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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 21, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is a really solid looking coat. The combination of down and other insulation makes it a little heavier than a typical down jacket, but if you don't care it makes up for it with features. It has a nice expedition look to it if you want a solid looking piece of gear to wear around town and out for dog walks. On the hill it also seems like it would be plenty warm, but maybe not the warmest down jacket out there. The removeable hood is nice, but also adds extra hardware that adds weight and bulk around the neck. Still, the hood works great and the jacket looks nice with it off as well. The removeable hood can lay flatter than other hoods because the neck flaps detach from the collar.

I was looking for a lightweight packable down jacket, and while this can be packed down, it wasn't exactly what I had in mind. The Marmot Guides is still hands-down the best jacket in the price range.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 21, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

For a 750 Fil jacket, it is not that warm. I have a 650 Fil Marmot Guide from Backcountry that is significantly warmer. However, this is a very nice coat as described. It is a great extra warm mid-layer to a shell. It would also be nice to just wear around town on cold, but not bitter cold days. Looks nice, has the name brand you may want to show off, but didn't really fit into what I was looking for.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 28, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is a very well designed down jacket for a fair price. It you want a light and warm winter coat this is the one for you. The only things I did not like were that 1) it wasn't puffy enough (more below) and 2) the main zipper binds at the bottom. Needs a better zipper.

For me I am looking for a comparable or warmer replacement to an old Marmot 650 FIL jacket that I bought here. That old Marmot is very puffy and surprisingly warmer than this 850. I don't know a lot about geese, so I'm not sure if it is the quality of the feather or just that the marmot has big puffy air trapping chambers, but it's warmer. Other than that, I would have kept this for sure. I think it is better for your cold city walks than for northern mountain adventures. I wanted something I could pull out of pack after a day of snow activities when I am damp from exertion but things are about to cool down with the setting sun. I didn't feel this was the right jacket for that.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on December 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Frankly the best multi-use underwear I've ever bought. I wear it for snowboarding, hikes and as dailywear for life in general. They last long, are always dry and comfortable.
For a while Stoic seemed to have stopped making these, so I'm very glad to see they are back in stock and hope to see them as a staple item on Backcountry.com.
Price is a little high for underwear... I don't get that. I guess... sheep. ?

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on October 29, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These are pretty easy to slip into, which is nice. I wanted an all weather outdoor shoe for dog walks and back yard chores. That's the good part. The bad part is that EVERY TIME I take them off the insoles come out with my feet. Well, not all the way out, but they bunch up and require smoothing out the next time you put them on. So, where they can be easy and quick to slip on, it's not as convenient when you have to reinsert the foot bed every time. I suppose I need to glue them in or put down some velcro tape. It's unfortunately someone at Bogs didn't already take this into account. The issue is the shoes are snug (but very comfortable). Being snug, when you take out your foot, any loose bits come with it.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on February 10, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got this pant to replace my old AK 2L Stagger pant which Burton does not make any more. This is a fine pant that fits loose enough to allow freedom of movement when riding. It has some issues worth mentioning, though.

First, there is mesh on the crotch vent but not on the side vent. That's a big fail. You ride in powder you will eventually forget that side vent is open and be digging fistfuls of powder out of your boots.

Second, the Stagger also had high quality RiRi zippers on the cargo pockets that kept out water and opened and closed easily when caked with frozen snow. The swash has cheap zippers with small teeth covered by a flap. So, while that keeps the moisture out (the flap) this zipper can be hard to open/close in certain environments. Like when you have moist snow on it that then freezes.

Third, the 2L fabric is not very durable. You will very quickly find abrasions and punctures from things you contact or items protruding from full pockets (GoPros, tools, etc.). While Burton claims a good warranty on its AK line, I have had pants returned to me that I felt wore too quickly with the explanation "normal wear" given to me.

Fourth, the integrated belt is AWFUL! AT 6'2", 185 lbs, the XL pant is the one I need for length and for room in the legs (so it doesn't bind up when riding). But the two wimpy velcro elastic bands do little to keep the pants in place. They have had this inadequate design for years.

Companies like Norrona have a very functional velcro cinch strap belt integrated into the pant. It works fantastic! I don't know why Burton has missed this for so many years. You will get snow down your ass with Burton pants. It was not a problem when they had the zip to jacket interface, but that has gone away as well. They need to amp up their game on waist support.

In the end, I did keep this pant because of the fit I wanted. However, you are paying for the brand name. There are better quality pants for less money.

This pant does have a nice heel cinch on the back of the pants so you don't walk all over your pant legs. Easy to pull up and down. Much easier than the old snap interface they used to have.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 27, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I really wanted to like this pant bib as I'm sick of getting snow down my ass. However, I think they'd just be a little too hot on a hike and they had minimal venting, which wasn't even mesh lined.

These would be warm I suspect since GoreTex never seems to breathe as much as Gore thinks it does. Some mesh lined vents at the sides AND the crotch would be good.

Also wish is had large cargo pockets you can put gear in, in addition to the hand and vest pockets. Need more places to throw a camera, tool, energy bar or whatever. Seemed a little slim on those features. Some felt for the butt and knees wouldn't been nice.

Also, while I'm putting a wish list togther, something to hold them up when the suspenders are down. Even a little elastic drawcord to give the pants a reason to stay up.

All that said, it's a really nicely constructed bib.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 27, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 2' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I was getting these to replace my Burton AK 2L pants. These are better designed and constructed. Really nice features and the integrated belt they have is awesome. I wanted to keep them for that feature alone...

...however, they are just a little too snug for sports movement. They would bind up a little when you would squat down (bend knees) or hike with them. When you are loaded down with a bunch of gear you don't want the pants giving you any resistance. The Burton pants just move with you a little better.

It could have been the full felt lining inside which kind of sticks to my base layer instead of sliding smoothly. Again, really liked the pants but just didn't think they'd be comfortable for the long haul.

Loved all the pockets and the large ventilation, although I wish they had hip and crotch vents to open up. The mesh lining on the vent opening, though, was a nice touch. The lower gators around your boot fit nice and snug removing the need for the lace hook that some pants have. They also were snug enough at the ankles so that you wouldn't be stepping on your cuffs as you walked.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on November 4, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I used to have an OR Nimbus Sombrero for many years. I recently lost it and had to replace it. I researched many hats and tried on many of the OR hats and this Seattle Sombrero is the closest thing to my old Nimbus.

First off, for cold, rainy, Seattle days...this hat is probably perfect. For me it will be more of a 3 season hat (Spring, Summer, Fall) and it seems a little overbuilt and hot for summer use. I used to use the Nimbus for kayaking and my head rarely got hot. Kept the rain off and the sun off.

But, there are two things that make me worry about the Seattle version - 1) it has velcro on the sides instead of snaps. So, if you don't look in the mirror when you put the sides up they are often mismatched or crooked. The Nimbus had snaps so you only had one way to put the sides up and it was always perfect. 2) The entire inner hat is lined. That and Gortex not being nearly as breathable as the folks at Gore would like you to think, it seems like it'll be a sweaty hat to wear on a summer day. No ventilation options at all.

But, it was the closest thing to my old Nimbus so I bought it.

Seems very well constructed and I have not doubt it is waterproof.

Regarding sizing, I measured my head and the chart says I'm a solid Large. The large is very big on me. I have to tighten the inside strap all the way to make the hat comfortably snug. Plus it looks pretty baggy up top (lots of extra room). I ordered a M and found that was too snug, but the brim and top were just the right size. So, I stuck with the large.

I'm feeling this is the best hat I've found but maybe not the best for me. Or maybe I just miss my Nimbus. You know how it is when you lose an old trusted piece of gear and have trouble finding it's equal...

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I have several pairs of these that I have bought over the years. It is now all I wear for sport and daily wear so I pick up a pair or two when they're on sale or when my laundry duties are just not keeping up with my wear.

These last a long time. No holes or break-down after years of use. They are really well made. You forget they are on. For jogging or biking I like a little snugger fit than these provide, but for hiking, snowboarding and everything else I use them for...they're perfect.

On trips they are nice because you can get 2-3 days of wear out of a pair assuming you don't sh*t or piss in them. Do you do that? You should talk to somebody about that. Anyway, makes packing easier as you get some wear without any funkiness.

They're breathable in the summer and warm in the winter. I like them better than similar Patagonia underwear I have tried.

When Stoic stops making these I hope they give lots of notice so I can stock up for life!

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on November 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

There are a lot of quilted jackets and mid-layers out there and many of them are too glossy for me. This is stylish, functional, but more masculine than many other the very shiny quilted mid-layers.

I'm 6'2", 185 and according to their size chart the L is the right size for me. The large fit really nice and if I wanted it as a true mid-layer with only intending to have thin shirts underneath, it is the way to go. Whether you want it for sport or dailywear. BUT, if you are going to have a sweater or fleece under it, it's not big enough.

I returned my L and got an XL. Its roomy without being baggy on me. Looks perfect with a big sweater or fleece under it and also looks nice without it. I think I can still wear it fine as a midlayer under my shell, but at this point it is probably more of a winter daily wear coat for winter hikes and work.

Price seems a bit steep for a pretty lean set of features. You have two pockets on the outside and one on the inside. Should have a little more zips and tricks for the price. It's also missing pit zips/vents. Does seem like a well made jacket, though. Also, I think Icebreaker only has a 90 day warranty period in their stores and 365 days on their website, but if you buy it at Backcountry, you can return it forever! So I bought it here. Yay Backcountry!!

I have not worn it in winter weather yet. They say it is warmer than 800fil down. I don't see how that could be true...maybe it prevents less heat loss but a big puffy down coat traps a lot of air to keep you warm as soon as you put it on. This feels like a great coat but it isn't instant warmth like the feeling you get when you put on a big puffy coat. I'm confident, though, that when I'm active in it and generate my own heat, this will keep it inside.

All in all, a really nice looking coat that seems quality made. I looked at the North Face jackets first and didn't see anything I liked as much as this one. We'll see how it performs!

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

2 5

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

If you really like to crank your bindings down on steep runs, steer clear of the new Burton straps with angled ridges (double take buckles featuring insta-click). I had a lot of two I tested, but here is what I found....

...first I bought a pair of Diodes. One of the bindings would crank down solid, the other would crank down 2/3 of the way and then skip. I called Burton and they said that isn't normal. I returned the bindings and bought the Genesis (for other reasons).

These bindings look and feel a lot better than the Diodes both BOTH binding straps skip. It was impossible to tighten them as much as I like. When I am about to head into a steep run I like to really crank down my straps. Crank them down so you can feel the straps pressing against your feet and you know there is a solid connection. I don't ride this locked in all the time, but you know the runs when you need it. The bindings didn't deliver.

I thought my Diodes might be a fluke, but when I found that both of my Genesis ankle straps did this, it must be the design. Which is sad because it looks like all the 2014/2015 Burton bindings have this new ratchet. So pick yourself up some 2013/2014 bindings on close-out with the old straight-up ridges. They're better. ;)

Oh, one more thing....if you ride a lot you have probably had your ratchets go bad after a while. They make them a lot better now, but still every once in a while you will blow a spring and need a new ratchet which are easy to pick up from your local Burton shop. Well, with these new ratchets the ratchet is integrated into the entire strap. I didn't see any way to remove just the ratchet. I suppose the shops will have to stock the entire assembly, for what it's worth.

Too bad, with the exception of the ratchets, I would have kept the bindings! The new forward lean adjustment design on this binding is awesome! The simplest I have seen out there.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on March 23, 2014

2 5

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

This binding is cool looking but it doesn't have some of the nice tech of lower end bindings. For example, the forward lean adjustment is impossible to adjust without tools! It has an extremely tight clamp and then you are manually sliding a metal square on raised ridges like you did 10 years ago. Burton has much better adjusters and this isn't one of them.

The ratchets did not work well for me. One of them would only tighten 2/3 of the way and was impossible to crank down. I tried two different ratchet straps with no luck. I'm hoping it was just a fluke but it could be this new technology isn't dialed in yet. So if you really like to crank down your boots on big runs, this may not be the binding for you.

Didn't seem very light. It was very stiff though and it looks cool.

I returned it and got the Genesis instead. (I hope the ratchet works better).

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 17, 2013

Sick Precision
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This board is sick. I've ridden CustomX and BaronES boards in the past, then took a break for a couple years and tried a rocker stick. I really missed what camber did for me on the steep runs so this year I came back to camber and love it.

I took the CustomX out to Jackson Hole for a few days and forgot how precise this board is. When you are burning down a steep run, through a mogul field, or doing sidecountry I was reminded how the CustomX takes you wherever you tell it. I never had a moment where you initiate a turn, realize the board won't be coming around exactly as planned, and had to redirect to a slide or lower angle turn instead...everything I did, even when my legs were getting tired, the board just responded.

I'm sure some of that is coming onto a factory fresh board from my old rocker toy that's been beat on for a couple years, but I loved it! When you have to carve on the steeps the board is there for you. No washing out. you have the control needed to swing this around and get yourself out of trouble or into a nice stretch of powder!

I was also impressed that even since I purchased the wide variant, the edge to edge response is very quick.

You can't go wrong with the stainless steel edges either that don't rust up while your board is drying out for the night.

The edges and base took a beating from early season rocks, but everything seemed to hold up well with no core shots or edge dings so the construction seems possibly stronger than prior years or else I'm managing rock hits better. I still wish it had the 45:10 edge to give it a little more beef.

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Performance wise, the jacket does the job and kept me warm with minimal layering underneath and the underarm zips provided more than adequate venting when needed. However...

The skirt is awful. First, it has no adjustabiliy- just one set of snaps that is not snug enough on me. Second, the jacket to pants interface loops are AWFUL. There are 3 loops with weak plastic snaps that come un-done every time you bend over to adjust a boot or binding. There is NO WAY these will keep snow out of your back if you wreck on a powder day. Of the 3 plastic snaps one of them completely tore off on the 2nd day of use. Bad design. A zippered pants2jacket interface is the best, but if anything give me adjustability and better quality.

2nd, all the zippers stick. the main zipper sticks at the bottom on the way up, and at the top on the way down. It is very frustrating as it takes concentration to carefully zip it every time you open or close the main zipper and sometimes it still gets stuck at the top out of sight from you. The small waterproof zippers on pockets and vents are also very difficult to move on the mountain. It is very difficult to do one hand adjustments on slope or lift. You need to hold the material with one hand and adjust the zipper with the other.

There is no place to attach a pass. The pit vents are not mesh lined to keep out snow (and in this 3L jacket you are going to NEED to vent on a powder day when you are working and generating sweat). It would also be nice if they put a little felt inside the pockets like they do on the inside of the collar. Would add comfort on a cold day without adding much weight.

It's still a nice jacket but for $500 I'd expect more features and performance, while still keeping it as a light weight shell. I either got a lemon or nobody field tested this jacket and actually used the features. ?

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Aarrggh!wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this jacket and returned it, but only because of the color. I was hoping the Larimar Blue was more of a "smurf" blue but its on the teal or aqua-marine side.

The jacket is killer though. It is very well constructed with superior features throughout. It seems to be lightly insulated such that with a base layer and closed vents you'll be fine in the coldest conditions, but in similar jackets with only one layer underneath and vents open, you can ride on a spring day.

All the seams are clean. The pockets are so snug I know a drop of water won't be getting in, and it hangs on you nicely. Some jackets bulk up and bugle but this is very comfortable and looks great (if you like the color teal).
Just a super featured jacket over all.

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