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cpa3802227 wrote a review of on April 15, 2010

4 5

These are good gloves for their task: durable, dexterous gloves for working in cold weather. I use them for spring and summer mountaineering, as the leather hold up well to working with ropes. The gloves have most of the normal features of a top-level glove. They are generally waterproof, they have gauntlet drawstrings, and idiot cords. They also have a nice nose wipe on the thumb.

The most important feature they are missing is that the liner is not removable. What the glove really is, as far as I can tell, is a 3-layer system with a leather shell, a fleece liner, and Marmot's MemBrain in between the two, which is what provides the waterproofing.

Also, these gloves run a tad small, which is good for work gloves, since you need your fingers not to have a lot of extra room, thus hurting your dexterity. If you are looking for a glove to ski in, I would pick something else, but if you will be working with your hands outside, these are great.

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cpa3802227 wrote a review of on April 6, 2010

4 5

I have had these a couple of years now, and I use them whenever I am not carrying a heavy pack. They are sturdy and have a great sole. The GTX keeps them waterproof, though any low-top is subject to water coming in over the top. Use them with gaiters if there is a lot of scree around.

I would recommend these to anyone looking for a good trail shoe, as they fit the bill between backpacking boots and running shoe. The only thing I do not like is the un-stylish look: purple, brown, and gray is a bit much for wearing around town. Out in the backcountry, of course, it doesn't matter.

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cpa3802227 wrote a review of on April 1, 2010

5 5

There are a lot of great boots out there, and fit should be the number one criteria. That being said, I really like the look of these boots as well. They are classic, all-leather, and just "look" like they should be on your feet in the back country.

I have owned these boots for about 6 years, and they get regular backpacking use. They get muddy, wet, and cold through use, and they are as structurally sound as the day I bought them. I generally carry about a 30 pound load in the summer and a 40 pound load in the winter. These boots are well designed to provide support for this level of weight.

One caveat, these are definitely backpacking boots --- as opposed to hiking boots. If you plan to go out for day hikes with a small pack, you are probably better served getting something lighter. These boots are not light and nimble, they are designed for walking under a load for several days.

Bottom line: When these wear out, I will buy another pair.

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