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Michael W.

Michael W.

Portland, OR

Michael W.

Michael W.wrote a review of on August 19, 2016

BRAVO! LA SPORTIVA! SYNTHESIS MAGIC!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 41

Are you kidding me?! That was my reaction when I got home today after putting in miles in 103 degree heat. Pulled the boots off and my socks were dry as a bone! NO SWEAT whatsoever, this with a Gore-Tex liner? In case you are wondering, I wear the Smartwool PhD Run Elite socks. I have yet to test out water permeability, but that will come soon enough here in Portland. Now to the comfort, UNBELIEVABLY COMFORTABLE! In fact, the most comfortable boot I have ever had the pleasure of putting on my feet. And they were comfortable immediately. The boot hugs EVENLY across the top of the foot as you walk, without a single pressure point or hot spot on either foot. The boot tensions very evenly around the entire foot. This is so rare to find in a boot. The insole and the boot itself really works its magic in shock absorption with every step, and just today I was forced to run flat out for about a 1/4 mile, PURE JOY. next, weight, these boots are FEATHER LIGHT, and they feel that way, really easy on the legs and feet after miles and miles. Now, onto the what La Sportiva terms as their brake system. Let me tell you, this is not ad hyperbole, this system WORKS. The traction is the best traction I have ever gotten out of a boot. Period. So, all in all, this boot deserves 5 stars, wish I could give it more! I sure hope La Sportiva does not discontinue this boot, I am thinking of buying another pair just in case. For sizing, I find them standard, I had to go up just a half size from my walking shoe size. Plenty of room in the toe box, and I have wide feet. I am also a huge fan of speed laces, and here the Synthesis boot does not disappoint. So, there you go...get a pair and put a real smile on your face!

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Michael W.

Michael W.wrote a review of on April 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5 D

I have had many Asics over the years, but this is the toughest and most comfortable Asics yet! Highly recommended! I purchased the White/Lightning/Flash Yellow if anyone is curious, great contrasts for night running.

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Michael W.

Michael W.wrote a review of on December 31, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

An absolute monster of a jacket, I am absolutely digging it. I am 5'8" 180lbs. and I chose a medium. It is a perfect fit. This actually is my seventh Arc'teryx jacket, and it is now my favorite. I had been wearing a Stingray on the mountain, but the Modon is a huge upgrade. At first I was a bit concerned, it being an insulated jacket, that it may be too warm. This new Coreloft Compact is excellent. I have yet to overheat trekking backcountry with backpack and snowboard in tow. I do not notice the insulation at all when it comes to movement and restriction. It feels no more restrictive or bulky than my Stingray(last years model). I also tried both the Keibo and the Modon, I definately prefer the Modon. I Couldn't be happier, I am looking forward to putting many more days on the jacket this season.

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