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John A

John Awrote a review of on July 31, 2007

4 5

When the Helly Hansen Mars was introduced it was the lightest jacket, and at 2.3 oz for a large, it's like it's not there. The full zip (!!!) and laser-cut pit holes afford good ventilation. Around the fire at night, you need to be careful of sparks. Also the jacket has no hood but that's in keeping with the minimalist functionality of the Mars.

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John A

John Awrote a review of on May 18, 2007

4 5

I got these in a 43, and I wear 11-10.5 in street shoes. This gives me a high performance ultra-tight fit without any significant discomfort. If I wanted to do trad, I would have gotten a 43.5. The half-length midsole works excellently for edging, and the heel is pretty decent for hooks. The cambered shape is very comfortable for my foot as I like plenty of arch support, although unless I really crank on the laces, there's a dead spot under my heel. The toe box asym shape is supremely comfortable and pretty good for pockets and cracks, although with my toes as scrunched as they are, I can't quite fit in the tiniest of cracks because of the toebox shape. Overall these shoes are definitely above average, and I would recommend them to climbers of any level, as long you get the proper size. Side note: these seem to be the Wasabi in a lace-up style, so everything you've heard about those can probably apply to this shoe as well.

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