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Eric K.

Eric K.

San Francisco, CA

Eric K.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

Eric K.'s Bio

I work in IT sales in the SF Bay Area. I spent 18 years prior to doing this working in retail, with my last stint being 6 years at Nordstrom where I made Pacesetter. Working in IT sales has given me an opportunity to earn more and follow my passions, namely being outdoors in nature where I can really be at peace. I'm looking forward to being in Chamonix this June for a return visit and attending the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy. See you on the trails.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on June 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: L and XL

Well, it's hard to say what, but Fjallraven shirt sizing, unlike their outerwear, is a bit inconsistent. Neither the L or the XL fits exactly right. I would say order both the Large and an XL and see which fits you best and then send the other back.
Sizing aside, the shirting fabrics are great and comfortable. I really like their patterns and colors and they are very comfortable.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Just like the L/S Frode, the short sleeve is equally comfortable and just as much at home on the streets around town or out on the trail. I purchased it in XL and was glad I did as Haglofs tends to run on the small for me (as do most European brands). I wore it on a 2 hour hike and it did an excellent job of wicking away the perspiration. Cons? I really can't think of any at all.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on May 21, 2016

5 5

Very comparable to the Mammut Eiswand Light top, made also out of Polartec PowerDry. Much like Mammut, you will want to purchase this one size larger than your normal US size. At 5'11" and 210 in weight, the XL fits the bill perfectly. It's hard to say which I prefer more, but I like them both equally. Each is of excellent quality. You can certainly buy something at a lower price that is a better value, but brands like Mammut and Norrona are ones that you want, not need. If you can afford the premium price, you will not be disappointed by the great looks of the Norrona PowerDry top at all.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

First, I wear a size Large in US branded goods and an XL in 90 of my non-US purchases (Mountain Equipment, Montane, Haglofs, Mammut, Norrona, Millet and now Fjallraven). This being my second garment purchased from Fjallraven, it seems as if this trend will continue to my next one as well. This jacket is great in weight and the UN Blue is nice and different. I purchased this for non-technical wearing in cold weather, so won't be wearing into the back country nor into the mountains for when I go hiking. Mostly suburban and urban Winter wear. Sleeve length in XL is spot on for my 35 sleeve. And there is just enough room in the XL for me layer appropriately. From reading other peoples reviews, it seems that many, if not most all, don't really wear much in the way of layers anymore and prefer to wear their down jackets with only a tee shirt beneath. Not me.
First, lets start with the outer shell. Not sure what it is to be truthful, but the Pertex Quantum lining is downproof, meaning your down won't be poking through nor is it likely to be leaving any down plumes/feathers on your inner layers either. Second, the hand to the outer fabric is very nise: A soft feeling to it. Rugged? Perhaps not but given that I don't treat any of my 13 down jackets very ruggedly but instead try to take care of them as I'd like them to last the rest of my lifetime and get passed onto a charity for those who don't happen to be as fortunate as me to make these purchases, I keep them in good shape and don't tend to abuse them much nor likely to in my use case scenarios. The zippers on the pockets need to be pulled gently as just trying it on now lent the zipper to getting caught on the fabric of the lining to the pocket. So work to the wise. The interiors of the pockets are nicely lined with a fleece-like material. In the left handwarmer pocket, placed nice and low where comfortable handwarmer pockets should be located, there is a zippered security pocket as well. In the right pocket there is a little "security" pocket too. Lastly, inside of the left side there is a pocket at waist level with a simple folded top. I think I will keep the stuff secured in one of the zippered handwarmer pockets. Yes, it is helmet compatible too. I could comfortably turn my head from side to side while wearing the helmet with the hood zipped all the way up. Two simple hem adjusteres are located on each side of the waist and there is a simple one at the back of the hood. Last, the collar has a nice fleece lining to it when it is fully sipped up as well, making it comfortable. All in all, a good purchase. See you on the mean streets of San Francisco with this in the Winter.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

...who complains about the fit in this Montane jacket. Buy this jacket one full size larger than your normal US size to be comfortable and to allow for proper layering.
I'm 5'11", 36 waist, 210ish, 35 sleeve length and typically purchase a 41/42 R sportcoat. The XL fits perfect for allowing normal layering under a jacket like this for the environments and conditions it was intended to be worn in.
It is easily helmet compatible, but slight on the snug side. Not uncomfortably so , but a tad bit on the snug side all the way around. I can easily layer my Mammut Eigerjoch Light jacket on under it with the Mammut Eiswand Light size l/s baselayer under the Eigerjoch. Sleeve is excellent and has great articulated sleeves so the hem doesn't raise as I lift my arms. I like the internal draw cord too at the back to cinch it in even more, ensuring that warm air trapped in the key areas don't escape. As with any expedition down jacket, it is tough having good mobility of turning your head side to side with a helmet on and having the hood up. Because this is a removable hood, it does enable you a bit more freedom of movement to do so. Also, the hang tag states that this jacket, or the one shipped to me, does have the Allied Feather HyperDry treated down: In English, it's hydrophobic down. The cons? The velcro strips on the cuffs seems a bit small. And the shortcomings of wearing a hood with the helmet, which again I think is endemic to these kind of expedition weight down jackets, and that is about it. Ample pockets with good velcro closures on them to ensure that nothing falls out. Overall, at this sale price, this jacket is a must buy item if you live on the East Coast where you saw below 0 degree F and with wind chill temps in the Winter time.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 20, 2016

A great all around shirt
5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

First, buy one size larger than your US size. I grabbed an XL and it's perfect for sport shirt. It's has an easy fit to it rather than being on fitted or trim side. I am 5'11" and weigh 210. 16 1/2 neck with 34 sleeve. A bit on the long side in sleeve length but not overly so. Has a neat barrel cuff with a single pleat placket too. The blue is great. Don't be that American consumer who buys their US size and gets mad at the manufacturer like some folks who shop here. You have been warned. Will post a photo when I can. I like this Haglofs shirt much better than the Mammut ones I purchased last Fall as those were trimmed in the body and for the shirting fabric, the Haglofs has a better hand to it.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 16, 2016

5 5

So I got it last night and tried it out overnight. Got down to the low 50s here in SF and was too warm. Fit was great and comfy in the shoulders and easy to side sleep in. Anti-snag fabric was a bit irritating but not a deal breaker. Pillow pocket: It has to be a darn small pillow but great idea. Could not sleep in it all night as it was too warm, but will be great during shoulder season.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 11, 2016

Montane delivers again
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As usual, Montane delivers on an excellent down jacket again. The attention to detail with construction is excellent. I'm 5'11 and weigh 210. I wear a 42 R suit. The XL fits perfectly. The last person clearly did not know much about EU brands running a size smaller than their US counterparts. Rule of thumb: For the most part, with any EU or Scandanavian brand, go up one full size. Looking forward to putting this through its paces in a cold dry environment like the French Alps.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 7, 2016

Great piece for cold weather
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

First, get the right size. Purchase a size larger than your normal US size. I usually wear a size Large in all US branded items but take an XL in most EU goods. Haglofs is no exception. 5'11", weigh 210, 35 sleeve length, 16.5 neck and 36 waist and XL is great. Great soft textured fabric. Think of it kind of like being a shirt made from Polartec fleece. Warm. but not too warm. Paired with a puffy jacket or vest you'll be good for when Mother Nature comes calling in the Winter time. I like wearing this with my cargo pants. I don't think I would go hiking in them, but would certainly take it with me hiking in the Alps for when I'm in a hut or cruising Chamonix. And you get the usual great European look and style.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 6, 2016

3 5

This is a garment where I hope the fit is re-engineered. It is supposed to be cut to fit a climbers physique: Based on how it fits me, a climber must have a waistline that is significantly smaller. I have a 42 chest with a 36 waist. So I am pretty much a stove pipe in that regard. That being said, it has bomber construction and fabric. The hood is massive and fits over my CAMP helmet with ease. Can only fit a light midlayer under it in size Large. If I had gotten an XL it would have been different.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

First, this jacket rocks. Much nicer than the Summit Series L5 shell which I was going to return but decided to keep. And the sizing is more predictable too. By that I mean, I typically wear a size Large in all my US branded kit and an XL in all my EU/Scandanavian kit (such as Haglofs). The XL in this fits nicer than the Large in the L5. Material seems much nicer and the face fabric is softer and more comfortable. Not as loud as either. I like the 2 way zip on the Roc Spirit better than the 1 zip on the L5. Great for harness and relieving yourself. Pockets are harness/backpack compatible too. I bought the Dynamite on sale and will probably come back from the Lime Green too.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As with most EU brands, make sure to purchase this shirt 1 size larger than your standard US size. For me, that meant XL.
Very comfortable. I think it's a bit too warm for hiking in, but as a casual shirt this excels. Fabric feels a bit cardboard like against the skin, but other than is quite comfortable. Colors go well with most of my EU branded kit as well.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Is it expensive? Absolutely. Is it luxury? Without a doubt. You don't need this item, you want it. Why? Because it is very comfortable. It is one of the most comfortable next to skin baselayers you will find. Very good at wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping you comfortable. Make sure to purchase 1 size larger than your standard US size to ensure a proper fit (in most cases). I'm 5'11" and weigh 210, 36 waist and the XL fits great.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Was hiking this morning in and around the 50 degree mark on the Tennessee Valley Trail here in the SF Bay Area. Wore this under my Mountain Equipment Kinesis jacket and I was happy as a clam. When I headed back to the car from Tennessee Beach I put the Kinesis in the rucksack and wore just the MTR and was perfectly comfortable. It wicked the moisture perfectly as I was walking under the sun which had just come out from being obscured by the overcast foggy sky conditions in Mill Valley. Granted, when you're hot nothing is going to keep you cool, but nothing like the Mammut MTR to stay dry and wick the moisture away allowing me to be comfortable. And unlike cotton, which really has no business being out on the trails on in the backcountry for that matter, it was not a soggy mess and dried quickly on my short drive back home into the City. As always, purchase a size larger than your standard US size.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Great technical tee. Runs a smidgeon smaller than the Intense Logo technical tee, hence I give it 4 out of 5: No doubt it's great, but for my money, I like things to fit me comfortably. Not perfect, not returning it as it'll still be serviceable to me. But as I've said in many of my product reviews of EU branded goods, go a size larger than your US size.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 31, 2016

Just got it today
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The XL fits as expected: Perfect! A pinch more room all around than the XL in the LIM tee shirt: I am going to order some additional colors after this review.
I have no doubt that like my other technical tees it will do a good job of wicking moisture away from me and keeping me comfortable when the temps start to rise. My inaugural purchase was the Blue Agate and it looks just as good in person as it does online.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 28, 2016

Great light/mid-weight down jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I'm not planning on using this at 3000M or above the treeline, but this is a very good light-midweight down puffy. Fits nicely in the XL and I would highly recommend going up a size from your usual US size. I'm 5'11" and weigh 210, 35 sleeve length and 31/42 R sport coat. I'd easily wear this jacket layered over my other kit in temps down to the low 40's without any hesitation. Great attention to detail with Mammut, especially this since it is part of the Whymper Collection

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Not one to use my mountaineering kit around town, or at least an absolute minimum, this jacket is a true down furnace. With 330 grams of down, it'll keep yoiu warm in all but the most extreme of conditions. I am taking this with me to Chamonix in June when I attend the Arcteryx alpine academy there. As with most EU branded clothes, go up one size from your US size or you'll find yourself with kit that fits tight in the armpits and you won't be able to layer appropriately underneath. I'm 5'11", size 41/42 R sport coat with a 35 sleeve length and the XL is perfect.

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