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Dsnowmanwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

Needed a couple pairs of shoes, these ones are a little on the bulky side and they’re not the most comfortable to me. Liking the Merrell brand, I also bought the Merrell Burnt Rock Travel Suede Shoes, a more flat less bulky shoe. If I was going to only keep one pair it would be the Burnt Rock ones. Im picky with shoes, usually with the width of the toe box.....these have plenty of room in that area, theres just something about them that hurts my heals. They do have great tread though, just not for me.

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Dsnowmanwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a cheap pair (like $45 cheap) of Gortex and leather palmed gloves for 7 years. They didn’t have a liner and I never once treated the leather, but they were warm and they were broke in but sadly they needed to go. When I tried these on at the Backcountry, I loved them. They felt like they were already broke in and after using a couple times they proved to be very warm. I was a little worried about how soft the leather was, especially for the price. After a phone call to my gear head and a heavy wax treatment, I think they’ll be good. Not going to lie, It wasn’t fun, but I can handle it once or twice a year. I also had a couple other concerns.....they’re not Gortex and they have liners. I knew most upper end gloves have liners these days but I thought everything was Gortex?! Ive used these skiing twice and on a 4 day snowmobiling trip. While I wouldn’t recommend them for a dedicated snowmobile glove, they did a great job. I never once had a waterproof problem, they stayed dry all day long and my hands stayed very warm even when taking them on and off a lot throughout the day. This is the first glove I can give 5 stars to concerning the liner setup....they’re succured in with some Velcro and never once displaced while taking on and off, fingers even stayed in place. After the 4 day trip I took liners out to air out and they went back in very easy and felt great. Ive also never had the secure wrist strap so your glove doesn’t fall off the lift while messing with your phone, a nice feature. If the straps bug you, they’re simple to remove. Im very happy with how they fit right out of the package, the warmth, the liners, and how they come up just right on the wrist and cinch easy to keep the pow out. I was in between sizes, 9 fit perfectly snug, so I went with the 10 and im glad I did...... Im 5’8”, 135lbs. So far worth the money!

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Dsnowmanwrote a review of on November 28, 2018

Wife loves to tent camp now!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for a trip my wife wanted to take to the Oregon Coast (or at least that’s how I talked her into letting me buy it). I read tons of reviews but couldn’t find anyone that I knew that had one, some of the reviews made it sound like a lot more work than it really is! So here’s my pro’s and con’s after using it for the summer. The trip along the coast was the bomb with this thing.....we didn’t plan anything, we had a starting point and a handful of days to do it and never had to worry about where we would sleep. I installed it on a Subaru crosstrek with the aftermarket crossbars and feet. It was just like anything else, once you’ve done it once its easy. The hardest part of the install was lifting it onto the roof of the car (my 12 year old son and I) with out scratching the vehicle. I set it up once or twice before we hit the road, its way easier than any ground tent I’ve set up. I read you could leave your sleeping bags in it while driving......by the second day we had our sleeping clothes, flashlights, extra waters, pillows and bags in it while driving. The wife would argue the best thing about this is being “safer” up off the ground.....while it is very cool its not even in my top 3 things I love about it. I would say first is the time you save with it, leaving things in it was convenient. We got to where we could set it up in 7 mins, takedown was closer to 12 mins. With being in a smaller car it helped free up some space too. 2nd is the memory foam mattress they come with is far cozier than any sleeping pad I’ve had. 3rd is how well it held up adapting to all the different weather.....on colder nights we wouldn’t put up the window awnings, leaving them down helped give another layer between us and the weather, warmer nights we put them up and would open as needed.....never slept cold.....never got woken up having the wind tossing it around, pretty quiet. It has a pretty sweet star gazing roof too. We moved it from the car to the truck a couple times since buying and with the adjustable ladder its as easy to get in when its on the car or on top of the trucks shell (about 8’ off the ground).......I will admit its pretty cool being up off the ground. The only con’s I have is its bulky, most automatic car washes wont let me through with it on regardless of the vehicle. It takes a min of two people to move it and finding a place to keep it through the winter was challenging, it takes up a lot of real estate in the garage.....if you keep it on the same car and leave it on all year round it wouldn’t be a problem. On one of the outings the kids kicked us out and 3 teenage kids slept in it comfortably for 6 nights. All in all I would buy again, pros are far more than the cons.

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