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Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing

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mountaintopKwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Osprey's Anti-Gravity Suspension system is awesome and in my opinion, well worth the cost of their backpacks! After wearing a couple of different backpacks, from dirt cheap to name brands, Osprey is my now go-to backpack for most of my outdoor needs. The fit and comfort is perfect and the mesh backing keeps my back fairly cool while hiking. Other unisex backpacks I have used have always had issues with the hip belt, but not this pack!
There is plenty of space for all my gear and straps on the outside to attach additional gear, like trekking poles. Generally for a weekender, I carry about 25-30lbs of gear, and have not had any issues fitting all my stuff (including a large 2 person 4 season tent) into my pack. My only grip would be to add sleeping pad straps, for winter camping I like to have both a foam pad and inflatable pad for extra warmth.
I highly recommend this pack to all my friends who are looking to purchase one for the first time!

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mountaintopKwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these trekking poles and they are always with me for every hike! They are quick to adjust and have not had any issues with them slipping. The shock absorption is excellent on hiking down hill on rocks and I can really tell a difference compared to other trekking poles. I have also used these for snowshoeing with snow baskets and they worked great! Definitely worth the extra cost!

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mountaintopKwrote a review of on June 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Size Purchased: 9.5

I love these hiking boots! I have hiked in the Appalachian mountains of VA and Black Mountains of NC in these boots without any issues and no break-in period needed. As for the Gore-tex lining and waterproof abilities, I took these boots with me to Mt. Rainier park in WA to go snowshoeing this past May. They held up great! I wore REI liner socks with Darn Tough wool hiking socks and my feet stayed dry and mostly warm.
Personally, I am pretty impressed with these boots and will certainly buy from Lowa again!
For size reference, I wear a size 9 street shoe, I do not have wide feet but am "flat footed"/over pronator, and a 9.5 was a perfect fit for layering socks! My only complaint would be the lack of arch support and cushioning of the soles, but by no means are these boots uncomfortable, just a personal preference!

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