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dreid wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a stylish, nice fitting jacket, but the other reviews have said that it is thick and warm, and that is not the case. It's about as thick as a 100 weight fleece. I'm 5'11'' and 155, and a small fits casually with enough room for a thin down underneath. It's just not as warm as the other reviews suggest it is.

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dreid wrote a review of on August 20, 2010

5 5

This is a nice shirt. It's pretty lightweight and and has a very nice athletic fit. I'm 5'10'', 150, with a 38'' chest and a medium fits perfectly. It's a little longer than most shirts, but looks normal enough. It's not very scratchy. I tried it out on a six day trip in hot weather and sweat on it like a pig. I washed it in a creek a few times and it didn't smell at all.

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dreid wrote a review of on July 29, 2010

5 5

I have really wide feet (4E) so it's hard to find boots that fit well, but the wide version of these boots is perfect. They're waterproof, pretty light, have a nice tough sole, and seem durable after about nine months. The thing that really sets these boots is the curved sole. It's almost like a rocker sole, and gives a really smooth step. It takes a lot of the shock out of walking. Hiking is just less painful with these boots. It does have one drawback though. The curve is so significant that I can't fit my sabretooth crampons on them.
If you have wide feet, the wides in these are wonderful. It would be nice if they fit crampons, but I'll take the nice step they give over that.

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dreid wrote a review of on May 20, 2010

5 5

First impressions: It's a solid ice axe with a comfortable grip and great leash. The curved shaft should be nice on steeper stuff. It's kind of heavy to swing like a tool, but it's not meant to be one. The grip at the end of the shaft is really coarse and feels like it might abrade a glove's palm. This axe is worth the price, especially if you can get it from SAC.

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dreid wrote a review of on March 26, 2010

4 5

This is a seriously warm bag. I've only tried it in 18 degrees, but I was perfectly toasty. It's not the lightest or most compact, but for the price point, it's downright amazing. For anything slightly better, you'd need to throw down at least another $75. The half zipper takes a little getting used to, but I'd gladly take five seconds longer to get into my bag than carry another 4 ounces.

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dreid wrote a review of on March 26, 2010

5 5

Because of my ridiculously wide feet, I always have a hard time finding boots, but these fit me perfectly. The folded up leather over the tongue opens up after a few hours wearing them, making it a lot wider than when you first try it on. The leather upper makes these great for walking compared to plastic boots, so they're much more comfortable for approaches. I tried these out on Mt. Hood, and they worked great. I started getting a blister on my heel, but then added a liner sock and the problem vanished. I was in about 20 degree weather with a mid weight and light weight sock, and my feet didn't even think about being cold. I think they could handle a good deal colder weather. I wear size 10 shoes, and the 43.5's fit me perfectly. The rigid sole is great, and the build quality is absolutely stellar. They're actually made in ITALY! Not China like the details say. Get these boots while they're still here. They're an absolutely solid all purpose mountaineering boot.

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dreid wrote a review of on January 17, 2010

5 5

I can't say enough about this pad. It's light, compact, and incredibly comfortable. I upgraded from a thin foam pad, and it's great not having to worry about little bumps and rocks keeping you up all night. It's quick and easy to inflate. The stuff sack seems to be a little bit bigger than it needs to be. I always put a couple of rubber bands around the pad to keep it from unrolling inside the sack. I thought the big ridges would be weird to sleep on at first, but it actually helps to keep you from sliding off (the pad is slightly narrow, but that keeps weight down). I've used mine for almost a year now, and I have no regrets about the purchase. I'd buy it again in a second.

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