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jon2718740 wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

Recently purchased a pair of these shoes and I have to say I'm impressed. I've worn the Miura Lace for years as a sport climbing shoe, and have loved them for their versatility (great edging, smearing, stick pockets well), but decided to try a more aggressive pair of shoes for steep sport routes. After a lot of searching trying on shoes and reading reviews, I went with the Testarossa's and have no regrets. The shoe is the most comfortable aggressive shoe (if you can believe that, but make no mistake, they are aggressively down-turned - think rubber talons), that I've seen. The lacing system allows you to really adjust the fit around your toes, and the toe box seems larger than on similar styles of aggressive shoes. I tried on the Solutions and just couldn't get the fit right - there was always some odd gap or hot spot/discomfort, and I prefer laces to velcro straps on my climbing shoes to dial in the fit. The heal on the Testarossa's also fit my narrow heal better. I wear a 44 in the Miura Lace and went with a 43.5 in the Testarossa's and the fit is perfect (my street shoe size is usually an 11 or 10.5 depending on the brand). One interesting thing I noticed in these shoes is that the edging is just as good if not better than with my Miura Lace, yet, because of the down-turn and focus of power on your big toes, you can really stick small features with confidence. The smearing is pretty good too for an aggressive, down-turned shoe. Lastly, the rubber is really sticky in my opinion. I've used the XSGrip on my Miura Lace, as well as Evolv TRAX rubber from resoles, and have noticed a difference with the XSGrip2. The rubber feels stickier to me than the regular XSGrip, and not as stiff, but not as conforming as Evolv's rubber. Durability-wise, time will tell how long they last, but the construction seems really high quality. The downside: the XSGrip2 rubber doesn't seem to be available anywhere as a resole option.

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jon2718740 wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

3 5

These shirts are great and on the cheaper side for a performance shirt. I rated this item 3/5 stars because of the following issue:

I ordered two (Graphite & Heather Grey), both in the exact same size, Men's Medium, and the Graphite shirt is almost a full one inch longer than the Heather Grey shirt. The collar of the Graphite shirt also seems slightly wider. I actually prefer the longer length of the Graphite colored shirt, but I'm not sure why the other is different aside from maybe a manufacturing defect (the tags are identical, both made in Jordan) - just an FYI.

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jon2718740 wrote a review of on December 14, 2011

4 5

I've used Patagonia gear for years now, largely because of their quality, multi-functional designs, and attention to detail. I recently purchased the Nano Puff Hooded Jacket (Men's size medium, forge grey) and haven't been disappointed. I was able to get the jacket on sale via a price match from a competitor, and likely wouldn't have purchased otherwise. The retail price is a bit stiff.

Key specs: Surprisingly warm for the weight. I've worn the jacket in several varied conditions (temps in the upper 20s/low 30s to low 60s F, in humid and desert climates, during light rain as well as dry conditions), during day hikes and everyday wear around town, to work, and the jacket has performed as hoped. It repels lite rain well, but I wouldn't want to wear it for prolonged periods in anything heavy without a waterproof shell. During lite rain, water beaded off no problem, without dampening the insulation or creating wet spots. The jacket also blocks wind reasonably well, and was comfortable for me in temps down to the low 30's. Any colder however, and I prefer my down jacket (also made by Patagonia). This jacket, in my opinion, isn't well-suited as a stand alone cold-weather jacket. I also like that the jacket, when fully zipped up, covers your neck. The hood is not adjustable, but is handy in colder temps. The cuffs are elastic, and the waist has two drawcord hems that are adjustable. There is also a small inside, zippered pocket on the left chest that doubles as the stuff compartment. Two zippered hand pockets are also present.

In terms of the fit, it does have a boxier shape to it (Patagonia's regular fit), and I would personally prefer a slimmer version, but it's a small compliant. I'm tall, 6'2" and 165lbs, so the area of the jacket around my chest and waist is a little broader (read: roomier) than I would ideally like, leaving some dead air space, but it's a minor inconvenience in design.

Bottom line: This jacket is high quality for its intended purpose, especially if you can get it on sale.

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