Colorado's high country
I've only had these shoes for a few months and had worn them maybe 10 times. I was tightening my shoelace and the webbing that holds the laces broke. These shoes will be returned to Backcountry. I have about 7 pairs of Keens and love them all, so I'm very disappointed with this shoe.
Also, I feel that the sizing of these shoes was a lot larger than my other Keens. I typically wear an 8-8.5 and I bought an 8.5 in these shoes. They felt more like 9s.
According to Outdoor Research's website (which also matches the sizing chart on this page under the "Size?" link above)
XS: 29 in
S: 30 in
The pockets are quite deep. They go past my wrist when my hands are all the way in the pockets. Just a note - these pants are SUPER stretchy. If you put anything of weight in the pockets, you'll have to really cinch down the waist tie or your pants will fall down!
Quite simply, this biner does exactly what it was designed to do and it does it well. It keeps your biner from spinning on your belay loop, thus eliminating crossloading. I'm really happy with it because it's one less distraction when I'm focusing on my climber.
I love the fit of these pants, and the low-rise is very flattering. However, I have a hard time finding baselayers long enough to tuck into these pants (and stay tucked in). I never wear these on a powder day or a really, really cold days because I end up with my back exposed and snow down my pants if I fall or sit down, or bend over to adjust my boots, or do anything else that makes me bend at the waist.
I wish these pants had a heavy layer of Cordura or some other sort of tough abraision-resistant fabric sewn onto the cuffs. I have completely shredded the fabric of these pants with my ski edges, and my ski brakes now get caught in the holes and the holes cause snow to enter the cuffs of the pants. While the product description above says they have "reinforced cuffs" they must only be talking about the hem area, because I don't see any reinforcement at all. And honestly, the parking lot is not where I chew up my ski pants. There is a local seamstress who works with technical fabrics (tent repairs, etc.) and I think I will take the pants to her and have her sew on some reinforcements to lengthen the life of these pants.
I only use this mask on the coldest of days, and every time I've used it, I've been happy to have it. I usually wear a neck gaiter and pull it up over my face when it gets really cold. However, last season I learned my lesson the hard way when I got frostnip on my face in the areas that were not covered by the gaiter. The area affected was the gap between my goggles and the gaiter on my cheeks. What I really like about this mask is that the edges are specially molded to fit under your goggles and leave no skin exposed. Even with this tight seal, my goggles do not fog.
Some of the downsides: The breathing holes only let a certain amount of fresh air in. When I'm really skiing hard and exerting myself, I feel like I can't get enough oxygen. THen I just pull the mask down and expose my face. I have seen some people who cut a larger hole in the mouth area of their masks. Also, the back side of the mask where the velcro attaches is much narrower than the length of the front of the mask+neck gaiter. So, unless I close up my jacket just perfectly, I get some cold drafts from where the narrow closure doesn't quite cover the back of my neck (especially when I'm looking down). The front provides great coverage, but the back is a little lacking. I ordered a size large to make sure I had enough room for all of the layers on my neck (jacket, baselayers, etc.) and for my ponytail that hangs down.
This is a highly-specialized outer layer for cold weather high-activity sports. It's definitely not something you'd just wear around town in the winter because you'd freeze from the thin sleeves and side panels. The PrimaLoft body of the jacket keeps your core warm, but the sleeves are thin so you don't overheat. It's extremely lightweight for the warmth it provides, so it won't make you feel weighed down by your running clothes.
I never thought I'd ever use "comfortable" and "warm" to describe ski boots. I've never had a pair of comfortable and warm boots in my life - even after custom fittings. But these boots are amazing. I think part of the reason is the Intuition liners. I had them heat molded at my local ski shop, and they've been a perfect fit ever since. They're light and comfortable for touring and stiff enough for agressive skiing. But if you're used to a super-stiff boot, these are not for you.
We got this helmet for my boyfriend's 10-year-old daughter after 3 years of cinching down her dad's helmet to the smallest settings. Her dad's helmet never fit well, flopped around and just looked huge on her head. She wears her Camp helmet and says it's very comfortable and the inside padding is soft (she forgets it's on her head) and she can adjust it easily herself. It's very adjustable, so she has plenty of room to grow into it as she grows older. It looks great with her Backcountry goat sticker too!
I love the performance of these goggles, I have the Sensor Mirror lenses and I have been very happy with the visibility in all conditions and they hardly ever fog. They look good and fit my small face well. My biggest issue is that the strap is too small for my helmet (a Giro Fuse that's a few years old), so they squeeze into my face and leave indentations in my cheeks. I'm going to buy the goggle extension strap they sell here on Backcountry and that problem should be solved.
I sweat a lot and my old harness wasn't breathable (Black Diamond Primrose). I'd take my harness off and would have big, wet sweat stains around my waist. I climbed all day in the Petzl Luna harness in very warm conditions, took off my harness and I was barely even damp underneath. I was amazed at the difference. The claims about the breathability of this harness are very true.
I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the angle of the gear loops. If you're used to molded gear loops that stick out from your harness, these definitely sit a lot flatter against the harness. It took a climb or two to get used to the different gear loop shape, but never had a real problem with them. The design of the loops is helpful when carrying a pack because they don't interfere with your pack's waistbelt. The Caritool loops (for ice climbing) are in between the front and rear loops, which moves the rear loops back a little further on the harness than what most people are used to. But I intend to use this for ice climbing, so I'm ok with it. The rear loops are on the small side, so this harness might not be the best for trad climbing unless you use a gear sling.
Overall a great harness for me and what I will be using it for.
I've had this helmet for a little over a year and the adjustment wheel has totally locked up on me. It takes all my hand strength to tighten it. I'm going to return the helmet and get a replacement and give the helmet one more chance because it's comfortable, rugged and fits well.
I like that this has separately sewn, full strength loops. I use it primarily as a daisy chain for anchors and like the long length and adjustability for all types of anchor set-ups and angles.
I'm a visual person, so I really appreciate the "red is dead" indicator when the screwgate is open. The biner is smallish, so I prefer to use it for the anchors rather than for belaying.
I like this harness and I see a lot of women wearing it. My problem is with the sizing. I have a really small waist (size small is almost too big in the waist) but my legs are big. When I let out the legs enough to fit comfortably, there is only about an inch and a half of strapping left after being doubled back. Not a safety issue or anything. But that means that there is not enough padding to go all around the sides of my thighs, so when I'm sitting in my harness or catch my climber, the strapping digs into my legs too much. Lesson learned for me - I need to pay more attention to leg circumference and padding.
I agree with the other reviewer who said the fabric is pilling. It also "attracts everything except men and money" when it comes to lint/pet hair/etc. The lint doesn't remove easily because of the nubby texture of the fabric since it almost seems to grip onto the lint more than other fleece textures. It is very warm, well cut, but definitely not wind resistant in any way. Defifinitely more of a layering piece.
You know when you find a manufacturer whose clothes all fit you perfectly? That's how I am with Mammut clothing. They are a Swiss company, so their clothes are cut for the European build. And for women, that means long torso and long arms. I have this jacket in a small, and it measures 29 inches from the top of the collar to the bottom (back of jacket.) The fleece interior of the jacket is cozy and warm, and the exterior is soft yet durable, very water-resistant and wind-resistant. You can tell if you look closely at the pictures that there are 2 types of fabric on this jacket. The main body is the Softech fabric, but there is a tougher fabric on the shoulders and the outsides of the sleeves to help with abrasion protection. The construction is high-quality and cut is very curvy and feminine while still being a nice, technical jacket. There are no pit zips or two-way zipper. There are two interior pockets in addition to the external and arm pockets.
Yes, these pants have a drop seat. The suspenders attach to the pants in front of the side zippers. The side zippers are full length and are two-way. They run from the waist band all the way down to the cuffs. So, when nature calls, you don't have to worry about taking the suspenders off, you just pull the velcro tabs on the sides, unzip both sides down from the waist and answer the call.