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outofdoors wrote an answer about on April 10, 2009

the liners on my heli gloves have held up fairly well from taking them in and out of the glove to just dry them out. I've used them on their own (they look awesome) for when it warms up during the day and the velcro on the cuffs can snag on the high loft fabric of the liners a little but they're really not meant to be used that way so it doesn't really count. For just taking them in and out for drying purposes, they are plenty durable.

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outofdoors wrote an answer about on February 12, 2009

i tried on the red zzero which i think is the same last as these and it was fairly wide in the forefoot but not super voluminous. most scarpa boots have a really tall and voluminous toe box. I think overall garmonts usually have the lowest volume but sometimes the heel cup is not as deep and isn't as snug as dynafit or scarpa. These are generalizations. I only have skied garmont

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outofdoors wrote an answer about on January 30, 2009

I think it would actually be supinating and not pronating in this case, assuming that I understand Kirk's description of the problem correctly in that there is wear occurring on the outer part of the ankle rather than inner part. If that is the case, then he would indeed need a custom moldable insole rather than an off the shelf insole.

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outofdoors wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

5 5

Although I did not buy this jacket from backcountry I thought I would give it a review here since this is the most comprehensive review site. I have had mine for about 2 months and have primarily used it as a skiing shell in the washington cascades. It gets a little stuffier than I would have expected (doesn't breathe as well) when I'm working really hard on challenging ski runs but overall is fairly breathable for being totally waterproof. I used it on a really wet snow day recently and I stayed bone dry after 3 hours and probably 20 or so laps. I also can confirm that the pockets are super waterproof. It's a little bit larger cut than I thought but it doesn't get in the way and I could definitely wear a heavy fleece or synthetic puffy jacket underneath. I am 5'5" and 135# and got a small. Mine is made in Canada. Also, the hemlocks (mentioned on arcteryx site) are basically foam cylinders/tubes in the bottom seam of the jacket (running around your waist) and prevent the bottom of the jacket from riding up and out of a climbing harness. It's pretty cool and totally removable.

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outofdoors wrote a question about on December 7, 2008

so what's the word on whether or not atlas snowshoes kick snow up on the back of your legs/back as you walk. I've heard some people say it's really bad and they can't believe they are designed with the rubberband-like mechanism because they get wet from all the snow and some people say it's not bad at all. What's the deal?

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outofdoors wrote a review of on October 28, 2008

4 5

This is a good lightweight pack. It's very simple, a good moderate size for most backpacking needs, and fairly comfortable. I have used mostly larger heavier packs (and still do sometimes) like the gregory palisade (great pack). I have been impressed with how well the suspension performs on this pack. I have definitely loaded it with at least 40 lbs and it carries very well. It's definitely more comfortable with even less weight but it's not bad even with 40. I really like the big zippered pocket on the outside of the pack because you can put a decent amount of stuff in there even with the main compartment being full. The pockets on the hipbelt are very spacious and can easily hold even a medium size digital camera. The compactor system is a cool idea. The pack definitely scrunches up quite a bit. You still have quite a bit of pack for just a day pack but it's better than no compression system. Some of the minor gripes: I don't like how long the suspension stays are; they stick up at least an inch above my head which is fine if I have a full pack but when using it as a day pack (which is one of it's big selling points) you can't reduce the height of the pack very much. even when you remove the stays the upper part of the pack is stiff so it doesn't really pack down out of the way so you have a really tall day back that can sort of get in the way if you are wearing a helmet for climbing (but not too bad). One other small gripe is that the ice ax loops are really big and if you have a full pack and the zippered pocket is full, it holds an ax or trekking poles securely but if the pack or the zippered pocket is not full, then there is some slack and the ax moves around a little bit (but it won't fall off). Hopefully you'll be using your ice ax or trekking poles and won't have to worry about it! Overall this is a great lightweight pack that is very versatile and comfortable and the price is awesome as well (even at full price).

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outofdoors wrote a review of on May 2, 2008

5 5

I just ordered my second pair of these after owning a pair for about 3 years. I really like these pants and almost always wear them when I am backpacking because of how lightweight they are. Over the years of backpacking through brush and scrambling over rocks several holes developed though they weren't that big and I just patched them with some repair tape and it sticks to the fabric of the pants extremely well; I've washed them probably ten times since putting the patches on and they are still adhering really well. My only gripe about the pants is that where the zipper comes together at the bottom of the pant legs there is about an inch left where there is a slit so you don't have a solid cuff which is great for putting over boots but it doesn't look so great if you're trying to wear them as casual travel pants with regular shoes or dress shoes.

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outofdoors wrote a review of on March 1, 2007

5 5

These glasses are definitely some of the best I've ever had in terms of fitting the width of my face but the lenses are very small vertically and don't give me a lot of coverage on the bottom part. While walking over snow there is definitely a lot of reflection that gets under the glasses and I can imagine the same would be true of fishing with light reflecting off the water.

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