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ovimowrote a review of on March 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I've had this for a little over a year and used it extensively. Hiking, skiing, around town, by itself or under a softshell or a hybrid shell.
Fits just perfect, not baggy at all (as I saw others complain). Sleeves length is as it should be, as is the overall length. I've put on a little weight over the last year from 5.11 and 185 to about 200#, but cannot say the fit is worse, just a little tighter, as expected.
While hiking, I used this as my main jacket over a short sleeve T. Found it held surprisingly well against mild breezes and easily down in the high 30s. It only works if you move. If you expect this to keep you warm while sitting down waiting for sunrise, you will be disappointed. It's not what it is meant for. But throw a light hybrid shell on top (like the Alpha Comp) and you will be surprised how well it holds.
The built in hood comes in incredibly useful while skiing. I had a Gore Bike wear head/face mask I used before and was curious how well does this hold. And it does great. While it really doesn't have the wind resistance of the Gore, so it won't be useful in extreme cold with gale strength winds, for regular skiing purposes it's just perfect. I use the Fortrez over a REI merino base and under a Procline Hybrid and it did great down to 5F. Below that I had to change plans...
As far as resistance of the fabric... I washed it at least 15-20x and it still feels and looks as new. No piling. No loss of anything. No holes.
I'm genuinely puzzled reading some of the posts here. I'm not sure how to interpret them based on my own experience. I'm not an Arc super-fan. I like their stuff a lot, but also own gear from Millet, Marmot, MH, Smartwool, Ibex, Dynafit, UA, REI, TNF. They all have their respective pluses and minuses. Some are definitely better for certain usages and certain conditions than others, but none is really a 1-2 stars quality.

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ovimowrote a review of on January 17, 2010

5 5

Got this over a year ago and wore it in some pretty cold hikes in Utah. I reached -25F one morning in Bryce (-33 with the windchill) and this jacket kept me perfectly comfortable. Wore it on top of a baselayer (used MH or UA or Volkl) and a fleece TNF. Yep, that was it for -33... Pretty wonderful in my book.
It is a bit bulky (maybe), not super light, but does the job incredibly well. Lots of pockets for whatever you need, excellent pit zips, very useful powder skirt.
Got it on sale for some $130, definitely worth it, absolutely no regrets.

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