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jvelte wrote a question about on August 9, 2013

So I had my foot crushed and as a result of the surgery the top of my foot is slightly larger. I love how the Solution and Muira VS fit on my other foot but I can't get my bad foot into these shoes because of the webbing. I've been wearing Mammut Samurais (which I absolutely love but are discontinued) and need to start looking for a replacement. Does anyone know whether these have an "open" tongue section or if it is webbed like the Muira VS? Any other shoe with a solid downturn and adjustable tongue section would be a big help also! Thanks

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jvelte wrote a review of on April 26, 2013

5 5

These are the best shoes I've climbed in, that includes other heavy-hitter such as La Sportiva Solutions, Muira VS and Evolv Shamans. I don't know if the rubber is just stickier than La Sportiva's or the Samurai is just designed better, but my feet seem to hold better to the wall and I am way more confident using small foot holds. This is true of edges, smears and toe work. The Shamans had decent rubber but pinched the hell out of my toes, even after sizing up from my street size. Basically couldn't get a good fit between toe box and heel. For sizing I went with my street shoe (Mens 10) and it was tight at first but stretched perfectly.

I'm assuming this shoe is discontinued, which bums me out. Does anyone else love this shoe and know of a good replacement? I was considering La Sportiva's Testarossas

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jvelte wrote a review of on December 17, 2011

5 5

So I'm on a 3 day bike trip in the beginning of Novemeber. The weather forecast was a low of 50 degrees for the whole weekend, but called for rain. Since I was carrying all my gear on my back I was trying to pack as light ad possible. The only reason I brought this jacket was because it was the most waterproof jacket I had at the time and packed down just as small as my softshell. Well the weather turned, dropping into the teens at night, and all I had was this jacket and a base layer. We were biking along a river trail too, so all the wood froze over and we couldn't make a fire until we thawed out some wood. This jacket literally saved me from freezing, and I was actually pretty warm once I zipped it up fully to cover my nose. This jacket is a fantastic blend of warmth and packability. Not to mention being highly water proof.

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jvelte wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

4 5

So this product just arrived and it is a little confusing. It's called the Dylan 10K ski pant,and the hang tag says it has a waterproof rating of 10K...but the tag that is actually sewn onto the fabric says 5K?!? I'm inclined to believe the tag sewn to the pants as I've own some 10K jackets and these pants look/feel more porous. Or maybe the inner fabric is included in the overall rating. I will contact Orage and Backcountry and try to report back. I'll know for sure when I take them out on the mountain.

Update: I emailed Orage and just received their response, which I've copied.
"Sorry for the delay to reply to your email. We just received the confirmation that the manufacturer put the wrong prime label inside the Orage SMU Dylan pants (AUM0140) and the information on the hang tag is the good one. We suggest you to keep the hang tag with your proof of purchase to avoid problem in case you would need to use the Orage warranty with your Dylan pants"

I have to say that both Orage and Backcountry provided fantastic customer support in this issue. Backcountry even offered to send me another pair of more expensive pants at no cost, but Orage confirmed the confusion so I'm sticking with these.

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