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Patrick's Passions

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psv wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

5 5

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

My wife has some longer TNF and a nice enough Marmot light down jacket, but this Arc'Teryx one pretty much retired them all. The quality and fit you would expect from Arc'Teryx, nothing you don't need. She loves the tapered cut and a bit of extra length in back and in the arms. It is definitely worth the extra money to get one of these.

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psv wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

5 5

Such a great and flexible pack. It can carry heavy loads comfortable but I really like that fact that once one has arrived you can easily remove remove the hip belt, lid and even internal frame to get a very light pack for quick speed trips. Highly compressible so 46 l is never too big. Only thing missing is some external pockets for e.g. water bottle.

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psv wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I bought this one for my mother and she absolutely adores it. Hence, I'm not saying that it is an old person type of jacket, rather that has the quality and appeal that can be enjoyed by anyone. I have the non-hooded version myself and it is my go-to piece.

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psv wrote a review of on May 17, 2010

5 5

I'm amazed how light this jacket is and how well it packs down to almost nothing, so much I'll just put it in my laptop messenger bags when I travel for just-in-case situations. It is certainly not as burly as 3-layer Goretex Pro Shell but the use-cases are just different, and personally I find most of the latest gen Goretex PS jackets way to stiff and noisy. The M10 is great for my intended uses: hiking, biking, some running, skiing (during certain conditions). It is a study in minimalism.

Only gripe: a little flap to stove down the hood would have been nice. I'm sure some people would want more pockets, I'm OK with it.

Watch out though - that "mango" color is STRONG, more like signal orange IMO.

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psv wrote a review of on July 6, 2009

5 5

This pack offers a tremendous value. It is as close to bombproof as you'll need in most cases, but has the great option that you can easily remove the hip-belt, framesheet and lid and you'll something much lighter. Good wrap-around compression straps as well.

My only complaint is one of personal preference; I'd love to add:
- external side pockets
- external shovel/probe pockets
- panel loading functionality

At 20% off right now, it is a no brainer. If you are willing to spend more money, I'd go with a Mystery Ranch pack.

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psv wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

It was time for new boots and after three rounds of trying boots that didn't fit (many hours wasted) I found these one. OK, they were a bit more than I had planned to spend, but what a difference. The inside is very welcoming but yet tight and snug all around the foot. The heal-grip is tight. My feet has some bones that were problematic it the other boots I tried (Lange Fluid 100 and 120, various Nordica, Dabellos, Salomon etc) but there was no pain from the beginning in these boots. After they have been headed and fitted - fo'get abo'it!

1st day on the slop - the flex 90 stiffens up nicely, still tights and hard enough for good control when carving. After 4 hours, my feet were still fresh.

$600 is a lot of money but you'll have these boots for 5-10 yrs depending on use, I consider it a totally worthwhile investment and wish I've bought them earlier!

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psv wrote a review of on November 13, 2007

5 5

I've owned various top quality fleece jackets over the years, but this one continuous to be my absolute favorite!

It is windproof and toasty warm, the fit is very good (e.g. TNF Denali is way too bulky) and I love the fact that doesn't have tons of "technical features" (just for the sake of it), instead it makes it very smooth and comfy - it easily doubles as a pillow on a flight/while on travel or as a (windproof) blanket for the kids (my 2 yrs old LOVE this jacket).

It is well worth the price - I've had it for about 2 years and it looks/performs great. Definitely a pure best buy!

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psv wrote a review of on November 13, 2007

5 5

I've owned/used plenty of fleece jackets over the years but this is my favorite - bar none! Toasty warm, holds up great, no added "features" to make it technical just for the same of it - which makes it a much softer/more enjoyable jacket, e.g. it doubles up as a pillow on a flight, (windproof) blanket for the kids etc.

I'd say it is one of the single best all around warm/windproof fleece jackets you can buy!

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psv wrote a review of on November 13, 2007

5 5

OK, I love Patagonia stuff so I couldn't resist picking up this jacket for the new season. Finally a waterproof Patagonia jacket that I can use to ski which also doubles a nice all around mountain and travel jacket (more rainproof that softshells etc). The build quality appears to be very good, but perhaps still a notch below Arc'teryx to be honest, but on the other hand you get a powder skirt, more pockets, a bit roomier fit (which is good for skiing).

Nit picking: I'd love to see a zip off hood and somewhat longer cut in the back.

I give it 4 1/2 stars, but since that wasn't an option it has to be 5 stars/I love it! :-)

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