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Jim Scott

Jim Scott

Coeur D Alene, ID

Jim Scott's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Jim Scott's Bio

Transplant from Arizona to the Inland Northwest that lives for adventure and new outdoor experiences.


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Jim Scott

Jim Scottwrote a review of on January 7, 2018

Bullet Proof
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was traveling through Iceland last August and took my normal backpacking tent and ran into some weather that completely destroyed it. I was forced to buy this at a small outdoors shop and man how lucky I was to have this. I had extreme weather for 11 more days, where I was getting slammed with wind and rain. This thing didn’t budge. The tent is heavy, so not ideal for backpacking, but for car camping, this thing is a beast. I obviously paid way more for it in Iceland, but at 230 dollars this thing is a steal.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on February 2, 2017

Great niche rain jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs

Cool little ultralight jacket that packs down super small. And in true Arcteryx fashion, comes in a variety of cool colors. But it's still a niche jacket at best. I own this thing and literally have no other use for it other than hiking/backpacking. Any other activity where I might get rained on I would go a different direction. It has no hand pockets and has no pit dumps. So although I do enjoy the jacket, I'd only recommend buying it if you're looking for something super light and compact. If not, there are cheaper options within other brands that have more features (like pockets for a start. )

I will also say that it fits a little looser than most items in the Arcteryx brand. Not baggy, just not slim fit like normal.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I travel a lot and have always used the traditional north face pack but wanted to shift in a more adult direction. The problem with a lot of casual packs on the market is that they still have a bunch of stuff (support straps) hanging off them that are really absolutely worthless. And those straps get caught super easy if stored under the seat in front of you on a plane.

The Blade 20 is a great little pack with a seamless adult design made beautifully for travel! Lots of well thought out pockets and great interior split design that solves all the problems of staying organized on a 12 hour flight.

Only real complaint is how cheap the straps feel. That's the reason for the 4 star rating and not 5. Also wish it came with a spot to attach a single shoulder strap so it could be used as a messenger bag. This thing would rule supreme with those two tweaks. Still recommend though.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Solid casual piece that fits for the most part ok. It does rise up at the bottom as I've seen other people mention as well. I don't take this camping/hiking as the R1 is a much better "performance" article of clothing. Best traits of the Fortrez are stylish look and overall comfortableness. Probably not worth 200 bucks but I'd snag one if you were in the market for something stylish and saw it on sale. This thing would probably cost $150 if it was made by TNF or MH.

I've experienced no "pilling" or color fade as others have claimed and I've had mine for about a year.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on January 12, 2016

Pretty Pleased.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I pretty much wear flip flops as late into the season as possible. I hate wearing shoes like nobody's business. With the early heavy snowfall in the inland northwest I had to break down and get a decent pair of shoes for trouncing through the snow in my day to day activities. I decided upon these and have been fairly happy with my purchase.

They're extremely stylish and comfortable and from I can tell are way higher quality than the previous model (if you read those reviews they seemed to be poorly made). I wear these things every day and have had no issues with them falling apart. However, I'm not sure I would have full confidence in these bad boys as my every day hiking shoe. And I will say that although they do handle snow, once they get wet, they take a while to dry.

If you need a commuter boot for bopping around town in slush, these should do the trick!

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on December 28, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Wanted a nice casual beanie for the blustery CDA winter and instead got a tiny thin piece of fabric. I have an average size head at best and this thing felt so tight. Probably not worth the money. Immediately returned.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on December 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs

I bought this jacket for general winter activities and it's become a staple in my normal outdoor set up. This thing sheds elements like my Australian Shepherd sheds fur. As with most of the Arcteryx line this thing is pricey, but you get what you pay for. I would almost suggest buying one of these used off ebay vs buying any other jacket new. It has a lifetime warranty and Arcteryx has a great reputation for standing by their product.

This shell as a stand alone is loose and baggy so it's definitely designed for a layer or two underneath. I haven't used this for any sort of mountaineering but have been using it as a ski jacket and love the way this thing does in the snow. Hood fits perfectly over my helmet, and if it's warm the pit dumps remove heat like crazy.

If you buy this jacket online without actually seeing one in a store just keep in mind it does not have any hand pockets. At first this irritated me, like a Mercedes not having cup holders, but I quickly got over it. So i'm not complaining, just throwing it out there.

Also, the only real complaint I do have, is that there isn't a headphone slot on this thing. I understand this may be trivial and I might not be using this jacket for it's full intended purpose (at least for now) but at this price I'm pretty sure just something on the internal pocket could have been an easy addition. Will also add that neither of the internal pockets are big enough for an iPhone 6+, even without a case.

You can purchase this with full confidence that it'll get the job done. Should last a lifetime.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs

I got turned onto this thing via one of the backcountry gear heads.

This fleece is great!! It's not as "stylish" as a lot of the other fleeces on the market but this thing is unbeatable in regards to working gear.

Just spent 3 days in Yaak, Montana and had temperatures as low as -8. I never took this thing off once! It was a great layer to have(I had a big down jacket on top). The hood is awesome and pretty much rendered my beanie useless. Was also great to sleep in. Highly recommend for anyone shopping for a fleece.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on November 24, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got suckered into falling into this cup fad via my yuppie alpine friends.

They are pretty slick looking and are extremely light and are "so-so" in the durable department. But at this price I honestly don't get it. I suppose if you use this as your main source of boiling water on the trail then I guess it makes sense, but it's not really big enough to boil much for cooking etc.

The main downside though is how much heat it loses and how it usually dumps that heat right onto your skin since you can literally only hold this cup by it's handle. I've burnt myself countless times trying to juggle using this mug with other activities.

I still use mine though when I backpack but mostly because I spent 30 bucks on it.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on November 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs

A crazy light stylish down jacket that packs down small. Insanely warm and so soft. It does fit a little slim but is great for layering or as a casual jacket in your colder alpine towns. It doesn't have the draw cord at the waste but I haven't had any issues with wind blowing up my back. Probably wouldn't be my first choice to wear snowboarding though because of this (I fall down a lot). I have been wearing this for my second winter in Idaho in temps of low 20's and felt fairly warm.

No internal pockets but with this jacket you're pretty much paying for the weight and fill. There are cheaper options out there (even within the Arcteryx brand) with more bells and whistles, but this would be my first choice for any activity where I'm hauling gear around and need to conserve space and weight.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs

Although I didn't use this jacket after getting it I still thought it was a pretty cool jacket. It has an athletic fit and is crazy light. I would have given 5 stars if I actually had the chance to use it. I'm just basing my review off an initial impression.

This jacket is crazy light and is meant as a layering jacket so if you're looking for something with some bells and whistles Arcteryx actually has other down jackets with all that stuff that are a little cheaper that just aren't as light as this one.

This jacket fits true to size if you go into knowing it'll be snug.
I exchanged this jacket for the hooded version.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

Pulled old review, leaving new one
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is pack is the best pack ever made. It's extremely comfortable, well engineered, and looks great. The lid on this pack is insane and I didn't realize it until I spent 6 days in Yosemite and found how much I could store in the lid. Anything I needed throughout the day fit great and was easy to access.

I do a lot of solo adventures, so as I result, I'm not able to split gear up and have to carry everything. THIS PACK CAN TAKE IT. PLUS the 20 extra pounds of camera gear.

The rotating hip belt is no joke, and will save your bacon (and your back). Just did 30 miles with crazy elevation gain and out of everyone in my group (all avid backpackers) I was the only one not sore in the shoulders, back, etc. This pack is the real deal. And plus, if you travel with this pack and check it on an airline, you can take the hip belt off and stuff it in the pack. Pretty slick.

Once you've had this thing on your back for 50 miles, the sticker price will be the furthest thing from your mind. I hate buying a lesser product based on price to just end up hoping I would have bought the better product later...

...this is the better product.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on June 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 240 lbs
Size Purchased: 13

These are indestructible beyond anything I could describe. My feet have never been sore after any day of hiking in these, and more importantly, my ankles and lower leg feel fresh after anything thrown my way. I've abused these things in the 7 months I've owned them but they keep taking it with a smile.

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Jim Scottwrote a review of on June 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this recently to upgrade from current 3/4 REI pad. This thing is extremely comfy and not too heavy. I'm taking off a star just because of how big this thing it is. It doesn't pack down small at all. But make no mistake, it is indeed the most comfortable pad I've ever used. And holds air like a champ. No leakage whatsoever.

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