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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

I have had these gaiters for over 8 years and they are still going strong. The boot section is made of a significantly sturdy cordura fabric which has withstood countless assaults from the steel edges of my back country telemark skis. The upper is made of pretty sturdy Gore-tex fabric which breathes very well. The top closure is easy to use, the hook and loop velcro seals up the front and the metal hook at the bottom seals the gaitor to the boot positively. I have used these gaitors with my leather tele boots and my much beefier plastic tele boot. You can't go wrong with these gaitors. I must let you know that I belong to Mountaintechs and I get to test Gore-tex and Windstopper products. I acquired these gaitors many years before I joined Mountaintechs.

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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

I have had these gaiters for over 8 years and they are still going strong. The boot section is made of a significantly sturdy cordura fabric which has withstood countless assaults from the steel edges of my back country telemark skis. The upper is made of pretty sturdy Gore-tex fabric which breathes very well. The top closure is easy to use, the hook and loop velcro seals up the front and the metal hook at the bottom seals the gaitor to the boot positively. I have used these gaitors with my leather tele boots and my much beefier plastic tele boot. You can't go wrong with these gaitors. I must let you know that I belong to Mountaintechs and I get to test Gore-tex and Windstopper products. I acquired these gaitors many years before I joined Mountaintechs.

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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on July 14, 2012

4 5

Here is a jacket that weighs next to nothing and lets you laugh at the rain. Made out of Gore-tex paclite material, it sheds rain with ease and still breathes pretty well. The sleeves are plenty long enough and the hood is easily adjustable. It is not large enough to wear over a helmet, but I don't expect to wear such a light coat if I need my ski helmet on. The pockets are placed lower on the jacket so it is easy rest you hands in them. This jacket is my around town rain jacket and my just in case it rains jacket because it is so easy to throw in the pack. I hardly know I am wearing a jacket it is so light. This is the perfect jacket for hikes spring to fall time. I belong to a group that gets to test clothing and this is one of the favorite items I have tested so far.

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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

The best bibs I have ever owned! Living in the wet northwest, this is the first time i have sat on a rain soaked charilift and not had a wet butt. The overall design is very good. They are very light weight, but still robust. There is heavier material in the seat and knees and on the inside boot cuffs. The pockets are small, but easily accessible. There are built in gators so the snow doesn't get down your boots. The fly zipper opens from either the bottom or the top, a plus for quick "pit stops". The side zippers go way up the leg so it is easy to cool off by unzipping the upper portion on warm days. These are my go to bibs for wet and powder conditions. Just a note, I belong to the Mountaintechs group and I get to test Gore-tex gear. That doesn't have anything to do with my 5 thumbs up for this product.

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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on July 4, 2012

5 5

I am in love with my Arc'teryx Stingray Jacket. I am 6'3" tall and the extra large fits me perfectly. It has just enough insulation to make it a warm, yet breatheable jacket for all winter conditons. I use it mostly for downhill skiing. The extra insulation, combined with an insulation layer is perfect for sitting on the ski lifts, but not to much for active downhill telemark skiing. The jacket has the typical high quality Arc'teryx design and workmanship. There are plenty of pockets both on the inside and the outside. The zippers are easy to use. If you are lift skiing the recco reflector is a nice plus in case you get caught in a slide, it will make it easier for the ski patrol to find you (assuming the resort uses the recco system). The hood fits over my ski helmet and is easy to adjust. The jacket even looks very stylish.
Disclaimer: I am a member of Mountaintechs a group that gets to test Gore-tex gear products.

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ratski1036854 wrote a review of on June 9, 2012

5 5

I have used this jacket as my go to jacket out here in the rainy valleys and snowy mountains in the wet Pacific Northwest, Oregon specifically. I am a Mountaintech and actually test Gore-tex products. I am not paid to evaluate products, but just test them. I must say without a doubt, this is the best jacket I have ever worn in our usually wet conditions. It keeps me dry from the downpours I have encountered and breathes well. I am 6 3, weigh 210 lbs and an extra large jacket fits me perfectly. There is even room for an insulation jacket underneath. The hood is sized large enough to fit over my skiing helmet, but it also adjusts to fit just my head. Pit zips are easy to use and the sleeve length is perfect for my long arms. The abundant pockets are placed so that they are all accessable even when my pack is on. The waterproof zippers open and close with easy and there is even a little zipper garage to hide the zipper when the zipper is closed. The fabric is fairly light, but still sturdy. I have done a bit of bushwhacking in it and there are still no holes. I am very impressed with this stylish jacket which was made in Canada. I trust it will be my go to jacket for many years.

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