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Talus
Talus Posted: 8/21/14
Reviewer: Todd Smith from Pawling, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Dedicated day-hiker for fun and fitness (lost 35 lbs in 3 months!). Anyway, with 4-5 hikes per week, with my boots and socks being stored in my trunk, I was getting a lot of leaves, bark, and dirt down the tops of my boots, which were rubbing my skin, and it was probably doing slight damage to the Gore-Tex interior of my boots. I decided to give gaiters a try to remedy this. I started with the Outdoor Research Bug-Out gaiters. The OR Bug-Outs work fine, but they seem like just too much fabric. They would get quite dirty and would often rub against each other. I decided a smaller gaiter was in order. I found the Black Diamond Talus on Amazon, and gave them a try. These work effectively. As mentioned before, I'm not using them for deep snow, just tree-related detritus wrecking my socks and boot interiors. The tops of my socks tend to extend 1" or so above the gaiters, which is fine, I'd rather have the socks in contact with my skin than the grippy top hem of the gaiters. Also, I think that my feet and ankles sweat more than they would if I weren't wearing them, but that's the trade off; at the end of a long hike, I would rather have sweatier socks than dirtier socks. As for the appearance: these do not cut a slim profile. They appear a bit boxy, but they do not rub together, and they DEFINITELY keep the junk out of my boots. I give them 5 stars overall, because they perform their function well. For comfort, I give them 4 stars, but honestly, are gaiters supposed to be comfortable? They keep junk out of my boots, thus keeping me comfortable. For style, 3 stars. These are not a fashion item, but they do look a bit boxy, I feel a bit dorky in them, but I'm out in the woods hiking. As mentioned these are slimmer/better looking than the OR Bug-Outs, that's for sure. I recommend the Black Diamond Talus gaiters. I may try an even tighter/slimmer gaiter, like a trail running gaiter, but for now, these work well and I'm satisfied.

Magnum
Magnum Posted: 8/7/14
Reviewer: from AZ
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have a Black Diamond Nitro that is 27 L and is a beautiful, functional pack, so I thought I'd try this one, since I was looking for something smaller and lighter in weight. Yes, this is lighter. Yes, it has the pockets I wanted, but the back padding is truly minimal, and wouldn't really hold up for daily use for very long. The front webbing is a ribbon-like material, not a bungy cord like I thought. It's really lightweight if that's what you're looking for, for ocassional hiking. Any serious hiking would work this pack to the bone in no time flat. Just not enough substance there. I do like the Black Diamond EXL, which is a similar size/weight, but more substantial in quality.

Magnum
Magnum Posted: 7/28/14
Reviewer: Mike Natale from PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased this bag to use in the Merrell Down and Dirty mud run Brick Division where they place 5 bricks totaling 25 lbs in you bag that you carry through the entire 3 mile course through the mud, over walls, through inner tubes,in a water and cargo nets. I picked this one because of the chest and waist straps does added support. It held up like a freakin' trooper and now looks brand new after washing...highly recommend!

Deployment Tee
Deployment Tee Posted: 5/12/14
Reviewer: Josh Ellis from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love the shirt. I have 100% merino underwear and one 100% merino shirt. The blend of this shirt (which is partially synthetic) is exactly what I was hoping for. Makes the shirt a bit more durable without losing any of the benefits that Merino has to offer. I wear a size S in every major brand (Gap, Old Navy, Express, etc...), and S fit perfectly!

Lift-Off Shorts
Lift-Off Shorts Posted: 5/8/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

It's odd that these pants are not offered in standard waist sizes but come instead in small-medium-large etc. I am 5' 10", 175 pounds, pretty average build and usually wear somewhere between a 34 and 36 waist (varies with manufacturer). I prefer a slightly loose but not baggy fit, especially for warm -weather active clothing. Based on BD's size charts I ordered the large. They fit nicely standing up, but when I sat or crouched the legs became skin-tight & a bit uncomfortable. I ordered the XL and tried those -- way too baggy. The belt at the tightest setting was still too loose to hold the pants up. I like BD equipment -- I have a parka, mittens etc. for skiing -- but it seems to me they need to fine-tune their clothing a bit more. I'm returning both pairs of pants.

Digital Liner
Digital Liner Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: Jon Horning from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great liner that can hold their own by themselves or work great simply as a liner. The touchscreen tips aren't noticeable like other gloves either. Very warm, comfortable, and windproof.

Titan
Titan Posted: 4/3/14
Reviewer: Jascha from Milwaukee
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I own this and the Black Diamond Voyager. The Titan is very bright and is an excellent base camp lantern. I love the collapsing design and two part handle that allows you to hang it from a loop without a carabiner. I actually like the way Voyager reflects light and it's more compact size better. But if you need a really bright lantern that is relatively compact, the Titan is for you!

Demon (Large)
Demon (Large) Posted: 3/30/14
Reviewer: Jarrett Cash from Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Would have liked to see a side or front zipper for easier access to the bottom of the bag. Very comfortable!! I took the plastic/metal braced back plate out just for a little more ford n the bag. It pulled right out and is plenty stable without! I think it would get a 9/10 simply because you have to take everything out of the bag to be to the bottom. This bag will hold a lot of gear if packed right. I've found that if you plan out your uses of it contents in a descending fashion, it minimizes unpacking completely!! Main point-buy it!! Great quality!!

WindWeight Mitt
WindWeight Mitt Posted: 3/16/14
Reviewer: Troutbum from Montana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Best Mitt/glove combo I have ever owned. If you want to stay warm (mitt) and still have the dexterity of the inner gloves, you've gotta get these. I use them for fly fishing in Montana in winter. Buy 'em...now!

WindWeight Mitt
WindWeight Mitt Posted: 2/1/14
Reviewer: Tim from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are pretty nice gloves/mittens. They allow you to quickly flip up and text or email. They are a little thick -- as in better for working on a car than just tooling around.

Voyager
Voyager Posted: 1/15/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Santa brought this light as a gift for my son for use in cub scouts; he loves it! it is very bright and compact. the two part ring at the top allows the light to be hung without a carabiner. The lights dimming and lamp/flashlight features allow you to adjust for just the right amount of light. The power notification is also a nice touch. This light does not seem as durable as my Kelty Flashback, but it is brighter and more compact.

Sprinter Headlamp
Sprinter Headlamp Posted: 1/8/14
Reviewer: Nicole Ruff from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wore this for a run this evening and I love it! Stays in place, lightweight and great illumination. I feel so safe, this has opened up my night running options so I can safely explore new territory!

Gizmo
Gizmo Posted: 12/8/13
Reviewer: Cindy from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This light is perfect for my needs. I am using it when I take walks at night or early morning, to protect against cyclists speeding on the narrow dark sidewalks of my neighborhood. I have so far worn it around my arm or bag. The adjustable strap allows multiple uses. It fits around the arm of my bulky winter coat and should work well with warmer weather clothes too. I even see people with these types of lights on their dogs' collars at night to protect them! I bought this item because I wanted a very bright light but did not think that I needed a more expensive model with a lot of fancy features. The Gizmo does not disappoint. The light (both steady and strobe) is very bright and can be seen for quite some distance. I will also wear this cycling. I also wore it strapped around my head, cleaning out my storage locker in the dimly lit basement of my building. Multiple uses. Batteries come with it and are easy to install.

Alpine Carbon Solo
Alpine Carbon Solo Posted: 10/28/13
Reviewer: from West Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this hiking stick! I'm a female on my 70's who continues to enjoy hiking in the West Virginia wilderness. It helps with stability and balance. It is very light weight, and has great locks when adjusted for length. I'm tall and it works well for me.

Sprinter Headlamp
Sprinter Headlamp Posted: 9/12/13
Reviewer: from Grand Rapids, MI
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Decent product. The light is sufficient, and the charging setup is good. Only ding here is that there should be a bit more pad on the back of the front light, some bits of it dig into your forehead.

Flash
Flash Posted: 9/1/13
Reviewer: Gina from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I really like this bag! It isn't red though, it's more of a red/orange/off red, but it's still pretty alright. I'm taking it to Iceland and on hikes around home, because I'm not hardcore enough for the kind of backpacks with a water bladder, this is a perfect just-below-that backpack.

Flash
Flash Posted: 7/3/13
Reviewer: Dmitry Shishkin from Atlanta, Georgia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

It is a nice backpack, just too small. I did not check the specs careful enough when buying it online and thought that this one would be bigger than the Bbee, while in fact it is even smaller (9L vs 11L). The shoulder straps are narrower too, and the open side pocket would not hold a water bottle secure enough in my opinion. Still, if you want a tiny backpack it might work for you. I realized that for my purposes the Magnum backpack would be one to get (18L).

Sprinter Headlamp
Sprinter Headlamp Posted: 5/20/13
Reviewer: Jess M from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought this headlamp to use for an overnight running relay in California and it was perfect! It is much brighter than most headlamps and the ability to charge via USB was an incredible pro. It stayed in place while running and was not too heavy. I highly recommend this product!

MidWeight Liner
MidWeight Liner Posted: 5/5/13
Reviewer: K McRae from Seattle WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Nice fit and weight...I use them for sailing so I want to be able to keep fingers flexible and yet warm. They slip on and off and stuff in my pockets with ease.

MidWeight Liner
MidWeight Liner Posted: 4/17/13
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I purchased this gloves because I was going to London and it was very cold and this gloves were supposed to keep my hands warm but they didn't and it was like I was wearing nothing at all!

WindWeight Mitt
WindWeight Mitt Posted: 3/26/13
Reviewer: Georgian Whitenight from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These gloves run very big! I usually order a Large in women's sizes, so I ordered a medium in this glove, and my hands were swimming in the glove. I tried a small, and it fits great - still quite roomy. I love the warmth of these gloves, and they seem to be well made. The magnetic flap is perfect - much easier to manage than the buttons I've had on some other mitten/gloves.

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