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Bryan P.wrote a review of on July 10, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Ok pants. Waist is a little large and the draw cord is quite short. The picture shows what appears to be an adjustable belt, which is not a feature of these pants. It isn’t in the description, though, so I guess I should have payed closer attention. I’d recommend going 1 waist size smaller than your jeans.

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on February 27, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I ordered these to give them a shot. I figured they be sized to wear over layers for basecamp or emergency situations, but they would not fit over a softshell pant with a baselayer underneath and had to return them. They seem like they're made to go over just a baselayer.

On a more positive note, they seemed very well made. The outer fabric seemed durable and overall they seemed like high quality.

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on February 6, 2019

Wonderful jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I’ve worn this jacket as a snowboarding shell, snowshoeing, mountaineering, and ice climbing and it has not let me down. I have broad shoulders and the large fits great with a baselayer, Atom AR, or down puffy under it if needed. The large trim fit is just a little more voluminous than my medium Alpha SV which is the regular fit. The length is very similar. It is very waterproof and wind proof as advertised and breathes well. The hemlocks work quite well also. I hope it lasts for several years!

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on February 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

I have used these on 3 winter ascents of Mt. Washington as well as ice climbing in Stowe, VT. I had very little time to break them in and found them to be very comfortable. They kept my feet warm in very cold conditions. They take my Lynx crampons perfectly. I cant wait to use them in the Tetons in a couple of months. I only have a pair of Mammut GTX boots to compare them to, but these are much more comfortable. Street shoe size 10.5. After trying on several pairs I kept size 45. I have had no issues with heel slippage, hot spots, or toe smashing. I wear a thin Smartwool liner sock, or a midweight Darn Tough sock only.

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on January 9, 2019

Great Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Just had this out on Mt. Washington for the first time. The first two days we were not able to summit because of heavy wind and snow. I was completely comfortable in this jacket, a Smartwool baselayer, and a quarter zip light mid layer in 70 mph winds with gusts up to 105. This thing is bombproof. I started with the Proton AR under it, which came off almost immediately. My point is that this thing really keeps you warm, which makes it a great winter shell. The pit zips also helped dump heat when necessary.

I am a muscular 5 feet 10 inches, 190 lbs with broad shoulders, 32 pant size, 42 - 44 chest. I tried both a medium and a large and went with the medium. It fits the Proton AR or Atom LT under it with no issues at all. I cannot really ever see myself needing any more layering than that with how windproof it is. I can easily fit a puffy over it if I needed to, which I never did. Interestingly, the regular fit medium SV fits almost identical to my large Alpha FL, which is the trim fit. I am a little obsessive when it comes to sizing and was back and forth with what size to keep on this one. After putting it to use I am glad I kept the medium. It fits a nice midlayer under it, but is also not too baggy with just a thin layer either. As always, Backcountry.com has great customer service and has never given me issues with any of my returns or exchanges. I hope that helps!

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on November 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I purchased this as a replacement for my nano air that no longer fits. This is a great jacket. I’m 5’10” 185 lbs. with broad shoulders. I purchased a medium to layer under my Alpha SV and to wear alone when there isn’t much wind or precipitation.

It is a little tight in the upper back, shoulders, and chest, but it’s a trim fit, so I kind of expected that with my build. I have a medium Alpha SV, which is Arc’teryx “regular fit”, that has ample room in the shoulder/chest area. Overall, the sleeve and torso length are spot on, so I decided to keep it rather than going up to a large and risking having a lot of extra fabric flopping around. Because of the stretch of the fabric the fact that it is a little snug does not restrict mobility and it stays at my waist with my arms overhead. I actually much prefer this jacket to my 2016 Nano Air size large that I am swimming in after losing some weight. It seems more durable as well.

The material is great. It breathes well and is much warmer than meets the eye. The down puffy is now kept in my pack for emergency situations. There really is nothing about it that I would change.

I highly recommend this as a layering piece for frigid temps with just a baselayer and a shell, or stand alone jacket when the weather is cold, but decent, and you’re on the move!

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Bryan P.wrote a review of on November 13, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

I was looking for a high end soft shell pant I could use for general mountaineering and ice climbing. I ordered a medium and a large. I wear size 32-34 jeans depending on the brand, but my actual waist measurement is 36”. I’m 5’10”, 185-190lbs (depending on the day) with an athletic build. The waist of the large must actually measure around 38-40”. I was swimming in them. The medium fit well in the waist (even though the size chart says 32” for medium) but was too tight in the legs, so there would be no way to comfortably wear any base layers. I will say the pants are very nice and burly. The fleece lining is nice as well. The medium alone probably would be great for ice climbing alone with nothing underneath, but not necessarily as part of a layering system for winter mountaineering......and the size chart apparently means absolutely nothing. Being that I’d likely fit into something between a medium and a large, I returned both pairs.

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