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You did have to tamper with it, didn't you

I have said before that if you find something that just works, it would be good idea to buy rest of the stock as you can rely on manufacturers to either discontinue the model or tamper with it so that everything that made it great in the first place is lost.

Two latest examples of this are:

  • OR has ruined the Outdoor Research VertOutdoor ResearchVerthttp://05030077193e809f264e-1522c9aa9166aed90604201d00e4590f.r7.cf2.rackcdn.com/470x500_72524_189.jpgThese close-fitting gloves are the perfect choice for any cold-weather activity that requires sure grip and precise dexterity. Soft shell fabric resists wear, breathes well and lets you move without restriction, and the leather palms provide a natural, conforming feel and excellent grip.. While seemingly the changes to current model appear all good at first, they have also fiddled with the fit making the fingers far longer. This has made the fit worse for me. They are still usable but not very good like the old model. The change also required me to go one size smaller, which eliminated the possibility of using very thin liner inside to boost warmness. So all in all, far inferior product to me.
  • BD joined the wagon by tampering with the Black Diamond ImpulseBlack DiamondImpulsehttp://demandware.edgesuite.net/sits_pod21/dw/image/v2/AAKN_PRD/on/demandware.static/Sites-BlackDiamond-Site/Sites-bdel/default/v1374991456448/products/gloves_gaitors/801452_impulse_blk_up_web.jpg?sw=472The Impulse is Black Diamond's lightweight, breathable, four-season softshell glove. The Impulse's stretchy Polartec Power Shield shell, neoprene knuckle padding and bonded, high-loft fleece lining give you the ideal balance between warmth, protection and dexterity. Imported.. The new model seems to have a different fit as well and it is also stiffer and thicker due to reinforcements. This doesn't feel that bad, but some of the suppleness of the older model is lost and fit is also somewhat worse to my hand.

All changes are not all bad though. New Marmot Spring gloveMarmotSpring glovehttp://cdn.marmot.com/sites/marmot.com/files/imagecache/product/product_images/15390_1087.jpgThe Spring Glove is a reliable, functional, top-value glove that has proven its mettle with guides throughout the mountain ranges of the world. A versatile lightweight glove well suited for Spring Skiing. (model 2012/2013) seems to be an improvement over the previous model. AFAIK the model has been changed yet again, but at least in the pictures it looks exactly the same, colors aside of course. And anyway, this time I was foresighted enough to buy several pairs.

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