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dashoe wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

4 5

These were my second pair of climbing shoes and the laceup fit was fairly comfortable... if you can call a climbing shoe comfortable. They really fit my narrow feet like a glove. For sport climbing I prefer to have a pair of shoes I don't have to rip off every time I get off the wall, and these really hit the sweet spot of good performance without constantly aching feet. This is not an aggressively shaped shoe, and I think it becomes apparent once you are getting past about 5.10c or maybe a V4. I found myself wanting something with a bit more control on the toe. Durability is pretty good.

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dashoe wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

3 5

Based on the other reviews it sounds like the sizing is unpredictable in these bottoms, which seems a bit common for Stoic gear. Anyway, I am 30x32 and got a small. The legs are tight enough and the fit is good. Plenty warm for running in the midwestern cold.

The one drawback is the crotch is too low or the waistband is too high. You can think about it either way. If they shaved off an inch or two these things would be vastly improved. As it stands you can choose between old-man high waistline or a saggy crotchal region. I go the second route and pair them with boxer briefs anyway so no worries. A real bargain for the SAC price.

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dashoe wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

5 5

I am not at all surprised how good these shoes are, given my experience with Montrail. Got them for the girl, she also tried on the Montrail Sabino GTX, Vasque Mindbender GTX, and Keen Tryon WP. She liked these the best for her slightly wide feet, and they were more "running shoe" than the heavier Keen and Sabino. The mindbenders were too narrow. She loves them for running in the snow, slush, and various crud. Love the aggressive tread. Paired with some wool socks you are going to stay warm and dry in these.

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dashoe wrote a review of on January 15, 2012

5 5

I guess this has been reborn in the Super Mica, but wanted to drop some praise for an incredibly light, totally downpour-proof jacket. This thing has kept me super dry and is long enough for my monkey arms and abnormally long torso (6'0", got a medium). Packs down so small it is perfect for backpacking. I've also kept it in my pocket during outdoor concerts and oh man is it satisfying to be the smug dry guy.

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dashoe wrote a review of on December 11, 2010

4 5

When I first got these shoes, they seemed to run small and were very stiff. It took a while, maybe two weeks, for them to break now. Now they feel great. The honeycomb pattern on the sole is not flat, but a little convex, so they don't provide much (if any) support. I have found that they also pick up dirt or snow in the holes and basically lose all their traction when that happens. But they really are a casual, good-weather shoe so I'll give them four stars for look and comfort during travel (minimal walking) or in the office.

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dashoe wrote a review of on October 24, 2010

4 5

This makes a great layer because it is thin and breathes well, but I'm sending it back because I want more of an all-purpose fleece. I'm 6'0" and thin, and the arms are a good length but i wish it were a little longer in front. The back length is longer and fine. Since I am unlikely to wear this as an outer layer in cool weather I'm going to find something else.

Also, the black fleece has an embroidered montane logo just like the detail picture of the blue one. The picture of the black version shown above is not really accurate.

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dashoe wrote a review of on October 17, 2010

5 5

Got these for the girlfriend who has to wear custom orthotic footbeds. Low boots tend to have zero ankle support after putting the footbed in. She went through many pairs before settling on these. She loves the great ankle support and there is zero heel slip, even with a footbed that fits her wide foot. No breakin period or blisters. Mud and waterproof. Finding footwear for special feet can be a chore but these save the day!

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dashoe wrote a review of on September 5, 2010

5 5

Loving these pants. The roomy crotch is great. One of the thigh pockets is velcro and the other is zippered, though the zipper pull is a little too small. Length is good and the flared leg openings fit over whatever boots you might be wearing. The material is really soft, so the waist is not too bulky and is fine wearing a heavy pack.

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 20, 2010

2 5

These feel like they would really do the trick if only they fit me. I have medium to narrow feet, skinny in the cankle. These socks are just not elastic enough to fit a wide range of foot sizes. I wear a men's 10 and the large was too long. The medium was OK in length, but the heel and ankle were a little loose.

If you have beefy feet you should have no problem, but even so you should probably order a size down. With BC's return policy you might as well order two pairs just to be sure.

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 18, 2010

4 5

These are super dextrous, the leather is nice and soft. Keep in mind that they will pack down a bit after a bit of use. I love the white color. The short cuffs have not been a problem so far because even the end stay fairly tight on my wrists.

They are warm enough for me down to about 30F with Mammoth wind, and below that I pair them with the Hestra merino liner glove. With the liner my hands are always warm. (however the liners fell apart after about 10 days... that's a different story)

I am taking away a star because there are some loose thread ends coming out of the seams. Not a big deal since I scored them on tramdock, but if I paid full price for them I would be annoyed. I also wish there was a nose wipe...

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 18, 2010

2 5

I've used this bottle quite a bit and I'm not impressed. What am I supposed to use it for? For any active activity this doesn't cut it. Too heavy. Doesn't hold a lot of water. You have to hold it upright for the straw to work. Too many parts to clean. Can only suck out a little water at a time. Awkward to use one-handed.

I would rather go with an old-school pop-top bottle or a hydration pack. In my opinion camelbak just overthought this one. I guess it looks OK if you're trying to impress someone at the dog park or office, but once you get it on the trail you realize what a pain it is.

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 18, 2010

5 5

Took one of the 18" folders on a two-week trip to England and I was constantly putting dress shirts and pants in and out. I could get 3-4 shirts and a pair of khakis in there without straining it. The folding board has a diagram of how to fold your stuff, and since the clothes are sandwiched between the back of the folder and the board on top, they stay put and wrinkles are rare.

It's really nice to have all your nice clothes in a folder, because then you can just toss it in your luggage and not worry about cramming the bag full. Makes packing faster and easier. Didn't need an iron in two weeks.

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 18, 2010

4 5

This is an awesome pad for the money. Packs smaller than my old self-inflating pad and is many times more comfortable. Its durability is obvious once you get your hands on it. It's kind of thick and crinkly nylon, so it's not quite as squishy as the BA clearview pad. Sometimes I feel like I'm sleeping on a big paper bag. But still a really great pad.

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dashoe wrote a review of on July 18, 2010

4 5

The plastic on this pad is a little bit stretchy, so it feels softer to me than other non-foam pads. It packs up smaller than my 3/4 length therm-a-rest and is MUCH more comfortable. I like the stickyness of it because it is less like to slide around. It can be a little loud if you are shuffling around, but that won't last long since it's so comfortable.

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