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wiscopaul502288 wrote a review of on April 20, 2012

4 5

This is a tough daypack with useful ski-specific features (I think it carries long skis better than a long snowboard, but the quick straps and buckles are very handy in general). While I'd rather not carry a pack on chairlifts, I do like it for hiking Highlands Bowl, and I've taken it on a few backcountry day hikes (skin up, ski down, lap or two) in Colorado. I also used the pack for an avalanche safety course, and all the items the instructors told us to carry (including shovel, probe, down puffy, "extra clothes," lunch, 2L water, rope, first aid kit, etc.) fit inside easily enough. Most of my classmates, even the shorter guys and the women, had bigger packs (and a number had Avalung's, including the instructor). I really wouldn't need more room unless I was also going to camp or cook or whatever. I'm 6'4", 170 lbs., and the pack (the M/L) is at least a little short for me, strictly speaking (the belt rides high unless I wear the whole thing a bit low). I just don't find that the pack, even when it's loaded, is heavy enough for this to be a real issue. If I wore a longer/taller pack, I do suppose I'd get a snugger, more supportive fit, which would be important on a multi-day tour, with more gear (or just more food and water). I don't like the way the Avalung hose passes on top of my shoulder because it's kind of hard, and pokes me, and it makes the strap on that side inflexible so it doesn't fit as comfortably as the other strap. It's not a major issue, but I think it would be with a heavier load, or on a longer hike.

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wiscopaul502288 wrote an answer about on February 28, 2011

I'd say, buy the ski that's recommended for your weight range. This may sound obvious, but I ran into a problem: I weigh about 175, and the cut-off between the 186's and 196's is 180 lbs. I figured I'd probably tip the scales at over 180 with a pack on, or even just in the back-country boots I bought to accompany these skis. I didn't want slow skis. The 196's are f'n stiff. I can't get the kick zones (the scaly parts on the bottom of the skis) to hook up much at all, and I know how to kick and glide (been skiing Nordic since I was six or seven). The Glades glide surprisingly fast for waxless skis, but I don't recommend compromising kick for glide when buying a touring ski, particularly since this ski has a "negative" kick zone (which doesn't drag unless it's pressed into the snow).

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wiscopaul502288 wrote a review of on January 25, 2011

5 5

These gloves are simple enough, but I think they outperform more expensive gloves for a number of purposes. Among gloves that are warm enough for cold-weather ski touring and resort days, they offer a lot of dexterity. I use them with liners when it's cold. I don't think they're waterproof (but the snow is really dry in CO, so it hasn't been an issue). They're slim enough to fit in my Nordic ski pole straps, and I can strap into a snowboard easily without taking them off.

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wiscopaul502288 wrote a review of on January 25, 2011

5 5

These t-shirts are great for almost everything. I don't wear them in hot weather, but when it's under, say 70F, I'm in Icebreaker stuff almost daily. This shirt fits pretty slim, but not tight (I'm 6'4", 170 lbs. and wear a large). I use this shirt for mountain biking, hikes, I use it as a base-layer under other wool or fleece stuff, and sometimes I wear it over a long-sleeved base layer. When I tore the shoulder on a juniper mountain biking, I had my tailor stitch it up -well worth it (even though I didn't pay $75 -!!!- for this t-shirt). I'm always watching for a sale. Meanwhile, the Icebreaker stuff I have gotten on sale is holding up to many machine washings (but no tumble drying, of course).

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wiscopaul502288 wrote a review of on January 25, 2011

warmth for active pursuits
4 5

The jacket seems well-designed and fits well enough (6'4", 170 lbs., got the large, and my only complaint re. fit is that I can't keep the cuffs over my short gloves; will need to wear it with gauntlets next time). It's pretty slim and does look a little funny with heavy layers underneath. The color known as "Deep" is what I'd call "teal." It's not as blue as it looks in the Backcountry.com pic. The shell material is light and soft -not stiff. I bought it for Tele and snowboard, and when I'm bundled up, it's a little snug and minimal. It doesn't fit like a typical downhill ski parka. I found I liked it better for cold xc touring (rather than for resort days), when I can get by with fewer layers underneath (pic -probably -7F at over 9000'). Sitting on a chairlift at Snowmass, I could feel some wind through it, it seemed, and it was a fairly mild day (low 20's?). I would say it's very breathable, and plenty water-resistant for most purposes. In my personal opinion, it (like most Stoic gear) looks a bit too techy to stand in for street-wear.

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