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John R.

John R.

John R.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 240 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have had the "lab coat" top for a couple months and so impressed with waterproof that I got these to match (color and hopefully performance). Was hemming and hawing between L and XL--often L works for me for pants and underwear but current ski pants are XL, and so I went with that, and a good thing. XL fits but no extra room--so I'm saying true to size but if you are on the border go bigger. There are velcro sides on the waistband that let you cinch these tighter, but they arrived with those near fully extended--so if I slim down there is room to cinch in, but not much room to go the other way. I like the button on waist instead of snap--my last pair of ski pants had a snap that weakened and didn't hold over time. The leg length is about perfect for me--last pair was a bit long, and was always dragging on the ground and premature wear. The one possible complaint--they are short-waisted and a short zipper- (this seems to be the current style with men's pants). However, when you really need to pee and have a couple of layers underneath, would be good to have a little more room to work with--I'll see how these works.
There are also snaps that appear to allow suspender snaps if you prefer that to a belt.
This model is not the eVent Fabric of he Lab Coat--so I'll see if rain repellance is comparable.
The fabric is unlined, and so in cold/very cold layering likely needed.

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John R.

John R.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 240 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got this mid-February, skiing in Maine. Have now used it in temps from single digits to 55 F and in sun, rain, and snow. Rain can be nasty but after 2 hours in pretty heavy shower, I was completely dry--at least top. Pants soaked, and so I went back and ordered some matching Fly-low pants as well that just arrived. Surprisingly even in the warm rain, the eVent fabric seemed to both keep rain out, and let the coat breath so I didn't get damp from sweating. The slightly longer coat length keeps back covered. A small detail--but the velcro on the sleeves and relatively thin fabric allow you to cinch these tightly so your gloves slip over easily and keep wrists covered. The hood is fantastic as others have mentioned. Just flip up over your helmet and zip up the front of the coat and the hood stays put--does not impede at all on peripheral vision, or hang over the top--I did not generally need another head or face covering with it--although driving snow can find its way inside along ears--so maybe then something additional--but amazing that just flipping and zipping gives such a good cover--and it keeps the rain from running off your helmet and down your back.
I'm about 6'1" and 240--the XL fits perfect--and XL for shirts and jackets is what works for me--so true to size. Since it is a shell, you will generally need to layer in cold weather. Under coldest temps I had a long-sleeve merino wool base layer, another 1/4 zip heavy merino wool mid-layer, and another full zip knit sweater--stripping those down as spring arrived--room for all of that in the cold, but the cut retains a slimmer look--not like an overstuffed bear--even at my size.. The shell alone would make a fine jacket for hiking even in summer if in colder mts--e..g Maine.

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John R.

John R.wrote a review of on December 3, 2012

5 5

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

I tested early season/Eastern and it was fantastic. Even if you don't have deep powder/back country this ski is great. Loves bumps, wants to be aggressive, but handles well on eastern hard pack. Just plain fun.

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John R.

John R.wrote a review of on September 16, 2009

4 5

I ordered but am returning. Cool looking for the younger fellow but I'm 54--the extra baggy legs a little too much. I'd have kept them anyway but the fabric is like canvas and really heavy, and probably way more insulation then I need. Am going with the North Face Liberation on rec. of Chat room, which by the way is very helpful. Also kudos for making it easy to return items.

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