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Arya wrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I generally prefer tougher boots, I'm not the type who will wear trail running shoes for backpacking trips, in fact these boots are my "light" hiking/backpacking boots. I want good ankle support and I want to know that my feet are protected from sharp rocks, falls and stupidity.

I use this boot for the occasional run, rope climbs in Crossfit, hiking, shooting, backpacking... pretty much the majority of my non beach related activities, and I will continue to do so.

At first they were a little uncomfortable for my feet, but after I dropped in some molded Sole insoles they felt great. I might get a couple hotspots on the upper ankle if I wear light socks but not with even light hiker wool socks.

After buying these in '08, I just exchanged them as the toe started to separate. Backcountry's warranty policy meant I didn't have to shell out $70 for a new sole and I have my new boots within 10 days from sending mine out.

Just keep in mind these are an "italian fit". It's a narrower boot than a Lowa, in fact I tried many Lowa's before discovering that italian shoes fit my feet much better than german ones.

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Arya wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

2 5

I got these for free so they were the right price.
When you can get Grado's for $70, nobody should pay $50 for these unless they don't know any better.

These are way too base heavy, but not base heavy like Etymotic's in ear phones or Bose headphones. These just sound like somebody turned up the base on the iPod EQ. In fact if I use the vocal booster or bass reducer on my iPhone, these sound decent. But otherwise they just sound muddled.

You can buy UE's on ebay for $50, Thinksound's on Amazon for $50 and Grado SR60i's for about $70 if you really want over the ear phones.

I keep mine in my bag as a throw around set, just like I keep my skullcandy in-ear phones in my gym bag. I hear their warranty is great too, so if you can get these for next to nothing, they're worth it for a set of phones you will abuse.

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Arya wrote a review of on September 14, 2007

4 5

I took these pants on a weekend trip to the mountains and they worked out great. They are very lightweight, protected me from the wind a little bit and fit pretty well. The shorts are great, they're a comfy cut but still very good for climbing around. The side pockets are tiny and can just hold the zipped off lower legs. They're cut a bit tight on the thighs but I find that most pants these days are, good thing they stretch very well. My only problem is that even though they stretch I need to pull up the knees of the pants at times because the zippers get hung up on my knees and hinder flexibility.

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Arya wrote a review of on May 23, 2007

4 5

I bought this softshell while comparing it with some more expensive jackets. I didn't know if I wanted one with a hood or not, now I realize that I want one with a hood and one without. This jacket is decently warm for being thin and it's great at blocking out wind. Construction is solid, I would like thumbhole cuffs and a pass through pocket to route MP3 headphones. Otherwise it's everything I'd ask for in a simple softshell jacket.

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