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Urtywrote a review of on January 10, 2016

Functional, but a bit small
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was very excited to get this pack for a 3 day backcountry overnight ski-tour near Aspen (Fritz hut trail, 5mi, 2,000 ft). I am 5'5" with a torso length of 18.5" and shoulder to shoulder of about the same. According to the sizing from Deuter, this pack should have fit me well.
This pack organizes and holds equipment well. I like the side pocket to access my water bottle and snack sack easily. I agree with others, a pouch on the waistbelt would be a good addition. I had 40lbs on the pack with my shovel and probe lashed to the outside using the loops. I also had the pack expanded to 48L.
The trek to the hut was a bit uncomfortable with the pack. The waist belt didn't sit well around my pelvis and continued to rise above the iliac crest. If I loosened the arm straps to get the pack to sit lower, the pack would feel too far away from my back, even if the pack straps were cinched to keep it near me. The shoulder straps are narrower with soft cushiony fabric on the edges. Unfortunately with 40lbs, the shoulder straps felt like thin ropes on my collar bones and required frequent adjustments.
On the bright side, this pack worked well during day tours when it wasn't loaded to 40lbs.
I had the opportunity to see the Deuter reps at the OR winter show. They said this pack appeared to fit me well with the 11lbs they put into it, but, when I tried the men's version of the guide, it fit my torso much better. The shoulder straps are wider and the waist belt was more comfortable because it didn't seem to shift as much when I was walking around.
Overall a good pack for the right body type. I plan to get the men's version if Backcountry gets them in stock.

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Urtywrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I work in remote settings and often have to hike to get to where I need to be, and our uniform requires black shoes. I have coworkers who wear bulky EMS boots, but I love how easy I can get in and out of these shoes. These shoes are perfect because they are light and grippy. I'm never afraid of losing my footing when carrying heavy items. I have also taken them on European walkabouts without any troubles.

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Urtywrote a review of on December 29, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

The color and design are great. On the uncomfortable side, the arms fit too tight. Not a dress for you if you have climbing arm muscles or broad shoulders. Became very uncomfortable around the elbow nooks after a night of wearing.
Unfortunately, Backcountry has changed their return policy and I took too long to return the item:( I'll sell it to you!!

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Urtywrote a review of on April 9, 2013

2 5

I loved this jacket at the beginning of the 2012-13 season. It's a great shell, kept the wind out! Even though the wrist gaiter thumb loops seemed to be stiched in the wrong place, meaning the placement was more for my middle and ring finger, I just twisted the cuffs and made it work because I liked the overall fit of the jacket! The hood fit well over my helmet, and still allowed decent peripheral vision. Yes, a cute fit overall. Too bad looks aren't everything. Small holes have started to appear between the stiching and the colored overlay is peeling off. Not extremely noticeable since it's located near the back right panel. Perhaps that's just where I generally hit during a fall. In any case, I expected higher quality from Stoic. Fix the seams and the wrist gaiters, then it might be great.

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