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Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols

Portland, OR

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Hiking, biking (yes, both types), skiing, snowshoeing, exploring, getting lost, preferably followed by getting found.

Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols wrote a question about on September 23, 2011

Size question - I'm a skinny 5'11" 135 lbs, 30" waist - but would like to have something I can layer underneath for cold (skiing) and something that isn't too floppy for biking. Should I go Med or Small?

Also, how is this jacket for biking - does the fit allow for lower back coverage and are the arms cut to allow good handlebar reach? Does the hood easily fit over a ski or bike helmet?



Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols wrote a review of on May 14, 2009

4 5

These are pretty nice socks - quite thin but form to your feet well. The sizing is a little tricky - I am a men's 9 or 9.5 and the S/M is definitely big enough for me, especially with their stretchiness. For long hikes I might want something a little thicker in the heel, but these work well for biking too.




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Tom Nichols wrote an answer about on May 11, 2009

To some of your questions:
- I have bony clavicles, so I'd always go with wider shoulder straps
- No problem with gear coming out at the bottom of the zipper
- Water resistant is probably the best word. If you're in a downpour it's going to seep in, but a mist or light shower should be easily repelled by the fabric.
- Fabric feels thin (it is, and is light) but it is remarkably strong and durable. I've scraped boots and poles and snowshoe crampons against it and it doesn't look any worse for wear.
- No interior compression straps, other than the one at the top, but it's more of a front-to-back strap cover.
- Interior is one big bag, with a sleeve against the back sheet that you can stuff things in. The removable top pack is pretty big though.
- I get some squeaking somewhere in the back sheet pivot when I hike, it's a little annoying. Haven't figured out how to get rid of it.
- Overall, it's great if you want something light, well-built, and without a ton of bells and whistles. I'm happy with mine.