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Glacier National Park

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gnphiker wrote a review of on August 25, 2012

Served me well
5 5

I really enjoyed these shoes hiking in Glacier National Park this summer. Logged 40+ miles high elevation hikes. Absolutely no break in required. The OutDry (lighter and more flexible than Gore Tex) kept my feet dry crossing water runoff from melting snow and few creeks I high stepped across. Oddly my right shoe laces is longer than the left but not a big issue. Might give the version II of this shoe a try with the fluid post insole, but for now these are fine.

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gnphiker wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

Salomon changed the shoe color some
5 5

See the attached photo as you'll actually be getting this shoe with the yellow laces and slightly different coloring in the side panel strips. However I actually like the changes so I'm keeping them.

As with just about all Salomon shoes I've owned they fit comfortably right out of the box. Looking forward to many happy miles in these. Thanks Backcountry for the awesome price and free 2 day shipping!

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gnphiker wrote a review of on January 19, 2012

5 5

I've always been a big fan of the MHW softshells but their offwidth jackets are cut way to short in the torso. Decided to try the Marmot Altitude and have been thoroughly pleased with quality and fit. A much normal length. Also the jacket does have a light fleece type insulation in the enter lining.
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Marmot M-series fabrics are designed for moving light and fast. They combine stretchable, water repellent, abrasion resistant and highly breathable shell materials with insulating buffer materials on the inside.

M2 shells are the ideal balance between weather resistance, breathability and thermal protection. They are appropriate for a wide range of aerobic use in moderate to cold conditions.

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gnphiker wrote a review of on October 2, 2011

5 5

This is without a doubt the most comfortable pack in this size. Nice padding in the lower back area and hip waist belt along with an excellent design in the air suspension. The 2011 model adds a few design changes, one nice addition is the inside zippered mesh pocket. My Osprey Hydroform bladder works great and the Osprey Sternum Strap magnet accessory fits perfect.

I tried the Osprey Kestrel 28 and really wanted to like it as I have their Raptor 6 pack and love it for Mountain Bike riding but the 28 just was not comfortable compared to the Z30.

I'm 5' 10" tall and the Medium fits perfect. I called Gregory and they said they quit making this pack in the small size. I had the Z30 2008 model in the small and there is only 3/4" difference in the frame between the two sizes.

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gnphiker wrote a review of on September 28, 2011

3 5

I really wanted to like this pack but its lack of the supportive frame is a negative. The one I bought was their most recent 2011 version, not the one pictured here and it does not have any type of supportive wire frame. Pack felt uncomfortable when loaded, just could not get it to my liking. Note there is no padding in the waist belt.

Opted to get another Gregory Z30 2011 model to replace my 5 year old one and it offers way more comfort than the Osprey K28. The Z30 does have a very good wire support frame and a padded waist belt.

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gnphiker wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

Superb rack for Pickup's
4 5

The Thule 822XT is a simple, well made and easy to install rack. I have mine positioned where the bar is over the bed post holes on my 2009 GMC Z71 1500 Series. I have a set of the OEM GM retractable tie downs that L brackets set on top of so no starching the bed paint, not that it would but could I suppose. Holds two bikes very securely and as mentioned above in its positioning there's enough space between the Thule bar and cab that both tires fit there and I use rubber tie down straps to secure from rolling back and forth.

The only suggestion I would have is that they ship a metal adapter for the small square end of the bar rather than using a rubber spacer.

Thanks backcountry for the prompt shipment an excellent sale price. *** Have the Shipping Dept. also tape the ends of the Thule box too *** Mine arrived alright but one end of the box was nearly open that would have allowed the rack to slide out of the box in shipping.

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