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Jaime

Jaime

Fairbanks, AK

Jaime's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Jaime

Jaimewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

5 5

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

Full disclaimer: I'm a huge Arc'teryx fan =) I was looking to upgrade an old pair of mountaineering boots (Scarpa Summit) and saw these and had to try them out.

Haven't actually used them yet but for me they fit perfect. Thanks to Travis @ backcountry for his help and input on sizing. Since nobody had them locally sizing is always a hard thing to choose. I ended up using the size chart on Arc'teryx site and I was exactly an 8.5, that's what I ended up ordering and they are perfect!

Yes they are narrow but I have small feet, so I could see people with wide feet having issues as seen in other reviews. Perfect amount of stiffness and seem plenty warm. Now to break them in! It's definitely easier to remove the liner when putting them on and taking them off.

btw, they fit the new Black Diamond Snaggletooth crampons perfectly.

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Jaimewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

5 5

It's great to see the improvements in technology as related to splitboarding! I finally felt it was time to upgrade my old malamutes to something designed with crampons in mind.

I read about the other crampon compatible boots and these seemed to fit my style the best, I didn't want anything quite as stiff as the Fitwell's.

The K2 Aspects are still stiff, and just the right amount. Usually I wear an 8.5 boot but I chose the 8.0 in these due to other reviews and some local shops who had tried them on, the 8.0 is perfect! Just got the liners heat molded today too.

I love the beefy sole and the Boa liners. I've never been a fan of traditional laces on snowboard boots but between the laces and the power strap at the top I don't mind it at all.

I use Karakoram bindings so I'm a little worried from what a previous user mentioned about them not fitting well. I have the Karakoram Prime's and they do have some adjustability in the heel cup so hopefully I can get them to work, I'll update my review after I'm able to field test these.

Haven't chosen a crampon for these either.

Overall, I'm stoked about these, and they are WAY easier to get on and off than my old Malamutes, they were kinda a pain IMO.

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Jaimewrote a review of on May 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 10

I'll admit, the first reason I wanted these was simply the color scheme. I think these are hands down the coolest climbing shoes ever made, so I was hoping they would live up to the hype.

I'm a male but have narrow feet and as mentioned earlier I loved the colors which is why I went with the LV instead of the regular Runner. So Ill recommends 2 sizes up for guys (all LV shoes are sized in Women's sizing) from street shoe size and it is Spot On. Originally they recommended 1 1/2 sizes up and that was just too small. I'm an 8 street shoe so I ordered the 10. I ordered the 9.5 during the kickstarter and I just couldn't do it, especially knowing they wouldn't really stretch. And I've broken in a couple pairs of Miura VS's, so if you've owned Miura's you know how painful that process can be until they stretch haha.

Anyways, about the shoes themselves. Only climbed in them once so far in the gym but they seemed to do pretty darn great. I wasn't looking for an all day comfy shoe and I didn't size them to be that way either, so for what I want them for they are doing great. I honestly bought them for harder routes in the gym because they are cheaper than my Miura's but I'm definitely going to test them on some projects I have at the local crags soon too.
The rubber felt soft and sticky on all types of holds. I felt stable at all times and never had any foot placement issues. Given the downturn form and stiffer soles, these wouldn't be great for smearing, but that expected in my opinion from agressive shoes. However, the rubber is soft/sticky enough it probably wouldn't do too bad if you needed to smear.

My main concern right now would be how long the rubber last since it seems soft. Which is great for sticking on everything but in the long run it would suck if I burned through these shoes pretty quick. Time will tell.

I really love what So Ill is doing with their shoes, as long as the quality proves to last I will definitely come back for more and try some other models as well, because c'mon, you can never have too many pairs of climbing shoes =)

Lastly, I mostly sport climb with little bouldering. Maybe 70/30 sport to bouldering

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Jaimewrote a review of on October 21, 2012

5 5

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

I picked these up for an ice climbing/splitboarding trip coming end of November in AK so function/durability-wise, we'll see.

Wanted to add some sizing info though since that is always hard to decide if you can't try them on. I'm 6' and 145 lbs. I tried on both the 30 and the 32 and ended up with the 32 mainly for the extra length (I think they are an inch longer). However, I could have easily gotten the 30 as well. The way Patagonia designed these with the waist belt is perfect. The 30 and 32 both would have allowed for proper layering and fit perfect but I usually have problems finding pants long enough that fit my waist which is why I opted for the 32. I think it's safe to say if you have problems with pants not being long enough, you should be able to size up (for length) and still have them fit ok.

I have the Arc'teryx Beta AR hard shell pants but wanted something a little more specific to what I'd be doing. I think these will hold up excellent though!

Lastly, they seem to fit over all my mountaineering and snowboarding boots just fine.

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Jaimewrote a review of on October 17, 2012

5 5

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

I've been eyeing this piece for quite some time and finally picked one up. I'm 6' and 145lbs and the Medium is perfect! just long enough and form fitting but not too tight. Merino wool is really soft and the stretch on it is amazing.

I haven't put it to the real test outdoors yet but I got it for a good layering piece for AK winters. I have a backcountry snowboarding and ice climbing trip in a month and this will be my base layer for sure.

I will definitely be getting the Rho LTW bottoms as well. I'll update this review once it gets some real use but as with all Arc'teryx gear...I know it will be amazing.

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Jaimewrote a review of on March 17, 2011

5 5

Wow, what a fun board!!! I agree it does kind of suck you can't choose the color/style you want. Luckily I got red/blue/black which isn't bad and was my 2nd choice. I was hoping for the orange/blue/black. Oh well!

This is a great board to add to your collection. Super fun all over the mountain. The rocker is awesome. Fun in the pow, fun on the grooms, just all around awesome.
I haven't done much freestyle but I would like to more and this board makes it that much easier!

I'll have to update later on about the magne-traction. I've only had the board out once so far and I spent most of the day aligning my bindings etc. And even with all of that I still had a great time on the board!
Bottom line, get one!

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Jaimewrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

I needed a good down jacket WITH a hood and have heard great things about the sub zero.

I was debating on whether to get this or the down parka and I chose this for two main reasons: for me the shorter length was nice, i didn't like the longer length of the parka. and second i liked the zippered hood instead of the buttons. I did like the layout of the pockets better on the parka though.

haven't put it to the test outdoors yet but im sure I will be happy with it.
Also, if it helps anyone. Im 6' and 140lbs and I got the Medium. It fits well by itself and also with layers (shirts, softshell, hardshell) underneath it.

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