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ski3895471 wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I am a gear head. I own tons of performance clothing that includes Arcteryx, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, etc. This is my favorite shirt of all time. I own 4 pairs of them because I love them so much. Since I live in Arizona, I want a shirt that has the best moisture wicking abilities, comfortable, and ultralight as possible.

They are superlight, ultra comfortable, moisture wicking, very best shirt that I know of. I use it for mountain biking, hiking, or any other outside activities.
The build quality is second to none. Got any problems with any of the Arcteryx gear or clothing? They stand behind their products. They are 100% lifetime guarantee. ANY problems? They will fix it or replace it for free.

Best performance shirt. Period!

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ski3895471 wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

1 5

I own 5 different pairs of mountain bike shorts by different manufacturers. This my least favorite hands down.
I have 31-32 waist and this 34 shorts is tight on me. Since it's tight and has no zipper, trying to pee in the wild is quite a challenge attempting to pull down a sweaty bike short. Pockets are small and tight. You can't remove the inner liner.
Durability sucks. stitches are barely hanging and one of the drawstring opening is wearing off. Only advantage is that it is lightweight.
As you can see I am disappointed with this one. Get the Royal Racing Matrix Short(Read my review).

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ski3895471 wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am an intermediate level mountain biker who proudly owns '08 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon.
Before this short I already own 4 more shorts from different manufacturers(Oakley, Zoic, Endura, and Fox). Endura's zipper fell off after few rides. Fox short is very tight fitting and quality stinks.
I never heard of Royal Racing but I decided to give it a try since it was on sale and it has excellent reviews.
This is the absolute best mountain bike short I have ever worn! I love the side velcro waist to fine tune the fitting. The cut is perfect right above the knee(I am 5'11"). It is very comfortable and light. I can wear this thing all day! I loved it so much that I bought 2 more pairs(One for my my father in law).
Love it love it love it!

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ski3895471 wrote a review of on September 16, 2011

5 5

I am addicted to Arcteryx clothing and I own two of these, an Ether long sleeve, AND an Incline Crew.
Out of these top 3 Arcteryx performance shirts this is my favorite! It's super light, very comfortable. It feels like I am wearing almost nothing. Gusseted arm sewing makes raising my arms very easily. It would be awesome for climbing for example. I have the graphite and pewter color. Love the graphite. Classy looking. Moisture wicking at its best.
I wish I could get every color! Best shirt for living here in Phoenix.

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ski3895471 wrote a review of on July 30, 2011

5 5

I have been a backpacker over 25+ years. I finally decided to purchase THE BEST 3 season sleeping bag on the market, bar none. After reading numerous articles and reviews, I narrowed it down to 3 finalists: Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #1, Marmot Helium 15, and the Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15.
Being a Backpacker Magazine subscriber for over 5 years(Excellent magazine) I was leaning towards the Marmot which has won the Backpacker Magazine Editor's Award. But then I found an excellent website which changed my mind: www.outdoorgearlab.com. It showed some of the most detailed reviews I've ever seen, and they are absolutely correct! Marmot has no neck baffle, which does not insulate the body from the cold air coming into the body area from the face opening. Also it has an unusually wide torso area which is good if you are a big stocky guy, but otherwise it is inefficient if you have athletic slender or medium sized body (I am 5'11" 155Lbs). Montbell is also excellent bag, but the hood design is pretty poor and I really dont' care about their stretching ability. It also adds few more ounces.
Finally there is one more bag out there, the most expensive Marmot Plasma 15 which costs $470, but it's way out of my price range.
So there it is, my final verdict is MH Phantom 15. And I love this bag! Backpacker Magazine just proved that they are not always right! :)

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