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Kyle G.

Kyle G.

Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on September 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these about a month ago, and these are ALMOST perfect. I have a big head (7 3/4 hat size) and I usually have trouble finding glasses that fit, but they fit me perfectly. I will quickly run through the good and the bad, then you can decide if these will work for you:

THE GOOD: These fit wonderful on larger heads with a wide nose bridge. They are super light, and Costa's 580 lens technology is pretty awesome. I have always been very biased towards the copper lens, so that is what I picked up and I love them.

THE BAD: These glasses seem like they have potential to be really fragile, and one thing that Costa gets very bad marks at are their warranty program. They say it is a lifetime limited warranty, but in my experience it takes a long time to get your glasses back (2 months or more sometimes), and issues that you would assume would be covered sometimes aren't covered and you end up paying out of your own pocket. It is because of this that the product gets 3 stars instead of 5.

So, if you are looking for a nice pair of rimless glasses that are lightweight and look great then these are awesome. If you are buying the glasses with the expectation that you will be hard on them and you might need to use the warranty someday, just know you might be disappointed.

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on November 29, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Ever since The North Face released this jacket last month I have been interested in what makes it worth the high asking price, so I purchased it a few weeks ago on-sale to try it out. I will admit that I did not like it and returned it. But here are some specific pro's and con's if you are interested in checking out this jacket:

PROS:
This jacket is very stylish. It almost reminds me of a combination between a wool coat and a 3-in-1 jacket. I like that the North Face logo isn't as noticeable. This jacket is also very warm from the goose down on the inner-liner.

CONS:
The biggest problem with this jacket is the weight and fit. I noticed that this jacket is 3 lbs when I purchased it, but some jackets don't feel that heavy. In my opinion this jacket does feel heavy, and bulky, I felt like I was wearing a black quilt/heavy blanket. The second thing I didn't like about this jacket is the fit, this is a long jacket and either I will need to squeeze into a large (which defeats the purpose of using a down liner because I will compress the down), or I size up to the extra-large which fit like a tent. It also doesn't allow very good range of motion like other jackets do at this price point. The Gore-Tex 3L outer layer is nice, but who designed the comfort cuffs? they literally are longer than the outer-layer, so when it starts snowing/raining, water will get in through the comfort cuffs into the goose-down layer, rendering it useless.

My final verdict: The North Face tried to create a coat meant for the city with all the features of a mountain sports coat, and somehow they missed the mark entirely. I don't think this jacket is worth the asking price, TNF offers a lot of other 3-in-1 jackets at half the price of this one, and you probably don't sacrifice anything in terms of features needed in the jacket. If you are looking for a high-end jacket, look at other brands that are specifically known for their quality and features at this price point.

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on November 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I had a Mountain Light jacket a long time ago and wanted to try this one. First off I will say this IS a good quality jacket, no complaints there. However, if you live in cold climates (upper Midwest or New England) you might be disappointed in the actual warmth of this jacket (part of the reason why I say that is because this jacket contains down...seriously how do you make a jacket that contains down NOT be warm??). When you buy this jacket, you are basically paying for the Gore-Tex outer shell, and a flimsy inner liner. Unless you are absolutely set on having a Gore-Tex shell, I would check out The North Face's 'Altier' 3-in-1 jacket. That one is MUCH warmer than the Mountain Light jacket, and it is about $100 less too.

Not saying this isn't a bad jacket, I do like it...I just think there are better options out there for the money you will spend on this jacket.

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on November 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I picked this jacket up last week to try out and there are a couple things I really like about it. First, it is definitely a warm jacket, secondly the material used for this jacket is also very stylish (I think the biggest selling point on this jacket is how classy it looks yet how functional it is).

The main downside I have with this jacket is the fit. I have a more husky fit but most jackets I can size up and they fit well. With this one it seems like there is a very large gap between the large and XL. When I put the XL on, it looked baggy and didn't look like it fit correctly at all. However, I ended up going with the large and it fits tight around my torso and feels tight when I sit down. Plus this jacket is a little long for my preference too, but everybody has different preferences on that.

To summarize, if you can find a fit that accentuates your size correctly, this is a great jacket. I just couldn't find the right size for me and I ended up going with the 'Maching Jacket' from The North Face.

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on November 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I picked this jacket up last winter and used it throughout that winter and at the beginning of this winter. It is a very clean looking jacket and very functional. The Gore-Tex outer shell on this jacket is EXTREMELY durable and waterproof. The shell also makes this jacket windproof. This jacket only has 80g of Heatseeker in it so for really cold winter days you might need to use a layer underneath (I know warmth is very subjective....but I would say the biggest downside to this jacket is how warm it is which is why I only gave it four stars). I like the durable hood, the wrist/thumb cuffs, all the pockets on the jacket, and the powder skirt. While this is a ski specific jacket, I do not ski but I picked up the black coat and it does have a little bit of grey in it, but I think it dresses up and down very nicely. It is an expensive jacket but I would consider this one of The North Face's 'premium' jackets (you know..the ones you read reviews on the internet about that can last for decades). As a ski jacket I am sure it is great, but for everyday winter activities it is also very good, just make sure you size it so you can put on a layer underneath if you are in cold climates (I live in Minnesota for reference).

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on November 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I picked this jacket up last week and have been using it quite a bit as temperatures have gotten colder here in Minnesota. I REALLY like this jacket after using it in cool temperatures (temps down to the mid 20's). I have been looking for a jacket like this for awhile, it is warm, comfortable, and has a lot of great features associated with it. Here are a few key highlights of this jacket:

1.) Warmth- this is the biggest and most important factor when selecting a jacket for use in cold Minnesota winter conditions. I did try the 'Powder Keg SKI jacket' first and that jacket wasn't warm enough (that jacket only has about 60 g of Omni heat insulation). This one has the 60 g of Omni heat and 700 fill down, the down definitely makes this coat warmer (thus why it costs more). I am sure it will handle the colder temperatures when they come along.

Fabric: This jacket is listed as waterproof. I haven't tried that out yet but the material is very comfortable and stretchy. I have the black and orange jacket, and the orange zippers accent the black fabric very nicely. Areas around the wrist/lower arms, the hood, and along the main zipper is a little different fabric that appears to be more durable, when you get the jacket you will notice the different type of fabric. I actually like that different fabrics and it gives the jacket a unique look.

Other cool features: I like the elastic wrist cuffs, they add another level of warmth in wind. I also like the powder skirt, I do not ski but I like having a powder skirt to keep out windy drafts. There are cinch cords on the waist, as well as cords on the hoot to make everything more adjustable (because this is a ski specific jacket the hood is fitted for a helmet so the adjustable cinches on the hood are nice). The pockets are also lined, making them nice and warm too. There are quite a few pockets on the inside and outside of the coat, including a wrist pocket.

Fit: I am 6'0 225 lbs and I ordered the XL. It does fit a little bit on the large side, but I sized it that way so I could layer underneath of this jacket. I could get away with using a large jacket which would be snug but definitely do-able. Sizes run a little on the large side.

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Kyle G.

Kyle G.wrote a review of on September 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: X-Large

This is a wonderful jacket. I purchased it last fall and have been nothing but happy with it. I live in Minnesota where winters are cold and this jacket is warm, waterproof, and just overall comfortable. I see some other people said this coat is not warm enough, I disagree as this is one of the warmest coats I own. I have spent entire days outside in the Minnesota winter and have been warm and comfortable. I always wear it over a long-sleeved shirt/sweater (if it is cold enough that you need to wear a jacket like this outside you probably shouldn't have a t-shirt alone on underneath...just saying).

For me this jacket just works all around. The pockets are great, the hood is awesome, I love the pit-zips and the fabric has a quiet feel to it (some jackets feel like you are rubbing newspaper together when you move around). This one also has a great range of motion. Just an overall great jacket, I have the slate grey color and it performs well, but also has a neutral color so I can dress up in it as well.

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