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flyingfabu wrote a review of on March 29, 2007

5 5

i've been subject to a vast array of substandard pads in my life. i'm happy to say this is not one of them. it stays put under my sleeping bag and provides enough padding that i don't feel anything bumpy from the ground underneath. it also provided a nice barrier from the cold ground. it's light and once all the air has been squeezed out of it, you're left with a tightly packed roll that tucks nicely into your bag. i would recommend it.

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flyingfabu wrote a review of on March 29, 2007

5 5

what can i say? it kept me very warm, i felt snug as a bug camping in winter, in high altitude. the weather was cold enough that there was some snow here and there, to give you a sense of how warm it was. i'm so in love with it that i've used it even when i didn't need it, such as in motel rooms. it's soft, the half zipper works well. when i scrunch it up around my face, there are no scratchy spots. it seemed to resist the slight condensation in the tent. it's not waterproof, per se, but even with a few beads of water on it, it felt dry to the touch. the blue color is awfully pretty, too. did i mention it squooshes down to nothing and weighs even less? it has made backpacking a joy.

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flyingfabu wrote a review of on February 6, 2007

4 5

I've worn these boots several times so far. They’ve been worn winter camping, hiking 6+ hours twice, once in off-and-on rain. I have fairly wide and sensitive feet. Often, shoes will not be comfortable. These were from the beginning. It took me a few times to break them in. I have a narrow, somewhat bony ankle and the back of the boot rubbed the back of my ankle a bit at first, nothing that moleskin and tying the shoelace one notch lower couldn’t remedy.
Considering each time I’ve worn them I’ve really put them to the test, I’d say they’ve been great. After hiking 7 hrs. or so in off-and-on rain, crossing muddy & wet areas, I expected my feet to be wet. My socks were bone dry. I was very pleased.
When I wore them camping, they stayed warm until nightfall. I could then feel a slight draft on the top parts of my feet. I didn’t mind, it was probably about 30° and dropping at that point. I’d rather have a shoe that can breathe a bit when I’m hiking.
They are flexible enough to be comfortable. I’ve only worn them once with a heavy backpack, but it wasn’t for much more than an hour. They seemed supportive enough though I can’t comment on what a longer backpacking hike might feel like.
I would recommend them. My fussy feet were happy and they met my expectations.

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flyingfabu wrote a review of on February 5, 2007

5 5

I accidentally ended up with two, the mineral color, and the eclipse, expecting to return one. I love them both so much that I kept them. I keep them in rotation, one for work, one for outdoor activities. How warm is it? After a day snowboarding in Tahoe, I stood around outside with my Delta SV on, my jacket hanging open, while the rest of my friends were shivering. The cut is stylish and flattering to the feminine form. I've been complimented wearing it to work. It's not dressy, per se, but I don't look like I should be wearing hiking shoes with it, either. The sleeves are long enough for those of us with slightly longer arms. The wrists are tight enough that they won't ride up when layered with a shell. The high neck zippered area is soft and protected, you won't get a rash where the zipper ends like with other jackets. It's soft & fluffy, the colors are nice, every detail has been worked out but I trust it to be rugged. If you run on the colder side, or spend time in the cold outdoors, you won't be disappointed. This is a very warm jacket.

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flyingfabu wrote a review of on February 5, 2007

5 5

This jacket is awesome! Not only does it look great, (I have the Cloud w/contrasting orange zippers, to the envy of all my friends), but it’s incredibly functional. The lining is soft against bare arms when worn without another layer. The cut is very flattering and narrows at the waist. I’ve worn it snowboarding, camping and hiking in the rain. I stayed dry. The wrists adjust with hook-and-loop closures to keep the elements out. The zippers winds over to the side and kept my chin from getting that nasty zipper rash. The neck comes up high enough when zipped fully to cover the chin and maximize heat retention. I kept my head warm and dry by tightening the hood adjustment feature. I was initially concerned that there wouldn’t be enough pockets for all the stuff I might need to carry, my old jacket had a ton of pockets. It turns out that the two side pockets are big enough to hold what I need with the added bonus of not having to rifle through eight pockets to locate where I put it. I barely needed to use the other two smaller pockets. I rode in the snow with my phone, confident that the watertight zipper would keep it dry, which it did. The side vents are generous & really helped me cool down on a hot snowboarding day. My only comment is that I didn’t find the powder skirt as effective as my last jacket because it didn’t snap or attach to my pants in any way. Even when cinched, it rode up when I slipped on my rear end. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend it. It’s much more versatile than just a ski jacket. I use it for most of my outdoor activities.

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