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BigRed

Salt Lake City, UT

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BigRedwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have been using various Merino Wool and synthetic base layers for years. I believe UA found the right combination with this piece.

The fit is great. Just enough stretch to allow you great freedom of movement, but not so tight that feel constricted in any way.

I took two of these for an 8 day ski trip to Canada, and wore them on alternating days. There was no odor, and they retained their shape well. These provide just enough insulation when worn beneath a 60g insulated jacket.

I do prefer the 1/4 zip to a crew top, as they seem to lock out the cold a bit more. After 40+ days, these sill look and function great.

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BigRedwrote a review of on April 11, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is one piece of clothing that certainly does not excite. Works as an adequate mid-layer, but not my first choice. The material is fairly warm, although not nearly as warm as a true fleece for less weight.

The fit seems to be true to size, but I would prefer a bit more stretch in the arms. I always feel as though I need to pull the sleeves down, or that they are tight around the forearms.

Nice zippered chest pocket which can easily accommodate a smart phone, and a nice stand up collar - that could be a bit more snug to help keep out the cold.

Like all FlyLow gear, this should last for several seasons to come.

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BigRedwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

There are just those days when you don't want to put on the extra layers below your shell, or you simply want a nice soft faced jacket while riding the lifts.

For both of those situations, this jacket is perfect. Great fit, easy to use and well laid out pockets, and a hood that actually fits over a helmet. I did opt to size down from my usual size Large to a Medium, and this worked just as I had hoped.

The wrist gators can be a little constricting, but I simply choose not to place my thumbs through the openings. This seems to help solve the problem.

I really wish FlyLow would have used a more waterproof membrane, as the 10K/10K rating will keep me from using this during stormy days.

For the price, you get a great performing blue bird resort piece.

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BigRedwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

FlyLow continues to make great gear. These are a great fitting pair of pants that run true to size. Long outer zipped vents help regulate temps when you run warm.

I am a big fan of the jacket to pant interface, and the continued durability of all their products.

My only gripe is that these pants are only 10K/10K rated for waterproofing. I would hesitate using these during a wet storm since the lower legs became saturated on a simple blue bird spring day. Flylow could have knocked it out of the park with a higher waterproof rating.

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BigRedwrote a review of on February 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My original FlyLow compound pants still look great after 2 years, but they had a few items that I was not crazy about. The latest version eliminated all of them and are just as durable as the original.

I was very glad to see that FlyLow removed the extra reinforcements to the knees, and also made the side zippers run most of the length but not all. The original had full length zippers that were nearly impossible to lower from the top since the zipper sat right below your belt.

I also really like the new jacket to pant interface via snaps which are no longer located directly under the belt loops.

Flylow is definitely one of those companies that continues to innovate and make products better. I have yet to wear out any of their gear, but the upgrades make it worth purchasing the latest version.

If FlyLow makes a piece of clothing that fits your need, there is no reason to look anywhere else. I am 6' 1" tall and wear a size 32 pant. The medium fits just as it should in the waist with perfect length.

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BigRedwrote a review of on February 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I still have the original FlyLow Lab Coat, but this latest version is a big step up. Last year I made the foolish choice of buying a different brand, and even though it cost more, it certainly was not nearly as durable.

I really like the new changes to the collar/hood, the front pocket which doubles as a vent, and the added material on the inside of the cuffs and hem.

Never been a big fan of the "crunchy and stiff" Gore-Tex shells, and FlyLow does a great job with this NeoShell product. The jacket breathes exceptionally well, and so far, has been bulletproof.

I did choose to size down from my normal large, but I still have plenty of room for a medium weight base layer plus a Primaloft jacket for those really cold days.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 186 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

After buying several Norrona items over the years, and reading many of the reviewers comments, one thing remains constant - if you are not fit, and have a standard body type, Norrona is not your brand.

Norrona did a great job of designing this jacket. One of my favorite features is the chest vent. Almost every jacket on the market has under arm zip vents, but if you want to cool off quick, I dare you to find anything that works better than this.

The "Y" design to the sleeves means you can raise your arms without the waist of the jacket also rising. Two different placements of velcro allow you to leave the sleeves loose over your gloves or tighten them down to block out the wind and snow.

Being that this jacket is "Urban" styled, I chose to size down to a Medium. I still have enough room for a mid weight base layer and the Loften Warm2 Fleece jacket. I normally wear a size Large in most jackets/shirts.

At first wear, the hood definitely takes some getting use too. I rarely ski with a hood up - even during storms - but the design of the opening helps lock this tight agains your helmet when down so nothing gets in. With that being said, the hood turned out to be the deal breaker. No matter how I tried to adjust it, the hood always rubbed against the helmet.

All in all a great weather proof Gore-Tex un-insulated shell with some unique design features to make life easier.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 20, 2016

Primaloft leaks out...
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 186 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

UPDATE: after using these for a week in the Canadian Rockies, I noticed the Prima Loft was starting to leak through the interior liner. Every time I took the pants off, I noticed bits of material on my base layer and socks. After speaking with Norrona's customer services, they agree this should not happen, but at $550 I am not willing to take the risk again. Sending these back for a refund.

If you are looking for a do-it-all pant, that stops just short of a pure shell pant for the back country, this is the one. Just the right amount of insulation, great venting side zippers, and well laid out pockets.

These pants have worked well from the single digits all the way up into the high 20's without the need for a pair of thermals. The outer fabric is very durable and has already survived some run ins with ropes, trees, and ski edges without showing a single sign of wear. The DWR combined with Gore-Tex has made these perfect for shielding you from the elements.

I typically wear a size 32 x 32 pair of jeans, and the size medium fits beautifully. The waist band leaves plenty of room for tucking in base layers and a fleece jacket - not to mention the slick zip in jacket to pant interface.

Just make sure you pick these up while you can - at $175 a pair, the customs tax makes bringing this in direct for Norrona an un welcome surprise.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these almost every day this season, and I am really impressed with their performance. These are a really warm glove, that does breath very well.

After a hard day of riding, the inside is never clammy or needing to be dried out. These have worked great for me from single digits all the way up to the low 40's.

The only drawback appears to be in their durability, and not quite up to par with a full leather glove. But given the great dexterity, lightweight feel, and wind/waterproof construction they are still well worth the modest price.

I would purchase these again without any reservations.

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BigRedwrote a review of on November 12, 2015

For the constant lens swapper
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have always been a Giro fan, and I was definitely excited to hear about these new goggles with a simple lens swapping feature. Granted I have never been a person who swaps out my lenses on the lift, or even during the day for that matter - more often than not I do this at the car before I begin the day.

For their intended purpose, these goggles work great. The magnetic retention system works for very easy transition from one lens to the next - something that can be done anywhere in a matter of seconds, with or without gloves on. Their "snap shot" system adds a simple retention feature that other magnetic lenses do not have - like the Anon series. I believe this adds peace of mind, but not sure how critical it is.

The face foam is really plush, double silicone bead on the strap, and the goggles have a great over all fit to them.

The biggest drawback for me is the reduced field of view. As you can see in the picture, because of where the magnets are positioned, the gaskets are pushed much more inwards than compared to a lens from a Giro Onset. The peripheral vision is about the same as the onset, but the overall view is a little less.

I have read other reviews, in which the reviewer notes some fogging. So far, whether it is a bluebird, cloudy, or even a blower powder day I have not experienced any problems with these goggles fogging up.

Hopefully in the future Giro can come out with a similar option, but one that removes the ever present magnet intrusion to your field of view.

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BigRedwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

Could be better
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had high hopes for this helmet, and overall it is really good, but the ear pads leave a lot to be desired.

The Good: Very easy to use and effective size adjustment, Comfortable once on, nice design to the new GoPro integration - much easier and lower profile than the version for the Giro Edit, and the best brim to goggle interface out of all Giro's helmets.

The Bad: Poor design on the ear pads. Very thin, and once you drop in some audio -like the Outdoor Tech Chips - you feel a great deal of pressure coming through. The ear pads also do not stay engaged to the helmet very well. I liken this to the same situation with the ear pads on the Discord helmet, although the discord has snaps to help hold them in. I also was surprised at how much heavier this helmet was than my Edit.

The venting works well, and you do not feel the air-flowing directly to your scalp. I have yet to put in a boot pack with the helmet on, but I will definitely update the review once I do.

Overall a very comfortable helmet that you forget it is on, and allows you to set it and forget it.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 14, 2015

Near perfect...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a great pair of goggles. Not exactly sure where to begin, but overall these goggles have been fantastic so far this season. Purchased the Gunmetal/Lime version with all (3) Prizm lenses.

Simple yet very effective design. Extra wide silicone lined strap that stays put, plush face foam that wraps all the way around with no air gaps, and a very simple lens change system.

Although these are not touted as being a "Quick Change" goggle, a person would really have to struggle to NOT swap out the lenses in anything under 30 seconds. Definitely a learning curve - but once you get the process down only the Anon M2's are faster to swap.

I have been able to use the Prizm black iridium lens in everything but the most overcast/dumping conditions. When the skies open up and it is foggy/cloudy or snowing heavily, the rose Prizm lens works better than any other manufacturers low light lens - even better than Oakley's Hi-Intensity yellow. If you want a great all-purpose lens stick with the Prizm jade iridium - but these have been very hard to find.

Durability has been superb. Skied right through a tight grouping of trees, and took a few branches right across the lens. To my very happy surprise - not a scratch to be found.

Works with any helmet I tried from Smith, Giro, or K2. I did compare these head to head with the IOX, Giro Onset, Shred Stupefy, Anon M2, Electric EG3, Electic EG2, and Smith IO7. No other goggle has the same or better view when looking up, down or out peripheral.

If you see them in stock, don't hesitate - buy a pair, you won't be sorry.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Replaced my Yakima ski rack with this cargo box for the ski season this year. So far, gas mileage has been the same as before I added the box. There is less wind noise than with a ski rack, and it is definitely nice not to have all the road grime all over your gear once your arrive at home or the resort.

I did pick up the adapter kit that allows this to mount directly to my low profile wisp bars via T Bolts. The mounting clamps are very easy to use, but the bolts allow a great option for when you do not have a lot of clearance between the crossbars and the roof of your vehicle.

I have been able to get (4) snowboards, (1) par of skis, and ski poles loaded in this without any issue. this is definitely one long box.

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BigRedwrote a review of on October 29, 2014

Total Comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great fitting helmet. I owned one of these helmets a few years back - before they changed the fit system. This newer version is much more comfortable, and you cannot even tell the fit system is there until you begin cranking the dial. The plush inner liner provides comfort well beyond other helmets. Most helmets have only a sparse amount of padding - mainly to save weight, but K2 managed to make this helmet light weight and comfortable.

The weight is on par if not a little lighter than a Smith Vantage helmet, but this fits a little more narrow. If you compare the two helmets side by side, the Smith is more round. Because of that, the Diversion fits much closer - and in my opinion - is a lower profile helmet.

The venting is straight forward and easy to use - even with gloves or mittens.

I am pairing this up with the new Oakley Flight Deck goggles - a great seamless fit. The brim on this helmet is also not as pronounced as the Vantage, making it easier to flip up your goggles when necessary.

The included audio is OK, but I always prefer to swap them out for Chips by Outdoor Technology. Why rely on cords when you can go Bluetooth?

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BigRedwrote a review of on October 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Tried these out the other day, hoping they might be the next big thing for this season. The frame appears as though it would offer great peripheral vision, but the foam rests barely outside your eyes. The frame is light weight, changing the lenses is fairly easy, the strap is nice an wide with a silicone bead, and the polarized version does come with an extra low light lens. Sent them back since there are a lot of better options if you are looking for more peripheral and all around vision.

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BigRedwrote a review of on October 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Very interesting helmet. Light weight and the ventilation is very straightforward and easy to use. I tried to use my Chips Bluetooth Audio, but the ear pads are very shallow. Ultimately I was able to get the Chips in, but they did not sit very flush.

I just could not bring myself to keep this helmet. The fit is a bit off. I wear a medium in most helmets, and while this fit - rather snug at that - it just did not sit very far down on my head. Really made me feel like a mushroom. Not a low profile helmet at all. Perhaps this is due to the weight, and since it is so light it has to be thicker?

One plus - the magnetic buckle. Although I have really never had trouble buckling a chinstrap before.....

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BigRedwrote a review of on August 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked these up the chrome/blue water to use for golfing and various water-sport activities. so far they have worked great.

These lenses provide great vision in all kinds of conditions from overcast skies to bright sunny days. The nose piece is really comfortable and allows for a perfect fit. You definitely forget you are wearing these sunglasses.

Everyone wants to rock a pair of aviators, but few companies offer the option of mirrored lenses. If you want to stand out from the crowd, wait no longer and pull the trigger on these great sunglasses.

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BigRedwrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am very new to the Shred line of products, and I admit that I returned these goggles the first time I purchased them. But, after some serious regret I purchased these again in the S-Duper and I am so glad that I did.

So many companies today are touting a "quick lens change" technology. I would put these up against anything from Smith, Oakley, Scott and the like. If you can't swap out these lenses in 15 seconds or less you must me on the short bus. The only goggle that is easier to change is the Anon M2.

The field of view from these goggles cannot be beat. They are a bit of an oversize fit, so you would definitely want to try these on with a helmet if you wear one. Backcountry.com did not sell any replacement lenses this year - a real bummer - but I was able to pick of a few from shredoptics.com

My only gripe is I wish the goggle strap were just a tad longer.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 12, 2014

4 5

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

I picked this up when my compound pants blew a snap and I needed something to integrate with my Magnum BC pants. So far this has been a bombproof soft shell. Hard to believe it is rated at 20K and breathes this good.

The fabric has a nice amount of stretch, and moves well whether you are skinning up or riding the lifts. Since it does not have a powder skirt, windy days can be a little chilly if you don't cinch down the drawcord at the hem.

Like all Flylow jackets, the collar is lined nicely with a fleece like material that does not freeze up on those freezing deep powder days. There is also a nice pass through from the front chest pocket to the inside so that you can run your music, or Outdoor Technology Adapt remote.

I do wish the Flylow Lab Coat fit as well as this does through the sleeves.

I realize that the hand pockets are mesh on the inside to allow for better venting, but they do tend to collect snow on the deep days.

I am 6 1" 190 lbs and a large works great with a base layer plus insulation layer.

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BigRedwrote a review of on January 12, 2014

4 5

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

Added this to the collection at the beginning of this season. Pairs great with the Marmot isotherm or Alpha Pro jackets to create a really warm, but extremely breathable set up.

The fabric has performed really well against strong winds, heavy wet snow, mild 35 degree plus temps, and even sub zero days. The pockets and vents are all really well laid out and work very easily.

One thing I do love about this jacket, is the soft but strong feel to the fabric. I don't feel like I am wearing a stiff Arc' teryx piece that could stand up by itself. The jacket really moves with you, but even after several run ins with tree branches there is not even a scratch.

Inside the jacket are what Flylow calls "Truck" pockets. Great for stashing your climbing skins, spare goggle lens, or even a 6 pack.

This combines seamlessly with the Compound pant to make a very stylish and new version of the old "onesie". The hood easily fits over my helmet - Giro/Shred - and locks out the cold wind and snow when needed.

One thing of note, the way the arm holes are cut in relation to the the sleeve length might require you to size up. I originally tried a medium, but when I moved my arms the sleeves came up to mid forearm.

I am 6 1" 190 lbs and the large works great with a base layer plus an insulation layer.

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