backpackingZombie

backpackingZombie

Minneapolis, MN

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought two of these because I was in need or a few more long sleeve merinos for winter biking. I must say that I don't find these to be soft, but rather a bit scratchy, though I've only washed them two or three times so far.

The thumb holes were a surprise and have been well liked.

They are warm, though they don't feel 200 weight, they feel slightly thinner.

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these on a whim to compare them with the Smartwool midweight bottoms, which have been my normal winter long underwear bottoms.

My use of these primarily has been, and will be , be walking during the winter and commuting via bike to work (10+ miles). So far I'm really impressed with how strong they feel, as opposed to my Smartwool bottoms, which I put a finger through pretty easily. These seem to be constructed with the insulating material in strips horizontally across the legs with spaces in between that act as breathing areas. The cuffs at the bottom are nice and strong, reducing any slip.

I like these so much I may just buy another pair or two over this winter.

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted a warm glove that would also give me a great amount of dexterity, and these have served me great. I have used them for many winter activities including day-hikes, biking and general outside snow fun.

I do not suggest these for extended periods of work outside under 25 degrees, but down to the mid-20s they are amazing and will perform for you.

They will not keep your hands dry, if that is a concern.

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up on sale a few weeks back and wish I had the cash at the time to get another one as well. This is absolutely perfect for layering as the temps have begun to dip into the teens and 20s, as well as form fitting and soft to the touch. I actually look forward to putting this on.

I have nothing negative to say about this product

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

I own a 3L version and love it. I haven't had a leaking issue and the suction required to drink from it is very comfortable. The only thing that I gripe about is the ease of filling it up. Unless I'm missing something fundamental you have to hold it vertically, but since you're filling it from the side you end up stopping early due to it wanting to fall over. It's a minor annoyance, an I've yet to go backpacking somewhere where water is a real problem to come by so I can't say it's ever been a hindrance.

And that flat back makes it super easy to just slide into and out of your pack.

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

4 5

I bought these to replace my previous pair of non-BOA Hedgehogs that I've had for 2+ years. I wanted to see if I would like the BOA system better than traditional laces, and they are very nice. However, I feel like these shoes are stiffer than their non-BOA brethren, and thus a bit less comfortable, hence the 4 stars. If I could buy them again I think I would just stick with the non-BOA, due to the comfort, but I do enjoy the nifty aspect of it.

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backpackingZombie wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

5 5

I'm not a runner, I do however spend a lot of time going up and down hills that are mostly dirt, grass and mud and these are the shoes to do that in. I bought a pair of these 2+ years ago, and in that time I have put a lot of miles on them, and basically beat them to death. The outside fabric is frayed, the teeth of the sole are ground down, or breaking off, and they aren't as waterproof as they once were, but they have stood up to a lot. I've been looking for a replacement, but everything I find doesn't stand up, so I am getting another pair

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