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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I normally wear a US 9.5 so ordered a pro gaiter in US 9.5 as well. Initial impressions: out of the box, the fit is about right with icebreaker hike lite crew socks. With my current salewa raven combos (size US 10), I wear a combo of injinji thin liners and smartwool thick ski socks, and it's a touch loose, so I suspect for the pro gaiters I might get away with the same injinji thin liners, and lighter weight smartwool socks.

The slot for the adjustment is as I feared: just the allen key hole, instead of the hole+screw that many have reported are in the newer models, so I will just have to be careful when doing the adjustment so as not to strip the hole.

Lacing is a bit troublesome; the lace lock in the middle will help tighten the bottom section when you pull straight up, and to loosen you have to tilt it to one side then the other (e.g. if you tilt it to the left, it will loose the right-side bottom lacing). If you don't tighten this lace lock or tuck it away nicely, the T-zip for the gaiter can get a bit stuck when you have to unzip it (pulling up to zip is fine, since you are also stretching the fabric a bit; but pulling/pushing down can be a bit tricky to get the zip pull over this lace lock; I can imagine my frustration at the end of the day when I'm cold, tired, and trying to get the boots off!).

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on July 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

I usually wear altra lone peaks for trail runs. However the lone peaks are rather slippery when wet/cold, so I decided to bite the bullet and try the akashas (being touted as having a wider footbed than the normal la sportiva line of shoes).

I'm a size 9.5 (euro 42-42.5) across inov8s, salomons, and altras, so ordered a euro 43 for the akashas. Initially the shoe felt a bit tight and the footbed narrow, but after a half-hour run the foam lining settled and feels better now. I would probably size up to euro 44 for longer runs where foot swelling is a concern (I wore size 10 lone peaks for MdS, and didn't get any blisters).

Grip as expect was good (definitely better than the lone peaks), I run in humid weather so shady trails are often wet and slippery.

As for the drop, initially I can feel the difference between the zero drop of the altras and the 6mm of the akashas, but after a few kms this fades into the background. Not such a big deal on trails which are up and down all the time, but if predominantly running on flat ground it would be more noticeable.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on May 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I use the Trek model for alpineering, and got the Tracks for running, but found that the Trek model was far superior for all such activities (alpineering to 6000m, ice climbing, marathon running, as well as trips to Antarctica and the North Pole). The Tracks seemed it should be superior for running, but in my area's humidity (close to 100% and 30+'C temperature) the Tracks would fog up whenever I stopped, whereas the Trek never did.

The frame for the Tracks also seems to warp very easily. Whilst trying to put them on or take them off with one hand, the lenses do start coming off the frame, and every now and then I have to push them back in.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on October 15, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Have used this for Kilimanjaro (changed to warmer boots for summit), in the ice and snow (excellent grip, whereas I was slipping around in inov8 roclites), and via ferrating in Tirol (again, excellent grip). Highly recommended for people looking for a cross/compromise between a lightweight runner/trail shoe, and a heavyweight leather boot, that will do well in multiple terrains.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on August 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

The stretch material is great for climbing and hiking. I'm mainly climbing sports routes at the moment (top rope and lead) and can heel hook without issues. It's reasonably streamline to sit under a harness, without too much excess material (FYI I bought a size small, and I'm 5'7", ~145lbs, size 30" waist, w/broad shoulders and thighs). Waist is a touch loose.

The thigh zip pocket is a bit finicky though. Concept is good enough, i.e. having a zip at the top to access it when you are standing, and a zip at the side (inside facing) when you are seated and need to access it that way. However, the pocket itself is barely big enough for my wallet (and my wallet isn't that big!), so having 2 zips, with all the extra material, doesn't lend itself to being very useful in the end (i.e. I would have been happy with 1 zip, and 2 thigh pockets instead of 1, as with the older zion pants I have)

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on October 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I wear the anatomica boxer briefs everday, so in comparison the relay boxer briefs feel tighter and less likely to ride up, although they still will, since the hem is not that long. Fabric is nice and soft as you would expect from icebreaker.

I'd prefer no fly, so the extra fabric is a bit of a waste, especially under lots of layers.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Fit is typical black diamond, long and thin without much contour, but thankfully the schoeller material is super stretchy, yet quite water resistent. The zipper is a bit awkward to fit and zip up when you are in a hurry, and since it's a full length, the portion over the abdomen tends to bulge out (especially since there's no contouring of the material).

For waterproofing, in mild extended rain (I was in a drizzle for half an hour, and it never wet through), water just beads straight off.

Packs tiny, so there's no excuse for me to be without it.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

as with panditah's review below, it's not really compressive, and the EXO material is rough to the touch, so initially I was worried I would get massive chafing on my (cyclist) thighs. Thankfully not, I've worn them to run a few 100kms now.

I would size up; I normally wear a small in everything, but for these I wear a medium.

There's some soft material inside to keep help your "junk" (if you know what I mean) in place, which I found very comfortable.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

For sizing I agree with other reviews; I'm 5'7", 145lbs with an athletic build (i.e. 30" waist, cyclist-built butt and quads), and a size small feels very fitted; butt/legs are fitted/tight (but not compression tight), calves are loose (to accomodate boots). A thin Rab Meco 120 base layer would fit well underneath, but anything else (e.g. fleece) would have to take be at the mercy of the schoeller stretch fabric, and the waist would feel uncomfortable with the extra bulk. Inseam is fine, I normally wear a 30x30". I suspect that for people complaining about the high waist/short inseam, the pants are actually too tight and hence have to be worn higher up than normal, in order to fit.

If you are going by american sized jeans/pants sizing, I'd recommend you size up. For reference, timberland 30"s are too loose it the waist for me, and I'd wear docker 29"s to fit my "real" 30" waist. I'm rating this as true to size, as it actually fits as I expect, versus being too loose.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

4 5

Pretty warm, definitely good amount of down filling. However, I concur with other comments, I'm 150lbs and 5'7", athletic physique so I don't have massive shoulders or chest to fill the jacket out, but the arms still felt about 1 to 2 inches too short (NB: all I had underneath was a long sleeve merino baselayer, a very thin cashmere sweater, and I was very comfortable in about -10'C weather with a wicked wind).

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on September 30, 2008

5 5

I normally wear a size 9'ish (salomon Xa pro 3d 9.5 is a tad loose) so went for a 9.5 in the terroc 330. Fits well, haven't examined it for loose stitching etc, but so far they are holding up well, and are very comfortable.

The rocklite 318 by comparison was way too small (length wise my toes were stubbing the front of the shoe), I could have done with a size 10.

The flite 250 by comparison was very tight in volume (but length is ok), I guess it is meant to be worn with either no socks or very thin ones, so if you plan to wear your normal socks I'd also size up a 1/2 size e.g. I got 9.5s and could have gone with a 10.

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y_ong2347242wrote a review of on September 30, 2008

3 5

I got a pair of 9.5s in the flite 250, and although length was ok, width/overall volume is very tight. I had to switch to thinner socks to get my feet reasonably comfortable. Length wise it was ok though (I normally wear salomon xa pro 3d size 9.5, and that's a tad loose).

By comparison: Terroc 330 size 9.5: fits well. Rocklite 318 size 9.5 was way too small (length wise my toes were stubbing the front of the shoe), I could have done with a size 10.

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