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bge2446853 wrote a review of on January 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had an older version of the Dakine Explorer backpack since 2000. Used it for college, hiking, motorcycle riding, overnight trips, basically everything for the last 13 years. Only in the last year, the interior lining has started to fall away from the nylon where the bag crinkles at the top. Other than that, the bag itself and every zipper have stayed in tact. Dakine is quality.

Great bag for overnight clothes + extra shoes (+more), laptop (fits 15" fine) and textbooks, or all the day hiking stuff you'd need. IIRC, in 2000 it was ~$90, so for $60 on here now, it's a steal for sure.

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bge2446853 wrote a review of on October 14, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Black Iridium XLJ polarized replacement lenses. They fit perfectly in my matte black frames, so I don't know what the guy who said they "rattle around"is talking about. It took me about 2 minutes to get the hang of popping the lenses out and back in to swap them around. It's really not hard. The iridium coating makes the lenses mirrored from the outside. The polarization is good and these are pretty dark, but very clear.

Plus they were 20% off and free 2-day shipping. So yeah, I'd recommend.

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bge2446853 wrote a review of on October 28, 2010

5 5

I have used this spray on my Vasque Breeze Low boots. They're more of a summer boot, but since I tend to wear them all year round, I was concerned about 1) hikes where there's snow at the top, and 2) salt in parking lots.

The spray was easy to apply, although I did notice that it turned the suede-y leather on my boots a little darker. However, I let it dry and the leather still has a soft touch- it didn't turn all hard from the spray. It may be a little darker still, but w/e... dirt is also a little darker.

As for performance, this Nikwax has worked very well through all the seasons. Snow does not stick or clump to my boots (preventing soak-through), and it's doing a good job keeping salt away, too. I'd definately recommend this to others, but just a couple of notes for you: 1) this is apparently for suede and nubuck leather only, not smooth leather, in case you've got one pair of each or something, and 2) as far as useage, I'd guesstimate in my opinion you could safely do two pairs of footwear with one bottle, or I suppose, the same pair of footwear twice.

Anyway, I'd definately buy this product again for my future boots, it's worth the $10.

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bge2446853 wrote a review of on July 14, 2010

5 5

I wear a medium in everything I own (5'9", 150, 30/30) and I am usually a bit weary when the sizing of pants isn't 30-32, just in case I get fatter in the foreseeable future. However, I went w/ the size S as per the sizing recommendations, and the waist fit is very good and the length is also very good, if not a tad long. I'd say size S is a spot-on 30/30.

The material feels very thin, but it's held up very well so far. It's not stretchy, but it has just a little bit of give to it and it has been quite durable thus far through normal hiking use. The only sliding I've done on my butt is on snow/ice with them, so I can't attest to butt-sliding durability on gravel. They are also fairly windproof. The built-in belt is fine, and the pockets feel like they are placed kind of on the side, rather than towards the front like regular pants pockets but that did not interfere with use at all.

The thing I like best about these pants is that they move really ridiculously well while hiking up rocks and anytime I have to take giant steps and/or stretch out with my legs. They're absolutely comfortable, and I wouldn't think twice to buy another pair, even if it wasn't off of SAC at a discount. Buy.

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