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pra3147652 wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

5 5

I'm a guy. I bought these for my girlfriend for Christmas. Just want to get that out of the way.

She was really wanting some nice ski gloves because her hands would freeze all the time. In addition to that, she has Raynaud's Disease, which basically means her fingers are extremely susceptible to cold conditions. You can look it up on Wikipedia if you want. She really NEEDED some nice gloves, although she didn't realize exactly what a "nice" glove/mitten entailed until she used these for the first time.

We went skiing (day and night) on a really cold, snowy, windy day in NY a couple of weeks ago. When we were done, she said that this was the first time in her entire life that she's been skiing and her hands didn't get cold. Usually we have to stop at the lodge for 20 minutes every 2 hours so her hands can warm up, which we didn't do once. THAT is the difference a nice pair of mitts like these can make.

The liner on the inside is a very soft mitten (not separate fingers) that velcros into the shell of the glove. It is removable, so when you're done for the day, you can take out the liner to dry (if it's wet). The shell is an extremely lush leather (palm), and they include a packet of leather conditioner with the glove, presumably to be used every time the winter season ends.

Obviously, high marks from me for these. I also own a pair of Hestra gloves for myself, which are outstanding. Great company.

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pra3147652 wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

5 5

Great ski pants. I really WANTED pants that are black, so I was a little surprised to find dark brown pants when I opened my shipment (I sort of wondered why they would put the word "black" in the color code when the pants are clearly closer to brown). But hey, it's hard to complain about these pants once I used them.

My first use of these pants was actually when I wore them on my walk to school in Chicago when the temp was about 0 and the wind chill was about -17. All I wore underneath these were scrub bottoms. Wow - my legs did not even come close to feeling any of the cold/wind. My buddies at school said, "Are you wearing ski pants, or are you wearing dress pants?"

Which brings me to the way these look. The pattern on the pants is much more pronounced than what you see in the picture. It really does resemble a dark, patterned dress pant from Express when you think about it. Very stylish, very nice looking and modern yet subdued compared to some of the crap that is out there.

GOSH DO I WISH THESE WERE TRUE BLACK THOUGH!!!

One last thing is the fit. I'm 5'11" 165 lbs with a 32 waist. I ordered a medium (which didn't leave ANY room for layering) and a large (which would possibly/probably slide off my hips if I just wore boxers underneath). I stuck with the large, and I'll try to wear a thick layer underneath it and adjust the velcro straps at the top accordingly. There's always the belt loops if ABSOLUTELY necessary, although after wearing these a few times, I don't think I will have a problem.

Great pants, nice insulation. If you couldn't tell, I only wish the Black Ink was truly black.

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pra3147652 wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

4 5

I bought this with a 20% off coupon, and at $400, it's definitely the most expensive piece of clothing I have ever owned. I bought the Everglade color, which is without a doubt darker-appearing than in the photo. I argue with my friends about whether it's green or yellow (the darker panels on the jacket are close to a dirty, swampy yellow with a greenish tint and the lighter panels are close to a dark yellow). Nice looking jacket, though, despite my use of the word "swamp" in the description.

The Medium fits me perfectly (5'11" 165 lbs), although it could be maybe 1 or 2 inches longer (my fleece layers poke out underneath if I don't tuck them into the snowpants). I can wear it with just a t-shirt underneath and it would fit fine, but magically, if I wear 3 layers underneath including a very thick fleece, it fits fine too.

Also, the collar/hood portion of this jacket is IDEAL. The hood fits over my ski helmet nicely, and the COLLAR ZIPS UP FULLY AND EASILY WHEN THE HOOD IS DOWN. This is a priceless feature of any jacket.

I have 2 concerns with the jacket:

1. For $500 (or $400, or even $300), you are getting a SHELL. It won't keep you warm. If you wear this casually around town in the winter (like, say, to a sporting event or going sledding with your 6 year old nephew), you will be cold. If you don't wear heavy layers underneath the shell, you will be cold on a ski lift or anytime you're not aggressively skiing. I'm just trying to warn people (like me) who are considering purchasing a shell for the first time. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS JACKET TO BE WARM - purchase it as a completely windproof, completely waterproof, well-made outer layer to be used during intense snowsports.

2. I understand Arc'teryx is trying to be minimalist with these jackets (not too many bells and whistles). But would it kill them to put a large enough pocket on the inside of the jacket to fit my goggles? I can barely fit my smartphone in these pockets! Good thing my gloves have wrist straps, otherwise I don't know what I'd do with those either when I'm walking around the lodge with a bowl of chili in one hand and my wallet in the other.

Overall, a few months and a few ski trips after I made this purchase, I'm happy with it because now I have a really nice shell that I can use in extreme conditions. But for this much money... make sure you wouldn't rather have something more versatile (warmer, more pockets) first. Or better yet, you can get TWO of something more versatile.

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