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rlo5457118 wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

5 5

Got this on sale. Now its been awhile since I had a good winter jacket so keep that in mind! Man, as soon as I put it on I figured I had just tried on the most comfortable winter jacket I have ever worn. Went snowshoeing in -13 degC weather and I felt zero cold or wind at all. Having said that, this was too much coat for snowshoeing and likely other activities that cause a guy to sweat. Having said that, a person with layers could stuff it in the stuff sack that comes with the jacket and tuck it away in your backpack for later. The hood is great, the pockets are even super comfortable as they're lined with some type of fabric, so if you had no gloves for whatever reason they would stay toasty warm in the pockets. When zipped up the fabric by the chin is nice and warm. I found I no longer needed a neck warmer. I did sweat in this thing and simply turned it inside out at night and it was dry within a few hours. No big deal. Its got a pocket on the inside designed for a water bottle but I did not use it as it makes the jacket feel very lobsided. All in all a great, warm winter jacket!

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rlo5457118 wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

4 5

So I bought these boots and took them out snowshoeing. First, they offer an extremely comfortable insole and are quite warm. They are also light/small enough to allow you to perform somewhat technical movements (ie. they don't get in their own way), at least while snowshoeing. Guaranteed there are lighter/smaller boots out there, but may not be as comfy. My only issue was that since they fit snug with the ankles, they really did a number on my ankles (in terms of bruising) first time out. I remember this happening when I used to ski as well with ski boots. Your ankle has to get used to it. I *think* this is common for any boot that really hugs the ankle and where you are doing things that require constant bending of the ankle such as hiking. The next day I ended up not lacing them all the way up and that made a difference in terms of ankle soreness. Overall I would recommend them.

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rlo5457118 wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

5 5

So I bought these as they were on sale and went out this past weekend where I did two trails with them. First, I'm 5'10" and 215 lbs and they worked quite well. I think I will get the tails though for extra flotation. The snow was quite 'sugary' so I don't think any snowshoe would have stayed afloat very well. All in all very comfortable, didn't have to change my style of walking that much. The Ergo Televator heel lift system was definitely nice to have for those inclines. Traction was good. Straps were easy to get on and off. The bindings can accommodate VERY wide boots (ie Baffin Endurance). I was overall very pleased with them as my first snowshoe.

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