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citationx2203213 wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

3 5

Having bought a fleece and found the size to be great for tall, athletic peeps I was disappointed to buy the mediums for my 34" waist to find more than my ankles getting cold (196cm).
The "tall norwegian" syndrome seems to have been lost on Norrona's pants but still, they are heavy duty ,hard wearing and still slim-fit pant. Given this slim fit the relatively shallow hand-pockets and flat leg pockets (unlikely other pants that give excess, or a fold of, material, the "cargo" pockets are simply a flat piece of material sewed on) you can't really use the pants for carrying more than some change, a slim phone and a thin wallet (not really a problem for me ;-)).
Regardless of the short legs or the useless pockets, the material works well to keep spikes out of you in scrub and is wind resistant enough to keep you quite warm. If they were longer I'd give them more stars.

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citationx2203213 wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

4 5

Wow, what a great spoon. It has a long handle, has a deep spoony-diggy bit, and man, I don't often eat those freeze drieds but let me tell you - does it ever take the top 3mm of crud off my soup! This thing really is sensational for getting bits right off the very top of your soup bowl or stirring tea! Such a functional spoon! I never knew such a simple design could be so life changing!!

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citationx2203213 wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

4 5

I am 196cm with a 208cm fingertip-to-fingertip wing-span and the Large is seriously the first *great* fitting jacket I've bought ... probably ever.~42" chest and 34" waist this is long enough both in body and arms but doesn't billow around my body like all my other jackets.
I needed another warm vest sitting around at night around 2-5deg C but this guy worked very well with just a lightweight long-sleeved shirt underneath at those temperatures when doing some trail walking in windy conditions.
Definitely a good choice for activity in cold snowy temps if I add a thicker merino layer!

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citationx2203213 wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the small originally but will upgrade to the medium (the small looks similar but no tabs for the toothbrush - different pockets instead).
Many zippered compartments (and pockets) handy for sorting bits into various places, but even with all of them it's very light. Currently using the small as a first aid kit to get a couple of compression bandages along with lots of other pills, lotions, swabs and thin dressing pads (and could still jam more in if i needed). Will be getting the medium to see how that goes (gear junkie!). I've taken it in and out in a light rain but not really tested it by dunking it. Not sure it would ever get to that point!
All around a great organiser.

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citationx2203213 wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

4 5

With my gf using a multi-day gregory pack and me with this, I find that their bags tend to have many zippers and pockets. Maybe I'm tainted by how comfortable it is, but the sheer number of pockets doesn't detract from the overall functionality. A great pocket on the "front" to stuff a light rainproof jacket. An unzipped pouch along your back for water bladders or another layer of soft warm clothing, some mesh pockets on your hips and sides for water and/or snacks. The pocket on top has a water-proof seal on the zip with key clip, and an internal pocket for one extra layer of water-resistance for your phone or matches.
Side access to the main section is good, though I don't use it much.
What I would say is a down side is that the mesh all seems "wirey", really tough and not very stretchy, i worry that hard pokey bits might rip it easily (though haven't yet). The tops/openings of the two side pockets, also, aren't stretchy so you need a hole in your gear packing inside the pack to be able to fit a nalgene or similar wide-body bottle into the pocket.
The back padding/support can just be bent into a comfortable S shape to suit you with the help of your knee and the multitude of straps here and there (and around your waist) help keeps everything in check and the bag comfortably sitting on your hips even with a larger load.
A great bag, if this is how all gregory bags are made I'll be making more of them mine.

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citationx2203213 wrote a question about on August 7, 2011

Hi all, I know that my feet fit well in the 30.5 Scarpa T1s (hired them for the slopes recently) and someone mentioned that BD size similarly to scarpas (perhaps a bit wider though - fine for me!) but looking at the sizing chart BD vs Scarpa are miles off when comparing US or EUR sizing (i'm a 46EUR usually). If I stick to the 30.5 mondo (as with the Scarpas) can I be fairly certain I'll be ok?

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