other 1.

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jaybruce wrote an answer about on March 9, 2013

The collar is insanely high. I bought (and then returned) this jacket last fall. I liked everything about the jacket except the collar, and did want a "higher" storm collar. The collar comes all the way up to eye level. Sounds great in theory until you realize you literally have to grab and pull the collar down to see anything on the ground or in front of you up to about 10 feet away. Plus when not zipped you have a ginormous flag out in front of you that can catch in the wind. I really wanted to love this jacket, but had they trimmed just a little bit down on the collar and had just a normal "higher storm collar" this jacket would have been phenomenal imo... unforunately came up just short.

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jaybruce wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I put a pair of these in my hiking boots and so far I love them. I've been looking for quite a while for a nice pair of insoles that actually work for my feet. I tried the green superfeet (as well as some other knock off brand insoles), but tossed them all after several months. Superfeet might work for some, but I wholly disagree with their premise that an insole can be comfortable OR supportive but cannot be both. And as such the superfeet just annihilated my feet in order to provide support. These montrails on the other hand did both. There is a decent amount of cushion and great arch support. So you can in fact have both!

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jaybruce wrote a question about on December 29, 2009

I haven't contacted cloudveil about this yet, but I was wondering if anyone has had experience with their warranties. I love this jacket and have owned it for just about one year. But unfortunately the zipper is already falling apart. You zip it up and its becoming more frequent that the zipper splits open. Does anyone know if this is something the warranty would cover? I would have assumed a jacket that carries this kind of price tag would last me quite a bit longer than a year.

So this was kind of a question and possibly a forewarning as well. I loved pretty much everything about the jacket up until now. It was very warm for a shell, and I loved the gore-tex softshell material as it broke in very nicely and was a great waterproof shell. Durability seems to be a problem however.

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jaybruce wrote an answer about on November 16, 2009

The coomback is a combination of the coomba and anti-piste last year. Which were actually really similar skis to begin with. The anti-piste had a very subtle tip rocker and the coomba had a slightly stiffer core. The comback combines the coomba's slightly stiffer core and the anti-pistes subtle tip rocker=coomback.

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jaybruce wrote an answer about on October 6, 2009

Why not just get the hardside or sidestash then. Hardside is only 4mm skinnier and sidestash is 6mm wider and both are sidewall/metal laminate skis. I'm sure one of those would fit your needs if you wanted a similar ski. Or just get a black diamond verdict. Similar dims, not a twin, and considerably stiffer if thats what you want. Just a few ideas.

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jaybruce wrote a review of on February 13, 2009

2 5

This is a very warm and very windproof fleece. It will keep you warm even you aren't being very active. But thats the problem, its really only useful if you aren't being very active. I'm not sure if its the windproofing or what, but this has terrible breathability, which simply shouldn't be an issue for a fleece jacket. My Gore-tex shell is far far more breathable than this. After a day skiing you'll be swimming in this thing. And the fleece doesn't dry out. I used this skiing a few times, and unless you throw it in the dryer between days it'll still be soaked on the inside even if you hang it if you try and use it again the very next day.

So great if you plan on sitting and watching a football game outside in the wind, but there are far better choices if you are going to be biking, running, skiing, and such. Just depends on what you are locking for.

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