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Devinwrote a review of on May 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This may possibly be the most perfect jacket ever made.

It looks fantastic! I bought the red and while some red jackets look too orange or maroon, this jacket is a vibrant, true red.

It fits amazingly! I hate boxy, bulky, baggy clothing and the Myriad jacket is none of those things. It has a nice trim cut that also moves with your body and doesn't inhibit your range of motion at all. I was worried that a small would be too snug, but I still have room under it to layer a TNF Quince 800-fill down jacket.

Neoshell is the real deal. I can vouch that it is definitely wind and waterproof. During a massive cloudburst I grabbed my jacket and ran outside into the torrential downpour. I felt no wind and my head and torso were bone dry. I have run in it and tried to work up a sweat, but always feel cool and comfortable. The DWR Rabb applied to this jacket is also the best I've ever seen. Water doesn't simply bead up and roll off, it is literally repelled! I've watched as raindrops hit my jacket and bounce off leaving no trace whatsoever.

My only concern is durability, but only time will tell how long the DWR lasts or how well the shell fabric will hold up over time. For now I'm in love and can only say great things about this jacket.

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Devinwrote a review of on May 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10.5

I got these shoes in January and have been running trail in them for several months (probably somewhere around 200 miles logged). I'll start with what I love about these shoes (and there is a lot to love). The sole is fantastic. I was worried that the lugs wouldn't be deep enough to handle technical or muddy terrain, but I have been pleasantly surprised. The lugs grab and bite into the terrain like a hundred tiny little shark teeth. The lugs combined with a super sticky rubber have allowed me to run in mud and ice with confidence as well as gripping well on dry, rocky trails. The seamless welded construction has been comfortable throughout and the Endofit system hugs my midfoot snugly without causing hotspots. I usually wear a 10.5 in running shoes and these run pretty true to size, maybe a slightly larger than average but not much.

I like the quicklace system in theory, but in application I have found it to be one my biggest issues with these shoes. I have a narrow foot and usually have to lace my running shoes in the heel-lock configuration to get a snug fit. Because of Solomon's lacing system, I am unable to do heel-lock lacing on these shoes and I can feel my heel sliding ever so slightly in the heel cup. I haven't gotten any blisters, but it does bother me because I don't feel as connected to my shoes or the ground. I've also been running in barefoot and minimalist shoes for several years so the 6mm heel drop has proven to get in the way a little bit on steep descents. The last thing about these shoes, and probably my biggest issue is the material the shoe is made of. These shoes are extremely hot and the mesh doesn't dry very quickly or breathe particularly well. Even running in temperatures in the mid-50's my feet were hot and wet from sweat (and I am NOT a heavy sweater at all).

I really, really love these shoes and still use them for day hikes and winter running, but for summer running I'm using the La Sportiva Helios because they fit my foot better and have more breathable mesh.

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Devinwrote a review of on May 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I really wanted to love these boots, but every single time I used them I developed massive blisters on the backs of my heels. I put close to 200 miles on them before I decided to give up on them and try something different. I can see these being fantastic boots if your foot fits well in the heel cup. They are light, the sole has a nice low heel drop, and it has good grip on all sorts of surfaces. For me, however, no lacing/insole/sock configuration was able to keep my heels getting chewed to pieces by these boots. The only thing I found that worked was to duct tape a thick piece of gauze onto my heel before putting on my socks and boots, but I don't feel like that is something I should need to do to have my gear work the way I want it to. I now wear a pair of Asolo boots that work much better for my feet.

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Devinwrote a review of on September 23, 2013

5 5

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

I have spent years searching in vain for a hiking pant that was technical in performance and yet didn't make me look and feel like I was wearing a parachute. Then I found the Orion. These pants fit snug the whole way down my leg but the 4-way stretch material from Marmot has allowed me to climb, run, scramble, and hike without any restriction. I actually have a better range of motion in these pants than in any others I've had before (Stoic, Mountain Hardware, TNF).

I'm 6'1", 160. I got the 32 and they fit almost perfect (a little big in the waist but a good belt fixes that). When its hot I just roll em up to the knee and rock the manpri look. I plan on getting multiple pairs of these pants. Great product from Marmot!

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Devinwrote a review of on November 13, 2010

5 5

Took this into the backcountry of Capitol Reef Nat'l Park in UT last spring. We did 36 miles in 2 days, 28 of those on our second day alone. This pack was ridiculously comfortable the entire time. I'm tall and skinny (6'1" and 155 lbs)and I never got sore shoulders or bruised hips. My buddy had another brand of pack and he was feeling the pain around 15 miles into the second day. I have only great things to say about the Baltoro 70.
Bonus: the bamboo green color is sick.

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