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Kirk's Passions

Road Running
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering

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Kirk W

Kirk W wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

4 5

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

I own two pairs of these and they are as advertised. They're underwear and they work - what else can you say?

The fabric is kind of mesh-like, resulting in chafing a few times on long, hot days. The heather color material in particular seems to be a little more coarse. I personally prefer the Capilene fabric in Patagonia's briefs as Capilene is a bit softer, but the Ex Officio product does work as advertised! They dry very quickly and tend not to retain stink. I've worn them for 3-4 days straight with good results.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own four of the short sleeve version of this shirt and use them for just about everything, from running to hiking and climbing. The fabric is great, breaths well, and is very soft and comfortable. My only concern about the fabric is that it tends to retain stink a bit more than other fabrics I've worn. It's also somewhat shiny, but that doesn't bother me.

I purchased the long sleeve version of this shirt for cooler temperatures but returned it due to size issues. While the body fits great, the sleeves are just too long in the size large (for reference, I'm 6'2", 170 lbs with a shirt sleeve length of 34-35). The sleeves hung down to my knuckles and were not tailored at all, but rather baggy. I returned the shirt due to poor fit of the sleeves.

I don't know if Marmot is having quality control issues as the short sleeve shirts I own all fit a bit differently. Perhaps a different copy of the shirt would fit differently.

If you don't mind long, baggy sleeves this is a great shirt. Otherwise, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

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Kirk W

Kirk W wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased a pair of these in the long length a couple of years ago and think they're great. For reference, I'm 6'2" tall, 170 lbs and the 34 waist long length fits perfectly. Everything about them is top notch from the fabric to the fit. Wanting another pair, I see this year Outdoor Research discontinued making different lengths. The 34 waist (no length options) is just too short, so I returned them. Wake up, OR - everyone on the planet is not 5'10" tall! I hope your rep reads this review. For those of you with shorter legs, these pants are great. They get 5 stars for design and performance, no stars for length options.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

5 5

I've owned several ice axes over the years and this is the best yet. A great combination of carrying comfort and performance. It swings well, works great in self-arrest, and can handle moderate technical challenges. It isn't the lightest axe out there, so if you're using it for moderate glacier and snow climbs (the trade routes on mountains such as Rainier and Baker come to mind) I'd suggest something more like the Black Diamond Raven Pro. For an all-around axe that can leave off where your technical ice tools take over, the Petzl Summit is hard to beat.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on November 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have several of these in various sizes I use for organizing items in a duffel bag or backpack. The white interior makes finding things inside easy, and they are weatherproof (I haven't used them in a deluge). I would not want to use them as a stand-alone drysack in rough duty (such a rafting) as they are fairly lightweight. They're great in the right application.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on February 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very good back country pole with one major improvement over the previous model. The FlickLock Pro system is a significant upgrade from the old FlickLock system. No more having to worry about adjusting the tightening screws - they are fixed with no adjustment, plus the stainless steel grips well and seems a bit lighter than the old plastic. The flip lever seems a little light which raises a concern about durability; however, no problems so far. I bought these after having the previous model stolen and am pleased. Overall, highly recommended for back country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Wore these pants hiking and trekking in Ecuador for two weeks. Great fit,the zip pockets are convenient for stashing a variety of items, and the weight of the material is just about right for hiking and knocking around town. I normally wear a size 34 waist, but the 36 waist fit me better in these pants. The only downside - very expensive. I'll watch for them to go on sale and then purchase another pair.

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Kirk W wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

3 5

I have serveral power stretch tops from other manufacturers and purchased this one on sale. I ended up returning it. Like many items from Mountain Hardwear, this one is great if you're less than 6 ft tall. For us taller people their products, including this one, tend to be short in the body and arms. MH has not yet figured this out, and being 6'3" I'll continue to look elsewhere for a better fit.

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