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Jim T

Jim T

Jim T

Jim Twrote a review of on October 6, 2017

5 5

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

I have not put these glove through the ringer. Just bought them and have initial impressions. I'll be using them for regular winter wear, so no snowboarding in these.
They appear warm and fit comfortably. I like the elastic cuff. However, the size chart is very inaccurate. The circumference of my hand is 8.5", which size chart says would be Medium. That sounded suspect (I have big hands) so I ordered Larges. Those were also too small, to the point that I couldn't open my hand all the way. Ended up getting XL, which fit. I think a more critical measurement is tip of middle finger to bottom of palm, which measures 8" on me. So, if you're an 8" guy, go with the XLs.

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Jim T

Jim Twrote a review of on December 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I'm a slim guy, 6'0"/160 lbs. I bought a medium, which is sized correctly through the shoulders, but quite generous in the torso. Definitely not a slim fit.
I tend to run cold. Not the ideal body type for Wisconsin's eternal bitter cold, dark, windy winters. Last year I froze my butt trying to wear a down insulator with vest over it. This set up was not windproof or waterproof, and it leaked feathers everywhere. This year I decided to invest in a quality jacket that is functional, waterproof, durable, and (super hard to find) STYLISH.
The Fjallraven Polar Guide ticks all of these boxes. I've only had it a few weeks and already it has proven its worth.
Pluses
-So warm! Tons of synthetic insulation, and no annoying feathers blowing sticking to my car, house, office, wife. Drop tail insulates my butt from my freezing car seat.
-Completely waterproof. Wore it for two days hiking in sleet.
-Looks great. Goes beyond the basic black puffer look which is so played out. I got the Olive color which is more brown than green A huge plus IMO.
-Durable. The G-1000 fabric feels like it will live as long as I do.
Minuses
-Bulky and heavy. Built oversized, and all that insulation's gotta go somewhere!
-The hood is too big. Very snorkely and gives tunnel vision.
-Removable faux fur looks great, until the hood goes up. Then you can't see a thing. The fur also makes it difficult to zip all the way up and makes you feel claustrophobic.
Conclusion. You get what you pay for, and this is a piece that will last a lifetime. I wish I could say it's perfect, it's not. However it looks awesome and performs just as well. Bring it on, Wisconsin.

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