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ani3284423wrote a review of on May 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I looked long and hard before buying this pack- my needs were pretty specific, but surprisingly hard to satisfy. I was looking for a pack that had capacity of 65-80 L to be filled up with winter camping/ski mountaineering gear and get me to a destination, then be stripped down to be used as a summit/day pack. It had to have a good ski carry system, ice axe carry, and crampons holder. Finally, it had to be reasonably lightweight (4 labs MAX!!) and in general be able to withstand the abuses of ski mountaineering (trees, rocks, snow, etc.)

After spending several weeks looking unsuccessfully, I was preparing myself to go the way of expensive small bag makers like CiloGear, etc... then I came across this bag, which seemed to have been almost tailor-made for my purposes. I've now used it on two, two-day ski mountaineering hut and/or camping trips and it works exactly as advertised! The OutDry system really does work as advertised, as my most recent trip involved lots of rain and a small tent with no vestibule. And the dyneema on the crampons holder is bomber (and can also fit in a pair of ski crampons, nice!) and a nice touch.

Two minor gripes (but not worthy of removing a star):
A) crampon holder doesn't close on top. This is basically just an academic gripe, since I've never had an issue where my crampons would fall out (would require the pack to be fully upside down and shaking, in which case you have bigger problems).

B) There are no other tie loops for attaching a pad, etch to the outside of the pack if you're carrying skis. This has not yet been a problem for me as I've fit everything inside the pack (my preferred way to carry), but if you're up against the limit of what 70L can carry, then it could be a problem for you. Overall, right now, I prefer the clean look without gratuitous features.

So in summary, great pack for multi-day ski mountaineering trips, one of the only ones I could find built for this purpose, and at a great price too!

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ani3284423wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

2 5

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

I loved the weight, dexterity, and breathability of this glove, but it ended up falling apart within a few days (yes, days!) of use. Poorly made and definitely not worth the money, unless you just have to have that snow leopard on all of your stuff. Tech fingertips were the first to go.

For a glove that's just going to fall apart, get something cheaper.

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ani3284423wrote a review of on February 27, 2012

5 5

I have had a few pairs of pants over the years- cheap off-brand, Marmot 5-point, Marmot Alpinist- and these are by far my favorite for typical resort skiing and backcountry use in colder weather. They're comfy, durable, waterproof, and stylish, and they have plenty of pockets. Built-in transceiver pocket is also pretty cool and an alternative to the sort of clumsy harnesses that come with most transceivers. The pants also fit nicely around boots, which, believe it or not, has been a problem with some of the other brands of pants I've encountered. Also, the cross-flow system (zippers on both sides of the legs) is very clever and a big improvement over the standard side vents.

We'll see how these work for spring touring - I expect they might be a little hot- but for winter touring and resort skiing, I can't see how you could get any better.

One small gripe: I wish they came with suspenders so I wouldn't have to shell out for another pair.

Buy em!

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ani3284423wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

2 5

I agree with the other reviewer here- the pant has a very wide fit that looks kind of silly. Most people buying a small are going to be smaller than that! I also thought the pant was needlessly heavy. That said, the boot cuff was wide enough to fit around any boot.

I also ended up returning them and buying the OR Axcess pant, which I think is a better product.

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