jill wrote an answer about Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket - Women's on November 29, 2011
Turn the pocket inside out - and then stuff it in.
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Jones Mountain Twin 155 - with Burton C60 bindings
Gnu B-Pro C2BTX - with Burton CO2 bindings
Prior AMF Split - with Ride Tomcat bindings
Arbor Element Split - with Ride Tomcat bindings
Burton Ion Boots
And Purple all over.
Turn the pocket inside out - and then stuff it in.
I considered using it for touring because it fits so well, but ruled it out because there is not a convenient or quickly accessable way to store shovel/probe (due to the single compartment and lack of a zipper). I also prefer to have an insulation system for hydration. But if you don't mind those things...
This is one of my favorite things ever. I use it for everything! Trips to moab, trips abroad, trips to my Mom's... I always throw it in the back of my truck. It has been rained on and snowed on. Because the lid covers the zipper, you have to make an effort to get things on the inside wet. The backpack straps work great - but if you're going to fill it up and carry it like a backpack, I wouldn't get anything bigger than the large... I've had the blue for over a year and it is mega sturdy - still looks new.
I have the Sulfur in a small and it fits like a dream. Because the hip belt is removable and held in place by velcro, I actually moved it up to make the torso length even shorter. The pack stays in place when you run, so I'm assuming on technical terrain it will do the same (I haven't done much more than gentle scrambling). I tried on a few of the BD packs, and this one felt the best. I took off the top pocket, and will probably only use it for overnight stuff. The roll down top is nice for getting your pack small, but is a little inconvenient when you want to access something quickly (like a granola bar... etc). As someone mentioned below, I also noticed that the pack bulges toward your back when the hydration bladder is full.
The sulfur color is slightly more greenish yellow than the picture above. In my opinion, the actual color is better than the picture above.
I bought this shoe because backcountry (and very few other people in the US) have the womens version. There is a little bit of heel slip - but it's tolerable (only really annoying on really steep trails).
This shoe is burly and performs really well. They are not as sticky as my spotiva approach shoe, but where the sportiva's were really only good on rock - these are good on everything. Did a hike up Olympus yesterday (for those of you familiar with SLC). Dealt with mud, streams down trails, hard snow, slush, and dry packed gravel. I never slipped once and my feet stayed dry. These shoes are stable and confidence inspiring. I actually think they are better for the way down than for the way up. I hate it when my feet slip and my toes smash into the front of my shoes. That doesnt happen with these. They are indeed comfortable, and I haven't had any hot spot or blister issues. I don't know if I would want to wear these shoes for really long distances though - they are really stiff...
The only thing I don't like is that these shoes feel heavy. And I wish the laces either came up a little higher or went around the heel so you could really lock them down (but this may be my own fault as having the women's version might fix that problem).
So this thing does what it says. It dries quick and it's warm. I've also noticed that it's so thick that it pretty much blocks the wind. I use it hiking, biking, and as a base layer (it's long enough that it will hang below most jackets). I've also used it as an outer layer in the spring. Three stars because I wish it had a little bit of stretch, which would make it a LOT more comfortable. Also, it has a boyish cut (straight up and down, which means tight on the chest and hips and loose in the waist for us ladies...).
When I wear these, I forget I'm wearing underwear.
I have had this tent for a few years (I have the yellow version). It is coveted by my friends for its lightness. But, it's small. I'm 5'5" and sometimes when I'm alone in there with my pack - I wonder how anyone else ever fits. I have had some minor issues with condensation on my bag (never enough to actually get through my bag) - it's an issue when there are two of us in the tent. When there are two of us, there is room to put our packs at our feet, but it's really tight (I recommend the vestibule if you're over 5'9" or so). I've had this tent in the snow, in the desert, in the wind, in two day pounding rain storms... and I have never had any problems. It stays dry and standing like a champ.
These shoes are really comfortable. I have had them for almost a year, and they have held up really well. I have the green, and amazingly, they're really not that dirty (but I don't really wander around in mud). The sole is pretty sticky - I have never had a problem with them slipping. I mostly use these shoes for around town and easy hiking. They aren't really great on anything other than a a flat trail - they are too soft and foot fatigue is quick on steep and rocky terrain. I like these shoes enough that I will carry an extra pair of approach shoes and switch into them only on class 3+ terrain. These shoes are soooo much faster to hike in and more comfortable than approach or standard hiking shoes. The only thing I really don't like is that on steep downhills I have to tie them really tight to keep my toes from smashing into the front of the shoe.
These pants are baggy! Loose and long. The tech is good - water beads right off. They are not really the best at cutting the wind and if you use them on a really cold day you will need some heavy layers (at least there's plenty of room).
The grass stain is a mustard green color. The black and the grass stain have a subtle pattern on them. I think it's fine on the grass stain - but it looks kind of cheap on the black.
The satin lining is awesome - makes movement really smooth...
AK cant be beat. Waterproof - windproof - breathable. It's great quality. And this years model is at least a few inches longer than previous years. And I would argue it fits bigger than previous year models - which is nice. Not sure who Burton is making these jackets for - but I think they fit awkwardly on almost everyone that I have seen wearing them (except for the least curvy of girls).
AK lasts forever - so get a color that you can live with for a long time.
The olive is a little brighter than it looks in the picture.
I like the style of this sweatshirt (long, oddly placed zippers, etc). I even wore it skiing last weekend and it was perfect.
But... You should know - the zippers are directly against your skin and fall directly in your armpit - which can rub in an awkward way. It's not bad, just a little uncomfortable and takes some getting used to.
Second, the pockets are on the outside and are right at my hip level. The pockets dont really pop open unless you put your hands in them - but it doesn't really help to have the pockets on the widest part of my body (making it look even wider). You can kind of see what I mean in the picture above where the left hand pocket bulges out a little...
FYI - for anyone that has these boots - I have had mine for a year (about 60 days on them - including touring). I have always had a problem with my feet going numb when my bindings are tight. If I'm just walking around, they're fine - obviously this is a problem. I finally figured out that it was the soles. They don't offer enough support - so when the bindings are tight, my foot was flattened out. I bought some super feet and took out the Burton soles. It's like a whole new boot. The pain and foot cramping is gone and it stopped my heel slipping issues too. I love these boots - they're awesome. But I would highly recommend switching out the soles.
I have last years C2btx - it is virtually the same as this years. It isn't completely effortless in powder - but it floats nicely (no back leg burn). It's great in the trees. This board is quick edge to edge - so whipping through trees is fun. This board is SUPER responsive - almost to the point of unforgiving. And you will appreciate the magnetraction on dust on crust days... I have not noticed any chatter - ever (the c2 shape pretty much eliminates chatter). But if you're regularly going 45-50 mph - then you may want something A LOT stiffer than this.
I am on my second Maze (the first one saved my life when I hit some rocks in a remote area of Chile over the summer). I considered going back to the Holt - but I returned it. You just cant beat this helmet! It's light, comfortable, and fits great.
I think they fit OK. Pull up the goggle strap on the helmet so that it pulls the gaper gap closed... This helmet is the best. And Crowbars are awesome. So it's worth it to have that slighly imperfect alignment...