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Bozeman, Philadelphia

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Thomas's Bio

My hobbies are outdoors, so in order to enjoy my hobbies, I have to be comfortable and my gear needs to be functional. My two passions are Schutzhund (high end dog training: tracking, obedience, protection) and Montana skiing. I don't like bulk. I do like style. And I have to have durability. That's why I pay more for things and probably explains why my brands are La Sportiva (boots), and Arcteryx (pants) and Norrona (tops, jackets).

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just shipped 5 marmot vests to me and this montbell. I am 5 feet 7 193 with 32 inch waist and the Montbell is the choice. Yes it costs more but you get what you pay for. It is fitted which the marmots aren't and it is not long which I Love. Chose a medium and it fits great. I am surprised how warm it is. You really cannot wear in the office because it is too hot.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on April 29, 2012

5 5

I am really happy with this jacket. It has really long arms, very slim midsection, broad shoulders. The thing that has me most impressed is the Flex 1 softshell fabric which is by far the best material I've seen. It is really flexible, very thin and stretchy, and it blocks out wind and is pretty amazing with rain. I got the blue jacket and I think it looks really sharp. I have lots of jackets, nearly all of them are now Norrona, but the most practical of all are soft shells. With this thing, I've finally replaced my 5 year old Arcteryx.

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tdudnyk wrote an answer about on January 6, 2012

To the guy from Minnesota, you have no idea what you are talking about. You can replace your arsenal of nice assorted clothes and replace it with the Fission SV. Try one on, use it, and see for yourself how well it fits and how functional it is. There is no better winter jacket than this. Anyway, why do you want to layer all the time? What a pain in the ass. just put on a Fission SV and you are protected and comfortable.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on January 6, 2012

3 5

Let me preface this review by saying that I am a heavy Norrona convert who moved over from Arcteryx a few years ago. That being said, I am not giving this jacket high scores. I moved from the Arcteryx Fission SV to this jacket in red. They are totally different jackets, and for my uses, I should have bought another Fission SV. Here's why: This thing is long and made to end under your ass. It is like a Theta SV shell. I know why it is long. It is for warmth on things like lifts where your butt can freeze, but for shorter people who are not wearing it skiing, it can make you look stupid (I am 5'8"). What could really fix this or at least allow flexible fitting would be an inner waist cinch which the Fission SV does have. This succeeds in reducing bulk in the belly area and keeping a snug fit. This jacket is rather loose in the body and not like the Lyngen line which is super snug in the body. Either way, a waist cinch could fix this. The other thing that sucks is the unbelievably long arms on this. In a climbing jacket, I get the need for long arms as your arms need to be able to extend fully over your head. But on this? Maybe the Norwegians are built like aliens, I don't know. This thing is super warm, I mean otherworldly warm. It really doesn't make sense in something so THIN. Primaloft must really have come a long way. I like thin. I like the warmth big time. The color I wish was more like the color on the website. It isn't. It is not vibrant. I know because I have a red Lyngen jacket and that is red and vibrant. This Lofoten red is dull and washed out. Great opportunity missed here. I like the bold color schemes Norrona uses. Know what you are getting into and if it is right fit, and you are taller, you will really like this jacket a lot.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on January 13, 2011

5 5

This is one hell of a jacket. I got the green, but also ordered the red and returned it. I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about regarding the color, the jacket is red all over. As for the quality, it is built very solid, but be aware that this jacket is made for mountaineering and climbing. It has a very unique fit. I always wear a M in Norrona jackets, but for this, I wear a S. The body is super tight and the arms are super long. The pit zips are designed to be easy to open and close (halleluia, someone finally figured this out!). This is a jacket made for extending your arms above your head (like in climbing). If you don't need it for this, your best bet are the skiing jackets. As for me, I am the enemy of all bulk, and this jacket lets me be active without compromise. The shoulders are massive, the hood is terrific, the upper pocket is perfect for my iPhone, and the zippers are truly unique-I have never seen anything like them ever before. What I really like is that the zippers "click" when you begin unzipping or when they lock in place-very cool and very functional. I did not test it in the rain, but lets hope this jacket proves more waterproof than XCR which never really keeps the water out-don't know how Gore Tex bamboozled us into believing that one. The colors are phenomenal. I went to Big Sky to ski in Montana and all the ski shop owners kept coming up to me and asking what kind of jacket I had. That was pretty funny since Arc is pretty the new North Face. Sure, there are a few nits on this jacket, but it isn't worth getting into here. Oh, one more thing I really like...the back of the jacket comes down to mid butt which is very much needed and the front stays at belt height. Trust me, you'll love this thing, it looks like it will last for years and years.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on November 24, 2010

5 5

I am an avid outdoors person in the winter (I train Schutzhund dogs). You have to handle the cold for about a dozen hours at a pop. These long underwear make it happen. I never thought I would say this, but they beat the Arcteryx RHO. They are stretchier, and are anatomically made to better conform to your body. These are a bargain.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on November 24, 2010

5 5

These guys make really the best fleeces out there. They also cost a ton, but are worth it. Fits like a second skin, looks cool, and is remarkably warm. The wrist holes are super trick and help to keep your knuckles covered. It is made of the same material as my Arcteryx RHO long underwear which means it is super insulating.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on November 24, 2010

5 5

Man, the problem with buying online is that the pictures never do you any justice. You have to wait until it arrives before you know what you are getting. This could not be more true than with this jacket. I thought Windstopper would be stiff and not move well. I was totally wrong. This jacket is like a second skin, which I love. I am the enemy of bulk. It moves effortlessly. Here's how sick it is: I ordered the green one and the red one because I couldn't make up my mind on the color, with the goal being to send one of them back once I made my choice. I am actually giving serious thought to keeping BOTH. The colors are 50x cooler in person than they are in the pictures. Yet another Arcteryx jacket of mine is going in the dustbin. Now, if only Norrona made pants with "short" inseams (like Arc) I'd be 100% Norrona tops and bottoms.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on May 31, 2010

5 5

These are the sweet spot in the lineup for Arc. To me, they are better than the palisades pant which is 35 bucks more money for a belt. I like the leg pockets better as it is easier to stash things in them without having to zip/unzip all the time. I am buying two more pairs tomorrow. They have a high crotch, so don't go too small with these if you are a guy as you'll need room.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on May 25, 2010

5 5

I saw the discount-and already love, love, love Norrona stuff-and went for two pairs of these. I also have three pairs of Arcteryx RHO ARs, which were the best in class for heavy duty long underwear. These Norrona's are better. The fit is like a second skin, more athletic, more form fitting. I am bummed I paid $100 each for the RHOs. I am also bummed I never bought the matching top for these Norronas. I can't say enough about this brand. Arcteryx needs to wake up!

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on May 25, 2010

5 5

I bought a pair of these and a pair of the palisades pants. They are both nearly identical in fit and fabric, but for my budget I just can't see the added benefit of the palisade at its price point. So for me, these are great. You will lose an inch on the waist in the dryer. It also doesn't come with a belt, so figure out a belt that goes with the style of the pants.

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tdudnyk wrote a review of on March 8, 2010

5 5

Just got it. Awesome orange color. Very long in arms. Tight/snug in through the body. Longer than Arcteryx in arms and body. Primaloft is amazing at how something so thin makes you so hot. This thing fits under a shell super easily. Way, way more streamlined than my existing Delta SV-and it has a hood with the Delta does not have.

This is my first Norrona piece. I have about a dozen Arc pieces. I am still pissed that my Beta AR with XCR Gore Tex never kept out the rain, no matter how many times I "recharged" it with DWR. I am on my way to Norrona from now on. Way more stylish stuff, great quality, more innovative!

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