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Zachary L.

Zachary L.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

wore this thing for over a week straight ski mountaineering in warm, sunny conditions. it is cool and breathable, dries relatively quickly, and protects from the sun. the amazing thing is that after 6 days of working in it, it smelled just fine. I anticipated that it would stink after day 2. pleasantly surprised...

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

perfect uphilling pants for like 95% of my ski touring days. I get out before work about 4 days a week either at the local resort before the lift turns, or at my favorite backcountry run. These sessions tend to be solo and time crunched which means that I tend to go at a pretty fast pace, and generate a good amount of heat, and I am moving nearly the entire time. These pants are perfect for my weekday solo exploits. They are stretchy and comfortable, the cut and cuff is PERFECT! I cannot stress how hard it is to find touring pants that are cut slim, but not lycra tight, but also have cuffs that work. The material is great. breathable, just enough warmth, and have blocked the wind well. In well below freezing conditions they will do just fine with baselayer. And should shrug off most moisture for all but the most wet storms. The vents are functional, as are the pockets. the waist has elastic and velcro tabs to snug up, which I do not like and may mod, but it works. I went with a size small, and they fit me nearly perfectly at 5' 11" with a 30 inch waist - the waist is actually a little big.

For the big mountains, days with more precip, or touring with a group that is moving slowly, I could see going with something a bit burlier or warmer. but for moving uphill, these pants are the best I have found with the best fit and cuff I have seen yet.

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on March 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have beat on these ropes for three seasons now. they are my primary ice climbing ropes and I have also used them for multipitch trad when I know that full length raps are in order. they have been all over Northern New England. I have been impressed with the thin and light diameter, the dry treatment, durability for their weight, and the overall handling of these ropes. Oh yeah, did I mention that the price point on these are so good. which makes the performance of these ropes that much better. I have had several partners look at the rope and then see the 7.9 marking and go

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on January 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I invest a lot in my outdoor gear, and look for pieces that can be used for multiple purposes. I was looking for a hardshell bib geared more toward technical ski mountaineering and general ski touring but that I could still wear for wet ice and technical climbing days, or even lift accessed ski days on the other end of the spectrum. unfortunately, these pants are much baggier and wider in the leg and cuff than the pictures make it seem. They are made extremely well and the medium fit me pretty well. the issue for me is the lower leg and cuffs are still very baggy. I wanted a more technical cut. for reference i am 5' 11" and 165 lbs. I probably could have ordered a small and been ok in them but the medium fit well everywhere except for all the leg material. bummer because the material is great, the price is better than any arcteryx pro shell offerings, and the construction looks really good. these are ski pants. they would be fine for lift accessed days and even general ski touring, but they are not technically cut. if that is what you are looking for, I would recommend them. but if you want a technical cut for technical skmo and climbing, look elsewhere. the search for a multiuse hardshell type of bib continues. any suggestions???

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

2 5

i own a prolite plus. It isn't the weight that made me want to get a new pad, but the bulk. i figured, for over half the year i dont need the r value and bulkiness that comes with an insulated pad. so i found the clearview and thought it was a steal at that price and weight and size. Well it is insanely light which is nice. two problems tho: 1) it is as flimsy as a sleeping pad can get. honestly, i know i would have popped this thing at some point. it feels that flimsy. i cannot stress this enough. 2) even though it is extremely light, rolling up the pad and compressing it is a real hassle and i could never get this thing back to the size it came in. these two issues were deal breakers for me (especially the fragility of this pad). save the money and invest in a better pad. this one feels disposable.

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Zachary L.wrote a question about on June 18, 2012

So I tried these on and a 43 is perfect on my foot. Question is, how much will they bag out and should I downsize them from what feels great on my foot? 42.5 will probably have my toes knuckled up a bit. Not sure which way to go on these. I tried the Vapor lace ups on in a 42.5 and they feel a half size too small as well. Just not sure if they will bag out a bit or stretch length wise to accommodate my longer foot. Help?

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

4 5

another review complaining about sizing a rock shoe on the interwebs...

let me defend myself: 1) five ten's sizing has been wildly inconsistent recently both model to model and years past to present. 2) i tried a size 10 which is what ive been wearing in five tens my last two pairs and they were at least A FULL SIZE too small. 3) i went up to an 11 (a half size larger than street shoe) and they are still borderline too small. 4) the heel of this shoe is extremely narrow and deep. I cannot get my heel down to the bottom of the shoe creating a small pocket of dead space meaning that if i heel hooked hard enough, i think i could pull these off (and rip my hamstring in the process).

id try them on as they are really sensitive, great rubber, and pretty cool looking. if they fit then go for them... if they fit.

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Zachary L.

Zachary L.wrote a review of on March 31, 2012

5 5

great pack. i ice climbed with it all winter and couldn't be happier. the tool carry system is great as is the crampon pocket. one slight drawback is no access zipper to get into the pack; you have to go through the top. this pack is going to kill it when im cragging this summer too. since i am a broke student, i will be using this pack for pretty much everything else i can think of including plain old backpacking.

bottom line is if you are like me and cannot afford to own a quiver of packs, i think the variant will get it done for any outdoor pursuit you can think of. it is that versatile and comfortable.

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on October 13, 2011

5 5

sizing is a bit weird on these. not sure whether to use the specs listed for the other Osprey series. It looked like I was on the cusp b/w large and medium so I went large. It fit, but with all the straps maxed out. so i returned it for a medium. will know more in a week. too bad too, this pack is rugged and awesome and so comfortable.

maybe someone from backcountry can get on top of listing the correct sizing for the variant. Thanks!

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on October 5, 2011

2 5

i got this bag in the 21 degree version. not impressed. either it sat in backcountry's warehouse for a while or it is just RAB's quality control issues, the down was clumped up inside the baffles and had already begun to shift around. 850 fill my butt; i was not impressed with the loft or fit or finish of this bag. even the hood was a huge pain to get into. yes this bag is light and cheap and for the price that 850 fill number looks good. i would say don't do it and get a bag with a couple more features, better fabric and better quality. i returned this bag and went for a marmot. more money but down bags last forever it treated right. think of it as the last investment you'll make in a bag... until you see a new bag you really want.

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Zachary L.wrote a review of on October 5, 2011

2 5

i got this bag in the 21 degree version. not impressed. either it sat in backcountry's warehouse for a while or it is just RAB's quality control issues, the down was clumped up inside the baffles and had already begun to shift around. 850 fill my butt; i was not impressed with the loft or fit or finish of this bag. even the hood was a huge pain to get into. yes this bag is light and cheap and for the price that 850 fill number looks good. i would say don't do it and get a bag with a couple more features, better fabric and better quality. i returned this bag and went for a marmot. more money but down bags last forever it treated right. think of it as the last investment you'll make in a bag... until you see a new bag you really want.

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