Roger Ault

Roger Ault

Roger Ault

Roger Ault wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

2 5

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

I have used this jacket several times in anywhere from 5 deg up to around 35 deg F. The jacket is quite thin and you can feel the cold through it but the wind does not get past the Windstopper.

My problem is the hidden zippers. Flimsy and too tiny to grab with gloves on. Mine hung on the hand pocket and the zipper is damaged. Returning with no intention of getting another. Instead I ordered a Sharp Point jacket that is discontinued. They should bring the Sharp Point out of retirement.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on October 18, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this for a Arcteryx Bora 65 pack. I bought the Med and when I received it I stuffed a few items in the pack just to fill it out so I could check the fit. Well it will cover it.....barely! Fully stuffed or with anything attached to the outside and it's a no-go. I already ordered a Large and will most likely return the Med.

The sizing is shown as a Med fitting a 60-80L pack so I figured it would easily accommodate my 65L bag. Don't be fooled the sizing is way small. Figure out what size it says you should get and order one size larger.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on September 29, 2013

Perfect backpacking boots
5 5

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

I initially purchased them because of the width. I should wear size 12US but normally have to purchase sz13US to get the width I need for my toes. I got sz47 (sz12.5US) and they fit perfectly. I was very pleased with the width of these.

I have put a little over 50mi on them so far. I did get a blister on my Achilles. I have not had a blister since those first few miles. Even after crossing creeks and walking in the rain with a 35lb pack I have had dry happy feet.

These truly are backpacking boots and not hikers. Great heavy duty support and Vibram soles for good traction. Add in comfort, Gore-Tex, full rand and beefy leather construction and it could possibly be the perfect boot.

They look a little rough in the photo but dry happy feet came out of them :)

**UPDATE**
After wearing these on recent vacation I now have about 130 miles on them. One thing I have discovered is that I can not use my green superfeet in these. It's no big deal because these boots are fine without them. My heel locks in the cup well and if I wear the inserts it raises my heel enough that I get a blister on my Achilles area. I have backpacked over rocks and through many streams and my feet have stayed dry inside and out. Temps were between mid 30's and mid 70's and I was always comfortable in them.

Of course everyone's foot is different but I am confident that if these fit your feet you will not be disappointed!

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on May 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Took this on my first ever hammock trip while backpacking overnight. It rained the entire trip so it was difficult to keep dry. I managed to stay dry and comfortable in my hammock with this tarp/fly. I just put all of my gear on a small tarp on the ground under me. The only nitpick I have is the guylines that come with it. They are very stiff and not the easiest to tie. I will probably replace them with 550 cord if it works with the tensioners (which are nice to have)

As others have said: Don't forget stakes. I actually take 8 stakes so I can backup each one with a second in soft ground or high wind.

I think this could make a decent tarp shelter also, but I haven't tried it yet. I have only used it over my hammock.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

1 5

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

I'm still kicking myself for letting one get away on here at over 70% off M.S.R.P. I still can't believe I hesitated!
I am 6' 260 and the XXL fits fine. I also own the Approach softshell and this one fits much better. The sleeves are a little bigger in diameter but still difficult to slide over a sweatshirt. The material is very stretchy and no wind gets through this thing. It still has a good water repellant so I'll see how it goes after that wears off. I breathes far better than a hardshell but you can easily sweat in it during high activity. The pit zips work well to vent.

All zippers have a flap to prevent wind from getting in and they work well. It has one spacious interior zip pocket and two HUGE zippered hand pockets. So huge that you could almost dayhike without an actual pack.

I have brushed around on some trees and so far nothing to show it.

I generally run hot but I was comfortable crawling out of my bag and donning this as well as a down sweater over a base layer in the low teens. I also had to vent it via opening the pit zips at 30* over a light base layer.

If something did happen to this one I would have to bite the bullet and pay whatever price for another one. I got mine at 40% off. YES it is that good.

UPDATE: Some stitching was coming out and had to exchange. With BC it's truly worry free shopping!!!

Unfortunately even the replacement has the exact same problem and Marmot doesn't offer a Windstopper softshell with pit zips any longer. Really stinks but I guess I won't be dealing with Marmot products any longer.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

5 5

I think most has already been said. I do see an additional use I haven't seen on here yet.

I like to wet mine (sz Small)and put it around my neck when it is really hot out. The evaporative cooling effect helps a lot. I can also use it to wipe my face and forehead occasionally for added effect.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

5 5

I actually considered getting a XXL for a weeklong trip to Colorado. We will be basecamping in a cabin in the mountains and doing several hikes and hopefully an overnight. I tend to pack more than I need for this type of thing. (I do a little better when I have to put it on my back:) I ended up going with an XL and had room to spare!

Be very careful and don't go overboard on size. Also I believe the XL can stay within size limit for checked bags on a plane (I have not tested this theory) But the XXL is definitely over the limit.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

4 5

I like the rear drawcord to adjust fit. I usually put the chin cord inside the hat before I put it on my head. If it is windy I simply pull the strap under my chin and adjust to fit.

The mesh breathes well and the sweatband works well to keep moisture out of my eyes.

My only suggestion would be to put a wire in the brim around the outside similar to what is found on technical rain jacket hoods.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on June 26, 2012

3 5

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

Picked these up off of Geartrade at a VERY good price. I don't buy used footwear but these were unused and had only damaged box.

I already own a pair of Lowa Baltoro boots that I love. I wish I had gotten a size larger in the Baltoro (I purchased sz 12)So I got these in sz 13. They are a great fit. My feet are quite wide in the toe area and I have a lot of trouble finding footwear that fits properly. My little toe does touch a little even in these but it is not a problem.

I received these on a Thursday and wore them the rest of that day plus 2 more days at work. I took off on Saturday evening to go on an overnight trip. We went in late Sat. evening and camped just a couple of miles in. Got up and took off the next morning with about a 30lb pack. About 1/2 of the weight was water which was nowhere to be found along the trail.

We were on the northern end of the Knobstone Trail doing the Spurgeon Hollow and Delaney Park loop. It is a very rugged trail with lots of ups and downs. Some steep climbs and descents for a hiking trail. By the time we got back to the car my GPS showed a total of 12.3 mi. By the end of the day I was tired but quite happy that my feet were in great shape. The PU midsole offers good support but not a lot of torsional resistance. Should be expected since these are not claiming to be backpacking boots. Vibram sole had good traction uphill and fair on the descent. Of course the Gore-Tex makes them a little hotter than non Gore-Tex but by being low shoes it isn't too bad. I will probably change the footbeds soon (never seen a stock footbed I cared much for) and treat them with DWR.

**UPDATE** After about 18 months these things were rotten! Tying the laces pulled the eye right out of the leather. I had checked on getting them resoled and the cobbler told me they reject a lot of these for resole because the uppers are too rotten to support it.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on March 7, 2012

4 5

There are a few things I don't care much for. First off I agree with leg4686342 about the pocket design. The top pockets are awkward. I don't mind the zip pockets but they cause the others to be in a weird position. Another is the single loop on the left side. Why no loop on the right? They also have a very low cut at waist which have me constantly trying to pull them up.

Great material. Nice leg design and length. I also like the positive latch on the belt that is unlikely to come loose unless I release it.

Overall a decent pant but not worth $109.95. Good thing they were on sale.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on December 22, 2011

3 5

I can't honestly give much opinion on function but the sizing would confuse anyone.

According to Gregory website:
Size Volume Weight Dimensions
XS 20-35 L
S 35-60 L
M 60-80 L
L 80-100 L
XL 100-120 L
The label on the one I just received says XS 55-65L. I ordered the XS thinking it would fit a 34L pack. I guess it is a good thing I own a 65L it will fit also.

If I was rating the experience of purchasing with all of the confusion I would give it a 1. The cover looks like it will do a fair job so I gave it 3.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on November 30, 2011

4 5

I picked one up about a year ago when the cheap knit cap I was wearing wasn't doing the job. This works great as far as keeping wind out of my ears and allowing my head to breathe. Works well down to around 20 deg Fahrenheit below that I use a MH dome.

If it would just go all the way over my ears it would be a perfect 5

Mine weighs 2.2oz.

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Roger Ault wrote a review of on October 20, 2011

4 5

Just got this a few days ago and love it for what it is. This not a high end performance shell (like my Marmot Exum Gore-tex 3L pro shell) This is more basic and works well for keeping me dry and comfortable.

I would suggest a double zipper - next to no weight or bulk gained for the added function.

I'm not sure I like the flaps on the pockets. They seem like a place water may gather and potentially leak.

I haven't had very good luck stowing the hood in the collar but maybe I'm not doing it quite right.

Pit zips are always a nice feature and the idea of venting through pockets is nice too.

Easily stows into left pocket also.

This is a great jacket to carry around "just in case" or on less technical activities. I would not even consider it for a week long adventure trekking. I would take it on trips that it may or may not be needed or on shorter journeys where there is little danger if it doesn't perform in extreme conditions.

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