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Alpine Aesthete wrote a review of on April 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently made the move from LOOK to Shimano pedals. I have nothing against LOOK and continue to support them and like many of their products (indeed, I still love the feel and tactile click-in of my 20-year-old LOOK pedals). However, I recently got a new build and decided to go with Shimano for a number of reasons, but namely because I'm on the tall side at 6'3" and 195 lbs / 90 kg, with a size 13 foot, so I wanted something with a wider platform to give me stability when I'm sprinting or climbing in standing position.

I've been quite pleased with the performance of these pedals and I also love the fact that they offer a solid click in feel and sound. After using them for 6 or 7 rides, I would say that I can click in without looking down about 75% of the time so far, and I expect that to go up to 90%+ once I have more rides in and have the muscle memory of where my new cleats are.

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Alpine Aesthete wrote a question about on September 30, 2016

I'm looking for a climbing pack that can double as a bag for grad school. I know there's no laptop sleeve, but does anyone know if it could accommodate a 13" laptop? (Plus a couple books, jacket, etc?) Is this more robust than Patagonia Ascensionist? (which is a great pack but only for gear not books.)
Urban style packs just don't do it for me and can't cross over well into climbing or backcountry, so I'm hoping to find a compromise.

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Alpine Aesthete wrote a review of on November 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 36 Long

These are not skinny jeans or hipster pants. And for me that's awesome. Like a couple other reviewers here, I'm a long-time skiier/cyclist/alpine climber, and so I have thighs and gluteal muscles. These are pants you can actually move in: I often sit cross legged on the floor, roll around when playing with my kids, and last but not least I can actually fit my wallet in the front pocket when I run to the grocery store. Sure, these will not have the same 'style' as some fancy Japanese denim 'raw' jeans, but let's call them for what they are: a solid product from Marmot for outdoorsy type people. I'd give them 5 stars all around, 5 stars for quality, comfort, and practicality; and maybe 4 stars for style (given the stretch, the seat/thigh patterning could stand to be *slightly* closer fitting without being tight).

For comparison sake, I wear 36 waist by 34 length in J-crew (regular fit--nothing 'skinny') and in Mountain Khakis (broadway style). These fit true to size. I also found them more comfortable and better fitting than patagonia's jeans.

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Alpine Aesthete wrote a review of on April 6, 2015

5 5

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

As a telemark skier and ocassional climber, I put out a lot of heat when I'm moving. 'Earning your turns' and bending the knee means a lot of perspiration. I tend to overheat in full shells, yet get too cold when I'm at speed or if there is a strong cold wind, which we get a lot of in the Northeast. The Alpha Comp is a versitle piece of gear throughout everything but rain or really wet and slushy snow.

As a taller guy, I appreciate the longer arms which are also helpful for climbing. I tend to pair it with the Fortrez and a wool baselayer--or with the Atom LT on colder days (which also provides a slight layer of wind buffering since the Alpha Comp is not windproof in the softshell area).

I wear a size 42 blazer/sport coat with a 36 waist and the Large is a perfect fit for me. Front zipper length measures 28.5 inches and the center-back is about 3 inches longer. It will accomodate a base layer and a mid layer like the Atom LT. But a puffy down layer would not work (although a down jacket used as a 'belay jacket' OVER the shell will work because it is close-fitting). Of course, this is not the type of shell you would wear with a puffy underneath nor the type you'd take on a multi-day trip anyway. This is an ideal jacket for done-in-a-day pursuits and/or pursuits where you have high exertion, but need some protection from random spindrift or a snow storm that has blown in from the west.

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Alpine Aesthete wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

I had to search long and hard to find a proper bib pant. I prefer bibs as they offer more protection and coverage--and extra warmth which can nevertheless be regulated quite well. These particular bibs have belt loops, so if you are skinning up or high output and have your shell in your pack, you could theoretically just cinch up the waist with a simple belt out of climbers' webbing.

I don't normally like to comment on size as ever person differs, but I will say that my size is very similar to other athletic people who enjoy the outdoors. Still, I have to say that these fit me better than anything else I tried. Mammut seems to have the right balance of roominess, without being baggy. I also considered the Arcteryx Stinger and the Black Diamond Front Point Gore Tex Bib Pant, but I felt the Mammuts were superior.

As a tele-skiier I really appreciate bibs (I always felt pants were to constricting) and I love how I can articulate in these and not even notice the pants. Because the bib is high, I usually combine it with a soft-shell and/or Nano Air type breathable layer unless super windy or cold. My playground is New England where the weather is often wet or brutally cold or unpredicable or back to above freezing--all within a week, and sometimes even within 24 hours!! But with these bibs I'm looking forward to next winter :)

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