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David S.

David S.wrote a review of on June 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs

The first time I thru hiked the LT I used an old pair of Mountain Hardware zip off pants which were really convenient if not a bit nerdy looking. Since then I generally wear shorts or pants but have not used zip-offs. I'm pretty thin and wear small from most makers and these in size small fit me well. These are very nicely made pants. They look pretty nice too though that's not that much of a consideration when I'm backpacking. My main problem is that they weren't very comfortable. The zipper around the thigh that allows the legs to zip off had no fabric between it and your skin so they rubbed uncomfortably. They also lack normal side pockets that you can put your hands in which is a bummer if you want to warm up your hands or just have something easily accessible without unzipping a zipper. The velcro adjustment was kind of good but bulky. For me they had far too many zippers and snaps. I like well designed functional gear that has just what's needed and not much else. These had much else...

Bottom line, though, was that the lack of comfort had me send them back. If you're hiking 15 miles you can't have zippers or seams in the wrong places.

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David S.

David S.wrote a review of on June 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a WM Caribou MF and Apache MF both of which I've used for many years. Wanted something really light to take as emergency backup or for warmer months or sleeping in huts or to bring along when I'm pushing lower limits of Apache at 15 degrees. Really great little bag. Pretty warm. Used it down to mid 40's and I was perfectly fine. Only gripe - which is a bit of a stretch - is that I wish it had something on the non-opening end of the stuff sack to grab onto when pulling the bag out of said stuff sack. But did I mention how tiny this is when in the stuff sack? It's comically small. WM quality is really the best. My friend with whom I backpack frequently saw this new bag and commented "you only buy their stuff." Once you go WM you never go back. It's made domestically, the quality is unmatched, and it lasts forever. I've had the Caribou for a really long time - it's still in perfect shape and you'd be hard pressed to find anything even incrementally better. That's WM.

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David S.

David S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

First off - love Western Mountaineering. Have had a number of their products (3 sleeping bags and 2 jackets) over the years and currently have Caribou MF and Apache MF for sleeping bags. Both are awesome and at least for me much warmer than their ratings. I like ultralite gear and this was really really lite. But I just didn't like the rats nest of cords cinching the back and more broadly I don't think quilts of this type are for me. I would rather go with a hoodless sleeping bag with full zip. So - not a quality issue by any means - this was a gorgeous piece of gear - doesn't get any better than WM. But I'd rather carry the extra weight and have the additional versatility of the Caribou MF which I already have. So I sent it back. This type of quilt is kind of a weird concept. Good for warm weather but you can't really fully open it in warm weather. Not sure of the use case.

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David S.

David S.wrote a review of on April 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

Have had these boots for a half a year now and had a chance to put some decent mileage on them over the course of the winter hiking season. I really love them - they fit my feet like a glove. I'm generally an ultralite backpacker but there are obviously times when you need a real mountaineering boot. These make me re-think my ultralite ways. They snug in around my heal perfectly and though I'm not the biggest individual I don't feel the weight on my legs from hiking a full day in them. While my feet are pretty tough not a single blister or hot-spot in first 100 miles with these including lots of mixed dirt, mud, snow, ice on some decent steeps. Really love them. Tried lots of boots from lots of manufacturers before deciding on these. I ended up with a bigger size than expected but they're great. Good with thick mountaineering socks or thinner hiking socks. They snug down nicely. I wouldn't say they're warm enough for just standing around in very cold temps but good while moving. Integrated gator is kinda useless but doesn't really affect things either way. Was thinking of Phantom 6000 which I really liked as well but given I live in East I figure I'd get to use these for much more of the season. But as I said - if you're doing lots of ice climbing these probably wouldn't be warm enough. On the flip side - they'd be way too warm on anything at low elevation in summer.

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