jtcash

jtcash

Anywhere high

jtcash's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

jtcash's Bio

I go wherever there is elevation.
Elevation is my passion.
Elevation is a ritual and a lifestyle.

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jtcash wrote a question about on April 15, 2012

Has the sizing for this jacket changed between the older model (ie - 2008/2009 Titanium Color) and the newer models (ie - 2011/2012)? According to Arc'teryx's webpage, the Alpha SV is designated to be an "expedition fit". Was it not "expedition fit" before?

Some other people have mentioned that the fit has changed compared to the even older models (ie - 2002), but my previous Alpha was only from 3 years ago!

I'm asking because my new Alpha SV seems roomier than my old one. Can someone comment?

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jtcash wrote a review of on August 17, 2011

2 5

I hate to give bad reviews, and I have never had anything bad to say about Arc until now.

I am average size - 5'8" and 39" chest - and normally wear a medium for any brand. The sleeves on this are ridiculously long. The sleeves run down to the midpoint of my fingers. The cuffs, as many others have mentioned, have no velcro or elastics so they don't stay up on your wrists (unless you have big wrists). This is such a poor design. Even for climbing, the sleeve length would be too long.

The chest is also smaller than other medium sized Arc jackets, even those jackets that are supposed to be skin tight (ie - Gamma MX). It is possible that I got a poorly made jacket.

I had to return this because of the poor sizing and cut. This doesn't feel like the usual Arc quality...feels more like a potato sack, especially with the long sleeves.

2 thumbs down.

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jtcash wrote a question about on August 24, 2010

The pack squeaks.

I just got the pack and ordered another one just to make sure it's not a defect. Does anyone else have this problem?

Whenever you bend or push against the suspension with your back, you can hear the material rub against the metal frame. Quite annoying. Will give it another shot before I post a review.

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jtcash wrote a review of on July 5, 2010

5 5

These shorts are super super SUPER fast drying. I usually wash my clothes after a hike and of all the items I wash (mostly synthetics), these dry the fastest. If I completely wet out the material, the shorts are completely dry in about 1.5hrs. Other items take about twice the time to dry!

The length is perfect. I'm 5'8" and the shorts end right on top of my knees. It's not too long (like shorts from a 90's rap video) and not too short (like the North Face convertible shorts).

One complaint is that they come in only even sized waists. I fit between sizes. If I get one size up, I need to wear a belt; one size down, and it's slightly tighter (especially since the crotch area is cut a little higher). Someone mentioned in a review (Rampart long pants) that they shrink. But I don't know if that is true considering that it's made of all synthetics.

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jtcash wrote a review of on March 17, 2010

5 5

Got this off of SAC for 1/3 of price. Should have bought another pair esp at that price.

They are not THAT long as others have mentioned, but that depends on what size you get. I have a size 9 foot and got these socks in medium. They go up approx 6" from my heal which is a good distance if you are wearing boots for winter excursions.

They are as thick as my "lightweight hiker" Thorlos and just as comfy. I found it to be even more breathable than my Thorlos. I didn't get any blisters.

As someone else already mentioned, the construction and features are like those of other expensive brands.

LOVE 'EM. LOVE 'EM. LOVE 'EM!!!!!

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jtcash wrote a review of on March 17, 2010

5 5

No matter how much I tried to clean my system after use, I still got mold growing in the tube and sack. This was the perfect solution for a decent price (compared to the camelbak cleaning kit, this is a better buy).

The pipet-like brush worked like a charm. It fit perfectly in the tube and came right out along with all the mold.

The only suggestion I have is if Platypus made some device to hold the sack opening open (like the camelbak kit), because it takes several days for the sack to dry.

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jtcash wrote a review of on March 17, 2010

5 5

I've had these for almost a year. These are my main shoes for summer/fall hikes.

The shoes are good to go right out of the box. I used them for a 10 hr hike without any breaking in, and my feet were not complaining at the end of the day. I have even used them for hikes up to 12 hrs long, with my feet feeling only slightly damp (which is normal).

They are made of GTX so no water gets in where it is not supposed to. The vibram soles are also fantastic with grippy rubber and moderately deep lugs.

I loved these shoes so much that I got them in the mid cut for winter pursuits.

I have tried many other Merrell's (ie - all the Moab models, Chameleon 2, and their boots), and these are the most comfortable even with my slightly flat feet - no blisters or aching.

If you are looking to use these shoes for day/weekend hikes, these will be perfect.

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jtcash wrote a review of on March 17, 2010

4 5

I have the previous version, which is exactly the same except the coloring of the shock area.

I love these poles. I have used them extensively during the blistering hot summer heat and the freezing cold temperatures.

These flick locks lock tightly and never slip. If it does, just tighten the screw on the hinge.

The only problems I've had with these poles are:

1) The shock system on these are not very balanced - one pole may tend to be more plush than the other.

2) The wrist straps on these get worn fast. They started breaking/ripping near the "V" section (the part of the strap that goes between your thumb and index finger) after 1 season. I had to e-mail BD to give me a replacement strap.

I thought these poles were so good that I got the compact version for my girlfriend.

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jtcash wrote a question about on February 12, 2010

Anyone notice any loose fibers sticking up from the face fabric of the jacket? I've gotten 3 of them, and 3 of them show some loose fibers at some place or another. This won't affect performance, but it shouldn't be the case for an Arcteryx made jacket. It just shows that the quality of fabric may not be that great.

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jtcash wrote a question about on December 14, 2009

3 questions:

1. Has anyone noticed any pilling from the windstopper fabric? Shoulders, waist, arms, etc..? I am considering exchanging my Sigma SV for this one. My Sigma is starting to pill around the shoulders after 2 months of little use.

2. How does Candy Apple Red actually look in real life? Can someone post a non-Arcteryx-enhanced picture?

3. Also, from reading reviews, it seems that Venta doesn't use the rip-stop/checkered windstopper fabric like the Sigma does. Is the new Windstopper material more thick and durable?

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