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blap55934wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

Too Short -
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I BD Acension skins that were part of my Voile Mojo 166 package I bought back in '09. Unfortunately these aren't long enough to use on my Rossi XV 168CM, they just aren't long enough.

I should mention that I have not trimmed the skins previously. It would be helpful if the MFG's provided a length for the tail clips.

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blap55934wrote a review of on March 13, 2015

5 5

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

Boot sizing is a completely personal endeavor but if these fit I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better, more quality option.

Burly enough for heavy loads, nimble and precise enough in the toe for incredibly confident scrambling over 4th and 5th class terrain. A bit more than you need for a short dayhike but not so much so that you're reminded of it.

The tread pattern and outsole are proven.

Definitely requires a break in period but it is worth it.

Also it is a low volume boot, you may need to size down the thickness of your socks, this can make all the difference in the world.

Taking these puppies out of the box and feeling the quality is a good feeling after sifting through all of the Chinese labor camp crap that is on the market. This is more than just a product, it's something that someone put some pride into, you can feel it.

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blap55934wrote a review of on March 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

If you're in the market for a light but tough backcountry fit that actually fit's well and moves with you when you skin, then this is your pant.

I tried on top level offerings from about 5 different companies this year and no one comes close to these. T

I'm not an Arc'teryx fanboy but I have to say that they are ahead of the competition in terms of their patterning. Their is plenty of material where you need it and none where you don't. You also don't like a euro randonee freak but have a functional streamlined garment.

If you just ride the resort then choose something different but if you're looking for a backcountry pant then I would give these serious consideration.

I bought the black because i plan on having them for many, many years.

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blap55934wrote a review of on March 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over 2.5 years, probably close to 100 days touring with it and I love it.

My only reap gripe is the weight, it's a heavy, burly pack. I have the 38L and I wish it was 1lb lighter.

Pro's:
- Feels like its welded to your back , carries awesome and rides awesome. Cinch it down properly and you just don't notice that it's there.
- Climbing icy colouirs with a snowboard on a windy day is akin to having a sail on your back. Cinch your board to this properly and it's a breeze.
- Throwing the skis on in split mode is a breeze, I use the cross pack carry. Splitters take notice and have a couple orange voile ski straps in your pack. Have a 24" so you can easily go through around your binding baseplates to keep them from banging around.
- Design, takes some getting used to but it's so nice to have everything where you need it and not to have to fumble around to find something.
- Snow tool pocket design: awesome! I often ride with a Petzl Quark and a 58CM Grivel Air Tech Racing, with the big snow pocket design I can ride with these inside my pack, I like having the weight closer to my center of gravity and I also like not worrying about losing a tool should I take a 50mph ragdogll. It's nice to just let her rip and not have to worry about any razor sharp steel points on your back. +++ It's easy to just unzip and pull an axe/tool out if you need to, no need to unstrap anything.

Con's:
- Hydration bladder holder + the exit for it could be better, there should be a loop to hold it
- Heavy, I mentioned this.
- It's heavy, for the weight I'd like it to be 42L, it seems as if this could be accomplished by adding just a little extra (light weight) fabric here and there.

Overall I'd buy it again, no regrets on this one.

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blap55934wrote a review of on December 30, 2014

Nice puffy but...
3 5

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

Good design but some key flaws keep it from attaining jedi status. The Zipper Pull (and I realize BD used nearly the same pull on all of their outerwear) is downright terrible, it looks and feels flimsy, cheap and slippery.

Additionally, the lack of a two way zipper is a serious head scratcher. The relatively slim fit around the waist, which I don't mind, combined with the lack of a 2 way zipper make this jacket a piece that I don't really want to bring into the mountains for any serious climbing application. Without a 2 way zipper you can't comfortably belay and the slim fit around the hips means that the jacket doesn't really move all that well unless your a stick figure.

Also, the cuff construction isn't comfortable the overlap in the fabric is offset so that there is a small point that digs into your skin. I have seen this same design on other jackets so I presume this is all coming from once specific factory. It's a minute detail but you immediately notice when a sharp fabric edge digs into the soft part of your wrist and at this price point you shouldn't have to deal with this kind of discomfort. It would add about $.50 cents to the cost of manufacturer to rectify this problem.

I like the fit(although it limits function without a 2 way zipper), I like the styling, I really like the 70/30 blend but I would have a hard time paying $299 for this jacket and being totally content with it given the great options in the market from other manufacturers - I received the jacket as industry swag.

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blap55934wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I bought this to replace a TNF Radish hoody, possibly the best piece of clothing TNF has ever made (they don't make it any more unfortunately).

The xxl fit like a glove over a base layer which unfortunately is not true of the R1's anymore. The R1 in xxl fits like a muumuu dress and the xl is just too tight in the shoulders, The piton however is just right.

I don't have a ton of days in the mountains with it yet but i don't think I'll be disappointed by this one.

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blap55934wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

A high quality, well thought out product that approaches but falls short of perfection for the intended application.

Super comfortable, bomber bibs with well thought out features but just a tad too bulky and heavy for serious alpine endeavors. If you're a split boarder or do just a lot of touring these will be fine but there was just a tad too much material for my taste as I'm planning on using them for splitboard mountaineering and some alpine climbing.

Overall all I would recommend these over and above the patagonia primo or the arcteryx stinger. These bibs put both of those products to shame.

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blap55934wrote a review of on December 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Beautiful craftsmanship, color, details and overall design. The patterning on this pant however is absolutely terrible, just terrible. It constricts in the absolute worst places. I have a 32" inseam and 37" waist and the crotch, with the suspenders elongated to their max, hoisted my family jewels in a way that was inducing nightmares.

I'm in the market for a full length side zip pro shell bib that is at home both touring and alpine climbing (I know their will be sacrifices on either end) and I wanted these to be the winner but the crotch and thigh patterning was downright disappointing.

Patagonia still makes excellent gear but they really need to step their game up on the patterning. I also tried on the Primo pants and Primo bibs and although they were roomy I felt the exact same way about the patterning. Too loose where you don't need them to be loose and way to constricting exactly where you need movement for skinning and climbing a steep booth ladder.

Try again next year patagonia although by that time I'll have hoped to have found a bib or pant that will last me five seasons at least.

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