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4 5

For someone that is slightly OCD about being organized this helps curb my anxiety.

I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend in mid 2011.

I have taken it all over the world with me and has always been there with my travel documents and extra passport pictures, pens and spare/various currencies.

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5 5

Lowa you messed up by changing this model!

These are favorite boots that I've ever owned. I have operated in these boots for almost two and a half years now...yes, over two years with the same boot...in Germany (all over western/eastern Europe in general) and now in the Hindu Kush Mountain System and these boots have carried every step of the way!!

The Gore-Tex has held up great and the construction of the boot itself is superb. A few months ago I scoured the internet to find another pair of the Brown version in my size (not on Backcountry.com unfortunately) as a backup, because I know these will eventually be walked out of. Hasn't happened yet, but I imagine that it's inevitable.

I initially bought these after testing these and a pair of Asolo?s. The Lowa toe-box agreed with me more, so I went with them and haven?t looked back since. One of the best footwear purchases I?ve ever made!!!!! I mean it.

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4 5

So right now I'm living in the Hindu Kush system and I do a fair amount of walking. That said, I have crushed mountains and ridge-lines and maneuvered ...and i guess you can say quickly scrambled in these boots.

My initial impression when I first put the shoe on was that they were snug but the length was true. They were not uncomfortable, but just a little snug, so I returned them and went with a .5 size up and they fit great. For sizing reference: A pet peeve of mine is when people post about sizing and don't list there comparable sizes. I?m 5?8? and 155lbs. I comfortably wear a 9 in Lowa Zypher (my favorite boots-until they recently changed the design), a 9.5(42.5) in Salewa Snow Trainer Insulated, and an 8R in Belleville. I do not have a "high volume" foot at all. On the contrary, I have a pretty bony foot that is very prone to the cold at the slightest whisk of a breeze.

So besides needing to return these for .5 size larger, the quality of these boots are great. I definitely like them.

One complaint though, is the advertized ?Vibram Icefriction sole provides unmatched grip on snow and ice? seems a bit gimmicky to me. I have still slipped on ice and can?t say that I notice a difference in these soles and any other sole on ice?maybe it just me though. This is the only reason the boots didn't receive 5 stars.

The Vibram rubber has held up well on the rocky terrain in the mountains. The Gore-Tex and insulation have definitely been worth there reputation, since my little feet haven?t had a cold numb toe yet.

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4 5

So right now I'm living in the Hindukush system and I do a fair amount of walking. That said, I have only worn these for quick walks to and from...

After mixed reviews about running small and fitting true, I decided to order a .5 size large (I average an 8.5 to 9...so I went with a 9 or 42) and thought that that would be fine.

My initial impression when I first put the shoe on was that they were snug/narrow but the length was true. They were not uncomfortable and knowing that approach shoes should be just that...snug...I decided to keep them. After about a week or so and 8-10 hours a day in these shoes, my pinky toes hurt to the point that my entire foot felt like it was in a vice. I do not have a "high volume" foot at all. On the contrary, I have a pretty bony foot that is very prone to the cold at the slightest whisk of a breeze.

So besides needing to return these for maybe another .5 size larger than I have now, the quality of these approach shoes are impressive. I definitely like them. The wrap around lacing system is genius and the sole and rand are solid. I fully recommend these, just go a size up.

For sizing reference: A pet peeve of mine is when people complain about sizing and don't list there comparable sizes. I?m 5?8? and 155lbs. I comfortably wear a 9 in Lowa Zypher (my favorite boots-until they recently changed the design), a 9.5(42.5) in Salewa Snow Trainer Insulated, and an 8R in Belleville. I bought a 42 in these and plan to switch them out for a 42.5...pending Backcountry.com approving my return, of course.

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4 5

I like this shirt, but it fits a bit on the smaller size. I tend to run into this a lot with shirts...being in between a Small or Medium, I'm 5'8" 150lbs and usually wear button down shirts in a Small quite comfortably. Occasionally I run into an issue with button down wear it's too tight across the back...which is what happened here. Honestly, it fit great when I was just standing there, but as soon as I would bring my arms up it was a tighter hug on my back than I would like. If your not planning to be too active in this shirt then get it, because it does look great!!

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