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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on June 22, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs

Considered buying one of these for awhile and when they went on sale I thought OK now's the time. Even at a great price I sent it back. The construction, the cutting and sewing was so poor. I've had great luck with Stoic stuff in the past. But there's good stuff out there at good prices and I'm not going to keep poorly made stuff even if the price is low. It cost me to send it back too.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on November 29, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I wear leg insulation almost everyday October through May and alternate these with 8 other pairs of various brands. These are great except for the seam split right where your valuables fall through and become very very uncomfortable on the other side. They have not lasted as long as my other brands do, or nearly as long as I would expect from a company that touts itself as the premier outdoor clothing manufacturer.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looking for new gaiters for my girlfriend. We've both had OR Crocodile gaiters. Hers have a slice in them now. My reluctance comes for these reasons: I find it strange that the hook goes on the lace after the velcro closure is closed. My other gaiters hook before closing the velcro. It's more awkward hooking the closed gaiter. Maybe there's a reason that was designed that way. I'd like to know what that is. Also the little velcro flap that gives security to the main velcro closure is worthless since it separated from the backing material and is pretty much permanently connected to the main velcro while the backing material just floats on the outside (I suppose I could cut it off). I believe that OR was founded when somebody thought the world needed a better gaiter. I have not found the OR gaiters to be that great. They have replaced my scree gaiters numerous times but I finally felt bad about asking again and again and finally bought another brand which I like very much. Now that the girlfriend needs new gaiters I'm looking at these and wondering if I should get them. They are up there with the most expensive so it makes me think they should be the best. But my experience says keep shopping.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

Everything they say it is
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm writing this review because these need recognition as a great pair of skis.

Read the descriptions on backcountry.com and Voile.com and believe what they say.

They've been great everywhere I've had them.

No problem with long or short turns in powder. They aren't fazed when it's already cut and you're busting in and out of the tracks of those who have gone before.

Great holding power on hard pack, long or short turns, and comfortable at all speeds.

Nice on the uphill as they're very light.

And they'll see it through on windblown and crusty junk.

Bases have amazingly withstood encounters with solid rocks, gravel and wood nearly unscathed.

A pleasure to ski and have confidence your skis will do what you want.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on January 20, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34w x 32l

These weren't what I was hoping for. They're so thick they're like that oilcloth they used to make rain gear from for people on whaling ships. As it turns out, they're designed like jeans- If I wanted jeans I would have shopped for jeans. Immediately out of the sack, they attracted lint, dirt and dog hair like they're magnetically charged to dust the house. Finally, I don't know why whenever I get MH clothing I can't depend on the size to be consistent with any kind of standard. I wouldn't buy these online before you can see and feel them, and try them on. I was looking for ward to getting them and I'm disappointed big time.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on September 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5 US

I have owned numerous pairs of top name brand mountaineering boots, these are the best ones yet.

I have hard to fit feet that don't match each other, a pair of these will fit on both feet.

Delivery was on a Wednesday, I wore them around the house and short walks with the dogs, then a 10 hour climb the following Sunday. No boot pain of any kind.

These boots grip well on most surfaces and give confidence that when you place a foot it will stay. They're comfortable when side hilling. They edge well when needed, even on steep beargrass when everyone else is slipping and falling I stay on my feet.

They're nice to hike in and climb in, I put them on when I leave home, tighten them when I start, hike and climb and am comfortable even if I wear them after the hike is over.

Bought a pair of last year's, wore a hole in the rand, (possibly burned it by a campfire) got a pair of this year's since I needed boots and Backcountry would get them to me in 2 days where resoling takes longer. I will have 2 pairs when the older ones are back from the resoling. I'm glad I'll have an extra pair just in case.

I was not sure I wanted this year's because of the colors but I got rid of those ugly orange laces and replaced the laces with black so they look better than the ones you see in the picture.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on February 24, 2011

3 5

I own a Patagonia Micropuff and 2 Mountain Hardwear Compressor Jackets so have a base line on which to compare a similar garment.

The sleeves are long and there's no adjustment for the cuff, so there's no rolling them up to clear them away from your hands. This is very annoying if you want to separate the garment from what's on your hands like during washing or applying suncreen.

The zipper sticks two or three times everytime I zip it up but doesn't when I zip it down (thankfully).

The fit in the body is good for a slender person but there is a bulge around the upper belly so there's room to grow there if you need it.

It seems OK overall and I got a deal on it so will keep it. Don't think that this on par (meaning pay top $ for) with a premium garment (compressor) from a well established manufacturer (like MH).

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on May 18, 2010

4 5

They don't make me look like a pencil butt the way most of the other hiking pants do. They're my for almost everything pants (I'm sick of wearing jeans) and they look pretty good for most occaisions. My two complaints are they rip on the slightest snag and the stitching comes out. For those reasons they don't last real long.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on April 8, 2010

2 5

The binding straps can be a PITA. They collect ice and the only way to get them off is to pick at the ice on the strap with your fingernails. Imagine how enjoyable this is on cold days, tired anyway, bending over and picking at an icy strap with bare fingers so you can get your snowshoe off. And one day when I was doing it, it was dark, I had terrible cramps in both thighs, my partner was in a hurry to get on the road and I'm picking the ice off my binding straps.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on March 30, 2010

2 5

The crampon is not stainless. They're a trail type shoeshoe not all terrain. I became aware of these two bits of information when they arrived. I notified Backcountry.com that the info on the website was inaccurate and it hasn't been changed yet a year later. BUT almost a year later they refunded me for what I paid. See I thought I'd get over my buyers remorse and I tried. I did wear them on some pretty ambitious undertakings and they worked alright. The reason for returning them is that the binding seemed to be going to fail and I didn't want to be someplace where I would have miles of deep snow between me and safety. I contacted Atlas and they didn't have any answers yet weren't that concerned about making sure I was happy. So if I were to rate the two companies, it would be Backcountry.com 5 stars (love it) and Atlas 1 star (sucks). I expect alot from the gear I buy. My life often depends on it and it's expensive. Most companies will make sure you're happy with your purchase. Atlas wasn't too concerned about that. Most everybody is using the MSRs. There are many reviews of the MSRs on this website compared to just a few for the Atlas. People seem to be using the MSRs and liking them. That's what I'll get next time.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on March 8, 2010

4 5

I really like using poles and use them everywhere unless it's just too steep. I don't notice much benefit of having the antishock, the cork grips or the angle of the grips of these compared to my Black Diamond Traverse poles which I use for winter that don't have all that. Sometimes they take awhile to lock when you want to adjust the size, so I don't fool with that as often as I might, like on a steep side hill, where I do with the BD fliplock setup. I've complained to Leki about the problems with the locking and some splits in the lower sections before and they've promptly replaced either the whole pole or the section, so any potential purchasers out there can be happy for the good service from them.

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Rising Wolfwrote a review of on February 20, 2010

1 5

It gets one star because it looks good and seems to be well sewn out of good material, but that's it.

For a 42 litre pack there's hardly any framing, just minimal foam padding and an aluminum bar that bends and retains the bend regardless of whether the bend fits your back. I removed the bar and at least I don't have a lump or two from that poking me. No matter what you do all the weight is hanging on your shoulders and back; none transferred to your hips.

I also have a BD Covert 32. Both these packs need continual adjustment to attempt the slightest amount of comfort. They're not capable of any melding with you as other packs I have are. They're just a big sack of excrement hanging there on your shoulders, similar to those frameless superlight bags with shoulder straps and no hip straps.

This pack won't last one season with me. My back is saying one of us is going to go, me or this pack.

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