Matt Paine

Matt Paine

Bozeman, Montana

Matt Paine

Matt Paine wrote a review of on March 11, 2011

5 5

This is one great boot (and I hate almost everything!). I have been through so many boots that I almost switched to snowboarding because of the fit. These are almost as comfortable as my AT boots, as stiff as you could possibly need on anything steep (I'm 200 lbs), the liner is top notch (no problem like the other guy, even though a standard Intuition liner would be cool), and the adjustability is also great. They transfer power great, the sole is replaceable, the cuff height ideal, etc. I could go on, but you get the point. After about 40 days in them, the only negative I have is that the 2nd and 3rd buckle smack each other a bit when you're hucking bigger drops or flexing hard. It has caused the paint to rob off on the 2nd buckle a bit. That is it!!!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

4 5

In typical Arcteryx fashion, these are the best, bar none! I am a 32 waist and medium is perfect even with a base layer. As good as the Alpha SVs for climbing but better for skiing. Sheds snow and water like nothing else.
They are perfect, except..... the buckle on the belt SUCKS!!! It constantly comes undone. Lean lightly against ice, bend at the waist while skiing, etc. The slightest move will cause it to come undone. This is annoying and distracting, a serious redesign on the waist belt is in order!!!!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

5 5

This is a 1 liter bottle (34 oz.) It comes with two stoppers, one is push to open valve, the other screw only, but helps retain heat. I have owned many thermos' bottles over the years, and the only one that I have found to be better, are the old Stanley ones (before they were made in China. Ice-climbing, 0 Degrees, 8 hours of hot coffee = PRICELESS!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on December 10, 2009

3 5

These boots are stylish, warm (although they DO NOT live up to their -40 rating, not even close), and easy to get into. Fit is good for wide feet, sloppy for people with narrow heels. The worst part is the loose inner boot. It is cumbersome to get out of the boot without removing the inner boot. If you can put up with that. Great. Oh, by the way: The wool ones are absolutely worth the extra cost. The fit and feel is much better, especially the heel. It is more snug than the polyester ones. The polyester ones would only get two stars.

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on November 27, 2009

3 5

It works alright for therapeutic purposes, unless you are very advanced, then I don't think the resistance is strong enough. It is not really a strength builder. There are much better devices for that. But $18.00 for something that may have a bucks worth of material? That is disappointing. I could live with the short durability if the replacement cost wasn't so sky high!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on June 10, 2009

3 5

It is not a bad pack for the money and the weight. It isn't very comfortable due to its very lightweight internal frame which only consists of a couple aluminum rods. Shoulder straps are very comfortable though. Sweat buildup is not bad for a pack with pads instead of a mesh. Dividers inside are nicely arranged. The hydration pocket includes a Velcro strap, not a loop, making it ideal for platypus, a PITA though for Camelbak and others that need to be hooked.
The biggest issue is the size. I have a torso length of about 21 inches, average if you ask me for a male. This causes the waist belt to sit at my belly button. If that's your thing, you'll like this ultralight. Otherwise it'll drive you nuts, the way it did me. I am selling mine after using it once!

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Matt Paine wrote a review of on October 19, 2008

3 5

These boots fit a little small, so get them a little bigger, maybe half or full size. Toe box is quite roomy for average size feet. Heel grip is pretty good, which is why I got them, I have a narrow heel.
Here are my gripes: The tying system automatically pulls up the toe box as you are walking, no matter how you tie them, severely decreasing toe space. Ankle hold is marginal at best and the tread is very slippery. They are surprisingly waterproof though.
That is why I recommend them for walking flat trails or everyday wear. If you are hiking uphill or anywhere where it is rocky or wet, try something else, maybe Scarpa, Meindl or Lowa.

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