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Camping
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Snowshoeing
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Mtnbikerwyo wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these shoes with the hope that I would be able to do everything in them. I mean everything.

So after many moons (maybe a year and a half) I've decided to testify to their beastliness. . Not only are these suitable for winter commute rides in Wyoming but they stay on my feet after I get to school. I'm a teacher and spend most of my day on my feet and find these shoes perfect. The toe box is a bit wide which, for me, is a good thing.

Now for the outside part. I've used these with snowshoes just to test the warmth. No problems and plenty warm so long as you have gaiters and SmartWool. The tread wasn't so great when it came to staying on mountain bike pedals as they are pretty heavily lugged. The shoes shine on day hikes, scrambling, approaches, around the camp fire or even stomping the bar scene after skiiing. Cinch em tight and my foot stays put but look at the picture folks--these aren't going to give you any real ankle stability.

The shoes have been drowned in water, snow, badlands mud, Texas downpours, Colorado 14ers and Wyoming's worst and I have yet to see any signs of failure in them. The Gore does it's job and contrary to a past review the stitching isn't that bad. They're shoes you plan to get dirty so stop being precious and wear em in the dirt.

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Mtnbikerwyo wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

5 5

These are, hands down the best investment I've ever made for winter/early spring hikes. For snowshoeing they keep my boots dry and snow-pack free. They work excellent with La Sportiva Trango S Evo boots.

Have held up to once full winter, spring and summer. Used them in the 14ers of Colorado this summer and they show little signs of slowing down.

I would not considered buying another brand/style of gaiter (the crocs expedition gaiters not included). The Gore-Tex is priceless as is this piece of gear in any outdoor enthusiasts toolbox.

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Mtnbikerwyo wrote a review of on May 3, 2009

4 5

I had seen other runners wear these things you call the lumbar pack but I never thought you could run comfortably with one due to giggling and bouncing and what have you. But I'm a big boy runner now so I need to carry my own supplies. I just busted this beaut out of the box yesterday and hit the road with it today. I did a 14er and no bounce and since I was carrying my own fuel--no bonk. The pack did kinda want to rotate a bit but a gentle elbow and it'll slide back into position. Each hip pocket will hold some Clif bars, gels, sammy bags pack with nuts, etc. I haven't figured out what all the bungee cords do but I have a week off so I'll figure them out later. Bottles give good suckage and oddly enough, they feel nice in the hands. I haven't mastered the reinsertion aspect of the lumbar pack yet so I have to use to hands and some swear words.

Buy this, you'll be happy and look cool when inexperienced runners see you.

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Mtnbikerwyo wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

4 5

I bought a pair of these (not from backcountry.com, sorry!) pants over a year ago. I have worn them to class, hiking, camping, working in the cold, everything. They can withstand being worn for a week or two without needing a wash, gross but true. The areas of high use (around pockets, knees, etc) is fading in color but the actual material is still in great condition. The canvas is comfortable and durable to the point that you can most likely own a pair of these for years.

Highly recommended.

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