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ross baker

ross baker

WVA, PA, VA, MD

ross's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Snowshoeing

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ross baker wrote a review of on May 30, 2012

5 5

Out of the box I realized these were exceptional waders and I haven't been disappointed yet. fit is exceptional for my 5'11" 240lb frame; I ordered the LK due to the boot sizing. the materials are top notch. regular fit thru the legs,thighs and hips with ample room above the waste for layering in colder months. the merino booties are fantastic. the suspender system takes a little getting used to but makes for lightning fast conversion of these waders from a pant length to chest length and provides great breath-ability on scorchers . No unnecessary bells and whistles. I highly recommend these for their quality and price point; at $399 this puts them about in the middle of the high end wader market. nice belt included. all this being said, you can tell that Patagonia put serious thought into these and didn't just try to get into the fly fishing market. Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia is an addicted fly fisherman.

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ross baker wrote a review of on February 12, 2012

4 5

this is my second pair of soft-shell pants (returned the MH Winter Wander) and I'm really liking these. paired them with Rho leggings today for a 22dF / 25mph wind ridge hike; not rated as wind-stopper pants they performed like them without any moisture build-up. they don't have a gusseted crotch but this wasn't a problem as the fabric has so much stretch, binding is not an issue. no unnecessary bells and whistles. belt loop stitch let loose but nothing major.

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ross baker wrote a review of on February 12, 2012

5 5

well built, does what a wind stopper should. more supple hand than the MH equivalent. field tested in 23dF / 25mphWinds, paired with a short sleeve wool/poly shirt and Arc'teryx Rho 1/4 zip. almost too warm hiking the exposed ridge, but absolutely no wind gettin thru this thing. stylish enough for urban wear. great value for the price paid. sized for normal size people; if you prefer a slim or athletic fit its probably not the jacket for you.

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ross baker wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

1 5

fit is ok. material has a soft hand compared to prior versions (I have 3pr). zipper is questionable; zipper sticks (usually in the up position) which is a major pain if you've been at the pub all evening. zipper on my oldest pair (less than 1 y.o.)stays up about half the time.
******update; zipper failed, returned the pants

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ross baker wrote a review of on November 27, 2010

5 5

spent the week in Dolly Sods Wilderness. Weather front charged in from Canada producing 30-40mph winds and 27dF, = windchill of 8dF. with a midweight marino base and fleece vest I was sweating a bit (didnt feel like stopping to remove vest).
i have braod shoulders and an ever expanding mid-rif; excellent fit in shoulders and nice athletic fit in mid-rif, perfect fit sans vest. Wind, what wind? may fit a bit loose for the extremely fit, just right for us normal folk. not too many bells and whistles, liking the shoulder vs. chest pocket for lip balm and glasses wipe. it was snowing during my trip so I cant comment on rain shedding ability. another quality Marmont piece!!

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ross baker wrote a review of on November 27, 2010

4 5

Purchaed this to replace my 12yo+ Gregory Wind River. At 5'11" 240lb, I purchased the Medium as my torso length dictated. Another review metioned purchasing a medium belt on large bag, not sure this will work when it comes to fitting the shoulder straps properly. even with my shorter torso and selecting the medium pack, shoulder straps still have some gaps after lowering to the lowest position. this is a minor point for me. the pack works very well! a recent multi day solo trip to Dolly Sods Wilderness (day time temps, mid 20s) showed this pack to be a capable piece. holds all my winter gear except for the extra ridgerest I bring on extreme cold days, this lashed to the outside easily. the trip consisted of easy rolling mountain top travel wth several stream crossings. the crossings require some nimble rock hopping, the pack was extremely well balanced for this aspect. the winter load being hauled was hardly noticed. there isnt an over abundance of bells and whistles on this piece which I appreciate, just a good solid pack. as with most backcountry gear, make sure you size it properly.

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ross baker wrote a review of on October 25, 2010

2 5

my biggest beef with this piece is its lack of durability. only one season old and this top has developed holes. I take extreme care of my gear and yet this one didnt hold up to moderate use. I think it may have to do with the wool content. I have found that my other merino pcs that contain a higher synthetic to wool ratio tend to hold up better. some may argue that you loose anti funk abilities and I would agree, but this is a cold weather piece and I often camp alone. I'll take longevity over stink ability 6 days a week.
I also found this piece to be the itchiest top I own. two other IB items i've purchased have had similar wear and tear issues.

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