SkiingMonkey

SkiingMonkey

SkiingMonkey

SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on June 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love the way this jacket looks and feels. Has great features like a removable hood, lined pockets, cinch cords in all the right spots.

What this jacket ISN'T is a super light packable rain jacket and it ISN'T an insulated warm jacket and it ISN'T a technical shell.

It is however a wonderful waterproof jacket that has some very nice creature comforts that make it a great everyday and hiking jacket at the expensive of a bit of weight. I weighed this as 22 ounces (Large) compared to the Marmot precip weighing in at ~13.1 ounces. I think for how I use these types of jackets and the increased durability that this kind of weigh trade off is fine. For others it may not be. Also remember that it won't be quite as packable, but again just mushing it down I can get it to be just smaller than a nalgene.

Also the texture of the material used on the outside makes it look quite nice

So taking into account price, features, and utility I would say this is probably a 4.5-5 star piece depending on your needs.

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on May 31, 2016

Great light weight pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Size Purchased: 35

These pants are awesome, I've been wearing them way more than my stretch zions because they're a little lighter weight and the cinch at the cuff is way nicer than having to fold up/snap your pants up. Liked them so much I snagged a second pair. They do run a touch big, so I ordered a single waist size smaller than I normally wear

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on January 17, 2016

Great jacket!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I used this for all sorts of activities and I've only had it for a very short time. It held up well in the snow, rain, and overall cold. I usually wear a large with arc'teryx, but decided to go with an XL and so glad I did. This thing fits really well (45 inch chest, wide shoulders, 34 waist). I soaked this thing paragliding in the snow and it was bone dry by the time I got home. Kept me warm throughout! I was debating this and the MHW Ghost Whisperer and so glad I chose this!

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on January 13, 2016

Don't leave home without it
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really dig these gaiters, I've stomped on them with crampons and they've held up. I've snagged them on stuff, still going strong. They keep snow out of my pant cuff on those light fluffy (deep) days. I haven't had trouble with the buckles, but I only had to set them once and was good to go since.

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on January 13, 2016

Best technical shell I own
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I loved this jacket so much I got another in a different color. I've been this thing to hell. I've worn it shoveling my driveway, skiing in the backcountry, alpine climbing, at a gun range, to the local bar and it does everything amazingly.

It's the typical pro-shell type of fabric (sounds like a garbage bag), but it's an essential piece of layering gear. It's a little bit of a roomier fit, lets me layer up plenty. I have the generation before this one, but the construction/materials are pretty much the same.

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on January 13, 2016

Take a beating and keep on ticking
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used my pair for about 4-5 years and they are unstoppable. Stayed sharp through many mixed climbs and are great for ice climbing, mountaineering, and ski touring. My only small gripe is that the leash to tighten them is a little long and flaps. This led me to stepping on it with the other crampon and cutting it. I just cut it cleanly and used a lighter to keep it from fraying. Has been bulletproof since. I see these on a lot of guides in the NE where I am and have been nothing sort of ecstatic with them.

They fit my Spantiks, but required a longer bar because I have a larger shoe size. Photo is them heading up Lion's head on the Mt Washington winter route.

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on January 12, 2016

Love this jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

It's a great lightweight windproof jacket. I use it around town, paragliding, hiking, you name it. It'll eventually wet out in rain, but it's not meant for that anyway. By far one of my favorite lightweight jackets.

Large fits perfect with a nice solid baselayer.

As an update: My only qualm with this jacket is that it picks up and holds onto to funky smells like it was its job. It's probably my issue for smelling so bad, but this thing definitely doesn't just "air out"

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SkiingMonkeywrote a review of on December 6, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to love these gloves as a lightweight thin, but totally windproof glove that I could use while doing light winter stuff and paragliding. They did just that (and wonderfully), keeping most of the cold out (I was happy with them down to 32-40ish) while still having plenty of dexterity. Until the 3rd week of owning them, the stitching on my right cuff just gave out and started unraveling. I was pretty annoyed given how much they cost and how little I used them.

I've been slowly steering away from all the arc'teryx stuff these days I feel like you can get a better deal with probably equal or better quality elsewhere these days, but that's just my view.

BC was, as always, amazing with their customer service which is why I keep coming back even when I get a dud!

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