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J.D.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

J.D. wrote a review of on December 10, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am 6' tall, weight about 175 lbs, and am very fit. Typically I wear a size 32 inch pant and a medium or large compression short for biking. Based on the size chart on the Demon website, I ordered a men's large (32-34 in) from Backcountry. It was way too small. I sent this back and next ordered a X-Large (34-36 in). It arrived and again it was too small. In fact, this time some of the stitching on the waistband ripped as I put them on! I double-checked the tag and these were in fact labeled men's XL. In both cases, the sizing of the items I received seemed extremely small for a man's sizing and seem better suited to a woman sizing. Not sure if there was some gross mislabeling of this item, but at the very least Backcountry quickly assisted me in returning these items. Conceptually, these look like they would fit my needs but with such freakish sizing I'll need to look elsewhere.





J.D. wrote an answer about on November 20, 2013

One critical factor not mentioned above is the snow conditions in your area. Snow in the Rockies is much different from snow in the Cascades. Know your local snow conditions. That said, in general I'll go a bit shorter if on the border and opt for manuverability over floatation. In general, if you are with others only the lead really needs to be concerned with floatation and swapping leads really makes the need for big shoes unnecessary - you may have to work a bit harder with less floatation, but only during leading. The trade-off is worth it. If doing any steep climbing, go with a shorter (and lighter) shoe. Just my two cents...