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lanp360651 wrote a review of on October 17, 2013

2 5

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

Really nice material and overall tightness was not quite compression short like, but tigher than normal briefs. I thought the elastic strap around the thighs wasn't too tight at first, but it just wasn't going to work for my long runs. I ended up always reaching for different underwear, so had to return.

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

3 5

39" chest, 5'6" and the medium fit the best. It was a tiny bit more snug than I liked in the chest, but after a few wears, it stretched a bit and is perfect. The material is super silky and really light. I agree with others in that it doesn't seem to dry super fast when wet, although it does spread the moisture so it doesn't look very wet. It seemed to have a normal stink after use for a synthetic shirt, so didn't impress me there either. It's a great light running shirt though.

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

The best fleece I've ever purchased. Unusually soft. Unusually resistant to odor. Nice athletic, but not too trim fit. At first I thought it wasn't all that much better than my $40 Columbia fleece. But after a month or so, I can tell Patagonia really thought out the details of this piece, and I won't go back. I use it mostly indoors, while working at a computer.

I'm 5'6", 40" chest and the medium fits pretty well, with a cozy bit of space throughout.

Sometimes you want to be covered in super soft polyester fur. This is the way.

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on March 21, 2013

3 5

I got this because I was simply tired of wearing fleeces outdoors. It looks so much better (more fit and not blobby), blocks wind better (but not completely), and repels water way better (actually beads on the surface). It isn't as warm as a typical fleece though, I'd say a little bit cooler than a 200 weight. It isn't as soft as a fleece, but found it nice and soft on the inside, and the outside is pleasant to touch as well.

I also tried out the Hyllus fleece jacket and found that warmer, but not much, and didn't like the fit as much. It seemed bulkier and more rigid, and it's much more expensive.

I liked this so much I bought the no hood version as well. I like the no hood chest pocket better, the additional inner pocket, and thicker zipper. There's nothing like snuggling up in a hood though, very cozy.

It seems most of the complaints for this jacket are the versatility. I'd say it's versatile if you use it for what it is, a light jacket. It seems best fit for conditions that are variably chilly / windy / drizzly, but not outright cold. Anytime I head out and it's chilly, I grab this, not my fleece. Good for walking, hiking, casual bike ride, on a sailboat, under a shell, etc.

I really enjoy the jackets, but deduct a star for value (it's pretty expensive), and fit (Arcteryx arm lengths are typically long)

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

Got this for my girlfriend and she loves it. Really sharp looking. The fitted fit is nice and flattering, considering normal fleeces can just be blobby. She really loves how it has an uncanny way of keeping here not too warm not too cold when wearing it indoors. Wind definitely cuts through it and is not as warm as a heavy fleece. It's also a bit too warm for her to run in. But for a casual wear anywhere and look good fleece, it's just about perfect. Most likely a great mid layer under a shell too, although haven't tried that yet.

Crazy expensive for a fleece so deducting a star there. As far as durability, after a month or so, starting to notice some beginning pilling / wear, but nothing objectionable, and besides Arcteryx has warranty for the reasonable lifetime of the product, so will just send it to them if there are problems. OR will just send back to backcountry because their return policy is ridiculously generous.

I will say that the Raku (deep purple) color is bewitching. I originally thought it looked like dark grey with a hint of purple, but everyday it gets more purple to my eye. It looks great in any light though.

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

3 5

For normal pants, I wear a 34 waist and 29 inseam, went with a medium and it's a pretty good fit. A bit of room to move but still a little athletic. The length is way too long of course and will need to be altered so I deduct a star for not having short lengths available for this style.

Really nice quality throughout but crazy expensive, so deduct a star for value.

The material is awesomely soft for a ski pant and the inner material is nice against the skin. I had the sabre pants to try on, and that had a stiffer (although probably more durable) material. Have the sabre jacket and can't wait to be covered in gore tex next season!

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lanp360651 wrote a review of on February 24, 2013

3 5

Had all 3 Arcteryx jackets to try on and went with the Sabre in the end.

Fit: I'm 5'6", 165 lbs, 40 inch chest. Athletic frame, but not slim. The Sabre small worked best with me. Even though it's a relaxed fit, I sized down to get a bit more athletic fit while still having enough room for a mid layer. The Crossbow small fit similarly. The Stingray small ended up a bit tight around the hips (and the medium was too much room). All jackets seemed to have somewhat long sleeve lengths (which other reviews note), so I deduct a star here for not having short versions. I most likely will have the sleeves altered. I found the range of motion with all to be great (gusseted arms).

Material: The Stingray and Crossbow's material felt similarly soft, and a notch softer than the Sabre. I did notice that the Sabre's more rigid material left a less wrinkled look, so it ended up more appealing to the eye. I figured the increased durability of the Goretex Pro shell isn't a bad thing either. The Sabre also has a really thick and nice feeling front zipper, really gave me confidence of the solidity of the jacket.

Value: They're all expensive (deduct another star), but they all feel high quality and like they'd last a long time.

Overall, it came down to the Crossbow and Sabre, and I picked the Sabre because it simply looked better. It was down to the Crossbow in blue ray and Sabre in tobiko (two tone orange). I would have liked the softer fabric of the Crossbow, but I get more durability with the Sabre, so hard to complain.

I'm waiting for next season to use this on the snow, but around town, I've found it totally windproof / waterproof while still never leaving me feel even close to too warm. I'm very pleased with this purchase and have bought other Arcteryx pieces as a result. Delighted with the simple / conservative design and high quality.

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