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Outdoor Gear Head wrote a review of on March 5, 2011

4 5

I was looking for a stylish, super light weight yet super toasty insulator jacket to be worn under my Burton snowboarding jacket for those 20 degree and below snow days on the slopes.

I've tried on about a half dozen different down and synthetic fill sweaters, from North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, REI, etc. and the Salomon Minim was the warmest and best fitting.

The Minim is made out of Pertex Quantum nylon and uses Eldeven down, all super premium materials! The athletic cut fits perfectly! I hate the boxy look of some of the down sweaters I've tried on. The minim is not too boxy and too to tight...form fitting with enough room to easily move around in the jacket while wearing a base layer and t-shirt. I'm 5'10" 165lbs. and the large is what I wear. If you plan to layer something bulky underneath like a thick sweater, I'd size up.

My only complaints, and these are very minor, are that I wish the neck, when fully zipped, was a little roomier. I also wish there was some sort of soft/fleece lining for my chin when I fully zip up the jacket and the sleeves could be just a tad bit longer, but again, all of these are very minor issues in my book.

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Outdoor Gear Head wrote a review of on March 5, 2011

4 5

I've tried on nearly all Pro-tec and RED helmets and this one is the best one overall. It's super light, has RECCO, BOA to dial in a custom fit and windshield technology which is supposed to eliminate cold air from hitting that gap between the top of your goggles and helmet.

I'm a size 7 1/4 in New Era fitted caps. I wanted my helmet to be versitle to be worn alone or with a balaclava and the medium fits perfectly! Wearing without the balaclava, I just turn the BOA dial a few clicks to get a custom fit.

The best helmet I've owned so far.

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Outdoor Gear Head wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

4 5

I have not been able to use this balaclava out on the mountain yet so this review is only about fit and comfort. For your reference, I wear a 7 1/4 in New Era fitted caps.

I compared this one with the SmartWool (Item: SWL0380) and the Outdoor Research Helmetclava (Item: ODR0611).

The SmartWool is the best fitting. Fit is snug with no gaps, but not tight. I didn't go with the SmartWool because this one is best used as an insulator just like their thermal undergarments. In other words, it's best worn underneath an outer layer. Of the three balaclavas, this one is the thinnest and lightest. Wind will go through this one the easiest and this one will get soaked the quickest if exposed to blizzard snow storms.

I didn't go with the Outdoor Research Helmetclava (size M) for a number of reasons. 1) the seam of the mouth/nose section rides up too close to my eyes and pinches some of the skin near the bottom of my eyes which makes it a little uncomfortable. If I pull the mouth/nose section down more, it doesn't fit quite right and will eventually ride back up. The holes for mouth ventilation will work to reduce fogging, but then again these holes will allow for cold air to enter so there's a trade off.

I went with the MH Power Stretch Hardface because this one will work the best for protecting my face against the elements. I also like the hinge system for the lower section of the mask which makes it easy to pull down under my chin while still fully protecting my ears. My one complaint is that the top portiion of the hood is a little loose. It doesn't hug my forehead like the other two, but I'm going to be wearing a beanie or helmet anyway.

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Outdoor Gear Head wrote a review of on December 27, 2010

3 5

A Backcountry rep and Sessions customer service, Product Development dept. and Marketing dept. all said that these shorts are supposed to fit like compresson shorts...tight, body hugging fit.

I tried out two pairs of mediums and a small and none fit like compression shorts. The leg openings and body of the shorts are somewhat loose. The fit is true to size, so buy your normal size and disregard the sizing chart.

I couldn't even tell I was wearing padded shorts when I recently went to the mountain. I haven't crashed yet, so I can't say how well the pads protect one from injury.

Bottom line: Though I was expecting a compression short type of fit, these shorts are actually really comfortable and the padding is really low profile so you can't even tell you're wearing impact protection.

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