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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on February 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

First impressions after a few rides. I normally wear Sidi Dominator 44 mega and the Lake 44 wides are an identical fit. The shoe did not get wet after stepping down multiple times in wet snow ( unlike my sidi's) and were warm when pedaling. However, my feet did get cold (17F) on the down hill sections (which were pretty long, face got frosty too). I think some chemical toe warmers will help this next time. But each time I started pedaling back uphill they warmed up. The lacing system is awesome, I was initially worried about this. They are not bulky and are super comfy, I basically do not know they are there. I tried the Sidi Diablo's and did not like them. Would highly recommend the lakes for cold/wet trail riding in the snow.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

4 5

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

I didn't want to spend nearly 2X as much on a 1500 or 2000 lumen light and decided to try the 500 lumen version. After a few rides in the snow at night (fat bike) I am super impressed with how bright it is. Granted the reflective surface of the snow probably helps quite a bit so I am looking forward to summer to test out how it does in a more light absorbing environment. With that said, I feel like I can rally pretty much everything at speed and not hold back because of limited vision. I have the light mounted on my helmet with the included mount and keep the battery in the back of my shirt. I have a long torso and the cord is just long enough and does not hinder movement. It is so light that I don't even know its there. I wish it came with a tether for the cord on the back of my helmet but I just rigged it with a zip tie. Have not truly tested battery life yet but am happy with my purchase.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The photochromic lens is great for storm days when the sun tries to peak its head out, but I will say that I wore them on a sunny day and my eyes hurt. Not a quiver of one lens. The lowlight contrast is really noticable and when I take the goggles off I am always surprised by how dark it "really" is out. I have only had lens fogging issues on ridiculously cold days when my breath gets redirected into my face on the first few runs. After I clear away the frost/fog one time they are usually good to go for the rest of the day. Must be an equilibrium thing. I didn't expect to use the other lens that came with the goggles for sunny conditions (I already had a pair of Zeal polarized goggles) but, they fit so well and the lens is so easy to exchange that I use these goggles exclusively now. I have a small face and was worried about how big they are, but they fit great and there peripheral vision is noticeable.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this stove for about a year or so and have not been disappointed. I only use it to boil water and never eat from it, in my mind to prolong the life of the stove. After about 25-30 days of rigorous use the starter still works flawlessly and there is no real signs of metal or plastic fatigue. The insulating outer wrap is genius. I can pick it up at a roaring boil and pour water for coffee/meals without burning my hands. The insulating outer wrap is the only piece on the stove which has become a bit ragged, but its easily replaced. It boils water so quick I can barely get my coffee organized in the morning before the water is done! Additionally, it's so small and light I take it on most long day hikes during the cool months of the year for a quick hit of coffee or soup.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on August 24, 2012

3 5

I wanted to like the pack but I have a few complaints which probably do not reflect on the quality of the pack and instead my needs. I would regularly find myself filling the pack entirely on trips and the loads seemed to focus their burden on smaller surfaces probably due to the smaller, lighter materials and straps used to keep the pack weight down. Also when the packs fully loaded I would find the sewn seams pulling away form each other which started to happen after relatively few uses. The number of pockets and their location is amazing, there is a spot for everything. I ended up returning and purchasing the Atmos 65 which will hopefully address the comfort with larger loads and durability issue. Love Osprey!

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on March 4, 2012

5 5

I absolutely love this jacket! Primary use is for ski touring and really cold mtb days. The material is highly breathable and wicks moisture amazingly. The shoulders have a "rubbery" patch on them which keeps the pack straps from shifting around. On really cold days I wear this over a merino-t and under a shell for the beginning of a tour and in minutes the shell comes off and as long as I'm moving this jacket sheds snow, wind and wicks moisture amazingly. This jacket is great for high intensity sports in the mountains where layering is crucial. I wish they made a pull over version, I would own both.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

5 5

I can't go any where without sunglasses even on cloudy days. I have the mahogany polar chromic copper and love these glasses. They filter the light nicely to where I can see as comfortably on sunny bluebird days as on cloudy ones. I wear them all the time around town and depending on the day on the mtb trails and all the time in BC touring. The storage case they come with is great for shoving them in the pack. I recommend!

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

5 5

I was worried that the dogs would chaff or try to shake the pack off but right from the get go they didn't even seem to care. I've had several overnight trips with the pups and they can easily carry enough food and extra treats to make my pack lighter! My pups are big but athletic so the large had plenty of room for them to tighten down everything properly. I highly recommend.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

5 5

I have finally make the decision to take better care of my goggles and this case is worth every penny. It doubles for my wallet/keys storage on resort days and lets me stuff them in the bottom of my pack for tour days. Very happy!

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

5 5

I have been searching for a replacement for my previous slipper purchased on BC (Bearpaw atlantic) which I loved dearly. I have found it with the NF traction mule! These slippers are amazingly comfortable (size up though, I'm an 11 and had to send back for size 12 which are perfect) and have stood up well to abuse. I wear them everyday and walk the dogs to the store and even work around the house in them sometimes. For yurt trips they pack well and are super toasty. I recommend!

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

5 5

Average ski day this puppy is filled with ski boots (27.5 fit no problem at all), helmet (smith vantage L), goggles (Zeal eclipse spx) in the accessory Dakine case, gloves (BD patrol), shell (arcteryx scorpion XL), synthetic downy (arcteryx atom sv L), light under layers, a water bottle and lunch...and the kitchen sink! This bag fits everything nicely. I always have room to spare. The material is durable and the straps make it easy to travel with. If I had to point out one thing which detracts from how nice this bag is, it would have to be the lack of a smaller pocket for keys and wallet. I bought the Dakine goggle case with it and it doubles for key/wallet storage while skiing. I would and have recommended to friends.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

4 5

The medium was out of stock and the large was a bit too big (I'm 6'2" 190 lbs and a 34 waist, 34 inseam) and by that I mean baggy in the crotch, the length was great. I kind of have skinny legs so this may be the difference between this review and the previous one? The material seems great and all the pockets were in the right place, but I only toured two days in them. Instead of just dealing with the baggyness I opted to return them and wait for next years batch to get the medium, which I will definitely be buying.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on August 11, 2009

4 5

Tons of room and sits nice against my back. I returned the first one I bought because of a defective frame (Thanks BC), but was eager to get a replacement. Fits all the gear I need for a ride with room to spare, plus I can easily store my shoes and helmet in the pack at home so I don't forget them for a ride (got a buddy who is a pro at this one). The hydration magnet is a beautiful design to keep the hose out of the way. I'm 6'2'' with a long torso and this thing sits better on my back than the previous HAWG I had for years. Definitely recommend to a friend.

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matthew.d.1571478 wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

4 5

I've been using it for about 2 months now and am completely satisfied with my purchase. The fit is better than my old Giro and the brim keeps the snow from creeping into the space between the goggles and the helmet...definitely a plus. I have had a few complements from my buddies on the look of the helmet too, kind of random but..hey...its sharp.
Only con is the vent closing/opening tabs are independent on either side, meaning have to open both individually which is made more difficult with gloves on because the tabs are small and near impossible to feel. I usually have to take it off or have a buddy point it out for me?

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