I've got Crank Bros Mallet II pedals, and the cleats are SPD. Will the cleats work with these shoes?
I haven't gotten a chance to trail-test this yet (just got it), but I wanted to note that it was manufactured in Canada (not China). I couldn't find out where it was made anywhere online, so figured someone may want to know.
I'll give the pullover 4 stars initially. It fits quite well (6'3" 200lb and a large is great) but I'm taking a star off because it is so long. The zipper is really nice as well, because it comes down so low on the chest.
The entire pullover is very long. I got a large, and underneath my large Beta LT shell, it probably hangs a solid 4 inches lower. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing... I'll never be exposed when bending around, but it will also cause a bit of overlap with my bottom layers and might make for too much fabric underneath a harness.
Haven't gotten a chance to take this out on the trail (or mountain) yet, but I have fully loaded it to try out the harness and waistbelt. While I was at it, I gave it a dunk in my tub, and everything inside came out dry.
The suspension on this thing is great. Really transfers weight to the hips well, and the hippod things (which look like they may suck) are the best hip padding I've had on a pack. The outside has a bunch of loops and lash points, which is always a plus. I've never had an Arc'Teryx pack before, but if they're all built to this quality, with this level of detail, then I'm sold on them.
My previous pack was a North Face Primero 60, which is definitely a nice pack. After 20 miles a day in the Eastern Cascade foothills, though, I was definitely feeling the pain on my hips. This pack has less volume, which I can definitely deal with, and a lot less weight. Being in the Pacific Northwest, the waterproofing is a killer feature, and this is going to be my go-to backcountry pack year round.
I just got the jacket in the mail on 7/17/09 and I can guarantee that this is made in Canada, which definitely made me happy :)