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3 5

Last spring I extensively used the Lab Coat 1.0. At first I was thoroughly impressed. This jacket breathes better than another other "waterproof" jackets I have owned. I was able to hike and tour in a large range of temperatures without overheating. True to Flylow's other jackets there was ample space for stashing gear and the hood fits over the helmet better than any other company. This seemed to be a great improvement over the Quantum.

After day 10 I started running into some durability issues. The powder skirt zipper blew apart (I understand Flylow doesn't manufacturer these) and a cuff closure came off. I expect this out of a few seasons old jacket, but not a brand new one.

Flylows customer service was very gracious and sent me a replacement Lab Coat 2.0 at no charge. Slightly lighter than the 1.0, this jacket has been holding up better durability wise. My biggest issues arise when mother nature turns the dial up to 11. If you live in a wet climate (PNW/ New England etc.) this jacket might not be for you. After a few hours out in a Nor'Easter I was soaked to my base layers. The jacket only has about 20 days on it and is not dirty. At first I thought it might be a fluke, so I went out storm skiing once again. What was going to be a powder day turned out to be a New England classic storm and was a manic array of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain. Once again I was soaked to the base layers. I ended up going down to my car and grabbing a puffy with a pertex outer just to keep the chill off.

I love Flylow products, but I've really been let down by their technical performance in recent years. I cant afford to be soaked in the backcountry so this jacket is going to the back of the closest and only pulled out for bluebird days.

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4 5

Abused these for a full season and they have held up great. Not the most comfortable if you are walking long distances, but not many flip flops are. My Reef Fanning flip flops were much more comfortable. They form to your feet quickly.

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5 5

These shoes literally fit like a glove the first time I put them on. Extremely comfortable. Great in the mud, snow, and ice. Pair these with a set of gaiters for some speedy approaches in the spring ski season. They have the best traction of any shoe I have ever owned. Lugs will wear down fast on abrasive surfaces, but the control received is worth it. People seem to be constantly asking about the shoes and really dig the colorway. Good job backcountry.com on a great co-lab shoe.

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3 5

Switched from an old Dakine Heli Pro to this bag for longer days and multi day tours. It does a good job, but it feels small for 34L. The bag fits incredibly well on the back and I like how it is longer and sits closer to the body. The lashing points could use a bit of work, and the bag is completely missing loops on the underside. Material seems to be incredibly durable and the crampon pocket on the bottom is a very nice touch. Plenty of space for your BSP and layers. I would definitely only recommend this as a day pack.

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