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vml4482441wrote a question about on March 25, 2011

I have a size small of this jacket. I like it but it seems to be a little too loose for my liking to use as a layering piece under a shell. Unfortunately, TNF does not make an XS for this jacket so I think I am stuck with a small. Ideally, I would like to have a 300-weight fleece with minimum loft and without any windproof material to use as a layer under either hard shell or a soft shell. Does such jacket exist? I have looked at Patagonia, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, etc. but I have not been able to find one. Most of the fleece jackets from these manufacturers either have a windproof membrane, or they are not a 300-weight equivalent, or they have are too fur lofty (Monkey Man). I don’t need a windproof jacket, as I have both hard shells and soft shells for that job, so I just want a heavy short hair fleece for the best of thermal regulations under a windproof shell. Thanks!

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vml4482441wrote a question about on March 25, 2011

Can anyone clear things up for me for fit? I have read thru numerous reviews on the Hyllus; some say it has a loose fit while others claim it has an athletic fit. It is listed as “relaxed” fit on the spec. I am confused with these contradictory claims. I have a small frame weighing at 135 lb and standing around 5’6” so naturally I wear a size small for most jackets. Unfortunately, Arc’s does not make a XS so I will have to be stuck with a small if I get one. The only Arc’teryx I have had is the Crossbow, which was humongous (in small) for me to say the least despite everyone claims that Arc’ stuff are designed for form fitting. As a reference, I am wearing a size small Mountain Hardwear Alchemy, which is one of my favorite outerwear pieces in the closet, as it seems to be tailored to fit my small frame. Does anyone have both the Alchemy and the Hyllus that you can compare them for me size wise? The Gamma MX is also on my list. The Gamma MX is listed as “athletic” fit on the spec, which sounds like what I want, but I am concerned that it has long sleeves for being a climber’s piece, as I absolutely hate to have excess material on my arms. Any insight you can provided on this subject will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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vml4482441wrote a question about on March 11, 2011

Why the heck did these alpine shells had to have offset drop hems? It is just awful looking to have a jacket with the back side longer than the front - it looks unfit, unbalanced, and simply weird. Why couldn’t they have even hems? Why not have the front hem long enough to wear a harness over it and with an even length back hem to cover your butt? What is wrong with this logic?

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vml4482441wrote a review of on February 26, 2011

2 5

I have a small frame weighing in at 135 lb and standing at 5’6”. Naturally, all of my winter jackets are in size small. My own rule of thumb for a cold weather shell that fits well must be able to accommodate a regular base layer along with a puffy down jacket like the TNF Nutpse as a mid layer, and have a snug fit but not overly tight. I had acquired a small Marmot Alpinist recently and was totally disappointed with it even though I am a big fan of Marmot. The Alpinist had excessively long sleeves and it fit extremely tight with a TNF Nutpse down jacket on. It was sized completely different than a small Marmot Pallisades Gore-TEX Performance Shell that I have been wearing. I did try a size medium and the body was perfect but by golly the sleeves were even longer, making it extremely uncomfortable in the arms. I know you can lock them down but still there is a lot of extra material there to roll up. This problem was made even worst by the small opening of the sleeves. I have a slender build for my weight class so I don’t think my arms are too short for my size. Why the heck in the world did Marmot make such long sleeves for this technical piece? Had they used the Pallisades size template, the Alpinist would have been great. My small Pallisades Gore-TEX Performance Shell has plenty long sleeves too for my arms but they are not too excessive like the Alpinists. I am not a technical climber (I am a runner, cyclist, skier, and hiker for now) but I would think if the sleeves were too long, they would interface with the functioning of your hands when climbing. I can see the sleeves may be 1” or so longer than the normal length to accommodate a climber to reach up but the sleeves of the 2010 Alpinist were definitely way beyond the normal extended length, at least for my arms. With that said, everything else on this jacket was right on. I especially like all the front pockets. The chest pockets had a protective hood even though zippers were the PU coated water resistant type. The same thing goes for the pit zips. The removable powder skirt is definitely a plus for skiing, as there are very few Alpine style technical pieces have one. The “stretch” fabric can be felt a bit if you pull on it but this shell definitely did not feel like a “soft” shell at all, as I was hearing that nylon creaking sound when moving around. It is definitely a hard shell with a more compliance fabric.

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