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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

This is my go to jacket for most all things spring/summer/fall. I literally take this jacket everywhere as it is always in my truck. Specifically stuffed in its own pocket in the glove box. Yes, it is that handy. It is great for those "Oh, crap, I wish I had a jacket" moments. Not too heavy but just enough to take the edge off. I use it for hiking, camping, backpacking, and running (more or less everything). Material is great and tear resistant. It is not waterproof but will bead up nicely and keep you dry in a light drissle.

Fit is true to size, I am 5'11'' 185lbs and a medium is perfect. The napoleon pocket is fantastic and also doubles as the stuff sack. The velcro adjustments on the sleeves allow for a perfect fit and the hood is great when you need it.

If you don't have this jacket, you should probably get it.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I purchased this vest for running. Unfortunately had to return it for a busted zipper. However, the overall performance was great, I think I just got a defective part. Insulation works well but it does run a tad large in my opinion. I am 5'11'' 185lbs and ordered the medium. With a lite long sleeve running shirt, the vest didn't fit as snug as I wanted. With a thicker shirt it was fine but then I got too hot. I eventually used it as a layering piece underneath my Alpha SL and it worked great. kept my arms free and not to warm but kept my core toasty. Depending on your use, it may or may not work for you. Still a good product.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

If you are looking for a great layering piece and don't want the hood, this is your jacket. I initially purchased this jacket and ended up going to the hooded version but everything is identical minus the hood. Fit is true to size but more regular fit vs the typical Arc athletic slim fit. Roomy enough to layer underneath but you seriously don't need a lot because this baby insulates like crazy. Add a little outdoor activity and you are good to go. Also great for wearing out and about. By far one of the most versatile pieces you will find.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

I alternate this jacket with my Mammut down coat depending on the cold chill. This jacket is, hands down, the most versatile piece that I own. It is great for wearing around town, skiing, and layering if needed. It adds just enough warmth without making you boil wants the activities start. It is also ridiculously lite weight and stuffs easily into a bag or pack.

Fit is true to size. I would say it is more standard fit vs the typical Arcteryx athletic trim fit. I am 5'11'' 185lbs and a medium is perfect.

I first purchased the one without the hood and quickly opted to exchange. Definitely worth the cash. If you don't already have one, you should.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I thought, like my other Arc pieces, that this jacket was going to rock. However, i was left disappointed. The fit was too snug, especially for running, and I had the same zipper problem as others have stated. Since backcountry rocks at returns, I sent it back and went with the squammish hoody. Yes, I run in this jacket. I tuck in the hood and it has been perfect. Still a fan of Arcteryx just not of this jacket.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

Despite some other negative reviews, I actually love this jacket. It definitely, as others have said, not built for extreme warmth but is great for spring and fall. If the wind is a little bitey it will take the edge off. It's also a great "out on the town" jacket and I have received several compliments over its sleek look.

Fit is definitely more athletic but still has plenty of mobility. The high pockets are nice if you are planning on carrying a pack but for most occasions they are just high pockets. The sleeve pocket is nice if you have a card or key you want to stow away. Fit seems true to size, I am 5'11'' 180lbs and a medium fits me well. I think a large would be too baggy and take away from the form fitting feature of this jacket.

Definitely well constructed as is most Arc products. Definitely recommend for a lightweight jacket. If you are wanting something warmer, I suggest either the gamma AR or atom lt.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

I have owned several rain coats over the years consisting of Patagonia, Marmot, and Mountain Hardwear. Of course these were all great brands and did what I wanted the to do. However, none of them fit as well as the Arcteryx Alpha SL. I own several Arc pieces and this continues to impress.

It truly lives up to its name So Lite. I could tell a significant difference between my MH with my pack on vs the Arc Alpha SL. The other great feature is the high pockets. This was very handy when I needed to stow gear for easy access when on the trail. The hood cinches are also amazing giving you tons of versatility to fit any shape head. Finally, it packs small and fits right in the hood of my pack along with a pair of Arc rain pants and first aid kit.

As far as fit, it is more of an athletic fit but not so snug that you can't move around. It allows you to cinch your pack tight without creating a bunch of extra material that rides up.

Sure this jacket is a little costly but for the lifetime warranty, quality craftmanship, and gortex, it's definitely worth the extra change.

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CampFiendwrote a review of on February 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a fantastic add on to your existing pack. I purchased one for my son and liked it so much I ordered one for myself. It's great for those hard to reach necessities that u want along the way. I also is mine as a sling pack for weekend trips to carry extra stuff that want fit into pockets. It's easy to adjust and clip on your pack. Definitely recommend!

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CampFiendwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This has become my favorite down coat. I have had marmot, TNF, and patagonia and this is my favorite. I have used this on some winter hikes, pushing snow, and skiing. Temps have ranged from 40 degrees to a bone chilling -14 degrees and this guy has kept me toasty warm.

It fits a little snug but that is what I was looking for in my down coat. It also is incredibly light weight but doesn't sacrifice warmth. In fact, sometimes it can get too warm.

Another great feature is it stuffing into its own pocket. I have used this as a pillow for some recent hikes which helps conserve weight.

The only catches are the goose down does leak a bit but nothing major and the zipper takes some getting used too.

Great coat from a great brand!

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CampFiendwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

This is an amazing layering piece. I purchased this for a ski trip and it worked like a charm. In fact, almost too well. I ended up shedding a layer and just had a capilene 2 and this coat with my shell on over it.

It does run snug. I am 5'11" and 180lbs. I chose the medium because I wanted it to be more like compression than an everyday coat. Wore like this it does the trick. If you want this to be more of a versatile piece, I suggest to size up.

Another great feature is the weight and ability to store in its own pocket. This will be great for a couple winter hiking trips I have planned. I also find the thumb holes to be great for keeping everything in place and are flexible enough to not hurt over an entire day of skiing.

Get it before it's gone!

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CampFiendwrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Typically I am not a fan of TNF products. Some of their higher end gear is ok but not usually my go-to brand. However, I took a chance on these hiking boots due to positive reviews and the advice of a backcountry gear head. I am definitely not disappointed.

The boot fits snug and is very well constructed. I did size up a 1/2 size from what I normally wear. It has the stiffness that you need when backpacking longer distances but is crazy lightweight. Also, the tread is amazing. I have a pair of snow boots but these have quickly become my first choice. My son and I are heading out on a 2 day 25mile hike in a couple weeks so this will be a good test for trail comfort and support.

Great product that I highly recommend.

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