I wear US 9.5 women's street shoe and a 41.5 for Scarpas, if that helps.
I wanted to love this classic boot but it never worked for me. I put some serious mileage on them, but never felt like they broke in, and I ended up with heel blisters after every hike, even after adding custom insoles.
Part of my disappointment may just be the shape of my feet not being a good fit for this boot. However, I've heard that the new Sundowners made in China don't hold a candle to the old ones made in Italy. Unfortunately, the new breed is nothing like the old breed.
These are great boots; very well constructed, high quality, a little less rustic-looking than most of El Naturalista's offerings, with an amazingly supportive and comfortable footbed and sole. I goofed on the whole sweater-boots trend for a while, but got over it fast when I tried these on.
Initial disclosure: I love Kaenons so I'm biased, but I think these are great sunglasses. Was debating between these and a pair of Persols; I went with the Kaenons for versatility because these are technical, performance frames you can wear all the time without looking goofy. The lenses are just amazing; if these are your first polarized lenses, you will probably never go back. The Georgia frame has a full-coverage wraparound shape that's a little too big for my face but I like them so much I'm keeping them.
I ordered a size smaller than I usually wear, and they fit perfectly. Agree with Mogg as to length; I'm 5'10" and the long size just barely hits the top of my feet with a very small break.
Got these pants for skate skiing and couldn't be happier. I just can't get into the Swix/Craft race-day look when I'm out for a recreational hour or two, and the Wister Pant is a nice alternative. I haven't had any really cold days yet (depending on your definition)--I've worn these from low twenties to mid-thirty degrees--but so far, I've never overheated, which is usually my problem. The front panels are just windproof enough, and the back panels breathe perfectly. Only negatives? No vents, no pockets (apart from a small interior key pocket).
Have to disagree with Chicago Guy. This beanie is just right for my head. I love the material and the fit.
I have never loved a shoe the way I love this shoe. It has a very low profile and thin sole, but it doesn't compromise comfort or support at all. The foot bed hugs the arch of my foot and the heel cup keeps my foot snug, so there's no friction and no blisters. The leather upper was soft straight out of the box; I had no break-in period. And they don't have as much of a hippie/crunchy/chukka boot look in person as in the photo here, if that's a concern. One odd word of caution, though: the natural latex sole has a fairly strong odor, but it's more of a rubber smell than a chemical smell. If you have allergies or chemical sensitivities you might be sneezing for a while, but the odor dissipates over time.
I bought the Florette to replace a Vector that died and I love it. The technical features deliver as promised. I find the altimeter easier to calibrate and more reliable than my old Vector. The only annoying thing is, it determines altitude based on air pressure, so if the weather changes as your elevation does, you'll get thrown off a bit . It's smart and distinctive-looking, although for a woman's watch, it's just as large and clunky as any other Suunto. The high-shine case and glass crystal look great but I'm a little afraid to take it outside because it's just a matter of time before it gets banged and scratched up.
I've had mixed success with Scarpas in the past but I needed a new hiking boot and was getting desperate to find something that offered the right amount of support, stability, and comfort for long, steep hikes. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel, and heel lift (and blisters) is a constant issue for me. These boots are the absolute best I've found. I don't even have to tie all the ridiculous lacing knots I've learned; these boots were wonderful right out of the box, and required almost no break-in.
It is indeed ultralight, but the best thing about this bag is it's way roomy --I can fit a jacket and two fleeces AND my hiking boots inside--but it cinches around the top so you're not hauling around a floppy tote back.
These feel *so* good after your feet have spent hours smashed inside your ski boots. Don't wear them around town during Sundance, though, unless you want to be mistaken for a tourist.
I must have a 2 year-old-sized head because this beanie fits like a beanie should, although I agree with the prior commenter to an extent: this beanie does leave your ears out in the cold. It's remarkably weather-proof, though.
I have several Icebreaker pieces of varying weights and I truly dig them all. The heavier weave by itself is enough for skate skiing on a very cold day. It also acts as an amazing protective armor if you get thrown off your mountain bike. Plus, my Icebreakers get even softer with every laundering. Still, don't believe the hype. Yes, merino, like all wool, insulates even when wet. But if you're sweating at 12,000 feet and the wind kicks up, you're still going to be wet and a little cold. No, merino does not get as perma-stinky as synthetic materials, but if you work up a stink, your merino will, too. It also has a tendency to snag and pill under a pack.
I use the chalkboy as an everyday handbag...and I'd do it again and again. It's that good. Don't hate.
The best thing about this sweater is the fit: trim silhouette without being too snug, and the sleeves are nice and long. (I'm 5'10" and finding something that actually hits at my hips and wrists without having to go up to size XL is never easy.) On the downside, it's slightly itchy. I hoped this would disappear with a few washings, but so far it hasn't. Also not as warm as you might think.
This is by far my favorite fleece (from a technical wear junkie and Arc'Teryx enthusiast, this is saying quite a lot). It's nicely tailored for a flattering fit, so it's not too bulky to layer under a shell or a poofy. Also surprisingly windproof, and my dog's hair is invisible against the basmati color.
I got these shoes for muddy spring & fall trail running in upstate NY and love them. I'm on my third pair and I hope Salomon never stops making them. Breathability is not a strength, so I don't recommend them for warm weather. Arch support is fair to moderate, but the snug fit & lacing system help to compensate.
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Backcountry.com and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Backcountry.com and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Backcountry.com all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Backcountry.com an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Backcountry.com shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Backcountry.com, and Backcountry.com does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Backcountry.com endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Backcountry.com have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Backcountry.com be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Backcountry.com determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Backcountry.com may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Backcountry.com may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Backcountry.com shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Backcountry.com or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Backcountry.com, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Backcountry.com by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Backcountry.com reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Backcountry.com suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Backcountry.com may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
BACKCOUNTRY.COM DOES NOT ENDORSE THE USER CONTENT, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USER CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONS WHO MAY USE OR RELY ON SUCH USER CONTENT) FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY USER CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.