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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know this isn't a cheap reel, but it's a step down in price from some of the top of the line, large arbor, bigger game reels. However, it performs like it's in that upper echelon. The drag is really smooth and powerful, too. It seems to engage right away and has no problem slowing any fish I've had on. Line pick up is fast and efficient. It's not a super heavy reel, but I definitely wish it were lighter. But then again, if it were, it would probably cost $600!
If you want a great performing reel that won't break the bank, definitely check out the Hydros.

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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

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

I was a little hesitant to get the Ghost Whisperer because of the price tag, but I did anyway based on its great reviews - and I'm really glad I did. It's amazingly light weight - the lightest down jacket I've ever owned. The outer material is extremely light and seems thin, but it's remarkably tough. I've caught the jacket on rough wood and trees and it hasn't been any worse for the wear.

The outer material shed moisture, but things do get damp somehow, the hydrophobic down still keeps me warm. So you can wear it as an outer piece, or layer it under a ski shell.

My one gripe would be that it's slightly boxy fitting, but minimally so.

I'm 5'11 150lbs and a medium seems to be the proper size. Because I'm skinny, that my be why it seems boxy.

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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got the size II on a 5wt H2. It looks great by itself but makes the whole rod/reel package look really classy. It does the trick of holding line well, as all smaller game reels are meant to do. Drag adjust quickly and smoothly.

My two qualms are the arbor release lever is very small and stiff. It hurts your finger nails to try to release that lever. I think that could be redesigned to make it easier on the user.

Lastly, I know it's not a large arbor reel and I perhaps even could have gotten a size III for my 5 wt, but line pickup is slowww. But that's probably to be expected.

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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got the 5 wt H2 and use it as my main trout rod. As a tip flex, it's got the power to throw some good sized streamers, which it does well even on bigger mid to bigger sized rivers.

But I think where it really shines is the more delicate presentations with shorter casts. For a 5wt tip flex, it's remarkably accurate and pretty soft. It won't match the soft presentation of a slow action specialist - but it's accuracy is incredible.

It's the lightest rod I've ever owned, which is great for a long day of casting. My hand doesn't get tired or cramped, no matter how long I'm out there.

Craftsmanship seems to be typical of Orvis' quality and the cork is so smooth and amazing. It feels great in your hand. Plus, you gotta love the carbon rod tube - it makes the whole package so light if you're hiking to a remote water.

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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 22, 2015

Awesome Resort Ski Pants
4 5

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

For bib-lovers, these are a great option for resort riding. The mid height bibs are great for providing more protection on deep days, but not a full chest height bib that can be too hot on warmer days. Another great feature of the bib is that these have a very light elastic "cuff" thru the waist, so when you want to take off the suspenders, there's enough hold there to keep the pants from falling down.

The gore text pro is amazing for storm riding - nothing penetrates it. Even though these are a bomber shell, they're remarkably lightweight. In that sense, they're a great compliment to the Arc'teryx Rush jacket.

My only qualms with the Stinger Bibs is are the pockets and the cut of the bottom cuff opening. The pockets up on the bib are really small and not gusseted at all, making them useless for anything but small stuff like chapstick. And even then, because the pocket is so tight, it's hard to fish the chapstick out.

As for the bottom cuff, it seems to ride up my ski boots a little bit (see photo). It's just a little bit of ride up, which I think it caused by the articulation in the knee. Not a big deal but in a perfect world they would stay down a bit.

Overall, these are great Bib and I highly recommend them. I'm 5'11" and a slender 150lbs and a Medium fits pretty well. Maybe if they were slightly longer I wouldn't have that ride-up problem. Otherwise the fit is great.

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Charles Chanatry

Charles Chanatrywrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

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

I've got a few Arc'teryx pieces and this is my favorite. Typical of all other Arc'teryx products, the craftsmanship is impeccable. Top quality and fine attention to detail.

This shell is great as a ski shell because it is cut a bit roomier than the most fitted Arc'teryx jackets, which means you can layer properly underneath it. If you need to put a down jacket on for the coldest days, you don't feel constricted by a restricting cut.

The simple design is well thought out with big pockets situated in the right places for ease of use. Gore Tex Pro sheds even the harshest weather - I've never been damp or wet with this jacket.

Even though the Pro Shell is so tough, the Rush is a remarkable lightweight jacket. Even though it marketed as a winter piece, it could easily be worn as a 3 season jacket for rain, sleet, snow, you name it.

I'm 5'11 and a pretty slender 150lbs and a medium fits me great!

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