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Bernie

Bernie

Bernie wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought these as a lightweight ski touring glove that could still take a beating. While they are the right weight for day tours, they tend to wet out with sweat and precipitation (even after SnoSeal treatment). The wetness isn't a problem when I'm moving and warm, but they do get cold quickly if I stop. On a day tour, the wetness is also not a problem as I just switch to my thicker Hestras for the run back down, and dry these at home. The problem is that the basic work gloves take almost an entire day to dry out near the heater in my house, which is fine at home, but would become an issue on a multi-day trip.

Summary: They're great, durable gloves for around town or day tours, and fit nicely in a pocket, but don't dry quickly enough for multi-day trip use.

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Bernie wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for sidecountry/short backcountry trips to carry avy gear and an extra layer, as well as day hiking in the summer. It's been awesome! The frame makes the pack super stable even with skis and boots A-frame style for a muddy hike into Tuckerman's ravine. My friends with smaller frameless packs were jealous.

I got an osprey hydration system as well, which fits perfectly in the pack, and is held close to your back. The hose tube is "insulated", but it will freeze up in anything below about 25 degrees.

Helmet carry system is handy for keeping snow out of your helmet on the way up, but you can't access the avy tools pocket or the goggle storage pocket while your helmet is attached. Also, depending on the size of your helmet, you may not be able to strap the tips together to A-frame because the pack is quite narrow.

Hip belt pockets are great for storing a knife for quick access if needed, or small snacks. They also hold the extra foot of webbing strap for you skinny guys.

The goggle pocket on top holds a DSLR with a 35mm or small zoom perfectly, and I don't need to put a lens cap on because of the soft fabric. I'm still searching for the best way to carry a DSLR outside of the pack for quick-access shots...

My one major gripe is the cut of the avy tools pocket. There is no actual volume built into the pocket itself, so if you pack the main area full of gear, clothes, etc. it is nearly impossible to put anything in the avy pocket.

All-in-all a great product. I just hiked up Mad River Glen in a driving snowstorm that caked about an inch of ice on every surface of my body and pack, but the pack fabric kept any moisture from getting into my gear. I managed to fit a sleeping bag and tie a pad to the outside of the pack for the quick overnight, but wouldn't recommend this pack for regular overnight use.

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Bernie wrote a question about on July 24, 2012

How is the arm length on the medium? I'm 6'1" 160 lbs (tall and skinny) so I usually go with larges to get longer arms but often end up with lots of material around the midsection. I was hoping for a trim fitting jacket, but I want to make sure the arms don't end up at my elbows when I reach up for something.

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Bernie wrote a review of on July 6, 2011

4 5

I've had a pair of stretch chameleons for almost 8 years now (they might be the original, it's not labeled) and they've been awesome. Sadly, I don't know if they're Gore-Tex or not because I received them as a gift and they don't have the small metal "Gore-Tex" label on the side. Either way, they're almost 100% waterproof as I've used them as my go-to winter shoe when I don't want to wear clunky boots. They've kept my feet dry through countless traipses through northern New England snow and slush, muddy hikes, total downpours in the mountains of northern Spain, and general city travel through Europe and South America. The only time my feet got wet seemed to be when I stayed submerged too long and water leaked through the seam between the sole and the upper. I'm looking for a new pair of Merrell's now (maybe the chameleon 4 GTX or the refuge pro waterproof) but only because the inside fabric of the heel has worn through to the plastic support on my old chameleon's. These don't disappoint.

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