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jrc wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a nice clean jean with stretch to make it super comfortable. Unfortunately, the waist is a little on the tight side for me. It's definitely more of a true 32 and doesn't really stretch to 33. That likely means the 34 is going to be too big for me and I need to look for something else. Too bad, this is a nice lookin pant.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is an extremely comfortable and functional pant! I love the stretch, subtle stitching detail and smart cut. I would consider this a narrowish regular cut pant. Not super narrow but not baggy. They are not low rise in any way shape or form. There is a lot of fabric between the top of the inseam and the top of the waist. A decent fit for work or travel. With subtle detailing and benign colors, this pant is perfect for travel in more developing countries or a more conservative work environment. It pairs well with anything from a T shirt to a dress shirt that you dont tuck in. The inconspicuous zippered pockets in the back right seat pocket and front left hand pocket are going to be perfect for items you dont want to be at risk of pickpockets or falling out. I suppose I have two gripes: the walnut color is WAY lighter than the picture indicates and I dont think there's any need for the small pocket below the back pocket on the right. It just makes the pant more casual and less professional looking. I'm 6' 185# with a smallish 33" waist and the 32's fit perfectly.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith Vantage with the I/O goggle is a fantastic combination. The helmet is well shaped, comfortably padded, liberally vented and looks great. The I/O goggle integrates with it seamlessly for a nice clean, good looking fit that performs (blocks wind and vents) flawlessly. I came from a Giro G10MX with Oakley Wisdom/Smith Phenom combo and would never look back. The goggle integration and over all fit and finish is head and shoulders above my previous system. Lesson: Wait till you need to replace both helmet and goggles and get a system that was designed to work together.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith Vantage with the I/O goggle is a fantastic combination. The helmet is well shaped, comfortably padded, liberally vented and looks great. The I/O goggle integrates with it seamlessly for a nice clean, good looking fit that performs (blocks wind and vents) flawlessly. I came from a Giro G10MX with Oakley Wisdom/Smith Phenom combo and would never look back. The goggle integration and over all fit and finish is head and shoulders above my previous system. Lesson: Wait till you need to replace both helmet and goggles and get a system that was designed to work together.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This is a nice lightweight good quality down jacket that fits well and packs up small. The pertex material is a good balance of lightweight and durable (very lightweight, not very durable but better than some of the ultra lightweight options out there). I'm 6' 185# 42" shoulders and fit a size L quite snug. The sizing is definitely smaller than the patagonia down sweater. Similar to Patagonia, the cut is not super tailored so expect more room in the waist if you're big shouldered/small waisted. That said, I chose this over patagonia because it's somewhere between a patagonia large and medium and just fits better. Rab has the annoying habit of making their hoods small and telling you to wear them under your climbing helmet. I never do this and find I can wear it over my climbing helmet although it's a bit snug. You do have to ask yourself, when buying this product "how much am I saving over synthetic?" Honestly, the weight savings on the lighter weight jackets are not as drastic. Primaloft 1 is pretty darn good and the ability to maintain some loft in wet conditions means I dont have to carry a shell for most endeavors. Additionally, synthetic insulation doesn't fly away like down if you tear the face fabric. For a very dry forecast but cold conditions, this is a great choice. Plus it looks good at the apres ski scene!

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Neoprene shoe covers. They keep my feet warm in the 40's and fit clean and snug over my 46.5 SIDI's in a XXL. I found that folding them almost completely inside out and then rolling them onto my shoes made them go on the easiest.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is the same as the other M 10's just with a more stout upper fabric. Should get the job done just fine if you like this series of shoes. The main advantage these have, I think, is they have very very comfortable patches at the heal and toe and the rest of the fabric is pretty great too. If you run barefoot, I think these are the way to go for this series of minimus shoes. I didn't notice much of a breathability issue with these shoes. Unfortunately, I really need a 12.5 instead of a 13 for that close, barefoot fit, so these had to go back.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Toe box is way too narrow. I started getting pain in my pinky toe just walking around my living room. Go for the 232 for a zero drop or the 252 for a 3mm drop. Other than the narrow toe, the construction seems good, good support in the ankle and good stability from the sole.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I agree the highs are a bit muted. Inner ear headphones are great for stability and the passive noise cancelling (physical block). These do suffer from the fact that the part of the headphone that doesn't go in your inner ear is bulkier than other skull candy headphones so it feels like it kind of levers its self out. It also wont go in as far as the smaller headphones because the big block behind the inner ear section is obviously too big to fit in ones ear. That said, I've been running with them several times without much of an issue. I do find myself fiddling with them more than the smaller version, however. I like having the mic and volume and track skipping and phone answering/canceling feature on the cable so I can be on call and adjust music without pulling out my phone. Should be good for skiing solo too...

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

My main gripes: 1. The grey lens is not dark enough for bright sun. 2. The nose is too narrow so they sit up high and dont feel that secure (on me, obviously others feel differently). The real ray bans these are kind of trying to imitate fit me much better. If those classic style ray bans are a little large on you, these will be perfect. I have a feeling that's why there are so many reviews where guys say their girls are taking these away from them. One smaller gripe is the hinges actually dont feel very solid to me. I get too much play when I twist the arms along the long axis. Other than that, it's the classic retro style sun-glass. What else can you say? The photo says it all. True to color.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

As Plake points out, the Zebra lenses are awesome. They dont seem to get super dark, but Ive used them above 19k' on glacier and they've worked fine. Definitely not as dark as they standard cat 4 lens (Spectron 4) from julbo. As far as the Bivouak goes, it's a great fully featured glacer glass, but the lense wasnt quite tall enough and the nose bridge not quite wide enough for my face. I had too much of a gap between the bottom of the lens and the bottom of my field of view. The julbo RUN is the best fitting julbo FOR ME. Everyone's face is different YMMV.

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jrc wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just look around your climbing gym next Tuesday evening. This is a popular pant for a reason. It is a great do it all pant that will go from the town to the crag and once you put them on, you'll be looking for excuses to wear them again. It's not quite a professional's work pant with the buttons on the lower inner leg and the cargo pocket, but they are both so low profile it probably squeeks by on Fridays. It is extremely comfortable due to stretch and anatomical cut. Great Prana stretchy close fit, durable, stain resistant fabric, zippered 2 in 1 cargo pocket is great for keeping things secure during travel. The lower cuff is quite narrow so you dont need to roll them up when climbing but if you want the extra ventilation rolling the cuffs up and snapping them into place works well. All these features together make it a great solution for climbing and equally great for bicycle commuting or general travel. I'm 6', 33" waist, 32" inseam 185# and the M is perfect.

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jrc wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

3 5

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

Have a pair of the Thrive shorts and love them. These Thrive SUP shorts are the same awesome material but they are significantly smaller. While the size M in the Thrive fits perfectly if a bit loose, these SUP shorts are uncomfortably and immodestly tight. Bummer. I'm 6", 180lbs, 32 to 33in waist.

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jrc wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These will protect your fancy pants if you have a nack for nicking your nickers. These are the standard in gaiters for a reason. They are tough, waterproof and have great seal at the boot and just below the knee. The velcro patch to close the gaitor is huge and holds on for years. These are made to last a lifetime unlike most gear these days. I would have to add, however, that I stopped wearing gaitors years ago. I tie a bungee to the built in loops in most of my softshell pant cuffs and use that as a stirrup. it stretches over mountaineering boots, crampons and skiboots just fine and softshell pants breath WAY better than gaitors. I feel this is a better system for keeping my feet dry since I will sweat under gore tex gaitors and then sweat drips into my boots which are also gore tex and then when it gets cold and dark we have a problem...Of course, you have to keep those crampon points away from your $200 pants (get pants that fit!)...and if they're puffy down, it's an even tougher challenge.

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jrc wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I wanted to love this shoe. It has everything I want in a nimble trail runner. Wide toe box to allow the toes to spread, snug heel and midfoot to ensure an awesome glovelike fit, low drop for a midfoot strike, ample protection in the outsole and midsole for shock and sharp rock absorption, lots of breathability, light weight, good tread design, decent looks. Unfortunately, the arch is either really long or placed very far forward. I felt like I had half a golf ball lodged just behind the inside of the ball of my big foot. Over the long haul this would have created a huge blister. Odd because having such a significant arch is out of character for this style of shoe in the first place. I have a high arch, so I wouldn't mind it if it was in the right spot. I watched another person try on this shoe and they provided the exact same feedback immediately without my prompting. The problem could also be that the shoe begins to cut in from the wide toe box too early and too drastically. I'm a smallish, narrowish 13 and these shoes fit absolutely perfectly other than the arch issue.

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jrc wrote a review of on July 30, 2013

3 5

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

This is a nice lightweight trail runner with a medium-wide toe box suitable as a transition shoe for those getting into barefoot running or those who just want a low drop, nimble, lightweight shoe. Ride is relatively firm and lugs look like they will provide adequate traction. They are a little more narrow than the glove series or other similar minimal/barefoot shoes. Unfortunately for me, the 12 is too small and the 13 is too big. I'm a perfect 47 in the la sportiva wildcat and wear 13's in mizuno wave series comfortably although I do have plenty of room in front of my toes on the mizunos.

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