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JonathanSW wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just received these and want to offer a little guidance on sizing. I'm 5 9", 145 lbs, 41" chest. The small works for me, but with very little room for a big lunch! Length is good out of the box. The fit across my chest / abdomen is snug, but will work with a base layer and very thin mid layer.

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JonathanSW wrote an answer about on March 16, 2014

Go with the 100mm brake -- better to bend them a little wider if necessary than have them as outriggers.

The other big difference between the FT and the ST is the FT's "plate", about which Dynafit says: "The carbon plate stiffens by shifting the shock absorber forward into LOCK. In this position the rear rubber pieces work as dam- peners, and the ski stiffens up. Also, this increases torsional rigidity between the carbon plate and binding front piece. The ski will have its natural flex characteristics in the UNLOCK position."

I have the FT, but can't really feel the difference between the two settings.

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JonathanSW wrote an answer about on February 23, 2014

Based on only two days in the Vulcan, and using an old pair of Lange Comp MF 120 boots with foamed Surefoot liners as my point of reference.
- Toe box is verrrrry roomy.
- The forward flex is very stiff. (I've taken a few laps with the tongue removed. That makes them easier to bend, and my plan is to ski them without the tongue.)

UPDATE: I just figured out how to remove the bump stops from the cuff. Doing that allows additional forward flex. So I'm going to run them with tongue and w/o bump stops and see how it feels. (Hat tip: http://earlyups.com/gear-dynafit-vulcan-2/)

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on January 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This piece is very flexible -- I never noticed it was on during a day of skiing and hiking. The hood is thin, but a useful wind block or to supercharge a hat or helmet's insulation. For me the fit is spot on (size medium for 5'9 150 lbs). Weight 13.5 oz for size M. Made in Portugal.

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JonathanSW wrote an answer about on December 21, 2013

Lou Dawson's WildSnow blog has long been the best resource for all questions Dynafit. So with a tip o' the hat to Lou, I think you'll be able to get 5mm. There are two things to do, first, you can get some extra room by shaving down the inside plastic on the brake. (Keep in mind, you don't want to expose the metal else the entire plastic foot will be easily lost.) Second, you can bend them out. Here the issue is that in the past the metal has been brittle. However, there is some good discussion on WildSnow. Look for the post entitled "Dynafit Brakes ? How Wide? Another Chapter in the ?Ask Louie? Series".

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

... However less breathable than you might expect. Pros: lightweight wind block; easy to stuff anyplace; big zipper allows a range of venting. Cons: expensive, when running in this I find myself with more on-skin moisture than I would expect. Neutral: mostly translucent.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

They don't leak, they fit the UD vests
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My Ultimate Direction AK vest came with larger water bottles (which I found hard to use because of the bite valve). I replaced them with these 10oz bottles and prefer this configuration. The valve is low tech, but isn't leaking even after several cycles through the dishwasher.

A further advantage of the 10oz size is the lighter weight on the chest of the race vest (obviously the lower capacity is the inescapably associated disadvantage).

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I like the Kriti. It is cut long in the body -- from neck seam to hem it measures 29 inches (size M). This compares to the Patagonia Piton at 28 inches (size M) and the Arc't Accelero at 27 inches (size M). It also seems to have a pretty narrow/tight forearm, and the elbow is well articulated.

The fabric is a rough softshell -- very stretchy -- reminding me of the Cloudveil jackets from the early-mid 2000s. I like it.

In addition to the pockets listed above, there are two drop pockets on the inside -- no closure of any kind, but deep.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear this shoe in an 11 for the length, and perhaps (at least some of) the shortcomings I found are a results of a too-wide-for-me toe box in that size. I found this shoe to be sloppy. I didn't feel that it stayed planted through a running stride. My second issue, however is less about fit. The soft foam of this shoe was problematic. It added to an insecure squishiness and the feeling that the shoe was moving under me (when it was supposed to be in place). Despite that thick squish of sole, the soft foam didn't protect well against rocks. I felt them more clearly (ie uncomfortably) than in any of the other shoes I run in. So for me, the foam was too thick to provide good response and connection to the ground, but not stiff enough to protect against terrain.

On the other hand, it is a very lightweight shoe.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The Ganda climbs very well for an approach shoe. Viewed over a short time horizon, it may well be the best crossover shoe (between hiking and climbing) out there. The rubber is climbing-shoe sticky and, for me, the fit was completely acceptable during long access hikes. (The shoe doesn't have the supportive, scree-busting sole of the Salewa Mountain Trainer for example, but it was fine for back-to-back full day hikes on varied terrain and certainly is of a totally superior character as a climbing shoe.) However, after only about 15 hours of use, there is already notable, problematic peeling of the rubber off of the midsole. My three-star rating is: 2 stars for durability, 5 stars for in-the-moment performance.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on July 14, 2013

Pretty cool
4 5

This shoe occupies a nice niche among my running shoes. It is a true zero drop, but has much more cushion than say a Vibram or a New Balance MT10. As such, I like it for longer runs. The sole is certainly designed for road rather than trail - but you have a lot of rubber on the road with the shallow tread. Finally, the toebox is notably wider than most of my shoes (reminds me of my Dalbello touring boots) -- and I felt the difference as reduced friction between my toes. (Photo compares the profiles of the NB MT 10, Altra Instinct, Inov8 Trailroc 235, PI EM Trail N2, PI EM Road M3, and PI Peak II.)

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on July 14, 2013

Provisionally excellent
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

I'm early on with this shoe, but provisionally, I like it as much as I like the road PI that I use (the EM road M3). As with the road shoe, I am sizing up about a full size to an 11. In the attached photo you can see the profile of a couple of shoes I rotate. From left to right they are New Balance MT 10, Altra Instinct, Inov-8 TrialRoc 235, PI EM Trail N2, PI EM Road M3, and PI Peak II.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on July 7, 2013

Good for a midfoot striker
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I'm really pleased with this shoe, right out of the box. (Be forewarned, it runs small. I'm usually a 9.5 or 10 and the right fit for me in this shoe is size 11.) For me, once I had the right size, I was good to go. I bought this on a Saturday, ran 3 miles that afternoon, and then ran 26 the next day with no fear. The 'seamless upper' is comfy. The offset is (according to PI) "Dynamic Offset: 4mm at initial contact to 7.5mm at mid-stance," which is a little different than the text in the Backcountry description. I run in this shoe coming out of a zero drop ALTRA, as a long time midfoot striker, and felt like this shoe was built for my stride. Also, it is billed by PI as having some motion control. Unlike other motion control shoes I've run in the past (eg Saucony) this didn't feel notably hard on the inside of the foot. (Photo shows NB MT 10, Altra Instinct, Inov8 Trailroc 235, PI EM Trail N2, PI EM Road M3 and PI Peak II.)

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on July 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Full disclosure, I adore almost everything I've tried from Ibex. They make much of their stuff in the USA (including this piece); they use great wool; and the style is ... stylie. The Indie works as a mid layer -- cut is full, not too tailored or tapered -- but it is lightweight, so even under a snug outer layer, it doesn't feel bunched. On the other hand, when this is the outer layer, there is plenty of freedom of motion / it doesn't bind. I've used mine for a season+ and it is holding up well.

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JonathanSW wrote a review of on May 4, 2013

5 5

This is my go-to synthetic running shirt. I like the zip neck, and I like the fit. (I'm a little skeptical of the gladiator claim to reduce odor -- I seem to get smelly in this shirt at the same rate as ordinary polyester t-shirts.) I'm a US jacket size 41, and wear a medium. The fit is spot on.

Made in Vietnam. Recyclable via Patagonia's common threads initiative.

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