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tinymonkey wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

4 5

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

I think of this as more of a down insulated shirt rather than a jacket, which gets me around the absence of hand pockets. My only real gripe is that the snaps are quite thick. Doesn't matter for the front closure, but the 3 of them on each cuff can be quite uncomfortable when resting your arm on a table. I'm temped to replace them with buttons...

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tinymonkey wrote a review of on December 11, 2007

5 5

Last year I bought the Marmot Ultimate gloves, and this year I got these Black Diamonds. I have yet to put these gloves to work as snow in Tahoe has been a little hard to come by, but the Black Diamonds are much warmer gloves, and I'd have to say the construction quality is a bit higher. The Marmot's are certainly a fine pair of gloves, but I think I'll use them for the warm weather days. The Black Diamonds have a rather scratchy wool interior, which doesn't bug me but could be a deal breaker for some people. It'd be nice if these gloves had a cinch at the wrist, but that's not a huge deal. My only other gripe is that the gauntlet material is stiff enough that it makes it a tad difficult to get a good seal around your forearm by pulling on the cinch cord. Plus, the spring in the cord retainer is so strong that it makes me feel like I'm going to break the cord because I have to pull on it so hard. All in all, minor issues for such a great pair of gloves.

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