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Kahunapie

aspen, CO

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on October 15, 2018

Solid, durable and my dog seemed comfy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the L/XL for my 75 lb Malamute (fit perfectly) for a 100 mile trek through the Alps . I chose this pack over the other Ruffwear packs because the fabric is a little heavier and stiffer and it holds its shape instead of being floppy ... I also think its more visually attractive than the other bright colored ones. It held a surprising amount of stuff and it seemed to be water resistant . (my dog went in a few rivers and the items in the pockets didnt get wet . we also got snowed on )
Overall im very happy with this purchase :)

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on October 14, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was impressed by the quality of this bag - the zippers, the feel, the incredible light weight, it comes with a dry bag !! ... and the color is super pretty . I took it to do a 100 mile trek through the Alps and i was happy to not have to carry around big bulky bag.... until i went to sleep...

I was cold in this bag. I woke up chilly and uncomfortable and it wasnt even that cold. Temps at night did not drop below 40, and I was sharing my two person tent with my big furry Malamute who is basically a furnace. I am also a furnace- I run hot and sleep hotter. Like I can usually sleep naked even in cold temps and DID sleep naked on Denali, with my bag open and one leg sticking out bc I was actually hot .... so for me to be cold is just not normal.

I am honestly bummed this bag didnt live up to its temp rating. I'm sure its fine in 50 degree weather but in the low 40s it didnt cut it for me.




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Kahunapiewrote a review of on July 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I already had a couple technical shells, including one from Arcteryx and did not need another jacket . I literally only bought this (in Laminum Pink) because I had seen it in the store and thought the color was beautiful.

Like all Arcteryx its made well and im sure will last me a long time. A couple things that make this jacket different you should know about , if you care about more than the color :
PROS : Its super lightweight and packable . Boxier shape is good for layering . No extra zippers or gaiters to add bulk. Not super long = awesome for mountaineering or hiking. This is not a ski jacket .... its light and pared down and does its job repelling snow, wind and wetness ( wore it on Denali and encountered seriously insane weather (wind, cold, snow, more snow, more wind) for 3 weeks)

CONS: If you're wearing with a harness the pockets are in a weird place and if you have a high waist like me, you likely will have diffuculty accessing the pockets . My other Arcteryx shell has higher pockets . Perhaps this one is not meant for climbing ? Other con is - yep no pit zips. I knew this going into the purchase and bought it anyway (because PINK) and sort of regretted it when i was boiling on the glacier in the hot hot sun.

Overall though I'm happy with my purchase. Size-wise I bought a medium as i wore it with a lot of layers underneath. I would fit a small just fine with only a base layer.

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on July 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I LOVE these softshells. I wore them on Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, a couple mountaineering trips in Alaska and most recently on Denali . I have two pairs... I loved them so much I bought a second color :) They tuck in well to mountaineering boots that have a built in gaitor or go over chunky boots too. The fabric is stretchy and not crunchy or thick like all of the others ive tried. There is no lining at all, but layered up with a lightweight (or heavyweight) base layer , these block the wind and insulate AND breathe well enough that i was not cold even in pretty frigid temps....and not boiling when it was warm. Like , they performed perfectly in all temperatures, repel snow and wind, and at no point did i feel uncomfortable. Best of all, I am 5'4 and they arent too long !!! I have stumpy short legs and I always have issues with technical pants being crazy long . Awesome all around, basically . Glad I found these pants and will likely order them in a third color :)

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on June 29, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want to wear these with a very low profile, dainty hiking boot for a mellow cross country weekend jaunt they may be fine, but for actual Alpine use, anything involving deep snow or, wearing with an actual Mountaineering Boot ... Stay far far away .

I purchased these for my summit attempt on Denali . The binding system features a toe cap which must fit over the ENTIRE toe of your boot in order for the snowshoe to stay on your foot. On Denali I was wearing Scarpa 8000's which is a pretty hefty boot - the toe cap didnt even come close to fitting that boot . I had to put a carabiner over the straps which went over the top of the foot and then use another rope to tie these to my feet and they STILL kept coming off . It made for dangerous movement as we were in a couple bad storms with over knee deep snow - these terrible snowshoes were coming off every 30 mins or so, sometimes more ... it meant holding up the entire rope team .... just awful

It was clear these were not meant to be worn with an 8000m boot . EVeryone else with the MSR's had no problems at all. I switched with my guide who had the La Sportiva G2's... a much lower profile boot. They did not stay on his feet either.

When I got back to Seattle, just for kicks, I tried to fit my La Sportiva Nepal's into these bindings. Even those did not fit .... and the Nepals are NOT a very voluminous boot.

So bottom line - these are not meant for Alpine / Mountaineering use . They do not fit over any Mountaineering boots that I have tried . The binding system is terribly designed ... not durable and does not compare to the MSR's . Stay away from these and go with the tried and true old school strap system like on the MSR ascent .

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on May 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I came here to buy another pair of these, in a shorter length than the ones I have had for the last 4 years and saw all of these not so great reviews -- I had to write my own as I have had an opposite experience -- ive put these to the test on 3 of the 7 summits ( Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Aconcagua), multiple long treks including Everest base camp, a multi-week glacial expedition in Alaska and probably 50+ other days of hiking. They have not come apart, and I honestly love them. They are ridiculously light to the point that others on every expedition have envied them and wanted some of their own . Every once in a while, yes, they will come apart while hiking if stuck int he snow.... but its rare enough that its not that big of a deal given the other perks to these poles. I'm psyched i have them, and will be bringing them up Denali with me in a couple weeks :)

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on January 19, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have been wearing the Burton AK expedition layers for 10 years . A couple years ago they changed the fabric . The new fabric has a smooth outside and soft inside, is not as thick as the old fleecy version and in my opinion, not nearly as warm. It also runs HUUUUUUUUGE. I ordered and XS which is the size I always took ( despite being a small in everything else ) and it was more like a Medium... gaping all over the place, baggy and crazy long in the body and sleeves - completely covered my hips and butt. I wish they would bring the old fabric and cut back !

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on April 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I have a slim / straight shape. I have very narrow hips, and do not have much of a bootie. I Usually take size 26/27 , or a size 2 in women's pants, never larger than a size 4. I ordered these in a size 4 thinking i'd probably have a first layer on , and they were skin tight in the bum and too tight in the thighs. A warm under layer would be impossible. They are so tight im not even sure a size 6 would work if i want to layer . The construction and fabric seem great, but they are going back in favor of a larger size.

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these to replace my oakleys and they are a world apart. The process of switching out lenses takes 5 seconds and is so simple it can even be done with heavier ski gloves on ! I have used these snowboarding on cloudy ad bluebird days as well as on Aconcagua in intense wind, loads of dust and crazy snowstorms above 18k feet. At no point did they fog , let wind or condensation in, and they kept my eyes protected from the dirt and dust. The frame is stiff as compared to every pair of goggles I have ever owned, and you'd think this might affect their ability to hug your face, but somehow its the opposite. I have a very narrow face and its difficult to find goggles that fit as well as these do. Psyched I purchased them :)

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

I bought this mat to replace my self inflating therma rest - which was a pain in the butt to get the air out of and pack down, and somehow always slipped out from under me while sleeping . I used this exped mat on Aconcagua and slept like a log !!! It's easy to get the air out of and even easier to inflate ! Packs down to the size of a Maltese ... even smaller really ... and was warm and comfortable even as our tent got buried in snow ... I am so happy I spent extra for this pad ...

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Purchased these for an 18 day Aconcagua trip - and I will likely but another pair ! the fabric is perfect for wear under basically everything to bump up the warmth just a bit - I wore them to summit under a heavy base layer and my gore Tex pants and all alone under soft shells . They are a little too transparent to wear alone - can kinda see undies through ... FYI

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on February 27, 2017

3 5

I purchased these for an 18 day Aconcagua trip . The material is nice - dense and warm for the weight without being too heavy . The only problem I had - after a day the fabric was all stretched out particularly in the knees and ankles - and did not go back to its original form when I took them off . I suppose if you wear these for a day of skiing is ok but for multi day trips - not so good . The ankles were so big that I had issues getting them to not be all bunch and uncomfortable under my mountaineering boots . My burton mod weight and lightweight layers did not do this and were half the price ...

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on December 26, 2016

A dress, not a jacket!
3 5

Unless you are super tall this jacket will be a dress on you . I am 5'4 and it was maybe two inches above my knees. Forget about trying to ski or snowboard in this thing ... it's not a technical piece of clothing . The guys from marmot classified it as "resort wear" due to the length . Ha ! it seems to be great quality and the colors are pretty but the fit is ridiculous for anything that requires movement .

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on December 26, 2016

Cut is HUGE
3 5

I saw these pants at re marmot shop and fell in love with the bright pink color which is a pretty neon coral. Fit, not so much . I am 5'4, 130 lbs with a muscular build, 27.5 inch waist... I was swimming in the size small. I could have fit another butt in the seat, had to cinch the waist all the way and the legs were enormous- mind you I tried them on with my thickest base layer under neath - the burton expedition tights which are a thick dense fleece type fabric . Bummed. Wish they fit

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on May 19, 2016

Bizarre sizing
3 5

I purchased these in size small in spring 2014 and did Everest base camp trek in them. They were super light , warm , waterproof and fit perfectly . I since gained 10 lbs and went bought a medium to accommodate my new chub . Somehow the waist of the medium is half an inch smaller than the small !!! They are nearly the same measurement everywhere else ... And side by side , no difference to the naked eye ... I had to return them for he large . Mind you I'm a size 27-28 in jeans and never take a large in anything !

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Kahunapiewrote a review of on March 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been searching high and low for insulated pants to wear over a shell made for women. I'm relatively small and these FIT GREAT! I am 5'4, size 4 pants. These fit great over a base layer thermal and my patagonia shell pants. and somehow, are the perfect length too!! surprising. The waist has velcro tabs and elastic in the back so i'd imagine would accommodate various waist sizes. These were crucial on summit night of Kilimanjaro. The full side zips allowed for easy on and off mid climb and I was psyched I had these, as others who only had shells were frozen. So yeah if you're a girl needing insulated overpants, try these!

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