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Southern Blue Ridge - Smokies NE to Mt. Rogers

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Snowboarding

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NotureBoywrote a review of on March 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm very hard to please and as an ergonomics snob - when I find good gear, I'm in love. I'm in love w/ these. Ahhhh.

At 6'6'' but 32/34 (typical) waist/inseam I rarely find a pant that fits waist & length, much less that looks awesome, and has all the right features and I FINALLY hit the stash on this one. So if you're tall, this one will work.

Other than the sweet bright red w/ black ankle-proteting patches, the pockets are functional, well placed, and useful. Can't tell you how many pants have uselessly placed pockets as if you don't have gloves, hats, and crap to carry.

The internal inseam velcro adjusters are the deal though - the waist is barely large on me, so the adjusters make it perfect. More important - the crotch doesn't hang down 8 inches like 99% of the poopy pants styles out there (how is that still a thing?) so thats amazing....just a nice, sweet fit w/o being baggy & 1990s.

The crotch zip is also unique - fully zips left to right, directly IN the crotch - no separation - for about 12'' length, and the opening is placed evenly from left to right. FINALLY, where the heat actually radiates vs. just the normal upper legs.

There's also a sweet little earplug receiver/hole in in the right pocket so you can run the plugs down to your pocket...nice touch. And last - the insulated liner is super soft w/o being heat-fleece style, w/ funky designs on it. Possibly glows in the dark too.

To conclude: tall guys, there's finally a pant for you (assuming your inseam isn't >34'') and the fit on these, for me, is perfect. I get mad when countless pairs of supposedly long / tall pants don't fit - and FINALLY, I've found the boarding pant love of my life. Should probably go ahead and buy another one right now...

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NotureBoywrote a review of on February 10, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs

At 6'6'' and 32/33 waist 33/34 inseam -only one of two pairs of Large I bought fot this model fit...and one was actually a medium or even small by ACTUAL fit.

I'm a tough fit - and the Large (1st pair) was a bit large in the waist, but perfect in length - nice...should've kept it, but finding it on sale the very next day on BC.com for about $50 off what I paid, I returned the basically-fitting pair (with another pant - too small also) and re-ordered the exact same pair. But the 2nd pair was entirely off, nearly a small by actual fit - could barely get my thighs in, and the inseam/outseam was about 3'' shorter once I finally crammed in...couldn't even move.

Its bad enough that ski/board clothing co's are basically making 3-4 sizes now for men - and nothing in talls (that I can find) but to have those sizes be all over the spectrum is nuts. Maybe a mistake, but hey - you're supposed to be professional and not make mistakes like this Volcom.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on February 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

At 6'6'', 32/33 waist and 34 inseam, I'm tough to fit. The waist was perfect but the length is not that stated in the sizing chart. You'd think in 2016 that wouldn't be too tough to accomplish. The size chart on BC shows as 42'' "outseam" (vs inseam) hip to base, and I'm 41, but these were well shy of fitting and when sitting down - hiked about 1/2way up my calf.

Otherwise -materials are good, stiching well made, styling good and if your waist is about 31-33 and your inseam maybe 30-32...these should do you.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a street 11 easily - have never (ever) worn 12's but 12 in this is a near exact fit. Having bought two other boots from BC that were 11.5's only to have them fully cramp the piggies I had size-phobia, and these follow suit. You prob have to go one size up and that's also a comment on the Vans.com site too.

As for style - its obvious, but the fit is als sweet. They were tad tough to get into at first, but you gotta pull the tongues all the way up. Heel-hold is awesome and the boa crank for ankle and then width is perfect - quickly pops for relaxed / walking.

I can't recommend these enough. Black & white is classic, they're vans, and after 3-4 days of intense walking / hike-to lines and also lifts - they're broken in nicely and I simply adore 'em.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on January 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is the exact same issue I just had w/ 11.5 Nitro's - I typically fit a 10.5- 11 normal shoe and have worn size 11 snowboard boots for 20 years - so I didn't expect 11.5's (29.5 cm) jam my toes up, but these were jammers, way too small.

Style wise these are sweet - but you better buy up about 1 to 1.5 sizes or your piggies will be hating it. I didn't ride these at all. Durability unknown - just a size warning for potential buyers out there.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on December 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I typically fit a 10.5- 11 so I didn't expect 11.5's (29.5 cm) to be tight - but these were jammers, way too small. Style wise these are sweet - bummed to have to return as BC has no 12's, but you better buy up about 1 to 1.5 sizes or your piggies will be hating it. I didn't ride these at all - could instantly tell Nitro's sizing is not right - but they are otherwise nice. Durability unknown - just a size warning for potential buyers out there.

I'm one picky little b-*&%$ about my gear but I can tell you that this is how you lose business for every (Nitro that is). I"m now afraid to buy an 12 in any model they have for fear its going to be giant clown boots that'll hang off my board. Ugh. Back to my original brands...

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm 6'6'' and got the large - fits nearly perfectly, is soft & sweet inside and looks nice on the exterior. I wear this over a lightweight base and my BC.com winter jacket on cold days and stay pretty warm (snowboarding / xc ski etc) and add a fleece over it if its severely cold.

Its stylish, warm, snug, and I don't think you can go wrong w/ this product - well made and I love it.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs

My last goto hoodie was a BC.com hoodie (that is now my camping / beater / firewood hoodie and since BC.com - sadly in my opinion - won't update or redo that classic) this one is now my goto, though its not quite as nice. This one is more for town, hanging out, and being seen in...only clean one I have now.

There are no bells & whistles here - just a super soft & fuzzy interior, hand pockets, a roomy hood and "the look" and feel you hope for in a hoodie...classic and standard, no hip new looks or anything here.

I wish there was a smaller chest or arm pocket on the upper chest / sleeve area, something to toss an ipod or phone into.

Anyway - a great product for the price and I'm glad I snagged one before they all flew out of BC distro.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm right on the cusp of fit w/ these - I'm 32/33 waist and medium fits exactly - so the velcro's don't move for me at all, just stay in place. Overall the cut & style is sweet - and everyone seems to want to know what the viking is all about (on all my Norrona gear). It sounds like the large, which normally fits my waist size, would be just too big, or pleating / bagging up on cinching the v-cro straps on the sides, which looks dopey.

The only gripe I have w/ this, and its not major, is that the main cinch / lock is velcro right at the front where a snap or button normally would be. So far it holds up fine, but my experience w/ v-cro is that it ultimately wears and strips, leaving you in bind. I don't know why Norrona wouldn't just have a backup button or snap (etc) so that if the v-cro pops off or wears out, you aren't basically stuck w/ useless gear.

Still - the pockets are good, it dries fast, looks sweet, and as usual - everything Norrona makes seems to never bust a stitch, so I'm still on board.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'd never bought Alo before, but this light hoodie is really, really sweet. I don't really do yoga in it, but its got that awesome chill-in-the-air feel but its actually light enough for cooler nights spring-summer-fall. I'm mostly wear it out as its pretty stylish and fits nicely, fairly snug but not too tight. The hood is nice too and overall, the shirt just looks awesome so its more of an around-the-town thing than something I'm beating up on the bike or off-trail, etc. I don't think you can go wrong with it - I've got a long torso and arms but the medium fit just right, but I was going for a tighter fit on this one since black is more forgiving.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

But for the fit of an item or two, I've been super impressed w/ the quality and cuts of Norrona's gear. This one is also great - I'm 6'6 / 185 and the large fits perfectly, just tight (and I ain't ripped) and looks awesome. Everytime I wear Norrona gear, people ask about it. Seams are nicely done and overall the 'shirt over a shirt' look is kinda unique...I wish I'd bought a couple more!

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

About time! These pads (bought 2) velcro together for couples snuggle-time (double bag), are light, have two air intakes, easily inlfate, are way thicker than anything we've seen (for the price) and are finally, finally getting us to sleep better than the BS thinner (but expensive) pads we've had for years.

I could go on & on but the thickness, pack-ability, and comfort of these is enough really: we're super pleased, finally. FINALLY!

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Fully revising my review. These gloves, though large (and I have small hands) just barely fit. Figured that sending back for the next largest pair wouldn't be worth it, but on first, lightweight (barely) use camping for a week - both gloves are splitting seams in the same place, glove center so I'll be returning. They do not stretch tightly, forcing a split - I didn't use them for anything serious, just sitting around, so hopefully BC will be cool w/ the swap...we'll see.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We did some review-searching and reading and decided against inflatable pillows (though they pack smaller) because they just don't hold your head like a real pillow.

These are just awesome - firm enough, not too large, easily packable, and the "cool" and "warm" sides are perfect for diff't weather.

We couldn't be happier with them - no more rolling up fleeces and such for a crappy night's sleep...sleeping like children again in the woods w/ these little softies.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on August 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Style - classic. Fit - true (and adjustable). Functionlity & ergonomics: perfect. I'm 6'6'', 185 and moderate build and this jacket fits perfectly, functions well in torrential rain, and it now lives in my day pack.

I am beyond picky about function / ergonomics, so the fact that this jacket is classic and doesn't pretend to re-invent raingear - except w/ lighter weight & better materials at an affordable price got my attention. I will probably buy another one now in case this one dies - and you should too.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on July 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always carefully planned a menus for a yearly 2-week canoe trip and never used dehydrated / instant stuff like this thinking it was too expensive and not tasty. I was wrong!

The time I saved shopping for all kinds of stuff (still had extra snacks) was beyond worth it, and the quality is very good - my kid even loved them. Using this bin of 12 (14?) dehydrated packages entirely spared me from menu hell...boom, it was mostly done but for some fresh stuff like carrots, apples, and light snacks. We buy 2 of these and then snacks, booze, etc around the edges.

This is now our go-to for 2 adults 7 nites canoe trip and it has taken all the misery (my own creation) and relative previous boredom in camp meal. Highly recommended. !

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NotureBoywrote a question about on April 20, 2015

Pardon the idiocy but - does this rig have a lid? There's an image of a hydro-flip lid to on the left side of the screen. The image and prod-description here do not mention lid. Can't figure out why lid wouldn't automatically be included if not actually included w/ the order.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on March 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 285 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm 6'6'' / 185lbs and tough to fit but this shirt fits perfectly and feels great. I bought the large. This is really a light/midweight hybrid (I thought lightweight originally) but on cold days I layer it under fleece and shell and I"m just fine down to about 0 degrees F. In any case, its a goto for me now and I highly recommend it.. Thumbholes too - key feature for me.

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NotureBoywrote a review of on February 4, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 6'6'' / 185, 33-34 waist with a normal sized abdominal / crotch section but the crotch on this bottom is so low that it literally keeps me from spreading my legs quickly and makes me feel sluggish and slow. The leg length is a bit short, but that doesn't affect the crotch - which would do you well if you are a 77 yr old wearing depends (or the poppy-pants wearing kids that love stuff hanging down to their knees anyway).

To this bottom's credit its warm down to about 0 degrees normal (or wind chill) under insulated boarding Pants. Overall - Not snug in the midsection below your unit - not recommended.

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