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wil100685017 wrote a review of on January 29, 2012

5 5

Wonderful jacket. Looks very cool. Got it in black to wear around town but I could definitely use it on the mountain also. This technology does breathe while maintaining it waterproofing ability. This is especially nice when going inside for a minute. I'm always hot anyways so I really can't stand jackets that don't breathe. The sizing is "normal," not too big, not too small. I'm 5'10" 235lbs and the XXL is fine for me. I pretty much wear XXL in everything. Bottom line is that with Patagonia, you know you're getting quality. Arms are just a tad long but I just tighten the button on the end of the sleeves and problem solved. It has down but I don't walk around looking like pillsbury doughboy because of too much down. I see myself using this for many years to come. Thanks backcountry....

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wil100685017 wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

4 5

Smith optics are awesome. That being said, the lenses sit far out from the eyes. For me, it was just too much space. I felt like I couldn't see what was below. I ski extreme things and I don't want to be on a ridge and having to actually look down with my head to see down. I just felt that I lost some of my field of vision. So I ordered 2 pairs of the phenom's instead. Sure, the price is better to have one pair and be able to swap out the lenses. But I have to be able to see and that's more important. They need to be able to figure out a way to have interchangeable lenses that don't sit out so far from your head

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wil100685017 wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

5 5

For the price, these pants work well. They look cool and do a really good job. The pants have pockets and some slight insulation. They have more insulation than a pair of HH pants that I have. They are much better. Spyder is a brand that you can trust. There are more expensive pants out there but ski pants are basically just a watertight barrier. No reason to pay $400 for a pair. I bought 2 pairs in different colors. I will be wearing these for many years. I had ordered another $350 pair of pants from backcountry.com and returned them because both were of equal value. I might as well have two pairs for the price of one. I see Spyder all over the mountain. It's been around for years and will be around for many more

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wil100685017 wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

2 5

This review is pretty much the same as my one for the bottoms, this top looks way stupid. If you ever peel down, and take off your jacket so this is all you had on, you would get laughed off the mountain. It looks like a bad club outfit. It looks like you're wearing fishnet. Whoever said these would by warmer than icebreakers, is high on crack. These have holes in the chest. That means nothing between you and you're outerlayer. While this idea may seem cool for say spring skiing, you would be better off with no layer or a thin layer. In the winter, these would be terrible. Go for a light layer for spring or a different medium layer for all around. Save your money and don't buy or buy another top

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wil100685017 wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

2 5

Whoever thought of these was way off base. They look like a bad outfit to go to a club in. They have fishnet in them. On top of that, it would let out air in the parts you are trying to keep warm by wearing a baselayer. The second I tried them on, I knew they weren't for me. The matching top is even worse. If I wanted air to escape in these places, like my thighs, I would wear no baselayer at all. On line, they look like they might look pretty cool. In real life, they just look and feel stupid

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wil100685017 wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

3 5

Both the Giro and Smith helmets have small holes in the base of the neck that let air in on really cold windy days. When you're sitting on a chairlift, and the wind is blowing from behind, it can make your head cold. On these days, I use a baklava or something underneath. This can be a problem with the smith helmet since it is not adjustable, like the gyro is. Also, the Smith's seem to fit a little small. The large in the Smith fit very snug and there was no room for layering underneath. I had to have XL and that was almost too loose. The quality seems comparable between both. But the gyro allows me to adjust to changing conditions. Smith should make their helmets adjustable

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