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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

I use these pants in all winter skiing conditions (I live in CO so it is dry than say the PNW) and alpine climbing. It is pretty amazing how breathable and comfortable these pants are. I would have liked the pockets to be larger to accomodate a notebook (since these are "guide pants") but this was not distracting. These pants don't fit quite as slim as some other patagonia stuff, but it sure ain't baggy. If you plan to use these for skiing, I would recommend buying the patagonia version of these that have reinforcements around the ankle. My skis are starting to cut my pants, but in light of these pants other amazing qualities, it is not distracting. This is an incredible pant for the price.

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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

The lightweight, thoughtful design in avalung, shovel pocket, lid, water bladder pouch, straps and other features make this an ideal pack for touring. It is a bit small for extensive overnighters, but ideal for carrying all your snow study and self rescue tools, extra clothes and lunch. I would definitely recommend this pack. This is a thoughtfully designed and superb pack for touring and light ski mountaineering.

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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

Yes these boots do perform on big skis, stronger skiers and technically sound skill. These boots to an awesome job of transfering power to both edges on wider skis. I have average width feet and like a wider toebox. These boots fit great except I found the toe box to be too small for me (which seems important with tele boots). The heel fit was great, the heel never rose. These boots are stiff, heavy and have a high cuff so they might not be great if you do most of your skiing out of bounds or want to rock climb with them, but this is really all preference. I used them for a full season of touring and lifts and they never broke or showed any signs of breaking anytime soon.

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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

Don't buy a plastic shovel. You will be cursing if you ever actually have to dig out your friend buried under set up concrete with a plastic spoon. This shovel is great. From avie drills to snow pits to shelters to digging your car out, this shovel moves lots of snow. It is economical and reliable. I can recommend it for sure.

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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

5 5

I liked this probe for general touring. The 200 cm is too short for guiding or patrol work, but this probe is very economical and easy to use. I used it several times in burial drills with great results. The markings on the side are great for quantifying quick snow pits. I would recommend tying a knot in the end to make the extension smooth and quick.

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willhuck4food wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

4 5

This glove is reasonabley durable and looks great. It is a great glove for moderate, not cold winter conditions. I gave it four stars because it does not breath very well but wearing a thin liner seemed to solve the resulting clammy hand issue from lack of breathing.

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