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David M.

David M.

David M.wrote a review of on August 10, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

The other reviews stating the size is right on lead me to believe there was a quality control issue with my pair. I purchased the 32" size. My waist size is actually 32", and I have 7 other pairs of shorts/pants from Arc'teryx in size 32, all of which fit fine.

These shorts were extremely tight in the waist, but just manageable because of the awesome stretch. The deal breaker was the inseam, which was about 2" too short, causing severe camel toe and making sitting down in them impossible. I would try for the 34" size, but already had to pay $10 just to ship the first pair back. Only thing I can think is I got a lemon, which never used to happen with Arc'teryx before they were purchased by Amer and started outsourcing manufacturing. Not bashing, just saying watch out for inconsistency now that it's not centralized. Such a shame, because I loved everything else about the shorts. Will try Arc'teryx clothing on in the outlet store or local retailer now before buying.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

I'm not a baseball style hat guy. I think they look silly on me. Maybe it's the shape of my head, or just my perception, but either way, the Patagonia Logo hat is a rare exception. I like the look and the fit, and most importantly I can stand to look in the mirror without wanted to tear it off of my head. It also serves the function of keeping sun out of my eyes and hair out of my face. Also great for those non-shower errand days. For reference, I have a 7 1/4 size head and got the medium, which fits great. Went with classic tan color and love it.

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David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

I'm not much of a hat guy, because I think most hats look silly on me. This hat has that special something. Whether it's the style, that shape, or just the overall size relative to my head, I think it looks great on, and is one of only two non-winter hats I will wear confidently, the other being my Patagonia baseball cap. For sizing, I have a 7 1/4 head and the large fits well. Not snug, not loose.
NOTE ON COLOR: I ordered brown, but received what looks like a cross between grey and black. When looking on Amazon, I noticed their version of brown matched the actual product I received. Just a word of caution. Still love the hat, and kept the color, as it's just as versatile as actual brown would have been for me.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Disclaimer: This review is relevant to three-season use, as I haven't tested the UL 7 in cold conditions, and didn't buy it specifically for that.
I bought this along with the Big Agnes Q-Core and Dual Core models, all in LW. The Dual Core was out of the running immediately, as it was much larger than the other two packed up. I didn't even set it up. The Q-Core and DownMat I set up in the living room, sleeping on each for a night, and also using them for hours at a time reading, watching TV, anything involving sitting or laying down. I also left them inflated for a full week to see how they kept air. Both did great in all of these areas.
There are two reasons the UL 7 won. First, it is slightly lighter, and slightly smaller packed up than the Q-Core. For many, the weight and bulk difference may not overcome the steep price increase, as the UL 7 is significantly more expensive. I was willing to pay extra for the difference, and because of my next point below.
The second reason the UL 7 won is because of the outer tubes. Both of these mats have raised outer portions to keep the body on the mat I'm guessing. The Q-Core isn't a tube setup, but the baffles work the same way to create a guardrail setup out of the outer portion. The Q-Core is more pronounced than the UL 7, which may help some buyers decide. I didn't like the confining feeling I got from the more pronounced outer edge, but can see how some might actually prefer that. All said and done, the UL 7 gave me the packed size, light weight, and shape I wanted. Once I tried it, money was not a consideration for me anymore.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good mat. I compared this to the Downmat UL 7, setting both up in the living room and sleeping on each for a night, then letting them sit for a full week to test inflation. Both mats performed well and were comfortable, but the Downmat won for two reasons. First, weight and packed bulk were slightly lower for the Downmat, and I when backpacking I will appreciate the slight savings there. Second, the Q-Core and Downmat both have larger outer baffles, I'm guessing to keep the sleeper's arms in place. While I like this feature, I didn't like how pronounced it was on the Q-Core. If laying there with my arms slightly out to the sides, the Q-Core became uncomfortable. If you are a mummy style or straight armed sleeper, or if you prefer good guardrails to keep your arms tucked in, the Q-Core should be great for this. Personally I liked the Downmat's less pronounced outer edge.
Of course the other reason to go with the Q-Core over the Downmat is the cost difference. Over time I'm sure I would have been almost as happy with this mat, but for me the extra money was worth getting exactly what I wanted.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I can only talk about the overall packed size of this product, as I never actually used it. I ordered this along with the Big Agnes Q-Core (large) and the Downmat UL 7. Upon arrival, I disqualified this mat due to it's packed size, which was substantially larger than both of the others. If packed size and weight are not an issue for you, my review won't help you much. If you will use this mat for backpacking, or light/ultralite camping, I can tell you this mat is at least 20% bulkier than the Downmat UL 7, which I eventually went with after testing it and the Q-Core in-home.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

4 5

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

I bought this along with the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Cot. While I take the lightweight version with me when comfort camping, I use the Titan at home as an extra bed when needed. It's easy to set up and take down, packs down to fit in the bottom or corner of a closet, and is actually very comfortable. A good product, but just a little too bulky for my original intention, which was to use it for comfort camping. Those who own large vehicles and want luxury out in the wild will like this cot.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this cot inside a two person tent during an overnight trail building weekend. It set up easily and was comfortable. It would be great for extra sleeping space in-home also. I leave the rails inside the canvas and just unhook the metal supports for fast setup and breakdown. In this configuration it will easily fit in the back of my small SUV, and takes a minimal amount of corner space in my spare closet at home. Very satisfied for the price.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this bag for a 15 day trip to Europe. I checked this and carried on a smaller bag. 6 plane trips and many thumping steps and curbs later this bag is in one piece and served me well the entire time. I will be using it any time I need a checked bag. Did not need the alternate backpack straps, but I did pull them out and try the bag that way. Not as comfortable as my backpack, but more than adequate for short trips between hotels, destinations. I recommend this bag to anyone who needs just a little more than carry on size will allow, and also wants the convenience and versatility of wheels and backpack carry.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

I have two of the long sleeved version of this shirt, and was hoping when I got this one that it would be the same fit. Many times, the long and short sleeved versions of shirts can be drastically different. I'm glad to report that if you like the long sleeves, the short sleeve shirt should not disappoint you. For reference, I am 5'10", 165lbs., 42" chest. I knew from the LS versions that medium would be too tight in the armpits, so went with a large. The fit is still snug on my semi-athletic frame, and the arms hug, but don't make me look like I'm trying to win the smedium award. Length is still fine. A tad on the long side, but the snug fit makes it easy to slide up slightly without looking like it's bunched. For outdoors, this shirt is the most comfortable merino product I own, and functions perfectly. For reference, I have shirts from Patagonia, Smartwool, Ibex, and Icebreaker also. None of the others get much use now that I have this in the closet. The other thing I really like about this shirt is that the seams aren't positioned weirdly, and it doesn't have a technical look to it, so I can wear it out and about daily in town. Overall, I give this two thumbs up. One for the mountains, one for the city. I will be getting another one. In fact, as long as I'm here on the page already...

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

A little about me. 5'10", 165lbs., 42" chest. I like function and style in equal measure, with function winning if the two conflict. With these shirts, the only thing I have to give up is the extra money, which I am more than happy to do after wearing them. Originally purchased a medium. Returned it as it dug in to my armpits too much. Fit great everywhere else. If you are athletic and have developed shoulders, chest, my advice is to size up. The great thing is that going up to large did not mean compromising on fit. It hugs well enough in the back and arms not to get the "static effect" I get with baggier wool shirts in the winter, but is loose enough in the armpits that I don't feel constricted or become chaffed.
To compare, I own merino clothing from Smartwool, Patagonia, Ibex, Icebreaker, and Arc'teryx. All of those brands have good quality in my opinion, but for comfort, Arc'teryx is my number one, with Ibex being a close second. I have sensitive skin, so those who don't may not notice a difference. As for looks, I like the fit of the large Arc'teryx much more than all other brands. It looks sharp, and I frequently wear the black one out on the town.
So, to sum it up. These shirts looks good, function well, and SHOULD last a long time given Arc'teryx's track record. If they do not hold up, I will edit my review here. As of now, I whole-heartedly recommend this product to anyone who wants comfort and style in outdoor clothing.
NOTE ON COLOR: The buckeye color is not nearly as red as the picture. It's a red clay/maroon color.

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David M.wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

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

This neck gaitor does what it should. Protects from the cold, wind, elements, and does all of this while looking good. Pulled up over my nose and mouth, it helped during an evening hike. Once I warmed up a bit it was perfect down around my neck to keep the draft out. Despite being wool (merino), it is not at all scratchy on my face or neck, which is important to me, as I'm sensitive to standard wool. I think this is equally well suited to the slopes, trails, or around town. A little about me. I'm 5'10", 165, 42' chest. Outdoorsy but not a mountain expert by any means. I like things that function well and look good too. When those requirements clash, I side with function.

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