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Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping


Jonathanwrote a review of on August 30, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pant expecting it to be the baggy skateboard style that I've come to love from Foursquare but this pant doesn't live up to the brand.

The pants are much slimmer than previous Foursquare and Special Blend pants which is fine if that's the look you're going for and don't mind a little resistance dragging across your knees when you squat down - but that doesn't work for me.

The Velcro waist cinch is also odd in that it only pulls material together in the back which, consequently, only tightens that part of the pant leaving the rest too large.

Products like this are why Burton decided to end Foursquare after they purchased it.





Jonathanwrote a review of on March 24, 2013

5 5

If life after Gore-tex is Marmot?s Nabu Jacket, life is good. Yes, there?s still a place for Gore (it?s called Seattle), but for most other places and conditions, the Nabu, which is built with Polartec Neoshell, is it. On one winter hike, the steeper and faster I went the better, in as much sleet and icy fog as nature could toss my way, and I tried extra hard to overwork this coat?s attributes, but it never failed. Job one for Neoshell, much like Mountain Hardwear?s DryQ, is to be air permeable, so that it breathes more efficiently than Gore-Tex, which requires sweat to turn to vapor to escape.

When I was hiking, the Nabu never ?wet out? or made base layers feel clammy or caused the down in my vest to clump ? the dual chest pockets that double as vents just needed to be opened an inch or so for venting when I was really huffing up the trail. When I was skiing, it provided plenty of wind blocking so I didn?t get gill. There?s extra stretch in the shoulders and something called a ?grid back? for extra breathability under a pack ? it?s a lot more comfortable than the typical restrictive feel of too many waterproof-breathables.