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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a really simple light jacket without many features, but the fabric is deluxe and is well made. I agree with other reviews on the waist is narrow, hood is smallish, and sleeves are long. I would add the zipper is hard to pull past about armpit height. Also, it does not layer easily because the fabric is grabby - so if you want to layer much under it, get a size up (but wait, the sleeves are long)... And, no pit zips so it doesn't breath as well as it could, and not a headphone port or interior pocket, or ski pass pocket on the arm to be found. In fact the external chest pocket conflicts with a backpack shoulder strap, so I can't imagine using that pocket with a pack on. My friend said it best, it's like a softshell zip-up hoodie. If you want a more feature rich shell for skiing, keep looking. But this is still a nice jacket for a lot of adventures or just wearing to be warm and dry at the bus stop.

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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on October 8, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not a good tire unless you only need them for a dozen rides, as in "racing". This is a racing tire. Don't be fooled, it won't last you 6 weeks. Or I'm a monkeys uncle. Look for other Maxxis tires for sure, I have had some last more than a season, but steer away from the Ikon and especially the non-EXO version, which is a Trojan.

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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on May 29, 2013

2 5

I can see my face - pores and all, like looking in a mirror. I think they need some anti-reflective coating or something. Its highly distracting when cycling, or golfing, or driving, or walking the dog. Besides that they are really nice. But Smiths and even other Native's I have do not have this issue. I would steer away from these.

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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

Great zippers, I really like how easy they are to pull, even the pits and I don't do yoga. But, the front does not pull up from the bottom which is a fairly serious oversight in a "technical shell" so this is not. Also, the wrist gaiters are too tight and/or long and generally not needed. You can cut them out. The front of the hood is too high and rubs my chin all the time, and besides that the electronics pocket sucks. That pocket is better for something else that you don't use all the time, because it is on the inside, no pull on that zipper, behind the front zipper (the tall chin whacker with non-detachable hood), and, well I still like this shell. It has kept me dry and somewhat warm although that takes some nice warm Stoic underlayers. Its good stuff I hope future versions have some refinements. I would buy again for sure. But don't expect miracles ha. Perfect for: giraffes, long skinny arms, flip phone users, skiers of all stripes, and your mom. Really she would appreciate this jacket if trying to ski in the mountains in a storm. Don't get her anything less than you would use. If she's paying for this, then lead with that my friend.

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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know right away fleece and my best friend are, well, best friends.The knit on the better sweaters seem to do well with dog hair, in the right color of course. Also these sweaters are very warm and really too much so to wear indoors when the heat is on (in a yurt one might enjoy the coziness, but not in your office?) I size UP to make donning the jacket over a shirt much easier and just a tad better coverage (pull the extra sleeve over a cold steering wheel!) I also wear it under a shell a lot as it is not wind proof or rain proof... but perfect under a shell. I plan to use this item for about 7 years I hope. Get one, you will like it too.

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sgl100416312 wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

4 5

I gave up tele for a few years because of my old flimsy bindings and skis, but this season grabbed these bindings and some traditional skis (as far as that goes - past years Elan 999) and now I love it again. The spring and directional true-ness are sweet. They do what your feet do. Just right to me anyway. In the groomed or crud, I wish there had been deep powder, but alas, it was all good turning at the resorts. i didn't tour on them but I would guess they are worth the extra weight in more extreme terrain, but not extensive XC touring. Just a guess on that one.

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