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River wrote a review of on May 5, 2013

4 5

I do love this lamp - it's so bright that my nighttime hiking in the mountains had never been so much fun before this! :) However the batteries do not last nearly 100 hours, but then again I always use the maxbright high setting and by the time the indicator light goes red, I recharge my batteries. So it could be just me. :) All being said though, I still believe this the coolest light out there as the batteries are not "weighing" on my head and in my pocket or clipped on my belt or in my pack, I don't feel any weight at all.

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River wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

5 5

I'm a long time SmartWool "convert" but thought I'd give these a try. The first "trial" didn't go very well as I was wearing my heavy winter hiking boots with these and developed blisters but then I realized that it "says" "running sock" for a reason so I tried them with my running shoes next on the treadmill and trail running and they turned out great! Make sure you use them "properly". :) Of course one can say that SmartWool is more "versatile" as I pretty much wear "any kind" of SW socks for anything - hiking, running, climbing - and never had any problems whatsoever. This said, still love those socks for "running shoe use". :)

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River wrote a review of on July 26, 2011

5 5

Of course it's too hot to wear this in this weather but I'm preparing for my winter mountain hikes and this is just the right hat. I also have a Smartwool beanie which I love as well. This hat feels really nice and warm - can't wait to use it when the cold weather comes around. :)

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River wrote a review of on July 26, 2011

5 5

I was a little afraid that this pack doesn't hold enough as I traded in my Arc'teryx Miura 50 because it doesn't have ski/snowboard carry and a is a bit large for me even in "short". It surprised me that this pack held my Nikon D200 with two lenses and a 60m rope plus some odds and ends for the dogs on the hike. The ski poles and snowshoes get attached outside, as does the crampons. It's so comfortable that I hardly feel that it's there - just like all Arc'teryx packs.

So if you are small in frame or height, get this pack. You won't be disappointed! :)

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River wrote a review of on April 22, 2011

5 5

When I first got it, I wasn't sure as it feels really "thin". I layered up (base and a soft shell under) and went out in a snowy-rainy day to the mountains. It really works. :) I wasn't wet at all the despite it being "thin", it held up and felt rugged in the back country. Will report back after the summer of its "performance" during a downpour or something like that. :)

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River wrote a review of on April 15, 2011

5 5

This is easily the most comfortable pack I've ever had - but then everyone agrees on this about Arc'teryx packs (okay maybe not everyone but I'd say most who've tried them). I carry more than 40 pounds regulars for 5-9 hours and can hardly feel it - certainly no back aches or should pain.

This is my first Arc'teryx pack after Deuter Futura and some other packs - thanks to Backcountry gear expert.

The roll top allows you to pile your gears in and if you want to take just your camera or water bottle out in the middle of a hike, you can simply use the full sized side zip - I couldn't believe how much easier it was in the freezing rain yesterday. :) I would venture to say that I'd stay with Arc'teryx although it's more expensive: worth the price.

The of course the pack is made of really tough material and the zippers look sturdy.

Miura is not supposed to be a winter pack (they've got Silo for that - which I'm still consider buying for next winter) but I was able to use the front straps for my snowshoes and I clipped a couple of small 'biners to the gear loops and put my crampons there. I'm pretty sure you can carry your skis and snow board too with a bit imagination. But of course Arc'teryx has the silo line for winter but I want the "big" load size as I've got tons of stuff for me and the dogs including ropes (one of my Dobe got herself into a tree hole of 8-feet plus deep and required rope and pulley) so I got Miura first.

If you want a solid, comfortable pack and one that is easily accessible without having to take all your stuff out to get to that water bottle, get this! :)

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River wrote a review of on April 15, 2011

5 5

I ordered these AND the side zip ones (also by The North Face) to try as I didn't know which I'd like more so the gear expert thought I should try both. It turned out that I like these much better. It's one piece with a drawstring so it's easy on, easy off and very little possibility of "trouble". Went out with them yesterday for a 9-hour hike in the drizzle, worked great.

The side zip was a good idea "theoretically" in order to take them on and off without having to take off your winter boots but in practice it's a lot of zips and velcro tapes to take care of in the freezing cold outside - might as well take off your boots. :) And if you are indoors when you put them on, then you don't need the side zip. And in the long run, zippers and Velcro could get stuck or lose their "function" (Velcros get dog hair or other stuff stuck on them and such) so I am keeping these and return the "fancier" side zip ones.

Bottom line - if you need rain gear or waterproof pants, get these! :)

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