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applewood286432 wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these several times now this winter, from backcountry skiing, to an overnight backpacking mountain ski trip (where they were also used with snowshoes on two occasions), to skiing in shallow snow up a paved road, and every time they have performed beautifully.

They have great ankle support and have never given a blister or even a hot spot. They are also amazingly warm. The first time I used them I even forgot I had them on let alone that they were new. And this was after feeling they might be too tight since my big toe touched the top front when just standing in them, but once skiing there was no hint of touching or tightness(I usually wear a size 12 shoe/boot and have a 46 in these).

The construction seems to be top quality, and the comfort and support are great, but it is the warmth that I appreciate the most!

As for color, mine seem closer to orange than red.

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applewood286432 wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

Fit: True to size

I've had this jacket for a couple of weeks now and have used it every day - from walking the dogs to long strenuous hikes, winter rock climbing and x-country skiing - and just love it! It fits snuggly with a trim styling (I'm 6'2" and 230 lbs., and the XL is great, with room for a couple of thin layers underneath), is light, but warm and tough, and really feels durable (when hiking through brush or climbing I never give a thought to it getting torn). The ability to move freely in it is great (usually forget I'm wearing it), and it fits fine under a hardshell for really cold/wet conditions. The hood also fits over a helmet, and the quality 3 ply construction is nice to have, especially since it isn't noticeable!

The only unusual thing is that the French zipper is backwards from how an American's mens coat usually is. But that just reminds me it's different...

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applewood286432 wrote a review of on July 11, 2012

1 5

I would NOT recommend buying your kayak online - We bought two of these Rogues last month (the 9 & 10), and they arrived fairly quickly, but the 9 had a faulty skeg (wouldn't lower and retract with the cable mechanism). Jackson Kayaks at first seemed helpful, and wanted to send a replacement skeg and housing for our local dealer to install (who would that be? The closest kayak store is 145 miles away!). So I called Backcounrty who said they would prefer to have it returned under warranty - BUT there is the shipping to consider. To try and sort this out I have emailed and/or called both now a couple of times, but they have both gone silent.

Kayaks are big items and freight is $200 one way, so if I return it for a replacement I will end up paying up to $400 extra for freight. If I return it for a refund I'll still be out a few hundred dollars for the wasted shipping, with no kayak to use. This does not make for a happy customer, and the problem with the skeg is probably something that can be fixed for $50 (but not something that I can do at home). So I'm left with a new kayak that doesn't have a functioning skeg - It won't go down, without being pulled by hand, and it won't retract either - as the kinked cable loops around the control mechanism, and is really hard to unloop.- It also now hangs down an inch or so when in the up position, so any way you cut it it's unacceptable. The result is I'll probably have to pay someone - if I can find someone who can do it - out of my pocket to have it fixed (or just remove it which sucks because the skeg adds $300 to the boat's value/price...and is why we bought it in the first place. I probably wouldn't be complaining if the whole boat only cost $300, but $1000 implies it's top end.

Maybe it was our mistake to expect a cross-over boat to be good in rapids and on flats. (But it does seem they can be good if not great in both, if they are designed and built right). I'm sure now it was our mistake to buy it online, but we didn't think it through - obviously.

This really isn't Backcountry's or even Jackson's fault, as faulty products are to be expected sometimes, but the real issue is, if you order it here, you're SOL if you have any trouble with it (and so far for us Jackson is only batting .500).

Other than this it looks like a nice boat - sturdy, stable, a bit slow but comfortable and easy to lift on ones own. The skeg.... the cable design looks to be a weak point (doesn't work all that well on the #10 boat either). I'd be curious to know how often this happens.

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applewood286432 wrote a question about on April 16, 2012

Anyone know if the "leverlock" style will work with the minimal amount of heel welt that Lowa leather hiking boots has (not sure what style I have, may be a Ranger GTX or Baffin, but they all seem to have the same heal profile)

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applewood286432 wrote a review of on April 8, 2012

5 5

This pack was an excellent upgrade for me. For the past 20 years I've been (happily) using a simple and rugged MEC pack for hauling my climbing gear to the crag. This BD Demon pack holds slightly more but feels like I'm carrying about 1/3rd less weight! (I usually carry about 30 lbs of gear). This pack's design is extremely well thought out - easy access, great design for strapping on a rope, simple streamline shape, durable fabric, great suspension, great size for day use. I just hope it lasts me another 20 years.....I don't see why it won't.

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