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Anna C.

Anna C.

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Anna C.

Anna C. wrote a review of on February 28, 2010

2 5

Apparently I am in the minority, but I was not impressed with these goggles. Cons: My main problem is the lens comes away from the frame on top, creating a terrible wind gap IN THE GOGGLES, which makes them awful for cold days, days with precipitation, and going faster than 3 mph on the hill - It drives me nuts. Frame is flimsy. Small to medium faces sounded perfect for me, but these look tiny with my helmet, which is a men's small. The strap barely fits around the back. The lenses scratched awful fast. On the plus side: decent graphics, look good with a hat, quality lenses minus the durability. Bottom line: I'm much happier with Fuses for the kind of skiing I do (faster than 3 mph, with a helmet, in northern New England); these would be fine for someone cruising the greens on nice days.

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Anna C.

Anna C. wrote a review of on February 25, 2010

4 5

Pros: Comfortable, not itchy since they are only 29% wool, fit well, stay in place on my foot, nice color, thick over the calf for warm legs in ski pants. Cons: More lightweight than midweight, fit is a bit small, heel is thinning after only 30 days or so of use, feet get a little soggy in the synthetic fabric.
Bottom Line: I use these for touring when my feet are going to get sweaty and in race boots for a super close fit. Don't wear them to keep your feet warm, though. For the SNC price, grab a few pairs.

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Anna C.

Anna C. wrote a review of on October 16, 2009

2 5

I bought this bivvy intending to use it for winter guiding and as a lightweight shelter for fastpacking. I basically use it as a sleeping bag cover and an emergency bivvy in my search and rescue pack now, and in non-bug season in conjunction with a tarp for maximal rain/wind/snow protection. It's a decent bivy that, when rigged right, is fairly waterproof. The big issue is that the hoop is poorly designed - flimsy and too short to actually stand on its own and protect your head while keeping the bug net or fabric off your face and allowing enough ventilation. It would be reasonable to tie the hoop up to a branch or tarp line, but there is no loop on the arch to tie off to - I ended up sewing one on myself. I would also prop a crazy creek in the vestibule to create a decent head space. The vents in the hood don't really work (too small and won't stay open), so zipping in totally in is a recipe for discomfort. It only comes in one size, so I end up with about 8 inches of extra fabric at my feet (I'm 5'6") which just gets wet. It's fairly light, but the pole and vents are dead weight, so go for a basic sac if you just want an emergency shelter or a bivvy with real poles (like the BD bipod) if you want a bombproof shelter for all-around use.

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