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Gordon S.wrote a review of on July 26, 2018

5 5

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

I passed on these in favor of the Tecnica Cochise 120's because they simply fit my foot better out of the box. I have a very soft spot for Salomon as I have a Force 9 ski/boot combo from 1993 that served me very well for many years. These boots were excellent, just a little too short in the toe for me in my size 26.5. If they fit your foot, I'm certain they will perform flawlessly.

I had the Cochise's, Salomon X Pro 120's, and Lange RX 130's all at my house at the same time. My goal was to keep the one with the best fit. I kept the Cochise. By the way, I realize those other two models do not have a walk feature; so it is apples to oranges. However, the flex, stiffness, and overall fit seemed just as good on the Cochise compared to those downhill only models. I've read other reviews stating the downhill performance of the Cochise is virtually identical to dedicated downhill models, so I expect that type of performance once I get them on the snow. The Salomon's had an outstanding overall "hug your entire foot" kind of fit, but were too short in the toe. The Lange's had excellent heel hold but were too voluminous in the toe box. The Cochise simply fit right. My only gripe, and it is a small one, is the heel hold on the Cochise seemed very slightly inferior to the other two boots. Don't misunderstand, the heel hold is very good, just a shade less secure than the others. I'm sure it will more than suffice on the mountain.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2018

Fantastic first impression
5 5

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

OK. I fully realize this review has limited value as I have only received these, but not skied on them as it is in the middle of July and 85 degrees outside. :) However, I do have impressions:

1. I had these, Salomon X Pro 120's, and Lange RX 130's all at my house at the same time. My goal was to keep the one with the best fit. I kept these. By the way, I realize those other two models do not have a walk feature; so it is apples to oranges. However, the flex, stiffness, and overall fit seemed just as good on the Cochise compared to those downhill only models. I've read other reviews stating the downhill performance of the Cochise is virtually identical to dedicated downhill models, so I expect that type of performance once I get them on the snow. The Salomon's had an outstanding overall "hug your entire foot" kind of fit, but were too short in the toe. The Lange's had excellent heel hold but were too voluminous in the toe box. The Cochise simply fit right. My only gripe, and it is a small one, is the heel hold on the Cochise seemed very slightly inferior to the other two boots. Don't misunderstand, the heel hold is very good, just a shade less secure than the others. I'm sure it will more than suffice on the mountain.

2. Stating the obvious, but the Dynafit certified tech inserts are a huge advantage to this boot. Don't have any immediate plans to Alpine Tour, but perhaps in the future I will. Don't have to buy another pair of boots to do so. Clearly, these are highly biased towards the downhill side of the AT spectrum, but as I said, they do have the capability. I see that Lange redesigned their XT line in a similar fashion for this upcoming year, i.e. downhill boot with walk function and tech/downhill binding compatibility. I've read reviews saying the walk function of the Cochise is good, but not great. Obviously, if you are a dedicated AT skier, this is not the boot you're wearing.

3. For reference, I usually wear a 9.5 shoe. Sometimes a 10 if the shoes run a bit small. I have these is a size 26.5 and the fit is pretty spot on. I also have a medium width foot, and these boots fit my width very well. I read one professional review of the Cochise 130's stating the tester, who was a professional boot fitter, could fit the most feet out of the box with the Cochise. In other words, Tecnica evidently has the shape and volume dialed in very well with these, and isn't that the most important thing? Yes, there is the performance side on the analysis, and boots can be modified for fit. But, to me, out of the box fit is way high on the list of importance. And as I said, they seemed to get it right here.

4. Flex is highly objective, but these felt about the same in terms of stiffness to the other two models I had on hand. A testament to the Cochise considering it has the walk mode.

CANNOT WAIT FOR SNOW! Will update once I get them on the mountain. Love, love, love Backcountry! Keep up the good work guys and gals!

Buy with confidence. Happy 1st world shopping. :)

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on July 5, 2018

Outstanding at first; couple caveats
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Just got this via Brown Santa. Wow! Initial impression is fantastic! It is thick; very thick. In a good way. Heat index happens to be 100 degrees outside now, so I cannot comment on its warmth. But based on its thickness and density, I would say that this will be extremely warm and cozy! It feels very high quality; like it costs money and is worth it. I really like it. Compared to my years old North Face Denali fleece this gives a better impression.

A couple caveats: the sizing is slightly weird. The medium happens to fit me, but just barely. It is a very trim fit in this size for me. If you have any intention of layering or you are in between sizes, I would definitely size up. For reference, I wear a medium in about 85% of tops I buy and a large in about 15%. My guess is the large would also fit me with just a bit more room. One thing I love about the size is that it is long in the sleeve and hem, but not too long. Plenty long enough for my 6' frame. Other caveat: I was hoping the hood fit over my helmet. It doesn't. The hood is quite large, almost as if they were trying to make it helmet compatible, but they didn't quite make it large enough. So I don't quite get the sizing thereof.

I will update once I have some mileage on it. At this price, I would say this is a steal.

UPDATE: After some deliberation, I decided that the medium was likely too small, so I ordered the large. The large fits much better. I'm returning the medium. Size up. Even the large still feels like it is "fitted," in a good way. See the pic. I'm 6'0" and 180 lbs. (I don't know why the pic is oriented improperly. Sorry.)

UPDATE 2: We had a mild cold spell last week and I got a chance to test it out. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It is crazy warm and comfortable. Not totally windproof, but it doesn't claim to be. I was wrong about the hood trying to be helmet compatible. It is definitely NOT helmet compatible, which is fine, just a design decision. I like this jacket so much, I bought it again in the blue color. ABSOLUTE LARCENY at this sale price. (No I am not affiliated with the manufacturer or seller in any way; just a fan.) Changing my rating to 5 stars.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just received the size large after returning the size medium because it was too small in the shoulders and sleeve length for my 6'0, 175 lbs body. Size up, especially if you are tall. Have not had it in the elements yet. Can't wait to get it on the mountain, but initial impressions are outstanding.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on March 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This review comes with a huge caveat: I've not had these on the mountain yet. Only received them yesterday, but initial impressions are outstanding. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 175 lbs. The Medium seems to fit perfectly. (My waist is 33" and my chest is about 38") Hope that helps you all with sizing. I didn't have to adjust the suspender length out of the box. The leg is plenty long enough, which is sometimes an issue for me ordering mediums at my height.

Quality and design appear to be top notch. Only negative I could see is the pass through chest pockets that do not have a zip closure, only a single snap on each side, which to me, gives that pocket limited use. Otherwise, everything about these feels good. A great bargain, especially at the sale price.

The other new negative review definitely concerns me with the flaw in the photo, but I did not have the same negative experience. I speculate the good people at Backcountry will do right by that reviewer for a return or exchange.

I will update this review once I've had a chance to test them in the intended environment.

UPDATE: I've now had them on the mountain a few days and they performed well, no complaints. The one thing I will add is I definitely need a belt as they tend to sag a bit even when tightening up the suspenders. Not really a con, just a fitment fact. I like these a lot. They look and feel great.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on February 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ultimately had to return these. They are a fantastic goggle if your face is large to medium-large. I have a medium face and they were simply too big with my ski helmet. They are a great value, especially with 2 lenses (I believe only certain selections come with the 2nd lens). The optics were outstanding on the lenses. They easily fit over my eyeglasses. If you have a larger face, recommended very highly.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on March 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not going to say a lot here. I use it for road cycling. Many folks will tell you that saddle selection is very personal. Not sure I get that, but this one works great for me. It is a very high quality piece. Not sure how they are making money on this thing at this extremely low price. Buy with confidence.

PS - I'm using it with a standard seat post and it works just fine.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on March 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was concerned about buying this helmet because of the reviews saying it is not compatible with certain glasses. I needn't have worried. I wear plastic eyeglasses, over-the-glass sunglasses, and Oakley prescription sunglasses. All three are compatible with the helmet with no issues. Phew.

Generally, it's a quality piece. Comfortable and construction quality appears to be top notch. I shopped it against Giro and thought this was better. Although, I would have liked to have it in a MIPS version.

Buy with confidence. PS - If it's good enough for Froome and Team Sky, it's good enough for me! :) PPS: My head circumference indicated I was on the edge between Medium and Large. I got the Large which was definitely the right decision.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Very nice jersey for the price.

However, I have a main point about the yellow color. On the web it appears to be a mostly regular yellow color, like the leader jersey of the TDF. But, it is NOT regular yellow. It is very fluorescent yellow. Personally, I like the fluorescence a lot as it is the current trend and for the visibility.

Just received it via order, so haven't had it on the bike yet. But, fit is true and quality seems first rate as has been the case with all my Pearl Izumi pieces. The fabric is light and airy, but not cheap. Buy with confidence.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on February 19, 2017

5 5

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

The pictures don't give any size reference. This thing is real small, and real light. Guessing here, but I would call it 2"x1.5"x0.5". Haven't needed to use it yet for any repairs, but the build quality leads me to believe that it will perform admirably. Buy with confidence.

PS - read on some other site that the chain tool definitely works with Shimano and Sram 11 speed chains (not sure about Campy). Something not all current chain tools do.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on February 15, 2017

5 5

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

Not a lot to say as its intended function is not complicated. Just got this yesterday with my full build. Very, very impressed with the machining and build quality hereof. Highest recommendation.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on February 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Got these in size 43 after returning Mavic Kysirium Ultimate's in size 9.5 which ran too small for my 9.5 foot. These are more true to size; my foot is securely affixed in the shoe with a small amount of room to wiggle my toes.

Initial impression is great. Like that they include both a carrying bag and the multiple footbed/arch options. I'm using the medium size with good effect.

They are light and stiff, obviously great attributes. The Velcro is secure. I was mildly concerned about the Velcro with the current trends with both laces and BOA. I needn't have worried. The Velcro on these is very well engineered; very sticky and ultimately secure. Have my doubts about BOA as I believe the longevity is questionable.

Recommend these wholeheartedly and cannot wait to get some miles on them.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are my first pair of cycling shoes, so my review is to be taken as such. Having said that, I'm quite happy with these. Look, fit, and feel seem first rate to me. Also appear to be constructed with an eye for quality. Buckles, especially the BOA, work flawlessly. Can't wait to put miles on them! Happy cycling.

PS - The upper on the white portion (I have the white) is quite glossy. Doesn't appear that way in the photo. Obviously, this has little to no effect on performance. Also, fit is small; had to size up 1/2 size. Toe box is a bit on the narrow side, but generally sufficient for my medium width feet.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on January 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 50

I have mixed emotions about these pants. Some aspects I love; others, not so much:

Likes: 1. Love the pockets. Room for my phone and wallet in the front and side pockets with plenty of room for extras.
2. Seem well made and durable, although...

Dislikes: 1. The product photos are slightly misleading. The fit, to me, is quite a bit baggier than the product photo suggests and not in a flattering way. They also don't stack as well as the product photo indicates.
2. The material is a bit lighter than I had anticipated from the description, photos, and reviews. I would call it medium to light weight. This makes me question their long term durability. Frankly, for the price, I was expecting them to be beefier.

Recommended with reservations.

Sizing: I customarily wear anywhere between a 32 and 34 waist size in pants depending on the manufacturer. I ordered the 50 (33-34) and have a bit of room in the waist, so I would agree that they fit just slightly small. Length is true.

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Gordon S.wrote a review of on January 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My hands get very cold, very easily. So, I may not be the best person to be reviewing gloves and mittens. Having said that, these are the best I've tried. My hands still get cold in these on days with wind chills below about 10 degrees. Obviously, my wish is that my hands would never get cold, but like I said, my blood doesn't flow well. This is why I'm rating them as 4 stars and not 5.

I have no complaints about the product. Quality is simply outstanding. Whomever designed and constructed these clearly gives a damn. Highest recommendation.

By the way, I was unclear what "split finger design" meant. The liner is a three finger design with the index finger having its own finger "compartment". Bear in mind that the index finger compartment is optional as the adjacent larger compartment was deliberately designed to house all four fingers should you choose to use the mitten that way.

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