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guillermoloco wrote a review of on April 15, 2011

4 5

I'd give the Factors 5 stars, but it would come with a caveat: I only weigh 140 lbs and never break anything. If I weighed more and could confidently say they're bomber for the normal population, they'd get all the stars.
That said, the boots seem well built to BD standards. I would compare the last closest to the Salomon Falcon.
Stiffness: definitely stiffer than other AT boots but skiers worth their salt will know that nothing is as good downhill as an alpine boot.
Other niceties:
- Beefier buckles are a nice touch.
- Ski/Walk mechanism lever is bigger now.
- Forward lean can be adjusted to a more aggressive stance even though the part is a pain to install.
- Boa is awesome.
Things to Improve:
- They're a little heavy. Weight is always a factor in hiking. I guess the tradeoff is stiffness.
- AT soles are NOT included. These boots ain't cheap - it'd be really nice to throw those in instead of charging an extra $18.

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guillermoloco wrote a review of on February 16, 2011

2 5

I bought this jacket for my wife for skiing. On paper it looks like a hit: Hyvent weave, 600 fill goose down, well-insulated hood, and its made by TNF.Truth be told - it does "shed." The jacket had multiple instances of down feathers coming from the jacket. Before naysayers object, both my wife and I have owned the fabled Nuptse down jacket for a looong time and have never seen feathers.The shell seems cheap - TNF makes great products, but we questioned the long term durability of this jacket and how it would hold up to skiing. The lining was very thin and it seemed that a snag on a chairlift, tree branch etc would tear the jacket.The jacket just seems out of place. The shell lining lacks substance and the jacket definitely sheds feathers - a big red flag.It might be suitable for the skier who hits the hill 3-5 times a year or wants a medium-weight puffy for wearing around town. Otherwise I would steer clear and shell extra money for a more substantial jacket.
We returned it and bought the TNF Snow Cougar from the awesome folks at Backcountry.com.

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