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caitlin.m.2063606 wrote a question about on August 23, 2011

What do folks think about the waist strap? Do you use it for bearing some of the weight, or is it just to keep the pack in place on your back? I would be looking for something that would take the weight off my shoulders a bit, both as I'm biking to school and when I'm on day hiking trips.

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caitlin.m.2063606 wrote a review of on April 8, 2009

3 5

I bought these pants at the beginning of the season and used them all winter for skiing on piste (telemarking) and for several backcountry tours. I'm 120 lbs, 5 foot 3 inches, not very hippy. I bought the small size and they fit nicely and look great (I've had many complements), but they have some serious functional problems. The waist is too low and does not cinch properly, so I get snow down my backside frequently (even with a tucked in shirt). You can use the velcro on each hip to tighten them, but as soon as you bend over the velcro pops open. A backcountry pant must sit higher on your waist to avoid this problem (or the cinching system must not be velcro). The end result is that these pants don't allow you full freedom of movement. I can't get them to sit at the right place on my hips so they fall a bit and then, when I am touring, hinder a free, full step. I find that extremely annoying.

I do like the material. It's as waterproof as I need it (sitting on a lift on a wet snow day, I was just a little damp at the very end of the day), and the side zips allow you to fully ventilate which is great. The gators at the bottom are perfectly done.

If I had to do it again, I would fork out more money for a full bib.

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caitlin.m.2063606 wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

4 5

I bought this pack after borrowing a friend's for a day-long backcountry ski tour. The pockets are really well designed and the pack is very comfortable. I love the light green fabric on the inside, which makes it very easy to find things without digging around. I also like that it's not a silo - the zipper runs all the way around so it's easy to find what you need. While the hip belt is pretty basic, it is comfortable and does what it needs to. The shoulder straps are also very comfortable. I frequently wear this when I am telemarking at a resort but want to carry equipment for a quick skin up a nearby mountain. It holds the basics (shovel, probe, skins, water, snacks and a few small things like sunscreen and an extra layer) but that's it. If it's a hot day and you want to store the extra layers you wore, you'll have to strap them to the outside. I find this pack very comfortable to ski with, and I ski expert terrain almost exclusively. I have also used it for longer ski tours and it has likewise served me well. I also found it slightly awkward to strap skis to the outside for boot packing it up a mountain. The skis were a bit unsteady and swayed. Possibly I just haven't found the right system yet. My only complaint is that I wish it was slightly bigger. It's always nice to have the option to cinch down extra, unused space than not to have the option at all. I'm sure i"ll use the pack for day hiking trips in the summer too. (And my MacBook pro fits perfectly inside the shovel pocket, as does a hydration system.) Overall, I'm happy with this pack but not raving about it.

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