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Denver, CO

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Regular

I've climbed and skied with these in CO and on Mt Rainier. More than enough sun protection - even for sunny days on Mt Rainier glaciers. I have also worn on misty cloudy days and the contrast is excellent. Camel lenses adjust beautifully. You can loosen the strap a bit to improve the venting if your forehead gets hot and leads to fogging. I have a large head and pretty big face. These fit well in the regular size.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For climbing only these are a bit heavy. But if you want a pole to ski with too these are great. Really strong. The FlickLocks never slip. Easy to use with or without gloves. Double adjustment is great because they collapse down to a nice tidy length for climbing and packing. Lost my first pair and bought them again.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Ultralight. Tougher fabric then expected. Perfect fit to layer underneath but not too big. No extraneous pockets put nice hand hand pockets and a zip pocket on the chest for your phone. I would never buy a Pro shell after owning this Active shell. Waterproofing is solid. Breaths normal for Gore Tex. Good price right now. I'm 5'10 190 bought a L. Sleeves are a bit longer than the L sleeves on my Dawn Patrol LT. Gives you some room to stretch. Hood fits a climbing or ski helmet just fine too.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used to carry a 92 L pack, sleeping pad, ice axe, and poles. Had some room to spare. Quality straps and zippers. Burly enough fabric but not too heavyweight. Straps work to carry by hand or as a backpack. A single removable shoulder strap would be a nice add. I would definitely buy this bag again.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This parka is really warm. Used for breaks on Mt Rainier down to about 9 degrees. I love the way the baffles expand and constrict based on the layers you are wearing underneath. I'd say the fit is a tiny bit on the small side. I'm normally a L in all jackets and this L fits a slight bit trim with a few layers underneath. Really it fits perfect for me. I'm 5'10 190. Makes a great pillow when you stuff it in a stuff sack too. Water bottle pocket and zipped pocket are perfect. ME nailed the design on this. One small improvement might be some velvety wrist cuffs like they have on the MH Nilas. Can't wait to really test it out below zero next winter.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

5 5

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

One trip so far. Seems like great build quality. Tough fabrics, zippers, wheels, handles. Packed with 180 Converts, AT Boots, Poles, Skins, and Mountaineering Boots. I still felt like I could have fit another pair of skis if I had wanted. I really like the boot pockets too.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on January 3, 2015

Super light, rough on heels
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I wanted so much to love these boots. They're so light. They look bomber. I hiked about 20 mi. in them in attempt to break them in. Tried multiple socks/insoles. Walked away with heel blisters every time. Climbed a tough 14er in them. The traction on smooth rock, dirt, and scree was amazing. The weight was greatly appreciated. Saved my heels by covering them with athletic tape. However, after 20-25 mi and 2 climbs the seam on the kevlar protection on the left boot is ripped. Not going to buy another pair. Great concept though. I would say they fit a bit small and are better suited to a more narrow foot. Mine's a bit wide (could have lead to the ripped seam).

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alpinenutwrote a review of on January 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had two pairs of these. Both of them broke at the buckle. I have climbed a lot of mixed terrain in them so I have been very hard on them. OR replaced the first pair no questions asked (and changed the size from L to XL for me). I bought a 3rd pair myself recently. I really like the length (upper calf on me) of these for protection from deep snow and water as well. Size up for Mountaineering Boots. I use an XL for size 45 Scarpa Mont Blancs. I would rate them 5 if it wasn't for the buckle problem. Not sure there is a better alternative out there.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

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

Finally got to try these out. I purchased the 180 length with Dynafit TLT Radical FT. I'm 5'10" about 190 lbs. When I bought them I was looking for a lightweight, mid-fat do it all touring ski. The only resort skiing I plan to do with them is sidecountry. Conditions yesterday were week old Loveland Pass Backcountry junk. Some windblow, some breakthrough crust and a small amount of OK soft snow.

This ski felt exactly like it should to me. Lightweight, maneuverable, and easy to turn. I was impressed at the performance in the windblown and breakable crust. Given they are so light you would expect them to get thrown around a bit. They are bit squirrely at first, but then the dimensions kick in. The 133 / 105 / 117 really helps you plow through the junk. For me they offer a great compromise. You lose a bit of the plow through performance of heavier ski, but you gain so much in terms uphill weight relief and you gain in overall maneuverability. I also expect that the weight will help on steep, spring descents as well. It that case I would expect it to make them ski like a more narrow, heavier ski.

I'm sure they will be great in powder, but what 105 mid foot + ski wouldn't be :) . My concern was how they would perform in junk and on steep descents. I was pretty impressed in the junk. Not ideal, but given the weight, I don't think you could expect much better. Steep spring descents, not sure yet, but they have to be easier to ski than my 188 JJ's. I am confident that I should be able to ski anything I would ever want to attempt with these.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Experienced my first storm in this jacket yesterday. It kept me perfectly dry. It's so light and packable it's ridiculous. One other bonus, because it's so light it actually ventilates in a breeze if you open the zipper a bit. It's like pit zips without the added frills or weight. Go for larger size if you're on the fence so you can layer if necessary. I'm 5'10" 190 and bought the Large (which is perfect). The Medium would work, but wouldn't layer very well. This jacket will not leave my pack May-Sept.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on June 11, 2012

Great Durability and Mouthpiece
4 5

I love the durability of the fabric and complete lack of aftertaste. I have had zero leakage from the hose or mouthpiece. I also really like the mouthpiece. It does take some time to get use to biting it to open it and the flow is not super high. However, I like to sip water as I go so that's perfect. Plus the mouthpiece seals so well that you don't have to close the valve. My only big complaint is that there is no loop in the center to attach it to a pack that's built for a Camelbak or an Osprey bladder. There is a small opening in the plastic piece you use the lift the bladder. I rigged a piece of heavy gauge wire from Home Depot to make a loop I could attach inside my pack. Finally, a small nitpick, the lid should stay attached when you take it off so you can't drop it or lose it. I like that feature of my old Camelbak. Overall though, they nailed the three most important features in my book - hose, mouthpiece and durability.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

I've now climbed about 12,000 ft and 24 mi in these boots. Finally getting them dialed in. Laces needed to stretch, material needed to stretch, etc... They are extremely durable and waterproof. I've been comfortable down to a windchill of -20 F with a liner sock and heavy wool/silk combo hiking sock. Soft snow check, trail hiking check, kick steps check, microspikes check, mixed rock/snow check. I've sized my crampons on them but haven't had a chance to wear them together yet. The stock insole seems pretty solid. However I may add some gels to hold my heel in a bit better. I'm a standard US 10.5 in all shoes. I bought the 44.5 so I would have room for liners and/or two pairs of socks. I also have fairly wide feet. This size was perfect.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on January 8, 2012

4 5

I've had these for about a year. Wore them on 8-10 climbs of +3000 vertical feet over harsh rocky terrain. 3 of which were in fairly harsh winter conditions (around 10 degrees F plus windy). Also backpacked about 12 miles with 70 lbs. on them. I would highly recommend them. They required very little break in time. Excellent waterproofing, warm, and durable soles. My only complaint is that the stock laces are horrible. I bought a replacement pair for $2 at the grocery store that have lasted 3 times as long as the originals. This "feature" requires me to always carry a spare set (probably a good habit anyway). A great 3 season hiking boot with backpacking and winter capabilities as a bonus.

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alpinenutwrote a review of on November 21, 2010

4 5

I'm 5'10", 200 lbs, bought the Large. Size is perfect. FItted but not too tight with a fleece and capilene underneath. I've taken it on 2 winter climbs. Once above 12K ft and the other over 13K ft. Windchill was close to zero on both occasions. Snow on the first climb, strong wind gusts on the second. Blocked the wind beautifully. Used the pit zips to let the heat out. Excellent pockets, zippers, and craftsmanship. My only complaint is that I would say it's a bit short. I wear it with ski pants with no suspenders. Need to get some suspenders to wear them together.

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