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Harrywrote a review of on January 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.0

These boots are tough and warm. They have a removable liner and if you keep it dry, your feet stay warm. Don't expect them to breathe at all and if your feet sweat, and mine do, your going to want to take the liners out and dry them if you want to stay warm. You might notice some packing out and they do run large.

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Harrywrote a review of on January 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this glove. I have the previous model minus the reinforcements in the palms and fingertips. I love the material. I wear them in the mornings to keep my fingers from sticking to the wheel in sub zero weather. I use them under my mitts on very cold days on the hill. They are fantastic, only four stars because they are starting to show some wear. The new version is no doubt tougher.

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Harrywrote a review of on January 2, 2016

2 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I had very high expectations for these bibs. I purchased the first pair in 2014 and wore them for half a season. They seemed a perfect, light-weight option for the limited boot-packing I was doing off the lift.
Then at some point in March 2014 the pants started to wet out. I noticed the seat of my pants were wet and figured I had left a zipper open or snow had somehow slid down the back of my jacket and into my pants. I checked everything and found no gaps or openings. I was in shock. I couldn't believe an item of this stature would fail.
I decided to ski them one more day, largely because I was in disbelief. I took them out the following day and experienced exactly the same thing, so I contacted Arcteryx and initiated the return process (Arcteryx return policy is the reason these bibs receive any stars in my review). Arcteryx staff was quite helpful and my return was processed quickly, unfortunately, they were out of this item, so I waited until 2015 to replace my pants.

I got my new bibs in August, sent them to Rainy Pass Repairs in Seattle, and waited for snow.

First day out this year, December, and the very same thing. Wet in the seat of the pants on the first day, and to top it off, I spent an extra 150 having these tailored by Rainy Pass.

I have to think there is something wrong with the materials used in this pant. I own several other Arcteryx items and have used Arcteryx pants and jackets extensively and not had any complaints. There is something seriously flawed with this bib.

Run don't walk.

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Harrywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The first thing you need to know about this boot is that it fits a narrow low volume foot. My feet are pretty average and wide up front. I also use custom foot beds. The foot bed creates a volume issue in the already low volume boot. Fortunately, the boot fitter was able to work out the problems and I got my boots punched and fitted and working great.

The flex on these things is great. Once you break the boot in there is a very smooth consistent flex. The flex is labeled as 10, or stiffest, but don't let that scare you off, I'd say they are a bit softer than other boots that are in the 120-130 range.

I do have some concerns with the boot that could easily be addressed by Full Tilt.

1. The power strap is garbage. It's already fraying and because of the alterations I made(including the footbed) it isn't nearly long enough. It should be longer and double, triple stitched for added durability.

2. The buckle on the clasp is too small to work with your gloves on. Adding another clasp and strap would really improve this boot.

Full Tilt does offer customization and I can purchase a longer strap. However, after spending $700.00 on a boot + 300 on fitting, it is annoying that I should spend even more money to get the right strap.

Also, it would be nice if Full Tilt made this boot in different volumes. Because of the foot beds and my larger foot, the boot does not overlap at the tongue over the cuff as it should and I probably loose some stiffness and get some water entering through the gaps as a result.
The full volume model they sell lacked many of the features I wanted. However, if a version of these two boots combining the features of both had been available, I would have chosen the higher volume model.

All in all, I love the boot based on its superior performance.

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