I will admit that I am super picky! I tried almost every vest out there trying to get the exact fit I wanted. I tried Patagonia's down sweater vest...too small in XS and too big in small and WAY too short in both. I looked like I was wearing a 12 year old's vest. The North Face Nuptse was decent, but the neck was overstuffed with down, tight, and restrictive. I tried the Rab Microlight vest, but the small was too big and too long. Maybe an XS would have fit, but I wasn't sure I liked the style that well, and I already have a couple of Rab down jackets. Next I tried some brands that Backcountry doesn't sell with no success. Finally I came back to Backcountry and found this vest from Montbell. I ordered a size small. I'm 5'4" and 105lbs. It fits exactly how I wanted. Not formfitting, but not overly loose. Just right with a sweater underneath. It's also just the right length, and it has a drawstring at the bottom so I can keep drafts out. The down lofts nicely, and this is a mid-weight vest and quite warm for it's weight. I also have the Montbell pants, so it's nice to have both pieces now. Great vest, and highly recommended.
Had another brand of sleeping bag. It was a 30 degree bag, and after an extremely miserable night at 40 degrees, I decided it was time for a major upgrade. Enter the Versalite. Actually two. One for me, and one for him. We're both cold sleepers, and the Versalite's have been lifesavers. Been using them for 3 years now, about 40 nights a year, and they still look and perform like new. If we ever need new bags, Western Mountaineering will be our first choice. I am 5'4" and he is 5'8". We both went with the regular length bags. I'm sure I could have gone with the shorter bag, but I just put my jacket down at the foot to take up the extra space, and then the jacket is nice and warm in the morning when I put it on.
Bought this for adventure motorcycle traveling and backpacking. Went with the 3-person version so we'd have more space vs. our old 2-person tent. It's just the right size for 2 people, and I suppose in a pinch we could sleep 3 if needed. It would definitely be cozy though. It's worth the price, because it is well made and very light. The color is a bit drab, but that can be a good thing if you don't want to stand out. It's super easy to setup, and I can do it without help. I haven't actually used it in the rain, so can't comment on that, but for what we bought it for, it is outstanding.
I ordered this in the green, and it is definitely an army olive drab green. The color didn't look good on me at all. The fit wasn't that good on me either. I have somewhat of an hourglass shape, but this seemed a little to exaggerated...too small in the waist and too big in the hips. The shirt was very simple and plain looking. I didn't feel it was worth anywhere near the pricetag. Needless to say I sent it back.
I ordered this in the Lobster Bisque, and I love it. Fits true to size, and is nice and light for summer wear. I like it enough that I will probably get the Vanilla Cream too.
I thought this shirt looked kind of nice in the picture, but when it arrived, I was like "wow!" Really, really nice looking shirt, with lots of little details that just don't show in the pic. I'm 5'4" and 105lbs., and a small fits perfect. I don't like a tight fit, or too loose, and this is just right. It is now my favorite shirt of this type in my closet. The Crocus is a great color, and I'll probably order it in another color shortly. The fabric is slightly thicker than other shirts of this type, but it's really comfortable and drapes nicely.
This jacket is almost lighter than air and so comfortable. I bought it for cool weather and for layering. It looks great, and fits great. The arm holes are slightly on the slim side, so you can't put a super heavy layer under it, but that helps keep the fit trim in the arms, which looks better than most down jackets. This jacket looks and fits much better than the Patagonia version. For cold weather, I'll be using my Rab Infinity jacket, but this is a nice jacket to have available when it's not too cold.
My Patagonia Fitz Roy hooded down jacket totally let me down. It was pretty heavy, but not very warm, and the way the hood fit was terrible. I bought the Rab Infinity with high hopes, and it did not disappoint. It's lighter than the Fitz Roy, but WAY warmer. And the hood and neck fits great. It's super comfortable. I bought it in the spring and figured I'd have to wait til fall to put it to use, but Memorial Day was unusually cold where I camped, and I got to try it out. At 24 degrees I was warm with my Infinity jacket on! I would have been cold with my old Fitz Roy. Overall this is one of the best purchases I've ever made at Backcountry.
Would this work well for someone 5'4" and 105lbs., or would it be too small?
At 5'4" and 105lbs., is the XP9 going to feel big and heavy? Should I even consider this, or is there a better option for smaller paddlers?
I read all the reviews about how comfortable these are...how they can be worn all day. Well there are very few shoes that I can wear all day and be comfortable in, so I decided to try these. What I found was that these provide no arch support at all, and very little cushion. They were super comfy while driving to the desert, but once I got out to hike up a very rocky, but short mile-long trail to a mine, my feet were killing me. And they still hurt the next day. My feet literally felt bruised. Too bad, because I love the look of these, but I can only use them as a driving shoe, not a walking shoe, which is pretty useless to me. If you can wear barefoot shoes or minimalist shoes, then these may work for you.
I had the previous version of this jacket, so I knew that it was a lightweight softshell with little insulation when I ordered it. This is a very nice update from the previous version. I like the fabric better. This jacket is just what I wanted. I wasn't too sure when I ordered the Bondi Blue, so I ordered a black one just in case, but I kept the blue as it's a great color. This is not going to be my primary jacket, but I like to have a variety of jackets--one for every purpose and weather condition (ultra lightweight, lightweight, Gore-Tex, Windstopper, softshell, warm synthetic insulation, down, etc.). This one should see use year round, although only in winter with layers for active pursuits.
I have two of these--a medium and a large. I use the medium for backpacking, and the large for trailer camping. Best pillow I've found to date. Very comforortable, even after several years of use.
I have three different tents that I use for different types of camping--This one is used for motorcycle camping. If I could only keep one of my tents, this would be the one. It's versatile, and it's easy to setup, especially with "Jake's Feet". At first I was skeptical on how durable the feet would be, but I've had no issues at all. The tent was solid in a windstorm in Utah. The 3P version is great for two people, if you want a little extra room without sacrificing weight. Highly recommended.
Can anyone comment on the rise? They look like low rise in the pics. I'm looking for something with a medium rise.
That's one thing I love about these boyshorts--The waistband is not tight at all, yet not to loose either--perfect!
I'm updating my original review. The first R2 I ordered fit very poorly. I sent it back, but then later got to thinking that maybe I just got a defective one, so I ordered another one. The fit was better, and I kept it. This jacket fits smaller than other Patagonia fleeces. It's a slim fit as advertised. The sleeves are just barely long enough for me, and the length is not quite as long as I'd like, but I ordered it for function, not style. As it is, it will make a nice, trim, packable layering piece. I plan to wear it under a puffy jacket and a Gore-Tex shell when traveling on my motorcycle, and I will also use it as an insulating layer when backpacking and camping. It's fairly light, yet warm, and since it's a trim cut, it's quite packable. If you're looking for a functional layering piece, this is a great choice. If you're looking for a nice looking fleece jacket for casual wear, I'd choose the Patagonia Re-Tool Jacket or the Arcteryx Covert Cardigan, as both are better looking than the R2.
Based on the description, I thought they'd be really lightweight. Not so. I found them to be quite heavy. They did not fit me at all. I wear a size small in almost everything, but these were absolutely huge in a size small. For reference, I am 5'4" and 105 lbs. The waist and hips were about 2" too big. I probably could have exchanged for an XS, but I really didn't care for the fabric anyway.
This is a nice looking top for working out, but it didn't fit my shape. It's a fitted, hourglass cut, that doesn't work well if you're smaller chested. I've found Icebreaker merino to be the only merino I've found that actually feels kind of scratchy against my skin. The Stoic merino items are much softer.
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