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brownjeanswrote a review of on March 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I got a new puppy and saw these on sale and was like, "those would be sweet when I have to take the puppy out to pee in the middle of the night."
Yep, they're perfect for that.
They're very cozy inside. If you are going to wear socks with them, you may want to size up a bit, but it seems they only come in whole sizes.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on March 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a great winter coat. I needed a new coat for skiing and sitting in the cold. I shopped around a lot and tried a number of jackets. I wanted it very warm and weather resistant. I didn't want it super noisy when I moved. This jacket is perfect. In fact, it's better than I hoped. The hood is removable, which I love. The hood may not fit over all helmets, but really never wear a jacket with a hood with the hood on - so I don't know, maybe it's great that way.It breathes pretty good. It has huge pit zips for when you're getting hot. It has a powder skirt - it doesn't remove but it has these little pockets on the sides with snaps where you can tuck the ends of it out of the way.
It has tons of pockets. Two low hand warming zip pockets that are cozy inside. Two button flap pockets that lay over the hand pockets. Two angled chest pockets with zipper closures. One internal phone pocket. One internal big mesh thing (for goggles, gloves, a sandwich, a small dog (if that's your thing). Lastly there's a pocket on the left sleeve with a lens cleaning cloth on a stretchy cord.
I was worried that the length would bug me but I'm loving it. It hits just below my bum.
The fabric is beautiful. It has a fine herringbone pattern to it and feels great on the hand.
It does run large. I'm wide through the shoulders and have long arms and often get an XL tops to get a good fit through the shoulders and arms. This one I got a size Large and it's perfect. If you're used to dancy-dance, tight clothes and ultra athletic fit stuff from the European brands, you're going to think this is HUGE.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on January 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 38x10

I bought three of these. That's how much I like them. Their light weight and breathable but unlike many light-weight fabrics, these pants hung normally and didn't generate static to cling to my legs. They also dry quickly. The best light-weight, normal-looking shorts I've found.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on August 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this bag for lite hiking with the wife and kids and for urban trips (football games, parks, etc.) where we need extra items of clothing or hydration. It's fantastic.

The belt has a pocked so you can easily tuck it away and it's not just hanging when you don't need it. It has a good amount of space, can be moderately compressed with the side straps, has a comfortable back pad and the pocket in the back that holds your hydro pack can also hold a laptop. The pockets are good too and well designed. The chest strap on the shoulder straps (for keeping the shoulder straps in) adjusts up and down with ease and the shoulder straps have pockets where the chest strap can tuck away when you're not using it.

I wouldn't use this for overnight camping, but it's not designed for that anyway. I can't tell you how well it works for bouldering or climbing. All and all a great little bag that's well designed and well suited for light duty hiking and general outdoor activities lasting less than a day.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Tanscendent. The Tanscendent was a nice jacket and I'm rating it pretty good based on features and construction -- because it's a nice jacket. However I returned it because it didn't fit me right. The one I had was Dusk/Night and it's a nice looking color.
Fit: The fit was good through the body but was too big in the arms - circumference. I usually get an XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. I think the Large would have fit my arms better but it would have been too small in the torso. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good through the shoulders. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket was very comfortable. The fabric feels good to the touch and the jacket is quiet when moving. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
I ended up returning the Tanscendent and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater as it felt a bit warmer, and lighter (800-fill down vs the Tullus' 650-fill down). However, this jacket is a good value - if the fit works for you.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Down Sweater. The Down Sweater was the best of the bunch. The one I had was Deep Sea Blue and it's a nice looking color. .
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. The Down Sweater looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket was very comfortable. The fabric feels great to the touch and the fill is a perfect balance of warmth without too much bulk. The hand pockets perfect in their positioning. This was the only one that had them positioned both a bit forward on the jacket (as opposed to the sides) AND had the pockets angled so that they receive the hands/arms at a natural angle. The neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
Misc: The Patagonia Down Sweater also had the best warmth to weight/bulk ratio with 800-fill down. Most the others had down with a lower loft rating. The Patagonia was among the more expensive but at a sale price of $160 was a great value.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Trevail . The Trevail was a solid jacket with a couple of design issues. One functional and one aesthetic. The one I had was Fusebox Grey and it's a nice looking color.
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints.
Comfort: The jacket was very comfortable. The fabric feels comfortable to the touch and the jacket is quiet when you move.
Misc: The internal media pocket is awesome. I love that. But here are the two design problems that made me return this jacket. The hand pockets are way on the side seam and make them totally awkward to use. They need to be more in front and to be totally perfect they should be slightly angled. They're designed for looks rather than use. Which leads me to the second design problem. The seams on the sleeves run from the armpit and curve to the neck. This gives the look of having super slouchy shoulders and with the regular cut (and not any taper to the fit) it causes the jacket to look a bit pear shaped. So they designed the pockets to be optimized for aesthetics and this seem and the overall cut to have terrible aesthetics.
I ended up returning the Trevail and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Micro Ratio. The Micro Ratio was okay, but there were others that were better. The one I had was Phoenix Blue and it's a nice looking color - however, Phoenix? Blue is not the color I associate with the word Phoenix. That's nonsense. But I'm not reviewing their branding. Moving on.
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: This is where this jacket was a letdown. The jacket was the least comfortable. The fabric is not soft or smooth to the touch. It's kind of hard - if that makes sense. It's also noisy. It reminded me of the feel and sound of a hard shell. I don't know if it softens up after a few washes, but this was a let down. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
Misc: Q Shield down is supposed to help keep your down dry if that's a selling point to you. I don't live where it rains much and don't plan to wear a down jacket in the rain. So this doesn't matter much to me. It's possible that the harder fabric is more durable.
I ended up returning the Micro Ratio and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Nitrous. The Nirous was great! I really liked it. But as other have said, it's huge. The one I had was Thunderhead Grey and it's a beautiful color that looks a bit grey, a bit green, a bit blue - it seems to change depending on the lighting.
Fit: Has a regular fit, but is huge. If it fit, the fill wasn't over-stuffed so it didn't seem bulky that it restricted movement. So the XL was too big. Since I live close to the warehouse in SLC I also tried the Large. Sadly, the Large was a bit too small.
Comfort: The jacket's fabric was plenty comfortable. Very comfortable. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
Misc: Love that it had a chest pocket. Q. Shield is supposed to keep the down dry. I don't know how well it works. I don't plan to use a down jacket in the rain.
I ended up returning the Nirous and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater. However, this jacket would be great if you're a bit heavier than I or if you're lighter and get a Large. The two jackets were about the same price. This was a couple bucks less.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Tullus. The Tullus was okay, but there were others that were better. The one I had was Skyline Blue and it's a nice looking color. The stitching on the jacket... something about the way the stitching goes down on the ends looked weird.
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket wasn't quite as comfortable as some but more than others. The fabric feels okay but doesn't feel as comfortable and quiet as some of the others I tried. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
I ended up returning the Tullus and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater as it felt a bit warmer, and lighter (800-fill down vs the Tullus' 600-fill down). However, this jacket is a fantastic value - it was $122. The Patagonia was $40 more.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Zeus. The Zeus was a finalist. It was very comfortable and looks sharp. The one I had was black. It really looked good. It would look great in NYC in January (why doesn't anyone wear color in NYC?).
Fit: It was one of the more bulky (puffy) of the jackets I looked at but was comfortable and wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket is very comfortable. The fabric feels good and it is quiet when moving. The hand pockets are a bit forward but the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
I ended up returning the Zeus and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater as it felt a bit warmer, less bulky and lighter (800-fill down vs the Zeus' 700-fill down). The Patagonia also had an internal chest pocket. But the Patagonia was $20 more.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on August 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Size runs small in the width, large in length.
Black Diamond clothes are very well made and this is no different. I got this on sale so it was great for the price, I don't think I would have paid full price for it for one reason, the sizing of Black Diamond stuff is super specific. Black Diamond clothes are almost entirely designed for people who have a very narrow torso. When you size up the width doesn't increase that much, mostly just the length increases.

For example, I'm 6'0" and wear a size 44/46 suit coat. I bought the XL to fit my torso, but the length of the jacket and the sleeves are too long - and kind of have long arms (6'2" wing span). So now the torso fits but the waist of the coat hits me closer to my hips than my waist and the sleeves run nearly to my fingertips. I bought this with the plan to wear it under a ski coat that runs to my waist so the fit won't be a problem.

I wouldn't wear this by itself because the fit would look weird. If I were 6'5" and wore a 42/44 long suit coat this thing would fit perfectly.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on August 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stake is very strong, but the top isn't designed well.

The stock stakes with my tent bend, these do not. They're really strong. My complaint is that the top isn't designed to catch the corner of the tent webbing very well. I can rig a cord to make it work or drive it at an angle and it works okay but it would be better if the stake had a disc shape on the top that extended out about a quarter inch around the shaft. A disc shape like this would also protect feet that step on the top of the tent stake. My daughter hurt her foot when she stepped on a stake in flip-flops and the stake struck her arch just to the side of the flip-flop's sole.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on August 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very well made bag. The strap system has a brilliant design that makes adjusting easy, even with one hand. I have the medium sized bag and it holds a lot of stuff. It's great as your under-the-seat air travel bag. My laptop is 15" x 10" x 1" and the laptop pocket takes it fine, but I tried the small bag first and it my laptop wouldn't fit in that bag. Getting through TSA is easy, I just unzip the laptop pocket so that the pocket laid out separate, but still connected to, the rest of the bag. Then lay it on the conveyor for the scanner. I didn't have to remove the laptop. My only complaint would be that I wish there was a bit more internal organization to the bag. There's a huge pocket for everything that has a small organized area on one side but this area doesn't hold much. There's one side pocket that is too small to hold much beside a charge cord. It doesn't even hold my phone that well (too small). There's a front pocket that's nice but could use a zipper to make me feel a bit more comfortable about putting things in it. There's a sideways, "passport" pocket on the front that has a zipper. This is the most useful pocket in the bag as you can access it without opening the bag. Then there's a mesh side pocket for headphones or a small water bottle.
Overall it's a nice bag but the pockets could be improved a bit.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was really brave and bought this for my wife for Mother's day. She loves it! She said it's the most comfortable swimsuit she's had. The straps are extremely adjustable. She's 5'7, 130lbs and small bust. The medium fits her well and there isn't any concerns with it being too open around the bust and showing more than intended. The bust area is lined too so there is good protection when your skin is cold.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This shirt is terrific and fits! A lot of t-shirts seem to be sized weird these days. It used to be that I'd buy an XL and know for a fact that it would fit. Now days there's no telling. I've put on some XLs that seem to be more like Ms to me (I'm looking at you Mammut). But this shirt fit great.
Also great is the touch. Hate that rubbery feel that some graphic Ts have? Not with this one. It has a soft hand.
It also looks good. I went with the green with the blue graphic.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I was looking for a heavier fleece and this is perfect. I love the outer nylon canvas. It adds a bit more durability and won't pile and sheds dirt and debris better than a normal fleece surface. It looks a little wrinkly but still looks good. The nylon is only over the back, front and tops of the sleeves. It's not found on the sides or under the sleeves. In these areas is the kind of smooth outer surface that you find on some fleece jackets.
The hand pockets for this jacket are huge. The fit of the jacket is pretty normal to larger than normal (not athletic nor slim). I am typically a firm XL on sizing as I have wide shoulders and long arms (going for the gorilla look) - rarely does an L fit to my satisfaction but I could almost do the L in this. If you are normally between two sizes I'd maybe go with the smaller of the two.
Overall this is a great fleece jacket for when you want more warmth than a normal fleece and a bit more protection from dirt and such.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on December 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These are nice. I wear them skiing and when attending football games in late November in the cold. They keep me warm and are not too bulky.
These also don't have a crotch opening - so those inclined to wear them without anything over them could probably get away with it. But if you're a dude, please spare us this look. No one wants to see a dude in tights. Well, most of us don't.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs

These are initial impressions as I just got these. I normally would wait to post a review but there aren't any reviews for this yet and I thought a couple of things might be helpful.
These use the upper from Haglof's legendary approach shoe but they've added very strong and supportive sole and footbed in place of the other one's dot pattern scrambler sole. This sole feels great. The heal in this shoe is very strong and comfortable.
The tongue is gusseted, which is super nice and essential to take advantage of the goretex lining (yet many other goretex shoes do not have a gusseted tongue).
These run a bit large. The 10 US is a 44 Euro. Compare that with the Scarpa Crux where the 10 US is a 43 euro. Even the backcountry.com sizing chart maps the 44 to a 10.5 US. So you may want to size down .5 with these.
I prefer a low-top hiking shoe most of the time. I try to keep my pack light and don't have a lot of ankle problems.
It's hard to find a good low-top hiker. I think I would say this one, the Scarpa Crux and a couple of Salewa's are the ones to choose from. If you're looking for a good low-top hiker, you should consider these for sure.

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brownjeanswrote a review of on July 20, 2015

Great pants, weird belt
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L-32

These pants are really great. They are light and breathe well and are durable. They fit well and are very comfortable. I like the side pocket and how it has a zipper on the top AND on the front side. This allows you to access that pocket from the top when standing and from the front side while sitting. It's pretty slick. The front hand pockets are a good size and the back pockets look good and are functional. The only knock on these pants are the weird belt. Some may like this feature, I have a paracord belt I like to wear (and thankfully they put belt loops on it so that I can) and having a built-in belt makes wearing another belt a pain - you get a layered belt effect. It's not that big of a deal though, so only knocking one star off for this. But the pants would be perfect without that weird belt thing.
One thing to note, I was kinda thrown off by the way they write the size. L-32 means waist

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