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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this glove because I wanted a solid glove that fits under the cuff of my jacket. The fit is great. It slides very nicely under the cuff. I also really like the "pull-to-close" gauntlet that makes sure the glove won't drop from the chairlift in case I take it off. It's a very thin mechanism which is very smart for a glove that fits under the cuff. It makes it very comfortable.

Dexterity is OK, but not that different from any other glove. It would be nice if the index finger was touchscreen compatible, but not a big deal.

As far as warmth, it's about as warm as any other glove I have worn. I skied with the glove about 10 times in temperatures ranging from maybe the high teens (F) to the mid 30's. My hands got a bit cold a few times, but it was at the same time when my feet got cold. In fact, my feet got cold first. So I think glove warmth had more to do with my general layering than with the glove itself. For comparison, I also have the Hestra 3 finger glove. I would say the Hestra is a bit warmer for the 3 fingers that stay together. So a mitten will be warmest, but the Arcteryx Sabre glove is about as warm or warmer than any other 5 finger glove I have worn.

Overall, this is a great glove. Well designed. Slides great under the jacket cuff and so far, it seems like a great construction. I hope to use these for many years.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on January 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I have used this jacket as a mid layer for skiing and as a casual around town jacket for moderate temps. As a mid layer, I used it with a merino base and a shell for resort skiing in temps down to 10F or less. It is super comfortable and breathable. The fit is a bit on the slim side, which is great for a mid layer. In terms of warmth, it is between an R1 fleece and a full Nano Air jacket, which is exactly what I wanted. It also fits great under a shell without much bulk. I really like it. Highly recommended.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on February 25, 2017

4 5

This boot is incredibly easy to put on and take off. And the flex is like butter. No plastic rubbing together or squeaky noises. It feels super light and smooth. Unfortunately for me I am between sizes. I was shell fit on Dalbello, Atomic, Head and Tecnica as 26.5. The FullTilt in that size is way too small unless I cut off my toes. The 27.5 is passable but has some extra room compared to other boots. There are a few other issues too. Compared to other modern boots these look cheaply made. That's just my impression. I also wish that the cables on the inner side of the boot weee covered so I don't trip on them when my boots rub against each other in the moguls. Having said that I still drool over these boots since I had to return them.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

I am at the low end of a size L. The first time I tried the helmet I was convinced that it was too small. But I tried it on a few more times and realized that it was just snug the way a ski helmet should be. I've skied with it a few times now and I'm glad I didn't size up to XL. I normally don't wear a helmet but I don't mind this one too much. I run super hot and this helmet works well, although it couldn't keep up on a hot day when I was skiing moguls. Still this is the best helmet I could find. Fairly light great quality, safety and features.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on February 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm using it with Smith goggles and a Smith helmet. It works great. It extends the goggle strap so that the strap isn't overstretched. What would be better? If the Smith goggle strap on its own was long enough to fit comfortably over a Smith helmet. My cheap non-Smith goggles fit just fine over the helmet without the need for an "extender."

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on March 20, 2016

3 5

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

This bag fits my 175cm skis perfectly. The material is fine. I wouldn't use this bag if I were taking my skis on a plane since there is no padding. But I wanted something lightweight that I can use to keep my car clean when I'm carrying my skis. This can also fit in my ski rack, although it's not recommended. The bag would be perfect if it had buckles in the front and back to tighten the bag.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on March 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The R1 is THE midlayer fleece for skiing. Fits great. Long enough to stay tucked in. Warm and breathable. Love the pocket for my phone when needed.

Not many negatives. It doesn't slide as well as I would have thought over base layers. I also wouldn't mind a thinner version since I run hot when skiing.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on March 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I haven't used these yet, although I'm sure they are great given that they are mostly merino wool.

The fit however is so-so. I wear a Medium pant in all things Patagonia. I have a 32 inch waist, right in the middle of size chart for a Medium. With their ski pants, I have to crank down on the waist adjustment and then the pants fit fine. There is obviously no waist adjustment on a base layer so I would have thought that the waist would be sized for a 31 inch waist with the elastic expanding comfortably for a 33 inch waist. Instead, the waist fits me a little loose. If you have a 31 inch waist you may find them too loose.

The same goes for the bottoms of the legs. They are OK, but a little loose. I have medium sized calves and I don't have this problem with other base layer pants. The material stretches so I don't get the design of these.

For me, they fit just well enough but if you're any slimmer you may want to look elsewhere. The material otherwise feels great and I don't doubt the warmth and performance.

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Dan F.

Dan F.wrote a review of on February 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Fit: The articulated fit is not very clean looking when you walk around. There is extra material. The pants look athletic though and have some really cool details. When I skied in them they just felt great. There is no resistance from the material because they are cut as if you are bending your knees skiing or snowboarding. Every ski pant has some articulation but these are really articulated. So as a pant designed for an athletic activity they are great. Make that fantastic.

Warmth: The lining on the inside makes a big difference. They're not insulated but very warm for a shell and because of that lining you can wear them comfortably without a base layer in the spring.

Breathability: They are warm. And goretex is not air permeable so I got too warm in them skiing bumps. But there are big side vents for dumping heat which I used a lot. I was also skiing in spring like conditions so that may also be why they felt so warm.

Durability: Don't know yet. Only a couple of days in them so they're still perfect. I don't know how these things could rip without some major incident. They sure feel solid.

Construction: These things are top notch. Everything from the material to the zippers feels like quality. Better than any other ski pant I looked at.

I really like these pants and highly recommend them. They're kinda baggy in a cool athletic way, the material feels soft for goretex, every detail is high quality, they have lots of pockets and they're just built to rip down the mountain.

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