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Dread Pirate Roberts

Dread Pirate Roberts

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I'm a professional Travel and Lifestyle photographer and have shot in 46 countries and Japan is my favorite country in the world. Lived in Hokkaido as a kid.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a late 2016 154cm handmade model from the Burton Craig Kelly R+D facility. I saw it on the Burton site and there was something about it, I had to have it. Instinctively I knew it was right without overthinking. One of those decisions. Rode it and it changed my life. I was just smiling from the first minute. Effortless, intuitive, forgiving, super fun and super, super quick turn to turn. My previous board is the Con Artist which is killer too, but this is softer and has some nice pop and just the right amount of stiffness too, like a Porsche. Superb. I ride only Japan Powder and it's a #Japow destroyer. The only other board I'm interested in is the legendary Gentemstick. Nuff said.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on November 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

So bummed, way too slim.
I got the green Dark Spruce/Lucky green. The look is very dynamic.. soooo cool, but they fit pretty snug in the waist, buttock and upper thighs. You can't even bend down15 degrees, they are so snug. From about the knees down they seem fine, length seems fine.

One other thing, two cargo pockets and simply making them fit like Arcteryx Stinger Bib's (I own last year's model in medium - fit is superb) and you got the best pants dollar for dollar on the market.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on August 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used Osprey snowboarding packs about 11 years ago and I'm back. I saw this in a shop, ordered the exact same one and it's just about perfect. Intuitive design, great colors, exceptional quality. I love the large goggle pocket on top, I can fit my Sony a7sII with the 24-70 2.8 G Master in it.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on June 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Updated Dec 2017: I've used this at 8 different locations for two winters. Love the Jacket, but not the hood.
I bought the camouflage special edition winter 16/17. I wanted something fresh. The urban/military style seems to be the future. The pocket design makes it far and above most jackets on the market period. The long vertical front cooling zip is useful.

Hood could be way better.
Hood is too deep and like a funnel when it's up - the opening is 7 inches in diameter. When hood is down it's is impossible to zip the front all the way up to your nose with mid-layers and balaclava. The neck circumference needs to be slightly wider too. To get any face/cheek coverage you have to unzip it about 3-4 inches - or it's sits completely under your chin.

When the hood is up, you have to cinch it up tons to clear the side of the goggles to get good peripheral vision. It's cinched up so much the long cord flaps around the back and keeps hitting the hood if it's windy. Throw an Arcteryx style hood with three point adjustment on this baby and it will be the best jacket on the market.

The hand gaiters are great keeping snow out, a superb feature.

As with all Norrona products the cut is very taaall. I'm a 5'9" free ride snowboarder and although I do like the modern design/longer length in general, two inches shorter would make it more functional for snowboarders. The main zipper unzips from the bottom which helps.

Overall though, the jacket is super super cool looking, Gore C-Knit seems to be breathable and protective. The pockets really are totally brilliant and are out of the way of pack shoulder straps and waist belt. I can't say enough about the near perfect pocket design.

High price is a neg and the fit can be hit or miss.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on June 2, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 157 lbs
Size Purchased: 32 x32

I have two pairs of the Palisade shorts and they are my all time faves. I decided to get the pants and they did not fit the same, they were snug in the seat, below the waist and top of the thighs. I was bummed. Perhaps I'll try them on again just to see if the ones I had were flawed.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on June 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got one word: Pockets. Arcteryx is not known for a lot of pockets on their garments. I don't know why. These have 5.

The hand pockets could be deeper, they are quite shallow and you must always zip them up so things don't fall out like your $650 phone. I would suggest hand pockets having less of and angle - make them more horizontal therefore things won't fall out so easily and deeper.

Fit is great, I'm 5'9" and they come just a hair above the knee and they have just enough room and aren't butt huggers.

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Dread Pirate Robertswrote a review of on June 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 157 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

All windstoppers are similar, with one exception this jacket has - pit zips. Not all pitzips are created equal though. On this jacket they open on either end so you can vent selectively - open up slightly under your arms and open slightly on the side of your torso - at the same time and you've got two venting areas working.

I've tried tow other brands jackets that have super breathable areas under the arms and sides which allow "uncontrolled cooling," when you don't want cooling.

The only negative and it is significant is no chest pocket which I find odd for Norrona because that is a feature I like on their products.

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