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NotureBoy wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

5 5

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

I'm 6'6'', hard to fit and this shirt (large, black-blue) fits just perfect. I am hard to please w/ synth shirts, but FINALLY pleased with the pattern, fit & colors on this shirt. I really dig the pattern / lines pulling in from the rib area and narrowing down the front is just sweet.

The only issue I had w/ the shirt was a small run / string that pulled on the right arm but I'm basically just buying 2 more and returning the first one. The run didn't bug me and for my uses, it doesn't matter.

This is a killer shirt, and I've finally learned to just buy 2 (at least) of everything I like because you can be sure that it'll get phased out after this year or whatever.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

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

OK so this is out of stock...I was smart and ordered two of them once I found out how awesome these are, and THAT was one smart as hell move on my part. Mostly I'm commenting on them because I hope BC.com will review this post and be sure to order more of these or their type ASAP because I can assure you that 95% of the quick-dry pants out there (mostly dork-ass zip-offs that are as stylish as the late 1990's) feel like shit to wear, with the added bonus of making you feel like you're in pajamas when you wear them. I bought one pair for the woods (where I work) and one for town / stylishness.

These are not like that at all - and they don't zip off. Waists are adjustable, so while they fit just right at 32 waist, the velcro tightners mean no belt required - esp if your pack runs low and pushes pants down.

Anyway, I just hope BC.com and Helly are still producing these. By far the best fitting, sweetest quick-dry out there - for me - no question.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

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

These are simply my #1 favorite go-to shorts, hands down. Super comfy and very useful (flush w/ pockets) - I' m not sure you can go wrong with these. I wear 32 waist and 32 is true to that size on me...also @ 6'6'' tall the length is perfect for me - something that can be tough to get in shorts. Pockets are beyond adequate with the standard four (meshed) and cargo's on the side with full zippers on them so stuff isn't falling out on you. I use these for biking, hiking, and just noodling about - and they look sweet.

As with the Kuhl jeans, the only thing I dislike is the open-hole button at the waist...so far this one is holding up but the ones on my first pair of Kuhl jeans began to get weak and pop all the time. Not sure that'll happen here - but we'll find out very soon.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

4 5

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

FINALLY - found a pair of 34 length Kuhl's here on BC.com, with a little research and help from a gear-tech - but it can be done.

I'm 6'6'' tall but 32 / 34 (waist/inseam) fits me perfectly and these are just perfect on an exceptionally tall odd shaped guy, so I say they are true to size.

These are slightly lighter than my 1st / original pair of Kuhls, so a bit more spring / summer wear with slightly less thin but very durable material. Mostly I don't get off the beaten path with these, yet anyway, so they are most for kickin' around town or casual uses. They are stylish, but very well built and I'll eventually start trashing them in the woods & mountains by fall perhaps.

My only beef with these pants is that I am not a fan of snap-button waist vs. a real button or very strong snap-button. These snaps are just a bit weak and they tend to wear out after a while, tho so far - not on this pair. Thats hugely frustrating (and means you need a belt to prevent the snap from opening up. The standard jean button we all grew up with is just fine - I think - so Kuhl: bag that open-hole snap and go back to the real thing (or similar) that works.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

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

I'm a 3-time Scarpa Crux fan (still keep one just for good times, not to destroy) and I love these just as much, though they are not yet as broken in.

I'm not using them so far for their true intended use in mountains / scrambling , etc...still ragging my Crux's for that so this is not a performance review. Its far more superficial: these are just for going out / being seen in town - and they get lots of viewing and questions. They are also much better constructed than the Crux's, and only slightly heavier but w/o feeling clunky or bulky.

That being said, they fit true to size - I wear 11 to 11.5 US and did the metric on that, fits perfectly. They are a tad stiff to start, but they don't hurt - they are just well made and not BS materials. They feel immediately comfortable inspite of the firmness however, so do not let that detract from your decision.

Keeping in mind that my use right now is entirely town / out , I do plan to eventually get them out on rock and such, but first I wanna just have one decent, clean pair of sweet kicks to have in town - and these look better than good for that.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

4 5

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

This is by far the most instantly soft & comfy, mid-weight style baselayer & shirt I own. I'd give it 5 stars it if only had thumb-holes, and its long enough to, so I have no clue what that feature is excluded...but its fine....its such a badass shirt that I don't care. 5-stars for what it is, tho 4 overall for lacking thumbholes. You can't go wrong with this one.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on August 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

This is a super well made pant and I'd keep it if it fit according to the sizing chart which reads 33 inseam. I'm 6'6'' and a perfect 33 inseam and these are crazily short, probably 2 entire inches.

I was also bummed not to see any zip pouches, just the standard stuff-falls-out-of-em pockets, so that was underwhelming but overall these look like had they fit I'd have kept 'em.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

5 5

Every now and then I find an awesome, worth-every-penny fleece and this is the one. I'm 6'6'' / 185lbs and I'm tough to fit but Norrona is all that for the taller side of things...I got the large and its pefect.

Its thick, cut perfectly, the hood is just right and wrist-gaiters / thumbholes absolutely perfect. My only complaints, minor are the thumbhole fabric began to come apart at the seams, right @ thumb "crotch" on both gaiters at exactly the same time and without intensive use yet (only 2 weeks of snowboarding) but rather than ship back overseas for a month and repair, I just sewed them back up myself...no other larges left in stock (why I can't figure out).

The only other gripe, again totally minor is that i HATE zip-up-to-close zippers as 1) it means you have to hold the bottom of the fleece w/ you hand to close it; 2) on this fleece those zip up right at your chest and the zippers look & feel like nipple rings, totally annoying. Last, if the main front zippers were positioned to point slightly inward vs. outward ,it would look way cooler (and be just as functional so thats slightly dopey, but the rest of the cut is sweet. I get complients on this thing constantly.

Last - its warm as hell. Really toasty coat, and I wear either a Norrona or Stoic jacket over top.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

I'm 6'6'' 185lbs got the XL: perfect layering, size-wise, over Norrona Warm3 fleece (THE BOMB). I love the larger pockets on the front vs. the softshell Trollveggen 1 which has only chest zips. However, no insulation inside this coat at all, so I must not have read that...for an extra $60, I was expecting insulation and stretch, so I'm not sure I'm gonna keep this. Insulation matters to me as I'm so thin. I was instantly bummed on looking inside of it and seeing quite a bit of sewing and "guts" that don't look that good and which actually do get snagged slightly and drag on my Warm3 fleece, so that was not entirely expected. I don't expect a work of art inside my jacket but this looks a bit like a flea market.

This is also semi-superficial - but the chest / front zippers are placed from inner chest to hip - zipping outward toward the hips, rather than inward toward zipper base. This outward zip-toward-the-hips look is TOTALLY DOPEY! For men (and again, pardon if this sounds superficial) you want to emphasize V-shape from chest to hips, not a pyramid shape - so oddly, the contrast in zips color on the chest makes it look like I have a pot-belly. Totally bizarre as I'm tall and in shape, very long...so to see that look on me looks so wrong. Norrona could just as easily slant the zips from the shoulder inward to the main-zipper and relocate the same-sized pocket w/ a much better, stronger looking effect.

Last - and this is perhaps slightly superficial - to me, chest zippers should zip DOWN to close not UP. Because these zip closed in the UP position - I feel like I'm wearing nipple rings with this! Ergonomically - this type of zip-up position means the pockets can OPEN during usage vs. staying closed if they zip down to close. These ergonomic items add up for me to be a likely return - however - I think this jacket is probably still major for its intended purpose which is largely not snowboarding (etc) that I'd be doing with it in the winter.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on January 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

YES, SHIRTS: I LOVED THE FIRST ONE SO MUCH I BOUGHT A SECOND ONE. I LOVE THAT THE SLEEVES ARE ARM-HUGGERS ON THIS ONE, JUST FEELS RIGHT. SUPER SOFT MATERIAL AND EVERYWHERE I GO PEOPLE ARE ASKING NOT JUST ABOUT BC.COM BUT THE SHIRT. PROUD OWNER OF TWO - SO KILLER.

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NotureBoy wrote a question about on December 22, 2012

WTH is wrong w/ BC.com for not keeping this awesomest of fleece-hoodies in stock? I shoulda bought 5 of them. This is ONE hoodie thats eternal. I love BC but seriously - shame on you guys for not continuing this line and/or maintaining something even close to it. So sad. So sad.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This hoodie looks a lot cooler than it fits or feels, not sure why - and that's only my take on it. First of all - the smell of this thing out of the bag was toxic...ugh.

I cannot stand hoodies / fleece that bunch up on you @ the waistband - who thinks that works? Esp after 2010. This one will pull my underlayer top out of my pants, so thats a huge bummer...constantly tucking that thing in. Makes you wonder if the people who designed it ever wore it...and why this type of 1980's type of elastic-style waistband is included.

I'll likely return it - it just has that dopey, dorky feel to it that makes me not feel right and conversely, feel retarded. Bad on you Oakley...this would be OK perhaps if the waistband wasn't permanent or if it could be let out slightly, varied. Bummed.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

2 5

Second Review: These are poorly madeI hate this - this is truly the most beautiful looking and most immediately comfortable boot I've ever seen and worn. But after my first pair disentigrated after minimal offtrail work (my primarily location) I wrote Patagonia, returned the boots and they cut me a check for the full amount. So I bought Pair #2 about 4 months ago.Sadly, I am having the very same problems only worse with the vibram - yes vibram sole coming off of BOTH soles near the toes - last time it was just one boot. This breaks my heart as they are still fully and as brand new - totally comfortable. And again - this is by far THE baddest ass looking boot style I've ever seen. But the sad truth is - Patagonia is using cheap materials in China (or wherever) to make this or my pair # 2 would not have self destructed even faster than pair #1.I would give this a one star but two is all I can go - and trust me, I'm not trying to diss Patagonia - I've never had such issues with any of their other gear. But there is simply no excuse for this. My only question now is - with how much I love the look, comfort but "know" the soles are going to shred off in just a few months, do I keep returning them, buy a new pair, return, buy, return...or just go with another boot? Problem is - there is just nothing out there that looks or fits the foot so well initially - these are IMMEDIATLY comfortable. But with the soles ripping off both pairs in just months - and with hardly any serious usage, I have to say that I'm shopping around.This is truly sad as again, there is just no better looking or instantly fitting boot I've ever worn. But I seem to have no other choice. Sorry shoppers - look elsewhere unless you get the lucky pair that doesn't tear up on you.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

4 5

I bought a pair of these in July 2008 and have worn them primarily in the woods vs. pavement, but am now on pair #2. I have a mixed review, as these are instantly the f-ing hottest looking (minor) but most comfortable, grippy, and good-fitting, good-feeling boot I've ever worn. I've never had so many people ask about my boots...and super comfy. However - after only several months, some of the rubber sole 'tabs' (grip more on the sides of soles) began to seperate, as was the rubber hold on the leather around the toe. Still...it all ultimately held until a few months ago (Sept/Oct 09) when sole sections started to tear off and one of the soles split east to west, cracked wide open. My last pairs of boots were Vasque & Scarpas - each about the same cost, but each lasting about 5 yrs. So - I called Patagonia and they said "thats not right" so I returned them - but they had none in stock and to their credit, they cut me a check for the original amount plus tax...sweet! So - I picked them back up on BC.com and am now enjoying ride #2, same killer boot and hopefully a slightly better result. I'm hoping pair #1 was a fluke, and I'll largely agree with AJ3 and other good reviews below. These boots also feature a killer 'rocker' or front to back 'kick' I can't quite describe when walking - feels amazing. Overall, this is the best looking and most comfortable boot I've ever bought - but if this pair F's up, I'll send back to Patagonia and buy elsewhere. I've only had good results from Patagonia - these guys have ethics too - an this is so far the only item I've put so much $$$ into that hasn't lasted for years - yet. One more chance guys...and I hope it works out because I won't buy again if these fall apart - and I'll ask for my money back to get Vasque's again and never look back. Problem is - there's just no boot (I've seen yet) that even compares to this instant comfort & style off the cuff...takes months to get boots to feel like these do out of the box.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Update 2 years later - still my favorite hoodie / fleece of all time and my only complaint is that BC doesn't sell it anymore so no replacment is possible when that day comes...bad decision Backcountry...shame on you.

This is THE most well designed, best cut, not-at-all poop-sack baggy and comfy fleece I've ever owned. The neck zip area is well designed - goes all the way to chin without gaps due to the hood - thus far less air gettin' in than the normal fleece, plus the hood is good though just shy of perfect. Only complaint is that the hood length should just go a bit more forward / down toward the forehead - i have a tiny head and the cinch-line ends just above my hairline, but not a big deal with a tobog on.

I'm starting my 3rd season on this fleece / hoodie and love it to death...its the single best ever.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

I had to return mine.

I really like the build and style of this model of prana's but they just didn't function for me. They are super well built, but the belt buckle is still the same (breakable) and not-easily slid - similar to the less expensive pants, and there are still no backup belt-loops if you bust the buckle. They are also a little thinner material than the less expensive pair (voyagers) i returned recently because the buckle broke while I was climbing ...not having the backup loops ended the climb - a true perfect day killer - gear failure.

They also have no back-left pocket which for me is critical (i know - this is picky) but I rely on all pockets. Sweetly though - all the pockets are zip style. The voyagers I sent back actually had better pockets for field books (for notes) on both back pockets, so I'll probably just buy that style again.

Still - overall these pants will serve any of you very well I think, just weren't quite my style. They are super comfy and I honestly think anyone would dig them....they fit well and cover boots well with perfect leg / cuff (?) openings at the base of the leg. This is a good product overall.

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NotureBoy wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

4 5

I'll start with my only complaint which is minor - Burton - PLEASE start making some sort of variable waist or tall sizes. If I wear a med, the legs are too short - large (which I have) the waist is too big, have to wear a belt.

That being said, they still fit well and probably the fattest snowboard pants I could ask for. Now...the season has yet begun, so actually, this is kinda useless, but I'll be doubling up snowshoeing, hunting, and just roaming about in the woods in them in winter, so I'm already stoked about them. I've always worn my board pants for general winter play anyway, these just happen to be the baddest.

Pockets are all excellent. Best of any pant I've had yet.

Overall - if they fit you well (I'm dealing with it) you'll love these.

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