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pro5400516 wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

5 5

Lightweight, comfortable handle, and the poles feel very sturdy. The clamping mechanism used to adjust pole length works perfectly, easy to use even with gloves on. The baskets for the poles are shipped unattached. Using a drop of silicone for lubrication made it much easier to install the baskets on the poles.

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pro5400516 wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

5 5

I have long legs (35" inseam) and have some trouble finding pants that are long enough. The Medium Long size fits me perfectly. I wasn't sure whether to buy insulated or uninsulated. I opted for the uninsulated, and have been very happy with the choice. I'm using a lightweight layer of long underwear under the pants, and I've been comfortable skiing in temperatures ranging from 3 degrees to 35 degrees. These pants have a nice brushed lining, I think that makes them warmer than anticipated, even though they are uninsulated. Velcro tabs at the waist make it easy to adjust the waist for perfect fit. These are really well made pants. Hard to think of any way to improve them, maybe add a patch pocket to the left leg for a little more storage.

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pro5400516 wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

3 5

I'm tall and thin, 6'1", 34" waist, 35" inseam. Long legs, not so long torso. I bought a size Medium. The legs were tight, which surprised me, and the torso was baggy and droopy. Maybe if you have more torso and less leg, the suit will fit you better.

Other than the poor fit, the suit appeared to be well made, and I'm sure it would have been warm and cozy under my ski clothing.

Kudos to Backcountry for making the return process very easy.

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pro5400516 wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

2 5

I was within sizing guidelines for a Medium. There was room to dial in the fit around the circumference of my head, but the dome of the helmet was uncomfortably tight. No room for a lightweight balaclava or anything else under the helmet. Hindsight suggests that it is probably better to try different helmets on in a store, since proper fit is very important and very personal.

The velcro flaps that cover the vents in this helmet seem pretty cheesy. They might work for someone that never wants to adjust the vents while skiing, but they would be really tedious to change while skiing. Take off the helmet, take off your gloves, futz around with the little velcro flaps. For a better venting solution, check out other helmets like the Giro Seam, or just buy a helmet with no adjustable vents if that's what you really want.

Kudos to Backcountry for making the return process very easy.

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