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Raymond G.

Raymond G.

Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on January 12, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 157 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I just used this out snowboarding for a week in -7C (roughly 19.4 degrees) daytime average with winds anywhere from about 5 - 22 miles per hour. I used it under an Acteryx Sidewinder SV alternating with Arcteryx LTW and Arcteryx Phase AR shirt Baselayers.

I had high hopes for this for use under a gore tex shell snowboarding in very cold conditions. It was mostly on piste with some off piste and chair lifts.

It worked very well at keeping me warm, and breathed very well and not sweaty at all or too hot, on the contrary on the the lifts approaching 1/3 from the top my wrists and forearms felt slightly cool. So it warms up nicely when active, but breaths and lets excess heat and moisture out.

I'd say it's pretty darn good, but with many Arcteryx products I'm always disappointed with the lack of pockets. I talked to one shop staff at Arcteryx who is from the Alps he said we in Europe don't care so much if they save 5 grams of weight, pockets are something you rely on.

The two chest pockets are great (and a surprise), looks like a Norrona copy for the chest pockets, but as a mid-layer specific jacket it needs at least one interior mesh pocket to defog goggles or warm gloves and it also needs a pocket for a music player. Both are a must have. What do you do when you need to defog goggles on mountain, put them under your shell and hope they don't fall out?

Sizing, I'm 5'9", 32" waist, as others have stated the arm pit area is a bit snug and could certainly be opened up. Waist fits just barely and frankly could be looser by an inch or so and could be longer by and inch or so.

I already owned the Acteryx Nuclei AR and I was closely comparing both during my week snowboarding. In very cold conditions I preferred the Nuclei AR hands down over the Proton AR. It's longer, looser, breaths nearly the same and is warmer in very cold conditions, not significantly warmer, but I'd say 10-15% which is just enough, has an interior mesh pocket, and a large helmet compatible hood - I love large hoods, but needs a music device pocket and chest pocket. Even though the Nuclei AR is a larger jacket, it just slides effortlessly under a shell the interior lining I believe is one of my all time favorites of any jacket I own, it's silky soft and slides over any layer.

I gave the Proton AR 3 stars due to the lack of interior pockets and snug fit. Fix these issues and it's a 5 star jacket.

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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on October 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my second Ortovox pack. The first one I got in Courmayeur/Chamonix. It's a very popular brand in the Alps so I decided to get a slightly larger pack. My first one was the Cross Rider 22.

This pack is sublime. It's super light and compact when not loaded up, not many packs get really flat when empty or nearly empty. It's great to have this flexibility with a slightly larger pack. How many packs when you pick them up these days weigh a ton?

The stow away straps are super cool and very innovative. Sooooo many packs look so complicated and annoying with all the straps everywhere flailing about. If my snowboard is not attached, it's super clean, and same with the stowaway Ice Axe attach points. Superb. I use my packs for cycling and traveling and in the city.

The back panel is really comfortable and just hugs you since it is very flexible. The separate pads are almost like a massage feature. The back panel access is nice too when board is attached, but it has both access front and back.

I love the product design, and colors - it's beautiful. Most other brand packs are just boring. The colors and way they have the fonts, Ortovox is fly. These little features set it apart.
European intuitive design and thoughtfulness, what can you say.

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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 162 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Ok, the jacket just rocks. Super light. Stellar materials. Great design and fit. I'm 5'9" and usually rock medium and medium rocks. I can add even another synthetic under it if I need too. It's not mega huge though, good fit with some room for extra layering which is what it's all about.

Very thoughtful with the pockets I must say. Alot of jackets these days especially Arcteryx have no chest pocket and small packet openings. The Rab is perfect. Pocket openings are large for gloved hands and there is a chest pocket for someone like me who needs a chest pocket for my eyeglasses to read maps or my phone etc and back of my camera as a photographer. I broke my eyeglasses last year in Japan just before I went out putting my snowboard boots on because I had to keep them in hand-warmer pockets in a different brand jacket. So chest pockets are KEY (RAB, keep up the thoughtful design) especially for big mountains, like Chamonix, etc. It is essential. There are two other internal pockets too both zippered.

Hood is great, a big fully featured hood with three adustments - perfect. Scuba hoodies suck. Like I said when you are out there really doing the stuff, you need adjustments for the hood, when the wind blows, when it's blizzard conditions, it's is essential and RAB kills it. I would say the hood might even have too much down in it, but that is really just picky. This jacket is the real deal for real life in really harsh conditions.

Design and color insanely good. It looks super cool too. I got ebony with lime green interior (pockets too) and just a stunner. I like my jackets to look cool especially for when I'm done apres ski in Courmayeur, Chamonix, Switzerland, Japan, Couchevel.. etc... Form and function.

I would not hesitate to buy this again whatsoever. To reiterate: Thoughtful design, good pockets with large pocket openings for gloved hands, chest pocket (key), great hood with three adjustments and it's very warm and it breaths by the way, the inner material is really lightweight and looks really cool.





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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 162 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm becoming a big Rab Fan! Ok, the review. They are on the light side, so if it gets too cold, just add a base layer. I like the flexibility to add warmth if I need it. The design style is very very cool. I'm a 32.5 or so waist (5'9" ht) and a medium fits great in the legs. It's a very flattering fit, not tons of extra material flapping around, just a bit of nice looseness for movement. If you are say a 33, I'd go up in size.

In the butt and waist when you first put them on, they do seem to hug you and I didn't like that at first, but once you wear them they loosen, but don't get mega baggy. The elastic on the ankles is great, not too tight at all and length is good, not tons of extra length bunching up down there like Arcteryx, but just enough extra so they don't ride up.

The color scheme and design is phenomenal. I want to get the lime green ones next and switch em up. They breath very well and no problems there. Just superbly clean and functional. I will say thigh pockets would be perfect on these. I am a believer in lots of pockets especially thigh pockets.

I've the Rab Infinity Down Jacket that I got recently too and it's the best down jacket I've ever owned and I've owned a few. Rab is the unsung hero of gear. Cool European brand.

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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on October 29, 2015

2 5

I returned this within 20 minutes of receiving it. I got blue/saffron and it's darker than the color in the pic and it didn't really pop at all as it does it the photo and on their site. Also it's an extremely lightly filled jacket. A Uniqlo that has more fill than this. The fit: I'm 5'9" 160 and a medium was really snug. The slim fit is trendy now, but this was the slimmest fit ever. For instance the new North Face L3 Hooded down in small is bigger than this by far. I just bought that one and returned it too because I don't like scuba hoods and I thought this would do the trick, but was just totally under-whelmed and the price at $309 is at least 50% too high.

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Raymond G.

Raymond G.wrote a review of on February 8, 2013

5 5

I'd fractured some ribs so I ordered this vest when I was in Niseko, Hokkaido Japan and it arrived within three days.

The fit was perfect, I'm about 5'9", 158 lbs. It's pretty slim actually, and flexible which was great. It just gave me peace of mind. I didn't actually crash at all once I wore it so I don't know how much protection it provides, but I'm sure it would absorb any hard impact to prevent a serious injury and of course depends on how hard you fall and what you hit.

Nonetheless, I wanted something flexible, that could protect front and back, and the shoulder and upper arms protection is a plus I must say. I snowboard the trees in Niseko and just knowing that you have that protection makes you more confident.

I want to get some Demon snow shorts now too with the padding. I think they make some great products and price is key too. I never knew of this company till now and they make functional products with intuitive design.

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