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Robert R.wrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have an older Gregory Teton 60 (5.8 lbs) I use for backpacking and I have been trying to shed some weight on my gear for backpacking trips. I have looked at many different manufacturers of packs including the cottage companies and their ultralight offerings but I wasn't ready to commit to the ultralight mindset. I have adopted certain ultralight principles though and they have helped me to lower my pack weight. I'm not a thru-hiker so I didn't need an ultralight designed pack but I wanted a lighter weight pack than the one I currently own. I know there are many fans of the Osprey Exos pack but I have had problems with the way Osprey packs fit me. I came across the Paragon 58 and liked that it was in between ultralight and traditional. I ordered it and it arrived yesterday. I have to say that it is a very well thought out and designed pack. I like the integrated day pack/water sleeve idea. I like that I can replace the standard lid with the sleeping bag compartment flap if I desire to trim some weight. I can remove the rain cover to shave more weight. I know the ultralight mindset steers away from pack covers but I have had good luck with them. The cover easily stows into it's own pocket. If I'm not expecting rain on a trip, well now I have an extra pocket to store things. The large stretch outer pocket is a very nice addition and in-line with the ultralight pack designs. I have always liked the way Gregory packs fit me and the Paragon with its range of adjustment, fits quite nicely. I ordered the M/L and dialed in the fit easily because the torso length is adjustable up to 4 inches. The hip belt is adjustable also. I put some gear in the pack; sleeping bag, tent, pad, alcohol cookset, a few clothes and it hardly noticed it. I think this is a well designed pack from a great company.

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Robert R.wrote a review of on December 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: xlarge

This jacket reminds me of my M65 field jacket I had when I was in the military without all the "hugeness" associated with the M65. The Large I had ordered fit me perfect. Too perfect. I wouldn't be able to layer anything under except maybe a tee shirt, followed by a flannel. I returned it and got the XLarge. This time, the jacket was going to be perfect for layering a fleece or a wool sweater. Plenty roomy without looking baggy. I'm 6' 190 lbs and have somewhat longish arms and the Xlarge is a better fit in the sleeves. The fabric is soft to the touch and the color is spot on. This jacket will see much use especially when going from fly fishing to nights out to dinner and a movie. Thumbs up! Made in China was a little bit of a let down.

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Robert R.wrote a review of on April 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Great pack vest. I've been using a cotton/poly vest and it worked well but had problems when fishing in wet or rainy conditions with the obvious reason it would absorb and hold water. The Patagonia Hybrid is exactly as described, lightweight, breathable and it exudes water. I primarily used it for Tenkara so if I have to hike to a mountain stream I don't have to carry a pack because there already is one. I don't use a bladder and rely on a Sawyer Mini for my water needs. The pack is large enough for a shell and something to eat. The pockets on the front are generous and can hold all the gear that I would carry for a typical day of fishing. The rod bungee system on the back was designed to hold fly rod cases but it can easily hold a Tenkara rod. I added two more micro bungee cords and slide locks to the other side of the pack to carry an additional rod if I desire or if I need my hands to be free, I can have both rods secured to the pack at the same time. I can see myself using this pack vest for years to come. I bought the large size and there is plenty of adjustment to accommodate anything from just a tee shirt to jackets.

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Robert R.wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

I own 4 pairs of these pants. They look good, they're durable, comfortable, versatile, water repellent and the construction is top notch. The belt is integrated into the pants and functions as expected with no slippage. The pants have a DWR finish which works great on hikes where one might encounter dew and other light precipitation. I have been on hikes during brief thunderstorms and the pants have done well. Eventually, the DWR can only repel so much and they eventually wet through, but, they dry quickly. The lower legs of the pants have zippers which means you don't have to remove your boots when the pants are converted into shorts. I have used these pants hiking and backpacking in canyonlands to mountain peaks in temperatures from the 20's to the 90's. The fit of the pants is roomy in the seat and legs. Pockets: there are cargo pockets on the thigh which are secured by velcro and next to the right hip pocket is a deep zippered pocket which comes in handy for storing things you don't want to lose, like car keys. These are good pants for the money.

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Robert R.wrote a review of on August 26, 2011

North Face Pants
5 5

These are a great pair of covertible pants. The length is right and the fit. The belt locks in tight with no slippage. The lower leg zips are great when you want to make them into shorts and you don't have to remove your shoes to do it. Same with putting the legs back on. No removing the shoes. The zippers are color matched also so you know which side to put each pant leg on.

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