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Northeast US: NY, VT, ME

Tirkish

Tirkishwrote a review of on February 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 158 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

You have to remember that you get what you pay for with 'Tex...but you sure as hell pay for it.

This jacket is not cheap in any way, but it's a jacket that will last forever. One of the pluses of its design is that it opts to avoid noisy patterns and outlandish colors, which will help make it less obsolete looking when you're still wearing it 10 years from now without any issues.

That's 3L Pro-Shell.

I was shopping for a new shell for a while, specifically for snowboarding in full conditions, and this badboy is pure win.

Roomy, but not too baggy, I opted for a Medium and can get plenty of layers on underneath without looking like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and also go light on warmer days. As expected, the Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric is a little stiff, but not annoyingly so. If anything, it makes it feel that much more bombproof.

The hood is separate from the collar which is a plus for a more comfortable fit with the collar fully zipped. The hood could be a hair larger, IMO. It fits with a helmet, but comes up a bit short at the forward most edge of the hood...almost resting on the top of the helmet.

Standard pocket configuration, meaty zippers, pit zips and tough powder skirt are standard. Also included on the skirt are your 3 universal attachment points to lock into your shell bottoms. Works seamlessly with my Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants.

Saving the best for last, the greatest feature of the jacket are the powder gasket cuffs. This should be the new standard on EVERY DAMN SHELL out there.

Pure. Genius.

You can wear the outer cuff loosely over your gloves or mitts, yet keep the inner cuff tight to avoid anything getting in. Also, the outer cuffs are super-roomy, so you can even pull them over a gauntleted mitt without too much hassle.

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Tirkishwrote a review of on June 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up as a backcountry water crossing and camp shoe... something light to haul in, yet comfortable, rugged and can be submerged without issue. They've succeeded in all respects.

Much lighter than the classic Newport, but of similar design. The soles do leave a little to be desired, thickness-wise, but again, they're lightweight, so no real issue there.

Be weary of the plastic pull toggle at the end of the elastic laces. A good tug will pull the elastic out of the assembly, but is easy enough to put back in. Just grab the elastic itself if you need to really crank them down.

Would have been 5 stars without the toggle issue.

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Tirkishwrote a review of on June 1, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Stylish, comfortable, fit true to size. Almost no break-in period. A shame, because they are useless as a hiker/trail runner.

The soles are so surprisingly slippery on rock that I nearly fell and twisted an ankle on two separate occasions during the first 1/2 mile of a trial hike. Shocking, because the sole's pattern is aggressive and looks sturdy. The rubber, however, is not meant for real traction.

Not sure why a reputable boot company like Vasque would ever make and sell a light hiker without using Vibram soles (or really any manufacturer for that matter), IMO.

If they were a $40 boot, it would be a no-brainer as a comfy around-town shoe, but at their price (even the sale price),they should have a reliable and quality sole. They cannot be considered a real hiker. My Vibram soled Chaco Flip Flops have better traction...no exaggeration!

Sadly, I am returning them.

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Tirkishwrote a review of on January 2, 2013

4 5

I am 5'7" at 150 lbs.
30" Waist, 30" Inseam

I went with mediums as I prefer a loose fit and baggy style on the slopes, but the mediums are WAY too big for me.

I exchanged for size small (which, by the way, is incredibly easy with backcountry.com), and the fit is what I was after.

The smalls are definitely a 30" waist, if not a hair smaller. A little tight for my taste if I'm wearing extra layers, but totally usable. The pants still have a nice loose fit in the legs, and are a 31" if not shy of 32"on the inseam (which works fine for me as well).

Update:

Worn during a very warm, wet riding weekend in Vermont. They're flawless. Sitting on wet snow, wet chairlifts, carving through slush and powder alike...bone dry goodness.

Adding netting to the leg vents would be smart, but for warm days, nothing beats it...similar to large pit-zips on your jacket.

Brilliant pants.

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