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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 14, 2010

5 5

The Half-X's are my favorite Oakley design. Mine are plasma frames and ice iridium lenses. Ultra well-designed and constructed frames. Amazing hinge system. And the polarized ice iridium lenses are awesome. 9 per cent light transmission, true color. The ice iridium on the outside is a beautiful blue, the color of compressed glacial ice; the deep blue you see when you look into a big crevasse. These glasses turn heads, people literally do double-takes when then see them. Very impressive, very tasteful, very comfortable and very effective in dealing with extremely bright sunlight and glare.

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mbr100479270 wrote an answer about on June 14, 2010

Waterproof is a relative term; the AZ is so highly water resistant that it is virtually waterproof. That's just been my experience with it; your results may differ. Use your head; don't take it out into a downpour just for the hell of it. It's a a coat made for temps way, way below zero F. If you are faced with pouring rain, use a good shell. Dont tempt fate: why take a $600+ down coat into pouring rain? It makes no sense. That's my view of it.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 12, 2010

5 5

This is an awesome piece of gear; it lofts so high it's hard to believe. It is very highly water resistant, that is, virtually waterproof. The cut, the workmanship, the overall design are unsurpassed. This is a parka I'd bet my life on. It has replaced my Marmot 8000m parka as my go-to piece for serious, killing cold (neg. 30 F, neg. 40F; that kind of cold.) If you think it's too expensive, take it out in that kind of weather; you will no longer think it's too expensive. You need to wear this coat for a while, to get used to how huge it is. I did, and I'm more than ok with it. If you have the experience with really extreme cold, and use your head, this coat will get you there and, above all, get you back.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

This is an incredibly tough, incredibly well made garment. It is also very expensive and not too versatile. Mine is made with Gore-Tex XCR. I forget what the denier count is on the exterior fabric, but it's basically off the charts. Toughest shell I've ever had, by far. But, like so much Arc'Teryx gear, it is extremely technical. The "cross hand" side pockets are great when you are climbing in a harness. Definitely not great for other activities. Just my opinion, but I find it very unnatural to have to use your right hand to go into the left side pocket. It gets 5 stars because of the amazingly good construction, the super tough materials, just the overall excellence of it. I could go on: the fit, the way it's cut to allow for freedom of movement, the excellent zippers, the super hood, etc. etc. But for that kind of money, it's not unreasonable to expect all of that. At the time, mine cost over $600.00. And I have the Alpha SV bib pants, too. Also simply the best. But, back to the jacket: it's not versatile; Mr. Yager's review, of 11/18/08, talks about biking, just chilling and much more. I disagree; I have better things to just chill in. Well, to each his own: to me this is a magnificent garment with a narrow range of applications.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

This is an incredibly tough, incredibly well made garment. It is also very expensive and not too versatile. Mine is made with Gore-Tex XCR. I forget what the denier count is on the exterior fabric, but it's basically off the charts. Toughest shell I've ever had, by far. But, like so much Arc'Teryx gear, it is extremely technical. The "cross hand" side pockets are great when you are climbing in a harness. Definitely not great for other activities. Just my opinion, but I find it very unnatural to have to use your right hand to go into the left side pocket. It gets 5 stars because of the amazingly good construction, the super tough materials, just the overall excellence of it. I could go on: the fit, the way it's cut to allow for freedom of movement, the excellent zippers, the super hood, etc. etc. But for that kind of money, it's not unreasonable to expect all of that. At the time, mine cost over $600.00. And I have the Alpha SV bib pants, too. Also simply the best. But, back to the jacket: it's not versatile; Mr. Yager's review, of 11/18/08, talks about biking, just chilling and much more. I disagree; I have better things to just chill in. Well, to each his own: to me this is a magnificent garment with a narrow range of applications.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

This is an incredibly tough, incredibly well made garment. It is also very expensive and not too versatile. Mine is made with Gore-Tex XCR. I forget what the denier count is on the exterior fabric, but it's basically off the charts. Toughest shell I've ever had, by far. But, like so much Arc'Teryx gear, it is extremely technical. The "cross hand" side pockets are great when you are climbing in a harness. Definitely not great for other activities. Just my opinion, but I find it very unnatural to have to use your right hand to go into the left side pocket. It gets 5 stars because of the amazingly good construction, the super tough materials, just the overall excellence of it. I could go on: the fit, the way it's cut to allow for freedom of movement, the excellent zippers, the super hood, etc. etc. But for that kind of money, it's not unreasonable to expect all of that. At the time, mine cost over $600.00. And I have the Alpha SV bib pants, too. Also simply the best. But, back to the jacket: it's not versatile; Mr. Yager's review, of 11/18/08, talks about biking, just chilling and much more. I disagree; I have better things to just chill in. Well, to each his own: to me this is a magnificent garment with a narrow range of applications.

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mbr100479270 wrote an answer about on June 11, 2010

Mark, I would say that the Troll Wall has a lot more than just "decent" room for layering. In my opinion, it's a very ample cut; Excellent shell, but this is primarily a backcounty skiing shell; the snow skirt convinced me of that. It's really an all-mountain garment. Yes, the Alpinist is heavier, denser outer fabric, but it is more of a climbing shell. I have a TNF 900 fill Ultimate jacket (the one with actual serial numbers) and I can wear the Troll Wall over it. That's impressive.

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mbr100479270 wrote an answer about on June 11, 2010

Mark, I would say that the Troll Wall has a lot more than just "decent" room for layering. In my opinion, it's a very ample cut; Excellent shell, but this is primarily a backcounty skiing shell; the snow skirt convinced me of that. It's really an all-mountain garment. Yes, the Alpinist is heavier, denser outer fabric, but it is more of a climbing shell. I have a TNF 900 fill Ultimate jacket (the one with actual serial numbers) and I can wear the Troll Wall over it. That's impressive.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on June 11, 2010

5 5

This is one of the finest shells out there. It's cut roomy for layering. For me, in size small, a little too roomy; it would benefit from a drawcord adjustment in the torso, or just a slimmer cut. As with all Marmot gear the materials and workmanship are excellent. Great hood, Gore Tex Pro Shell is very nice; I like it better than XPR, but only because it's lighter, and this is a light shell. XPR is denser and tougher. The great thing about the Troll Wall is that it's usable for various activities; not just climbing. I have an Arc'Teryx Alpha SV (XPR), and it's ultra tough; great for climbing, but not much else. The Troll Wall will no doubt do it all; the removable snow skirt is a big plus. It's just a great piece of gear. But I am a Marmot freak; their stuff (all of it I've ever had) works for me. The extreme cold weather stuff (CWM bag and 8000m set) has saved my life more than once. But back to the subject. The Troll Wall shell is great; worth the price. You will not be disappointed.

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mbr100479270 wrote a review of on April 25, 2010

5 5

The Marmot Ignitor is not an ordinary fleece piece. Read the weight specs: it's heavy for fleece, more than twiceas heavy as 300 fleece. Pick it up, and put it on. Yes, its heavy and solid like a light softshell. Outside, it's sightly fuzzzy, but its a textured, very flat weave. DWR coated, windproof, warm. Not warm like a thick, fuzzy Patagonia Classic. The Ignitor is a tecnical cut: close to the body, but like all Marmot jackets, cut smart so it does not resrict arm movement, sleeves don't ride up. If this jacket fits, like it fits me, it stays in place when you move. Solid, warm enough with a midweight Capiline base layer. A few excellent side pockets, one on the sleeve, pit zips that work well. It's a Marmot piece, and it's good. I've never been disappointed by a piece of Marmot clothing or a sleeping bag -- I have a CWM and a 30 degree bag + the 8000m coat and pants. I've bet my life on those 3 pieces (cwm, and 8000m set) and I'm still here. The Ignitor is for cool weather activity, pretty aerobic if you use the pit zips and main zipper to ventilate. Nice piece of gear, and I have two of them. I like them, and I think they are worth the price. Nice wind and water resistance; like a lot of other Marmot clothing, this is the real deal outdoors. I use mine with confidence, and I'm not disappointed. 5 stars for sure.

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