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sco3656860 wrote a review of on February 22, 2014

5 5

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

I bought a thermoball jacket on sale just to give it a shot. You can believe the positive reviews - this jacket is insanely warm for its weight. I now practically live in this jacket. It is perfect on its own in cool temperatures and works great as a middle layer when really cold. I have a patagonia DAS parka and the thermoball is nearly as warm and half the weight. Congrats north face you've got a winner here. I'm 5 foot 9 and 175 pounds and a medium fits perfect.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

Amazing pants. Bought them 3 days ago and can't take them off. They are so light and flex so well you barely know they are on. Tested them under the tap and they are virtually water-proof as well. No binding at the crotch what so ever. Only small quibble is that I wish there was at least 1 zippered pocket for security. Flaps are pretty secure but I would be paranoid about storing something as valuable as a passport in there. I give these pants a 95% review. I want to order another pair!

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

5 5

Just got one of these little wonders the other day. In love with it already. I'm wearing it at home right now! Can't take it off. Weighs nothing and is far warmer than you'd expect. You barely feel it on your head other than the warmth that it creates. Now you are not going to rely on this in freezing temps but for cool days its the go to piece. If its super cold you can always throw on a thicker beanie over top. What I love most about it is that it folds up so small that you can carry it in your pocket and not look like a dork. I've got a lot of Arc. pieces and I am crazy about them all. You get what you pay for with Arcteryx each and every time.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on February 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love Arcteryx but just can't recommend this jacket. For me its more about the fashion than the function. Main complaint - its cold as hell. Maybe it works well if you are sweating up a storm on a cold day but the second you stop you feel the chill. This thing adds almost zero warmth to a base layer as the wind goes right through it. It's also cold to the touch. Its not something I'd want to carry in the mountains. Much better to take a hardshell which will cut the wind and let your mid layers trap heat. I guess I am not really a softshell person. I still can't figure out what they are for. Yes they breath when you are working hard but the second you strop you freeze. All that said it looks wicked and is a great city jacket in warmer weather.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on July 30, 2012

5 5

Used these for a long hike on snow last weekend. Plusses: they have awesome coverage being that the lens is large. They really turn dark on the snow, almost too dark when the sun went behind a cloud! The antifog treatment works pretty well but don't expect miracles if you are sweating they will fog. Finally the built in neckstrap works well and can be synced tight to hold the glasses in place. Minor problems - the lens can be hard to clean on the inside being so deeply recessed. And they are a bit loose on my face. I must have a thing nose bridge. I wish the bridge part would be a bit more like my oakleys. In any case the neck strap can be used to keep them put on your face.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on July 22, 2012

5 5

Just got these today. They are 100000x better than my old clumkers from the 1990's. The quality and design is outrageously good for the price. I feels SO good to buy European made climbing product. Last week was a Petzl ice axe made in France and this week its new crampons made in Italy. I'm sick of buying everything "made in China". I like that the G10's have mellow points (after all I'm mostly planning snow and glacier plodding). I also like the fact that the front points don't stick out like vicious knives from the front of the boots. I feel a little better knowing that I'm not going to impale the back of my leg if I trip. On the other hand these are not nearly agressive enough for steep ice and snow. The strapping system is super secure and totally idiot proof. I like the fact that with strap-on crampons you don't have to worry about the things popping off at the worst time. Overall I am thrilled with my new Grivel crampons.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on July 5, 2012

So small
5 5

Just got my Resqlink from Backcountry.com and wow is it small and light. So much lighter and smaller than both my SPOT (1st version) and especially my ACR AQUAFIX (2006 model). Bought the Resqlink because it was cheaper than replacing the 6 year old battery in the Aquafix. Now I will carry the PLB with me on all adventures. Used to leave the Aquafix at home because it was too big and heavy to lug around. It is even smaller than my Spot which wouldn't be as effective in a real emergency anways. And no subscription fees also. Win win win.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on June 5, 2012

4 5

I wear a medium in most things including arcteryx which is known for a tight fit. I ordered these bibs in medium and when I tried them on they were ridiculously tight on me. I could even barely get the cuffs over my foot. Thought I was going to blow a seam. I managed to pull them on but could barely breath. Quality was good and they are light but be sure to size up. For the record I'm 5'9" and weigh 170. These are going back. I'll swap them for a large and hopefully I'll nail the fit.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

I thought long and hard if I should crack open my wallet for these pricey pants. Very happy I did! I will wear them like a 2nd skin over the next few years. They fit great, the pockets are huge and zippered (great for travel), the material is stretchy and apparently very durable to top it all off. They fit very snug though so I'd order up a size if you think you are on the border between sizes. I'm 5'9" 170 lbs and the large fits great. I've come to the opinion after buying a lot of Arcteryx stuff that it is absolutely the best on the market. While very expensive it pays you back over years of use with absolutely bomber gear. I just counted and I have 3 beanies, 2 packs, 1 sun hat, 1 hardshell, 2 fleeces, 1 softshell jacket, 3 tops, and now this pant, all from Arcteryx. I love each and every piece. I'm an Arcteryx buyer for life.

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sco3656860 wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

Just picked up my Phase AR crew yesterday and immediately went for a training/conditioning hike & overnighter in cold and damp conditions. Pushed myself hard uphill with a 35 pound pack and while my head was dripping with sweat my back stayed nice and dry. Usually my back is soaking wet from sweat trapped between my top and my pack but not with this bad boy from Arcteryx. Love this top already and I can see myself almost living it in over the next couple of years. I just got home from the trip and just smelled my armpit and no stink!!

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