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TheKavorka wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only con to this jacket is the material is super-crinkly. If they'd move into some Polartec neoshell, this would be the best all-around Patagonia jacket ever. I use it for everything: cold rain, skiing, winter hiking, casual wear around town. It's warm, light, great pockets (handwarmers!), and cut is good, albeit a tad boxy. Plenty of room for a layer or two, and hits at hip in the L and I am 5'11, 190.

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TheKavorka wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

First off - I know it's not designed primarily for skiing. but damn they are so close to the perfect shell for skiing! It's really frustrating because the materials are top quality, super-durable, etc. But why, Patagonia, WHY NOT PIT ZIPS! I know you say it is breatheable, and it is, but pit zips would make it perfect! Also handwarmer pockets. I can't imagine why any jacket designed for cold weather activities (hmmm ... like ice climbing, climbing, skiing) would not have hand warmer pockets. That's just lazy. I got the Lotus Greeen so my kids/friends could find me when we're skiing trees, and it is cooler-looking in person than in the pics. Anyway - it's great, just wonder why Patagonia didn't take two really easy small steps to make it flawless.
BTW - I'm 5'11, 190, and the L is an athletic fit, with room for a midlayer, while still looking trim. Runs slim in the arms.

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TheKavorka wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Blizzard Bonafide last year, and I loved em. Loved em until I switched skis with a buddy for his Souls a few weeks ago. Three days later I put my Bones on Ebay and got the Souls with Look Pivot 14s. Here's why: The Bones are great, fun, destroy crud and float like a dream. But after trying the Souls it was like going from driving a Buick to driving an S6. 4-5 turns and I went "oh sh!t" - I knew I could not go back. I skied a double black, ripped cordurouy under the lifts, found some untouched stuff in the trees, and did three bump runs. They blew me away like no other ski since the XScream, way back when. Most skis at 98 and more under foot that I have skied feel like they want you to pivot your turns, and throw you up and out a little in transition. I felt like the Souls carve, by contrast. These things are just crazy playful, agile, etc. And for the guys saying they chatter? I dunno . . . my SkiTracks program says I hit 68mph on the cordurouy GS run, and there was zero chatter. I'm 5'11, 190, and I was on the 180s, which is what I later bought. They were good enough at speed, and I like trees and bumps, so that's why I went 180 over 188. It's 4 inches. If you're not competing, I just don't buy the idea that you will miss the length if you're in the general size range. So buy what your gut tells you. Unless you're doing mostly GS stuff. In that case, you're on the wrong ski altogether, and I have some old neon green Dyna Coupe DuMonde GS in 205 in my garage I can sell you. Hope this review helps.

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TheKavorka wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

The good: extremely lightweight, you barely notice they're there, nosepad, temple pads. Style is more Monaco than Las Vegas. Color/clarity thru the lenses is pretty awesome. The bad: I know they're photochromic, but wow others can see your eyes if it's not blinding sunlight out. They also seem little small. Not that they don't fit my face, but the style is unexpectedly smaller than my other Smiths. I'm keeping them, but by a narrow margin. Hope that helps.

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TheKavorka wrote a review of on March 13, 2013

2 5

I love merino socks too, although that's a pretty meaningless statement. It's like saying I love good food. I have merino socks from Icebreaker, Smartwool, Darn Tough, and Lorpen. I would rank them in that order. Lorpen wear out faster than any of the others. If you can get at half price, it's a good deal. Otherwise, I'd rather pay more and get the better brands.

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