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mbr100479270wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

Very fine glasses, with the Ti frames and VR28-black iridium lenses. I din't know what to to make of these at first, very dark and a strange red tint. I'm thinking, what's that red for? So, I asked Oakley and they explained that VR28 is designed to block blue light. Once I understood that, the red didn't bother me any more. And they do work on blue light haze, that's for sure. Light transmission is only 9%, so they are great for super bright sunlight and especially glare and blue light haze. As long as you understand that VR28 is for blue light, you will like them. They are not good for all-around use and not designed for that. For all-around use in intense light, neutral black iridium is the way to go. All that said, these are fine glasses. The combination of black iridium on the outside and VR28 on the inside works for me; when blue light is a problem. If it isn't then VR28 is not the best choice.

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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote 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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mbr100479270wrote a review of on April 24, 2010

5 5

The frame and lenses could be a little small for my medium face. I like Ti Sqaure Whiskers more because of thir much larger lenses. But these lenses are large enough for me, in VR28. I do not like my world as deep red, not all the time. To me, VR28 has value only when blue light haze is a real problem -- and VR28 is designed specifically for this. I dont't think I could handle them all day, only to punch through a particularly bad haze situation. They get 5 stars because they solve nasty blue light problems -- and stick to the head as if glued on. For all day wear, black iridium Nanowire 4.0's are my go-to glasses (their lens coverage and face-side antireflective coating are exceptionally effective; weightless, too)I gladly wear Ti black iridium Sqauare or normal Whiskers, as well. VR28 is designed to solve blue light problems; haze so bad it's scary. They work well for that; but if you like an absoltely true-color world, VR28 will not provide that. Specific lens that is effective for a secific problem, blue light. That + Oakley quality earns 5 stars.

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mbr100479270wrote a review of on April 24, 2010

5 5

The frame and lenses could be a little small for my medium face. I like Ti Sqaure Whiskers more because of thir much larger lenses. But these lenses are large enough for me, in VR28. I do not like my world as deep red, not all the time. To me, VR28 has value only when blue light haze is a real problem -- and VR28 is designed specifically for this. I dont't think I could handle them all day, only to punch through a particularly bad haze situation. They get 5 stars because they solve nasty blue light problems -- and stick to the head as if glued on. For all day wear, black iridium Nanowire 4.0's are my go-to glasses (their lens coverage and face-side antireflective coating are exceptionally effective; weightless, too)I gladly wear Ti black iridium Sqauare or normal Whiskers, as well. VR28 is designed to solve blue light problems; haze so bad it's scary. They work well for that; but if you like an absoltely true-color world, VR28 will not provide that. Specific lens that is effective for a secific problem, blue light. That + Oakley quality earns 5 stars.

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mbr100479270wrote a review of on April 16, 2010

4 5

If thet fit your medium face, and the sun is indirect, these are effective; yes,they produce a dun bronze tint, but they maintain accurate, true color. Ultra-comfortable and secure on your face. Moderate light conditions,good for finding things in low contrast; they do enhance a bit; good for a trained eye in dicey cloudy-bright conditions, coastal rocks, rocky mountain areas where you might be looking for a line. BUT IF THE SUN COMES OUT, GRAB THAT 9 per cent black iridium WHISKER OR NANOWIRE 4.0. The Nanowires will blow you away. Standing in a blindingly white glacial cirque? Fear not in the black iridium.

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