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John N.

John N. wrote a review of on September 8, 2011

5 5

After losing my '98 Reefs while crossing the Merced River this summer, I decided I needed a new pair of camp shoes / water shoes to take backpacking. I wanted them to be light and low profile, and when I saw these reviewed in a magazine I had to check them out. I recently received them (on sale through another site) and after a few wears I can say that they fit the bill perfectly. I generally wear a size 10.5 - 11 in sneakers, and I ordered a size 10.5 in these. They fit my feet almost perfectly, so I guess my experience just adds to the sizing confusion below. I think the issue with sizing is that these are designed to really fit your feet closely and ergonomically, which unfortunately can't take into account just how different everyone's feet are. Perhaps I got lucky, but from my experience these run true to size.

I can also attest that the toe strap DOES stretch to accommodate a larger toe in time, and it is really no problem. The only issue I have is that the fit tends to want to push my heel off the back of the shoe and because the rear strap is not adjustable, I have to deal with a tiny bit of my heel spilling off the back of the sole. I counter this by loosening the front strap. Again, I think this is due to trying to make a "generic" ergonomic shoe. Despite this caveat, I really, really love these things and they are light enough to clip to my pack without stressing too much about added weight.

These are my first "barefoot" shoe, and I really like the feeling. I have not used them yet in stream crossings, but I imagine they would perform like any other Teva-type sandal.

PROS:
-Light!
-"Barefoot" style low profile sole
-Comfortable on feet
-Look Good
-Ergonomic streamlined fit

CONS:
-The streamlined fit might *potentially* cause problems with individual feet
-Rear strap not adjustable

Overall I would definitely buy these again...

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John N. wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

I really love these pants. I bought them for alpine hiking / backpacking, but have ended up wearing them on an everyday basis because they're just so damn cool. The build quality is top notch. Stitching is tight and consistent, the material is slightly stretchy but definitely abrasion resistant. They tend to be a bit slim fitting in the waist / thighs - more of an athletic look - so if you're worried about that get a size up, but I wouldn't say they are ill-fitting by any means. I'll mention again how much I love these pants. Perfect for backpacking and hiking in that they dry quickly and are not too thin like other pants (i'm thinking marmot cruz pants here). I'd get another pair in a second but they're all out of my size... hope they get more in.

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John N. wrote a review of on March 26, 2011

4 5

Because in some places you just need to lug a bear can...might as well get a smallish one. I can fit about 4 days worth of food in this guy and that's good enough for me. Perhaps not the can to get if you hike in the Adirondacks...as word on the street is that some bears there can open them. For most other places, however, this seems to be a solid choice. I have read that the top can be tough to open...which I didn't necessarily find to be the case. If you follow the instructions it WILL be hard to open because the textured area you are supposed to push on is indeed very very hard to push. Instead, if you push the very corner of the notch in the lid as it meets the catch, you can slip it under the catch with little pressure. Hope no bears are reading this.

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John N. wrote a review of on March 26, 2011

4 5

This is a solid headlamp that casts a strong, bright wash of light. I like to hike light / ultralight and chose this lamp over some of the UL ones that have a little zip string for a band, which I found to be ridiculous - this really does the job and isn't all that heavy. The case can be a bit finicky but overall its a good balance between weight size and output. Thumbs up.

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