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tra5609467 wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

2 5

I was looking for a versatile ski glove that I could add a liner to in the event it was real chilly outside. I know the "Beta" line is typically geared toward climbing, but these are marketed for skiing so I gave them a try. I used these in various temperatures in Colorado, Utah, and Canada (Whistler). Almost every day my fingers were freezing after just a few minutes outside. Basically, anything under 25F and I had to ball my hands up inside the glove while on the lift. Even when I added another liner it was still unbearable. The insulation almost feels non-existent. I'm a warm-natured person in general, with only my fingers ever really experiencing any sort of chill, but these gloves couldn't do anything for me.

I gave 'em two stars because I did like the wrist loops, tightening cord, and durability of the GTX Pro Shell.

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

3 5

I wanted to love this jacket. I own lots of Arc'teryx gear and I quickly falling for the playfulness of the Norrona brand. That being said, this jacket has a terrible fit for anyone that's not tall AND slim. I'm 5'11", 180lbs, with an athletic build. The jacket in medium was tight underneath my armpits and bunched up at the belly (because the long length eventually catches at your butt/hips when your legs move). So then I ordered it in large, and I felt like I was swimming in it (and the arm length was about 3" too long). I personally prefer athletic, fitted jackets instead of large, loosely fitted ones, so keep that in mind. The 2L Gore-Tex didn't seem very durable, but I didn't really get a chance to test it out. Lastly, the collar seemed to get in the way quite a bit (again, because my neck isn't long enough... apparently) and I didn't quite know how to keep it zipped for the best comfort; this is a huge problem with many Norrona jackets, though - they have the tallest, most awkward-looking collars.

As for the pro's - there are tons of pockets, and the jacket has the buttons and zippers on the powderskirt that seal together with Norrona pants (awesomeness). It's obviously not a brand tons of people own, so the cool factor is pretty high. Too bad the fit was terrible. I'll go back to my Arc'teryx Stingray (with accompanying layering pieces) and use my Arc'teryx Fission SV for when it's really cold.

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tra5609467 wrote a question about on October 7, 2012

How does this jacket compare to the Fission AR and Fission SV in terms of length? The description says it's 30.75in (backlength) but the Fission AR is listed as 30in. This can't be right, as I have the Fission AR and it sits right at the hips. So, can someone tell me what the correct length is on the Khuno and the Fission SV so that I can compare them both to my Fission AR?

Thanks!

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on September 30, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

And it cut a bit longer so that it fits like a parka. My three problems with the jacket were that the exterior fabric seemed like it would rip if it came in contact with anything (though I'm just assuming), the hood wouldn't tuck away under or behind my shell comfortably, and the hood is cut in a cone-head shape.

If they made a version without the hood (or with a removable one) I would be all over it. I wanted to like it, but it just didn't work for me.

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on September 30, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The down filling is a bit light for what I expected, the walls seemed kind of flimsy and not nearly as puffy as the Trollveggen Down 750 jacket (which felt bombproof!). Also, the Space color looks more teal colored than blue in real life. Lastly, I didn't like how the hood fit - it kind of gave a cone-head appearance and the face flaps were a bit shallow for considering this as a harsh-weather parka. It definitely fits a bit loose (for layering, I presume) than the other Norrona jackets.

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on September 30, 2012

4 5

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

that dang collar. It's too long and awkward, and looks kind of weird when not zipped all the way (or nearly so). But I'm keeping it, it's way too warm and comfortable to part with. I prefer this to the Lofoten Warm2, which is actually more expensive. It just seems thicker and more durable, and the fit allows for a little more room or layering underneath. I wouldn't consider sizing up, just know that it will hug your body.

Note that the Ebony color is more of a dark grey, and the Lake Blue color has a turquoise tint to it... Kept Ebony, but Lake Blue was a bit too bright for me and my pale skin. Can't wait to wear it under a shell on the slopes!

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on September 30, 2012

5 5

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

Awesome pants. I ordered both colors here (Caviar & Birch Green) as well as the Purple ones that Backcountry apparently doesn't carry anymore (was forced to find elsewhere). The green is definitely a highlighter green (the pic above looks a bit pale). Caviar is nice, but I wish all of the zippers were yellow instead of that dark blue color. Also, on the black, the yellow zippers and logo are different shades of yellow (one is highlighter yellow, the other is a much duller shade)... kind of annoying.

The fabric seems durable and the thin layer of insulation inside the leg gives it some added comfort and warmth over the standard 3L shells, which are more expensive. We'll see how it holds up this winter.

The fit is relaxed, but not as much as, say, Patagonia shells (which fall off my behind). It's fitted just enough, and the waist straps allow for a wide range of waist sizes.

Sent the black back, kept the green and purple.

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tra5609467 wrote a review of on September 30, 2012

3 5

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

Pros:
-Ordered a few different colors...all looked neat and unique.
-Soft, stretchy, and comfortable

Cons:
-The collar (as with many other Norrona products) is too large and looks awkward when not zipped all the way (or nearly all the way) up. It just flops over on itself.
-It runs a bit tighter than the R1, which could be a bit annoying trying to slide over my base layer
-a bit expensive for what it is.

As "cool" as they are, I'm sending them back and will continue to use my plain Jane Patagonia R1.

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