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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

Fantastic boots
5 5

I have the women's version of these boots and they are absolutely fantastic. Lightweight, comfortable, warmish, sturdy.... very happy feet! Wore my hiking boots out last year but can't be bothered to replace them because these are so comfortable I've even been using them for the less technical trips. They have never leaked and I've only been cold a couple of times and only when I was stuck standing around on a long belay with my feet in ice and snow. Even with a heavy pack my feet have been comfortable in these boots. They aren't too bulky which is nice for climbing. Have used them on everything from easy hikes to 5.7 rock routes in crampons to ice to loose crappy Cascade volcanoes and they've never let me down. I have wide feet and was surprised to find that I had to actually go a whole size DOWN in these boots.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

Heaven!
5 5

Worth every penny! After years of tossing and turning I'm finally sleeping as well as I do at home in the backcountry. The horizontal baffles give amazing support and it beats everything else I've tried (and I've tried it all) for comfort. The fact that it weighs next to nothing just makes me giddy with delight. The noise doesn't bother me, or my climbing partner who reports that I'm sleeping so soundly that I rarely move any more anyway. I used it in conjunction with an insulating foam pad when I'm sleeping on snow. My only complaint is that it is so thick I feel a little precarious perched up there. I've slept on some pretty dodgy ground with this thing and have never felt so much as a bump. Very highly recommended!

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

Like they said...
5 5

great all round helmet. I love that is is so low profile. I found my previous helmet to be too cumbersome and was always knocking my head while I was climbing but this one fits much tighter to the head so you almost forget you are wearing it. I suppose if I were to get beamed with a big rock I might be happy for an extra inch of wiggle room between my helmet and my skull but you really can't beat the Elios for comfort. The headlamp clips work well and the size adjustment makes going from beanie to bare head a breeze.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on August 19, 2009

3 5

I have to qualify this by saying that I am a pretty cold sleeper. That said, I don't think temperatures were anywhere near the rating on this bag and I still froze my @ss off even wearing all my clothes on the past 3 trips I've used it on. I love it when I'm carrying it in my pack but not so much when I'm shivering at 2am. Definitely try it out in the back yard before counting on it on a serious trip unless you are way more hardcore than me :)

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 15, 2007

5 5

These things are absolutely fantastic. Made of sil-nylon they are lightweight, strong and squish your poofy stuff down to nothing. I can get my -20 down bag into a small and squish it down to less than half the full size. Glad I bought two so I can use one for my down jacket & clothes. Surprisingly durable.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 15, 2007

5 5

This is a remarkably comfortable harness. The breathable padding around the waist and legs were a pleasure and the soft gear loops in the back went unnoticed under 65lb pack. I wore this harness during a particularly long descent while 5 other climbers with full overnight packs rappelled off of me. Much to my surprise I had absolutely no soreness in my lower back the next day. Even after I’d been wearing it for 12 hours straight, with the full pack the only points that were sore were just where the ridged gear loops were caught under my waist belt. The harness is lightweight and comfortable and doesn’t restrict movement at all. It also packs small which is nice when trying to cram a week’s worth of gear into a pack. I did find that the gear loops were awkwardly positioned for trad climbing like a previous reviewer mentioned but that's my only criticism.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 15, 2007

5 5

This jacket has exceeded all expectations. It does a marvelous job of blocking the wind and wicking moisture away from my body. I expected to use it primarily as a layer under a shell but I have been pleasantly surprised to find that it works well on it's own even in very cold winter conditions. Even when wet, the inside felt dry. Felt a little small at first but it loosened up after the first wash. Very comfortable, practical, technical jacket. Nice cut too.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 15, 2007

5 5

I LOVE this pack. This is the first women's pack I've ever owned and I'm never going back.
YEARS of sore hips are a thing of the past as I now wrap my womanly hips in a decadent, curved waist belt. The shoulder straps are narrower and actually fit my shoulders. My Osprey hugs my back thanks to its curved suspension system which results in a much more stable, better distributed load. There is even a kind of 'pocket' right behind my head which enables me to look up without banging into my pack. The shoulder harness & waist belt are both detachable, interchangeable & come in several sizes so getting the perfect fit is easy no matter what your shape & size. The detachable daypack is a really nice feature which I use often. There is a separate sleeping back compartment & side zips so you don't have to pull everything out from the top of your pack in order to reach something in the middle or the bottom. The lid is also removable for use as a day pack and has two compartments, one for maps & small items and another for a hydration system.
The construction of Osprey packs is absolutely bomber. The fabric can withstand the harshest lashing slide alder can dish out and the zippers are virtually indestructible. The buckles are high quality and never fail.
I've packed 6 days worth of gear including climbing gear into this pack and it carries like a dream up to about 65lbs. At 70+ I could feel the suspension struggling but then so was I! No one who fits this pack should be carrying that much anyway. At around 6lbs, you can find a lighter pack but I find that this pack fits me so well the extra weight goes unnoticed. (apparently the 2006 models are lighter)
My one and only complaint about the Luna is that there are no hook and loop closure ice axe holders. It does work well putting the ice axe in the compression straps but I would rather have a separate strap so it doesn't fall off every time I need to get in there.
Fitting this pack is simple. They come in XS to L sizes for both the pack and the hip belt. The shoulder harness comes in XS - L so you can mix and match. If you have narrow shoulders and wide hips for example, you can get a small shoulder harness and a medium hip belt. The newer models come with heat moldable hip belts which should make it even more comfortable.
For comfort, space, fit and practical use this pack really can't be beat. It's a bit pricey compared to other packs but worth every penny and then some.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 8, 2007

2 5

These were very warm and were comfy until I put my ski boots on. They have tight, rough bands of elastic around the ankles (and I don't have fat ankles) that will dig into you if you're wearing tight boots. Unfortunately you can't fold them back and wear the elastic above your ankle because it will cut off your circulation, so they really won't work in ski boots. They would be fine if used as the previous reviewer describes for example. They fit large. Buy a size smaller than you think you need.

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GeoJane42 wrote a review of on January 8, 2007

5 5

I had looked at these booties a few times, but assumed that they would be too heavy with those serious looking soles. It turns out that I was wrong. These booties weigh only 5oz each more than my old, much less hardy booties. Just tried them out on a 3 day ski trip and I'm absolutely thrilled with them. They have fantastic traction. They don't slip around on my feet like my old ones did. They're very warm. My feet even stayed warm and dry after walking through thigh deep powder in them. Very comfy. I liked them so much that I put them back on when we got back to the car and wore them out for dinner :)

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