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Kalin wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros: lightweight, good looks, lacing, waterproof
Cons: slippery soles, lack of breathability, weird sizing

These boots are gore-tex and therefore pretty good when it comes to moisture...from the outside...I have found that in everyday use my feet sweat too much and I get wet from the inside out! what is the point of gore at that point?? Otherwise they look cool...the Salomon "contagrip" should be contaslip...any wet or especially icy conditions and it feels like the soles are made of ice skate blades...very unnerving when walking. Vibram should take note and get into the Salomon market. They are fairly comfortable and I wear a size 11-11.5 and in that size (I have the salomon trail runners in the same size and they fit true to size) they feel like there is just about 5-10% too much space in them...but if I bought a smaller size they would be too small...and thicker socks are a must for them to feel snug. In winter they are not warm at all (although uninsulated) even with wool socks on. They are a nice lightweight boot good for everyday and light hiking...but nothing extreme and are a hybrid boot in terms of "running/trail" shoe comfort and style with a light hiker...if it weren't for the Salomon shoe "sole issue" ...I own multiple pairs with crappy soles that fall apart or don't stick to the ground when any normal shoe would/should and the awkward fit...they would be B.A.

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Kalin wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

These boots are amazing! They are extremely warm and comfortable. Using them in the winter is great....they just slip on with the handles and you don't have to spend 20 minutes lacing them up and tying them. Great for all wet/cold conditions mother nature can throw. I have the Bogs low-cut shoes in a size down, so they run a little different in size compared to the shoe. I originally ordered the same size as the shoe and they were too small, and I then had to return and go up a size.

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Kalin wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

3 5

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

I'd like to say that I really, really want to like these shoes...I keep trying to convince myself...but they fall short. First off they are a great fit (I wear an 11 and they are true to size), especially if you have feet that run a little narrow. The insoles are a little on the junk side and I need to replace mine...if you wear them all day and stand a lot on your feet--they can start to hurt. I have had them for 4 months and wear them as my everyday shoe and they are fine but nothing special. The main bad aspect is the sole! Vibram would be a better bet, but Salomon's "contragrip" is terrible...their moniker is a poor choice because they grip very little and slip easily and the sole seems to be made out of inferior rubber because in just a few months of normal wear the tread glue is gone and the sole is peeling apart at multiple points (I have had to re-glue them). What ever happened to actually using stitches on shoes to hold stuff together!!! Glue only holds up to so much wear and tear.

Pros:
great ventilation
look awesome (black/light onyx/organic green)
nice fit and decent comfort
price

Cons:
contragrip slips and wears quickly
tread design is poor and glue fails on sole
a little too narrow at mid-shoe
lacing system slips (looks cool and is a good idea, but you may as well leave your laces loose because they won't stay tight and if they do the eyelets wear easily)

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Kalin wrote a review of on April 24, 2013

5 5

Out of the box weight in sack (total): 4 lbs 9 oz (even lighter than listed!!!) Just the tent without poles or pegs: 3 lbs; Pegs: 7-9oz; Poles 1 lb
This tent comes with sturdy aluminum pegs which is different from Terra Nova's lightweight titanium "toothpick" skewers which I have heard mixed reviews about, but that could cut even more weight if needed.
Setup took me about 10-15 minutes the first time and was very quick afterwards, the poles are seem sturdy and are sleeved and color-coded so there is little confusion. The cross brace design is a little tight when clipping into the corners which is my only qualm, but is probably better that it is tight anyway. Summer use the tent vents pretty well with the door and foot vent, so it stays pretty cool. With the fly on I haven't slept over night in hot weather yet so I will keep you posted as to how it turns out...
Cons: It is slightly tight for 2 (which I tried with my girlfriend so it wasn't all bad ;) so it is great as a solo tent and is freestanding so it is easy to move if needed. The headroom is a little low, so sitting up is about all you can get...
Foot room isn't that amazing (I am 6'1'') and with sleeping bag I am touching the foot vent which is a little annoying. So the listed length of 206 cm (81 inches) may be a little off.The vestibule could be a bit bigger and is good for one person but 2 would be a squeeze.
UPDATE: So after using this tent for 2 months straight in Mongolia it is safe to say that it lives up to the price. Great tent in high winds because of low profile stability and rain...what rain? Withstood drizzles and downpours with no problem. Using it in the summer was no problem either. It has a handy vent to prevent condensation...even though I occasionally got some on damp mornings, it was only on the vestibule inner fly (no big deal). If you are in it and it starts to get hot in the morning Get Out! This thing will cook you. That said it is a 4 season tent, but is pretty versatile

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Kalin wrote a review of on April 24, 2013

5 5

This bag is awesome (I got it in the Large TMNT green (krypton)) and orange trim. The outer ballistic nylon definitely lives up to its name and the large is more than ample to fit basically anything you would ever need in it on a long trip. Zipper mesh pouch on the inside of the lid can hold small miscellaneous items and the should straps on the outside are a nice feature as well. The L size fully packed with decently heavy items comes out to about 50 lbs which is good for air travel when you don't want to go over weight. Great bag get it!

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Kalin wrote a review of on June 15, 2012

5 5

I own the black in a large and I am 6'1''/180 lbs athletic build. I went with a medium first and they fit a little snug and I definitely couldn't wear anything underneath them, so I returned and got a Large and they are great. All Arc'teryx gear is top of the line but sometimes their price tag is a little perplexing...I wore these for a month in the Seward Peninsula/arctic circle region of Alaska and if it is warmer with rain (with pants on underneath) they are a little hot which may be expected but it isn't unbearable and the gore-tex breathes very well compared to any other non-goretex rain pants. They shed water nicely and with the alpha jacket in black you also look pretty badass as well!

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Kalin wrote a review of on June 15, 2012

5 5

This fleece rules over all the other pathetic fleeces out there! I had a TNF Denali which I hated (I am 6'1''/180lbs) and wear a large in the Patagonia and TNF...The R3 is extremely comfortable and a great fit whereas the Denali was a little big and baggy in some areas. The only thing I liked about the Denali was the pit zip feature. I also tried out a MH Monkeyman which is very similar but MH makes their outerwear tops a little too snug for my liking and they don't allow much in the way of layering. The Patagonia is very warm but not completely windproof, but if it was you would definitely overheat pretty quick. Can't go wrong with this fleece!

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