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kippered snack wrote a review of on April 27, 2013

4 5

I got this to camp out of my kayak which has small ports for packing and limited space, of course. It worked very well and held up under cross winds of about 30 mph, maybe a bit more, that buffeted me all night. At 5'3" I'm not a challenge to fit but this tent is long and so there was room storing gear at the foot and putting stuff I needed to get to at the door. Would prefer a side entry but for the price, you can't beat this. It is the narrowest free standing tent I've seen so weight is saved there. Got the foot print to save on wear, fits nicely.

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kippered snack wrote an answer about on October 5, 2012

I'm 5'2.5" and weigh 160 with a 43" chest. The XL fits best for me because I also have 43" hips. The jacket is tapered enough at the waist so I don't look like a box and it is definitely not too long. The L looks trimmer on but I have trouble zipping it up because of my hips and I like room there for layers under and over my pants anyway.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great cut and v. light and seems warm so far though I've not yet had it out in bad weather. It breaths! I sweat heavily in even freezing weather so I only get Gore-Tex. It will replace a 15 yo TNF Gore-Tex parka that is lined but not insulated. That looks like a huge bag compared to this (though I still love it and it still looks like new.) Red color is stunning, zippers work easily, it's a very much to the point jacket with room (I got a larger fit) for plenty of layers. Thought I'd miss all the pockets in my old jacket but I don't because the point is not to weigh myself down. No pockets eliminates the temptation to fill them. Instead I carry a light pack and pay closer attention to what I take along. Love it so far! VERY Flattering even on a 5'2" aged body (65 yo) and it makes me feel younger without looking silly. Youth alert: Do not feel you cannot wear this because an old person likes it. Youth is fleeting but immaturity can last forever.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on September 15, 2012

4 5

The buckle size makes these easier to use than many styles. The release lever is broad and thumb friendly. Color coding is very helpful in a bag full of straps. I've not used them to tie my board down, more for keeping the cover from flapping and for smaller duty so I can't give a strength comparison. They do feel softer and are a bit wider than other straps I've used but I've not run through any severe tests. I use Kanulock with steel for the main tie downs.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

3 5

A nice pant but the legs are wider than they look in the picture and for once, a TNF XL was too big for me. I have a hard time fitting pants as I am exactly in between most Reg and Petite's in length and have 'well developed' legs, BIG in other words. I may try these in a L but they are made of a light, rather silky material and almost seemed dressy. I wanted a clean looking sweat or lounge pant that would be warmer than these.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

5 5

I wear a women's 8.5 narrow, one foot is 1/2 size shorter than the other and I have a high arch but a pathetically thin instep (I can almost close my index finger and thumb around it.) Finding hiking shoes/boots is awful but I tried these and they are grand! I did put in an addition 3/4 lenght insole to give more arch support and cushion for my heel. Wore the boots as new for 3 days of 5-7 hr. hikes and rock scrambling and they were fantastic. They are very light, about half the weight I'm used to with my narrow leather Vasques, were pliant but supportive, bent well at the ankle and had absolutely no rubbing points. I'm able to tighten the laces enough to fit without the sides of the boot overlapping across my arch and my skater's bunions are happy. Usually my boot toes look gathered at the point of origin for the laces but these are almost smooth and the boots look lean and stylish. They had excellent traction on smooth rocks and cleaned up beautifully after getting red mud on them. (I did spray them with anti-stain stuff.) I adore them and wear them just for kickin' around because they are so comfortable. They also have room for a medium to thick sock. Thank you Scarpa!

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kippered snack wrote a review of on March 17, 2011

4 5

I have the insulated version of these (X L short) and also last year's model which has wider legs (L short). Gained weight and got the big ones this year but am getting back into the older ones now. In between, I tried the XL short in the new model but found the legs were much more fitted, so while the XL insulated pants were starting to swim, these were too tight. They look great but... and that's one very big butt, I guess.

FYI, I have a small waste, wider hips and pretty large thighs, your classic pear, sadly. Also I am short. Nature works in mysterious ways.

Thank you TNF for at least making a short!

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kippered snack wrote a review of on February 6, 2011

5 5

I love these pants.
I gained weight this year and needed warmer pants too so I got the XL Short. I'm 5'3" and carry my weight below the hips; big legs, pretty round rear-end. I wanted room in my pants to bend and for air to circulate and these pants are that. They are remarkably warm, light and leave plenty of room to move. The waist adjustment allows me to tighten them when moving and loosen them when I have to sit to drive. When I get back to the weight where last year's uninsulated Large fits (same style), I'll still use these with a belt or suspenders for the coldest weather. The leg vents are excellent for cooling off and the fit around the middle is trim enough that I look fine with a fitted top when I'm indoors. I wear only skivvies and socks under them and have never had cold legs, even when my fingers were freezing and my layers above the waist weren't quite adequate.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

5 5

I have a long narrow foot so hiking shoes and boots are difficult to fit. I have a Vasque boot that works well (seems like the same boot as B width with just a different insole) so I tried these as a low top and they work well. The lacing style allows me to pull the sides in close to tighten the shoe over my thin instep. I also put in an extra insole for softness as I found the included one a bit hard for my tender bony feet. This doesn't work with all shoes but it does with these.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

5 5

I finally bit the bullet and replaced my more traditionally styled Tubbs snowshoes with these. They are amazing! Light, easy to put on and off, remarkable traction and much easier clearance when I walk. I'm less than 5'3" and it's hard to find a snow show that doesn't make me waddle like a penguin carrying an egg, even in the women's versions. What a clever design!

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kippered snack wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

5 5

I'm just almost 5'3" but my legs are a bit long for most petite sizes and I have big legs. The SHORT XL was perfect for me at my current weight. The L is perfect when I'm not a post holiday size. I love these pants because they fit closely around my hips but give my legs loads of room to bend and move. It's very difficult to find a pant that fits me but this one is a Godsend! I have the uninsulated version too, last years model in the smaller size and love those as well.

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kippered snack wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

5 5

I'm just almost 5'3" but my legs are a bit long for most petite sizes and I have big legs. The SHORT XL was perfect for me at my current weight. The L is perfect when I'm not a post holiday size. I love these pants because they fit closely around my hips but give my legs loads of room to bend and move. It's very difficult to find a pant that fits me but this one is a Godsend! I have the uninsulated version too, last years model in the smaller size and love those as well.

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