Chris Green

Chris Green

New Hartford, NY / Lake Placid, NY

Chris Green's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

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Chris Green

Chris Green wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've been using the men's medium since the end of November 2013. I purchased the cinder and white color. I'm 5'10 168 pounds. Medium fits great.

I've used these winter mountain hiking and ice climbing. Great fit, all pockets accessible with a harness. The pants stretch when hiking/climbing and appear very well made.

Only complaint - The integrated belt sucks. When wearing a pack or harness, the belt loosens prematurely and the pants tend to sag. It's a cheap belt/buckle and from the pressure of the hip belt, it loosens.
I wish I could replace the belt with a sturdier one, but the integrated belt feeds through the waist line with no openings, so it would be very hard to feed a new belt through. I wish BD gave us the option of suspenders.

The rear portion of the waist is cut higher to accommodate a harness. I think that's a huge plus and I would never buy another pair of pants without a higher waist.

No integrated gaiters, but I don't miss them. I wish there were metallic grommets at the end of the cuff to really cinch them down, but it's not a deal breaker. There are sewn-in loops inside the pants to remedy this issue.

I would definitely recommend these pants. Shoeller material is bomber. I love it!

**UPDATE** 11/06/14

I called and e-mailed Black Diamond and bitched about their awful belt. Because of Black Diamond's awesome satisfaction guanrentee policy, they had me send in my pants and they issued me this years (2014) model with a better belt system. I haven't had a chance to use them yet, but from wearing them around the house, the new belt system is night/day compared to the cheap crap they used on last years model.

Big thanks to Black Diamond's customer service department!

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Chris Green wrote a question about on November 8, 2013

I've been eyeing these pants since September when they were released. I have high expectations for the Power Shield Pro. Has anyone out there used these pants yet? Thoughts?? I'm thinking either these, which I have yet to try on, or the new Black Diamond Dawn Approach pants, which I have tried on and which fit pretty damn good ... :-)

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Chris Green wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Be careful of the integrated belt. The belt is an awesome idea, but on my second trip wearing these pants, I went to re-tighten the belt and the internal stitching snapped, rendering me wearing my pants like I was on the block. Not cool.

The fit on these pants is awesome (when the damn belt works!) I'm 5'10" and 168 pounds. Wish they had hand pockets for when your not wearing a harness and gloves just don't take away the sting! Be careful when wearing!

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Chris Green wrote a question about on May 17, 2011

Does anyone recommend buying a bigger insole because of proper fit? I wear a size 11.5 boot and purchased a pair of green's that fit the boots pretty well with minimal cutting of the insole to make it fit.

After about a week and 10 - 12 miles on them, I am still feeling as if the arch support is still too far back, resulting in painful heels / arches / feet. I love the insoles otherwise, but I just wish the arch support was located more forward than back. Someone stated they have a size 11 foot, but purchased size 13 insoles for better arch fit. Any suggestions?

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Chris Green wrote a question about on April 15, 2011

I'm going back and forth between the Hyper Tractions and the M11+'s. I called and talked to a Kayland rep and she advised me that the Hyper Tractions are warmer than the M11+'s, but they have the same rigidity. I guess my question is - How are the Hyper Tractions to walk / hike in? Are they capable of being a winter mountain hiking boot that can handle miles of approach with snowshoes? Are they built with the "rocker" effect like the M11+'s are?

I'm basically looking for a step-in capable, eVent lined and PrimaLoft insulated mountaineering boot that will be reasonably comfortable to handle miles of approach. Then once it gets nasty, have a solid boot that handles crampons and is warm enough for the dead of winter summits (Adirondacks). Also, how is the fit? I have an average foot, but a bit wider toe area. Anyone who has the Hyper Tractions...any issues with the toe box? Thanks a lot!

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Chris Green wrote a question about on April 10, 2011

I am contemplating the M11+ boots for winter mountain hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks. Basically I'm looking for a boot that is insulated, crampon step-in compatible, has an eVent membrane and can be used with snowshoes. I like the reviews of the M11+ from the people who wear them in the White Mountains mainly because the Adirondack High Peaks share some of the same brutal weather and topography. My only question is obviously fit. The closest Kayland dealer is about 4 hours from me, so it's hard to try them on. Do the M11+'s fit tight in the toe box? I have a slightly wider forefoot and have had issues in the past with boots being too constrictive in that area. Also, can the M11+'s be used on snow-covered trails / scramble when snowshoes or crampons aren't warranted? Thanks a lot!

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Chris Green wrote a question about on March 27, 2011

How is the room in the toe box? Recently, I have noticed that many hiking boot companies construct their boots with a narrow toe box. I have never bought a wide sized boot until this past summer, but find that I need the extra room only in the toe box. I purchased a pair of Lowa's in a wide size and find that is much better than the "regular" size companies have been putting out. I'm looking to try eVent footwear vice Gore-Tex this year mainly due to breathability and moisture control. Anyone have issues with the fit/toe box area with the Contact Rev's? Thanks!

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Chris Green wrote a review of on January 14, 2011

5 5

I was in the market to purchase a winter hiking pack this year. I looked around and decided with the Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 45 and I'm very satisfied. I basically needed something that was going to withstand the abuse of lashing snowshoes and ice tools to the outside as well as stuff all the necessities for winter travel inside.

This pack is capable of all this and more. I was able to easily strap my Atlas 12 Series 25" snowshoes to the sides of this pack using its great "Web-Catcher" system. The idea behind this system is ingenious. I was able to strap my snowshoes and ice axe to the pack securely using the same straps.

The material is bullet proof. I have a Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre and I'm in love with the material they use to construct their packs. You don't have to worry about the material being damaged with normal use and abuse in mountains. The pack is surprisingly light weight and rides very smoothly. I have loaded it with winter gear and barely noticed its weight.

My only wish for this pack - a crampon pouch. I'm a big fan of the kangaroo style pouch that many manufacturers use and I wish this pack had one. Do to the many lash points on the pack, one can easily buy a crampon pouch and attach it to the front of the pack if they desired.

It is basically an alpinists dream pack. There are no external pockets or bells and whistles. I would like an extra stash pocket here or there, but I guess nothing is perfect. Highly recommend this pack! I use it for winter mountain hiking and and very happy I chose it!

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