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Zach Winters

Zach Winters

Mt. Baker backcountry, Squamish, North Cascades

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Hiking & Camping
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Zach Winters

Zach Winterswrote a review of on October 17, 2015

4 5

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

Ok so I wrote a review before, but I ended up picking up a smaller size to thought I would chime in again. Before I mentioned being between sizes. I definitely prefer the smaller size which is 1/2 size smaller than my normal street shoe size. So I would say that these run slightly big and I'd advise sizing down if you're on the fence. Also, as I said before, these are slippery! It actually sucks quite a bit. I am toted to get them resoled with some 5.10 rubber but I'm not sure it will be worth the hassle. Don't eat it on slabs or footlogs.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on September 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

This boot has a good balance of support and supple. Doesn't feel like a clunky backpacking boot, but feels more burly than a Solomon Quest or similar boot. I think this is mostly because of the sole. The uppers are thin and supple, but the sole is fairly thick with hard Vibram rubber. I wouldn't consider this a squishy-comfy boot, because it doesn't have a lot of padding or EVA foam, but it is plenty flexible and with a good insole they're comfortable. Overall a very low profile boot.

I got a 10.5, which is my "normal" size in most brands. It fits very well, but if I was planning to use this for scrambles where I wanted it to perform more like an approach shoe, I would have sized down to size 10. The 10.5 is nice for downhill hiking where a 10 would probably put a bit of pressure on my toes downhill.

A couple less positive things: 1) The suede leather sucks up water. I wish they were a smoother leather that would bead-off water. Oh well. 2) The rubber is fairly slick - at least until broken in. The hard rubber will be long-lasting and eventually gets grippier with wear, but be careful with these babies on foot logs when they're new!

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

BCA added a couple features that are really nice. The segments snap to 0, 90, and 180 degrees which is nice for folding into a freestanding T or L shape. Also, each end has 0cm on one side and 200cm on the other. This is nice because you don't have to unfold the whole thing to find the 0cm mark, you just flip it over. I prefer it this way over 0 cm on one side and 0 inches on the other because inches are pointless.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are 4 criteria that I look for in gloves. Waterproofness, durability, dexterity, and quick-drying. Since I spend most of my time in the North Cascades and BC's Coast Mountains, most gloves are sufficiently warm, so that isn't a main priority for me. These gloves score 10/10 on all my criteria except quick drying because the don't have a removable liner. But because I haven't yet found the perfect glove, these still get 5 stars.

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Zach Winterswrote a review of on December 6, 2011

4 5

Got these pants primarily for backpacking in the PNW and some light summer skiing.
They are very comfortable, pack very small, and are average weight.
The waterproofing is 100%.
BUT, both zippers tore away from the fabric at the ankle. Even though Arc-teryx hooked up some different pants on warrantee, I was bummed because I liked these so much.
Bottom line: excellent pants, not durable enough for skiing.

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