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Adam C.

Adam C.

Adam C.wrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've used this jacket for years. It is perfect for almost any situation. It's shockingly warm and can be used as the only insulation layer for most situations yet breaths so well, that one is rarely overly warm. It's perfect for skiing in CO. Great on bigger peaks as well. I didn't take it off for an entire week long Denali prep on Rainier in February. Don't waste time thinking too hard about this one, just get it and you'll be happy.

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Adam C.

Adam C.wrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

I just got these boots for times other than double boot territory and they are terrific. Due to very cold feet, I've used the Spantik boot for years above 14k with good results, however, I needed a more nimble boot. These were surprisingly warm in about a foot of snow on Mt of The Holy Cross above 14k. I used only a pair of compression socks and was very warm. The fit is unbelievable. For a size 8.5 I ordered a 41.5. The heal lock is perfect and there is a ton of room in the forefoot. When I first looked at the boot it seemed as if the forefoot would be too loose, but in fact the fit is better than any other. I took it on 12 miles and 5k elevation gain right out of the box with no blisters. Way more comfortable than I could have imagined. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a cold mountaineering boot.

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Adam C.

Adam C.wrote a review of on March 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

5'8" 135# and use a medium. The fit is perfect. I've tried all the others and found them all to be either too baggy or to restricting for high stepping. I've found it to be very water resistant and the times I've gotten them wet from sweating, they dry very quickly. Quite simply outstanding.

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Adam C.

Adam C.wrote a review of on March 2, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

have used pack a good bit in CO mountains and for 1 week in winter on Rainier. It's quite large, but I did have difficulty placing a large winter sleeping bag in the bottom sideways even with a compression stuff sack. It stood up to snow without any difficulty, but in driving rain, the top pocket contents became moist though not totally wet. I would describe it overall as very hardy and able to take a good bit of abuse. Interestingly the back cushion on one side, which is non-load bearing, ripped off the back panel when I was adjusting the shoulder strap height. This was odd given arcteryx's usual quality, but was easily solved with some glue. The shoulder adjustment mechanism is really terrific and the rotating hip belt was way more comfortable than the Mountain Hardwear BMG that I had used prior.

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Adam C.

Adam C.wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This boot has been the only boot to keep my chronically cold feet warm without difficulty. I froze my feet with another boot on Kilimanjaro which prompted this purchase. The price tag was hard to swallow, but it has been worth it. Since the purchase, I have climbed several winter 14ers in CO and Rainer with absolutely no warmth problem. They have required no break in time and I have not had any blisters. I did Rainer with a guide who has climbed Everest several times and he commented that the Spantik is his favorite and go-to boot for every mountain he climbs except the high camps of Everest. That's pretty high praise. 100% satisfied.

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