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bikefilmswrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just leave it to those snow sledding hippies at Burton to make the world's best camera bag.

They've outdone the entire rest of the camera industry here.

The Good:
- The design hasn't changed in almost a decade, for a reason. It's perfect (slim, comfortable, and yet still holds a lot).
- Really, really high quality construction.
- Great price. You'd pay $450 for this bag from one of the industry camera bag makers. Burton prices it at around 200.
- store your lunch up top.
- There's a secret slim compartment on one side that can hold a slider dolly, small tripod, lightstand or a small sword.

The Bad:
- Mm, no place for a laptop. But it's a //camera\\ bag anyway.

Final thought:
I think I've reccommended this bag to every one of my film and photography buddies.

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bikefilmswrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

...and it's a good thing. This is really what got me into technical mid layers. There are just so many things to like about it.

The Good:
- totally awesome/ semi bonkers design. it's the whole package... that consists of a little bit of everything (hoody, pocket, grid, thumbs).
- durable. after a few years of abuse, it's still just fine .

The Bad:
- since it's synthetic, and I live in it, it's starting to smell. A merino wool version would solve that, but I don't think Patagonia makes em.

I will toss this over a t shirt to walk around in the mornings, and then use it as a stand-alone piece for bike rides. When there's rain or cold, I wear it under a jacket because it doesn't take up much space.



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bikefilmswrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second Gore Tex Pro shell jacket. It's very minimalist, which is great if you like to keep moving.

The Good:
- it's lightweight, yet I never think it's too thin or that it's going to fail. GoreTex Pro is just bombproof.
- design is great overall (zips and front pockets feel sturdy)
- I've spent hours in dumping rain and have never even thought about getting wet.
-ProShell seems to breathe better than 2.5 layer or H2No material.

The Bad:
- few pockets / storage. I make sure I have a vest or midlayer that has a few pockets underneith. The jacket would be perfect with one mesh drop-in pocket for gloves/ bandana.

My final thought:
I'm really stoked on this jacket. It's an everyday jacket for me that I depend on.

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bikefilmswrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been oggling this jacket for over a year now.

The Good:
- it fits really nicely under a shell, or as a stand alone down jacket.
- the outer fabric feels a little more robust than those ultralight down jackets
- keeps me really comfortable... not too hot, and not too cold. just right.
-very wind resistant

The Not so Good:
- there's very little down in the arms. it could just be the one I got, but there are enough reviews out there to make the case that maybe there was a bad batch made. When I use this as an outter layer in 30-45F degree temps, while moving, my arms come back cold. I haven't had a jacket do this before. Under a shell, it's great.


Final Thought:
Outdoor Research is awesome. I like what they make and totally support their company. If they can become more consistant with their down filling/manufacturing, they would be making the best product out there.

Other OR gear I use: Mentor jacket, windproof beanie

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