Does anyone have experience with these relative to the TLT 5 performance? They seem like they have similar purposes. The differences appear to be that the spitfire is slightly lighter, without a flex toe, and they seem less cluttered visually. But the TLT has the great reputation of being light AND skis half-decent. Can anyone comment on how the Spitfire skis?
I've used it for a couple of months now and it works great. The design is perfect if you go into the backcountry and need a full fishing rig.
You can set it up as a messenger bag-style as a hip pack that won't cam into your waist like a "fanny" pack style will, or set it up as a chest pack if I am wading deep and need to set it up high.
Its great for backpacking because you can have it on your chest, or with the smart application of a few straps, have it mounted on your big pack nicely.
I'm able to stash all tools, flies, extra reel, camera (for the trophy picture), even food and a small volume of water in it.
The only thing it lacks is the fold-out table for tying on flies that some more expensive packs have. However, I have not found that I really need that kind of thing myself.
I bike commute to work everyday and this piece is perfect. This piece looks very PRO. The fabric does not look overtly like a soft-shell, but more like a canvas, but it sheds moisture, and has a PRO styling that's very un-conservative and un-frumpy. The lapels are actually functional: you can turn the collar up and button it all down to keep out the elements. I'm 6'0" and 170lbs, and my measurements were all on the upper boundary for a Small on the supplied sizing chart. The small jacket fit sort of, but was too constricting, so I took it back for a Medium and it looks and fits great.
I believe this shirt is AT's slimfit lineup. I'm 6'0" and 170lbs and the medium fits perfect. The fabric feels nice and its perfect for looking PRO in the office. I'm not sure why the product description mentions it being nice for "a long day on the trail"... this shirt has no outdoor pretenses, save that the fabric *might* be sort-of techy, but really its just a nice shirt.
I wear 32X32 jeans and I find the Mediums fit perfect, like a 33 or 34in waist jean and are cut exactly like a nice pair of jeans. I can fit a baselayer under if cold. They are a thin fabric so cold winter activities I'd wear the base, but for high activity and mild temps (25 F ish) I'd go sans baselayer with these.
They are a slender cut though. I use these for backcountry skiing and they barely stretch over my boots. At first I found this a pain, but now I like it since there are no drafts and they seemed to have stretched a tiny amount and go over more easily. The attached photo shows how they go over boots. And with the thin cut they don't feel too floppy and baggy for going out on nordic gear, so now I use this pant for all types of human-powered skiing where i generate the heat and I need something light but snug.
I'm on my second pair of the flip-flop version of the Chaco's, which I believe have the same basic sole technology. My first pair lasted three years of near constant use in the summer, and indoor use as slippers in the winter. I can confidently report that they never get a "dead" feeling in the sole like other cheaper sandals that get compressed. They finally kicked the bucket because the strap frayed and broke, otherwise they would still be on my feet. They are great soles for sure, and their price is good when you consider how long they last compared to cheaper foam-based flip-flops.