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Russell Toris

Russell Toris

New England

Russell Toris's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Russell Toris's Bio

I love the outdoors (as do most people here I assume!). Anytime I can escape into the mountains, I take full advantage of it!

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Russell Toris

Russell Toriswrote a review of on April 7, 2014

5 5

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

This jacket is at the top of my list of pieces for gear that I own. I love everything about it. When it first came in the mail, I thought the box was actually empty by mistake it was so unbelievably light. However, what this jacket lacks in weight is surpassed by how warm it will keep you.

I constantly look for a reason to use this jacket. I put it to it's true test this past winter with an ascent of Mt. Washington in one of the northeast's polar vortexes. -20 degree temps with -50 windchills. Couldn't even notice how cold it was once wearing this!

I went with a large (5'11" at 160lbs) so that it would fit over any other layers I might be wearing. This was a good call and I recommend it to anyone who is buying it.

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Russell Toriswrote a review of on October 29, 2013

Simply, amazing!!
5 5

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

These boots are just, without a doubt, the best! The inner boot is super comfortable and warm and gives a nice snug feeling. They are heat moldable, but I have not done that yet as they fit just fine without it.

The lacing system was a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it its the best. Very easy to lace up with gloves on during a cold morning.

Crampon compatibility is also great. I went with the Grivel G12s and they fit perfectly. The boot is a bit large (I wear a size 45) so it does just barely fit the crampon without an extender bar. If I were to get overboots I would defiantly need to go with the extender bar for the G12s.

In terms of sizing, I did a lot of debating over it and decided to size up a full size. I wear a size 10.5 regular hiking shoe. I started with a half size but it was just a tad too snug with my sock layers.

Overall, I highly recommend this boot. I got it for both winter adventures in the Whites as well as for Rainier with the hope that I will use it on future, colder ascents.

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