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mg.106020068wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best pack you can buy whether you are just getting into backpacking or if you are looking to replace an older pack.

I was very, very reluctant to stop using my passed down Dana Design. I felt almost like a traitor for going away from the legendary brand... But all of those feelings disappeared five minutes into using this pack for the first time. All of what is said about making 45 lbs feel like 30 is true. I did not develop any hotspots on my back, sweat spots or overall discomfort after hours of use. I couldn't be happier with a single piece of gear.

The gear organization is top-notch. Trekking poles, ice axe, foam sleeping pad stored externally all stay tight and organized. The two outside storage zip-compartments fit emergency storm protection and mid layers with easy so you don't have fuss with the main storage compartment.

I recommended this pack to a friend who was just starting to get into backpacking and he feels the same exact way about the pack. Be smart, get this pack, it will be the biggest favor you can do yourself.

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mg.106020068wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had horrible experiences with goggles in the past, but these more than cut the mustard.

When paired with the Smith Vantage helmet (also highly recommend) there is no wind-gaps on forehead. I have never had a fogging issue on the inside, and when it gets very cold and I put steam on the outside of the lease from covering up my mouth, the fog dissipates quickly while skiing.

Overall, great goggles that have lasted a long time with top performance.

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mg.106020068wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is the way to go. I could imagine that a lot of people don't want to spend a lot of money on something they think the won't really need, but don't skimp out on protecting the brain bucket. I took a really bad fall landing head first and I was able to keep skiing without pain or worry. This alone makes the helmet a 5-Star piece of gear.

The helmet is also very warm on cold days and the vents dump heat well without letting wind in. Highly recommend this helmet to anyone.

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mg.106020068wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These are a great set of pants for skiing in all kind of weather on the resort. I have used these pants on multiple trips to Mammoth, Big Bear, Vail, Aspen and Keystone.

The pants fit a little relaxed (I am 6 ft, 200 lbs and wear a L) and work great in various temperatures and weather conditions. There are many ways to dump heat in different degrees (smaller inner thigh zips to protect from wet snow in Sierras) or ouster thigh zips for warm days on Big Bear.

These bad boys are bombproof as they have taken a couple yard sales on hard pack snow and ice patches and have no visible damage. On very cold days with high winds, all that has been needed are mid-weight leggings to stay comfortably warm.

If you want a great pair of reliable and affordable ski pants without breaking the bank on Gore-Tex, these are definitely the pants for you.

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mg.106020068wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

4 5

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

I have used this shell in three different trips this season. First was ice climbing in Bozeman. The shell fits nice and slim while still allowing enough layers under (6 ft, 200 lbs, size L). It did not ride up through the harness during climbing and provided great flexibility. The hood fit well over a climbing helmet.

The second trip was for a winter climb of Mt. Baldy in SoCal. The shell was very, very comfortable next to skin. The only drawback in this use were the functionality of the pit zips. They are a little bit in an awkward placement and require you to either take off the shell or for you to get nice an intimate with your partner... not necessarily the worst thing. On the flip side of that, the shell breaths extremely well... Almost Goretex Active well, so the pit zips were more of an extra dump of heat more than anything. On the summit, winds pushed more than 30 mph, yet it cut wind perfectly. I glissaded roughly 700 ft on the way down with it and there was no damage whatsoever.

The last trip was skiing at Mammoth during a snow storm (in resort). For wind/waterproofness, top notch shell. It held its own in whiteout conditions for wet snow and worked extremely well with burly under the cuff gloves. The hood did not fit the best over a ski helmet though. It did not completely the helmet and left part of my face exposed due to that. Other than the face exposure, the shell was remarkable in adverse wind (50-70 mph on exposed ridge lines).

All in all, this is a very versatile shell that is very lightweight, strong and gets the job done. If you are looking for a resort jacket, this is not it, but if you want to make one purchase that can cover many activities with above average performance, this is your shell.

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