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B Real wrote a review of on July 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just received my pair of these. they are great but are definitely a half size too big. the sizing chart on Backcountry says that a 12 is a size 46 EU which I wear both in other styles. The box that I received says that the 12 is a 47 EU. Boots are sweet but now I need to return them for a different size.

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B Real wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

4 5

Well just received this in the mail and pleasantly surprised over all. Haven't used outside yet but fit is great as a Large with me 6' 1 200 lbs. My only gripe immediately is that I wouldn't really call this a soft shell. To me it feels like a minimalist rain jacket along the lines of my gore tex pac lite jackets. I own soft shell and this doesn't even blend the borders to me like saying having stretch panels. Not what I expected but I love Salomon so can't knock em, Ill be keeping it.

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B Real wrote a review of on June 19, 2012

4 5

Well I just got this in the mail and unfortunately it will have to go back. This knife is gigantic and was way too big for the hiking camping that I was going to intend it for. The blade makes the entire thing unbalanced while holding it so Ill have to go with the seal pup elite which is a bit more balanced. I bought this before they restocked and I think it was a return because I got the unopened screws for the knuckle guard but no knuckle guard with it. Bottom line this will last a lifetime practically but whatever you need a 9 in blade for im not too sure.

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B Real wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

2 5

This only gets two stars because the overrated arcteryx can size their gear to accomidate regular people. I am 6 1 200 athletic and wear a large in EVERYTHING but this was humungous. I know some of you that love this brand will try to defend by saying its for layering, but I could fit two down jackets under this thing and still probably have room to squeeze another. The only other brand that has disappointed me like this was patagonia which pulled the same sizing issue on a seperate jacket I also returned. I understand room for layering for winter but I have a large in another arc jacket and the size difference is at least double. warning to everyone. Useless unless you try it on before.

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B Real wrote a review of on May 25, 2012

3 5

I am 6 1 200lbs and athletic build and larges fit great in everything even in clothing that allows for layering fits well, BUT this jacket is just humungous. Id say that they tagged their XXL with the large tag if anything. It left a lot of space inside to be left as "cold" space when on the mountain. THE WORST of the jacket was that with my arms straight out in front of me, let alone down at my side, the sleeves of this thing went about an inch past my finger tips. How can you hold on to ski poles or even unzip your fly in the restroom with that. three stars for material and the idea but a one star for everything else. Patagonia really messed up on this one.

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B Real wrote a review of on May 25, 2012

4 5

Well unlike the previous people I got the size I ordered. Large, Im 6 1 200lbs and the jacket fit great. The hood on the other hand sucked. It felt like it was made for a person with a two inch neck. I had all pull tabs loosened and tried to loosen them more but it was soo small that it felt like the entire weight of the jacket was resting on my head. Plus it is a removable hood so with the tension of the hood on my head pushing and the weight of the jacket pulling the zipper connecting both kept coming undone. Mind you this is all without the ski helmet. If you dont care about the hood part get it the rest is awesome but the hood was worthless.

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B Real wrote an answer about on January 18, 2012

As with any sandal getting rocks in under your foot will happen. If the ankle strap is looser than the z1 or z2 then im sure your foot separates more from the foot bed when you walk leaving ample room for rocks. The z1 have a tighter technical strap system because you can go hiking with them which I do I still get rocks in them but shake them a little and they clear out. Unfortunately as for the blisters. If you have been a shoe wearer mainly for your life then all chacos will usually give you blisters until your feet toughen up to them. I didnt get blisters until mile 5 of an 8 mile hike my first time wearing them though. But the comfort is nothing to overlook. I own four different pair now. ps your husband probably has the z1 unless there is a toe strap then the z2.

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B Real wrote a review of on October 11, 2011

4 5

I dont know if Arcadian is talking specifically about the front edge of the knife where a typical point would be but if so then he bought a completely wrong knife for his needs.

If you know anything about water knives the front edge is not sharpened or pointed in order to keep you from puncturing your raft or even yourself, since in most rapids you are tossing and turning around. Also it is shaped into a dull chisel in case you need to pry anything open. If you want a sharp pointed knife dont buy a water knife FYI.

Four stars because I dont own this knife.

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B Real wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

5 5

just got one of these the other day and so far I like it it fits well Im 6'1 200 and the large is a good fit. The extra length on the sleeves is not an issue either. from some other reviews I thought there would be a lot of material but hardly noticeable. I would say that this is athletic fit so that you can get it under a shell if need be but there is plenty room for a tshirt under it. If you want anything bigger than a T under it then size up.

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B Real wrote an answer about on September 7, 2011

yes the pro version is a vibram sole but beware it is a softer rubber for getting better grip, BUT it is a marking rubber as well (black marks on the floor). so while they may be more comfy or whatever they will wear down faster

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B Real wrote a review of on August 13, 2011

3 5

So I have owned a few different pair of reefs so far and figured that a vibram sole would last for a while in a minimalist sandal. Why 3 stars. The GOOD: sandals are very comfortable and up to par with reefs quality. The BAD: 1. The strap is flimsy and its kind of hard to put them on standing without bending over to put them on. 2. The strap is sewn on the sandal about a half inch from where it should be. All reef 12 have fit perfect for me, these stop between my toes so my heel actually is behind the back of the edge of the flip flop but I have 1/2 in im not using in front of my toes. I would try a 13 but am worried that I would have an inch in front and behind my foot. 3. Not a biggy. No where does the sole/flop say that it is a vibram material. Although I dont doubt it is, Im just used to vibram writing there name on all there stuff. If your foot fits then awesome sandal. Unfortunately not for me.

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B Real wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

4 5

I personally do not own these flips yet but maybe when summer rolls around I will. Warning to all new to the Vibram Pro rubber. It is a softer rubber which grips better than the original but will mark a floor and will wear down faster than usual. Gave four stars cause I love chacs but dont own these yet.

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B Real wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

4 5

Like the first review said that you can kind of look like a hunchback with this, but I did expect that. And I figured out how to cut the tube on my own. YAY! Joking aside, this is a cool layering piece for cold weather, when you don't need a pack on. The vest is sweet by itself too because the hydration system can be separated. So if you don't need water you can have a nice soft shell vest only. My only complaints is that it is not worth 200. I luckily scored in on geartrade for less. So if you can get it for less you probably should just know that a bag of water on your back will stick out when on. (P.S. not too noticeable with a winter shell over top)

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