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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 4, 2013

5 5

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

I am something of a sock connoisseur, so it means something when I say that these are the best socks I have ever owned. They are beautifully warm and comfortable to wear on a mountain or around the home (I'm wearing some right now). I only ever wash them on impulse, as they never smell or feel like they actually need washing unless you've been walking around somewhere greasy or muddy. They are rather thick though, so not much good if your boots are already too small.

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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 4, 2013

5 5

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

You can't help but be impressed by the packaging, which says: "Lifetime Warranty: If you can wear them out, mail them back to Darn Tough Vermont for a replacement." I have certainly never even seen any signs of wear on mine.

They are only moderately thick and moderately warm, but this property makes them good boot-socks or when combined with multiple sock layers. My only complaint is that they are too small. I have average-size feet and always buy XL socks, but even these were too tight to be entirely comfortable. The only better socks I've owned are the SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crews, but even these don't feel half as rugged as the Darn Toughs.

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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 4, 2013

5 5

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

These gloves, being seamless, are naturally good for retaining use of your hands. They are also very comfortable and, despite appearing slightly bulky, actually work better as liners than some of my other gloves that are actually intended to be liners. Not all touch-screens require the stainless-steel-woven fingertips in order to work, but many do.

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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light, packable, easy to inflate, easy to deflate. These are its good qualities. Unfortunately, it is uncomfortable like any air pillow, with your head always wanting to roll around or bounce like a trampoline. From now on I think I'll just take a real pillow in a plastic bag and tie it onto the outside of my pack. You can't understate the importance of a good night's sleep.

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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely cannot fault the performance of this pad. I now have two and have used them in a range of conditions including directly on snow, and have never been anything but too warm underneath. It is warm from the moment you climb on till the moment you hop off. Yes it does crinkle and it has the same squishy feel as any air furniture, but for its weight and warmth it is fantastic. Having said that, the pad is sorely let-down by the idiotic valve and pump system. It is laborious to fill by mouth (which also fills it with naughty water vapour), but the pump-bag is entirely unusable due to leaky, poor manufacture and its total lack of any design thought whatsoever. Therm-a-Rest, take some clues from Exped and fix the inflation system, then you'll have a damn-near-perfect product.

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bol5623223 wrote a question about on October 14, 2012

I bought one of these a few weeks ago but the wind chill function doesn't seem to work. It always reads the same as the normal temperature, regardless of wind speed.
I've emailed support@brunton.com from different addresses but the emails keep getting bounced back. What should I do...wind chill is one of the main reasons
I bought it? If it can't be resolved, I'll have to return it as a faulty product.

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bol5623223 wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

2 5

Although they are pretty warm for their thin nature, there are a couple of annoying aspects of these gloves that are very disappointing fr their price and the normally good name of Arc'teryx. Firstly, the seams are sewn together very thickly and come together right at your fingertips, meaning that most dextrous activities that would normally be the advantage of thinner gloves (e.g. tying shoelaces) become no easier than with thick gloves. Secondly, there is an unnecessarily huge information tag in one of the gloves, which I picked the stitching out of as I always so with these things. Oops! It used the same stitching as the glove itself, so now I have a big hole I need to sew up. What a tremendous pain in the donkey.

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