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Dennis R.wrote a review of on May 3, 2019

4 5

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

I purchased these at the end of ice season after climbing on friends' Quantum Carbons. Compared to my 2nd gen Cobras the Grivel tools felt very light, yet seemed to get one-swing sticks most of the time. One of my reasons for wanting to move on from Cobras is that I didn't seem to be getting those one-swing placements with them. Also, I got tired of the subtle weight shift when I move up the shaft of the Cobras; except for blasted-in placements, moving from lower to upper position would cause the pick to rock. Usually the placement would hold, but spooky nonetheless.. The double-bend shafts of the North Machines are a good compromise between the security of 2-grip tools like Nomics (which I came to love on this last trip) and the clean lines of Cobras. The second position on the North Machines is just a nubbin at the bottom of the upper curve, but based on my experience with the Quantum Carbons it will be enough. Finally, I love the picks on the Quantums, and the North Machine picks look like more of the same hot-forged goodness.

Carbon shafts; tape will be required. Also, I will wrap the upper shafts, just below the heads, with old bike tube to protect the carbon shafts. I don't expect any of this to affect the swing or the overall lightness.

I've climbed on a succession of Black Diamond tools for more than 20 years. I still love the sleek lines of my Cobras. If I did more true alpine climbing I might appreciate the Cobras more. However, based on my recent experiences I'm ready to shake it up a bit. Looking forward to getting some ice time on the North Machines. Hoping with more use I can move this to 5 stars..

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 204 lbs

I purchased these for use as travel pants. The fabric looks nice, feels soft against the skin, seems pretty breathable. The fit is good - enough room for my thighs, length and waist true to size. Nice, yeah? Well, sadly no. The pants lack an essential feature of travel pants for me: no pocket closures. Two typical front pockets, two rear patch pockets, and an inset pocket on each side. These last are positioned well for a mobile phone, fit my iPhone 7 well, and would probably fit a larger phone as well. But all are open pockets. I like a zippered or flapped pocket for my wallet and my phone. So they went back. It the open pockets don't bother you, check these out 'cause other than my pocket gripe I think these are well designed.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 204 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I purchased the Gamma AR pant to replace an old pair of Mammut Dryskin Extreme pants (Champ Alps) for ice climbing, snowshoeing, etc. After a couple weeks of climbing and snowshoeing, I'm generally impressed. The fabric is sturdy and reasonably wind-resistant. The fabric and DWR kept them dry in pretty much all conditions - including the spilled thermos incident. Much more stretch than Dryskin Extreme. The fabric also fended off all the insults of ice climbing - the pokes and scrapes of bushwhacking to climbs, dangling ice screws, chimneying off rock on the more, uh, architectural routes, etc. With Powerstretch tights underneath, I stayed reasonably comfortable in single-digit temps. I sized up to accommodate the fuzzy tights, and the XL is a little baggy on me. The leg taper keeps the pants from getting in the way, but I think I might have got away with a Large. The wind does get through these eventually, so layer accordingly. Snaps and zippers all work well. Two front pockets and one thigh pocket seem like plenty. I might have appreciated a second thigh pocket, but there is an argument for limiting the amount stuffed in pants pockets, so one thigh pocket will do. Nice built-in belt that works easily.

Complaints. The fly zipper could be longer for peeing while wearing a harness. Not an issue unique to these pants, but it is an issue. Also, I am a little concerned about long-term durability of the fabric. Will I wish for the doubled knees of my old Mammut pants? We'll see. Finally, I really missed the built-in suspenders of my old Mammut Champ Alps. The Arc'teryx belt, nice though it is, is no substitute for suspenders when challenged by a fully-loaded harness.

Still, overall a really good softshell pant for climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. The only thing better would be a pant with strategically-placed windproof panels, like the Arc'teryx Alpha Comp pants. That would have its own issues, so who knows. I like the Gamma ARs. Already looking forward to using them next winter..

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pairs of Punishers, the oldest probably 10 years old. They have been my go-to ice climbing gloves for years - just the right balance of warmth, sturdiness, and dexterity for most climbing days. I've worn these down into single digit temps (F) and survived. The leather is tough enough for raps, the softshell has held up (mostly) to the injuries of ice climbing, and even the old pair remains fairly water resistant. I have yet to find a climbing glove that stays waterproof for very long; these have done better than most. I do tend to swap out gloves when it's cold out - warming the Punishers in my clothes while I belay in mitts. That lets me push the Punishers into colder conditions than I might otherwise. I've tried thicker, warmer gloves, and found that I don't have the dexterity needed to tie knots and handle gear reliably, so for me Punishers are as warm as I'm going to use.

I'm a medium in most BD gloves, and these are no exception - a good fit with a bit of extra material in the little fingers. I will note that my oldest, most heavily-used, pair have stretched a bit over the years, and are now getting a bit sloppy. I may have to move them to belay/rap/utility role and use the newer ones for climbing. Given how long I've used my old Punishers I suppose that's to be expected. If I needed climbing gloves right now, these would be first on my list.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Arcs are close-fitting, very grippy gloves. I use mine for ice climbing when it's not too cold, like down to the mid teens, at which point I switch to Punishers. Really good grip - partly the snug fit, partly the leather - and great dexterity for grabbing gear, knot tying, etc. The snug fit makes these hard to get off once they get a little damp, and I find that I have to be careful pulling them off or the lining in one or more fingers will come out too. A world of trouble getting those back in. Fit is tight. I wear Med in other BD gloves, but had to go to Large in this one. My wife, who wears Med, loves these for climbing, as long as it's not too cold.

I have used these for days out snowshoeing as well, and friends use them for ski touring. The insulation is just enough, the BDry membrane works mostly (what glove ever stays waterproof), and Arcs seem reasonably sturdy. No issues yet with mine or my wife's. Not as warm as Punishers, but a lot more dextrous. A good glove.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on February 4, 2019

Cold weather active favorite
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for several years, and have used for road cycling and occasional off-road cycling. The Amphib material is soft, somewhat stretchy, though not as much so as the stretch fleece used to make the back of the tight. The Amphib stuff is also water-resistant, and dramatically wind-blocking, and the combination is near-perfect for a road tight: the warm fleece in back also lets moisture escape, while the Amphib front tames the wind chill of riding in the cold. The back doesn't fend off spray, but most times will stay warm despite getting damp. Snow and rain (well, at least light rain; I tend to pull of it's coming down in buckets) just bounce off the Amphib. Nice.

Fit. I'm 6'1, 200 lb more or less, 32" inseam, 36" waist. A size Large fits me well - snug, but with room for a padded short beneath. Just what I want for cool-weather riding. They've held up well for about 10 years and several crashes. A hint: use the waist drawcord; the Amphib fabric has a tendency to pull down the waist of the tights. Otherwise these my favorite cold-weather bottoms (anything below 50 degrees). If I still ran trails or XC skied I'd use the Amphibs even more. One of those garments that just works..

The pic shows me wearing the Amphib tights for riding the mountain bike, November in New Mexico.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on February 4, 2019

Possibly the ultimate base layer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 204 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I purchased one of these when I had to retire a couple of my lightweight base layer shirts, and quickly purchased a second because it's that good. The new fabric is the lightest Cap Lightweight yet, but somehow it feels sturdier than the previous gen. Moves moisture quickly, dries quickly, has just enough stretch to be mobile.

Fit. I run size 44 chest, 35" waist, and a size Large fits me well - close but not bindingly so. What I want in a light base layer top, so well done there. Sleeves are long enough for my 35" arms. The thumb loops seem like a joke, but in fact do keep sleeve ends down. Body length is good.

I wear these almost year round. In the cold seasons I wear as a base under warm mid layers. As it gets warmer I wear alone or under a shell as needed. The pic shows a navy Cap Lightweight shirt under an OR Ferrosi hoody, perfect for riding the mountain bike in November in New Mexico. One of the most versatile base layer pieces I have.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on January 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go-to mitts when it's COLD out there. I've worn them snowshoeing when it's just too cold for gloves. I've clipped them to the back of my harness when climbing ice; at the belay, with frigid fingers, I strip off the gloves and shove my hands in these pups for warmth recovery. A few minutes in these, and my hands are ready for another pitch. I wear a Med in all BD gloves, and the Mercury mitts are no exception. Close fit, just enough room for a light liner glove if I want. The mitts are bulky, presumably the key to their warmth. Dexterity is moderate at best, but how dextrous are mittens anyway? I can grab the head of an ice tool or the grips of my ski poles, I can work the buckles on my pack, most times anyway. I've rappelled in these without damaging the palms, though the leather doesn't feel like it really likes that kind of abuse. We shall see. Otherwise they seem fairly sturdy. One complaint I read was the lack of leashes on these. OK, fair point, but how hard is it to just tie a pair of leashes. Each mitten shell has a handy loop, as if they thought you might want to add a leash.. Use some parachute cord or a long boot lace. Tie a sliding loop at one end for your wrist, tie the other end into the loop on the shell. Voila! Leashes. Seriously, these are nice mitts. If it's cold, you'll be glad you have them.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on January 18, 2019

Multipurpose Mountain softshell pant
4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 204 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I ordered these in at the recommendation of Alex G during my search for new softshell pants. Ultimately I went with the Arc'teryx Gamma AR, but these are a solid contender.

The fabric for the Flex 1 is a stretchy medium weight stretch woven. No doubled seat or knees, which appears to be the modern style. The cut is slim but rather square, the taper is not so much that you don't have room to pull these down over boots. They close with two snaps and a zipper. No belt, but belt loops so you could add a nylon belt if you wanted. The waist also has velcro tabs on each side to adjust the overall waist size. For example, I ordered XL because for winter I wear my softshell pants over Powerstretch tights. With the velcro tabs I can accommodate the Powerstretch, or snug down for warmer conditions when lighter bottoms are all I need. Nice! The bottom hems include a snap adjustment to snug the pants over boot tops AND a lace hook for holding the bottom to the boot. Thoughtful, though I wonder about snaps freezing in the cold and snow.

The other feature for the Flex 1 is pockets: two front pockets, one hip pocket, and a thigh pocket on each leg (one vertical, one horizontal), all zipper closed. That's a lot of storage space, more than any other softshell pant I tried.

As I said, I went with the Gamma AR, mostly for a subtly better fit. The Norronas are really nice though, and were my second choice. I could have made them work.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on November 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I'm returning these because I think they're TOO winter-focused, but the build....incredible. The layup, with softshell outer, soft fuzz inner, 2 thigh pockets, built-in belt. Cut is great for me: the XL is just just roomy enough to be comfortable, good std length (I run 32 - 33" on inseam)... The sewing is beautiful. They feel tough. If I lived somewhere that I got in snow and ice time more of the year these would be my pants. As it is I'm going with the Gamma AR.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on November 5, 2018

Versatile shell/midlayer
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I like stretch woven soft shells, and the Ferrosi is one of the most versatile I've run across. It's light and very breathable, at the cost of more wind penetration than a double-weave or laminated material would allow. For my purpose that's fine, because I use this as a shell and mid layer for cooler weather/winter activities.

I'm 6'1", 44" chest, and against the advice of OR's size chart and Backcountry's advisor, I ordered size Large. This has proven a perfect fit over one or two base layers, which is all I want when I'm active (think humping in to an ice climb, or many days on snowshoes). The Ferrosi fabric is very breathable, and you get some wind protection. Perfect. If the weather is too cold and/or windy, I can add a mid layer over the Ferrosi, and a more protective shell as needed, like for the actual climbing. In that case the Ferrosi becomes part of the clothing system. For this reason I don't mind the hood that won't fit over a helmet; the hood on my serious shell will do that, and the Ferrosi hood will be fine on my unhelmeted head on the walk in. And the Ferrosi is light enough that I don't mind carrying it in my pack if it comes to that. Not many softshell garments I can say that about.

I think I'm going to use this a lot this year.

1/18 Got some use time on the Ferrosi. Good fit over anything up to a Powerstretch top. Breathability excellent. Wind resistance just enough most times when I'm active. If very windy I might have to layer a windshirt over it, which is fine. Pockets good. Feels pretty sturdy, and looks good. My only complaint is the hood. Not big enough for a helmet, but too large for a head even with hat. Tighten the drawcords and it ends up over my eyes. NEEDS a volume adjustment, and doesn't have one. Also, hood cut doesn't shield my chin very well; not as important as the volume adjust, but still annoying. I downrated from 4 stars to 3 because of the fairly useless hood. Ferrosi still good, but check the hood fit carefully.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on October 17, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I bought the first of these last year from a little shop in Cambridge while on a UK trip. I liked it well enough to look for a second here in the States. This review covers both of them.

Fabric. The new pullover seems to be a slightly different fabric from the one I bought in the UK. Both are grid fleeces, more or less the same thickness, both have worked well in use - warm, quick to dry, a little stretch... I don't see a practical difference in performance, and haven't had either long enough to assess durability of the fabric.

Cut. I like the high collar for those damp, blowing days where I want to conserve every calorie of heat. Good chest pocket positioning for me, and the pocket is big enough to swallow my phone, or a couple energy bars, or a hat... Plain sleeve ends with no thumb loops. I like that, since I wear this pullover as a casual sweater as well as for outdoors use. Deep chest zipper, which vents well and makes it easy to put on or take off. The overall cut allows for movement without binding or riding up. Nice... Both garments appear well sewn by the way.

Fit. I called it "True to size", with the caveat that I'm probably a bit, uh, bulkier than the typical high-energy Rab user. Or it could be that I'm sort of between sizes. Rab's Large goes to 43" chest, where my chest is 44". Thus, my Large Nucleus is really snug; only the great action cut makes this one usable for me. My XL has much better body fit, but both the torso length and sleeve length are excessive - workable but excessive. I have the same problem with Arc'teryx gear, and for the same reason.

The Nucleus pullover strikes me as an alternative to Patagonia's R1 Flash pullover, except the Patagonia garment fits me perfectly where Rab is less good for me. Try it on - if it fits you you'll like it. On any comparison except fit this Rab pullover is as good as the R1, which to me is the standard for the type.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on February 27, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

I have narrow and low-volume feet, so finding trail runners for hiking and light backpacking is always a challenge. After a flirtation with Scarpa last year, I returned to La Sportiva by purchasing both the Bushido and the Ultra Raptor. This review compares both shoes, with an emphasis on the Bushido.

Fit. The Raptors are lowish volume and just a little wide for my feet. Workable but not perfect. Bushidos are NARROW and LOW VOLUME, requiring no insoles other than my orthotics and a tongue pad in the left shoe. Those with even D width feet may have trouble with Bushidos.

Construction. Bushidos feel light on my feet compared to Raptors, Part of that is the great fit, part is that they ARE light compared to the Raptors - more mesh, lighter reinforcements and less of them, less rugged mid-and out-soles. The Bushidos have stretched noticeably more than my Raptors have. Despite that the Bushidos feel very secure on my feet, especially on uneven terrain.

Outsole. Both shoes have a very aggressive and tough outsole, the Bushido a bit less aggressive and sturdy. Nonetheless, Bushidos have proven to have great traction on pavement, gravel, snow, and (sort of) ice. The sole is close and compact under the heel, a bit wider at the ball of the foot. Stable underfoot, while minimizing hanging up on things.

Sizing. I know from long experience that a 46 La Sportiva most anything is a good fit for me, from Trangos to Nepal Extremes to Ultra Raptors to Bushidos. If the width is good a 46 length is right. I do have narrow and low-volume feet, so to me Bushidos fit normally. If you're a larger width, or have higher-volume feet, you probably won't like Bushidos.

Overall, the Bushidos feel light and precise, but less sturdy than my Ultra Raptors. I would have no problem using the Raptors for backpacking, where I've balked at considering the Bushidos for this purpose. Bushidos are so light and precise that I might end up using them anyway. For day hikes, fitness walking, etc. I love the yellow marvels. If I still ran trails these would be the shoes I'd use.

A note on color. It's a very La Sportiva thing to offer these only in turquoise and the black/yellow mix.. Is it too much to ask for some more muted colors? And I see that a black/apple green color is available. Not exactly what I wanted, but I'd take that over the hornet colors of my pair.

2/4/2019 update
I now have 3 pairs of these in various stages of deterioration. The fit is still really good for my narrow, low-volume feet, the outsoles have really good grip on...well, everything - rock, dirt, gravel, snow.. They're light, they're cushiony (I do run orthotics in them), and nimble. Great trail runners.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on January 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

Just got a new pair after one of the webbing lace hooks failed on my old ones. The outsole on the new ones feels like it rocks to the outside less than did my old ones. Otherwise, fit is very familiar. I've been walking quite a bit on cold and sometimes frozen or snow-covered sidewalks for exercise. The outsole had impressive grip in the snow. The lugs aren't deep, but very well defined; they dig in and grip. Also, the outsole material feels like it has pretty good grip on ice. I've felt comfortable on those glare ice patches, even going downhill. The sole feels rather unforgiving, less cush than I'd expect from a running shoe. Perhaps dedicated trail runners won't mind. For walking on dirt, gravel, even rock they seem fine. The midsole feels supportive enough for me to consider these for backpacking, which I will try out this spring. Still very pleased with these shoes.

2/4/2019 update

Still very pleased with these after much more use time. I still can't believe people trail run in these; compared to my Bushidos the Ultra Raptors feel big, heavy, kind of clunky. However, as HIKERS the Raptors rock - sturdy, better protection than the Bushidos - for the shoes themselves and for the feet inside, wonderful grip on all sorts of surfaces, and the rounded toe gives my toes room to sprawl. As light hikers I really like these. Looking forward to trying out for backpacking.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on December 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

I bought these hiking and casual wear. In the past 2 years they've gotten heavy use hiking in Colorado and Utah, and trail walking in Scotland. They've become favorites for that application.

The uppers are light and very breathable, yet surprisingly tough. A band of plastic (?) reinforcement runs around the shoe above the sole, which helps to protect against abrasion. The sole wraps forward into a toe cap that protects the front of the shoe. Not a huge amount of cushion in the sole, but I'm usually running orthotics so it doesn't matter. There's some sort of midsole, which gives more side-to-side stiffness than you'd expect, and also means you don't notice the rocks nearly as much through the sole as with other trail runners I've used. The outsole has good traction on dirt, sand, rock (impressively so). Some have complained about poor grip on wet rock, but that hasn't been an issue for me. Rock type maybe? Anyway, middling traction in snow, but these are non-GTX, so if you're wearing them in the snow you have bigger problems. The soles have held up well for me, and overall the shoes feel agreeably sturdy, if a bit heavier than some I've used. They also dry quite quickly if they get wet, which is nice for rainy days, soggy ground (I'm looking at you Scotland!), and stream crossings.

Fit is narrow, though not so much as my last pair of La Sportiva trail runners. I have narrow, low volume feet, so I like the fit. This shoe has a bit more width in the forefoot, which is good, and a narrow heel. The sole doesn't flare out from the upper, so these are nimble compared to shoes that do flare out. The soles feel like they rock my feet to the outside, as others have noted. This is annoying because I don't need it. I'd prefer a neutral last.

The one failure I've experienced is that one of the webbing "eyelets" broke. To that point I thought the webbing loops an acceptable substitute for actual eyelets or those plastic loops used by other trail runners. However, the loss of this eyelet drastically changed the feel of the shoe. I reshuffled the lacing pattern, but the result is not nearly has secure. My foot moves around more, and I've noticed a couple blisters, the first ones these shoes have caused. Having one of those webbing loops fail on a backpacking trip would be a serious problem.

Given that, I would still bring these shoes on a backpacking trip. The support is good, the shoes themselves are pretty tough, they have great traction, and they're so LIGHT compared to boot alternatives. The outsoles have a shallow ridge between heel and forefoot, so you can wear actual gators, not those runner ones that velcro to the back of your shoes. For me the Ultra Raptors are the best trail runners I've used.

A note about fit. Numerous people complain that these run small. I can't speak to that. I learned long ago that a 46 La Sportiva boot or shoe would fit me, and these are no exception. For me they're true to size. However, these are typical La Sportiva fit, which is to say a bit narrow and low-volume compared to more traditional brands. As I said, I have narrow, low volume feet, so this is fine with me. If you don't, check the fit carefully. I will note that I have a pair of Scarpa trail runners; in that shoe a 45.5 was the good fit...

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought this to replace an old Patagonia Super Guide jacket, a piece I use for casual town wear as well as for layering in cold weather. The Ferrosi jacket is significantly lighter and softer, has essentially the same feature set, and costs less than the old Patagonia jacket. I've now used the Ferrosi for a month that included a 3 week trip to the UK. There I wore the jacket for both in town use and for days of hiking in the Scottish Highlands. Some impressions.

Fit. I'm 6', 200 lb, 44" chest, long arms. The size L Ferrosi fits well as long as I don't layer heavily underneath. The cut has a bit less taper than, say, Arc'teryx, where I have to go XL to get a fit. The Ferrosi body length is good (just above my crotch, and the arms are plenty long. Nice.

Features. Two hand warmer pockets and a chest pocket. No interior pockets. Bottom hem drawcord. That's about it. Oh, cuff ends have thumb loops; I thought this would be a useless feature, but the fabric is so soft that they actually work.

Fabric. The Ferrosi fabric is a single-weave stretchwoven, relatively smooth outside, kind of nubby inside. Softer and lighter than double-weave stretchwovens I've worn. Very comfortable, fast drying, comfortable across a range of temperatures, and about as wind-resistant as heavier soft shells I've worn.

Performance. I wore this with a T-shirt beneath for 60s - 70s (F) days jetting around London - comfortable, didn't overheat. I wore it standing on a rainy train stop in Highland Scotland, and for walking the hills there - good wind resistance, shed rain, dried easily when given a chance. And everything in between. A hard-working jacket that serves as semi-stylish and high-performance outerwear, or as a layering piece when conditions overwhelm.

Update. I've now worn this jacket for a year. The water shedding is a bit less; so it goes with DWR. I could re-treat it if I cared a lot. The jacket still looks good. It's held its shape, the fabric has suffered little from shoving in packs, scraping through trees and off rocks, etc. The fabric still dries really quickly, which is nice. I think, after using through a cycle of seasons, that the Ferrosi softshell is not AS wind-resistant as some others that I've used. OTOH this jacket is lighter, softer, packs smaller than any other softshell I have. Let's face it, with stretch-woven material, wind resistance is on a scale, and at some point no softshell cuts it; you'll have to replace with a rain shell or other type of softshell. In winter that was my old Patagonia Ready Mix jacket - more wind resistance but less breathable.

Bottom line: I still love it. Would buy another in a minute.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on May 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I purchased these as driving/casual use sunglasses. I wanted glasses that would give me crisp vision but would also fit a pocket better than all my curved-frame performance sunglasses.

Oakleys are known for their lenses; in fact my Flak Jackets are my favorite performance glasses. The lenses on the Crosshairs are great as well - crisp vision with minimal artifacts or blurring. They're described as fitting medium faces, and I think that feels true. The Crosshairs fit my rather narrow face well - not overly large or wide. Where these fail for me is the "pocket test". The curved frame is not that much better than my performance glasses at tucking away when I'm not wearing them. Reasonably nice glasses, but don't fit the requirements for which I purchased them. They're going back.

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Dennis R.wrote a review of on June 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

These are some of the most comfortable kicking-around pants I've had in a while. Fit is close while leaving room to move. My wife makes nummy sounds when I put them on, which I'm taking as a vote of approval.Also, she asked if I would like a second pair for Fathers Day, so yeah..

Front pockets are a little shallow, but workable. Rear patch pockets have lots of room. I especially like the right thigh sleeve pocket, which is more than big enough for an iPhone SE. Interestingly, though the pocket isn't tight and has no zipper or velcro closure, the phone stays put, Nice.

Fabric is reasonably light canvas like cotton/nylon stuff. Comfortable like jeans, but cut for movement, and don't bag out - or do so very slowly. Waist size is true. I typically wear 32" or 33" leg length; these are listed as 32" and seem about right.

All in all, I like 'em. Hope I do get another pair this weekend..

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