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Boulder, CO

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Eric N. wrote a review of on March 8, 2013

2 5

It's a nice looking, durable watch, but has some major drawbacks.
1. It's huge and heavy. I knew the circumference of face would be rather large, but I expected it to be much thiner. The watch face protrudes so far that it makes it cumbersome to use the watch while wearing a jacket or even many long sleeved shirts.
2. The compass is horribly inaccurate. I use analog compass' all the time and know how sensitive they can be to pitch and tilt, but this one is simply worthless. Maybe mine is a dud?
3. No backlight or illumination of any kind. I should have paid more attention to how Backcountry.com classifies illumination because when I saw there was no backlight I assumed the hands would have some sort of luminescence, but alas there is none.

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Eric N. wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of the best gloves I have ever worn, hands down. After using these gloves on the mountain a few times I decided to order a second pair in the same size and color just in case one gets lost or damaged or I simply wear the first pair out.

Fit it great, keep my digits nice ant toasty, but without overheating as much as with some other gloves I have. Dexterity is excellent, so is the waterproofing.

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Eric N. wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A very simple, warm and, from what I can tell so far, sturdy down jacket. I have owned similar down jackets made by Patagonia and RAB before that cost twice as much, but this one is just as good.

The main difference between this jacket and the more expensive ones seems to be the compression. This jacket comes with a stuff sack, but is 20-30% larger than some of the pricier models.

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Eric N. wrote a review of on December 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simple, warm, durable and comfortable: Love it. I have used this jacket while hiking, climbing and snowboarding in addition to everyday wear in all sorts of conditions and it kept me warm through it all. You still need a shell in wetter conditions to keep you dry, but holds up nicely in light rain and high winds.



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Eric N. wrote a review of on December 3, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Huge goggles with a huge field of vision; exactly what I was looking for. The fire iridium lens isn't great for low light and shadows, but stellar on bluebird days.

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Eric N. wrote a review of on December 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these about half a dozen time this season and have yet to find something about these pants that I don't like.

Pockets are plentiful and well placed, vents keep you from overheating without letting in a massive rush of air when bombing a hill and the fit from the waist down is great. The bib part is a bit roomy on me and I wish there was some way to cinch up the top of the bib, but that is more for style, not functionality.

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Eric N. wrote a review of on October 18, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Frogskins. Great fit, lightweight, super durable and fantastic optical quality. They are great for any activity, but I particularly love them for snowboarding since they reduce glare without blocking out too much light. Perfect for tree runs on a sunny day or any situation where you are transitioning rapidly between bright sun and shade.

If you are looking for a high mirror finish go with the irradium lenses, the standard gray polarized lenses ar not as mirrored and seem to be a bit more translucent.

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