I bought an Alpha Arc’Teryx LT last January in Taipei. At the time, I was a lot heavier than I am now. It was an XL and initially, I bought it one size larger, thinking that I would put on loads of layers underneath. This was even after the salesperson told me that these types of coats are meant to fit very snuggly, and that’s how they work best. Naturally, I didn’t know what I was doing. 10 months later, I noticed how loose that coat was on my frame. I decided to try and sell it and purchase an Alpha SV (Severe Weather) instead.This time, it was size M and it came in the color I wanted, Miro Blue.
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Published December 5, 2008
Tags: alpha LT, Arc'teryx, sale
Mint XL 2008 Arct'Teryx Alpha LT
I have a XL 2008 Arc’Teryx Alpha LT for sale. Bought it for $550, selling it for $300. It’s been used a couple of months at the most. I’ve lost so much weight that I now wear S and M clothes. The XL is simply too big and loose for me. I hate to sell it, but it doesn’t fit.
The Alpha LT is an extremely light hard shell mountain climbing coat. It weighs 13 grams and packs down to nothing. It’s made with 3-layer Goretex Pro Shell material. Zippers and seems are taped to make them waterproof. Parts of the jacket are glued together. It’s compatible with a helmet and a climbing harness.
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I’ve been extremely busy over the last few weeks, and I guess that it’s shown. I’m late on a number of projects. Before long, the semester will be over and it will be Christmas. I’m midway through the sixth book of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I’ve breezed through the books pretty easily. I’ve still got 5 more to read. The story is still tantalizing.
The scope of the story is also quite ambitious, I’m surprised to find this out. I’ve managed to find Anathem by Neal Stephenson and the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I hope to read them this week. Tonight, I’m taking things easy and catching up on True Blood.
It’s been a week since I bought my bike and I haven’t found the time to buy a riding bib and some shoes. I’ll have to get on this soon. I’ve managed to find someone who will by my Arc’Teryx Alpha LT hardshell. I’m kind of annoyed at this. The only reason I’ve been thinking about selling it, is that I’ve lost so much weight that it doesn’t fit me right anymore. I’ve tried out a few different sizes and M size fits me fine and snug. I’m most probably going to buy an Arc’Teryx Alpha SV hardshell, but I’m researching the Mammut brand as well. I’ll buy it somewhere online. In Quebec, we have a 15% tax on everything, so it’s not a good idea to buy anything locally. There’s a Montreal Arc’Teryx store. I’ll find out if they have any discounts.
The only good thing about the latest Brendan Fraser movie was Anita Briem and my discovery of the Icelandic technical mountain clothing company 66 North. Brendan Fraser’s character was wearing an Arc’Teryx backpack for most of the movie.
I found an ad on tealit which mentioned an Oakley backpack for sale. It didn’t mention the model, but I called the guy. He didn’t know which model, but after a few questions I knew that it was the Oakley Kitchen Sink backpack, Oakley’s top of the line model which I have had my eye on for a few years.
I spotted it when it came out and almost bought it in 2006. However, I decided that I would get more backpacker gear, from companies such as Arc’Teryx. I did get an Arc’Teryx Acrux 40. Oakley makes some nice stuff, but it’s in-between true outdoors gear and urban gear. It’s actually a lot more urban gear, when it comes to their packs, which is why I could never justify the cost of the Kitchen Sink. For the price, you can get a full on backpack from a reputable outdoor brand. Some of the Arc’Teryx packs, like the small Bora 35 and others, are available for about 150-250$. The Kitchen Sink isn’t really worth that much money in my book.
However, this was an ad for a used Kitchen Sink. It hadn’t been used much and was about a year old. I met the guy and inspected the bag. It seemed almost pristine. I bought it for 70$. That was a pretty good deal.
My wife told me that the Kitchen Sink looks like an expensive pack. It looks very sturdy. It has an expandable bottom, which is handy. It comes with a shaped top lid, where you can store glasses, shades, or multimedia gear.
There is a nifty pocket in the front which can easily house my Nikon D200. It doesn’t have any dedicated water bottle holsters per se, but it does have two large pockets on the side which are perfect for water bottles. I had no trouble fitting in 1L Camelbak bottles. I guess if you aren’t using the laptop sleeve, you could fit in a hydration bladder. I will have to try it out.
As promised, a whole lot of photos of the new pack, the Arc’Teryx Acrux 40, a streamlined waterproof mountaineering pack.
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