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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Fit: Runs small

The Beta SL Hybrid is as light as it gets for a fully-featured jacket. It uses a blend of Gore-tex with C-Knit Backer, 2L Paclite Plus body, and 3 layer reinforced wear areas. I love that it has big harness-compatible pockets and pit zippers. The fit is trim - I had to size up if I was layering.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Fit: Runs small

The Beta SL Hybrid is as light as it gets for a fully-featured jacket. It uses a blend of Gore-tex with C-Knit Backer, 2L Paclite Plus body, and 3 layer reinforced wear areas. I love that it has big harness-compatible pockets and pit zippers. The fit is trim - I had to size up if I was layering.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on October 13, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size

The Alpha SV is as far as I'm concerned the toughest jacket out there and the ultimate alpine shell. This 3L Gore-tex Pro shell is as durable as they come and is built with more detail than I've seen in any jacket. It is 15.5 oz, has a hip-length 28.5 center back length, and a regular fit to accommodate layering.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 10, 2019

Super Light, Super Waterproof Rain Pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: Large

The Zeta SLs are great ultralight rain pants in Arc'teryx's Traverse line designed for hiking and trekking. They are made of Gore-Tex's new 2-layer membrane called Paclite Plus. There is no lining in Paclite Plus, just two layers laminated together to create a really thin, light and packable shell that is completely wind and waterproof. It is also really breathable! Paclite Plus a has a really nice feel against your skin and it isn't super crinkly like previous Paclite shells.

These minimalist pants have a fit that I found to be true to size in both Arc'teryx and other rain pants. I'd call it a flattering fit - slim, but with enough room for a baselayer or shorts. I'm 5'4 with short legs and the regular 31

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 10, 2019

Quick Drying Sun Shirt!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: Large

The Kadem series is made with ultralight Phasic LT fabric that provides 50 UPF sun protection, wicks, dries super quick, and sits off of your skin to keep you dry and cool on hot days. I love its versatility! I have worn it all summer but will be using it literally all year long for hiking, climbing, paddling, and even as a light baselayer for warmer ski days. I love this shirt so much that I also got the tank top and love it, as well! They are both so light you barely even notice they are there.

The fit is trim/flattering but doesn't stick to you and doesn't have any tight spots on me. I say it is true to size. I wear a large in most Arc'teryx tops and this one, as well. For reference, I found it to have a little more room than the similar Motus.

I've used the Kadem hiking in the hot and dry Wasatch, Yosemite National Park, and hot and humid Squamish, BC and was most impressed with breathable it was, how quickly it dried and how comfortable it was both in softness and staying cool and dry in it.

I love and definitely recommend the Kadem long sleeve top and the tank top, as well! If you have any questions about this top or any Arc'teryx products, please reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you don't know already, Arc'teryx has been building and selling harnesses since 1989. They were originally called Rock Solid Manufacturing and harnesses were the first gear they made. After using all kinds of harnesses out there, I can tell you Arc'teryx's harnesses are on a totally different level! They are incredibly comfortable and lightweight, yet as strong as it gets. I've seen them made and R&D tested in person in Arc'teryx's Arc'One in New Westminster, BC, and was blown away by the amount of detail that goes into these harnesses. After wearing and seeing how they are made, I feel they are the best and most comfortable harnesses out there.

Arc'teryx has 2 models of women's harnesses currently, the FL-355 and the AR-385A. The main difference is that the AR-385A (AR for All Around) has adjustable leg loops and the FL-355 (FL for Fast and Light) has fixed stretchy leg loops and weighs even less. Both are great, it just depends on your preference for leg adjustability and the size of your legs.

The feature-rich AR only weighs 13.6 oz and is designed to handle any and all types of climbing. It has 4 gear loops, 4 ice clipper slots, auto-locking buckles, rear haul loop, adjustable leg loops, a quick hook that allows you to easily release the rear strap to go to the bathroom without taking the harness off. The whole harness is built with incredibly strong Warp-Strength Technology that provides an unprecedented even weight/pressure distribution across the whole harness structure, eliminating pressure points and providing next-level support.

The last thing you want to be thinking about when you're climbing is your harness, so if you're looking for an extremely comfortable, lightweight, and low-profile harness with every feature you need that's as strong as they get, I highly recommend you try the Arc'teryx AR or FL harness. If you have questions about either of these harnesses or any other Arc'teryx product, feel free to reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com .

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 8, 2019

Most Comfortable Harness I've Ever Worn
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you don't know already, Arc'teryx has been building and selling harnesses since 1989. They were originally called Rock Solid Manufacturing and harnesses were the first gear they made. After using all kinds of harnesses out there, I can tell you Arc'teryx's harnesses are on a totally different level! They are incredibly comfortable and lightweight, yet as strong as it gets. I've seen them made and R&D tested in person in Arc'teryx's Arc'One in New Westminster, BC, and was blown away by the amount of detail that goes into these harnesses. After wearing and seeing how they are made, I feel they are the best and most comfortable harnesses out there.

Arc'teryx has 2 models of women's harnesses currently, the FL-355 and the AR-385A. The main difference is that the AR-385A (AR for All Around) has adjustable leg loops and the FL-355 (FL for Fast and Light) has fixed stretchy leg loops and weighs even less. Both are great, it just depends on your preference for leg adjustability and the size of your legs.

Tipping the scale at only 12.5 oz, the FL harness is so light you don't even notice it is there. I like for my legs to feel snug in a harness, so I wasn't sure what I would think about the FL until I tried it. After wearing it, I realized I actually prefer the leg loops in the FL to the AR because the stretch leg loops move with you and feel secure yet extra comfortable. I wore it around all day climbing in Squamish and barely noticed it was there whether I was climbing, sitting, or hiking to the next climb. I never took it off until I was done for the day.

The ultralight, yet feature-rich FL is designed to handle any and all types of climbing. It has 4 gear loops, 4 ice clipper slots, auto-locking buckles, rear haul loop, SureFit elastic fixed leg loops, a quick hook that allows you to easily release the rear strap to go to the bathroom without taking the harness off. The whole harness is built with incredibly strong Warp-Strength Technology that provides an unprecedented even weight/pressure distribution across the whole harness structure, eliminating pressure points and providing next-level support.

The last thing you want to be thinking about when you're climbing is your harness, so if you're looking for an extremely comfortable, lightweight, and low-profile harness with every feature you need that's as strong as they get, I highly recommend you try the Arc'teryx FL or AR harness. If you have questions about either of these harnesses or any other Arc'teryx product, feel free to reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com .

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 7, 2019

Great All-Around Tank
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: Large

The Ardena is a racerback tank top made of a super soft organic cotton-poly blend wicking jersey knit fabric that is great for anything from casual wear to yoga to climbing. I loved the soft and comfy Ardena top so I knew I'd also love the tank.

I have worn the Ardena tank top several times this summer hiking and climbing in super hot and humid days and always stayed comfortable. The fit is trim and flattering but has enough room that it doesn't stick to you. I love the long drop-tail hem! I'm typically a large in most tops and performance tank tops and a large Ardena tank fits me perfect. I love this top and definitely recommend it.

If you have any questions about this tank top or other Arc'teryx products, feel free to reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Norvan VT2 shoes are designed for running in vertical, technical terrain and are the perfect all-around mountain shoes. They are great for hiking, trail running, climbing approaches, scrambling, and can even be used for some climbing. Arc'teryx put a ton of detail in these shoes, as they updated the original grippy Norvan VT and re-designed the midsole and outsole to make them more comfortable and improve their overall ride.

These shoes have a ton of features, such as a climbing zone at the forefoot for edging and smearing, a TPU plate underfoot for rock protection, aggressive Vibram Megagrip outsole, breathable mesh upper, a re-enforced medial rand, toe cap for extra abrasion-resistance and durablilty, and my favorite - the integrated tongue pocket to stow your laces and keep them tied. The fit is relatively narrow, volume-wise, but is true to size in length. I love how well the advanced lacing system holds my foot in place!

I tested the VT2s all summer and have worn them everywhere from hiking wet, slick granite in Yosemite and Squamish to rocky scree fields in Big Cottonwood Canyon to dry and dusty trails with stream crossings in American Fork Canyon. I found them to be breathable enough to hike in hot, dry Utah. In addition to them being breathable, they drain quickly! What I was most impressed with was the overall comfort and the performance of the outsole. They had great traction on wet and dry surfaces but the lugs were low profile enough to perform great on both hard and soft surfaces.

If you are looking for a do-it-all mountain shoe that will give you a smooth, comfortable ride on virtually any surface, I highly recommend you give the Norvan VT2s a try. If you have any questions about these shoes or any other Arc'teryx product, feel free to reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 7, 2019

Do-It-All Mountain Shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 8

The Norvan VT2 shoes are designed for running in vertical, technical terrain and are the perfect all-around mountain shoes. They are great for hiking, trail running, climbing approaches, scrambling, and can even be used for some climbing. Arc'teryx put a ton of detail in these shoes, as they updated the original grippy Norvan VT and re-designed the midsole and outsole to make them more comfortable and improve their overall ride.

These shoes have a ton of features, such as a climbing zone at the forefoot for edging and smearing, a TPU plate underfoot for rock protection, aggressive Vibram Megagrip outsole, breathable mesh upper, a re-enforced medial rand, toe cap for extra abrasion-resistance and durablilty, and my favorite - the integrated tongue pocket to stow your laces and keep them tied. The fit is relatively narrow, volume-wise, but is true to size in length. I love how well the advanced lacing system holds my foot in place!

I tested the VT2s all summer and have worn them everywhere from hiking wet, slick granite in Yosemite and Squamish to rocky scree fields in Big Cottonwood Canyon to dry and dusty trails with stream crossings in American Fork Canyon. I found them to be breathable enough to hike in hot, dry Utah. In addition to them being breathable, they drain quickly! What I was most impressed with was the overall comfort and the performance of the outsole. They had great traction on wet and dry surfaces but the lugs were low profile enough to perform great on both hard and soft surfaces.

If you are looking for a do-it-all mountain shoe that will give you a smooth, comfortable ride on virtually any surface, I highly recommend you give the Norvan VT2s a try. If you have any questions about these shoes or any other Arc'teryx product, feel free to reach out to me at amcclary@backcountry.com.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on September 4, 2019

My Go-To Rain Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: Large

The Zeta SL is a great ultralight rain shell in Arc'teryx's Traverse line designed for hiking and trekking. It is made of Gore-Tex's new 2-layer membrane called Paclite Plus. There is no lining in Paclite Plus, just two layers laminated together to create a really thin, light and packable shell that is completely wind and waterproof. It is also really breathable! Paclite Plus also has a really nice feel against your skin if you're just wearing a t-shirt or tank underneath and isn't super crinkly like previous Paclite shells.

It has a trim fit that I found to be true to size in both Arc'teryx and other rain shells. I'd call it a flattering fit - it has enough room for a light layer like an Atom SL or Delta LT Fleece but isn't boxy. I didn't notice any spots that were tight at all. The center back length is 27.4" and covers my bottom. The arm length is plenty long enough.as you can see in the photo -

Arc'teryx somehow snuck in virtually all features you'd want in a rain shell in a super light 9.3 oz shell. It has an adjustable storm hood, waterproof center zipper, 2 RS slider zippered hand pockets that are strategically placed to wear with a pack or harness, adjustable bottom hem, and velcro wrist tabs.

I've been using this jacket the last three months. I have hiked in it in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah and the humid Coast Mountains in Squamish, BC and even skied in it at Mammoth Mountain in California in late June. I am really happy with its performance and was especially impressed with its durability and breathability. I love this jacket because it keeps me dry in the rain and comfortable and dry inside.
I highly recommend the Zeta SL and am glad to answer any questions about it or any other Arc'teryx product. amcclary@backcountry.com

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on August 29, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size

The Proton LT is a really comfortable, warm, and breathable jacket meant for virtually any cold-weather mountain activity. I like to think of it as a warmer, more breathable, and more packable Atom LT. You still get the comfort and softness you love with the Atom, but both the interior lining and exterior fabric are both air-permeable. It also has strategically placed 80 and 60 grams of Coreloft Compact Insulation. It is durable enough to handle anything the backcountry can throw at it and because it is so breathable, it is incredibly versatile. The fit is trim, but true to size. Similar fit to the Atom line but slightly longer in the back.

If you have any questions about this or any other Arc'teryx product, feel free to reach out to me directly at amcclary@backcountry.com

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on August 1, 2019

Road Trip Staple!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tested the Yeti LoadOut GoBox for a few weeks this summer and loved it! I honestly thought I'd like it but didn't realize it was something I needed until I went on a multi-day road trip. I used it as my camp kitchen storage box. It was so great because it has a divider, storage tray, and removable mesh zippered pockets. It kept everything super organized, so I knew exactly where to go to get my items instead of fumbling around and misplacing them in big bags.

I also used it as a drybox/SUP seat, which it was PERFECT for. It is the perfect height for a SUP seat and keeps everything dry. For me, this piece of gear went from something I liked to something I need and will be getting soon. I highly recommend it!

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on August 1, 2019

Great 3P Tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tested this tent out for a few weeks this summer and really enjoyed it! It has tons of floorspace and headspace and lots of pockets. I didn't take it backpacking, but did use it for car camping. I used two 25" long/wide pads and still had plenty of room for my gear. It packs into a longer, skinnier package and still only weighs about 6lbs. Pretty solid for a 3P tent! I definitely recommend it.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on August 1, 2019

5 5

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

I've tried tons of sports bras, but when I tried the Phase SL, it was game-over. It is easily the most comfortable that I own and can handle anything I need it for. I have a large chest and need a good amount of support. The Phase SL offers the perfect blend of support and comfort. It fits true to size and isn't constricting. I found it plenty easy enough to put on and take off. It does a good job of temperature regulation and moisture wicking. Because this bra is so comfortable, it is the first one I reach for whether it be for casual/daily use skiing, or even hiking. It is easily my favorite bra that I've ever worn.

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Ashleigh McClarywrote a review of on July 29, 2019

5 5

The Proton LT Jacket is a highly breathable, packable, insulated mid-layer that's meant to do virtually any activity from skiing to climbing. It warm enough to be a stand-alone jacket with 80 grams of Coreloft insulation on the inside but has a shell made of breathable and Fortius Air that allows air to pass in and out but also prevents vapor accumulation/sweat build up, making it a perfect insulating layer, as well. The zipper has been updated this year to a "No Slip Zip" so it stays tight in place. I'd describe the Proton LT as a more packable and warmer yet more breathable version of the cult-classic Atom LT. If you prefer the hoodless version of the Proton LT, it will save you about an ounce and a half in weight.

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Ashleigh McClaryMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY on July 29, 2019

The Proton LT Jacket is a highly breathable, packable, insulated mid-layer that's meant to do virtually any activity from skiing to climbing. It warm enough to be a stand-alone jacket with 80 grams of Coreloft insulation on the inside but has a shell made of breathable and Fortius Air that allows air to pass in and out but also prevents vapor accumulation/sweat build up, making it a perfect insulating layer, as well. The zipper has been updated this year to a "No Slip Zip" so it stays tight in place. I'd describe the Proton LT as a more packable and warmer yet more breathable version of the cult-classic Atom LT.

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