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Brian B.wrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I am not a big fan of boots in general, and prefer to hike in running sneakers or approach shoes. However, sometimes a boot is the best option... and this is a great pair, feels more like a high top trail-runner. For me these required almost no break in. They performed well on a 4 day backpacking trip in really challenging conditions in Patagonia and kept my feet dry with no blisters.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on May 23, 2018

Light Durable Dependable Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs

I have a ton of light cheap shells, but this was my the first "serious" shell I have bought in a long time. Very satisfied with it's performance. Purchased for a trip down to El Chalten and tested it in some truly terrible weather.
As far as sizing I am a L in most Patagonia products, a L or XL in OR, and an XL in ArcTeryx.... this shell is on the generous side for a L. I was grateful for that when I wore a nano underneath this shell less than favorable conditions.
All around, a great shell!

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on May 23, 2018

5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I normally hike in running shoes, and normally not Gore-Tex lined (for breathability reasons) but picked these boots up. They are really comfortable and easy to break in. I brought them down to Patagonia for two weeks of trekking and hanging around town. They did an excellent job in the variable and often wet conditions and the rough trails. When I had no choice but to get them wet fording a river they dried reasonably quickly.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this to have a smallish pack to wear while hiking, climbing, mountain biking.... and have been loving it. I really like the side zipper pockets. It also seems to be the perfect size for lots of adventures. The way the pack opens is also really convenient especially when climbing and helps you to not drop anything. This is much more comfortable than the cheap REI daypacks (18L) which I also love. Very simple design.

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Brian B.wrote a review of on August 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the Fingers and Hands package of a 1, 2, and 3 and seems to compliment well the rest of my rack of Metolius cams in the smaller sizes. The expansion range of these is nice. Thanks Backcountry for offering this package. : )

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Nice when you want more than a windshirt but less than a shell. Worked well on an alpine climb in the Sierras when we got hit by weather, we stayed just barely ahead of the thunderstorm, and jacket worked well keeping off the wind and light rain.

Runs a little bit snug which seems aligned with its intended use, but a Large fit me.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

Love this version! Took it up Mt. Conness fresh out the box, excelled on slabs, loose scree and scrambling.... as well as the on trail hiking. Will probably work well on 4th class and easy 5th as well. Does not (at least yet) seem to have the "ball of the foot" blowout issue that earlier editions of the leather model did. I also like the 44 1/2 (10 and 3/4) sizing, perfect for my 10.5 size feet after a long mountain day!

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Brian B.wrote a review of on January 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this on multiple summer trips in the Sierras and it is the perfect solution for an ultralight down quilt that doesn't break the bank. I used it paired with a thin primaloft jacket (with hood) and a jacket, and ridgerest sleeping pad down to freezing multiple times. I am a back and side sleeper and I have had no problems with drafts when sleeping. I am 6' and got the regular size.... the larger size would maybe be better, but the regular is ok. This is one of the best products I own.

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Brian B.wrote a review of on January 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It is actually really hard to find a nice lightweight shell for kids, this jacket fits the bill. A wind shell is an important part of my backcountry gear list. My daughters have taken this item on several backpacking trips so far. We have not used this shell in light rain but has a windblock it is very effective.

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Brian B.wrote a review of on January 13, 2014

4 5

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

I sometimes feel guilty when I think about the number of Muppets that had to die to make this jacket, but then I snuggle into the cozy pile fleece lining, dream of backcountry powder, and all my guilty feelings disappear. We recently had a cold snap - windy in the upper 30's - and this jacket performed well over a long sleeve t-shirt. Also wore it on a bluebird ski day in the 40's over only a t-shirt and it breathed well. Construction and materials seem solid, this is my second Stoic product and so far I am pleased.

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