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billybob3285241 wrote a review of on October 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this pack based on reviews for use as a simple daypack. I couldn't be happier. Important in my decision was the waistbelt, suspension, pocket on the waistbelt, and the solid material on the stretch pocket on the back (as opposed to elasticized chord). The waist belt is substantial and comfortable. The suspension is such that am not even aware that I have it on. The pocket on the waist belt is made of non stretch material which is much more substantial than the net stretch I have seen on others. Lots of room in it also. I can get my phone (not smart) in there as well as my bear spray, plus a cliff bar. Not bad. The pack is quite a bit roomier than I anticipated too. I got my 30 degree bag, neo air, flash boil (coffee), and a couple of meals in there. This bag could be used as a minimal overnight bag. I am happy with my purchase.

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billybob3285241 wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

These boots were the "right out of the box" comfort category. When I put them on it was one of those "oh, yea this is it" moments.
Comfort aside a couple of things I think are worth mentioning that even Salomon doesn't put forth. One is that there is a rock plate built into them between the outer sole and mid sole. That is very important to me as I hike on very rocky, volcanic and steep terrain. My previous boots I could feel every rock. They were a European name brand boot that I couldn't wait to get out of.
Secondly that first large open lace hook has anti slide teeth built into them. That allows you to lace the forefoot looser than the top, thereby keeping your toes from jamming without over tightening the lowers.
Lastly there is a hard diamond/pyramid shaped stud in the center of the heel sole which acts as a brake on extreme downhills.
These are nice boots and in my opinion unsung heros.

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billybob3285241 wrote a review of on August 27, 2011

5 5

I own a pair of these and they are seriously great. I have been skiing since leather boots no sh..t. I have tried every variation in the modern ski evolution. I am now old and still want to ski..these are soooo easy to carve linked turns slow fast whatever. I avoid ice if possible so cannot vouch for ice performance. On any even slightly carve-able surface they turn short, long whatever effortlessly. That is a key for me. Fast and easy. I paid a ton more money for them than they are on sale here for too.

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billybob3285241 wrote a review of on August 15, 2011

5 5

I am very happy with mine. I have (had) two concerns. One was the foot room...do not like restriction. Two the half zip..again a movement issue. Well I put my rat dog into the bag with me and he migrated to the foot..plenty of room. Two the half zip did not restrict my nightly pee break at all. I was plenty warm in the upper 30s. Felt like I had several degrees to go. Light, warm, roomy. A very good value in my opinion.

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billybob3285241 wrote a review of on July 7, 2011

3 5

I walked the Inka Trail with these boots and found them to be generally comfortable with minimum break-in. Two things however: one, the midsole needs to be replaced as it is too thin in the forefoot area. It felt like nothing and I replaced them when I got back. Two, it is easy to over tighten and experience pain on the crown of the foot. I solved this with a modified lace track.

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