This is my first polartec neoshell piece. I bought because Flylow is a reputable brand, and to have a taste of the fabric. First thing I noticed it that this jacket is much heavier than any other Patagonia, Arcteryx, OR and MH jackets that I'm used to. Yes the fabric is really burly and appears to be durable and bomb proof, but it makes me wonder if it needs to be that heavy and thick to achieve the same durability compared to a 80D gore pro shell.
The fit is great, relaxed fit but true to size. I'm 5'5" / 150 and I use size small, and I pair this with the compound pants also size small. Thanks to the relaxed fit it's easy to move in this jacket but the heavy fabric is quite noticeable when compared to my theta svx and powslayer jackets.
The design of the jacket is a little too busy for my tastes, too many zippers, the two internal stash pockets have zippers, also the front zipper is quite big and could have been more minimalist. The powder skirt is removable which adds more weight to the jacket and another zipper, also it seems to have too many snaps to connect to the pants. Maybe two front and one back would be enough.
The adjustable draw cords are no perfect, I find much easier to adjust Arcteryx drawcords wearing gloves, but they are far from bad, they are great just not perfect.
I like the two way front zipper, which is great if you have to adjust something on your pants, and also love the pit zips which are huge and great for venting!
Overall this is a great jacket, but needs some improvements and a lighter fabric, I haven't used much to say it's more durable than a gore pro shell 80D, but it better be because it's much heavier. handwarmer pockets could have been put a little higher to work better with a pack, but they are still accessible.
Also, even though it's "made with love" it's made in China! Wish they were made here.
yes, they separate at the waist
This is by far the best jacket in the market for outdoor activities. The fit is roomy, but I wouldn't call it relaxed, Arcteryx calls expeditions fit, it has articulated elbows, a bigger hood, longer cut, it's simply a perfect fit for me. I got size small and I'm 5'5" / 148. This is my best jacket and I use it exclusively to ski, it's the perfect storm day skiing jacket. The cuffs are amazing if you like to use under the cuff gloves, it has elastic in 1/2 of the cuff which makes it really easy to put them over gloves, I can move freely with this jacket and the hood goes over my medium smith maze helmet easily. I like the waist and hem drawcords which helps dialing in the fit when wearing a pack, the big chest pocket is great to store anything you want. The hand pockets are not very pack friendly but they still can be used. The new gore pro shell seems pretty light for a 80D fabric and I like it, I still haven't hit any tree branches or anything like that so I can't comment on durability. If you are skiing powder I like to wear this jacket with bibs, since it doesn't have a powder skirt and even though it's pretty long cut I prefer the extra protection of the bibs. This jacket is the perfect piece to pair with Arcteryx stinger bibs. I got color heron and different from the blue color I'd say the picture is pretty true to the color.
longer cut, long pit zips
articulated, easy to move
light, this jacket is only 550g, little over a pound
drawcords and hood easy to adjust wearing glove
usual arcteryx quality and it's made in Canada
price, it's pretty expensive
the stash pocket could have been a little bigger
hand pockets are not 100% pack friendly
A comment about the size, I've seem reviews suggesting to size down, I wouldn't suggest that. This jacket definitively has a bigger fit, but it's smart bigger fit not just a crazy relaxed fit. I'm a size small on all jackets flylow, patagonia and also other arcteryx rush, caden and happy with the small
This pants are great, the relaxed fit is great and not overly relaxed like Arcteryx Sabre and MH Compulsion 3L pants, which looks more like clown pants than ski pants! Back to compound pants, it's a really burly fabric and the fit is great for skiing. The pants are heavy, heavier than all of the Patagonia's and Arcteryx bibs. I see that a few improvements were made for next year's model, which I like it, but I believe the weight is due to the fabric itself. I don't really care much for the full side zips, I prefer a 3/4 or 7/8 zipper since I think it's easier to vent than a full side zip that is hidden bellow the jacket, even though for some the full side separating zip could be useful since it's easy to put and take off the pants with ski boots, even clicked on skis, also I couldn't care less for the back pockets, I don't use them and they make the pants heavier. The 3 front pockets would be enough for me, but could also be a little bigger, they are not small but I wish they were a little bigger. The snaps to connect to the powder skirt could have been made of metal instead of plastic (arcteryx slide and lock), but they seem to be durable, a little too many though I prefer a more minimal powder skirt, there are just too many snaps. The inner vents are definitively small, they are about 7 in and my pants are size small. Overall a great relaxed fit pants that could use some improvements, but close to the top pants in the market. Still prefer the Arcteryx stinger pants though, since they are much lighter and easier to move inside. But if you prefer a more relaxed fit, durable and complete breathable and waterproof pants, the compound pants are the best around, and I think next year's being a little lighter and less pockets will be even better. Definitively top of the line, only reason I gave 4 stars it's because the design is a little "busy" for my tastes and could use some improvements, which seems to have been made for next year. Also 4 stars because they are made in China e not the here.
are those boot top or full length pants?
sth bindings have more metal than marker which I like. I'm a big fan of STH driver bindings, if you need new bindings I would go with Salomon over Marker!
They are similar but now the heel piece is the same as the guardian, the bindings have a little wider base platform and also wtr compatible, which you can make it work with some at boots. overall still a solid binding like any STH! Go for it...
This is the best casual belt I've ever had... I've been using it to work, go to dinner, ski, around town... it's pretty much a do it all kinda belt. It's comfortable, the buckle works great, adjustable. bought the orange/grey and will buy the other color! Have been using every day since day 1
I like the strechy elastic belt, it's more comfortable than regular leather belts. The porter color makes it a little more casual which is great for me since I don't wear business clothes! The leather part is really stiff, I hope it will break in with time like most leather belts... right now I do prefer to wear my atwood belt in some pants since it's more comfortable and the stiff leather isn't working for all my pants! Will update after the break in period
In need for some size recommendation. I'm 5'5" / 150 lbs usually skiing in Idaho but do take trips to Alta/Bird every year. I did demo the 170 but thinking it might be a little short, so thinking about the 177. Other skis are Line P98 172 and Solly Rocker2 155 178. I'm keeping the other skis and getting the cochise as well Should I go 170 or 177?
IS this worth the extra $$ compared to the Sonic XL? It's much more expensive... I don't quite see the advantages!
Is it worth getting the pure carbon instead of this one? They are about the same weight if you go for the smaller size it will even be lighter than the pure carbon. What I'm getting with the pure carbon? Maybe just a stronger pole?
PIEPS DSP has the scan and frequency checker features. It doesn't have compass and thermometer. The only difference are those two additional features.
This reservoir has been working flawlessly with my Osprey Karve 16. In the beginning there was a strong plastic taste, but it's going away, after a few uses but it's still there. I haven't had any problems with the bite valve freezing so far, but I haven't used it in temperatures much lower than 30F. Maybe 20F was the coldest I've used it. 2L is enough for a day skiing in the resort, I usually won't drink all the water. Osprey has changed the design this year, the materials are different but still look like it's on par with Osprey quality.
Can't find more pictures, but you can take a look at the review on wildsnow if you are interested http://www.wildsnow.com/6821/snowpulse-2013-airbag-packs-review-lite-35/
Is this an ortovox probe with a brooks-range brand on it? Looks exactly like the ortovox carbon probe.
okay, with a little bit of research I could find that ortovox actually makes avy probes to brooks-range. I'm not sure if there is any technical difference but apparently not, this and the ortovox 240+ carbon probe should be exactly the same as far as I can tell.
it doesn't have powder skirt... this is not a rider jacket, is more like a hike/touring thing than to use as a softshell to ride.
The 30 waist is actually 32 waist size. I'm 32 waist and I had to go with the 30, the 32 was just too big, unless you wanna layer something like a fleece pants under the 30 might be too big, I would try first or order 2 sizes to make sure. The length is good, I'm 30 inseam and the 30 fits good specially because it has to cover ski boots a little
These pants are bomber! I've skied on them for about 20 days tress, hitting branches all over the place and there is no sign of damage! Today I had a pretty bad crash after one of my skis got stuck on a branch and I though I`d teared apart the pants and to my surprise no damage, I can't say the same for my leg though! You are gonna have to size up since it's a pretty slim fit and the suspenders are kinda awkward but it doesn't bother me at all! I only wish it had a way to use the side sippers for venting without open the pants from the waist! Also I don;t care for the pocket on the right leg, never use it and wish there were no pockets at all!