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eastatlaswrote a review of on January 14, 2018

3 5

The bad: They do not seem durable. I saw a youtube video warning to be careful handling skis while wearing these gloves. So I have been careful, but after a few days on the slopes, I am already seeing some edge marks in the mitts from picking up skis. So really, you can't handle your skis at all with these. This is inexcusable in my mind. You should be able to handle skis with abandon wearing ski gloves, I do with all my other pairs including Hestra Morrison Pro model and have no issues.

Otherwise, I rather like them for cold days. They breathe well and are waterproof. Gauntlet seals out the cold.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on December 27, 2017

2 5

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

I have been running gauntlet style gloves for last few years and decided I wanted something undercuff for the quiver to mix it up.

The issue I ran into is that with the padding and such, the glove fits about one size tighter compared with my other hestras. In my case, I find the size 10 Morrison is running similar fit to my size 9 Helis.

I went glove version on this, since I just felt like 3 finger was more appropriate for a gauntlet design like the Heli.

If I remember, will add to the review once I have some significant time with them on the mountain.

Update: After using these for a season, I do not recommend them. They are not especially warm. And they dont breathe at all so your hands are always dampish, I blame the CZone insert. I switched to the vastly superior Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride which oddly is now discontinued.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on February 21, 2017

4 5

The bad. The sizing is off. I am a solid medium in most technical clothing. Not so here. I needed to go small with this jacket. Weirdly, in a small both the length and sleeves are just fine even with my long arms at 6 feet tall. Basically the size small fits like snug medium. I can just squeeze my nano air hoody size medium under this. Sizing is always a finicky thing, but this piece is clearly sized wrong. This was also stated in the outdoorgearlab review.

I have the carbon color which I like apart from not caring for the yellow zippers. Also, it is a dark green color, no idea why they have referred to it as carbon.

These things aside, it is a great highly technical piece. I would not pay the 450 retail but I found mine for half off (current price on patagonia website as of writing review) and for that price, I would recommend it.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on February 20, 2017

4 5

I picked these up a few months ago. Before this I was using wired speakers so needless to say these have been a great step up. Functionality is great. Sound is just fine to me but I am no audiophile so I cant talk about mids and lows etc.

First, the one small issue is charge port is opposite the zipper location regarding Smith helmets if you want to unzip partially to charge. So you are stuck wearing them swapped L/R which is not too big a deal for me.

The larger issue is my first set failed with about a 7 days use. Backcountry was nice enough to swap them out for a new pair which have been working fine on about 10 days so far. Hoping the second pair do not fail.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on December 29, 2016

4 5

I am pretty picky about my gear particularly fit and this helmet is working for me.

I have been searching about for a new helmet for a couple seasons now but this is the first helmet that has worked for me.

I wanted something speaker compatible with MIPS.

This helmet fits significantly larger than the Vantage. That is where it is working well for me. The Vantage MIPS medium was way tight whereas the Vantage MIPS large was just too big. I have a Quantum Medium and the fit is perfect, not too tight, not too loose. BTW, you would need a pretty big head to fit a quantum large IMO.

Update: I have about 15 days on this helmet and have noticed a significant downside. The helmet is heavier by around 4 oz or so compared with comparable models on the market including the Vantage. Honestly, this rather baffles me...why would Smith put out a new top of the line helmet and have it be so weighty.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

2 5

Swix is the only pole using the twist lock. Everyone else is using the clamp lock. That should tell you something right there. It is simply not as reliable. My first week out I had a couple of times where the lock came loose spontaneously and poles shortened a bit. Second week out this did not happen so I suspect they have bedded in a bit, but I just dont think it is as reliable.

The poles will not shorten as much as other models since the adjustment is higher up with less room to collapse on itself.

Finally, the baskets are really cool looking with a unique design and perform great. The only caveat to this is skiing in very tight trees. There are four little holes that can grab branches and pull the poles out of your hand. This is a disconcerting feeling and can tweak the shoulder a bit.

I will be keeping mine as a backup but have moved on to the Volkyl Tourstick Vario CC.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on February 25, 2016

2 5

The lens retention is not robust at the top. Has slipped out a few times while pulling off and on helmet in just the first week of use. In need of a redesign. Called Smith about this issue and they state they have not heard of it. Honestly suprised with the stellar reviews on this goggle.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

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

I bought this jacket when it first came out due to all the hype. It was real dumpy/loose fitting in the midsection. So I had to return it and got an Atom AR in its place. Which is another nice piece BTW.

Well I after trying a nano air 2 years later at another retail store, the fit is real nice now, fits slim as it is described on the patagonia site. So I just picked one up on BC on sale for sweet price and am stoked.

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eastatlaswrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I want long length mountain shorts for xc and all mountain. I have tried many models and this is the only so far I have found that fits the bill. The closing buckle is light years ahead of other offerings with velcro adjustments on the side. Its light, simple, works great and stays put. Material is light and excellent for general trail riding. If you are a long legged rider looking for extra coverage, this the short you want. Only downside is that that dont come with a chamois so you will have to use your road bibs. The fit is a touch smaller than offerings from other big brands.

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