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bil4468097 wrote a review of on October 21, 2011

5 5

Setup: So far have used only for 1 trip through the Shenandoah National park, about 6 days hiking the AT. Temps were down to the 30s at night 1 time, but usually 40s. I had a partner to my tent and used a half length pro-lite, as well as a thermal shirt w/ boxers. I'm 5'8" and have a regular length.

Comments: Bag was warm at the temps we experienced, but in the tent it was only about 50 at the coldest. I was very toasty though. The bag does make this ruffling sound when moved (the Pertex material) more than other bags I've had. That didn't bother me after 15 minutes. The materials are very comfortable. It's very spacious.

Cons: Like any 30' down bag, the bottom does compress when lying on it. So, I found that my half length pro-lite was not sufficient to be comfortable. I'd recommend a thicker/bigger pad than that, unless you're a solid sleeper going for ultra-minimal. I'd consider myself a more light-weight guy, and poor sleeper in the backcountry. I think this bag will work, I just need to carry one of my 1lb + pads.

Pros: zipper length (nearly full), ease of moving zipper, warmth, compressible, US company. Big inside.

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bil4468097 wrote a review of on September 30, 2011

4 5

I had to return these shoes unfortunately. They felt good initially, but after 200 miles of hiking, I felt that my foot slid around too much... and I actually tried 2 different sizes. The forefoot is particularly wide, so I don't recommend for anyone with narrow feet. I had a little nerve entrapment of my large toe (going numb), after 130 miles hiking in the Sierras. Fortunately, backcountry.com had an amazing return policy and still gave me my $$ back. Thanks backcountry!

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bil4468097 wrote a review of on August 14, 2011

4 5

So these broke in quite quick - I did 100miles in the Sierras with only 25 miles on the shoes beforehand. Not a single blister even with a few 20 mile days. The downside for me is that they are normal width, to a touch wide. For my narrow foot, a higher volume shoe. I 'think' I was able to fix this with an extra insert, but I haven't used them enough with this addition to tell. Gore-tex is superb: did a several creek crossings with no issue. For how lightweight they are, they still seem quite rigid and solid. They also have a touch of a sneaker type feel -- I actually jogged 7 miles of my trip in these and they felt fine. I'm just hoping my extra inserts work -- I was having my toe slide to the toebox on downhills without them:(... which resulted in a numb great toe.

So, I'd highly recommend for anyone who has a normal to wide foot. If you're foot's narrow like me, you may want to check out something else -- including women's boots. If anyone has a great recommendation on narrow boots, let me know.

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bil4468097 wrote a review of on August 13, 2011

4 5

Nice for security keeping a down sleeping bag dry and comrpessing as needed. But, remember there are lighter options out there, especially if you don't need a true compression sack. Dry sacks can be half as much weight per volume. If you have enough room in your pack, I suggest those for other items. I could justify a sleeping bag here, maybe bulky clothing in the winter too......

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bil4468097 wrote a review of on August 13, 2011

4 5

Wore these for nearly 7 days in the Sierras. Really felt fresh with 1 "wash" half way through my trek. Not itchy at all (though I do find the Icebreaker long sleeve 200 shirt just a slight bit so). Only complaint is that these do ride quite low. That might just be the fit on me, but I feel like these are a little below my natural waist line.

I'm 5'8", 145lbs, 29"+ waist, and the small's fit fine except as noted above. Going for a medium would have been loose around my waist.

Hopefully no one needs any pictures.

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bil4468097 wrote a review of on July 15, 2011

4 5

I was worried these would be too large, b/c my waist is really 30 max, even less around the navel. I got the smalls and they fit just fine. So, if you're worried they're going to be too large based on the size chart, they likely won't be. Otherwise haven't tested them in the backcountry yet, but think they'll be great (hence only 4 stars for now). Oh, my other critique is that they've got a very low cut waist, moreso around the front. Not sure how I like that yet.

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