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kne4267302 wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

3 5

I tried to really like this coat. when I first got it, it looked like just the ticket for an over-the-shell-belay puffy. It is perfectly adequate for the job, and I almost kept it untill I tried a Rab Neutrino endurance. The rab is just flat out a better coat in all respects. Rab uses pertex endurance outer shell that is windproof and nearly waterproof w/ waterproof zippers that give it a more advanced performance and looks. Patagonia just needs to update this coat with some better materials or lower the price.
In the Fitz's defence, there are way more pockets, it is a bit more packable and lighter-feeling (a tiny bit). As for sizing - I am a solid Med (5'9 160 42in chest 32in waist) This is sized very big. I wanted a coat that goes over my gore-tex though for summits, sitting in the snow, belaying in snow/ice, etc.... the med fit over my shells snugly. the large was a tent. The Rab fits much more traditionally - a L was right between the Fitz M & L.
Overall, Patagonia just didn't compare.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

4 5

Just got this coat. First impressions; awsome construction, style, materials and overall just a sweet coat.
Pros: Super tough material, light weight, perfect alpine fit ( 5'10 165lbs 42in chest 32 waist) Med fits slim with plenty of room to layer underneath while not being bulky at all. A little bigger that some ultra-technical fitting Med's, but that is perfect for a base layer, fleece, and even slim vest under for alpine climbs and boarding. Don't feel constricted like some alpine coats. Hood is sweet for over a helmet, or not as well. Pockets rock. Color green is sweet - not too dark, and not too bright. Light weight.
Cons: Price - for this price, it should be ProShell, but I got mine elsewhere for 50% off! - do some homework. Material is very noisy - never had a goretex that was so noisy - no hunting in this one. No stetch panels. Sleeves really are as long as other reviews have said. Unless you are an ice-climbing orangutang - you'll have to sinch the cuffs or it'll go totally over your hands. Also should have one extra i-pod pocket inside. Onlu a H2o bottle pouch inside.
Overall- I love it. My new mountaineering shell for all-purpose wet/snow work. Styling is up there with Arct for that pro-look. Feels super tough. I have long arms, so I can live with the sleeves. Just don't pay too much for a Performance shell coat!

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on September 20, 2011

4 5

I do really like this fleece, but the $$$$ is rediculous. I got it on a great sale, and it still was more than I've bought softshells for!! I also got it because I wanted something specifically like it - wanted mid-weight, stretchy, well fitted, brown fleece with a hood that is technical, but not full nija stupid. It is all those things. My only complaints, other than the price, is that the finishing could be better - surprised to find the seams inside are not finished as we are used to seeing like in MHW or TNF, where all the loos eends are sewn up tight, but not a big deal. Other than that, it should have a chest, or sleeve pocket fro the $$$$. I swear, I'm going to invent an iron-on pocket sleeve just like the one's that Arct' puts on their sleeves, so you can put them on any fleece that doesn't havt one. Fit is awsome. I'm a solid Med (5'9, muscular 160 lbs, wide shoulders, narrow waist) and this fits like a glove. Room for a fitted baselayer underneath. Cool hood, works awsome under a climbing helmet.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on September 20, 2011

4 5

Got these boots for everyday work boots and lightweight scrambles/ rock climbs/approaches. Really nice boots, but they do run small. Not sure why Kayland doesn't make wide widths, because their boots are almost what I would call narrow width. But having said that, I do really like them - I just order atleast 1.5 sizes larger. I am normally a 9.5 or 10 wide, and an 11.5 works fine for me. They still are a little narrow, but no problems. I also have a pair of hypertraction's for mountaineering that I love in 11.5. I really like the e-vent so far - seems to be a bit more breathable than goretex. The materials and styling are very nice. They do require a bit of break-in, as they are considerably stiffer than they look. They acually seem stiff enough to backpack with at least 50-60 lbs if you are into light boots. Love kaylands, just adjust to the fit a bit, and only buy them on sale - cause they are way too $$$$ regular price.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on June 13, 2011

2 5

It really broke my heart to return this fleece, because for the most part, it it awsome. It is exactly what I was looking for, except for the hood. The hood just did not work for me. I even contemplated keeping it and cutting off the hood to use just as a zip up collar fleece! It is that cool of a fleece. The problem with the hood isn't the chin - I liked how high it zipped up to protect the face - the problem is the top, or head part. The top of the hood is so small and tight that it barely coverd my forehead. There is no way you could wear any kind of hat under this hood - not a baseball style, or even a watch cap - no way. Otherwise - awsome fit - true athletic Medium, not too tight, no too loose 5'10 muscular 160lbs 40 in. chest 33' waist- awsome material - awsome pockets, tiny hood.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on June 13, 2011

2 5

I think this fleece is made of very high quality materials, and well made, but it just wasn't for me. I returned it for two reasons 1- the fit is very loose, almost like a casual sweater. I am a muscular Med, and this fleece has room under it for several base layers. I couldn't really fit a slim vest over it very well. This is not a technical mountaineering fleece, it is a cool looking, nicely made fleece sweater. That brings me to my second reason for returning it - It is way too expensive for a baggy, non-wind proof fleece.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on June 2, 2011

4 5

I had to return these to BC and order them from another company because the ones I got were too small, and BC was out of stock then. I normally wear a 91/2 to 10 EE, and found the 10 in these to be very, very small. They didn't even fit my feet barefoot! I had to go up to an 11 1/2 to fit with a liner and winter sock!
But, other than that, they seem to be amazing boots. I haven't had a chance to climb in them yet, but got them for cold weather, high altitude climbs of the Pac NW volcanoes (Hood, Rainier, Adams, Baker, Shasta, ect..). I was fed up with uncomfortable plastic boots, or cold, tired feet in light weight "hybrid" bbots. These seem to bridge the gap between. The only thing that could be improved is to make the liner boot removable. Very good construction, very stiff sole.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

5 5

I absolutely love this puffy. It is crazy warm for a synthetic, and the fit is right on. I am a muscular Med, and it will just slide over a softshell on mountain tops, or under a hard shell for really cold, wet conditions. It is fairly slim in the cut, but still gives range of motion, even with layers underneath. I am a muscular 5'9 160 lbs with a 41'' chest and 33'' waist. Got the fatigue green color, and it is an awsome dark pine green. Hood is perfect shape, but isn't really big enough to go over a climbing helmet comfortably. Only real complaint is compressability. It definitely doesn't pack very small comared to a light primaloft, or 650-850 down, but it feels way more solid. The insulation stayw whereit's supposed to, and doesn't have any spots where it feels thin like a down does sometimes. Will out-perform a primaloft any day of the week.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

5 5

Great shovel. Super light, sturdy and fits great in a pack. This is definitely the shove to get if your biggest concern is weight and size, followed by performance, followed by price. It doesn't move snow as much as a bigger shovel, and the handle is pretty short. I wouldn't go to it for a lot of heavy shovelling, or tons of practice, cause you will be bent over pretty far. But the handle is super strong, and slides in almost completely. This shovel is always in my pack in the snow now.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

5 5

I love this fleece for layering. It is crazy warm under a shell, and the fit is very athletic and stretchy so it layers really nice under a soft or hard shell, or even with a good vest over it. It is completely NOT wind resistant in any way though, so if you have it as an outer layer the wind will cut through it. But as an insulator, it is the most comfy I have. So, the sizing - I have had trouble with MH's sizing this year. I have always been a solid Med. I am 6'9 160 lbs, with a slim, but muscular build. I have a 41'' chest and a 33'' waist. The Med was way too tight in the chest and arms. The Large is still close and what I would call athletic cut. The hood is bomber under a helmet for climbing in cold, or in a rain shell hood, but it looks super goofy by itself.

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kne4267302 wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

Love this helmet. Tried on lots of different one's from Arc, Camp, Petz, etc.... and the half dome was the only one that fit well no matter what was on my head. I have a pretty big head (71/2) and this was the only one that was still comfy with a heavy fleece hat or balaclava under it. Others were all too tight with layers on. If you have a small head this might not be quite as good for you, although it also had the easiest, quickest, smoothest adjustment ratchet. Would have given it 5 stars, except I have only climbed in it a few times, and I'm not sure how it will perform long-term, and it also is a bit spendy. For me it was well worth it. I hate headgear that it too tight, especially on all day climbs.

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