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Cory D.

Cory D.

Cory D.

Cory D.wrote a review of on September 10, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As other reviewers state, the pads easily slide down. The mediums were too small for me so I got the large. I had to constantly adjust them after every dh run to keep them from totally sliding down to my wrists. I'm on the hunt for some awesome new pads now since I returned these. I'm a big fan of most POC gear, as the quality is top notch. I wish these worked for me. I'm also thinking that a pad that covers more area will serve better in a crash.

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Cory D.

Cory D.wrote a review of on March 5, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 192 lbs
Size Purchased: one size

In full disclosure, I didn't end up purchasing this product from CC.

Yes, it will keep your ears moderately warm in temps above 30 F or so, but it will do so at the expense of WIND NOISE! All of the perforations greatly magnify the wind noise.

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Cory D.

Cory D.wrote a review of on February 7, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I'm a size 10 in most all shoes but the size 10 boots were just a touch too big, allowing my heel to slip when walking. The size 9 is a touch snug but I assume they'll pack out and fit better.

I wore this ice fishing for a 10 hour day on a reservoir in Wyoming. Brr. I was wearing some thick Darn Tough wool socks. My feet were cold within 45 minutes on the ice that day. Outside temps were in the mid 20s. I think that my feet got cold because they were sweating a bit. Of course I didn't expect these to breathe but my feet don't sweat a lot normally so I didn't think it would be an issue. I hoped that the interior of the boot would help absorb and wick sweat but it doesn't seem like that's the case. Luckily I could go in to the ice fishing hut and warm and dry my feet in front of a Mr. Buddy propane heater.

In some fairness to the boot, my feet get cold really easily ever since I went surfing in the PNW with no neoprene booties on. I think that I caused some permanent damage that day. I plan on adding some sheepskin insoles in the hopes that they will provide some extra R value and sweat absorption. Fingers crossed.

The construction of the boot seems robust and they are quite comfortable to wear. The boots are light and they feel good to walk around in. I think that the placement of the cut out grab handles should have been at the highest extent allowable to cut down on snow intrusion when wearing them with pants tucked in. In fact, if I could do it over, I'd probably buy the version without the cutouts.

All in all this boot is pretty good, especially when comparing to the heavy, clunky and high volume Sorels. I can wear these and drive a manual transmission vehicle without issue. If your feet sweat a lot and you're wearing these in the cold, expect your feet to get cold. I can't imagine how testing and proving a boot to -72 degrees actually works. My feet would be dead at that temp in these boots.

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Cory D.

Cory D.wrote a review of on December 30, 2018

4 5

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

This is the first hydration pack I've purchased in about 8 years. It's replacing an old Dakine Nomad which has been an ok bag. I wore this on two rides for a combined 3 hours. Right off the bat, something was poking me in the back. I thought I had a splinter or sticker on my shirt, it was really uncomfortable. At the end of the 2nd ride, I noticed that the mesh back panel edge was sticking out beyond the main seam that runs down the back panel. It was these mesh fibers that were poking me in the back, about a 5" long section on one side. I returned the bag and am hoping that the replacement I get doesn't have this problem. The bag carried a lot better than my Dakine over rough terrain. It doesn't bounce around. It's worth noting that there are two chest straps and a "kidney belt" velcro belt and buckle. The bag feels snug and secure when on. There are enough pockets to keep stuff organized. I like to bring a load of tools and spares on some rides, in addition to lots of food and an additional layer. And water for the dogs. This bag is big enough for everything that I like to carry, without being too big. I can't attest to the heat it may add, since I was riding in temps in the 50s. I almost always wear a bag when riding and I do a lot of backpacking so I don't think that I'm as sensitive to the heat that wearing a bag brings.

I'm the type of guy who scrutinizes nearly every product I buy, reading multiple reviews and going to stores to physically try stuff out before purchasing. Having said that, I still think that this is one of the best bags for my needs.
Since nothing is perfect though, here are my critiques. Manufacturing issue notwithstanding.

4 main negatives are-

1. the chest straps can't be moved down very far, so bigger riders may find that they're too high. I'm 6'1 195 lbs and the M/L fits me well.

2. the hydration tube retention clip seems to be only right side, it can't be moved to the left side. I had my old bag setup so that it was on the left and it will take some getting used to having it on the right.

3. weight- this bag is HEAVY empty, like other reviewers have said. I'd like to think that this is because it's durable.

4. price- this bag is stupid expensive, but not as much as EVOC, which I was tempted to buy.

All in all, this bag is a huge improvement over my old Dakine Nomad, I'm just hoping that my replacement bag doesn't poke me in the back.

***I didn't purchase the bag through CC or BC but thought that this review would be helpful.

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