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CharlieZogs wrote a review of on March 3, 2013

2 5

Obviously, the main feature of this pack is the integrated AvaLung but the features that pushed me across the line to buy the pack were the advertised diagonal ski carry, helmet holder, and fleece goggle pocket. All websites I viewed, including BD's, claim it has these features. Even the instructions included with the pack makes this claim. It does NOT have any of these!! I contacted BD directly to ask if I was overlooking something and they said I was not, this new model does not have the diagonal ski carry, helmet holder, or fleece pocket, and they had not updated their literature from the previous model. Then, the guy goes on in an attempt to get me to sign up for the BD newsletter to learn about new products. Ha! The BD rep asked me what we could do to resolve the issue but I have not heard a response to my suggestion. I just returned from Gulmarg and, fortunately, did not have to use the AvaLung but missed the other features. The Dakine Guide pack is superior, way superior, to this pack but, of course, does not have an integrated AvaLung.

If this pack did not have the AvaLung, I would consider it a very poorly designed pack that no person looking to do multi-day ski touring would think for a second to purchase.





CharlieZogs wrote a review of on March 3, 2012

5 5

Being a fan of Keen and needing a pair or boots for the winter, I chose the Keen Revel based on my past experience with Keen products and reviews of the boots. A very good decision. I have skied over 30 days this winter in Japan, Washington St., Canada, and Alaska and have worn these boots every minute of my waking hours when I was not in my ski boots and my feet have been extremely happy. They have slogged through water, slush, wet snow, dry snow, deep snow, over ice, and sub-zero temps and the waterproofing capabilities and insulation/trapulator have performed flawlessly. The only time my feet felt remotely cold was while snowmobiling on a frozen lake in Alaska for a couple of hours but that is well outside their intended purpose so I will cut them some slack! I rubbed some NikWax leather waterproof on them when I first bought them (not sure it was necessary) and not a single molecule of H20 has leaked through. My feet have stayed toasty warm in all conditions wearing only lightweight and mid-weight socks. One reviewer says he wears his all day at work (presumedly indoors) and claims he does not overheat but I find them a bit too warm to wear inside for extended periods. The sole has always provided excellent traction in all conditions. As for sizing, I am always a 9.5 or 10 and am wearing the 10, the same as my other Keen boots and sandals. I highly recommend this product!!