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BayHikerwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

Magic, do-it-all pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've worn these pants backpacking, rock climbing, and mountaineering and never been unhappy in them. After two years of wear, they still look like new. They shed the occasional Sierra thundershower, stretch to accommodate high stepping, and hold up to chimneying and kneebars without a single snag. If I get a paws-up greeting from my muddy pup, the mud dries and brushes right off them. I probably wouldn't glissade in them, but they stay dry when I'm kneeling or doing some light sliding around in the snow. And the velcro waist adjustment tabs make sure the pants don't fall down even at the end of a long backpacking trip. Also: plenty of pockets!

I find that they run shorter than Norrona's super long baselayers, so they're a touch short on my long legs, but not as short as most other hiking pants. All in all a great piece of kit that I always enjoy wearing.

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BayHikerwrote a review of on January 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've taken this jacket on several summer/fall camping and backpacking trips in the Sierra and absolutely love it. I regularly wear it in the morning and evening in camp, and it's light enough and packs down small enough (in its own pocket!) that I don't hesitate to throw it in my pack for day hikes.

It's not quite as light as a certain other "spooky" down jacket, but having tried both, I found that the Continuum fit much more comfortably in the shoulders. For me, that comfort is worth a few extra ounces - and it really is an all-around comfy jacket. For my 5'11"/180lb frame, size large is trim while accommodating a midweight baselayer or even a thin fleece. I've worn it with a thin fleece midlayer while walking around or doing camp chores and been comfortable down to just below freezing.

The shell material feels very delicate, but so far it's held up well. Granted, I've mostly worn it in camp (no bushwhacking in it yet or moving hard against sharp rocks), but I stuff the jacket into a zippered stuff sack to use as my pillow at night and regularly stuff it in and out of its own stuff sack/pocket, and I've had no problems with the material snagging on zippers. Also of note, the brim is stiff enough to stand up when worn but not so stiff or poky that I notice it when using the jacket as a pillow.

The cuffs are a little plasticky-feeling - a touch of microfleece or tricot would be an improvement - but that's a minor annoyance on what's otherwise a great jacket.

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BayHikerwrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Generous portions, actual vegetables (and lots of 'em), great flavor, and even a pleasant kick: what's not to love?

I often struggle to find my appetite on backpacking trips or at altitude, even after long days on the trail when I should have worked up a monster appetite. Folks, I'm here to tell you that this is the first backpacking meal where the aroma had me really looking forward to eating it. In addition to just tasting good, it's a nice mental boost to feel a little more like myself and not to have to force myself to eat. Did I mention it's delicious? Highly recommended!

Definitely don't skimp on the rehydrating time - give it the full 20 minutes (plus a few extra if you're at altitude) unless you like crunchy rice.

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BayHikerwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I wanted so badly to keep these pants: comfortable from the knee up, material that felt lightweight but strong enough to stand up to rocks and brush on the trail, tons of convenient pockets, adjustable waist tabs and a slightly higher rise than the Falketind pants, etc. If you have average-to-slender calves, these pants might work brilliantly for you, but for a gal with muscular (read: big) calves, they're just too tight in the lower leg. They fit--barely--but were uncomfortably tight in a way that made made the pants feel awkward as I walked. I would have had to keep the lower zips unzipped all the time, which looked and felt weird (and left the velcro tab at the cuff hanging awkwardly).

I also would have preferred just a wee bit more stretch for high-stepping and scrambling, but it was the tight calves that were the deal-breaker. If Norrona ever makes a straight(er)-leg version of these pants, I'll be all over them!

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BayHikerwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

Stellar shell for gnarly conditions
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket kept me dry and happy on a two-week backpacking trip through the Scottish Highlands. Hours of driving rain were no match for the dri3 material (or the waterproof zippers), and the cinchable hood + semi-firm visor allowed for good visibility while keeping water from seeping inside. The cuffs strap down nice and tight as needed, too, and are cut at a slant so that you have a bit of extra coverage on one side. For me, using trekking poles, this meant that the top of the cuff had a bit of an overhang, preventing water from entering the sleeve. Nice work, Norrona!

The arms on this jacket are LONG! Great for me, possibly not so great for folks with average or short arms. It's cut generously enough for layers underneath, even a light puffy, without feeling too baggy over just a baselayer. I'm 5'11 / 185lbs and a large fits me perfectly. For the ounce counters, I'll note that my size large jacket weighs 10.6oz.

As on other Norrona jackets, the pockets are set higher so that they're accessible while wearing a harness or pack. I had no trouble accessing the (generously sized) pockets on the go. The jacket is very packable - stuffs easily into an elastic pocket on the outside of my pack - and dries in a flash, so I wasn't lugging around extra water weight after a downpour. Even in dry weather, I was glad to have it as a windbreaker for those exposed, windy sections.

I couldn't be happier with this jacket and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a bomber shell for wet and windy conditions!

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BayHikerwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought these tights for cold-weather running (<30F) and am very happy with them so far. They're warm but breathable, and they wick sweat away nicely; I don't have to peel them off after a run the way I do with some of my other long running tights.

Fit-wise, they're fitted but not skin-tight, and I'm delighted to say that the size large tights are long enough for my 34" inseam legs.

I gave them four instead of five stars only because I wish they had a drawcord. They ride down when I run, and it would be helpful to have something to keep them in place.

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BayHikerwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

Warm and cozy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I lived in this fleece on a winter road trip where the temperature ranged from 0F to 20F, and I was amazed at how well it kept me warm! In calm conditions, this fleece over a baselayer was enough to keep me comfortable walking around. As other reviewers noted, it *is* a fleece, so you'll feel the wind. Fortunately, while it's a little on the bulky side, it's fitted enough to go underneath a puffy jacket or hard shell.

I do find that this fleece runs a little smaller than some of Norrona's other tops and jackets, both in circumference and in torso/arm length, which is to say it doesn't run as large/long as Norrona usually does. The sleeves fit my long arms, but unfortunately they're not quite long enough to make the thumbholes really comfortable. For me, the sleeves on the Lyngen Warm2Flex jacket are more comfortable for thumbhole use. And while I can wear a thin baselayer underneath this fleece, a midweight baselayer would be pushing it. But since it's so warm on its own and fits so nicely under outer layers, fitting heavier layers underneath it hasn't been a concern for me.

Some reviewers haven't enjoyed the snug fit of the neck, but I appreciated it on those cold days; a looser fit would have allowed in too much cold air.

All in all, highly recommended and well worth the price!

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BayHikerwrote a review of on November 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket hits the midlayer sweet spot: fitted enough that I can comfortably wear it underneath a hard shell or heavier outer layer, but not so fitted that it's too tight over a baselayer. It's also surprisingly warm on its own despite not being terribly thick. And with the soft fleece interior, it's very comfortable next to skin.

As far as fit goes, I tend to struggle to find tops that have long enough sleeves and aren't too restrictive for my broad shoulders, but this jacket wins on both counts. The sleeves are long enough that I can actually use the thumb gaiters without feeling like I'm pulling too much on the sleeves, and the shoulders feel mobile enough for climbing. The torso isn't quite as long on me as I would like for wearing under a harness, but at least with the shoulder mobility I won't be tugging the hem upward every time I reach overhead. As another reviewer noted, the hood provides good coverage, and I like how high the front collar is. It easily covers my chin and mouth, unlike most jackets where I have to tuck my chin into the collar to protect it from wind.

I'm 5'11" / 175 lbs, and a large fits me with room for a baselayer underneath.

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BayHikerwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

Great first trip
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just used this tent on a three-night trip in the Sierras. Setup was a breeze (I had set it up once at home); the color-coding and configuration of the stake loops make things more obvious. I didn't expect to need the rain fly but set it up anyway for privacy purposes and was glad I did, as it hailed our first night. The fly had no trouble weathering 1/2-inch hail and gusty winds, and the dripline meant we (and our stuff in the vestibule) stayed 100% dry. The fly also strikes a good balance between maintaining air circulation (it's not stuffy) and keeping wind out of the tent.

Size-wise, it's very comfortable for my medium-sized dog and me (5'11" and broad-shouldered) plus some gear. The pup's bed goes down by my feet, and she has plenty of room. I can sit up straight in the middle of the tent, though I expect that if I added a gear loft, that would not be the case.

I was continually impressed with the features Marmot included: well-placed reflective material on the outside (you can't miss the stake points), cinchable rain fly, plenty of gear loops in the ceiling, and a fly zipper that's placed so that you can fit more stuff in your vestibule and still get in and out of the tent comfortably while the drip line keeps everything dry. And it's all quite light, even including a footprint and a thin cover to keep my dog's nails from puncturing the tent base.

The one disappointment is that one of the velcro straps that secures the fly to the tent poles has already come unglued. I intend to repair it, but for how bomber the tent seems otherwise, it was a surprising (if minor) failure. On the bright side, the fly is so well secured elsewhere that I didn't notice that the velcro detachment until I looked up on the last morning and saw it.

Bottom line: I can't wait to use this tent again, feel confident using it in rough weather, and look forward to using it for years to come!

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