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jklute12 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros : Wind proof, breathable, durability, Beauty, Comfortable, Water Proof, Construction
Cons : Looking Too Good
Best Uses : Fire Hose Test Dummy, Anything wet, Flood Protection, Puddle jumping, Mountaineering, Singing in the rain

This is one of the finest pieces of gear I own. It has seemingly flawless construction. I just don't understand how a product can be made so cleanly and effectively. I can almost feel the love of the manufacturers every time I put it on.

It is insanely waterproof, windproof, and breathable. This is supposodly the lightest of the Arcteryx Pro Shells, but it still seems to be outrageously durable. I don't doubt that this will stick with me for the rest of my life if I take care of it and it doesn't burn in a wildfire (which almost happened a few weeks ago).

I must declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs product testing program, so I sometimes have the privilege of testing Gore-Tex and windstopper gear. Regardless, this piece of gear continues to blow me away. I say this about very few things, but this jacket may actually be worth it's $500 retail price.

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jklute12 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You could likely box in these gloves without much discomfort, they make me feel like I'm wearing tanks on my hands. It takes a little bit of use for them to break in and become more flexible, at first they are pretty stiff with little dexterity. I was surprised by how much they improved over time though. They are incredibly warm, windproof, waterproof, and even surprisingly breathable (the super warm fleece liner inhibits the breath ability a little bit).

I recently used these gloves on Mt. Rainier and I was in no way let down. I was very thankful to have them in the freezing rain.

I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs community, therefore I sometimes receive and test gear for them. These gloves however were bought aside from this program and I couldn't be happier with their performance.

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jklute12 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This hat is insanely warm. I've found I can only really use it in very cold temperatures or very windy temperatures, maybe around 15 degrees F or below.

I may be weird, but my ears don't like to be covered up unless the weather is really intense. I always end up flipping the earflaps up, making me feel like Robin Hood... Which could really be a pro or a con depending on the situation (it's a pretty big con if you happen to be dealing with the Sheriff of Nottingham).

That being said, this hat is one of the warmest I've ever worn and if you have trouble keeping your head warm then look no further. It's also great if you need a bit of sound muffling in a cold crowded climbing hut. My hearing drops about 25% with the ear flaps down, they kind of make me feel like I'm wearing headphones.

I need to declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs product testing community, therefore I sometimes have the privilege of testing and reviewing sweet swag from W.L. Gore and Associates. Regardless, my words stand for this hat, I have a pretty deep love/hate relationship with it, love shines through most often though.

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jklute12 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite vest, hands down. It packs quite small yet the windstopper fabric makes it incredibly helpful in keeping the core warm in windy places. The material is semi-stretchy, so it flows with the activity.

This is my go-to for chilly climbing days as it provides a great balance of warmth and breathability when I'm getting pumped on a climb most people would have no trouble with.

I must declare that I am a part of the Gore Mountaintechs product testing program. However this item was purchased apart from the program and my knowledge of the technology only makes me appreciate this vest further. It truly is a great piece of equipment.

The one weakness I've found is that the zippers aren't super durable. I blew one out in the first month I owned it, now I have to remember to not close that pocket all the way or terrible things could happen...

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jklute12 wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these boots for about 7 years now and they have seen an incredible amount of use. After all this time the DWR (durable water repelent) has begun to wear off the outer layer of the boots. However, I should have long ago retreated them with a nikwax type substance. The traction is still great, the comfort has only gotten better, and the functionality is still phenomenal.

I am a huge fan of the Gore-Tex liner as I am an avid stream-walker, it kept my feet dry even when the dwr was wearing out (until I started sweating). When the outer layer is soaked through the breathability of the liner is pretty minimal.

I need to declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs community, meaning I sometimes receive Gore-Tex and or Windstopper gear to test and review. That being said I purchased these boots long before joining this program and I would make the same decision today.

Recently, I've taken up using light hikers for most activities, but anything involving wet or semi-snowy environments makes me pull these out.

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