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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on September 4, 2018

4 5

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

I liked this, but wish it were better. Used it for the dog on recent backpacking trip. Followed a reviewer’s advice & didn’t just rely on the clip, used the fixed ring too. Glad I did bc the clip opened on its own after a few hours. Very difficult to attach the ring to a canvas loop on his Ruffwear Approach Pack, big pain but it was secure. I liked the variable light settings & their differing battery life cycles, appreciated the choices when in the woods without ability to charge. Wish the light was brighter, bc it was tough to see him in woods when he got >25 yds away. But, that’s prob nitpicking, since I don’t wanna be blinded up close. Seems like good construction & gave me additional peace of mind for reasonable price, so I’m satisfied.

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Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on July 18, 2018

5 5

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

Really cool bag. The lightning grey color is cool - the photo here on Backcountry represents it well. On other sites, it looks traditional grey, but it's definitely more blue like shown here. Bought it for my daughter & she loves the colors, I like that it's versatile as both backpack & duffle. Plus, it doesn't look blocky like cheaper bags that you'd never use for anything besides skiing. This is a great all-around bag that has really nice ski-specific features (goggle pocket, boot compartment, helmet attachment, etc).

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Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Always had cold hands when resort skiing, but these are far better than anything else I've tried. Got turned onto them from the OutdoorGearLab review &, as always, they nailed it. I love these mitts, & they're awesome quality, Expect them to last a long time. Sure they're bulky, but that's why they work ... better value than the Hestra Heli's too, even if they're not quite as stylish - tho the leather makes them pretty cool I think. Great gear, buy some.

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Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on March 10, 2016

Great Pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 4"
Weight: 70 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I just bought a 2nd pair for my daughter, as she just outgrew the 1st. They're awesome, not some cheap kids gear w the Marmot logo slapped on & crazy price. FYI, the insulation is moderate - not a shell, but not super warm. We layer underneath on colder days, no problem. My only issue is that, even though there are adjustable tabs for the waist, it really doesn't adjust much. My daughter isn't overweight but has a little bit of a tummy, & they got pretty tight this season. (4'4", 70 lbs, 8 yrs old) She never complained, but it would've been nice if they had some elastic in the waist, instead of just the adjuster Velcro tabs. We haven't used the new, larger pair yet (they're for next season), but it seems the cuffs will shorten pretty nicely by folding under since they have that grow an inch feature there anyway. Otherwise, it's everything I wanted & plan to re-sell this w/her matching Moonstruck jacket for $100-125. After 1 1/2 seasons of moderate use & a few washes, they look practically brand new. Great gear!

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Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on March 10, 2016

Great Gear
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 2"
Weight: 70 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I just bought a 2nd Moonstruck jacket for my daughter, when she outgrew the 1st. We both absolutely loved it. Great quality, obviously the same materials as my own Marmot ski jacket, not some cheap kids gear w the Marmot logo slapped on & crazy price. The colors really pop, so my daughter loves it. It's warm & water repellant - the insulation is moderate for a ski jacket, for better or worse. I like that it's not crazy hot on days in the low 40's, but the flip side is that it's not warm enough on its' own for single digit temps. I'd say it's about perfect - it's thin enough so she doesn't look like a marshmallow going to school, but substantial & roomy enough to be plenty warm when we had -15 wind chill on the slopes with a fleece layered underneath. It's everything I wanted & plan to re-sell this w/her matching Starstruck pants for $100-125. After 1 1/2 seasons of moderate use & a few washes, they look practically brand new. Great gear.

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Ryan S.

Ryan S.wrote a review of on March 4, 2016

These Mitts Rock
5 5

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

Short Story: crazy warm, high quality, awesome features, cool colors, you won't regret it

Details: Bought these in pink for my 8 yr old last season & she loves them. To be honest, I'm totally jealous ... I need my own pair ... soon. She loves that the insides are insanely comfy & warm. I love the carabiner clip, wrist leashes, gauntlets & top notch construction. Seriously, it's awesome to NOT have to hold her mitts on the lift while we adjust gear, & the gauntlets make it easy to keep out the snow. No more taking off my gloves in the freezing cold to pull her jacket sleeves over her gloves every 15 minutes. (frankly, that always bothered me way more than her, but at least I'm not doing it now)

As for style, she's cautious about looking TOO girly & loves these bc they're cute but rugged looking. I've compared them to the adult Heli's in store & they're obviously the same top quality. These things rock. After 1 season, they barely show any wear. If you're skiing in the rain, maybe the goat leather isn't the most waterproof protection on the market, but I rarely ski in the rain & especially not w the kid. They've been rock solid & plenty waterproof when we've been in wet snow/spring conditions & dried pretty quickly. These aren't made for snowball fights in wet snow, they're made to keep you warm in nasty alpine conditions. Why would you send the kids outside to play in mitts anyway? Get a cheap pair of synthetic waterproof gloves for that, then pack them in your gear bag as back-up. Buy these mitts so your kids' cold hands don't ruin your (& their) expensive ski trip. Plus, I bought them a little big, so I expect a couple more seasons & (since they're the gold standard) I bet I can then sell them for $50 to put towards a new pair. In the long run, I doubt they'll actually cost much more than the mediocre, practically disposable gloves I used to buy.

Get these & never worry about their hands again. Yes, they're expensive, but I never have to go in early bc my kid's hands are cold ... so I've got that going for me ... which is nice.

(does she look excited to be at the Okemo summit for the 1st time??)

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