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Tom.wrote a review of on January 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm pleased with the jacket, but I find it too long. Rather than repeating the other reviewers who said a lot of good things, and with which I agree, I just wanted to point out one negative.

The jacket feels too long -- it doesn't have enough range of motion. When I'm carving down a wide slope, the jacket "hangs up" on my butt and doesn't let me crouch/assume lower position. I'm finding myself constantly pulling up the jacket to be at my waist, and then it's perfect. It's enough of an annoyance that I'm considering getting another jacket... but the construction and fit and utility is otherwise excellent.

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Tom.wrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been riding Malamutes for about 10 years, and that first pair finally started wearing out. They're still going strong, but they're getting softer and one of the boot tongues separated from the liner. The 2016 Malamutes look just as well built, and are very stiff. I ride bigger boards (180cm +) and need a boot that is stiff enough to drive the board, and flexible enough to allow for good range of motion.

Worksmanship: Very good. Everything feels beefy and solid.

Flex: Very stiff. At first I felt like I was riding in plastic boots again, but taking out the liner stiffeners made it perfect. I'll put the stiffeners back in when the boots soften up a bit. I used the boots both for carving a 192cm board on groomers, and for driving a powder board in tight trees on powder days, and the boots performed well.

Fit: The new liner lacing locking system is neat and keeps the laces tight throughout the day. Even with the cross-the-foot strap my heel isn't perfectly locked into place, but it's close. Laces on the outer boot are super long, and I plan to trim them down as to avoid extra cordage hanging around.

On the overall, I'm very pleased with the new Malamutes and would recommend them. Although I only had them out four so far, I'm treating them as an upgrade of the previous boots I've ridden for 10 years now...

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Tom.wrote a review of on September 7, 2014

5 5

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

This is a great jacket. I just got back from a week of fly fishing in Alaska, and wore this jacket 10+ hours every day. I also did a lot of SUP fishing with it in the midwest during the summer's rainy days, when it was pretty warm and humid. It is comfortable, it has a great hood, and I loved all the side zips to keep me from sweating. It rolls up fairly small, is pretty quiet, and I couldn't be more pleased.

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Tom.wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

See my review of the Metalhead boots for more info. I found these soles to be very poor in mossy freestone rivers -- e.g. Eagle or Arkansas rivers in Colorado. They slip a lot, don't stick at all, and I took my first two falls with them. They work fine for hiking or riding a bike to the river...

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Tom.wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like these boots a lot -- I've fished in them for some 10-12 days now, and here are my initial impressions:

BOA: I really like this system -- it makes it very easy to put the boots on and to take them off. I am looking forward to using them in the winter, hoping that it won't ice up like my regular laces do. I am not able to get the boots as tight as I did with laces -- I get to a point where it's pretty hard to spin the wheel, and I'm afraid of breaking it.

Fit: I wear 10-10.5 street size, and the size 10 Korkers were the ones that fit. I tried 11's and 12's, thinking that with the waders I need to go up a size. I almost made the 11's work with an extra insole, but the BOA didn't let me crank it tight enough. Go with your street size.

Kling-on rubber: very poor. I tried it out on the Eagle River (CO), and feel twice in the first hour. The rubber soles don't stick to anything. But I'm guessing they'll work well for hiking and for sandy creeks in WI.

Felt sole: pretty good. It still slides around mossy rocks, but works much better than the rubber.

Studded felt sole: best choice. I used this on the Green River (UT), Arkansas (CO), Yampa (CO), and it worked great everywhere.

The outer sole is glued to an orange plastic, and that plastic seems poor quality. One of my rubber soles cracked while being removed (Backcountry.com already replaced it), but I see hairline cracks in the other soles, just from regular use.

Since soles are so easy to swap, I'm using the rubber sole to hike/motorcycle to the river, and then swapping to studded felt for actual fishing.

On the overall I'm very pleased with the boots, now that I found the size that fits me. The sole interchange system is good, and I look forward to trying out the Svelte sole when it comes out too.

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