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JaredMwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large / 52

"Nearly perfect pants" is correct. They move and stretch with you. I am going into my 3rd ski season of wearing Mountain Force pants and they are amazing. The back powder skirt helps for keeping the chill off of my lower back. For not feeling like they have much insulation, they are plenty warm. If it's below 0 degrees F, I'm probably staying in, but between 0 and 20, I will use only one mid-weight base layer like a Patagonia Capilene 3 and be completely comfortable and warm. Between 20 and 35, I will use a Cap 1 silk weight layer. Anything warmer than that, it's just the pants. These are the thinnest insulated pants that I have but they are also the warmest. They are not cheap but once you get a pair, you won't want to use anything else. The only "warning" is that these are a soft-shell type of pant so don't expect them to be as dry as a high quality hard shell.
As far as sizing goes, they are European sizing so they run a little slim. If you have a thicker build, size up one size. I'm 5'11" and 170 pounds and a Large fits great.

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JaredMwrote a review of on May 24, 2013

4 5

I bought this for my Santa Cruz Blur mountain bike to replace the heavy stock WTB rocket V. The WTB has a lot more padding so I wasn't expecting anything soft and comfy. After a few rides, I have to say that the Cutter saddle is MUCH better than the WTB. I don't get any of the sore spots that I used to get. Reaffirms that shape is more important than the amount of cushion. The only issue I have is that the saddle is "stickier" than the WTB. My shorts seem to drag more on the seat causing some friction on my tender areas. FYI, I don't use chamois or liners. Just my shorts and my unmetionables.

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JaredMwrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this for 60% off when I needed a whip. The fact that it comes with a pinned cassette tool too makes it that much better. The cassette tool is almost as much from Park. The tools are nothing fancy. But they do the job perfectly. This is a chain whip, for a bike cassette, not a ratchet for a jet engine. It's all it needs to be and then some.

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JaredMwrote a review of on December 22, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far, I am loving the jacket. I have been trying on jackets since the end of last ski season and was in the search of something close to the KJUS Formula jacket. Now, for the record, the Kjus jacket retails for $900. I wanted a ski parka that was relatively light weight, softshell, some insulation, wrist gaitors, plenty of pockets, and can stretch. The Kjus jacket is amazing and I was using that to set the bar. This jacket nailed it. I do like some of the features better and the feel seems a little nicer on the Kjus, but the price difference is quite a lot. I got the black and paparika which is somewhere between red and orange. So far it hasn't been colder than 25 f. I have been using a Patagonia Cap 3 baselayer with generic fleece sweatshirt and have been plenty warm. It seems to do a great job of dissipating heat and sweat. It stretches just enough to not feel constricting. I took it out in a 40 degree rain to walk the dog and it performed flawlessly.
PROS: Stretches nicely, soft to the touch inside and out, wrist gaitors, 4 external pockets (one fits a half liter Platypus bottle perfectly which is a HUGE plus for me), removable snow skirt, hood fits over my helmet, big enough to layer, and does not feel bulky at all.
CONS: The cut is a little big if not layering over a Pat down sweater, i prefer a removable hood, and I wish it had two internal pockets. Now the internal pocket thing isn't a big deal, it's just nice to have one on each side to balance out phone and mp3 player.
To recap, It is by far the nicest $300 coat I have tried. It pulls a close second to a $900 Kjus jacket. Most jackets now seem to be cut for a snowboarder with a stiff outer layer. Sorry but not my style. If you are looking for a technical shell for all weather, all day comfort, this may not be it. But for a VERY comfortable ski coat, I would have to spend close to $900 for something comparable.
Enjoy, J

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JaredMwrote a review of on October 20, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love the shirt. Works as advertised and keeps me quite warm. This is my second Cap 3 shirt. The first one I purchased about 2 years ago. This new one is bigger and not quite as thick as the older one which is somewhat disappointing. Fits more like a shirt than a baselayer. I am 5'11" and weigh 170 lbs. I should have bought a medium for a snug fit. The large fits like a XL would normally fit. So it's probably going to see more "shirt" days than "baselayer" days but that is still fine with me.

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