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NickG wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

4 5

I bought a pair of these to replace my old Nordica W7.1's & have been very pleased with their performance & comfort. I heat molded them at home using a tutorial off Teton Gravity Research forums. Initially, the fit was a bit constrictive (compared to the cushy liners in my old boots), but they broke in nicely after 4 or 5 days of skiing. The custom fit liners are excellent - firm, but comfy & warm. The flex is about the same as my Nordicas (100 flex index) but much more progressive. They are about half the weight of my old boots & have a very natural flex. I think the flex characteristics of this boot have made me a better skier, and they completely eliminate shin bang!They are extremely easy to get into and out of. If you've got a pretty narrow, low volume foot, these are worth checking out. My only complaint is the cable closure system - it works just fine, but can be a bit harder to micro-adjust compared to conventional buckles.

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NickG wrote an answer about on April 17, 2008

Rob - Cleaning this jacket should be no big deal. Either handwash it or use a commercial front-load washer. Use soap made specifically for down items (REI, Nikwax, etc.). Hit the rinse cycle twice to get every trace of soap out. Dry it in a commercial dryer on low to medium heat with a few tennis balls.

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NickG wrote a review of on November 17, 2006

5 5

I've used my Marmot bag for a few years now, and I completely love it. It's very well-designed. It's comfy (not too narrow, not too wide), lightweight, true to its temp rating, and packs down very small. The fat draft tube and excellent adjustable hood have kept me toasty a few degrees below its temp rating - no drafts! It breathes well for warmer nights, too - never clammy. I actually like this bag better than the very spendy Gore-Tex Feathered Friends Swallow it replaced.

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NickG wrote a review of on November 6, 2006

5 5

I've used this stuff for years on all my leather hiking boots. It's dead waterproof, easy to apply, and lasts a long time. I recently used it on my Nubuck Asolo's, and it works just as well on Nubuck as on smooth leather (even though the directions say not to apply it to Nubuck). I had tried Granger's G-tec (silicone-based) on these boots previously, but was not impressed at all. Nikwax is the only leather waterproofer worth considering.

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NickG wrote a review of on November 2, 2006

5 5

This is a great little light! I've used it while backpacking & camping, working on my car, hooking up audio/visual connectors behind my equipment, and rummaging around in my attic. It's the perfect size for most tasks. While it may not have enough wattage for nighttime hiking, it puts out a very clear, bright white light for camp chores & setting up your tent in the dark. It's very comfortable, it's light, it's cheap, and the batteries last for many hours. Great stocking stuffer!

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NickG wrote a review of on October 12, 2006

5 5

The Insulmat Max Thermo is the most comfortable sleeping pad I've used for backpacking. It's much more comfortable than both the Thermarest & the Basic Designs Ergomat I've used for years. It's much lighter than both and rolls up to a very small cylinder in my pack. It is a little narrow but I haven't had any problems staying on it (maybe due to the vertical air channels). The long size is perfect for my lanky 6'5" frame. It does require a few breaths to inflate, but it's worth it. I'm finally sleeping well in the backcountry!

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