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Samuel G.wrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Love this Rod...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a 5 star because I snapped my first one before even casting... but it was rectified... defective.

Took it to the Eastern Sierra to case Rainbows with my daughter this weekend... it worked great and let me reach farther than I thought it would on still water. Sensitive and consistent... great rod for the money.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Great boots... med-high in volume
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Very well made - good kicks. Not much break in required... Just did a decent long weekend in the Eastern Sierra with my daughter - bought them for her. Its a soft boot upper so there is minimal break in. Waterproof liner seemed to work as her feet and socks stayed dry regardless of wet streams and lake shore antics.
Heads up - they are med/high volume so I carried a set of 5/16 irons with me just in case - glad I did as I needed to use them... but with them I dialed in her fit and we had miles and miles of blister free comfort.
Irons are a boot fitting tool - think "shim"... yes I'm a boot fit nerd.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on September 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I’ve looked and looked for internal frame packs for my kids... The issue is the suspension - most importantly the hip belt and how it transfers weight from the bottom of the frames stays (rods) to the hip bone... My issue - none of these packs do it well in a size I need in torso and waist for my kids. The Ace 50 is a great pack: the weight is where you want it to be considering your kids are gonna carry between 12-20lbs... features are fine but the suspension ...ugh!... not terrible but really not much better than the rest. As expected 5 miles into day as the foam and material warmed up the suspensions started to sag on to my kids butts and they were not happy. On prior trips they carried REI Passage 40's - while a heavier pack by about a pound the suspensions were much better... BUT - they no longer make the 40's... only the 65's... which is too much volume for my kids... Murphy's Law.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on April 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I should have pulled the trigger on these for my son 2 years ago... my bad for not doing so. They are perfect.

My experience outfitting my kids (now 9 & 10) with skis over the years has left me with significant lack luster feelings for the industry when it comes to good kid skis for kids who CAN ski.

Yes there a a ton of crap composite directional skis... which I admit are great for little little ones and beginners. But when your 8 year old sends it harder than you and list Eagles Nest and High Rustler as his/her favs well the composite stix don't cut it... and there is where the problem lies as from that point forward until you can get them on 150cm+ planks the pickings are really really sparse.

The composites are WAY too soft and then you have a host of narrow fully cambered park skis to choose from... not much else. Must we all send our kids to the park???!! News flash, not all our kids are park skiers? some like trees and the soft stuff.

So you have the composite noodles, the park skis and the odd attempts (K2 for example; Bad Seeds... who the heck deigned these things! Really!? They are stiffer than my GS skis! no kid on this planet can flex them).

Note: I do LOVE the Volkl Gotama's Jrs.- I think as a fully rockered kids ski go they nailed it - the flex, side cut, everything. But what if your skiing ice and super hard pack...(SPRING!)? what choices are there that are not too stiff, that a kid can flex, direction, early rise etc. etc... VIRTUALLY NO CHOICES... then I order these after talking to the guys up in Nor Cal.. PERFECTO! THEY ARE PERFECT.

This is a kids version of a fantastic one quiver ski for the intermediate to advanced kid.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you take kids into the backcountry then you LOVE THIS. Their pallets are already limited just doe to age... and your already carry half their stuff... Mine are 8 and 10 and they can carry roughly 20lbs. if I want to get over 6 miles out of them... Most of the meals are too spicy for kids... this is great!... glad its bland. Wish they had one or two more this bland.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Patagonia has always been my fav for base layers. Not for outerware, not for waterproof breathables but for base layers and duffles... YES.

Love Capaline... I have some new cap and I have 25+ year old cap... it all still works. And because of that my kids get cap.

Sad that Backcountry is a Liberty Media Company... which mean we are essentially shopping at QVC...

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on January 7, 2015

The Perfect All-Rounder
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I had to buy the next size to have on hand as my son is so in love with it he is already worried about growing out of it. This is just a great piece. Its very warm but not so warm that its not everyday functional. Its also hyper easy to wash - just drop it in the washer. The DWR is extremely durable. Add a fleece Jkt under it and its good to go for 0º temps. Note it does not allow the hood to be synched down or a draw string at the hem. I will be storing these for his kids.

Even cooler in the photo he's pointing up at Tommy Caldwell & Kevin Jorgeson sending the Dawn Wall on El Cap free for the first time!!! This Jkt has seen history!

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on January 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the adult version of the ski and got the 118s and 128s for my kids. BTW - Love mine . With about 10 days on them they are very happy. These are the first rockered skis they've had. Before this they were on traditional cambered direction skis (composite). So there was an adjustment period... that is until the first dump. Once they got some fresh under them there was no looking back. They are Volks so they are characteristically 'stiff'. For my son on the 118s no issue, at 44lbs. he can flex a boot and a ski...soft or hardpack he rocks it. My daughter, on the 128s is 10lbs. heavier but not as an aggressive skier... On hard pack days I can see that the lack of pop from the lack of Camber took a little longer to get used to. In the end they are both shedding it. Both have directional cambered skis the same length and unless its all groomed/hardpack/crud they always choose their Gotamas.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a pair of these and swore by them for literally 12 years... loved them. I ordered these to replace my originals which finally died. These new ones do not have removable liners...DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. I ordered a pair of the Black Diamond Lobsters instead - very happy with them.

Wether you are drying your gloves in your rental condo in Vail or in your sleeping bag being able to remove the liners is essential to insure that they DRY!... I always put the liners next to my chest in my sleeping bag at night ... insures they dry and I have warm fingers in the AM to break camp...etc..

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on November 5, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The concept is sound... just poor execution. I'm a firm believer in Lobster Mits... best of both worlds: warmth and dexterity. But would not suggest anyone buy these. I bought 4 for all my kids? returned all 4.

Reasons:

1. They are NOT actual lobster mits. The product description fails to mention that inside the "mit" the fingers are separated! which of course means you have none of the benefits of the additional warmth of having the fingers together and on top of that you have none of the dexterity of a glove.

2. God forbid you try to wash these you run a 50/50 chance of having the insides get so tangled your kiddies will NEVER ever get their hands in again.

3. The liners are NOT removable.

4. They really are NOT that warm? per all of my kids.

Sadly good kid gloves are like a unicorns? impossible to find. No one wants to spend $100+ on a kids glove like we do on adult gloves so no one makes them. Yet we are all faced with the same issue: keeping our kids hands warm so their day, and ours, is not ruined. I?m trying the more upper-end Hestra Junior Heli Mits this winter? They appear to be much better made and warmer at first pass. Plus the liners are removable... we'll see...

Another season and my kids will fin in XS Marmot or Black Diamond Guide/Lobsters... and then the search for the Unicorn will be over... Yes, they will run $150 a pair but honestly - ya spend $10k on a week in Deer Valley or Vail... don't cheap out on your kids warmth over the cost of a couple cocktails

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on February 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tons of awards, blah, blah, blah... Yes these are without a doubt one of the if not the best boots out there, just as the Voodoos log as many accolades for a 75mm (I have both) Long of the short - for the vast majority of us these things rock.

But what I never see anyone talk about are the liners! These lines are soooooo much more technologically advanced than everyone else's. The foam that is used, the cover material, the lacing system, ... if you compare them side by side there is no comparison. The rest of the industries liners are crap. Now I just learned Garmont was bought by Scott... lets hope they don't screw up a good thing.

They don't "pack"out... everyones else's do because they use a compressible foam that feels great when new but compresses over time. Garmont uses a closed cell foam that holds .... this means less adjusting your boots as the day progresses and from my experience after 2 years they fit the same.

Sure there are a lot of shells out there... but there is just ONE liner... compare that and there is no comparison.

If you have an average volume foot your gonna love these.

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Samuel G.wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I literally tried every pair of boot bottoms that Backcountry sells... yes, I ordered them all! The only ones I did not try were the Patagonia... they were out of my size in both Cap and wool.

Of all of them the Houdini's were by far the best. Significantly better fit - dramatically better. They are a 'mid-weight'(Cap3) equivalent. I ended up keeping two pairs of the Houdinis and two pairs of the North Face. TNF's are a light-weight (Cap2) equivalent. The Burtons are just terrible - you get what you pay for. The Marmots are good (own a pair from last season) but are about 1 inch shorter than you'd want to over lap your sock just a bit. I Telemark so I wear knee-pads (Black Diamonds are the best) and the Marmots are just a tad short, they work buuuutt the bottom straps from knee pads sometimes work themselves up under the bottom cuff?exposing skin. The Houdini's are more expensive but wow are they worth it. I'm 5'9" 155 and wear a Med in most, Med in TNF but a small in the Houdini.

Oh, If I was buying some and not going with the Houdini's I'd get the Icebreakers - they are VERY nice and I'd say the warmest - I'd put them at a Cap3.5 ... and were longer and great fit... but were WARM... I just did a week in BrianHead, 10� - 20� and the mid-weight Marmots kept me perfectly toasty...hence the Icebreakers would be too warm for me for an average lift-service ski day? god forbid I was skinning? I'd roast. I got the TNF's for Spring and or skinning.

Get the Houdinis? they rock.

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