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Jim Gray wrote a question about on August 13, 2014

Can anyone tell me the length of the webbing of this belt? I have an ArcTeryx and it's 49" in length. In that particular belt Arc has s, m and l. the large is 49" I know most are "one size fits all" but that depends on the length of the web. Also, I have a web belt from Mountain Hardwear that fits very well, too. Not sure of the length, but I'm guessing well less than 49" Thx.

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Jim Gray wrote a question about on February 7, 2014

Wear a 13w in most athletic/tennis shoes and 12w in loafers, etc. So, I find myself in between sizes in looking to buy the Moab GTX XCR. Would you size up to a 13w or stay with a 12w? In my case I'm not sure what "true to size" really means. Probably a 12.5w which doesn't exist. Even though I understand all boots fit different feet differently, just looking for a little general guidance. Thanks guys.

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Jim Gray wrote a question about on January 29, 2014

Amazon.com lists Backcountry as the supplier of wide-width Vasque Mantara 2.0 shoes. This shoe in wide width is either backordered or discontinued by most online stores. Why would Amazon list you as the suppler of a wide width shoe when clearly that is not the case? I'm glad I went to your site to find out. Someone should contact Amazon and get this straightened out. I was very excited to find my shoe size, but now am bummed out.

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Jim Gray wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

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Awesome. Warm enough for outside mild weather and comfy for indoor. Very nice pullover. Highly recommend. It's funny. I looked here on Backcountry for colors and sizes in early October (I already owned one of these sweaters) and they seemed to have a great assortment of colors and sizes. A month later, not so much. Order early; they are extremely popular.

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Jim Gray wrote a question about on November 24, 2009

Wow. A 4 inch variance between XL and XXL (39" to 43") 39 inch waist about an inch too small, and 43 inch waist almost 3 inches too large. Does have a drawstring waist, but don't want to look or feel "cinched." Anyone have any experience with these shorts? Are they cut like everything else by Arc'Teryx? As in very athletic cut? Thx. Jim

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Jim Gray wrote a review of on August 16, 2009

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If you liked the TNF 103 GTX XCR, you'll more than likely LOVE this shoe. I bypassed the 104 GTX XCR, as I did not like the lacing so wide on the shoe. Evidently, I was not the only one, as TNF returns to a very similar style with the 105. I do find the 105 to be a little less stiff and more flexible than the 103, which in my opinion is a very good thing. I think part of the secret is the heel cushioning TNF uses in this shoe. X-2 cushioning is superb. I did not realize it had an incorporated air pocket, which helps soften the ride, but is still firm. My 103s lasted two years, which for me is amazing. The kicker. I have a wide toe box, and wear a 13 2E in road running shoes. Hard to find in a trail shoe. I did find a size 14, while just slightly too long, addressed the width I needed. Still in the 90s here in Tennessee, but can't wait to put them to the test soon. Next month should be raining and cooler, and off we go....All-in-all, a GREAT shoe thus far.

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Jim Gray wrote a review of on April 25, 2009

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I've read the posts about the Chaco Redrock. I was skeptical at first, myself. A few years ago, I TRIED to wear one of Chaco's sandals, and thought the arch support was "too much." So, I went with another brand. But, with PROPER foot analysis, (finally), it was determined that I not only had an average arch, but on the high-end of average. And all these years I thought I had "flat feet."

So, I tried a pair of the Chaco Redrocks on. NEVER felt so much comfort. The arch support goes across the entire arch. I never knew how much comfort I was missing.

About the Redrock's use. I bought them as a casual shoe, that can be used for "light hiking" Here is what is said above about this shoe: "...Chaco designed the Redrock as an athletic sneaker, offering the outdoor enthusiast a rugged high performance shoe with a comfortable fit." Obviously, it was NEVER intended for trail running, hard use, and particularly not for backpacking.

If those are your desired uses, you need to look at other options. But, if you are looking for a cool, comfortable, and stylish shoe for kicking around town; you cannot beat the Redrock.

Oh, and I now also swear by Superfeet "Orange" insoles for all my athletic shoes.

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Jim Gray wrote a question about on April 25, 2009

I wear a size 12 dress shoe and in most ALL cases a 13 in any type of athletic shoe, running shoe, hiking boot, etc. My last pair of TNF shoes were a size 13 (Ultra 103 XCR) Then, it seemed TNF was all over the map in sizing. I purchased a pair of TNF's "new" Chinscrapers, and a size 14 was not wide enough in the toe box. I would say I have a med. - wide toe box, and medium arches.

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