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Canadian Rockies and Western Cascades

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Fly Fishing
Snowboarding
Biking
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Yoga
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I just grip it and rip it with life. Never stop seeking out adventures.

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butterswrote a review of on April 12, 2015

Great shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Worth the extra couple of ounces over the regular Houdini or a Ghost Wisperer if you are headed to the alpine and if you want it to protect you for multiple days from blowing snow and rain.
Make no mistake, it's waterproof and its a tough enough shell, but it isn't as breathable as Goretex Activeshell. I used the alpine Houdini on dragon tail last weekend and it performed extremely well in crosswinds and spindrift with windchill dipping to 5F. As long as I was moving, I was relatively warm and quite well protected.

I got a size Large, I'm 5,11" 215lb and it fits great over a soft shell. Not so great over my puffy, but the arms on an XL would be too long and baggy. Overall I'm happy with the fit.

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butterswrote a review of on March 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This with the dry revolution boxer make one of the best base layer systems I've ever had in the alpine. Stretchy, comfortable, warm when you're cold, pulls sweat out of your skin when you're hot. I could live in this top for days, and that's ok because it takes about four days before it starts stinking.
Infinitely better than polyester competitors. This is the real deal.

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butterswrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

I'm not sure where to start. All I can say is, it's the best pack I've ever owned. It just works. You know how some of the gadgets and things in your life "just work" and you can make little customizations to them that make them truly unique to you. It's like putting on your favorite pair of pants or shoes. This pack has everything I need when I need it. Nothing I don't when I don't need it.
If you're on the lookout for a pack that can literally handle any situation you want to throw at it (outside of maybe an expedition), look no further. Get this pack.

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butterswrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

On a trip up to the north cascades recently it got down to 12deg at high camp that night. With two thermal layers on and toe warmers wedged between my liner and my wool sock I was toasty warm and slept like a rock. The rest of my rope team was not so lucky. Most of them ended up wearing every stitch of clothing they had to stay warm. At around 330am I added some glove liners and my buff over my nose, but would've been fine without as well.

As others have stated, the zipper does get stuck. You have to be pretty patient when you want to zip up, and take the time to put on your headlamp real quick and do it right otherwise you could shear the bag. I found this particularly inconvenient when I was groggy and half awake after a bio break and had to fully wake up to get the zipper closed up again. It was certainly an inconvenience but not worth dinging the bag a full star. I'll take warmth and a good nights sleep at 8k feet with a picky zipper versus struggling to stay warm wishing the sun would come up all night. Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about.

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