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not on the rug man wrote a review of on September 21, 2012

5 5

Has every feature I have been wanting and some I didnt know I wanted till it arrived.

-2 zippered hand pockets above waist straps/harness level
-napoleon pocket (has a small inner pocket in the mesh, i guess to keep mp3 player secure?)
-interior map/skins pockets behind hand pocket mesh
-stowable hood (no adjustments needed, has a gasket like system around the face, elastic band that acts as the adjusters, wired brim...wont fit over a helmet, but will fit under)
-2 way stretch Windstopper front, hood, ass, exterior arms
-4 way stretch highly breathable fabric on sides, interior/under arms, back
-gripper material on shoulders
-snap across the chest & behind the zipper above napoleon pocket for venting (attaches the two sides so you can unzip partially without the chest flopping around)
-single pull hem drawstring
-thumbholes
-very water resistant

Only thing I can think of it missing is a port hole for headphones, but that is an easy DIY snip.

Ignore Johnathon, he bought the wrong jacket for his intended use.

My intended use is for cold weather mtn biking, urban/roadish cycling, and jogging as well as cool weather hiking. I havent used it yet cuz its summer, but having used softshells of various types in the past and figuring out the pros and cons, this is the one ive been searching for. As long as it lasts a reasonable amount of time, I cant think of a reason give it less than 5 stars. The bright blue color is sick too (two materials are just slightly off shade from each other if that matters to you). 5'11" 185, generally get a L jacket and am in between M/L shirts dependent on brand. L in this fits perfect with a little room, but not baggy, spot on. I havennt been this pleased with a piece of outerwear without even using it in ever.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on September 6, 2012

3 5

nothing at all special about this piece to warrant the MSRP in a world full of fleeces. There is nothing to separate this from the market in features, materials, or construction.

At half the price on SAC I returned it, partly due to the Carbide color being a much darker shade than shown in the pics and partly due to coming to my senses on the price.

If you are an Arcteryx fanboy, go for it, I know many people are and there is nothing wrong with that. If not, there are better quality fleeces with more bells and whistles for a better price all over the place.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on August 31, 2012

4 5

Have last years model (the one Karl G reviews) and just got the newer issue. They fixed every complaint of his, and then some. Button is hidden on the sleeve, and works perfectly (never really had a big problem the other way, but the update is a plus). The venting is no longer an open mesh panel that you can get caught on the wrong side of (hated that as well). Also added an extending flap for additional neck coverage on the collar, shaped the cuffs for better hand coverage, and tacked down the outside edge of the pockets where they poked out on the last years version.
Super lightweight and quick drying. The fabric is a really soft texture, feels great. It looks good in the office and works in the backcountry. Will be getting a couple more.

To get 5 stars, columbia needs to add a bit of stretch, either in all of the fabric, or maybe just in specific panels. Add a odor/antimicrobial finish to the shirt. Id prefer a small snap instead of the velcro on the pockets

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

All-rounder. Perfect?
5 5

These shoes are great looking and are comfy/light....oozes style over visible tech unlike most shoes in this category (but that doesnt mean its not in there!)
have the castle rock grey/blue/pink and was skeptical at first of the scheme due to the neon pink, but once i put them on i love it
I hate the look of running/tennis shoes anywhere but when actually running, and most hiking shoes look way to trail for the streets, which leaves me with a hole in my casual life once flip flops are out of season that ive always filled with some chuck taylors or the like (little support, fast wearing, and played out). These are the perfect shoe, they look great at the bar, and are fully at home on the trail.
I got them for a trip to Europe where i will be doing a lot of walking, which means my chuck taylors would be awful (made this mistake with some puma romas a few years back) and my normal hikers would scream goofy tourist. Again, these are the perfect shoe for this, especially with some off the beaten path hikes mixed in.
The only place these wouldn't be the right shoe for the job is the boardroom, mountaineering, or the beach.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on July 9, 2012

4 5

This is an American Apparel Tee, so its a normal sized/slim fit tee, nothing euro about the sizing which is an issue with their riding gear.
Great casual shirt, nothing too flashy, and the cotton/poly blend is a great mix of comfortable cotton and wicking poly, for those post rides when you are still sweatin. Great drape.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on July 9, 2012

4 5

Agree with Blder Seven...this is an American Apparel Tee, so its a normal sized/slim fit tee, nothing euro about the sizing which is an issue with their riding gear.
Great casual shirt, nothing too flashy, and the cotton/poly blend is a great mix of comfortable cotton and wicking poly, for those post rides when you are still sweatin. Great drape.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on December 30, 2011

5 5

Bought the blue/yellow a while back, and used on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Was perfect for the upper elevations when needing a bit of warmth and wind protection (icebreaker tee underneath) while trekking, for all but the coldest and windiest sections. Great for lounging too, and can be layered above and below easily.
I bought the second because it is so comfortable, I wanted a black one that would be a bit more casual. I mean really comfortable. The material is so lightweight and super soft and lofty feeling inside, while smooth and resistant outside. Perfect amount of stretch. Good for biking around in the cold too, breathes great.
Few threads on the arm of mine are getting fuzzy, but nothing major, only complaint, but its seen use.
Have become a big fan of more than a few stoic items.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on September 2, 2011

3 5

Really like the stretch cotton material..but thes things are super long and baggy, so i returned them. normally wear a 32" inseam and with my shoes on, these things bunch up like crazy, and have a really wide leg to them, very gangsta looking. so if you are long legged or like that super baggy look, go for it cuz the material is great.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on May 17, 2011

2 5

I wont argue these are better than a lot of those nasty protein bars out there but they are WAYYYY over hyped here and are far from great tasting. As a protein bar they do the trick and are palatable.
If you really want a delicious protein bar, get Clif Builders bars. Better than many candy bars and snack bars (chocolate mint is phenomenal). Wont be getting these again unless i cant grab a Clif.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on February 3, 2011

4 5

Super comfy and warm. Really like the styling over some other synth micro puffys. Got the black/deep version, and it looks killer. Its more of a grey/blue/teal accent, much more subdued than in the photo per backcountry, and looks slightly duller than the user loaded pic too (but its a much better representation). With the blizzard of 2011 upon us, i have really been staying warm...10 degrees with a fleece and microweight wool longsleeve underneath, couldnt care less about the weather with it on (i honestly think i could wear this with a t-shirt and prob be ok outside with minimal wind, at the same time our office is 55 degrees so im still wearing the aforementioned layers and am just fine as i typer this). May need to figure out a warmer pant situation though.
Fit is spot on, 5'11" 190, slightly muscular build, wearing a large. I wear a large in most outerwear and this is no exception, but I dont go very baggy on stuff, so you might size up if thats your thing.

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on November 8, 2010

5 5

Thing packs down smaller than the accompanying compression straps can even handle, awesome. Coming from a therm-a-rest trail light (full length), so this is a nice upgrade in the size and weight dept, though the material isnt quite as burly feeling (not something i take issue with though). seems plenty comfy (1" vs my prior 1.5") but i have only used it once car camping and on an improved surface campsite so far, only had it a week so i cant say that for sure. Really a fan of the dimensional/weight savings of the short length pads now that ive gotten this, im 5'11 and keeps me off the ground down to my knees easily which is plenty for comfort, might bring along my full length for really cold temps. came with a patch kit too

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not on the rug man wrote a review of on September 7, 2010

5 5

while i wont need it for a few months, i can tell ill love it, super warm, soft, and quality. Cant speak to durability but it seems well constructed. Looks like itll be perfect for the outdoors and the indoors. Note, the blue is a bit brighter teal color than seen here. Looks very nice though, especially the texture. Side paneling lookd a bit off, but really aids arm mobility. Sizing is on the smaller side.

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