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Rwrote a review of on October 3, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have used the red jacket with the black pocket in XL for 2 years now. Overall, I am happy with the look of the jacket and get complements on it. I usually wear casually and while skiing in good weather.

The face fabric gets wet very easily and stays extremely damp for a while. I do not get wet on the inside, but this is not good enough to me - in my personal opinion. It should bead off better. Instead, it just gets soaked like a cheap rain jacket would. So, if you are looking for waterproofing, this is a serious issue; especially in cold weather where it may rain and freeze in cold conditions.

I like how you can 'zip' in down or fleece north face products. It is a nice touch.

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Rwrote a review of on September 19, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Sizing way off on these. It was like wearing slim fit jeans that you can't even get on. Not my style; not comfortable.

The material is cool and stretchy - not nearly as waterproof as gore-tex. The concept of these pants is really cool with the bib feature. However, an XL needs to fit like an XL. I am not even a big guy and could barely get them on.

by the way....I fit a Large Northface or Columbia pant absolutely fine. XL is very comfortable in those brands with base layers.

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Rwrote a review of on September 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Perfect pants in terms of functionality. Awesome buttons on bottom for skiers or boarders to make looser or tighter - very important for skiers to not rip pants in bindings.

Fit was perfect, but colors were kind of ugly (blue with blue jacket) Kind of reminded me of a one-piece ski outfit I had when I was 10 years old. LOL

Other than the colors, these pants are top notch and give you the room to layer in a non-restrictive way.

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Rwrote a review of on September 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The jacket and pants are quality material and feel durable. The jacket chest fits great at XL. However, it was too long for me. (Think..past your groin like you were wearing someone else hand-me-downs that were too long. The sizing was accurate though through your chest and arms and you should order your regular size. Plenty of room for layering in a non-restrictive way.

The pants fit perfect in XL and work perfectly for boarders or skiers with the extra button at the bottom. Very cool feature. I returned both because I wanted a matching outfit. I was sad to return the pants because they fit so well with or without base layers/fleece pants. I wear 38 Jeans

All in all - Norrona Narvik was an excellent piece of kit. There was nothing wrong with the jacket or pants. The jacket just didn't fit me that well because I am 5' 9"

The look of the Blue on Blue was kind of basic; in terms of fashion and appeared to be slightly boring and on the ugly side of things. I guess the patterns were too closely related (jacket & pants).

If you are on the taller side ---- This combo is 5 STARS and is worth consideration.

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Rwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

1. Comfortable as a slipper

I never unbuckle all day; which is seriously unheard of as far as expert-level, tight shell fit ski boots go. I never lose circulation or feel pins and needles in my feet. With other boots, I had to unbuckle after every run and take my boots off every 2 hours. These are tight in all the right areas I guess. I do not even have to buckle past the 1st or 2nd notch. I have 1/8" shell fit or 5-8mm.

2. Flex

The 6 flex is way too flexible if you weigh a lot or need that extra support (around 100 flex). I recommend getting the 8 or 10 flex if you weigh a lot. I weigh 200 lbs. The 8 flex is perfect for me and it is extremely stiff in cold weather and all I will ever need (120-130 ). The 10 Flex is ideal for professional who do backflips, were former racers, someone who weighs 225 lbs., or for a really warm spring day. However, ski what makes you have the most fun!

3. Soul Shell (FTS) vs. Original Shell (FTO)

These are the Soul shell. I own the green tongued Seth Morrison's in the original shell and these feel slightly wider and more volumeous. If you have a really narrow foot, then get the Original Shell.

Side Note:

Trust me --- the soul shell is slightly more volumeous to accommodate more feet even though they are both stated as 99mm. Helpful for many people.

The Soul Shell feels like a true 99mm last, while the Original feels like a 97mm.

I prefer the Original Shell in the older Seth Morrison's over the Soul Shell.

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Rwrote a review of on March 22, 2013

5 5

I usually wear a large in most other brand's jackets. I ordered the green shell in XL and it fits really well. I am 5'9", 200 lbs. I tried it on with an Under Armour Cold Gear shirt and a North Face Denali Fleece and it fits really well.

The hood is perfect and fits over a ski helmet with no problems whatsoever; which is awesome for snowy or rainy days! I have to wait and see how waterproof it is. Otherwise, I am very happy with the purchase. It does fit on the tighter side, so order a size up - unless you are super skinny. The sleeves are long, but it does not matter much.

It would be hard to fit more than 1 heavy fleece and 1 or 2 long sleeve baselayers, but that's all a shell is used for anyway. I put it on over an insulated jacket to see if it fits over and it does. I just looked like a marshmallow though lol.

It's very soft and not too loud either like other gore-tex type shells, so that's cool. It could fit into a backpack extremely easily as it is super light. The inside pocket is super small by the way.

I am using it this weekend, so I will post back on how it holds up in 28-35 degree weather.

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Rwrote a review of on November 20, 2012

5 5

Forward flex is nice, but I would go for the 10 flex. Fits like a warm slipper. No footbeds were in there. I prefer using my custom footbeds. These were comfortable with or without them & kept proper circulation. There is some wiggle room in the toes. They don't crunch my narrow feet at all. It makes me wonder why I ever used really narrow boots. Say goodbye to those.

The 1st buckle is a pain to get around the boot. It's not a big deal though - just buckle 2nd or 3rd buckle first.

I may get a pair of the Full Tilt First Chairs in the future because I weigh 200 lbs. & like a strong flex.

I highly recommend these for all instep & arch heights. They are in the narrow to medium range, which is perfect for most feet.

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Rwrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

First of all....Backcountry Rocks! They have been great with me. They have been extremely nice, helpful, and informative. I can't say enough good things about this site/store.

These are slightly different than the RS 130's. The RS 130's have a slightly stiffer flex and seem slightly more performance based. These rock, have rubber bottoms, and look really cool. I wish they fit my feet better, as they are straight bomber, kick a$$ boots. I would definitely recommend them.

These are A + boots for anyone with low to medium arch feet. The heel hold, flex, and look is top notch.

However, I have high arch and high instep feet. These did not work for me, as my toes had the tendency to curl back and not sit flat. I believe the instep was too low and did not allow my foot to sit properly; especially with custom Sidas insoles.

I am now extremely happy with the Dalbello Krypton Pro's. Dalbello and Full Tilt seem to fit my instep better than other company. I believe the real key is the new mold for 2013 and the Intuition Liner. It allows my feet to be tight in the shell, but have proper heel hold, toe room, and comfort. I still have to break them in, as they are tight, but they maintain proper circulation and hold.

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Rwrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These are A + boots for anyone with low to medium arch feet. The heel hold, flex, and look is top notch.

However, I have high arch and high instep feet. These did not work for me, as my toes had the tendency to curl back and not sit flat. I believe the instep high was too low and did not allow my foot to sit properly; especially with custom Sidas insoles.

The new 2013 graphics are sick. I really like the look of these.

I am now extremely happy with the Dalbello Krypton Pro's. Dalbello and Full Tilt seem to fit my instep better than other company's.

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Rwrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The fit is shallow at the arch of your feet. Good for low/medium arched people. It cut off circulation on my high arched feet. Comfortable boot with really cool rubber soles and a nice flex to it. It's similar to a 120 flex boot. The length feels normal. These are nice boots and I would recommend them.

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Rwrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Very shallow at the forefront of your toes and arches. Very, very race oriented. Would be excellent for low arched people out there. These are identical to the Tecnica Inferno 130's. They are both excellent boots if they fit you. The flex is great on these and the Tecnica's.

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Rwrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They look cool, flex tough, and look tougher. They feel and sound very plasticy when you flex them; noisy. They are narrow and are tight on the outsides of your feet. They are good for people with really narrow and low/medium arches. Never skied them, but I am sure these rock - just not for me as they cut off circulation a bit due to my high arches.

I would recommend them though.

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Rwrote a review of on November 11, 2012

5 5

These have the perfect amount of flex and comfort width wise. However, they were not right for my feet. I had a problem with the low shelf at the front of the boot. It put too much pressure on the top of my toes.
I was very close to loving these.

Get these if you have low to medium arch feet and are used to race style boots. High arched people like myself can't fit them - never mind with custom insoles.

These also fit almost identical to the Dalbello Scorpion SR 130's.

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Rwrote a review of on November 9, 2012

5 5

I have tried on many boots from backcountry.com to get ready for this upcoming season. They have been extremely nice and helpful. I have been promoting this site like crazy. Their help is much appreciated : )

The 3 buckle design is cool. I have always skied 120-130 stiff, 4 buckle boots. However, I am very pleased with how tight and how well the heel hold is.

Also, I have read many reviews on the stiffness. Most were completely wrong and over dramatized. These are pretty stiff. They come with 2 tongues (moderate C & stiffer B). They both feel the same - around 110-115.

However, the magic happens when you insert a shim in the inside of the back portion near the heel. You simply put in one of the forward lean pieces (none, 4 deg, or 8 degree). Then, pick the same number shim. Next, remove rear cuff with a screw driver, slide shim into high, medium, or low indentation and voila! You have a 130 flex. I use the 4 degree forward lean with the #4 insert in the highest (stiffest) slot.

These become really stiff. Otherwise, they may be too soft and irritate your instep where the 2nd buckle is. This really sold me on this boot.

They also come with 2 bootboard/zeppa's. One is standard (hard), while the other is slightly softer (hard rubber; not soft). I will most likely ski the softer ones.

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Rwrote a review of on November 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These boots are bomber stiff...130 feels like 150 and I can barely flex them; and I weigh 200 lbs. They are fairly narrow, but not too narrow like some other boots out right now. They fit my medium to high arch feet pretty well without cutting off circulation.

If you like skiing fast, then definitely get these. If you are timid, then get a flex you can handle. Other 130 boots do not feel this stiff.

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