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Crystal Mountain, Wa. and Blackcomb at Whistler

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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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skidawgwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Fit: Runs small

All you have to do is try this on like I did and you will be sayin this is a must have. I sized up (5'11" 166 40 chest 34 waist) to a large for layering with a Dynafit Gorihorn insulated jacket layer underneath. I am a skier not a rock climber so the high loft and the toughness of the essentially windproof exterior fabrics mean quiet warmth. The drop tail sealed the deal for me, such a sweet design. Worth the price it will be a go to jacket and be worn more than others in your arsernal I guarantee. Just an unknown gem brand new intro from O.R.
Put your hardshell in your pack for emergencies and just wear this...

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skidawgwrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

My Giro Helmet head fits in a Smith now...amazing! Most comfortable Smith to date. Don't know what smith did but with their Vantage and Variant i had to go to a size large not to have serious gaper gap and enough forehead room so as not o create pressure. Problem was the sides had big wind gaps. So I just stayed with a Giro seam in Medium but never really cared for that look so I just wore my beanie. Now no Gape gap with snug sides and no forehead pressure in a Medium in a Smith. Thank You Smith for building a helmet that fits my weird mug. This is a keeper. Got the Prospector color and Love it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on November 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

bought another pair of this coming seasons and sized up. I can go either way in a medium or a large but will be staying with larges moving forward fom Norrona. I am 5'11" 163 lbs with a 33 inch waist and a bit longer legs (not long waisted). Have skied this model bib for a few seasons and have purchased at least four different pair as colors have changed. My reason for size large is maybe my waist is a bit bigger now 33-34 probably vs 32-33 prior. I like the longer length i get out of the current run of size large. I do not have to extend the bib straps all the way down practically to get the length with the large like I did the mediums. In fact not at all and the size large still looks svelt by bringing in the side straps a bit. Happy with my new sizing. nothing more geeky than pants that are too short imo.
The pants are definately all time in my book too. The upper bib portion is not baggy but more conforming. Just look and or try on
other brands and you will see and feel the gunny sack opening that some of those have. These are made tough and yes gore-tex hardshell pants are a bit noisy when walking but such a minor bitch for such an awesome pant. Highly recommend these.

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skidawgwrote a review of on November 8, 2013

5 5

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

this mid-weight merino is very much like Icebreakers GT in terms of weight and feel. I like this more because the way the collar lays and wraps my neck more comfortably without being too high.
I am 5'11 163lb with a 33" waist 34/35 sleeve length in dress shirts with broader shoulders. Anyway a large fits me perfect and is not baggy but very conforming without being too tight. Note: I wear a mediums in Smartwools NTS Light 195. Thanks to other reviewers I rolled the dice on size large in this model NTS Midweight and nailed it.

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skidawgwrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

glad I made the leap. I can already tell it will be an all time piece. This is almost a full time quiver fleece. I sized up and if you are somewhat lean with long arms broad shoulders you may too in relation to weight and height. I am 165 and 5'11" with 34/35 dress shirt sleeve length. I went with size large. Wearing this over a merino wool Icebreaker GT top and of course a shell over it all. It is a sculpted look on me for being a large and would rather have a little too much sleeve than not enough. Running about a 34 waist now that I am 60 gravity is taking over. Hope this helps you fellow slayers but do decide to add this to your collection. It may very well turn out to be a collection of one. For the more bitter days I have the Warm2 in the Trollvegen line. -also- size large.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

skied the 184 and was wowed by the ability to change directions in a nano second whilst charging through afternoon rubbled out bumped out groomers. They hold a clean edge, scribe clean lines of a radius of your choosing. Felt like a World Cupper thats just a freeskier. Plenty stable obviously. As previously mentioned hopefully you don't have to carry these very far. Old world construction and feel that I have missed dearly. Made me feel younger.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 16, 2013

5 5

The Space Blue color is a bit muted from what appears on my monitor which is perfect. The high collar is floppy for sure but built that way for a reason. You can leave it a couple inches unzipped and it is not flopping open like you think. Keeps me warm. Cut is definately Euro or athletic and I sized up to a large. I have a Narvik Goretex jacket in medium that I where this under and nothing hangs out or under.

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skidawgwrote a review of on January 11, 2013

5 5

after two days testing the 192 length in some seriously variable sketchy conditions I could not be happier. I am 5'11" 164-167lbs plus gear. These skis are light in the tips and tails which reduce swing weight. They are stiffer in the forebody with the tail being a touch softer. I find that better for charging through chop or broken snow conditions. It took about 1/2 a run to figure out the sweet spot then wow. They roll up onto edge easier than the Pettitor and have an incredible grip for a 123mm waisted ski. They can change directions quickly like the Opus (118mm waist) and hold at least as good. Skied the Squad 7's a couple of days and the Chetlers are better in every way imo. Just plain fun...Skied these the second day in 6" of pow over a frozen wet and in some aspects a crusty layer underneath. Have confidence these get it done. Flying on top of the pow you can smear or adjust your turn radius and not feel locked in like on the squad or Pettitor. Stoked! Mounted mine one hash mark behind the "factory team"line meaning 3cm behind true center. Have a 306mm BSL if that helps.

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