Ted Catranis

Ted Catranis

Appalachian Trail, Colorado 14ers, avid hiker

Ted Catranis's Bio

Always training for something. Love the outdoors and adventure. Also love training. Many time use trail hikes and runs for very hard training.
Ski 60 days/ year, avid hiker, train hard on bikes, always seeking more challenge.

Ted Catranis

Ted Catranis wrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34/30

I purchased these after returning Columbia Titan Peak Pants. These and very well constructed. Good pockets. Fit is good. They provide just enough room in the legs. I am an athletic and avid hiker. I enjoy being able to move fast. The Columbia were too snug. These seemed to fit my legs much better.
These North Face pants are now my durable go to pants.
With the legs attached, they were plenty of pants for cooler days.

I would like to see two improvements. The belt is not very useable. If you are going to thread a belt through the waist, make it more substantial. I would personally like to see at least one more belt loops. I like using a belt.
I like these pants.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I am a very athletic hiker and climber. These pants appear to be well made and functional. But they are too snug in the legs. If you have thinner legs, they may work well. I had to return them. Don't get me wrong. They are a good pant. I just like a little more movement.
Sizing seems good except in the leg.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Merrill has made a good, all around hiking shoe. I use the Ventilator and tend to avoid GTX. GTX can get water inside and take forever to dry. My Ventilators work well and dry quickly. They will work reasonable well even on hotter days.
I believe the Moab has recently improved it sizing by a millimeter up front. I can now use my choice of after market footbeds (Spenco) without going to a larger size. Previously, they were clearly smaller than size, but now they may be approaching true to size. Merrill makes good shoes, but the Merrell footbeds are worthless.
It is very soft and flexible. It will work well as a daily trainer on shorter hikes and trail running. It is not on the more durable side like the La Sportive Boulder X, but it is not designed for that. It is a "use right out of the box" comfortable shoe. If you would like a more detailed comparison, check out my comparison review to the La Sportiva Boulder X here on Back Country.
I have gotten many miles on my last couple purchases before serious damage appeared.
I tend to blister, but have had no issues with the Moab. Make the shoe snug on the way up, but tight on the way down to avoid issues.
I am an active hiker, trail runner and climber.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 44 (10.5)

The La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe is a well built, sturdy and very useable shoe. After testing the shoe in a variety of trails and mountains, I have found this shoe to be my new go-to shoe for my performance days. I will compare this to the Merrell Moab Ventilator to give a clearer understanding(because it is a well known shoe by many people including myself). I am an experienced and active hiker and climber.

Cushioning: The Moab feels very soft cushy, but under closer inspection that may be because there is simply less and softer cushioning. The Boulder X has slightly thicker and more useful cushioning. The softness of the Moab can lead to foot movement under hard use. In the X, my foot did not experience that annoying sliding which an lead to ankle problems. But many people will enjoy the softness of the Moab.

Fit and sizing: I believe the Moab sizing was corrected over the last year or so. Previously, I could not use an after market footbed without going to a larger size. I can now use the footbed (Spenco is my choice) while also using my correct size (10.5). The Boulder X sizing is a more useful size for me. A 10.5 is actually sold as a 44, which gives you an extra millimeter. But the X is slightly more narrow up front. That could be an issue. I like a wide forefoot and after market footbeds. I could not use the Spenco footbed in the X. But, I am surprised that the original footbed in the X is the first useable one I have seen. I just added a small amount of mole skin under the arch and I am happy.

Flex and Movement: The Moab is very flexible. But you quickly find that it may be too flexible for some serious trails or mountains. The Boulder X seems to have flex points in just the right spots. I was able to move very easily and quickly with the X.

Grip: The X is clearly better. The Boulder X gave me good grip on all rocks. Remember, always be careful while descending on wet rocks. The Moab is average in grip on dry rocks - there was little grip on well worn or wet rocks. The Moab sole will last for many miles. I personally need the kind of grip found on the X.

Comfort: I thought the Moab would always be better here due to the softness and flex. But I am very taken by the X. It is plenty comfy and still very useable on the trail.

Break-in: The Moab has essentially none or very little. But it is too soft. The Boulder X had very little break-in time. I am a blister king and have had no problems with the X break-in at all.

Weight: The claimed weight for the Boulder X is an ounce, or so, heavier per shoe than the Moab. Seriously, I never noticed it. I have used the shoes on mountains and trails. I have also used it for trail running. The weight was never an issue or even noticed. That may be because the X rolls and flexes at the right places. The Moab is just plane soft everywhere.

Construction: Both are well made. But the X clearly is a more durable shoe. You will have fewer issues on rocky mountainous terrain. They did a good job making the X.

Both shoes are very good, depending on the application. I enjoy using the Boulder X more that the Moab and am now converted. The Moab is still my daily shoe for light training. The X is my shoe for serious days and serious mountains. You will not be frustrated with your purchase. I would like to see the La Sportive Boulder X give a millimeter of added width up front, but so far it is good. Most people will not have an issue with it. My feet are a bit wider up front.

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After even more mountain use, I am finding myself catching the toe on one of my shoes. I switch between different shoes, so that could be related to a slightly longer toe. I have also turned a ankle (no sprain issues at all) a couple times. I seem to need to tighten the shoes very much to gain precise control on the downward route.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on April 18, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I was careful to order the right size, but these are incredibly small. They are a full inch shorter than anything else I own that is the same size. I cannot even get my foot into it. I cannot understand how this happened.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on March 19, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Received excellent service from Backcountry staff, very quick and secure shipment. Good job Backcountry.

The jacket is real nice, but not what I need or expected. I am returning it.
Mammut states regular cut. It is not. I am 5'9, 175, very athletic, large. A regular cut should permit movement and layering. It is a trim athletic cut - one thin layer under at most.

Comparing this to my TNF Apex Bionic, the Mammut material is thinner. Possibly the Windstopper material works that much better. But I cannot wear it to find out. It is just too close fitting to layer. My Bionic, though much less expensive, has been used heavily for ski patrol for at least three years. I was seeking a similar jacket with another two inches of length and a hood.

The Mammut Ultimate Alpine is a great jacket if you want a trim fit. I recommend climbing and hiking, but not skiing. I had my hopes too high.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on May 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I wore the radius for over ten years and now am finally changing to the Moab.
I used them around the house and town for a few days to get accustomed to them. So far, I did a few short hikes (4 - 7 miles). Seems like a good shoe. They feel quick and agile. Traction may be slightly less than the Radius. They were noticeable slightly less grippy on wet rocks.

I like the shoes in many ways including agility when hiking.

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Ted Catranis wrote a review of on July 7, 2009

5 5

Ii have tried many packs and have always found Osprey Atmos pack to be a good choice. This Osprey Atmos 35 is very good for what I need. I was looking for a comfortable pack, in the 2000 ci range. It has enough to be very functional. Water system storage is good. Good pockets. Excellent suspension which really does work to bring some cooling. The waster battle pockets on the side are a good size.
Good pack for day, long day, and overnight.

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