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Adam.Liegn100050284

Adam.Liegn100050284

Adam.Liegn100050284

Adam.Liegn100050284 wrote a review of on March 31, 2009

5 5

Fit and finish are great. Really comfortable and the Sidi sizing chart is spot on. I generally wear a 10.5 US Men's shoe and the Sidi 45 European size is ideal. For reference, I've been using Nike Poggio 4 UL in a size 44, which also fit me perfectly. Before these I had purchased/tried on and returned a pair of Northwave Aerlite 3s which, although their sizing chart says that I should be a 43, they were too small by (probably) a full European size. Also the toe-box on the Aerlite 3s is a little funky even considering the ones I had in person were too small - maybe they would work for you, but for me the in-step side of toe-box rubbed my big toe. Nonetheless, the Aerlite 3s are also an excellent shoe fit and finish wise and are definitely worth a look. If they work for your feet I would probably go with the Aerlite's due to the fact that they can be had for half the cost of these Sidi's. Whatever the case, an investment in the best shoes you can (or even can't) affort is a worthy one. TREAT YOUR FEET RIGHT!

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Adam.Liegn100050284 wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

2 5

First off, huge props to Backcountry.com for their return policy and customer service - no BS. They are the reason I'm writing this email. I feel like I gotta give back

Anyway, I had bought this for snowboarding after my last backcountry pack was stolen and I a bunch (prob too much) research and found this. I have been snowboarding for 16 years and worn a pack for probably the last 10. I mostly ride at resorts, but make the occasional backcountry trip. I used this about 10 times at a resort and took it for one summer day hike.

Pros:
- Looks cool strapped to your back
- Spine Protection System looks like it would actually do something to protect from penetrating trauma
- Nice selection of pockets
- Comfort with light load
- Pretty low profile, so won't push you off the chair
- Minimal straps, so less chance for a snag
- Streamlined form

Cons:
- Material is weak - the day hike was a light one, but I discovered a significant abrasion at the end of the day and couldn't remember where it happenned
- Snowboard attachment straps are weak, I carried my board using the pack maybe twice, but one strap was already 80% cut through
- Hip belt is functionally useless - as mentioned in another review, it really doesn't do a good job of spreading weight to your hips. This is because its really just a neoprene strap and its almost impossible to get tight. Its designed to hug your hips and be comfortable during the day and it is, as long as your snowboard isn't strapped on the pack.

Final verdict:
As a backcountry pack, this thing fails. As a resort pack, I'd prob give it 4 stars. But $140+ for a backcountry pack that lacks backcountry durability and functionality, no thanks.

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