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altaskierwrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I think this is my new favorite jacket. The new Gore-Tex C-knit is much less crunchy than Gore-Tex Pro and I feel like I have a better range of motion. It feels somewhat more breathable.

It's definitely designed for an active skier/climber/hiker. It's lightweight so you need a good base and midlayer. I think it would work well skiing on any sunny day out west in February or March. It would work well on a warmish snowy day as well where you are sweating.

The one design flaw is the lack of a powder skirt, which is unfortunate. I hope next year they fix this, or add in more jackets with the C-knit construction.

The color scheme is nice too.

Size-wise: I like that it's not overly baggy. I tend to wear a Large in the Regulator Fleeces but usually have to downsize to a Medium in Patagonia shells. The same trend continues with this (Medium). I do like that it's not quite as baggy as the PowSlayer or Powderbowl. But by the same token it's not quite as slim fit as some of the more Euro styled GoreTex shells. So it hits a nice in between.

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altaskierwrote a question about on February 17, 2015

Any recs on length? I'm 5'11, 178 lbs. coming from a 176 Salomon BBR. Like moguls and powder bowls but something that will hold OK on groomers at the end of the day. Ski mostly out west. Rarely in trees. 180 vs 188?

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Originally I bought the Smith's Skullcandy bluetooth for $200, but then I saw these for $120. The sound is better on these chips and the single button control is really simple. Much easier than the Smith because you know when you're hitting the right button. Just take 5 minutes to learn the gestures with the button (be sure to just look at the one card rather than the booklet...there's a typo in the booklet about volume up/volume down). I'm a big fan. Sound is great and easy to use. The chips fit very well into my Smith Vantage helmet. I would highly recommend and I doubt there's a more simple and better sounding bluetooth helmet audio option currently on the market. I agree with the below review that this is a game changer.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I really like the ultralight weight socks. My feet get cold easily and my ski boots never fit well, and conversely, my feet stay warmer and my boots fit better with the thin wool sock. This year I upgraded to the graduated compression; takes some getting used to but I like them better!

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I ended up returning the product to Backcountry because I thought it was too much for my needs, which are backcountry skiing, primarily. I get cold hands but I just thought these were so bulky as to reduce dexterity. They look high quality though. But again, they were so bulky that I thought for my needs (10-20 days per year), the break-in period would be too long. I don't climb, but I imagine they would be pretty great for that.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I use this shoe primarily before and after skiing. I wear it around town in the snow. I don't really run in it very often. It's comfortable. The lace system is nice because you don't have to deal with it getting wet in puddles and coming undone. The Gore-Tex makes this as waterproof as any shoe I have tried. It's decently breathable.

I would compare this to XA Pro Ultra 2 GTX, which is slightly more breathable and comfortable in my opinion and probably more aimed at how I use these shoes. I've always tried those on but I've never found them in a color scheme I liked. So I've stuck with the Ultra X GTX.

My one complaint, which is why I'm not giving this a 5-star, is that Salomon routinely advertises cool colors on their website but then there is never any availability on their website or at any of their retailers. I find this true even in peak season and off-season.

Through the years, I've not been let down with Salomon winter footwear, ranging from ski boots to casual shoes.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've worn these for several seasons now. My old North Face ski pants frayed apart after two seasons but these Patagonia's are going strong for now for 3 seasons and look as new as the day I bought them. They are extremely waterproof and I've tested them in every condition imaginable. I've always worn them in black. I never get cold in them at all; I just wear some lightweight capilene underneath to serve as a "liner."

Highly recommend, and I doubt there's a better ski pant out there.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This jacket is my long-time favorite for skiing. I think it's Patagonia's best pure skiing jacket. I've owned it in several colors and been very happy with both the fit and durability. It's long enough to cover your butt and the powder skirt is great. I for a long time before buying this jacket skied in The North Face Mountain Light, and I think this jacket is more durable and more waterproof. In my personal opinion, Patagonia and Arcteryx make the best shells around.

Of note, you will need to layer with this. It is primarily a shell. But I prefer layering over a thick insulated jacket. Just a personal preference. They do make a nice one that's insulated, however.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a great jacket. I really liked the styling and was impressed with the quality of the shell. I've skied with Patagonia Powder Bowl's for years but I wasn't enthused with this years color scheme in the Patagonia and this was an excellent replacement. If you're looking for warmth or insulation, though, go with a different jacket..this is one you'll need to layer with.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 9, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered the POC Receptor Backcountry and a Smith Vantage and ended up keeping the Smith and returning this one. I liked the styling of the POC better, but I had trouble paying $50 more knowing that I would likely have to reposition my goggles, etc., if I wiped out. Just makes zero sense to me why they'd do that. Otherwise, I would've stuck with the POC. But the Smith Vantage was better bang for the buck.

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altaskierwrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am an expert skier, used to ski 40 days per year, now mainly take just 1 or 2 4 day vacations a year. I don't shy away from anything really. I would highly recommend these skis..extremely versatile in powder, ice, groomed, etc. They are so much fun. For sizing, I'm 5'11.5" and 170 lbs...I ski on the 176 cm, works like a gem.

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