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Crested Butte, CO

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smushie wrote a review of on October 18, 2013

As strong a tire as you get
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before upgrading to the Diamante, I put close to 5k miles on a pair of these riding on a mix of bad pavement, chip and seal, gravel and dirt. My better half is still rockin' the pair I mounted on her bike in 2008 and has never gotten a flat. The tires have a great feel, really quiet, and, based on our experience, totally bomb proof.

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smushie wrote a review of on October 18, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mounted a pair of these on my fixie that I use for commuting. They're a bit heavy, were a real pain to get on and the low TPI is very noticeable compared to the 220 TPI Diamante Pros I have on my road bike. I traded out the front wheels one day because I couldn't believe how dead these Zaffiros felt and wanted to make sure I wasn't imagining things. The rubber really has no give and so, rather than soaking up road noise, they transmit it. Still, for $10-15 it's a deal and I'll ride them out before replacing them.

Also, seriously folks, my better half and I each ride 2-4K miles/year on a mix of bad pavement, chip and seal, gravel and dirt with Vittoria road tires (Diamantes and Rubinos) and average about one flat every other year. If you're getting 6 flats in a row, you need to take the tire off the wheel, replace the rim tape, clean the whole thing with a damp rag and pay attention when remounting. Unless you're really unlucky, you shouldn't be getting that many flats with any tire.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

Aren't you sick of polypro longjohns that start to stink the moment you put them on? After a while they stink right out of the dryer. Where does that smell hide? Merino is warmer, softer, doesn't itch, and doesn't stink. Not even after a weekend of skiing. In a pinch you can wash these in the bathroom sink, toss them over the shower rod and they'll be dry and ready to go by morning. I picked up two pairs on sale and I'm sold.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

Last month I wore these on a 135 mile one-day bike ride from Telluride, CO in the San Juan mountains to the deserts of Southwestern Colorado and Utah. It was in the 30's when we rolled out of Telluride at 8am and over 80 degrees for several hours in the mid-day sun before getting to the finish line. My toes never froze in the morning and didn't feel hot as I pedaled through the desert in the afternoon. After the ride, I took a shower and changed into some clean clothes; however, my socks were still fresh enough to wear home. I have two pairs and never leave for a long day of biking (or hiking) without them.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

4 5

The jacket would be perfect if it had pit zips. Even without them it's still a decent jacket. Really sturdy material and fairly water resistant even after several years of use and a few washes. There's enough stretch to the fabric to make wearing a fleece underneath comfortable and yet it still fits well in the spring and fall with just a t-shirt.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

For the 90% of the time you don't need a hood
5 5

Super sturdy jacket, huge vents, two big pockets and little else. When skiing trees that are so tight you're snapping branches left and right, this is the jacket you want to be wearing. I wouldn't be surprised if the fabric could stop bullets and there's almost nothing dangling that could get snagged. No hood. No 5-pockets with big zipper pulls. Nothing. I completely zip up the collar when things get really tight in order to protect my neck since the outer fabric is like kevlar. On the inside, the jacket has a soft fleece-like feel and there's an extra bit of soft fleece near the chin to eliminate chaffing. After three seasons of heavy use, the jacket finally wore out. Marmot replaced it with a brand new one. I'm 5'9" (160-170lbs) and a large fits great with or without a fleece layer or impact gear. Oh, and yes, that's a monoski but I don't speak French and my 80's hot tub time machine is broken. I do however ski with 210mm under foot and can turn on a dime.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

This jacket is fantastic. I'm 5'9" (160-170lbs) and the large fit perfect. I use this jacket for basically everything in the winter; skiing, xc skiing, snowshoeing, biking to work, walking around town and other assorted winter activities. The jacket fits great, and can handle a base layer, a mid layer, and a fleece jacket on those -20F days or impact gear on other days. On the other end of the weather spectrum, with the vents open and the jacket unzipped, I have no trouble regulating heat in the backcountry; xc skiing or otherwise. Plus, when it gets too warm, I just roll the jacket up and wear it like a fanny pack.

My home resort is Crested Butte and in the past two seasons I've taken some big falls in this jacket (cartwheeling over rocks and through trees) with little more than a scuff. I've been speared by tree branches so hard I've gotten stab wounds and the jacket remained undamaged. Same with tumbling over rocks. I bleed and the jacket is no worse for the wear. I use these with the bombshell bib and the one exception to being bomb proof was a fall last year where, during the yard-sale, it appears as though the pants got slashed by an errant ski across the knee. My impact gear (the hard candy shell kind) may have served as an impromptu cutting board. Regardless, Backcountry replaced the product immediately. You guys rock! Your products are amazing and your customer service is even better.

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smushie wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

These bibs are great. I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam and the mediums in blue fit perfect. I use these for basically everything in the winter; skiing, xc skiing, snowshoeing and other assorted winter fun. Probably too baggy for real XC pants but I'm indifferent since they don't restrict movement and breathe great. Besides, who says "skittle thug" isn't the new look for XC? Kidding.

My home resort is Crested Butte and I've taken some big falls in these bibs (cartwheeling over rocks and through trees) with little more than a scuff. The one exception was a fall last year where, during the yard-sale, it appears as though the pants got slashed by an errant ski across the knee. My impact gear (the hard candy shell kind) may have served as an impromptu cutting board. Regardless, Backcountry replaced the product immediately. You guys rock! Your products are amazing and your customer service is even better.

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smushie wrote an answer about on February 12, 2009

Get rid of the lacing system? Who walks around in liners in a mountain hut? Listen, if you plan on doing any skinning or hiking then the laces are a must. That is of course unless you like your shins slopping around inside your boots for the entire trip up. If you plan on spending your entire season riding lifts then I guess you might not need them but if that's the case then why are you buying AT boots?

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smushie wrote a review of on December 16, 2004

5 5

I picked this fleece because I was tired of every performance fleece being wind proof and/or water proof. I have a shell for wind and water. What I needed was a fleece to fit under it. The "systems" (fleece+shell) stink because, once zipped in, you usually cant use the powder skirt which might be why they then have to make them wind/water proof. The "Monkey Man" rocks. It's as plush as a stuffed animal, very compressible, and fits perfectly under a shell which is where fleece really belongs.

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