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B Shill wrote a review of on March 25, 2010

4 5

Disclaimer: I haven't tested these outdoors.

I have fairly thin, low volume feet, (size 8.5 to 9) and I tried on an 8.5 in the store. After trying on quite a few boots, such as La Sportiva, Scarpa, and vasque, including Vasque 8000's, Scarpa Invernos, and La Sportiva Trango S, among others, I found that Scarpas fit my feet the best. They felt snug and cushy all over with no hard spots anywhere. I found that a lot of the other boots had a hard spot at the back of my heel. Scarpas did not.
I liked the feel of the Charmoz. They felt like stiff, well build hiking boots, as they should. A little less ankle support than others, but they had a great feel and felt firm even when balancing/flexing the toes.
In the end I bought Scarpa Invernos for the warmth, but if i hadn't needed the warmth, probably would have gone with the Charmoz.
Take this review for what it's worth. I didn't own them, but my initial impression was high.

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B Shill wrote a question about on March 11, 2010

Anyone find these a little heavy? I couldn't get them to stay on whenever I tilted my head down to look at something. They kept wanting to fall off and I was afraid they would break. I returned them and got the wire frame ones.

-Even still, i've stuck with maui jims for the quality. it's unsurpassed as of yet.

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B Shill wrote a review of on February 16, 2010

5 5

Great jacket. I love how light this is. When you pick it up it basically feels like air. When you put it on you forget you're even wearing it. The front is big enough to cover your chin and mouth which is really nice. It's sewn through but the 800 fill still seems really warm. By itself, if you're not active it sometimes doesn't feel like enough, but with a shell over it, or if you're active, it holds in a ton of heat. i often just wear a tshirt under it. The fabric changes temps so fast that you can run outside to your car in short sleeves, and even if you left the jacket in the car overnight, throw it on and you'll instantly start feeling warmer. It grabs heat and holds it in. I attribute that to the 800 fill. Great jacket. Doesn't leak feathers very much either. Highly recommend. The hood is also large enought for a helmet but isn't too big that you can't wear it alone. Overall this jacket is super cozy

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B Shill wrote a review of on February 16, 2010

3 5

I've owned a couple of these over the years. It's a great jacket and the PreCip Plus fabric is adequate. I would only recommend this jacket for light rain less than 2 hours, or as a back up to throw into a pack. I would classify it as the type of jacket you'd take on a day trip when you can come home somewhere dry. On an overnight, I recommend at least Gore paclite or eVent. I traded mine in eventually for a bigger brother. I just wasn't satisfied with the fabrics Marmot was using at the time. Now they have some better ones but the precip Plus won't keep you dry all day. The jacket will dry fast. The inside is smooth so wear a base layer or you'll feel extremely clammy. The side zips are nice but you'll still get clammy, especially if it's raining and humid. I couldnever tell if the jacket wetted out or just built up moisture from my body, but the inside will get wet if you're active. If you're out in town, this is perfect. The DWR coating is great, but the fabric itself isn't technical enough to take with you on a big trip. I DO recommend this for light applications. It fits really nice (i'm 5'10" 160# and wear a small). For heavier longer trips look elsewhere. It does pack nice and can fold itself inside one of the pockets. Watch out though because the stiff hood can get permanently bent. (Might be fixable with a cool iron with a cloth over it.)

Nice jacket if you're doing light things or don't mind being a little clammy until you can get back inside.

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B Shill wrote a review of on February 16, 2010

3 5

This is a very nice jacket. Its warm and the MH fit is nice. Tight around the shoulders and perfectly cut arms with a fitted torso. If you buy is too small it will cut into your arm pits really bad, watch out. I returned this after a week because the monkey phur fleece gets matted up really easily. It's fine if you're combing it out, but I don't want to have to care for a fleece jacket like that. It's a great jacket, but I was afraid the loft would be lost when it got too matted. Looks nice and the furry collar feels great. I give it a 3 for its great quality but rate it down for the required maintenance. It was very very warm and a had to take it off often when inside or i'd start sweating.

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