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Detail Devil

New York City

Detail Devil's Passions

Snowboarding
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Detail Devil's Bio

I am a designer living in NYC. World traveler with an attention to detail. I am one who prefers to have gear that destroys the elements, rather than the elements destroying me.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on November 24, 2017

4 5

These are the burliest gloves i've ever put on. Super cozy comfy thick interior. Feels like your hands became gorilla hands. I couldn't imagine a warmer thing. However, dexterity levels are 0. Closing your fist in these feels like you are squeezing a stress ball. Meaning that there is a ton of resistance to closing your hand. Holding onto a ski pole / climbing with these would be the biggest forearm workout of your life if you chose these. If you're keeping your hands open and have cold fingers, these are for you. If you plan on holding anything pick another glove.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on November 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This review is primarily based on fit / function specifically for a snowboarder. So, After 2 years of using the Theta AR (Awesome jacket), I had simply felt like it was too tight of a fit for the activity. Arcteryx jackets are cut for thin people. I'm a well built boarder who values a little extra room instead of feeling like you're in a straight jacket. I tried on every single Arc' jacket and the sizing mostly affects the length of the arms, the chest / length stay fairly consistent meaning that the sizing doesn't accommodate at all for someone with a wide shoulder set or decent build. The Hover 3L Gore Pro is the closest thing to the quality of Arc' that I valued. The face fabric could be improved considering it doesn't compete at this price range with the other face fabrics of Arc'. But at the end of the day this thing is still burly and will do the job very well. ALL jackets will wet out, so would you rather have a jacket with very little pockets and features that is an oz. or two. lighter, or something that you can stash your gear in? The jacket length is long, which can feel like a hindrance when walking however they came up with a solution. The double zip allowing you to unzip the lower part of the coat when not riding, which Arc does't have, is essential for BC climbs, making leg motion much more free. The Neck of the jacket comes well up to your nose, which is perfect considering you want the option to tuck in when the weather hits / face shots are coming. The powder cuffs work well and I can't seem to understand what issues other reviewers had with them considering. Removable powder skirt is great having the option (which only one Arc' coat has). At the end of the day I've found the perfect fit for someone like me, with the practicality of what I'm facing on expeditions. The cost is high, and my feedback for burton would be to upgrade the face-fabric to truly compete with Arc, considering right now that falls short.

For me the large is the perfect amount of room without pulling in the chest, and lots of freedom without being a bag. The cuffs have a TON of space allowing you to cover your gloves with them easily.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on June 4, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Spent two seasons in the Union T. Rice (same straps / system with slight differences). The toe strap is simply far too small and will consistently slip off your toe / slide up during the day even if you crank it down as hard as possible. If you're snowboarding in high consequence no fall zones, you can't afford to have your toe strap JUST applying pressure to your toe vs. holding it. It should be double the current size it is. The webbing material also doesn't stretch to hold your boot, it's very stiff and will not actually envelop or hold your toe. It's simply unacceptable how poorly these lock in your feet. My binding highback padding came unglued the second day I rode in them. Even the ankle straps left a lot to be desired. The only things that worked were the ladders / ratchets. I wouldn't purchase a Union binding again and am actually quite pissed they would sell something that really fails to deliver on the sole purpose that it is meant for (locking down your damn feet.) Please, find a binding that actually binds your foot to the board. Switching over to NOW bindings and using the burton hammock ankle strap to get the best possible tech / hold that is out there.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on May 8, 2017

4 5

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

I'm particular about my gear, and this shovel had the kind of things that added up to a winning combination. Flatter shovel profile so that it sits comfortably in your bag, extendable T handle for a quick reliable grip, and the hoe feature. The ONLY thing that results in a half star deduction is that the handle and shovel are connected it wobbles a little bit, it's not a secure / firm connection which makes me a bit weary, but hasn't affected performance and this is just me being a detail devil. Other shovels do this as well.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The leg length is just unrealistic unless u wanna step on them all day. I'm 5'9" and both the medium and the large are made for nordic giants. I have a 32 waist and the mediums didn't fit (too tight around legs and waist with crazy long legs), and the large fit loose in the waist and legs but honestly the legs were even more absurdly long. Sucks cuz these pants look bomber, really wanted to make them work / love them. I'll give them 4 stars cuz the material and construction looks awesome, but F ME get ur shit together on what a human is norrona. you nordic beasts.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on October 21, 2016

5 5

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

Honestly, I didn't want to love this coat. I was rooting against it for some reason. But I just can't not love it. I can ball it up, throw it in a bag, literally crush the thing, and it does it's job incessantly.

I run hot* but I've snowboarded on multiple days with a shell and this thing underneath in -30 weather, and been completely fine.

I was between this and the Patagonia nano, and I'm realyyyy glad I made this decision.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on February 15, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sounds quality is fine, FIT renders product useless:

I owned the skullkandy / smith in helmet headphones. Every single one of these has the same exact shell casing, take a look around and you'll see. I rode with my pair for 5 hours and the entire day I had to leave my helmet unbuckled because these chunky hard plastic enclosures DESTROY your ears.... will flatten them into a pancake. Unless your ear pads on your helmet are super super loose. My helmet fits (smith variance) as a proper helmet should, and all of these headphones would have the exact same effect. I took out the headphones to see if i was crazy and if the padding wasn't that comfortable, f'n worldddds of difference. Immediately disposed of the useless blocks for your ears. Will cause you pain all day when you ride if your helmet fits adequately. Obviously this will differ slightly from helmet make, but hold these in your hands, and look at your current helmet ear pads....i'll bet you it won't add up. You'll notice the thickness of these headphones are roughly the same as your ear pad, and that will just be miserable for you.

UPDATE!
I bought earhoox that basically secure your apple earbuds directly into your ears like a sport headphone. they are in-ear so they are much smaller than any bulky headphones to wear, and if you break them all your friends basically bought 4 iphones so they have extra of these earbuds most likely. Not a big deal if you break them, and I ride hard so i need that.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't tested out enough boots to know if I am missing something, but for me, these boots do everything I need them to. They are rated as stiff boots but honestly the double boa gives you full control to ride these however you choose. You wanna bomb the hill just quickly turn the wheel, you wanna flange out in the park- simply pop it with your hand to release the boa tightness. What more would you want really. grip is good, the intuition dream liner is warm and super comfy.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I sought ought buying a goggle, I wanted interchangeable lens on an awesome anti-fog goggle. Then I asked, who the F* wants to keep a spare lens in their pocket / stop to change a lens / touch their darn goggles at all. So I bought these, absolutely love the things. No idea why more people don't ride with photocroms.

**UPDATED REVIEW**
Even happier, again and again, I praise these goggles. If I could give 6 stars i would

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on January 4, 2016

4 5

This helmet is pretty darn nice. Fits comfortably / snug. Love the adjustable venting in the helmet to ventilate if needed on the fly. Boa system is nice to further tightening, however I find it nearly useless considering the helmet already fits me perfectly. Might dial it in / out depending on how hard I am riding. For the price, this helmet is great, but leaves a little to desire in my opinion. But certainly 4 star worthy.
Cons.
- inset headphone area in ear pads has a zipper that is nearly impossible to zip / unzip. Really the worst design possible on this. - Additionally, I would prefer if the ear pads were lower / more adjustable. If you have long ears you might experience them getting cold considering the ear covers don't go down quite far enough for my liking.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on January 4, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium and large (M fit best)

For someone who is 6'3" this jacket is ideal. if you are under 6' no matter if you get the large or medium as i tried both... the jackets are quite long, for me at 5'9". The athletic fit is restricting in my experience, where I found it nearly impossible to do a board grab / bend over considering the tightness in the waist (I have a 32 waist btw.) It ends up fitting like a womens tight dress. I'm down for length, but found it poorly implemented here. The hood is a garbage bag with no where to go when it is down, making it not a coat practical to use off of the mountain. The wrist gaiters seem like they would end up breaking in a year or so considering how flimsy and poorly designed they are (very thin, not rolled fabric just hard cut making the thumb contact point uncomfortable.) This really sucked cuz this jacket seems crazy bombproof. The thing feels like an indestructible tank when you wear it. If norrona fixed these problems, it might just be one of the best coats out there.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 182 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I'm a designer and gearhead who tried on a buttload of coats in an effort to find a jacket I could snowboard in, and walk around the city in comfortably. Love this coats trim fit and long length, gore pro.. this coat is a simple piece of perfection. The tightness and consistency of Arc'teryx's stitching and seams can't be beat by any other company out there. HOWEVER, the jacket doesn't have enough features / details to make you really blown away. You then try on the Marmot Alpinist 70D jacket, and instantly will become extremely upset at how expensive the theta AR is, and how little it offers in comparison. I love the Arc brand and what the quality of the things they create..... but you then ask yourself, where's my Zip off powder skirt... you notice there's only 3 main pockets on the jacket, (only 1 on the inside)... you notice the lazy piece of rope you have to pull to open any of the zippers... it's like the more details you look at, the more upset you become, until you're frustrated you dropped $600+. The Marmot Alpinist answers all of the problems, with an even better gore text outer. This coat is great if you just wanna wear Arc'teryx and feel like the man, but they need to step up the design.

HELPFUL HINT TO PICKING OUT COATS:
Almost every coat has a DWR coating, which isn't made like it was years ago due to EPA. So, at the end of the day, all these coats DWR will wear off, and all you'll have left is is the core features of the coat. Buy a coat based on its build quality, durability, and FEATURES.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

4 5

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

This jacket is dope. And I wanted to love it, however there were some issues that prevented me from keeping it. 70d face fabric and all the pockets were amazing. Really nice coat for the money. However.
FITTING:
I got the XL and STILL.... the shoulders on this are made for a child. If you're a little guy this will work. I'm a 5'10 well built man but by no means a giant, and this shit still squeezed my shoulders.
A medium in the Theta AR = Large in Marmot Alpinist. The alpinist is also an inch or so longer without being constrictive, which I love. I would consider this a more tailored fit especially after trying on Arc' beta and many other coats.

Aside from the very poor shoulder fit, the cuff velcro is something you'd find at a dollar store. Everything on this coat is nice it's shocking they'd use such a cheaply done material here. It's such a sorry excuse for velcro I may have returned it just after noticing that.

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Detail Devilwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

Beware of Gore Tex Material Differences
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I read the reviews, saw the features, solid 3 layer gore tex they said, then I bought it. This coat fits beautifully, I have an extreme build in my upper body and this covers the chest and fits the arms, and hugs the waist in a more athletic fashion than most. At first look, amazing jacket.... but... then you step out on a rainy day, and noticed some severe wet through. Jacob from backcountry said it was most likely a gore-tex defect, however.... before even stepping out, I thought to myself ... no way this can be waterproof with material this soft. Sure enough I was right. Look at the result below, just a small sampling of what became the entire coat in roughly 15 minutes of heavy rain. Called Arc'teryx and did alot of research, goretex 40s doesn't hold onto DWR repellent (which keeps the water beading up and off the coat) very well. I instantly switched to a gore tex pro shell considering although it was a beautiful ski coat, i wanted to also be able to use it in the rain, and for that matter, not have to worry about it in the snow or baby it with constant DWR care. Backcountry's Jacob took excellent care of me, and told me it was most likely a defect in the material. But It wasn't tough to predict this would happen, and for $600... you can't put that right to sleep, no way kid. Considering how nice everything else is on this jacket, id be willing to give it another try simply to see if it indeed was a defect. Just putting this out there in terms of what I've seen so far. I also know they are discontinuing production of the cassiar after a phone call with Arc.

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