Wasatch Mountains, Central Oregon Cascades
I don't own the Allure and I'm not a girl, but I have a nice snug fitting helmet with decent insulation. When it gets super cold, I use a good, reasonably hi-tech form fitting beanie like the Mountain Hardware Zerna. The Zerna fits snugly so it works great under a helmet. It's got some holes by the ears so not all sound is blocked out. The Zerna is very wind resistant and I wear it alone all the time too. It comes in two sizes so it's not just some lame "one-size-fits-all" that rarely does.
The fill rating refers to the quality of the down - specifically how much air the down traps, or its insulating capability. If you are comparing similar temperature rating for the 600 and 800 fill, the 800 fill will be several ounces lighter due to the high insulating power. But you pay for it. I see what you mean though - for the 3 season bag the Sierra Design website gives a 3 degree warmer rating for the 600 than 800 - but it is 9 ounces heavier, which is pretty significant and consistent with the 800 fill having better insulating properties.
I don't have these exact ones, but have another pair of 95% merino wool mittens. They wash up fine on gentle wash in cold water. I use Woolite. I tumble dry on low heat but remove them while still a bit damp. Don't put a fabric softener in the wash or use one of those fabric cloths in the dryer as that can result in a coating on the wool fibers and affect performance.
Straps - at least that's how I use them (I've got a bit of a dry bag fetish). You can strap them down to a kayak deck, side of a pack,... and not worry if it will slip out.
This monitor will not give you that information. For more detail: http://www.suunto.com/m2fuchsia/
Something about being a long time fan of BC.com makes me just gotta have a goat T! But if the T was just OK, I'd have bought one and be done with it. I have both the Kelly Green and Imperial Purple and the colors on the web are true to color (at least with my monitor)... nice bright green and more subdued purple. Also bought one for my dad to wear to the gym and he loves the attention the goat gives. Why keep buying these? Because the 50-50 cotton polyester is a great combo for goofing off outdoors and is super comfortable. Has a great fit. Wears well and easy to hand wash when away from modern conveniences. I'd say the fit is maybe slightly large. Go with your regular size but if you generally find yourself between two sizes go with the smaller.
Yes, Garmin has done a good job with their apps for osx and ios.
You kind of lost me somewhere along the way, but while you are waiting for someone to send you replacement soles you should invest in a pair of "Cat Tracks." Easy to slip on and off, totally protect the sole of the ski boot, and are cheap. A great investment. And you won't have to beg to get a new pair of boot soles anytime soon again.
They would.... until the strap going under the sole broke, which in my experience wouldn't take too long. Mountain Hardware makes a strapless gaiter that would work better. If you are hiking in "low top" shoes, Dirty Girls (www.dirtygirlgaiters.com - shown in picture) makes a nice simple gaiter that keeps the scree and pebbles out. The DG gaiter attaches to the back of the shoe/boot with velcro - which is supplied that you apply - so you can use it with higher top boots by proper placement of the velcro. Picture below is the DG on a running shoe (I have no association with DG!)
I've become a real fan of more minimal trail running shoes since trying on my first pair a bit over a year ago. It's true what they say about naturally resulting in more efficient stride and using body mechanics to more naturally propel you. Now for the review: this shoe is very comfortable - like a slipper, but still provides good foot protection and traction. I use it exclusively for trail running of distances of up to 15 miles. The side support overlay is pretty minimal but that hasn't been a problem. Breaths well. My one complaint is I would like a bit more support in the heal. The heal support overlay is a piece of synthetic material that wraps around the heal. It is tacked into place with just a few stitches. Not sure why NB didn't give it a more sturdy sewing job. It wouldn't have increased weight and may give a bit more support. I find the heal a bit loose when running down hill and off camber. Never gotten a blister but have had some hot spots from the heel sliding. I've run a couple of trail 1/2 marathons in these shoes and overall I'm very satisfied.
Not sure what Lofoten jacket you bought, but I have two styles - originally ordered L, but way too tight, so got XL - good fit, but quite form fitting in both. Then I ordered a Lyngen (the Primaloft 60 - not the Dryflex you are looking at), and I swam in a XL so got the L - perfect fit but still looser than the Lofoten. Not having tried the Dryflex, I can't say for sure, but seems like a safe bet that the cut of the Lyngen style is roomier than the Lofoton, in general. Maybe someone else can be more definitive, but that is my experience. Bottom line - the XL Dryflex may be a good fit for you. In any case, you can always send it back. Worth the try since Norrona gear is so awesome when you get the right fit.
There are quite a few decent inexpensive, no frills headlamps out there. This is one of them. This headlamp has plenty light for hiking/jogging along trails in the dark, although if you have to do any real navigation you are going to want something that puts out a stronger beam. The two modes - high/low - are perfectly sufficient for a simple headlamp that you want around camp or non-technical wandering in the dark. Nice and light. So everything is pretty much standard and what you would expect from a simple, decent, inexpensive headlamp.
Now for the frustrating: This light has a "double click" feature to turn it on. That is, you have to press down on on the "on" button twice in RAPID succession to turn the light on. Supposed to prevent the light from accidentally turning on. Unfortunately, if your hands are cold or otherwise weakened, it is REALLY hard to get to "good" clicks in quick succession. I was on top of Grandeur Peak as it got dark, and it took me dang near forever to get the light to come on. The instructions with the light say you have to press twice within 1 second to turn light on. Ha! - try more like 1/2 second or less. Impossible to do with a pair of gloves on. And really hard with cold bare hands.
So if you are going to be in warm weather - no gloves - no cold fingers, then this will fit the bill. This is good enough for me to keep - It's in with my summer gear, but I wouldn't buy it again. If you like the safety feature and have good dexterity in all conditions, then this is just fine. But I don't see this lamp turning on accidentally - never happened before with any light I have had.
To begin, anything with a goat on it starts with four stars - just because. Then we work and up down from there. I'm 6'3", size 11.5 shoe and the L fits great and comes over the top of the calf. I love looking like a stylin' dork so I like to wear them with a pair of studly looking capris compression tights
(check out CW-X Stabilyx 3/4 Length Tight). Ok, in men's they call them "3/4" compression tights.
Well really, only part of the time do I wear these socks with my manly 3/4 compression tights. For the most part, no one sees these because they are inside my ski boots and then under a pair of ski pants. So getting to the review - I have used only two pair (cause of the deal BC.com gave at their retail store if you bought 2 pair!) all winter (true). I got both colors (true) and even though no one sees them most of the time, they make me feel fabulous! (a bit of an exaggeration) I did a trip to Maine and had one pair and wore them every day for a week (true). I'm pretty sure people sensed something intriguing about me (wishful thinking). Made of Merino wool, I didn't gross anyone out - most importantly me (true). They are super comfortable (true). And they appear to have a lot of life left in them (true). They have all the other good attributes - particularly good wicking which keeps the feet warm - although at -10 F in Maine I did need to throw some foot warmers in my boot. Who wouldn't? So, given the goat logo, long wear, comfort, and the fact that you can forget - or ignore - to wash them for a week or more, they get the 5th star. Thanks BC.com!
Tyvek is cheap, light and durable and will protect the floor of your tent. I use it all the time. Just set up your tent, measure where the poles meet the ground, and put in a few grommets, which will make it to fit. And related to what David said, taper the material in slightly between the grommets to prevent water from collecting under the tent. On a side note - I once ran a 100 mile race in rain and snow in a tyvek suit. What an awesome material!!!!
This is a great car-camping, outdoor chair. Packs up great - see review below.
If you liked the original Raptor, you'll like these. These are a quite rugged shoe, great for rocky, steep technical running as well as backpacking. Comparing to the original raptor, the sole, tread, and plastic heal support are identical. The vinyl and plastic side support on the upper is slightly different, but not noticeable in feel or function. The mesh upper material appears to be different. Hopefully this will be an improvement over the original Raptor where a very common and frustrating point of failure was the mesh ripping away from the toe guard. The shoe is comfortable and feels a lot more nimble than it looks. There is plenty of room in the toe box for my wide forefoot. The shoe has great foot protection and it handles sharp rocky terrain as well as any shoe I have tried. For most trail running I do I prefer a lighter shoe (e.g., Helios) But the Raptor is the shoe I use when I am going to be on the trail all day. The sole also lasts much longer than the Helios or Vertical K.
I'd definitely go 1/2 size up (12)
Tim, I run in these all the time - mostly when I go out for several hours on the trail. The chamois is completely unnoticeable so that is no problem. Totally comfortable and never any chaffing. As for size, going with their sizing chart, I am at the low end of Large and they fit very snuggly so you might be able to get away with a medium.
I ordered an XS in cadmium green as a Christmas gift for a friend. She loves the fit and shapely look when on. It is her favorite of many winter coats. The nylon shell material is very different but in a good way--it feels very soft and warm to the touch as opposed to the gore tex type fabric used on most down parkas. The size runs a bit small. I would buy this product again for sure.
I bought these as light weight running tights. Nice snug attractive fit from top to bottom. The ankle zips make entry very easy. The zippers look sturdy enough. Overall, the tights look like a higher quality than expected from the price. The small pocket on the inside of the waist band is perfect for a couple bills but nothing larger.