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Arne's Passions

Hiking & Camping


Arnewrote a review of on February 8, 2007

4 5

Firstly, I love it to death, and it keeps me toasty now that Ithaca, NY has gone from 40 to near zero at night. I'm a very tiny dude (5'4") and not built, so I ordered a small. That was probably a mistake...if you want to put it over your other layers while belaying or striking camp, buy a size larger than you need. My men's small is fine for around Collegetown, but there is no way I'll fit it over my hard-shells - I should have gone a medium. Additionally, cinching the waist cord made it go - the fabric at the back to which the bungee cord was sewn tore away - within the first 3 weeks (bought it 4 weeks ago). So relying on the lifetime guarantee there. The 'small' on me goes just to the waist, just barely, so it's not keeping the butt-cheeks warm..although climbers may appreciate this (or not?). I think others have commented on the rest..fleece handwarmers, great loft, good in the details save ONE!! The zipper is a pain to use..normally takes 4-5 tries to get it to work..making sure the zippers are right down the bottom. Disappointing for a $300 jacket. The hood is great..don't buy the version without. The neck can be a bit tight if you're wearing e.g. a softsthell hoodie or fleece with a high neck underneath..cough cough. Otherwise I love it. Can't comment on rain, although you won't want to use it in above freezing anyway. Just be aware that a 'small' really is very small, although I can't comment on mediums. I guess I can always wear it as a super mid-layer! Compacts to size of summer down sleeping bag, w/ about the same weight.
tight lines!