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robnowwrote a review of on June 21, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I used these shoes for three weeks, really wanted to like them as they checked off all that I was looking for in a pedally AM/Enduro shoe but for me, just too many issues.

- Too warm, especially in the UT/NV desert terrain, that rubber capped forefoot just retains too much heat. I thought it wouldn't be such a big deal but definitely unpleasant when climbing up to something like Grafton DH.
- Fit was good, exceptional heel hold down, but unlike another reviewer here, after a few weeks of riding I did not find them to stretch or conform at all in either the forefoot or the heel. Specialized in 45 fits me perfectly (especially on the S-Works Trail with the bigger toe box) and I would say these fit a touch tighter.
- Sole is great for rocky terrain but sucks for wet/muddy conditions, no grip when climbing, obvious really when you look at the sole. Thats the one good thing about XC shoes that come with toe spikes is it really makes walking steep terrain in slimy conditions that much easier. I don't expect any shoe to be an exceptional climber in the mud but some form of rubber toe lugs would have gone a long way IMO.
-*****Sole became unglued from the forefoot of 1 shoe and started to peel off in one small spot on the other.
- I position my cleats right back and for whatever reason, the one shoe was difficult to enter/exit Shimano XT Trail pedals. I repositioned the cleat once but this did not alleviate the problem. Perhaps I should have tried a shim to see if that would help.
- Not a big deal but difficult to get on/off due to the single Boa.

These issues became all the more apparent as I'm now back on the shoe I was on last season, Specialized S-Works Trail, not without its faults(very stiff and unfortunately the rubber sole chunks off in rocky terrain if walking too much) but a great shoe overall for me.

Great ideas implemented into the Kestrel shoe, however execution could have been better.

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robnowwrote a review of on December 13, 2010

AMAZING!!
5 5

I'll say pretty much the same as I did on the Heli Softshell Pant review. Every year I shop for a jacket and pant and settle for mediocrity and sell it the following season only to repeat the process over and over again because what I want does not exist. That is, up until now. The Heli Softshell series is amazing.

I am 6'2", 195 lbs, slim waist(32/34 jeans), broad shoulders and long limbs. Went with XL on this jacket and fits excellent. I normally buy Burton AKs in Large because I find them to be a good fit with long sleeves and torso and not too boxy in the body.

Fabric is oh so nice. Soft/stretchy outer and great colors.

The interface between the jacket/pant works very well. Not too many gadgets/useless pockets like some other jackets. The back panel and shoulders have a slightly thicker grid of the softshell flannel, the rest is the usual lighter weight flannel. Only thing I would change is it has the mesh in the pit zips. WHY?? Its very light but I'll probably end up cutting them out...as long as it doesn't void the warranty, need to look into that.

Expensive, yes, and I am stingy with my money, but if something is right and worth it, I'll pay.

If you don't want the Gore Softshell, then go with the Heli Pro Shell. One main difference that isn't mentioned is the Proshell comes with a longer back/shorter front. The Heli Softshell is long in both the front and back.

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robnowwrote a review of on December 13, 2010

BUY THESE!!!!!!
5 5

Every year I'm on the search for a pant and jacket that I'm totally happy with and every year I settle for something mediocre and sell it off the following year. Well this season, my search has finally ended. These Peak Heli Softshell pants are just about PERFECT!!

The criteria I look to fill:
- Technical fabrics for the wet.
- Something that fits well at 6'2", 195 lbs, wear 32/34 jeans. This is where I have the hardest time. Larges tend to fit to short and XLs fit to fat/boxy.
- Something with some style and color, also the added comfort of Softshell helps.

First off, these pants fit AMAZINGLY. I went with XL for some baggyness with good shape, could have done L for a more fitted look. As far as I can tell, Peaks come with the longest inseams and smaller waist sizes relative to any other brand, so great for us taller/slimmer folk.

Super nice fabric, soft/stretchy outer, great colors.

I never thought I would dig the bib, feel like with most would overheat due to the extra coverage, but wearing it around, I like it and very breathable mesh top component.

Excellent features including the Pant/Jacket interface that works very well and the long side zips from hip-mid calf.

Expensive, yes, but do yourself a favor, and SPLURGE. These are worth it, unbeatable by anything else out there.

Don't want Gore Softshell, go with the Heli Pro Shells.

BUY THESE!!

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robnowwrote a question about on November 11, 2009

In the picture where you can see the soft shell in the hood it looks like a much thicker/warmer fleece inner compared to other Goretex SoftShell jackets like Arcteryx Stingray or Burton AK Continuum. Is this the case? Does this have a more alpine cut(shorter in front/longer in back) or normal?

Should I go L or XL?

195 lbs, 6'2", athletic, looking for baggy fit, zipper length of about 32".

Other jacket sizing comparisons:
Burton AK-L is pretty much the most perfect fit I have found in body/arm length and perfect baggyness/chest sizing.
Arcteryx Stingray-XL is close but don't like the shorter front/longer back, and zipper of only 30" too short in body.
North Face Sedition-XL is pretty good fit, just a touch big.

How does the fit compare, most specifically to the Burton AK?

Thank you.

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robnowwrote a question about on November 11, 2009

Is the outer hardshell material of this jacket very similar to the Arcteryx Stingray or more like Burton AK Contnuum(Soft Shell)? And does this have an alpinist cut(shorter in front/longer in back)? Zipper length? Looking for around 32".

Should I go L or XL?

195 lbs, 6'2", athletic, looking for a baggier fit.

Other jacket sizing comparisons:
Burton AK-L is pretty much the most perfect fit I have found in body/arm length and perfect baggyness/chest sizing.
Arcteryx Stingray-XL is closest but don't like the shorter front/longer back, and zipper of only 30" so yeah, too short.
North Face Sedition-XL is pretty good fit, just a touch big.

How does the fit compare, most specifically to the Burton AK?

Thank you.

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robnowwrote a question about on November 11, 2009

What size should I get and what is the material like(stiff, crinkly, lighter/heavier, durable)?

195 lbs, 6'2", athletic, looking for baggy fit but not ballooning in ass and waist.

Other pant sizing comparisons for me:
Arcteryx Stingray-L is too narrow/short, XL is too fat in ass and still could be longer
Burton AK-L would be perfect if they came 2" or more longer.
Patagonia Powder Bowl-L is good fit, could be a little baggier
This years Orage Gordon in XL is a perfect fit.

How would this pant compare too the others in sizing? L or XL?

Thank you

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robnowwrote a review of on October 29, 2008

4 5

I had these last season and had the air coming in around the nose problem like others have mentioned. They've changed that this year by thickenning the foam thus providing a better seal. Tried on a pair, had my girl take a look from underneath to see if there were any gaps. Nada. Great value too with two lenses and the hard case.

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