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Seldom Seen

Seldom Seen wrote a review of on August 6, 2011

4 5

This is a good pack for a laptop with room for accessories and a a couple books. This pack is not for day hikes. It's really "a briefcase for the back". The Blade 15 is very well constructed; using heavy duty materials and solid stitching. It's also great looking with a nice slim profile. Not bulky at all. This will easily fit a 15" and probably a 17" MacBook but with my 13" I find it slips vertically (or horizontally if laying on it's side) as there is no way to adjust the width. There is a suspended pocket secured by a velcro strap which keeps the computer from flopping side to side-but this doesn't do anything about the width of the computer so whereas as a larger laptop fits well, the 13" has more than three inches to move from side to side (or, if on your back, to slip to the bottom of the pack). I could see this as problem if the pack were dropped as there really isn't that much padding. To prevent this from happening I added some thick foam beneath the suspended pocket and more on both sides. The computer still can slide but there is now added protection which I think this pack needs. It would be nice if Arcteryx added velcro straps to the sides to adjust for smaller laptops.

I really like the design. It has a useful handle on top and one on the side (so you can carry like a briefcase). Unlike most day packs-which open from the top-the Blade 15 has two zippers along the side-one for the laptop and one for papers, books etc. It has an easily accessible front pocket for power supply, mouse and pens. There is also a hidden pocket on the back for wallet or keys.

This pack is not cheap for laptop pack but unlike some packs for half the price-this one will not be falling apart in a year or less. This pack is built to last a lifetime. It's really well made. Arcteryx quality all the way. I love the brown (Totem). Great looking pack. well made, feels good to wear or just sling over my shoulder. I really like the handles which make pulling out of the car convenient.

The only negative is that I don't see any way to prevent my 13" laptop from sliding around inside. even though the computer is technically suspended I don't think it offers shockproof protection against a major drop. I'm glad I had some foam to add as I feel much better about slinging it around now.

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Seldom Seen wrote a review of on August 5, 2011

Comfortable Light Hiker
5 5

I use to think all light hiking shoes were pretty much the same; until I spent a few full days wearing these on the trail! After shopping around and trying over 10 different brands I finally found the Scarpa's which seem to fit my foot best. Scarpa uses European sizing, so a 43=10. The cool thing about the Scarpas is that they also have half-European sizing so thus a 43 1/2= a U.S. 10 1/3. Just perfect if you like a thicker sock or need just a tad more room.

The Scarpa sole (25% recycled material) is quite aggressive (for a light hiker) and very grippy, whether on granite boulders, loose sand or the biggest slipper; sandy gravel-on-granite. These babies take hold. Great shoe for long day hike up and down rocky trails or just a short strut through the woods. A dream on rocky trails. Excellent cushioning and ample foot protection against sharp rocks; laterally stable. While this is technically an excellent shoe-it's also great looking. Nice soft synthetic suede (40% recycled) feels like the real thing-but doesn't collect dirt the way leather does. Nice mesh where it counts (29% recycled). Pretty much the rest of the shoe is 70-100% recycled materials. The GoreTex lining is awesome. I stepped on-what I thought was mud-and sank almost to the top of the shoe in a puddle of water. My foot remained totally dry and the outside repelled the water like , well "water on a duck". The styling is the best I've seen and the fit is right-on. Runs fairly true to size-on the narrow side-definitely not for a wide foot.

Overall a really nice day-hiker that I've already put over 50 miles on. I'm glad they come in half-european sizes. Makes for a customized fit.

UPDATE: 9 mos. later this shoe is a champ. Holds up extremely well. Totally waterproof, cleans easily and the sole is as good-or better-than a Vibram. Only complaint i would have is it's not as breathable as I'd like, but still a perfect shoe for long hikes (not backpacking) or just kicking around town.

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Seldom Seen wrote a review of on August 1, 2011

5 5

Great shorts. Sturdy, yet lightweight material (47% cotton/40% Polyester/13% Nylon). Soft and supple yet durable (feels like super soft cotton). Great everyday short or for the trail. Fits true to size. I normally wear a 33 or 34 waist and tried the 32's (way too tight) and the 34's, which fit perfectly. Great for skinnier legs as they are not "baggy" or flare out at the bottom. Nice slim profile. I'm 6' 2" and they fall just above my knee. I wish they came in more colors. My all time favorite shorts! I hope they make 'em again next year. I want more!

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