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Robert E.

Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on December 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a big bag. I got it because I was traveling with my dog and I preferred to have just one bag to drag along while I manage him as well. I threw everything in there -- shoes, food, water bottles, and even my briefcase with laptop and cameras. It's a bit different to pull along, as there is no telescoping handle. The webbing handles on the corners work well. You just grab the one that lets it roll behind you without hitting your feet. I was able to lift it fully loaded by the handles on the ends fairly easily into a car, given the weight. It rolled well as long as I was paying attention. If you just drag it absent-mindedly it can twist on you. There are plenty of lash loops to hook on carabiners and attach other bags or items you have to move. I wouldn't recommend it for being on the move or going through crowds, it's just too big. But it's bomber and weather resistant and will last a really long time. I have yet to put it on a plane and see what damage they can do to it, but it should hold up.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on December 9, 2018

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Size Purchased: Large

This is marketed as an alpine climbing jacket, but I think it's a hell of an all around performer. Take the light and breathable Nano Air and add a stretch shell to give water and windproof features. There are huge pit zips to help when the warmth is too much. The hood works well without a helmet. The jacket really moves with you and is very warm even with a light base layer. I use it for hiking and travel as a general cold weather coat. I actually bought a medium a few years ago that is more form fitting with a light base layer, then came back and bought a large this year for more layering.
The downside is that with a pack on the back tends to get sweaty. Use a trampoline/vented pack and it's a lot better. It's not breathable as the no-shell Nano jackets, but this is for those who want the wind and water barrier. It's not cheap, but you can get a deal with Backcountry's coupons or at the end o season clearance.

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Robert E.wrote a review of on July 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yup. This bag is big. It doesn't look all that huge until you start filling it, then you realize how much gear is in it and how much room you still have left. I have duffels from the other companies ( NF & P), so I can compare. I would say that the Osprey is lighter fabric that isn't as stiff as some. The backpack straps are better. They seem more purposeful and less of an afterthought. Their stash pocket can be used for a few other things while they are out. I am not sure how all of the plastic buckles will stand up over time. They survived very rough airport handling so far.
There are some small pockets to place things you need quick access for, but in general it's one huge single cavern. It was not tough to carry up stairs fully loaded, but I would not want to trek around with it.
All in all, it's competitive with the others, but not quite as burly.

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Robert E.wrote a review of on May 31, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The bag has good water and wear-resistant fabric, but the fabric and build is not comparable to the big name competition. I would recommend using it to pack in the car and use for general moving, but it's not quite up to the expedition-duffel level tasks. I'm not sure how well it would even fare through regular use on flights as checked baggage.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on September 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 11.5

I use these not just as approach shoes, but as low hikers as well as general outdoor shoes. I have two pairs; I bought the black in size 11.5 first and they fit like approach shoes, slim and good for edging at the front.
I later got a pair in size 12 that give me a bit more toe room and work well for longer treks.
They aren't too heavy (especially compared to my LaSportiva Boulder X) and the waterproofing is usually helpful. Last month I got caught out in a huge summer thunderstorm that was truly a downpour. Water easily flowed in from above (stepping in large puddles and just coming in around the ankle and tongue). I took out the footbed and let them dry for a day and they were fine.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on September 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

So, I really like the Nano Air (I have one without the hood), but the wind goes right through it. This is so much better for me. Wind and rain are stopped, but it is still fairly breathable and has a nice stretch to move with you. Pit vents are extremely useful for when it doesn't dump heat fast enough. Useful pockets are a nice addition as well.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on May 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 46

I always seem to wear a size 46 in La Sportiva shoes and this one is no different. My feet are pretty low volume (and maybe a bit narrow as well, but generally skinny). These are generally comfortable when I put them on and cinch the laces, but there is a bit of a hot spot on the upper outside of my foot, across from the ball of the foot and behind the pinky toe. I think that I need to break them in a bit as there is more structure in the uppers than I am used to having in other shoes.

They have great grip with fairly aggressive treads. They don't have a ton of cushioning in the front half of the shoes. I wouldn't call them minimalist, but they are not hugely squishy either.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on February 4, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Size Purchased: Large

I got the Glacier/Night color and it works great as a windbreaker (and replaced the others I had). It also works really well as a thin softshell over a fleece or thin insulated jacket. The pocket layout is nice. It is very stretchy and allows for a huge range of motion.

I always run cold, so it can be too breathable for me at times. I may not get the same use from it as others, since I grab something with more wind stopping power when it gets cold, but I still love the fabric, look, and fit when the conditions are right for it.

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Robert E.

Robert E.wrote a review of on October 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Size Purchased: Medium

I wanted a new fleece jacket, but I had to pass on the pullovers and standard fleece that's about as wind resistant as a screen door. The fleece here is quite thick and very soft. It's quite warm. The light nylon shell gives it the added wind resistance that I really need to wear this as an outer layer. I got the grey and it looks great.

The downsides to this jacket are: No pull-cords for the bottom or hood. The snap pockets aren't as secure as zippers, but they work well enough. The shell reduces the stretch for arm movement (you may find it pulling at the shoulders and armpits, preventing a really wide range of movement).

I wear this more as an every-day cold weather jacket, for travel, for day hikes. Due to the restricted movement, I wouldn't recommend it for climbing or other activities where you'd want something with more stretch.

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Robert E.wrote a review of on October 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a nice, thick, tight-woven fleece. I got the darker blue on clearance and have worn it as an outer and a mid-layer. I like the bit of nylon shell on the shoulders -- I think it will help it hold up over time with wear from bag straps. The only downside is that the sleeve cuffs could be improved with a better stretch fabric, but overall it's a great jacket.

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Robert E.wrote a review of on October 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Size Purchased: Medium

I chose this over a Synchilla due to the outer knit face. It's a tad more wind resistant and it looks a bit more clean. I've worn it as an outer layer and as an insulating midlayer under a shell. The medium is fairly snug through the torso, but the sleeves are plenty long enough. This is one fleece jacket I know that I will keep for many years.

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