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Tobe wrote a review of on January 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these recently after skiing in the TLT 5 Mountain for the past 3 seasons. After looking at these boots in a local shop, I knew I had to make the upgrade. I loved the my old TLT 5, but it had a couple of areas in the design that I felt could be improved upon. First, the removable tongues were cumbersome, awkward, and time consuming, especially when transitioning frequently. When in walk mode, the old Ultralock buckle was bulky and made it impossible to use gaiters. This may seem like a minor point, but it nearly caused me to fall because my crampons snagged my pant legs while traversing a steep section on Mt. Hood. The buckle also eventually wore a hole in the inner cuff of my $400 ski pants. The standard velcro Powerstrap on the old model never stayed where it was supposed to while hiking. The lace system of the boot liner never stayed tied, and eventually the eyelets broke forcing me to abandon the laces entirely. The new TLT 7 addresses all of these issues while maintaining the same great characteristics on both the up and the down. The tongue is now fixed to the boot, eliminating the need to play with cold, icy plastic parts while on top of a windy ridge. The Ultralock 3.0 system uses a sort of double-throw buckle system that makes the boot much less bulky. It is also much easier open and close the buckle when switching from walk to ski mode. The old velcro Powerstrap has been revised to use a cam buckle closure that significantly stiffens the boot and stays put while in walk mode.
The new velcro closure on the boot liner is an improvement on the old lace system, but this is the one area that I feel could still be improved upon. The only other downside is that for me, the TLT 7 is 4 mm shorter in the sole length than the TLT 5 (in size 27.0), requiring me to remount my fixed-mount Superlite 2 bindings. Remounting could have been avoided if I had been willing to buy the adapter/adjustment plates from Dynafit which seemed overpriced at $85. If you have never tried any of the TLT boots, I can tell you that the 60 degree range of motion in the walk mode makes a huge difference over many other AT boots that only have 30 degrees of range. This translates into much less fatigue, and more vertical feet on your tours. The boot also skis as well as anything other than alpine boots while weighing 4 or 5 pounds less. Overall, I highly recommend these boots to anyone in the market for an AT boot, and in my opinion it is probably worth spending the extra money on the TLT 7 versus buying an older version of the TLT on closeout.

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Tobe wrote a question about on October 9, 2013

Gamma MX or Gamma SK? I ski in the Wasatch, about 25-30 days in the backcountry every year plus a Big Cottonwood season pass this year. My main focus would be a pant that works well for touring, but warm enough for some moderately cold resort skiing too. My go-to setup for the past several years has been a mid-weight capilene base layer with a 3 layer gore hard shell Arcteryx pant. This seems to work well for me on most typical Wasatch days. I must say, I am still skeptical about the lack of side zip vents in these new soft shells. So which to buy, MX or SK? Any recommendations? Windproof and breathable are probably the two most important qualities for me.

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Tobe wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

4 5

Not really much to say, it's just a T-shirt. it Is comfortable and has survived a few trips through the washing machine with no significant shrinking so far. I seems to be a decent quality This is a form-fitting design, a little tighter through the arms and shoulders than the average T-shirt. As a personal preference, I like my tees a little loose for casual wear. I own several other Arcteryx items, and XL has always been a good fit for me at 6'2" and 210 (46 jacket). I had to return the XL in this shirt and go with XXL. Unless you want to look like you are dressed for a night at a European disco, I suggest going with the next size up.

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Tobe wrote a question about on June 13, 2012

Does anyone know why this jacket costs so much more than the Fission SL and Fission SV models? Is the Coreloft insulation that much lighter and/or more breathable? Don't get me wrong, I own two other Arcteryx jackets and I believe they make the best jackets on the market right now. But as far as I can tell, the Fission SL has the same Gore Pro Shell with a slightly different insulation material and retails for $698. Is this jacket really $300 better? I ski in the Wasatch, usually 50+ days a season , about 50% resort 50% backcountry so the right combination of breathable/warm/waterproof is something I am willing to spend the extra money on if it is worth it.

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Tobe wrote a review of on February 18, 2012

5 5

After having had a chance to use these about 5 times, all I can say is that they work as intended with no issues so far. I was concerned because I have heard that with the mohair, you sacrifice some traction and durability for the lighter weight. I ski in the Wasatch, and I have climbed several of my favorite skin tracks in conditions ranging from hard refrozen snow to new powder. With this width, you can climb just about anything with no trouble. Having owned the BD full synthetic nylon skins also, I can say that in my opinion the mohair mix performs just as well and is much easier to fold and pack, especially in cold conditions. I suppose only time will tell if they are lacking in durability as compared to nylon, but who really wears out skins anyway?

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