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Gearloverwrote a review of on June 17, 2013

4 5

I am 5ft 1 and approx 96-98lbs; I've been looking for hiking pants that are durable, functional, and not like pajamas (i.e. do not have wide legs, or drawstring waist to compensate for poor fit). I had a stash of girls hiking pants from the days when REI offered girls size 10, 12, 14, 16 pants (instead of the 10-12, 14-16 fits) but they have totally fallen apart. So the hiking pant quest has been on in earnest. The Marmot Sonia is the best I've found so far - leaner fit (so it meets the not-pajama criteria), lots of great functional details and durable materials. I can fit into the 2, but the hip fit was snug, so I got the size 4 - note that these pants are clearly not usual US sizes - yay! - I am usually swimming in a 2-4 from any other company. The rise on these pants is also great for petite women. The inseam is 32 inches, so I did have the hem altered. The one issue I foresee is that they will stretch out too much over time - they have 6% elastane - I will be really bummed if I end up with a saggy ass pant, and probably wish that I got the size 2 instead.





Gearloverwrote a review of on December 2, 2012

2 5

I really wanted to love this jacket, I've watched the Arc'teryx videos and it seemed like the ideal wet weather midlayer (when down is not ideal). Note however that this jacket is nowhere near as warm as down. Alas, the 2012 XS size is too large for me . I am 5ft1, approx 97lb. If you watch the Arc'teryx videos you'll see that it is meant to be a fitted jacket - on me it fits like an outer layer. The stretchy side panels just hang there. There are air pockets along the torso and air gets in from the hip seam since there is no way to cinch the non-hoodie version. Also the sleeve cuffs are not as tight as on the 2011 version - so they are too long and loose on me. For the sake of comparison I'll point out that the size M, Patagonia girls down sweater fits me perfectly, but I was looking for a synthetic alternative. I so wish Arc'teryx would make an XXS size or petite sizes. If you get outdoors in California, you'll see there is no shortage of petite. outdoorswomen here.
PS: I have to thank Arc'teryx for giving orange and orangey red back to the girls! I am so fed up of purple, pink and turquoise blue. Outdoor companies please note that there are plenty of women with yellow toned skin out there and we'd like some yellow toned shades in outdoor gear.