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pmikkwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Just a disclaimer, I'm not a runner, but am on my feet 12+ hours a day, several days a week running around hospital ERs and these are the only shoes I've owned where my feet aren't throbbing or achy at the end of a shift. A nurse I work with had on psychedelic looking ones and still managed to convince half his coworkers to switch to them, myself included. Now I've got 3 pair in various colors to coordinate with my scrubs. Altra did their research when it comes to foot anatomy and physiology. My shoe size can vary from 10.5-11 and I wear an 11 in all 3 Altras.

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pmikkwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Works great as a base layer for winter activities. I also use the long sleeve version on colder days. Athletic fit for me with chest 43 waist 34. Doesn't stink as bad as some of my base layers after a day on the mountain

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pmikkwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The tech II is not quite up to the elite level of the original tech vest, but still a decent vest with some cool color choices. The large runs a little baggy in comparison to my tech I vest, so doesn't fit as well for a mid layer as the original. I have a 43 chest and a 34 waist. I use this vest more for an outer wear layer over thicker long sleeve shirts and still use my original tech vest for layering under a jacket.

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pmikkwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've always been a MH fan and everything in a large has fit me perfectly until this vest. Its a good deal at $150 and I got it for 25% off. I'm 5'11", 185 lbs and wear a large in almost everything from all top gear brands, and one of my favorite pieces is my original MH tech vests in a large, that I've had for quite some time. I now also have a MH tech II vest which fits a little looser than my tech I, but not off enough to want to return it. The Dynotherm Down vest, on the other hand, was disappointing in it's overly baggy fit. The chest gave a little extra room similar to the tech II but abdominal area was absurdly baggy giving me room to add another 25 lbs of beer gut (I'm 5'11' 185 lbs chest 43 waist 34 inseam 32). I sent it back in exchange for a medium, and the 'gut' section was a good fit, but it was now tight across chest and in the arm pits. I sent the medium back as well and am waiting for the Arcteryx down vest to go on sale...

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pmikkwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

Great Boot until...
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Scarpa Freedom SL new at my local shop Boot Doctor of Taos/Telluride in Sept of 2015, but thought BC was a good place for a review as I buy much of my gear through them. The only modifications I made were adding a custom foot bed, which is a necessity in any boot and swapping out the heel tech connection to fit the Dynafit beast. This has been the best all around boot I've owned. It's extremely comfort and a good fit right out of the box, easily adjustable forward lean and canting, stiff enough for in bounds Ridge Running laps, and light and mobile enough for skinning in the backcountry while staying snuggly in place on my feet. The factory intuition liners they come with are good quality, but not top of the line. I had NO complaints up until last week, and I was starting to eye the Freedom RS as as their successor after they wear out, when the toe box of the right boot cracked in half while make a mildly aggressive turn on some packed snow through some trees. I was on a Canada Mountain collective excursion, warming up in Lake Louise (and then on to Revelstoke) when the boot split in half. I skied a couple more runs to finished out the day, but the upper end of the crack started to extend down and I had to call it a day. Now I was suddenly without boots for Revelstoke. It put a major damper on the trip as I had to rent gear including skis, (since I'm using the Dynafit Beasts which require a heal connection modification for boot compatibility). Shookum's Cycle and Ski outfitted me with some decent gear, but the Technica Cochise boots they rented me felt a little wide in the toe box and like vice grips on my ankles, and my footbeds didn't fit the boots right. Anyway, this is turning into a bit of a rant...I mentally adjusted, and Revelstoke still rocked!!! Can't wait to go back uo there and ski my own gear, just not sure what boot its going to be with yet. It looks like Scarpa changed this boot for 2017 with a different color from 2015/16, so its probably a new plastic, and hopefully more durable, as I see on these reviews that I'm not the only one to have these boots crack. My local shop is working with Scarpa for me to see if they will warranty the boots even though I've had them 17 months (and have less than 50 days on them), and Scarpa only has a one year manufacturer warranty. I'm attaching a pic of the broken boot, I'll let you know if Scarpa steps up on this one...

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