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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these on full of optimism...but when you flex forward the shin pinch is immediate. Saleswoman agreed she felt the same thing and tried to show me how to dampen the pinch with foam/padding. The tongue has to be vastly improved. The foot itself fit fabulously, would have been great.

P.S. Hey Backcountry-ers....how about listing the weight of these puppies? Seems kinda important for an AT boot!

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Sending these back, but having tried on a LOT of double boots so thought I'd pass along that these are very narrow in the heel, sorta grip your heel on the sides. Seems like it would be a rubbing point. The toe-box is roomy for my wide foot. The boots are not as heavy as you'd think, and have a nice system for putting the boot on with the liner already laced to your foot.
The UK 7 fit well for a women's 8 normal street size foot, so size up accordingly.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on June 2, 2014

5 5

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

Okay, You'll see below I was skeptical about the Rotating Load Transfer Disc but it turns out this the KEY to why this pack is so amazing. Took this pack up Mt. Shasta with about 40+ pounds of gear. Somehow once you get the pack on, the hip belt makes the weight seem to disappear. I felt nimble and energetic where usually with this much weight I feel sore and stiff after one day. Highly recommend this new system.

I wanted all the little gizmos that other bird-named packs have, but my SMG guides on Shasta convinced me to just use the various loops to hold ice ax, poles, crampons, etc. I guess the elastic gizmos break and a simple strap is more versatile.

All in all this pack carried heavy weight with ease, gave me great mobility while climbing, had lots of convenient features like the U-shaped zipper to access everything and the kangaroo pocket to store extra layers, etc. and really seemed to hold more than the 85L.

Guess my only complaint is that the wing pockets on both sides of the hip belt are very tight to hold a 1L Nalgene type bottle. You have to work to get the zipper up or risk having the bottle fall out. Guide services don't like the bladders for high altitude/cold.

This is my new go-to backpack for heavy loads. Really is awesome.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a question about on May 21, 2014

Just got this pack and it seems rock solid with great features. I'm worried though about the "Rotating Load Transfer Disc". If this thing breaks the hip belt has no real attachment to the pack, scary! I'm going up Aconcagua with this. Does anyone have guidance/advice? How long has this gizmo been around? I have lots of Arc'teryx gear and it's always bombproof but anything designed around thin plastic scares me.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on May 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I have these and skied in them a couple of seasons. Pros: # sizing (instead of SML), stretchy, fabric comfy w/o long underwear underneath, great for spring skiing, nice venting, not too baggy. Cons: the waist is too high/old-fashioned for me, and the interior waist rivet sort of pokes me.
I don't wear them in snow/rain so can't comment on waterproofness, have lots of Gortex for those kind of days.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on May 14, 2014

4 5

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

Hunted all around for a new 0 degree bag to take up Aconcagua. Used it recently on Shasta and it was very warm sleeping on snow. The interior fabric is very soft and quiet, the zipper works well compared to the other bags I tried, nice wide foot box, and the whole bag is roomier for those of us who can't stand the tight mummy feel. The only negative I see so far is that there is a elastic cinch cord which is positioned right in the center top interior of the bag and will dangle around your chin/neck area when cinched. At least it's easy to find but location seems weird.

The synthetic insulation pads NF added for pressure points seem like a good idea but couldn't really tell the difference yet.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a question about on May 6, 2014

Glad I finally found these, but FYI Backcountry, these don't show up in a search for women's insulated pants!

Preparing for a big summit and think these will be very warm and good to zip off just as one starts to climb. You still look like a giant marshmallow, but these fit a athletic woman's body much better than the MH Compressor pant and the Patagonia DAS pant. Perfect for basecamp and higher mornings and nights.

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Calif Adventure Galwrote a review of on April 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pack for traveling, especially given the flap down section for your laptop. TSA can screen your whole pack without having to take the laptop out (you unzip one section and lay it flat away from other part of pack). The charger works for all our gadgets and really helps during delays where you might be stuck w/o power for a long time.
The pack is also good for just general use, but the part that sets up apart for our family is the laptop section.

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