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Eric P wrote a review of on June 6, 2013

5 5

I own so many of the high end merino and polyester baselayers (Arcteryx, Icebreaker, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Stoic...). The previous review on this Houdini got me curious, and so I bought one.

This baselayer is made of 75% Merino and 25% Silk (the product description forgot to mention that as of June 2013).
I must say, it is one of my 2 favorite baselayers ever, the other one being the Mountain Hardwear with silver fiber that was available around 2005.

This Airborn Zip Top is thin, very breathable, elegant thanks to the silk, and very comfortable to wear.

The fit is great as well. Not too tight, not too loose and stretches well (useful for my belly which has been growing lately!). I am 5'7/145 and the small fits perfectly.

It is very pricey though. But if you have the money for it, then this is definitely the baselayer to buy.

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Eric P wrote a review of on April 27, 2013

4 5

This is my second pair of these shoes. For years I was using the Salomon line (original Vortex, GCS XCR, XA-Comp 1 2 and 3).

However, as time went on, the Salomons evolved in a direction which I didn't like: their shoes were getting stiffer - both the contour/ toe area, and same thing for the sole. The latter was also very slippery on wet rocks.

These North Face shoes have all the good things of the Salomon (optimized for trail running), plus:
- They are more flexible
- They have a better grip
- They are very comfortable and have good arch support, so I do not need to add an arch support sole inside like I had to for the Salomons.

If you're looking for an efficient shock-amortizing, arch-supporting, waterproof trail running shoes, then this is definitely a shoe worth trying.

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Eric P wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

Bought these to replace my old Leki Makalu, which was a model with a cork handle.
The three areas in which I was looking for improvement were:
1) Lighter weight, while still remaining very strong.
2) Increased thermal isolation for the handle (useful in winter)
3) Better grip: more comfortable in the hand, especially when holding just the tip of the handle in the palm of my hand (useful on descent), and the ability to still have a good grip without changing the length of the pole itself.

The engineers at Leki delivered successfully on on all of the above with these new Leki Carbonlite XL ! They even included a camera attachment for the pole.

The only drawback:there is no model with spring-like shock absorption. For winter however, this is definitely not necessary.

Conclusion: If you want THE VERY BEST lightweight poles, you have found them. No need to look further.

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Eric P wrote a review of on September 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these pants to replace my old ex-officio hiking pants.

The characteristics I was looking for were: light, resistant to abrasion, capable of retaining warmth yet breathable, flexible but not too baggy (a lot of American models tend to be too baggy for me these days).
I also wanted the pants to have many pockets, yet still be stylish enough for casual wear in the city for my travels around the globe.

These pants fit that description almost perfectly.They are not as baggy as the Ramparts from Arcteryx, so they are better for my intended use - but this comes at a price - they are more expensive.

I am using them right now for an extended trip, and they are so wonderful that I have just ordered a second pair. They are very light,so you can carry many pairs without adding much weight - a welcome characteristic both for backpacking adventures and standard overseas tourism.

The Light carbide color I got look very nice.

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