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Fox wrote a question about on November 20, 2014

Any women out there with this pack? What do you think of it? Know that Osprey runs a "Xena" pack and not quite sure what the differences are other than that this one is $40 cheaper, slightly lighter, and has better reviews. Not sure how "mens" packs differ from "womens," but none of them fit very well on a short person with giant hips and a giant bust. Sternum straps and DD's are seemingly non-compatible.

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Fox wrote a review of on April 5, 2012

Good Grip, but broke on first use (3.5 stars)
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I like the Evo Ascents for winter mountaineering 14ers in Colorado because the crampons are excellent, the snowshoes are lightweight, and the heel-risers are a blessing for sore calves. The plastic is even pretty durable all around and can take a beating on snow covered talus. I rented these a few times before and then bought a pair, and the pair I bought broke the first time I used it. The small hinge connected the toe piece to the plastic broke off on one side, leaving me somewhat screwed on 7 miles of snowy ridgeline and steep descents to get back to the trailhead. Fortunately the other side held up even with the additional stress. The pin connecting the toe piece to the plastic does seem to be the weak point, and I would recommend purchasing a repair kit and bringing extra pins with you if you plan on tackling some rougher terrain. The pin broke for me when one side of the snowshoe clipped a snow-covered rock at a bad angle. Other than the small weak spot, these snowshoes are pretty good, especially considering the price and I felt very secure on steep angled windslap etc. Learned my lesson and will be bringing spare parts from now on.

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