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Crystal Mountain, Wa. and Blackcomb at Whistler

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skidawgwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

5 5

Do you have a wide face or a round head shape? If so these will be a bad ass goggle. Bummed had no idea these would have the air gaps on my temple’s as bad as they did. I have an oval noggin. Whats interesting is the Giro helmets are for more my head shape than Smith. Here is the rub, my I/O 7 Smith goggles fit way more seamlessly with the Range Mips helmet than Giro’s own Axis gogg’s. Thought with the helmet the air gaps would possibly be minimized. Not happening. Jealous of those with normal heads hah! Really a nice goggle though.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 167 lbs
Size Purchased: large

So if you have felt odd like I have about having a medium jacket but needing to size up on the pants don't.
I am 5' 11" (close hah) and fluctuate between 165-168lbs with a 34ish waist. Went with a size large. Have slightly longer legs for my height and not only nailed the length but also I am able to pull the adjustment tabs in a modest amount and still have a smooth look in the hip area without the dreaded wing look. Back butt area looks good as well.
The size large attached via zipper stretch bib was just big enough to hug my mid section with an Icebreaker 260 weight top on underneath and not strangle me in that area or show my fat. The size medium that I tried on and sent back has a smaller stretch bib and was ridiculously tight. Was at the end of the waist range with the mediums which was ok but absolutely no room to pull in or let out the adjustments if I had more the a thin base layer top on. Mediums felt and looked short. Have owned size medium in years past and they just seemed to be cut bigger everywhere. I'll just blame gravity and am totally fine with the size Large and they look smooth under my Lofoten Pro GTX jacket.
Good to go for seasons to come and look forward to adding another color later.

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skidawgwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

What a nice find. All the web sites talk how light this jacket is and give the impression that it must be built out of paper machete. All I can say is I have owned many high end brand Gore-tex jackets...did I say many and this thing is perfect and frankly feels Burly. My wife liked that word hah so there ya go. I am 166 lbs 5'11" with a 34 waist with a bit longer arms and wider shoulders. Ordered a Medium and it fits closer through the torso but with room for a synthetic or down jacket mid layer ez. It fits the way it is suppose to fit if you have the body shape for it. Arm length with the internal wrist gaitors is a thing of beauty. So is the quality zip-out powder skirt that will snap to several different Norrona pant options. Not a fan of powder skirts especially if fixed. Glad this is a zip off. All in all I could not be more stoked.

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skidawgwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

Rolled the dice after being a Smartwool only guy for many years. Have size 9.5 to 10 walking and trail running shoes. Hiking boots are 9.5 to 10. Sorel Caribou snow boots are 8.5 as well as Cole Han slip on dress shoes. Ski boots are a 26.5 shell. Bought these in medium.
These run a bit bigger than Smartwool which I most always bought in a size large. The Icebreakers quality of weave is readily apparent compared to the Smartwool PHD Ultralights. These look like they will outlive the Smartwools easily. Lifetime warranty (really?) on these socks...can't go wrong. If you avoid throwing these in the dryer after washing and don't walk around in them too much on hard floors they should last a good while.
Stoked to have em.

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skidawgwrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Blows all others that I have skied away. Volkl Confession is a joke compared to the Ranger 115. This Ranger 115 carves so much better, is more stable, snappier and quicker it is No contest. Bibby Pro... sorry owned these too (the good ones in a 190) fun but totally outclassed by the Yo-hahn boards. Owned Rossi Super 7 RD's a great ski but do not have the tenacious edge bite and carve-ability as these. These are 'The" sleeper boards of 2018.
Nobody has em on the hill where I ski and that makes me happy. Absolute blast and confidence inspiring to get after it. So happy I absolutely love mine.
Backcountry finally put them on sale for poor ol' ski guys such as myself.
Too late for me cuz I already sprung but not too late for you. Get some and I guarantee you will be in a very happy state of mind after one run. Mount them on the forward line as recommended.

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skidawgwrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs

Buy these if:
you have a bit longer legs.
don't wear ski pants half way down your ass but fasten at your waist.
Appreciate supple material that is totally waterproof and tough.
want the option to use suspenders with bomber tabs that are sewn in.
Don't want to struggle fitting the bottom cuff over real ski boots.
I own two pair in size medium and have a 34 waist

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skidawgwrote a review of on July 14, 2017

5 5

For what its worth...bought the General Lee color. It is in no way as bright and shiny as the goofy depiction they have posted. Ran into this issue with other brands on Backcountry's website as well... (Norrona etc). Have bought a ton of stuff over many years from BC... just a suggestion would be to use male & female models or real life pic's. This would cut down on the number of returns and serve your customers better. Your customers decision making process would be quicker.
Onto the jacket. Very happy with the subdued flat non shiny look with a hint of rust and a zipper color that matchs last years Beast pant. Fit is excellent for me. Ordered size medium I am 5'11" 165 and wear a 34/35 sleeve length. Not too boxy with the perfect amount of room for a Dynafit Vulcan down or TLT mid-layer jackets. Super happy.

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skidawgwrote a review of on February 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

just used this jacket as my outer layer with no shell over it. It was a 21 degree morning at the base of Crystal Mountain and colder up on the hill. Wore a thin Marmot stretch polar fleece jacket and thin merino base under that...thats it...Bueno!!
I was warm enough and it was a bit of a bluebird day...perfect. Ordered a medium and I am 5'11" and mid 160ish weight with a bit longer arms. Tailored fit. It came down far enough to and stayed there without riding up. The elastic hem actually works well.
Just to good of a deal to pass up. If you have the duckets its definitely a good addition to the arsenal for cold weather pursuits.

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skidawgwrote a review of on February 15, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

The do not fit over my ski boots! My Lange's have a custom foam liner but do not look that abnormal as I have a fairly normal to slender lower leg. The inner gaiter you have to stretch to its limit and then can not get it low enough on the boot. Looks really stupid. Bummer!
For thinner or skinnier AT boots these could be the snizzle dizzle.
Quality throughout...lightweight but burly...built for abuse.
Are ya hearing me Alpinist's.
Givin 5 stars just cuz they are just that good if used with the right gear.
If Norrona would not change a thing except make the bottoms wider...hmm they would sell to a wider audience.
Best pant they have without a bib except for that.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs

Have owned Blundstone's in one iteration or another for a dozen years plus ez. When I first came over to Blunstone the regular 500 series were the go to model I wore for all seasons. Literally wore them everyday for over 5 years plus without throwing them out. I did swap between black and brown so that helped. Many questions and compliments from lots of curious folk. Much more comfortable and lighter than Georgia Boot Romeo's.
The model 62 are the dressier square toe model and have had those in three colors. Mostly worn everyday for work pounding the pavement in sales. They have worn like iron and if treated with a little care meaning a brush and some wax will last and look good for quite awhile. Unbelievable product. So these are U.K., Aussie or Euro sized whatever...don't let that scare you. Backcountry has their sizing chart dialed straight from Blundstone.
This is how it works: if you are a U.S. 9 you order a U.K. 8.
If you have a wider foot or high instep drop half a size.
This has worked for me perfectly across their various models. It takes a few days for the leather to form or stretch a bit around higher instep area's etc. When they o their fit is money and you will probably be a convert and wear nothing else. Expensive? Not really...this is case of you get more than you pay for considering the years of use and comfort you receive for the dollars spent.
Glad to see Backcountry carrying this awesome product.
Pull the trigger you feet will thank you later.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs

Have owned Blundstone's in one iteration or another for a dozen years plus ez. When I first came over to Blunstone the regular 500 series were the go to model I wore for all seasons. Literally wore them everyday for over 5 years plus without throwing them out. I did swap between black and brown so that helped. Many questions and compliments from lots of curious folk. Much more comfortable and lighter than Georgia Boot Romeo's.
The model 62 are the dressier square toe model and have had those in three colors. Mostly worn everyday for work pounding the pavement in sales. They have worn like iron and if treated with a little care meaning a brush and some wax will last and look good for quite awhile. Unbelievable product. So these are U.K., Aussie or Euro sized whatever...don't let that scare you. Backcountry has their sizing chart dialed straight from Blundstone.
This is how it works: if you are a U.S. 9 you order a U.K. 8.
If you have a wider foot or high instep drop half a size.
This has worked for me perfectly across their various models. It takes a few days for the leather to form or stretch a bit around higher instep area's etc. When they o their fit is money and you will probably be a convert and wear nothing else. Expensive? Not really...this is case of you get more than you pay for considering the years of use and comfort you receive for the dollars spent.
Glad to see Backcountry carrying this awesome product.
Pull the trigger you feet will thank you later.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Sized back down to a medium in this model. Have owned this model before in a size large. Sleeves slide right over my Flylow gloves and the cuffs curved cut makes them stay in place with added protection. Jacket is a very light shell that gives me ample room for my Dynafit down or my synthetic mid layer jacket. Have owned a bunch of Gore jackets and the Falketind is just a go to piece. The freedom of movement you get because of its supple lightweight make it an easy choice. Has a drop tail so the jacket looks pretty good imo unless you have a super long torso.

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Ok so all of us can be snivelers but these fit absolutely great for me!!
Fit is very much like the Lofoten GTX pant Norrona discontinued maybe due to too much overlap. Sad the regular Lofoten GTX pant fit better vs the burly Lofoten "Pro" GTX. A wider audience fit the Pro (with bibs) which is baggier compared to a loose freestyle look of the regular Lofoten GTX pant now gone. Both the Roldal and the regular Lofoten GTX sport the zip-in component powder skirt not the bib. The Tamok from Norrona has the same zip-in jacket attachment vs the bib. An accessory bib can be acquired however. The Roldal has the perfect freestyle fit loose but not tapered or overly baggy. I am doing a fit/buy comparison to the new Tamok pant both size medium for my 5'11" 165 lb 34inch waist frame. Yes gravity at my age has taken hold. Same weight just a lil wider in the waist now.
I have room for base layers ez. I really do not know how these other guys wear their layers. The Roldal pant is not tight (at least for my average frame) and should not be worn down on your hips like an ass crack showin gangsta. Buy some SAGA if that's your deal.
I will keep either this Roldal or the Tamok. Not a fan anymore of the Lofoten Pro GTX ...material feels like a waxed burlap bag compared the super nice feel of the Roldal. I suspect the Tamok to be similar to the Roldal.
The Roldal and Tamok's cleaner style vs the Euro different color scheme of the Lofoten GTX Pro swayed me as well. I do not mind color
and contrast...just think the Roldal and Tamok pull it off better with understated but great contrast that is more American in style and more current.

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skidawgwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

so have owned a few 4+ pair of the Bib versions and these non suspender version are lighter. Still have the aramid cuff reinforcement but not a complete wrap hence lighter. Pockets are smoother against the leg without expanding at the base like the Lofoten Bib. I like the smoother look and a its lightness with less bulk. Sure a bit less tough but frankly I would be bored with these before I ever wore them out.
Cut is great...I am about 5'11" 166 lbs 33-34 waist not quite to the end of adjustment. Can snug em in a bit and they look just marvy. Length is perfect (prolly 32ish} barely touching the floor if at all. No super sloppy bend or bunch up on top of the foot.
Really like these in a medium and a Falkentind jacket in a large.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Ordered a large sent it back as the Lab Coat just seems to have slightly bigger cut to them. The large was noticeably big on me. Re-ordered a medium and love it. Was afraid the medium size sleeve length would be too short for my 35 inch dress shirt arms. They are money and don't hike up your arm when you reach. My stoke factor is so high the needle is pinned and just had to let someone know.
Update: so after 7 pow days including waiting in the gondi line with other locals for up to 1 1/2 hours at a time while its dumping...stays dry, no leaks, regulates temp well and looks great of course. Got it in the Night color and pair it with the Red wood colored Chemical Pant in Medium Tall.
Been pretty snowy in the PNW this past couple weeks. My mid layer is a Dynafit Vulcan down jacket over an Icebreaker 260 merino zip neck. Thats it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Unless half your gear and clothing have some duct tape on them the locals usually smirk at any new clothing.
Well it was a Cold blue bird foot plus of fresh kind of morning and I will be damned if my local buds didn't give me a shout out on the puffy.
I was comfortably warm and hardly felt it on. Waiting in line 40 minutes +++ for the patrol to get done so we can rock our favorite lines...you know the drill. If thats the case you need this O.R. Puffy
Bought a medium 5'11 166-169lbs and wear a 35" sleeve dress shirt. I am 62 now and have researched, owned and gotten rid of more than a few down jackets. This one is a keeper.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 166 lbs

Raglan style shoulders and sleeves which eliminate the "boxy" look and feel. I am 168 lbs with a 34-35 sleeve length, broader shoulders and a 33-34 waist.
I have a medium and its money. This is a perfect mid layer in my book for in bounds skiing or out. The claimed weight is 11.7 oz.
There is a fine line with too much or too little insulation in either synthetic or down mid layer jackets. I personally view this jacket
as a "midlayer" and have owned many different high end brands.
I believe for me this is the best combo of insulation first and the fit is just an awesome bonus second.

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