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powder addict wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

The fit is fantastic. I'll never go back to a ramped shoe with a pointed toe... it just doesn't make sense. Those features became standard through form and not function. That being said, I can't stand the hard rubber on the sole of the Superiors. It's really slick, especially when wet. I like the softer compound of the Lone Peaks and wish they would use it on all of their models.

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powder addict wrote a review of on March 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I really liked the previous version of the Leadville and was excited to see what revisions were made. I would say that it's a couple steps forward in functionality and a couple steps back in style and quality.

-3/4in longer back length (size medium)
-1/2in shorter arm length
-The hidden zippers are now regular reverse coil zippers with corded zipper pulls
-The seams on the sleeves are unbound. All of the major seams in the previous version were bound.

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powder addict wrote a review of on January 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Leadville is in my gear hall of fame. It's my go-to jacket for backcountry skiing, biking, and running when it's warmer than about 20F.
The torso is long enough to cover my rear, the arms are long and always cover my wrists, the collar is the right height, it moves, it breathes, it has great pockets, great zippers, and actually looks good, too. There's nothing extraneous, such as a drawcord on the collar or bicep and wrist pockets. I wouldn't mind if the hand pockets were raised a bit so that they worked with a pack or harness, and maybe it could be a little longer so it worked better with a midlayer, but this thing is essentially flawless. I'm buying another one in case Marmot ever stops making them!

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powder addict wrote a review of on January 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Really excited to try the new Polartec Alpha as a replacement for heavy and bulky fleece mid-layers. Marmot makes the only Alpha jacket without a hood, and I have no use for a hood on a light mid-layer. I liked everything about the jacket except that the shoulders bind in the back. The abrasion panels that Marmot put on the top of the shoulders are stretchy, and I wish they would have extended that material to the back and across the shoulder blades. I would accept the restricted movement if this piece were just a generic synthetic outer layer, but it is clearly intended for aerobic activity. Hopefully Marmot figures out how to make it breathe and move like a stretchy fleece!

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powder addict wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have the Bare Access shoes and love the fit, but I wanted something with more traction for trail running and hiking. I tried the Circuit Access and the Ascend Glove Trail and decided to keep the Ascends. The Circuits have a rubber toe bumper that is rather low and cut into my toes, and the Ascends have one more set of lace eyelets.

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powder addict wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I love everything about this hoody except for the fit. This is the worst fitting jacket I have put on in recent memory. I have a medium and the sleeves are only 21in long (measured cuff to underarm gusset). All of my other medium sized jackets have sleeves about 24in long. The chest and shoulders are ridiculously large... I look like a bat when I put my arms out. The center back length is also a bit short at 26in.

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powder addict wrote a review of on November 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

The Windstopper placement keeps your ears from getting blown off while the fleece allows the top of your head to vent. This is perfect if you tend to sweat a lot. Be forewarned that the Windstopper over the ears reduces your hearing a bit, and I also like the fit of the Thermo version better (more ear coverage), but it's an excellent product otherwise.

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powder addict wrote a review of on November 21, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I wanted a cap to keep my ears warm and couldn't decide between this Thermo version and the standard version, so I bought both. The description for the Thermo cap is wrong: the ears are NOT Windstopper. They are simply fleece and allow 90% of the wind to come through. I rode in it anyway, thinking that maybe the Windstopper on the rest of the cap would keep the blood in my head warm which would then flow through my ears. What actually happened is that the Windstopper on the top of the cap prevented the sweat on my head from evaporating, so it pooled up and fell down around my ears. This moisture readily evaporated on my barely protected earlobes. On the plus side, the fleece ear covers don't block any sound, either, so you can easily hear traffic.

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powder addict wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I saw this in a store and couldn't pass it up. I have had other Ultra-Sil products in the past that fell apart, but I had to try this incredibly packable backpack. I've used it for carrying stuff to the pool/gym, and it works great for these purposes. One of the seams on mine has already started to tear, though, so Ultra-Sil is still on my untrusted list. I wouldn't stick my laptop in it.

As another reviewer mentioned, I would like to see a mini sternum strap added. The lack of structure and the slippery fabric makes the shoulder straps spread apart very easily. I would also like to see the shape of the stuff sack change from short and round to tall and oblong so that a cell phone could fit in it.

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powder addict wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I tried a number of lightweight waterproof jackets and Arcteryx continues to make the highest quality product. Best hood, best cuffs, best hardware, best fit-and-finish, etc. I really wanted to keep this jacket, but the hemline is too tight for my hips. It would be perfect for anyone without any junk in their trunk.

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powder addict wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

My feet: low volume, medium-narrow width.
These boots fit me better than any other "backpacking" boot that I've ever tried on. I attribute the fit more to the lacing system and relatively thin/flexible upper than the last. The lace system is awesome! Things I don't like: the rubber on the sole sucks (it's hard, dry, and super slippery when wet), the fit-and-finish is bad by La Sportiva standards, and I wish the heal part of the sole was wider to help with stability. I'm going to try and get mine resoled ASAP with a better rubber, if possible.

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powder addict wrote a review of on August 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It folds easily into the bottom of your pack and makes your buddy's z-lite or self-inflating pad look like a ground cloth. It's a worthy gear upgrade with only two trade-offs that I've found thus far:
1) Inflating it takes time and energy. The Big Agnes Pump House makes it a little easier.
2) I can't turn it into a chair like my old Thermarest Prolite (maybe BA will come up with a solution to this?)

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powder addict wrote a review of on April 5, 2012

4 5

I am a bow-legged field engineer and prefer these pants to Mountain Khakis and Carhartt. The gusseted crotch is the second best solution for bow-legs, with the first being custom tailored pants. They are high quality, durable, and 100% cotton (required for fire safety). Some of the pockets are a little funky, such as the small outside one that everything falls out of, but they are the most functional work pants that I've found and they are reasonably priced.

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powder addict wrote a review of on December 13, 2009

4 5

As the rating system puts it, "pretty cool." They fit tight and stretch like a synthetic, but have the warmth and no-stink factors of wool. They are also panel constructed and have a crotch gusset, so they should fit and move like a dream.

Unfortunately, they also come with a built-in wedgie. Looks like someone at the shop messed up and made the gusset too small. I'm skinny 5'11" @ 170lbs, and the size large ride up my backside. Won't be keeping them.

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powder addict wrote a review of on April 1, 2009

5 5

There's a lot of positive feedback on these light hikers, so I'll just mention my favorite aspects: - Relatively narrow last, which is hard to find in this category of shoe - Natural strides from the slightly rocker sole - Great balance of weight and protection. My only complaint is in the durability of the sole... there appears to be a colored rubber coating on some of the lugs that comes off pretty fast. Hopefully it's just aesthetic and doesn't hinder their gripping power.

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powder addict wrote a review of on June 27, 2008

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are very well designed and really hug your feet like bike shoes should. Most shoes give the one-arm bro hug (tight over the arch with no support in the heel) or the little old lady hug (weak all around). The plastic heel piece keeps your foot from lifting out, and the modified velcro straps are bomber. The ratchet strap is even more awesome: reliable single click micro adjustments and a simple system for adjusting the padding position. My only gripes: the white ones are only attractive to fish, the heel rubber is weakly attached, and the price is about $100 more than I think they're worth. That's probably due to the bad exchange rate though, and there's little you can do about it.

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