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montanatreeskier wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

3 5

A quality sleeping bag at a good price. I bought it for car camping, hut-to-hut skiing, couch surfing, and not so cool, humid nights in the tent. Plenty of room to toss and turn, reasonably warm but you would want a good hat below 50 degrees and long johns at 40. Stuffed size is adequately small but not remarkable.
The only problem I had is that it smells like B.O. It came in original packaging, and it was rolled up like it would have been in the factory, but it reeks of mammalian musk. I'm not sure if it's the plastics or fabric treatments used in the construction, or if it was returned by a bonobo ape and cleverly repackaged. LE PEW.

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montanatreeskier wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

2 5

I bought two 2-packs of these because I read BC.com's tech specs, which says they are 75% merino, 15% nylon, and 10% lycra. That's a nice, durable blend with some good stretch.
I received my socks to day, and the Lorpen packaging says they are 37.5% merino, 37.5% ACRYLIC, 15% nylon,and 10% lycra. I bought these things specifically because they did NOT have acrylic in them. Acrylic blend socks wear out much quicker than those blended with nylon. I see BC.com hasn't bothered changing the specs.
The socks are very nice out of the box, but I guarantee they won't last very long. Shame on you, backcountry.com!!!

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montanatreeskier wrote a review of on February 16, 2013

5 5

Perfect for packing just about anywhere you need instant warmth.Almost negligible weight and very warm. I overheated wearing this under a shell with a wool base layer, X-C skiing in 15 degree weather with very strong wind - it's better suited to standing around camp, etc. than to high-energy activity. Fit was true to size - exactly what a "Large" should be. My only gripe is the shine is a little much. I bought the "steam" color, and everyone says I look like an astronaut. But I don't plan to use it to pick up ladies. This was an impulse purchase on S&C; very glad I pulled the trigger. I will be taking this thing on every adventure from now on!

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montanatreeskier wrote a question about on March 3, 2012

Does this footprint have the same clip system as the one for the copper spur 3? I have a copper spur (S&C, half price baby!) and I am looking at options for footprints that would work with it but not cost $70. I am considering a piece of Tyvek but I would like to be able to pitch the fastpack shelter - so ideally the footprint would have the right grommets and clips.

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montanatreeskier wrote a review of on February 9, 2006

4 5

Overall, despite a few quirks, these have been great bindings. They're a lot more durable than they look. I am 6'1", 180lb with a size 9 Garmont G-Ride boot. Pre-release issues were solved by cranking the DIN up one more. Since I did that, I've only come out when I absolutely needed to - and I ski pretty hard. Great, simple design on the release mechanism! Touring is very comfortable and you really notice the weight savings.
My only beefs are with the lockdown lever/heel lifter piece. It kind of has a mind of its own. It will sometimes grab the heel of the binding on the upstroke in flat touring mode, and sometimes the lifters will drop by themselves. It is also very difficult to get it to lock into alpine mode without removing your ski. Usually, this is because snow and ice gets packed under it and you need to "clap" the bindings a few times to clear them. These are all just minor annoyances that don't seriously affect performance. This binding has it where it counts—light weight, durability, comfy touring stroke, a secure lock-down, and a release that performs like it should.

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