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Justin King

Justin King wrote an answer about on May 22, 2013

If it is of any help, I found the shoes to run slightly small (i.e. I normally wear a 10.5, but ended up getting a size 11.0 of these). The superfeet green insert size E is for shoe sized from 9.5 to 11. I would guess that you need a size 9.5 or 10. Given Backcountry's awesome return policy, why not both both sizes and then return the one you don't need. And if you ask, you can probably get free return shipping

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Justin King

Justin King wrote a review of on May 22, 2013

As Expected
5 5

Spoon showed up this morning and was everything I was expecting. I especially like how long the spoon is (see pictures below). It is the perfect length for the freeze dried meals (i.e. Backpacker Pantry, etc) and is super lightweight. Also, there is just the right amount of bend on the spoon. Highly recommend

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Justin King wrote a review of on May 22, 2013

4 5

Tried out this product tonight and can't complain about the taste. The peanuts added an awesome crunch to this dish. The only drawback is that even after letting the food reconsitute for 20+ minutes, the noodles were still slightly crunchy. Not too big of deal, and it could probably be fixed by added just a little more boiling water halfway through the required "waiting period."

As was mentioned with previous reviews, adding a little extra peanut butter would make this even better.

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Justin King wrote an answer about on April 4, 2013

I have used both. My original experience was with the Mtn Trainer. I really liked how they felt on my feet, but after wearing them for several hours, I started getting excruciating heel pain. Not sure what it was related to. Several weeks later I wore them again and had the same problem. I moved over to the Alp Trainer and haven't had any problems.

That aside, here are the differences between each. In my opinion, the MTN trainer felt a little more like a traditional hiking boot. It had good support and a good sole. In addition, it appeared to be a little wider than the Alp Trainer. I would classify the Alp Trainer as more of an ascent shoe. While it can certainly be used for hiking, the sole and narrowness of the shoe make it suitable for rock hoping and bouldering a little better. The Alp Trainer does tend to be a little narrower so if your feet are wide this might not be the best fit.

One other major difference right now is that last year's color of the Alp Trainer are $100 cheaper than the MTN trainer on Backcountry

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Justin King wrote an answer about on April 3, 2013

As was mentioned, it really depends on whether you plan on having items attached to the outside of the pack. I tried out a medium pack cover and it was sufficient as long as there weren't any items on the outside, If that is the case, you likely will need at least a large, although I would recommend avoiding too large of a cover as you tend to get pockets of water accumulating in that case

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Justin King wrote an answer about on April 3, 2013

For me, the decision came down to the Gregory Baltoro or the Osprey Aether. Before actually trying to packs on, I was leaning towards the Osprety Aether. It was lighter, had the All Might Guarantee and I liked how it looked visually. However after trying the packs on, I was sold on the Gregory. Don't get me wrong. The Aether would be a great pack, as long as you aren't carrying more than 25 pounds or so. There was a very noticeable difference between the comfort of the packs when you starting packing the packs with more than 30 pounds.

The removable fanny pack isn't anything to write home about. I would prefer the pack have a better removable pack, however it suffices for its purpose.

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