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Baumholder, Germany

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Scottwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just wanted to give a heads up that the autolock feature on this carabiner only requires that you twist the gate, you don't have to push it down and then twist like most autolockers. Seriously doubt this affects safety, but maybe someone with more R&D experience can elaborate .... otherwise, solid piece of equipment and awesome color combo!

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Scottwrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

This is just a clarification. The Magic Advanced High is a B3 boot meaning it can accept a C3 type (aka step-in)crampon. It has a full toe welt on the front for the wire bail of the crampon to fit in. Even the backcountry description says it's made for hybrid crampons, so I admit I'm a little perplexed, but I've fitted step-in crampons into the boot and they for snugly. Having said that, of all the "full last" mountaineering boots I've tried, I would say this had average to slightly more than average flex in the forefoot. Of course, flex is a relative term when you're talking serious mountaineering boots, but just know there are stiffer boots out there.

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Scottwrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 48 cm

The weave on these pants makes them very durable and wind-resistant. The adjustable cuff at the bottom is 3 distinct snaps, so not infinitely adjustable. Not an issue at all, just fyi. There is also a hook hidden at the cuff so you can secure these onto your boots in bad weather (specific to Vidda Pro) - a convenient alternative to wearing gaitors.
They are a slim fit in both waist and thigh but I would still say the are true to size... ok maybe they fit slightly small ... I am a size 32 or 33, I ordered the EU 48cm. They were initially tight but they relaxed and now fit perfectly. The pockets are somehow magically designed so that even if the pant is a bit slim, the pockets will still hold your wallet, phone, small snacks, etc. without feeling too tight. They will also relax over time.

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Scottwrote a review of on February 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I love Fjallraven and all their products. I love the G1000 original material. But the G1000 silent just isn't for me. It feels like a thick, kind of stiff piece of felt, and it picks up every piece of pet hair I touches. It's soft and comfortable, just not what I'm looking for in a hiking/outdoors pant. I wonder if the material changes after washing. I guess I'll never know .... Fortunately, I can just return these thanks to backcountry.com's great customer service and stick with the original G1000 that I love (Vidda or Barents Pro)
btw, as for fit, these are a bit slim. But that didn't change the sizing for me. I have slightly larger than normal quads and wear a 32x32 pant. I ordered the 32; while they're a tiny bit snug, I know from experience that they will relax a little over time. So I wouldn't go with the 34 unless you want a really relaxed fit. Oh and don't forget that the leg length is extra long because these need to be hemmed.

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Scottwrote a review of on September 20, 2015

5 5

I was afraid I would look like a robot in this thing. It is actually slim enough to fit underneath my tshirt. It has lots of mesh material so it breathes well. At first I thought the fit was too tight, but after a few rides I realized that the tighter, the better. As long as it zips up, you're good. I haven't had to test out the actual protection ability of any of the armor, but that's a good thing .... I certainly feel more comfortable bombing down hills, knowing that if I take a spill I have a little extra protection. I'm not an insane rider, but I don't want to break a wrist or elbow ... This is the perfect piece to cover your upper body. Just get some knee pads and you're good to go!

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Scottwrote a review of on September 20, 2015

5 5

This is a must if you car camp, picnic at a neighborhood park or just want extra space at a party. It's so light, easy to pack and carry around, yet sturdy and well constructed. I use it to bbq in my backyard and then tuck it away to have deck space. I've also used it inside to double the size of my kitchen table, for larger groups. Because the slats have small spaces in between them, if you spill something liquid it's probably going to get in the cracks, and it's a little tough to clean. Not a big enough of a problem to sway my love for this thing, just a heads up. Also, the surface can be a little bit fragile - metal can scrape it up!

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Scottwrote a review of on July 7, 2015

5 5

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

Lightweight, and as sturdy as can be (you know, without being made of solid wood). If you spill something liquid, be prepared to clean in between the slats. Also, I think over time, when you roll the top up and store it, the metal is probably going to get a little bit scratched. Small price to pay for an awesome table.

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Scottwrote a review of on February 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: Large

These liners are thin enough, but not as thin as, say, silk liners. That means they can be worn on their own for every day use. They run large, so I would either buy a size down or be ready to wash them in hot water, dry them etc. to shrink them. (I'm a size 10.5-11, and bought size large) But, you can't beat merino wool next to your skin. They really breathe well and wick moisture. I love wearing them under a pair of medium thickness wool hiking socks, or ski socks - its like walking on a cloud!

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Scottwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

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

This shoe fits true to size - more like a typical running shoe than a hiking boot (which is appropriate). Having said that, I ordered up .5 of a size (11 instead of my normal 10.5) because that's all that was in stock. The toe box is definitely roomy, the rest of the shoe fits more like a 10.75 than an 11. So to be fair, I guess it does run a little small, so if you want to wear a nice pair of thick wool socks, liners, etc. I would go up half a size. The shoe is average to light in weight, it has a fairly stiff mid-sole so it's great on the trail, but of course not on the pavement. There are no hot spots, and (flexibility where it needs to be) is great. Not too familiar with the Hyvent in a shoe, but with moderate testing I'd say it's waterproof and breathes as well as a waterproof shoe can. The blue color is an added bonus. One thing that bothers me is how short the tongue is. It must be designed for better dorsiflexion without having the tongue rub there on the anterior ankle ... I'm always afraid it's going to slip down, and the knot where I tie my shoe will rub on my sock. However, this has never happened. So although it sits low and looks funny to me, it functions just fine.

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Scottwrote a review of on December 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

As far as ski socks go, these are a great value. The heel cup and padding in the heel and shin are awesome and perfect thickness - thick but not too thick. As can be expected, the arch and top (dorsum) of the sock are not very thick - a nice pair of liners would go great with these on really cold days. Not sure if this is size-dependent, but the writing on the toes says "FITS" in green - I ordered plain black, size L

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