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Chicoboarder posted a video about on August 17, 2012

BD Video of Conrad Anker climbing at Hyalite. 2:45 into the film, Anker and his partner are shown wearing the BD Epic and BD Speed, respectively. I am rather dissapointed at the lack of media related to the BD Backpack line and this is one of the "better" ones. Respect to Zappos.com for the effort. Backcountry, you are still my favorite, though.

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Chicoboarder wrote a review of on January 22, 2012

4 5

I bought this off SAC a few days ago. This jacket is the MH version of the Arc'Teryx Theta SV (ie tough and long). The weight is basically the same (MH 550g vs Arc'Teryx 549g). The jacket is built well with clean taping and welding. The hood accommodates my Petzl Ecrin Rock Helmet very well with a great field of view. I am 6ft 3in 197 lbs and the two limiting factors for garments are sleeve length and overall garment length. If offered, I generally purchase items in Large Tall and I wear a Large in Patagonia items. I ordered an XL based on previous experiences with MH sleeves and the sleeve length is perfect. This jacket is very long and is tolerable for the price. The two-way zipper is a nice addition due to the length of the garment. The jacket features an internal elastic pocket which works well for either gloves or a 1L Nalgene bottle. My main gripe with this jacket is the cut. For being an "alpine fit" jacket, I feel it is a little wider than it should be. I can wear a midweight base layer, Patagonia R1 Hoody Size L(Buy one!), and Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover Size L under the jacket with some room to spare. I cannot attest to the DryQ Elite (eVent) material yet but a 10-day backcountry trip is in the works right now for testing. I also bought a pair of the MH Bokta Pant which will be tested on this trip. Overall, clean construction but too "American" in sizing. I probably wouldn't pay full price for this item but for the deal I got, I cannot complain.

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Chicoboarder wrote a review of on January 4, 2012

3 5

I just received these pants today. So far, the construction looks/seems flawless. The cut on these pants is a little different than expected and not reflective of previous MHW pants (some will be happy to hear this). These pants are made to be worn at a higher waist level than expected. Its almost best to think of these as "short bibs". I am 6ft 3in and 200 lbs. I carry a MHW Typhoon XL (GTEX Paclite) pant for my rain shell when backpacking and the length works. The Bokta pant, on the other hand, is way too short. All the seams are very clean and the zippers work well. Unfortunately, these pants will be sent back in search of a longer pair. BC doesn't carry too many long options but I'll see what I can find. If you are no taller than 6 ft, give these a shot

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Chicoboarder wrote a review of on December 10, 2011

5 5

This item is an integral part of my layering system. It is longer than other grid fleece mid-layers which is essential for vertically endowed individuals. The thumb loop feature is nice but not essential. The hood has an offset zipper which is a fantastic feature. Don't hesitate to buy this item if you believe it will fit your needs. When my current one wears out, I will buy another. I'm 6ft3in, 200 lbs with broad shoulders and the L size works. For me, the limiting factor is the sleeve length. The torso size is rather American (generous). All of my Alpine climbing buddies use this item and it gets nothing but raving reviews. It is always in my pack. Additionally, it pairs great with a Patagonia Nano Pullover.

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Chicoboarder wrote a review of on October 5, 2011

4 5

Pretty legit so far. I plan on using this as a pot/bowl/mug combo. I expect it to perform well. It is light in weight and very clean construction. My only complaint so far is the stuff sack. There is padding underneath the external mesh shell. Although it doesn't weight very much, it is pretty much useless. I cannot remove it because it is bonded to the shell mesh fabric and this is extra weight. Super lame.

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Chicoboarder wrote a review of on December 30, 2010

3 5

So I bought both the Typhoon jacket and pants from MH. Both are made with Paclite and fully taped seams backed by MH's reputation. The construction is bomber! That being said, the cut on the pants seems interesting. I normally wear a 36-38 waist depending on the brand (38 in Dickies'). Im 6ft 3in and 225 lbs. The pants are generously cut elsewhere but the waist seems very small for a 40-42 waist size according to the size chart. I bought one size up in both the jacket and pants for layering purposes. The jacket provides ample room, range of motion and length to layer an Icebreakers Bodyfit 200 Crew baselayer, a Patagonia R1 midlayer and Patagonia Eco Puff jacket underneath. The pants BARELY provide enough room to layer an Icebreakers Bodyfit 200 pant and Patagonia Simple Guide pant underneath due to the waist. It barely fits. Additionally, my size 13 Salomon 4D quest boots barely fit through the unzipped leg opening. Anything larger, such as mountaineering boots, wouldn't fit. This is my first purchase of MH outerwear so maybe this is standard. Other than the waist, the cut is fantastic. I'm debating returning the XL pants for the XXL or looking for another pair altogether. If the zippered leg openings were 4 in higher and the waist was more accurately sized, 5 stars.

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