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Tatnai B.

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Tatnai B.

Tatnai B.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 148 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I am fit with no fat. I love snowboarding. I run cold all the time. And I wear Gore Tex pro pants with no insulation. Mild days snowboarding (28F and up) I am fine with a bottom base layer and shorts. Colder than that and I am layering up. But I was looking for a bottom pant that 1) was warm, 2) didn't get in the way of my snowboarding boots, and 3) would do for the cold mornings or cold days that are below 20F.

Enter these. Just got them today, so can't say how they perform IRL but after trying them on I am excited enough to post a review. Fit is perfect (I am 148 lbs 5'11" tall 30" waist and got the small). These are very warm, as in they actually have a touch of loft to them. Articulated, movements and squatting work well enough. This is exactly what I was looking for. Definitely too warm for anything above the low 20s F, but has full zips to get out of them on the go if the day warms up too much. Length falls perfectly just above my snowboard boots.

Will be in Jackson hole for 5 days of snowboarding this January, looking forward to testing them out, will try to remember to update this post after that.

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Tatnai B.wrote a review of on October 16, 2017

5 5

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

I owned a Montane Polartec Neoshell stretch shell for 1.5 years prior to this purchase, and the taped seams started to delaminate. Warrantied it and got this instead.

I have not used yet in significant weather, but had to write a review. I always have problems finding clothes and jackets that fit given my body type; 5'11" 147lbs, 38" chest, long legs long arms (I fit a 34/35 dress shirt), shorter torso in comparison with about a 29.5" waist. Anything I buy typically I have to size up to get the arm length even though I prefer a tapered fit. The prior Montane I had was almost long enough in the arms in a size small (that was the only size left, so I made do).

Enter this jacket. I was certain a small would not fit given the "size up" comments in the reviews, and that my chest size was on the border. But, small was the only one at a deep discount, and I hate overpaying so I took a chance on the small. IT FITS PERFECTLY. Arm length is long enough that I can stretch out with it fully zipped and it goes more than halfway down my thumbs. Built so that arms don't pull with movement. Roomy enough for me to layer my midweight down plus something else, tapered enough that it is not baggy when worn as a stand alone rain shell. Literally, it is like this jacket was designed for my body type, so if you are similar don't hesitate, do it.

I did buy the Montane Endurance Pro shell to try on with this jacket (small as well). While arm length was about the same, it was just a touch baggy in the wrong places (arms, chest) in a way that just didn't feel good or fitted. Also, the Montanes have a super high collar that literally covers the nose (both the Endurance pro and my prior Polartec neoshell), and I found that wearing goggles I could not zip it all the way up as it was automatic fogging if I did. The Marmot is roomy enough to layer without feeling baggy (hard to explain, both have room enough, but the Marmot is cut just right so it is roomy enough without feeling baggy in those areas - trying on both my wife noted this right away). The Marmot also has a high collar, but standing straight and relaxed it comes to the bottom of my upper lip, which for me is just perfect - can duck my nose in for extra coverage if needed, perfect coverage for no-fog when wearing goggles.

Features are more than most technical shells, with inclusion of a waist gaiter (seems most alpine shells don't have them, but for the snowboarder that I am it is a plus). Two inside pockets (one is an open mesh for goggles), 4 outer pockets and an extra sleeve pocket to boot. I am in love with this shell. I don't think there is anything I could do to design it better.

Thank you to Marmot for a job well done. Thank you backcountry for the excellent sales team, taking care of my warranty issue, and getting this out to me. You guys rock.

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Tatnai B.wrote a question about on September 16, 2014

Is this frame black with red lettering, or red with black lettering? The complete build of the Helium RS has the same color label but pics are red with black lettering. I definitely want a black frame. From the pic of the reviewer it appears to be black, but just want to be triple sure. Thank you.

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Tatnai B.wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

my favorite jersey. if it is on sale, buy it!

very breathable, very stylish. I am 5'10.5", 147lbs, 37.5" chest, 31" waist. medium fit perfectly. neck is loose, not snug, I don't mind that. arms have this thick band of material to help stay in place. silicone at back hem, and nice pockets with zipper pocket. quality is premium. I wish I had bought two at the sale price...

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Tatnai B.wrote a review of on May 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have rival throughout on my ridley x-fire 2012, with 12-25 cogs and 36/46 chain rings (all came stock). bought at a LBS, and from day one there was always trouble upshifting from the 36 to the 46 when on any load. would shift perfectly in the stand, but not when you are pedaling; would literally almost have to stop pedaling to get it to shift. The LBS tried everything; lifted it, dropped it, twisted it, no dice. Took it to a second bike shop, same deal. Finally read that others have the same problem; concurrently, my LBS said they were now just swapping them out for shimano ultegra FDs, which are compatible, as all the rival FDs were having the same problem. So had mine switched, and have been happy ever since; shifts immediately even under moderate load.
Again this was the 2012 rival FD, but I don't think it has actually changed in that time. When it does get updated, hopefully it is MUCH better, as it was pretty much un-rideable. The rival RD, on the other hand, works just beautifully.

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Tatnai B.wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

update to my prior review
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update 2: put about 600 miles and 3 months on them. Straps don't bother me as much, just keep my shoulders relaxed and they're fine.
However I have had an issue with the stitching at the back shoulder where it meets the strap. I wash in a front loader and hang dry. See pic. I stitched it up, good to go again, but this should not have happened in such a short period of time. I plan on buying another despite this, as they are the best comfort one can get at this price point.

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Tatnai B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

love the bottoms
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this is my first pair of bib shorts, after doing a lot of research. I've put about 300 miles on them.

the bottoms are very comfortable, chamois is awesome (pads right, no diaper feeling), the legs do not ride up, fit like a glove that you forget is there.

I have to say, though, I am not in love with the straps. sometimes they stay flat, more often there is a small fold in them by the end of the ride. I wouldn't care, except by the end of my ride I do feel it as a pressure point (usually when riding for > 1h). end up having to rest my arms by hanging them, or windmilling one at a time, which I never had to do before using these.

5'10.5", 150lbs, 37ish chest, 31 waist, shorter torso to longer legs/arms. I bought medium and they seem to fit right (tried on a small and a medium). considering trying in a large to see if it would help with the straps, but I think that might be too big all around. I will keep these, as I love them otherwise, but I think I'll try the free aero bibs next to see if I like those straps better.

update: seems harder and harder to tell if the straps are causing issues. yes, they definitely fold slightly despite my best efforts; however I am not convinced all my arm symptoms are caused by the straps. I have noticed that I sometimes get finger numbness now without bibs on, seems more related to neck muscles or hand position I think. if I consciously try to keep my shoulders relaxed while riding, it is better, supporting that. I can't deny that there is somewhat of a pressure point where the straps are after riding for more than an hour, but on my most recent 1h20m ride I felt great. at the end of the day, I reach for these over and over again when my sugoi evolution shorts are ready and willing (solid shorts btw), so go figure, they are still better despite possible shortcomings. at this price point, I will likely buy another.

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