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jbish wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

5 5

When mine eventually wear out, I will buy another pair, no doubt. Even though these boots have gone up in price ten bucks a year since I bought them, I would still buy another pair. These boots represent the most comfortable footwear I've ever worn. They are great for backpacking, light enough for day hikes, and just damn solid all around. I've had no issues with my feet getting wet, even in the nastiest of WA/OR Cascade weather. Since the day I bought these, I haven't had a blister, hot spot, or any other sort of issue with my feet. They were supportive enough that when I broke a toe scrambling around barefoot like a jackass on the second day of a ten day trip in the Sierra, I didn't even really notice it as long as the boots were on. I've put loads of miles on these things in all types of conditions and they're holding up very, very well. They are obviously not a winter boot, and as with any boot that has metal eyelets you'll want to carry extra laces (but I'm only on my second pair). I just can't say enough good things about this boot, so I'll just leave it at this: Buy these boots.

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jbish wrote a review of on January 25, 2007

5 5

After trying out several other snowshoes, I decided on the lightning and I'm glad I did. These are extremely lightweight snowshoes that are a bit skinnier than others, so if you want a more natural stride, this is the way to go. The absence of a spring loaded pivot keeps snow from flinging everywhere and the roughly 45 degree stop point for the pivot makes turning around and stepping over obstacles a breeze. You can probably tell by looking at them, but the traction provided by the vertical blade style frame beats all the others I've tried (name any major manufacturer). The bindings are incredibly easy, you can even strap in wearing mittens if need be. Due to the binding style, they also stack neatly on top of one another to take about half the space of a traditional pair. When I got these, MSR did not make a 30" shoe with the televator, which would be a nice addition. Highly recommended nevertheless.

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jbish wrote a review of on January 25, 2007

5 5

I've worn this piece as my cold weather shell since the beginning of this season in everything from the Portland rain to 50+mph blowing snow up on Mt. Hood and nothing has gotten through, not even close. The softshell portion of the jacket in all the right spots prevents clamminess found with many hard shells. I got mine an extra size big to allow for layering and I'm glad I did. Pockets everywhere you need them, pit zips are well placed and a good length, and the hood is big enough for a helmet. Overall, an excellent purchase and something I plan on wearing holes through, but I'm sure that will take quite a while. The perfect outer layer for any number of winter activities.

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jbish wrote a review of on January 25, 2007

5 5

I've had this piece for over a year and it is definitely my favorite pullover. The inside of the thing is incredibly soft and I've found it to be a great mid layer. It's loose knit makes it vulnerable to wind, but under your shell you will be super toasty. While it is a little bulky in your pack, you won't be sorry when it gets cold enough to pull it out. It's great for around town and day trips to the mountain.

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jbish wrote a review of on January 2, 2007

5 5

I went through a couple of 'equivalent' lightweight shell/rain gear pieces before I got a great deal on the Cohesion. I've used it in varying conditions from drizzle to sleet to snow and it has functioned quite impressively for such a lightweight garment. I immediately questioned its durability when I felt the material, but it has held up quite well over the last five or six seasons. I have not had to clean or re-waterproof it yet and have since become a believer in the Conduit laminant. This is a nice piece.

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