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jor5697463 wrote a review of on November 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this for two purposes: 1) As a wash bag for clothes when I travel and laundry service/laundromat are not available, 2) As a backpacking/hiking waterproof bag for electronics (phone).

The material feels a bit delicate, as it is see-through thin, and if given enough abuse, I wouldn't be surprised if it ripped or punctured. However, you would need to try in order to damage the bag beyond normal usage.

For all uses so far, it keeps water out, or for my example described above, keeps water in.

Highly recommended.

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jor5697463 wrote an answer about on August 11, 2013

The sole is very flexible, and a great three season climber/hiker boot. While they're great at keeping the water out, I haven't had the chance to try them in snow yet.

If your feet do not run cold in winter, they might suffice for snow shoeing, but the mid-height ankle might let a bit of snow in (without gaiters).

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jor5697463 wrote a review of on May 27, 2013

4 5

The leather craftsmanship and detail of this boot makes it difficult to want to wear outdoors and break in. Zamberlan boots are stunning. However, that is not the point of a top-dollar boot, but to deliver performance and long-lasting service.

Break in takes several weeks, or at least 50 miles, before the leather starts to conform and become flexible and comfortable. Overall, these boots are exceptional in overall comfort, durability (holding up to abuse in snow, ice, ash, pumice, scree) and waterproofness (standing in a river).

The challenge comes to the fit and the user's foot. Even after nine months of carefully and diligently wearing them with various socks and insole combinations, the heel blisters persist. This may be a result of a narrow heel not fitting well to the wider heel shape of the boot.Take care and test around the house/gym stair-stepper to ensure heel slip is not a problem.

Ultimately, I am retiring my pair after a mere nine months due to the heel blisters and moving onto Scarpa hiking boots, which have a better history of success for my particular foot needs (narrow heel cup, wide toe box).

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jor5697463 wrote a review of on December 22, 2012

5 5

Modestly rated as 70 liter, the volume of the main portion of the pack is phenomenal. Moreover, the extendable collar adds several more liters of capacity when absolutely needed.

The materials and construction are near-indestructible, and while leaving the pack a little heavy, a good option when under rough treatment or heavy use.

My initial impression of the compression straps, and lash points seem a bit fiddly, but easily overcome by their usefulness after in-the-field cases.

On a pack of this size, there a multitude of zipper pockets which may or may not please every user. Often stowing small items in one pocket can easily be overlooked until rummaging through all the pouches to once-again find the item.

The removable lid is excellent, slimming down the weight and size of the pack . The pack also compresses easily down to a comfortable 40-or-so liter capacity, making it extremely versatile, especially if this will be a one-pack-does-all solution.

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jor5697463 wrote a review of on December 14, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The sizes may be a hit-or-miss, depending on how particular you are on fit.

The built-in belt is a big plus, keeping the torso area uncluttered with any belt loops. Pockets are streamlined, and almost feel too smooth with the surface to hold anything. However, the pockets hold keys, wallet, or any small hiking accessory without a problem. The leg pockets are gusseted and expand out as needed.

The finish of the material, inside and out, is wonderful. The brushed interior insulation provided just enough warmth without being swampy when temps vary (trailhead vs. summit).

The leg length is the only complaint. Even worn over mountaineering boots, the inseam seems to average a bit longer than needed, leading to a bit of extra-length bunch up.

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jor5697463 wrote an answer about on December 14, 2012

I have an "E" foot as well, and the width is just perfect in the Mojito shoe. My heel runs a bit narrower, but doesn't pose a problem either. The down-to-toe lacing really helps adjust the fit of these shoes to a variety of foot shapes.

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jor5697463 wrote an answer about on November 2, 2012

I can speak in terms of fit, the Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX are much wider in the heel and toebox. The La Sportiva Nepal Evos run much narrower.

Most of those I know that use this tend to get a 1/3 or 2/3 size bigger than their typical shoe size (EU sizes convert to thirds in US sizes).

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jor5697463 wrote a review of on October 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Faced with the choice of a warmer Gamma MX hoody or the Acto MX hoody, I favored the Acto due to the breathability and greater versatility.

Having worn this in zero degree Celsius, it's comfortable over just a thin base layer. The wind-cutting ability is great, with just enough air flow to keep high-output activity perspiration vented but without getting a chill from big gusts.

The trim fit permits just enough room to wear a base layer and thin puff or fleece underneath; but the cut is excellent as the lack of bulk avoids the jacket getting in the way during hiking or climbing.

Hood adjustments are great with or without a helmet. The helmet-sized hood seems large at times, but the draw-cords on front, and the volume-adjuster on the back side assist in minimizing volume and keeping it snug when necessary.

The Acto has now become my go-to hoody for minimalist layers both for the autumn and winter season.

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jor5697463 wrote a review of on August 7, 2012

5 5

I've worn this as my "core" base layer on multi-day trips in both cool and warm weather and it performs the best of any hiking/travel t-shirt.

Without the availability of washing, the wool holds up well and doesn't reek like synthetics.

Even with the microweight weave, the shirt holds up to abrasion well. I've snagged it on thorn-covered plants and along rough climbs with no wear or holes to show for it yet.

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