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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

4 5

I tried the Patagonia down sweater first, and it felt more like Fatagonia it was so bulky. Switched to the Zeus and fit is much better. The only thing I don't like about the jacket is the pull ties for tightening the waist are at the front (by the front zipper). I normally buckle by powerstretch gloves together on the pull tie along the side, so I don't do this with the Zeus since it would look funny having gloves hanging down near my crotch.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

1 5

I purchased two Smartwool merino liners, one from a local shop and another from Backcountry a few days later. The same day the one from Backcountry arrived, I washed the one from my local shop. Followed all instructions and washed on gentle cycle with low heat dryer. The pair came out unraveling at the ankle seams. Exchanged that at the local shop for a second pair which came out of their first washing with a huge rip in the seat (and it wasn't even on the seem). I thus decided to return the unused pair to Backcountry and go with Icebreaker instead. I live in the town of Smartwool's HQ and emailed in my issue but haven't heard anything back in a week. This is quite disappointing to see the "hometown team" have this problem. For now, I'd stay away from this product.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

3 5

I love the wool liners on this version (as opposed to the regular heli mitt or other Hestra models with the extremely thick, overly warm polyester lining). The wool liner on this mitt is thinner and thus should be quicker to wick sweat after removing the shell. I just wish it had the velcro to attach to the mitt shell's wrist like most other gloves (including the regular heli mitt) do. After several attempts removing and reattaching the mitten, the wool liner would get so bunched up inside the shell that it was uncomfortable. Back to Backcountry.com these went.

Regarding the Hestra wrist cuffs, I originally hated the idea but after trying the gloves out for 15 minutes or so walking around outside and taking them on/off, I came to appreciate the cuff concept.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on February 13, 2012

3 5

I love the wool liners on this version (as opposed to the regular heli mitt or other Hestra models with the extremely thick, overly warm polyester lining). The wool liner on this mitt is thinner and thus should be quicker to wick sweat after removing the shell. I just wish it had the velcro to attach to the mitt shell's wrist like most other gloves (including the regular heli mitt) do. After several attempts removing and reattaching the mitten, the wool liner would get so bunched up inside the shell that it was uncomfortable.

Regarding the Hestra wrist cuffs, I originally hated the idea but after trying the gloves out for 15 minutes or so walking around outside and taking them on/off, I came to appreciate the cuff concept.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

What the heck is wrong with Salomon sizing?
5 5

I rated these boots as 4 stars because the boots are great (my second pair) once you find the right size. Salomon has a serious math problem with their sizing charts.

My old Salomon boot tongue said 12.5 shoe size, 30CM. I wanted a bit smaller fit so I ordered a 29CM, which backcountry.com said was an 11 shoe size. I only wanted to go down one shoe size (to an 11.5), but figured 1 CM was a good enough decrease. I got the boot and the box says a 29 CM is a 10.5 shoe size instead of 11. I agree with the box, as the 29 CM was a tad bit too short for me. How can my first pair of boots be 30 CM = 12.5 shoe size and now the box says 30 CM = 11.5 shoe size. I understand the mondo sizing system and such, but Salomon's box and boot tongue say CM and are in conflict with each other. It's crazy that to downsize one shoe size, I needed to order the exact same CM size as before (30). Very confusing, and caused me several shipments back and forth with backcountry.com to figure out this issue. Of course, backcountry.com took care of me and got me the right boot, but I feel bad they had to spend money on Salomon's issue.

Picture below shows the old boot tongue, new boot tongue, and Salomon box...all in conflict with each other.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

4 5

Got this bag because I have one of their golf bags...glad I did. Held up well for a couple trips. I would definitely recommend Ogio over a Burton bag. Burton's quality is absolute crap the past several years.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

4 5

I just ordered my second pair of these, replacing the first which was 2 seasons old and had worn a hole through the leather. I would've expected these to last longer than 2 seasons (although I lived in Steamboat and got a lot of heavy use on the mountain). Even with the short life, they were so warm that it was worth it to me to purchase another pair.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote an answer about on January 23, 2009

They're not "Gore Tex" brand, but they are plenty waterproof using North Face's own brand treatment. After all, it's all the same chemistry right? Mine held water out solid for one heavy use season. I treated them with waterproofing at the beginning of the next year (my yearly ritual), so not sure if it was needed or not, but I always do.

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SteamboatConsultant wrote a review of on October 1, 2007

5 5

Like every other piece of Mountain Hardwear equipment, I am very impressed. The PAC-LITE material is very lightweight, and although I haven’t tried this out on the slopes yet, I was camping a few weekends ago and endured a heavy downpour with this jacket repelling every little bead of water.

I bought my first Mountain Hardwear jacket about 10 years ago. After 5 years of heavy use, I ripped it while wiping out on some heavy rocks under powder. I mailed the jacket to Mountain Hardwear, who not only repaired the rip under warranty, but gave me a call and said that for $30 more, they would replace all the fabric panels on the jacket’s exterior (basically giving me a brand new jacket). The folks at MH are awesome, you can call them for advice, get great warranty service (and beyond), and even custom tailoring (which I normally do to extend length since I’m 6’2).

This jacket is worth 3X it’s price, because it will last you 6X longer than most.

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