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VOXVET

Boston, MA

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Biking
Climbing
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Skiing

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VOXVETwrote a review of on January 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these as my toaster gloves: keeping or warming up my fingers during low activity things ( at base camp, lunchtime break during skinning.) They are perfect, little down sleeping bags for my joints that quickly get cold and painful when I'm not physically active. Sometimes the soft and cozy interior lining bunches a bit funny when you throw you hands in/ut there but not anymore than any other lined gloves. They are packable (because: down) Know your products: these are for warmth, not wind or water performance. Get the mitten covers (Like the OR ones I got in 1996 that I'm still using) to go over these if you are looking for windproof, waterproof mittens. The Transcendent down mittens come with me on all the adventures, from Swiss alpine treks, Sierra backpacking, White Mountains skinning, to standing in the streets of Boston waiting for the T to show up. Sometimes I put them over my toes when I can't get those warmed up.

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VOXVETwrote a review of on April 22, 2018

Diverse, lightweight, responsive,
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my first backcountry ski purchase and got them as spring season was starting. They are more than I deserve yet exactly what I need. My experience: alpine and XC from age 4-26 in Switzerland then US Northeast, XC 99.9% of the time from 26 and just picked up backcountry at 42 his winter and rediscovering the thrill of gravity. I’d call myself a scrappy east coast moderate skier at best. I wanted skis that could do the powder out west but handle the varied terrain of the northeast US (NH and VT), be easily responsive until I can get my skills back, and stick with me as I improve. I prefer diversity over specificity, and try to extend my budget (and minimize the amount of stuff I own) by having gear that can perform relatively well in a wider range of situations.

Got these skis because of a deal I couldn’t pass up and was worried about their length, 165cm , which are the longest alpine skis I’ve owned. I’m 5’7” ( 169 cm) and 115 lbs ( 52kg), slight of build and always felt more confident with shorter skis. No problem keeping these organized on extremely varied, narrow, steep terrain on Mt Washington in NH this season. The one time I found east coast powder….I barely had to do anything, the skis were effortless. Given how well these skis took care of me on my first runs, and how they seem to get better and better as I do, I think they are probably amazingly designed beyond my knowledge to describe and I’m not appreciating their full potential, yet - They took care of a tentative newbie, and respond amazingly well when I reached the level of doing icy moguls on steep, fast, narrow slopes that are New England spring skiing. I’ve hated moguls and generally stay away from them so I’m thrilled to have been able to do them and keep both the skis and myself safe and in control on the diverse and tricky terrain (occasionally ideal, mostly narrow trails, deep moguls, rocks, ice, slush, powder, corn, lions and tigers and bears) I also had no tired leg (or strained knee) issues for our 6 hour days, in spite of me still not having my usual fitness or optimum skinning or skiing technique- these are so lightweight ( with my Dynafit Radical ST 2.0) and seemingly made to handle it all.

I looked at the Roamr too, but the Synapse seemed more appropriate for my desire to do have a bit more diverse skis and not wanting to be on resorts much, if at all. I’ve taken them down a few runs on a resort and they did great. I’m thrilled with these skis and I think even though they’re designed for more advance skiers who can take advantage of all their features, they are serving me well my first season and have a lot of potential to uncover. I do feel that they’re playing a big part in my ability to gain my downhill skills back quickly and enjoy a new discipline.

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VOXVETwrote a review of on April 22, 2018

light, sturdy, fast to set up
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this tent for some solo backpacking on west coast then across the country - easy to pack on my backpack , lightweight and fast to set up. Great design as far as color coding the poles and the canopy. clips. Did really well in varied temps ( 30's to 80's deserts, mountain tops, dry to wet environments west coast to east coast), pretty good ventilation and it kept the howling winds from coming in. I'm 5'7 and slight of built and I had PLENTY of room in there for both me and my 65cubic backpack. Happy to have the footprint with it too, very glad Marmot offers it with the tent. Backcountry's prices, shipping speed (and free over $50$), along with it's customer service is great. Love this tent.

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VOXVETwrote a review of on April 14, 2012

4 5

I'm 5' 7', 115 lbs and bust 32-34. I also have a relatively long back so many jerseys/jackets just ride up my back. This is nice and long. I wear it cycling but its so windproof that I use it as streetwear all the time. Its a little wide from bottom of rib-cage to hip so not super form fitting: I usually wear size small in european and XS /S American jerseys but this jacket was a little too narrow in the shoulders so I sacrificed race fit for shoulder comfort. The only thing I would change would be to have a zippered pocket somewhere in the front-for wallet (or cell phone which I always like to have on my rides) and a zipper that can also zip up from the bottom because this jacket gets really hot really fast in non- freezing weather.

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VOXVETwrote a review of on April 14, 2012

4 5

I'm 5' 7', 115 lbs and bust 32-34. I also have a relatively long back so many jerseys/jackets just ride up my back. This is nice and long. I wear it cycling but its so windproof that I use it as streetwear all the time. Its a little wide from bottom of rib-cage to hip so not super form fitting: I usually wear size small in european and XS /S American jerseys but this jacket was a little too narrow in the shoulders so I sacrificed race fit for shoulder comfort. The only thing I would change would be to have a zippered pocket somewhere in the front-for wallet (or cell phone which I always like to have on my rides) and a zipper that can also zip up from the bottom because this jacket gets really hot really fast in no freezing weather.

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