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Kyle

Kylewrote a review of on May 13, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 43.5

For me, these boots split the difference between heavier mountaineering boots (scarpa mont blanc, salewa condors and ravens, trango cube, etc..., and something that's just a little too light, like the Salomon options.

I got them for PNW summers (some spring and fall as well). I've found that most mountaineering boots are hugely overkiller for glacier walks, slogs, and usual routes that are availible in the Washington (and Oregon) Cascades.

Personally I don't need a beefy boot to crampon, walk, kick steps, french, or even do a little bit of vertical, and these keep my legs and feet happy and help me cover more miles. Speaking of miles, I do sometimes wear them on trail, but they aren't the best with their stiff soles. However they are WAY better than bigger boots.

Speaking of the soles, they are indeed softer than your standard mountaineering boot, knife hard snow and front pointing... you can feel the flex in your feet. Also, since these boots lack a tall cuff, you need to engage your calves a lot more to stay on your toes. This is the compromise you make though, as they are SO light and comfortable. It's all about your use case.

They smear pretty good, plenty of grip, ankle articulation helps with 3rd 4th and 5th class rock. They edge like CHAMPS.

Waterproofness. Pretty dang good! My Salewa Condors are super bomber and these aren't far behind... They also dry out very fast. Oh, and the built in gaiter is AMAZING. NO MORE DORKY GAITERS ON MY FEET OR IN MY PACK. My feet stayed VERY dry on a 5 day high traverse through the Cascades over glaciers, snowfields, in early July. ALL of my partners had wet feet because they didn't bring gaiters (I wouldn't have either).

Ragged Ridge, Bonanza, Ptarmigan Traverse, these boots are perfect. I'd gladly do a number of routes on Forbidden with them, and I'd consider the N. Ridge of Baker (they take crampons, I use snow leopards, well). Standard Volcano routes in good weather, easy...

All and all... A costly piece of really nice gear that makes predicable sacrifices for some amazing returns in lightness, comfort, articulation, feel, and dryness (ankle gaiter).

I have a "Scarpa" Or "Salewa" foot in the standard boots, easy fit on these.

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Kyle

Kylewrote a review of on May 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

For 5 months, I lived in two pairs of these on the PCT. The best part? I didn't even notice! Light, SOFT, super comfy, not too tight, quick to dry, and NOT SMELLY.

I'm sure I can spare ya'll the details of how hot, dirty, sweaty, and generally nasty one can get when living outside for that long and hiking 20+ miles a day... But through it all, my faithful undies nary gave me a problem.

Both pair made it the whole way, and one pair did develop a hole but that was my fault, I put my toe through the leg...

But seriously. I didn't know underwear could be so damn good! I wish I had enough pairs to always wear these, but the two pair I own are relegated to outdoor trips for now!

It's been a bit over a year and I just bought another pair!

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Kylewrote a review of on November 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

It's not bombproof, but it has its place.

For me, that place was in the bottom of my pack for 90% of a 2600 mile PCT hike. Buuut at 6.4 ounces, this was perfectly fine with me.

Most ultra-light jackets just aren't built to stand up to rain forever. However, this is a great product for staying fast and light in situations where it probably won't rain, but when it does you have something that works!

I take off a star because it does wet out, and memories of hiking for hours in the rain are never fond ones. Buuut, I know that part of this had to do with my dirty oily cloths and backpack that I'd been carrying for over a 1000 miles. This type of stuff is bound to cause wet-out conditions. That being said, I have endured some truly wet crap in this jacket, and I have lived to tell the tale. Before it got all oiled up, the only place where it got even slightly wet was around my hipbelt where my pack squeezed the zipper too tightly I guess. Oh and the rain was sideways with lots of wind, so that probably didn't help.

I definitely trust it to walk around in with my down jacket on, as long as I wasn't wearing my pack or sweating. It would be totally great in more casual situations like camp, or town.

As far as breath-ability, I don't really believe that a rain jacket can breathe to adequate levels when you are really exerting yourself hard. That being said, it was better than a trash bag would be. Most of the moisture inside this jacket came not from the rain, but from my own sweat.

Rain can be a real bummer, but this jacket will get you through it for minimal costs of weight in your pack and you can count on it to keep you adequately dry. Just maybe not 100%

Size runs ok. I am in between a small and medium in most things, and this is DEFINITELY a medium for me. Especially if I want to layer anything underneath.

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Kyle

Kylewrote a review of on November 13, 2014

Versatile!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Carried it on a thru-hike of the PCT. It was the perfect accompaniment to a merino shirt, or a down vest. It was very easy to hike in on colder days and didn't get drenched in sweat. I could wear light layers underneath and hike really hard on windy cold days and stay a respectable temperature. I always had it on the outside of my backpack to just thrown on whenever.

Was never too hot or humid in it in a situation where it was too cold to just wear a hiking shirt, even when exerting myself for hours.

It compliments other layers well when you stop exerting yourself and your body temp drops. It stands up to wear, with only a few small spots of wear in the back where my backpack would rub, but this is after 5 months as part of a clothing system.

The weight is nice and light, even more justification to carry it on a backpack trip.

Overall, a fantastic, versatile, lightweight wind-layer that you can perspire in and beat the crap out of.

(Picture is on Mt Whitney) It was below freezing with gnarly windchill. (Layers underneath obviously)

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Kyle

Kylewrote a review of on November 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this bag on my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. If that's your intent, this bag will be amazing! If not, just know that after 5 months of consistent use, I am still 100% Satisfied.


The PCT is like one giant gear review, not just for your own gear, but you get to see how other's work as well. I believe that this bag is not just survivable to 20 degrees, but COMFORTABLE. I had many friends with other bags, some lighter, some not, but most of the bags with equal ratings, just didn't stand up to this one. Forget the mainstream brands, WM temp rates their bags with accuracy and integrity. Everyone I met with a WM bag, loved it!


Not only was I always warm, I didn't wear much of anything inside it for extra warmth. I only set up a tent on nights with chance of rain or too many mosquitoes. Through the cold of desert nights, the high sierra, winds like you wouldn't believe, and the North cascades in the fall, it was easy sleeping. I used a Z-lite pad the whole time.


I've cowboy camped in windstorms strong enough to make a tent useless and this bag keeps the wind out, frozen water bottles on Mt. Whitney with windchill enough to make everything hurt, this bag warmed me up. Condensation frozen on it like an M&M candy coating, still warm.


The black inside is also nice. If you get this bag wet and have more days to spend in it, the black really helps dry it out in a sunny spot.


Sometimes, it was just too warm for this bag, but it works well as a quilt in those circumstances.



After so many nights hiking, dirty, sweaty, day after day, any bag is bound to get dirty. Yes, it will lose some loft to your body oils and dirt. However, down wash and the instructions on the WM website and it is as good as new with no stench.


Sure, this bag costs a pretty penny, but if your sleep is important to you, you can't go wrong here. This bag combines light weight, fantastic warmth, and outstanding american made workmanship, to create a seriously great 3-season bag!

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