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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Needed a down jacket for the winter and wanted something packable, lightweight, and warm. This jacket met all my criteria and has a really good athletic fit that easily fits under a soft-shell or hard-shell. The FlashDry under the arms works nicely when it's worn as a mid-layer and also removes any annoying seams that might dig into your armpits. As a standalone, it works well in 30 degrees with a bit of wind but anything much colder and you might feel a breeze with the FlashDry venting. At 5'8", 140lbs, 37" chest, wearing a Medium, I can comfortably fit a fleece and a base layer underneath if it's worn as an outer layer or just for added warmth. Nice to see TNF hasn't lost their Summit Series touch. For other reviews, see the Catalyst by TNF as well since it's the Thunder with a hood.

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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

The fit is completely different with the updated model in my opinion and not in a good way. I own the Patagonia R1 Fleece Hooded Pullover in a Medium and love the fit (except the length). This updated model in a medium has very baggy arms and seems to have lost it's technical fit. I ended up sizing down to get the more technical/athletic fit and I found it was a good choice as the arms were no longer baggy and everything else fit like I was hoping it would. This model DOES have thumbholes. The stitching is also different and puts seams in better locations in my opinion. The armpits are seam-free which makes the piece more comfortable when worn tight. I'm about 5'8" 140lbs with an athletic build and 37" chest.

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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on October 14, 2011

The fit is unique
4 5

Since there are no reviews period, I'll add my experience with the fit only (they had to be returned).

I have a very hard-to-fit foot because I'm an E width, 39.5 EU size, low arch, and a low instep. Needless to say I've tried on a lot of boots from Salomon, Scarpa, Asolo, and Salewa to name a few. None of these manufacturers came close to having the correct width (even Scarpa and Asolo in wide) and all crushed my pinky toe.

TrekSta, with their Nestfit business has a fantastic fit for my foot in terms of width, length and volume required to fill the boot. However, the arch support is, in my opinion, wayyyyy too high. For a comparison, it feels like the green superfeet, possibly a bit higher. This one reason alone made me return them (on another site).

I ordered my normal size and found it to be perfect with light cushion socks (injinji's, 2 pair). I'm not sure how this boot would work with a more narrow foot, but TrekSta claims it fits a wide variety of feet.

Hope this helps gauge the fit a little better.

The size chart is from TrekSta's customer service and is official

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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on February 11, 2011

4 5

The sizing on this MH product is off by a letter. For instance, I typically wear a medium (5'9", 151 lbs with more weight in my chest) in everything MH, and a medium was skin tight. I saw that Jon Webb stated this is supposed to be so AFTER I bought the wrong size (not on bc.com) The large had a much more athletic fit than the normal monkey man and a bit more athletic than my favorite monkey man zip T, but still fit well (more to my liking than the skin tight medium).

After moving up to a large and using it to go snowshoeing, I noticed that the thumb holes were very uncomfortable and felt like they were cutting/pinching the skin. This was remedied by putting my gloves on first, then using the thumb holes. This may or may not be unique to my jacket.

The polartec thermal pro is of course very very warm especially when active and works excellent in this piece even though the product description says lite. The hood is pretty tight, but this is supposed to be used for climbing/mountaineering so thats a good thing. A positive about the thumb hole design is that it comes up to your knuckles and uses much more polartec power stretch than the monkey man zip t making it seem much less fragile.

If it weren't for the minor thumb hole issue, me not actually needing a hood, and still liking my monkey man zip t better, I would have kept this for sure.

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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

4 5

The Fit: I'm around 5'9" 151 lbs with a 40" chest. The medium jacket fits perfect with my dimensions without layering and I would consider it an Athletic fit similar to Norrona's only a bit more generous. With a base layer + fleece, it became too small for my liking.

Everything Else : I owned this jacket for a little less than a year and it did it's job. The micro climate zoning is very nice and helps with warmth when you are only wearing a baselayer + the jkt. The pit zips work like they should dumping heat when necessary. The waterproofness is very good, but it's not gore-tex so it will eventually soak through. But with this being a winter sports jacket.....how much does being completely waterproof really matter? The collar on this jacket is high and was a feature I really really liked about this jkt. The hood is a bit on the large size so accommodating a helmet shouldn't be a problem. The Conduit Softshell material seems pretty burly, but I never really tested that out. It has ok breathability but the pit zips help with that. The softshell material doesn't stretch very much either.

In the end it was returned due to size issues and to get Polartec's new Powershield Pro softshell material.

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kwi2444928 wrote a review of on November 2, 2009

3 5

I bought this jacket in what I wear in the monkey man and boris jackets from MH so I assumed this would fit perfect in a med also. Well, it fit good in SOME places and bad in others. The sleeves were too short and the underarm seams chaffed my pits. The collar has a terrible, floppy, oversized design that lets heat dump out through your neck. However, the jacket will still keep you warm even with heat escaping out the collar, it has pit zips which are a great feature on a down jacket, and it doesn't look like your average down coat. If you are considering buying this jacket, I would size up.

The cons outweighed the pros for me and it was sent back as sizing up prob would have caused different issues.

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