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Michael

Michael

Chicago, IL

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Michael

Michaelwrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

I decided to go for the xcr (last year's version) of the Alpha SV just because the price was $300 (yes, $300) less. Beautiful jacket. I know there's some small differences (0ther than the obvious difference between gore xcr and gore pro), but they just weren't worth the difference in price to me. I tried on both and if anyone is wondering, the older version of this jacket does fit slightly larger. I find that the cut is such that you could fit a down jacket/vest under no problem, but you wouldn't feel awkward when wearing one over top either. The cut comes in at the waist and leaves a bit more room across the chest, shoulders and arms. Great jacket - completely waterproof and warm under strong winds. I will be taking this to the Himalayas this fall and will write an updated review at that time. Love the look, love the features though.

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Michaelwrote a question about on February 21, 2009

I'm trying to decide between two shells. This jacket (with GoreTex Pro) and the older version of this jacket (with XCR Gore). I note about 50 grams difference and some changes with the cinches etc, but are there any other major differences in terms of quality? I can get the XCR version for 299 vs 599 for this jacket which is making me lean more towards the older version. Thoughts?

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Michaelwrote a question about on February 17, 2009

I'm thinking of getting this jacket and was wondering in terms of a layering system, should this go on the outside or inside of a light/med weight down jacket? I figure that if I went for the MH Phantom, the jacket could fit inside, but if I went for a Feathered Friends Volant jacket then it'd go on top of the Beryllium. Correct?

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Michaelwrote a review of on February 16, 2009

4 5

Really, I'm pleased with the jacket for what I bought it for - everyday use. I've had it for about a year and a half...wear it all the time. Excellent rain protection, breathable etc. I think I agree with other reviews that it won't keep you warm in very cold temps but good to about 32F/0C, depending on what you have. My beef is the lining of the pockets. I have put keys in the pockets a few times and now there's holes in them. The pockets are thin and shouldn't be used for much (perforated/aerated). Having said that, I love the look - fits perfect, versatile, easy to clean, throw in a bag and take anywhere.

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