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c2summit wrote a question about on January 24, 2014

I know this is meant to be predominantly a mountaineering boot with an ice-climbing focus, however I'm wondering how well it would be suited for general mountaineering in the lower 48 when compared with the much heavier (in my size, a full 1/2 lb. per boot!) Nepal EVO's? I'm not doing any ice climbing (yet), so it's typically just rock & snow. Obviously the Nepal's are more durable due to materials, but I'm not out there everyday so wondering if the lighter/warmer Batura would be a good choice.

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c2summit wrote a review of on November 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the same one for a couple of years now in hot and cold conditions with no issues. I previously used the Camelbak Antidote and went through several due to leaks before realizing that it just wasn't going to work. A friend suggested the Platypus so I got one and never looked back. Even under the pressure of a fully loaded 70L pack, never a drop out of place. It's super easy to fill and clean and the mouthpiece is much more user friendly than the CamelBak (more water volume, more durable, and more comfortable). Stop reading and get one already!

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c2summit wrote a review of on July 13, 2013

5 5

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

I've owned these for over a year now and put on tons of miles in every type of terrain from long steep scree slopes to boggy marshes and everything in between, yet they refuse to be defeated. There was no break-in required, ultra comfortable and stable, great traction wet and dry, I can't say enough good things about these boots. I own tons of boots and these are my go to's in everything but snow (I use full leather or mountaineering boots for winter). Great for day hikes or multi-day trips with a 30 lb. pack. Don't pass these up!

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c2summit wrote a review of on March 27, 2013

4 5

I'm 6'1" & 165 lbs with a 31" waist. I bought these in a size 32 waist, regular inseam and also in the long inseam (from another site). The waist measurement is way off (like previous reviewer states), I was totally swimming in these. The regular inseam was too short and the long was way too long. The quality, feel and features of the pants are all excellent leaving me bummed that I have to send them both back. OR needs to either get the sizing right or offer odd sizes (like 31") like other brands.

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c2summit wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

4 5

First, I should say I own several comparable shirts from Pata_nia & Sm_rt Wo_ol. I'm 6'1" & 170 lbs and this one fit's me very well in a large (medium was tiny, not even close), better than the SW one which is a little short and large in the body for a large. I wanted to love it, however the deal-breaker for me is that it is the itchiest of the three by far. To be fair, the Pat. one is 20% polyester, but the SW one (which is 100% merino) is by far the softest of them all. Ended up returning this as I felt I wouldn't wear it when I have others which are more comfortable.

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c2summit wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

3 5

I got these for my wife in 2 different sizes just to be sure. Unfortunately, both the one's that fit in length and the one's that were too long were both to narrow in the middle of the foot. Good fit in heel with lots of toe room, but very narrow mid-foot... strange cut. My wife's feet are thin with no meat on them at all (low volume), but no dice on these. She's never had any footwear fit like this. Otherwise, the construction seemed to be good, insulation decent but a bit thin for cold temps. Regretfully, had to send both back.

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c2summit wrote a review of on April 25, 2012

2 5

Sorry guys, I tried to like it. I always try to support BC, but the fabric is too heavy for a short sleeve polyester shirt. I can only imagine the body funk after a few hours on a warm day. I felt hot just trying it on in the house. Overall the shirt fit well (medium, 6'1", 170 lbs), but the tight, thick collar felt like it was choking me. Had to return it.

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c2summit wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

I agree with the other review that this would be a perfect 5-star jacket if it weren't for the tight fit under the armpits. I'm 6'1" & 170 lbs with an athletic build and went with a large for the arm length. Even with it being pretty baggy everywhere (the arms themselves are quite baggy) else, the armpits are pretty tight. I think this may be due to the redesigned "torsoflo" venting. OR usually has full pit vents. This jacket however has a hem (bottom of jacket) to below the armpit vent. The design changed on this jacket to where the zipper doesn't actually go up to the armpit (or through to bicep as usual). Appears they didn't measure the cut properly for this new design, causing it to be too tight. This wasn't a deal breaker for me and once wearing it on the mountain for a while, I completely forgot about it. It's definitely more noticeable when you first put the jacket on. Again, other than this, it's an incredible jacket well worth more than the asking price.

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c2summit wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

3 5

After using Camelbak's for years and not being happy with how leaky the new Antidote version is, I tried the Platypus. I was happy that it didn't leak under pressure, however getting a good flow of water from the bite valve is a difficult task. Compared to Camelbak's, it's downright difficult. The other issue I find is that it's not nearly as easy to fill in a faucet (pre-hike). This wouldn't be a problem while on the trail, but completely filling it in a faucet is pretty much impossible. I can't speak to the issue about the slide-lock in the other reviews as I haven't put enough miles on it yet (nor doubt I ever will due to bite valve issue). If any of you water reservoir companies need a new design engineer (the 2 mentioned apparently do), I'm available for hire!

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c2summit wrote a review of on January 4, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These things are built to last with incredible attention to detail and are very comfortable (other than issue noted below). After comparing these to many other top brands, these definitely come out on top. They would be getting 5 stars if it weren't for the non-removable suspenders being too short (even when fully extended), which makes them ride up in the crotch. I'm 6'1" & 170 lbs and the belt must be cinched almost completely and suspenders let out all the way to make these close to working. Unfortunately, I had to opt for another pant due to the suspender problem. Appears OR expects their customers to be shorter and heavier... :-( I had a size medium.

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c2summit wrote a review of on January 1, 2012

4 5

Surprisingly warm for how thin and light it is. This is an awesome layering piece for under a shell down into the teens (while moving of course) or on it's own over a l/s base layer in warmer conditions. I'm 6'1", 170 lbs and the medium is a pretty good fit although a little wide in the torso and a wee bit short. A large would be way too wide in the torso. In all fairness, this is a common problem for me in all brands. If not for the less than perfect fit, this would be 5 stars all day long!

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c2summit wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

2 5

Always been a fan of Camelbak reservoirs, but the new version leaks from the hose connection. It seems that all is ok until the reservoir is full with any sort of pressure on it (like inside a pack full of gear!)... that's when the problems begin. Wet down jacket and bag=miserable experience, don't risk it. It's happened all 3 times I've used it. And no, it's not condensation. I'm going back to my old version...

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c2summit wrote a review of on September 4, 2011

4 5

I bought this bag because I am so happy with my older style MontBell "U.L. Down Hugger" 15 degree bag. Same idea as the "Super Spiral", but without the "spiral". One thing I immediately noticed is that the bag does not contract as much as the "Down Hugger". Less "hug" equates to more cold air pockets. With that said, it's not a true mummy cut so it's an acceptable trade-off (to me) for the added room to stretch out. I'm thin and generally sleep a little cool which I was the 1st night when temps dropped into the upper 30's and the digestion heat wore off. Granted, I was only wearing a thin shirt, boxers, and without a fly on the tent. The next night was much more comfortable with the addition of pants and a fly. Since bag ratings assume you're wearing a baselayer, I'd have to say the bag is worthy of it's rating. Overall it's a very good bag, very light, packs down small and keeps you warm when dressed appropriately. If the bag "hugged" as much as my 15 degree bag (more/stronger elastic?), I'd be giving it a 5 star rating.

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c2summit wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

2 5

Bought this in white for warm alpine hikes to ward off the sun and skeeters (who tend to love dark colors). Even in white, it's just too thick and hot. Would be ok under cooler conditions, but then so would just about any shirt, right? As far as the odor issue, it got stinkier than most other shirts I own but the smell did wash out. Bottom line, if you're looking for a warm weather sun shirt for aerobic activities, keep looking.

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c2summit wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

2 5

The logo, color scheme, and fabric earn it 2 stars. The fit and HUGE brim get zilch. I ordered the large/XL size which isn't very big (too small) and the brim is still enormous (see other review). Guys, I guess if you're over-compensating for something else, then this is the brim for you! C'mon BC I'm trying to support, but you've gotta do your part. I was just about to order a BC t-shirt, but looks like more of the same... poor quality shirt earning low ratings. Please guys, spend more on the gear before putting your logo on it!

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c2summit wrote a review of on June 17, 2011

4 5

Apparently Europeans have small feet and believe that if you're above a size 12US, then you don't deserve 1/2 sizes and a good fit. The 12's too small, the 13 too large. Seems like a great boot overall other than the size issue. Very stable, form fitting, and highly adjustable. Someone please let me know when Salewa wakes up and decides to make a size 12 1/2...

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c2summit wrote a review of on March 15, 2010

5 5

Nothing negative to say... Bullet-proof, water-proof, and breathable which is why they are the standard by which all other gaiters are compared. I agree with the gent below that they tend to run big (depending on boot type of course). I wear a large with a size 13 backpack boot which fits perfectly even over my shell pants. I'm guessing they were sized around a plastic mountaineering boot???

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