MEC Reviews

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MEC R2K Pants

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great lightweight pants -- very suited to hiking. Made from nylon and so they give protection from wind and also are quick-drying when wet.
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MEC Cragalot

rated 5 of 5 stars A good quality climbing pack for rock. It will also be useful for shorter ice climbing approaches. I use this pack for rock climbing. For a…
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MEC Silicone Guides Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all-purpose emergency shelter for a small group. This is Mountain Equipment Co-op's larger housebrand siltarp. Personally, I'm not fond…
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MEC Synergy LT Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent reasonably priced jacket. Most Gore-tex Pro jackets out there are all pretty similar. This one falls into the category of lightweight…
MEC Synergy LT Jacket
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MEC Tarn 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Three season, two (1.5, really) person tent. Single entry, pyramid design, ply/nylon construction. Intended use, backpacking. A little heavy…
 
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MEC Cygnet -10C

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for three-season use. My favourite bag. -10°C to +20°C An excellent bag, and good to its rated temperature — MEC tries them out and…
 
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MEC Tarn 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Sorry to disagree, but the Tarn 2 is far from ultralight. When it first came out it was a step up from the old canvas tents, but technology…
 
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MEC Camper 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Full fly, 6" bathtub floor, room for two, lightweight and reliable. Hands down, the best REAL two-man tent going. Better than the Hubba Hubba in…
MEC Camper 2
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MEC Camper 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My girlfriend and her sister used the MEC Camper 2 for three and a half months bicycling across Canada. The tent is a bit small for me, but…
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MEC Alpinelite 85

rated 5 of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the low price, this bag is a killer deal. The fabric is very strong: I have another bag in Dyneema that just won't quit.
 
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MEC Klettersack

rated 5 of 5 stars If there were a rating higher than 5 it would get it. Simple, comfortable, nearly indestructible.
 
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MEC Cygnet -10C

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This bag is very roomy. I am 6'-0" and 190# and it feels great. I have some extra room to tug in and cover my head. It is rated for -10C but…
 
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MEC Elaho

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I've worn through three different models of gaiters, and the MEC Elahos were the least expensive and the toughest. I recommend them for treeplanting…
 
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MEC Raven

rated 3 of 5 stars Average bag, but good deal for the price--just as most MEC bags seem to be. Packs down to a fair size. Is fairly roomy for a mummy-style bag;…
 
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MEC Urbane Composite Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars Two stars for the cut. If the sleeves were long enough and the torso long enough, it would be five stars. The fabric is great, Polartec PowerShield…
 
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MEC North Wind

rated 5 of 5 stars I've purchase this tent two years ago. I've slept in it for approx. 50 nights since. I can tell you that this tent is Bombproof! I've slept…
 
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MEC Tarn 2

rated 4 of 5 stars I guided with this tent for 4 months in northern Ontario, i have nothing bad to say about it. Didn't seem to matter how bad it rained, nothing…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 5 of 5 stars We took our brand new Tarn 3 out camping a few weekends ago, right in the middle of a rain and wind storm (just to give you an idea I'm estimating…
 
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MEC Tarn 2

rated 4 of 5 stars My wife and I took the Tarn 2 on a bike expedition in Nova Scotia, and it worked flawlessly. On a couple of nights the rain and wind off of…
 
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MEC Urbane Composite Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Okay, let's get it straight. If you want to use this jacket, make sure it's cold, REALLY cold. Otherwise it's like standing in the boiler room…
 
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MEC Ferrata Hoodie

rated 5 of 5 stars Classic black and great technical fit. Canadian made, so the zipper is reversed. It's good quality stuff just like the Pamir Jacket (see the…
 
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MEC Pamir Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars First thing to catch my eye on these Canadian jackets (I bought three different models) was that the freakin' zippers are backwards. Although…
 
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MEC Brio 50

rated 5 of 5 stars I am absolutely satisfied with my MEC Brio 50 (long) which I got me this year. It performed great on a 10-day glacier course / tour in the Alpes…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 4 of 5 stars I owened a Tarn 3 for several years. I'm in the middle of selling it because it goes through poles like you would never believe. I've had a…
 
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MEC Brio 60

rated 3 of 5 stars The pack has all the features you need, except the most important thing, (in my opinion) padding. I previously had the Arc'Teryx Bora 60, and…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 5 of 5 stars * Oh My God! * I love this tent! Mine's now nine years old. Read below for the big AHA!! I have an earlier model with the door that is attached…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The best tent I've ever owned. It isn't particularily stable in wind but it's roomy, easy to erect, and fairly waterproof. I lived in it for…
 
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MEC TGV 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Okay, just got this tent today. I bought this with the intention to use it as a mountaineering tent. Most probably will bring along this tent…
 
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MEC Talisman Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent jacket that will now be discontinued and replaced by the MEC Aegis Jacket (340 $CDN). A few changes: ampler cut (longer and wider),…
 
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MEC Talisman Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Great jacket! Perfect cut, so far it's proven to be very durable. Not too flashy -- looks a bit understated (in color) which makes it good (unlike…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 5 of 5 stars I'm sorry but MEC sells amazing products...they do not get enough credit for their merchandise because they don't pay off people to get good…
 
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MEC Nunatak

rated 3 of 5 stars Almost NO vestibule space, especially in the back. Not acceptable. Smallish door makes it tougher to get in and out of than others. Excellent…
 
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MEC Nunatak

rated 5 of 5 stars Ten years and still going strong, considering what it's been through--treeplanting, outdoor multiday raves, my sister's Bible camp one year…
 
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MEC Spirit 40

rated 4 of 5 stars Used for five weeks backpacking in Europe. Was the perfect size, ensuring I brought only essentials. Qualified as carry-on baggage quite often.
 
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MEC Nunatak

rated 5 of 5 stars Comments: Have used this tent for SEVEN years, lots, in ALL conditions w/o problems or regrets! Many features, incl bug screen OUTSIDE of door,…
 
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MEC Serratus Alpine 85

rated 4 of 5 stars Very good pack! I used it for long trips in both summer and winter conditions and never had any problem with it. Very solid, it has survived…
 
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MEC Winterhawk

rated 1 of 5 stars Not very impressed, even for the price, Zipper ALWAYS gets snagged on sleeve. The hyperloft "leaks" out from the thread seams. Feels like spider…
 
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MEC North Wind

rated 3 of 5 stars After lots of deliberation, I decided to purchase this tent. I wanted something that would hold up in the winter here in Ontario, but also something…
 
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MEC Tarn 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The tent is very light, compact when packed, and roomy when set up. A previous reviewer says that the fly is tight and problematic, perhaps…
 
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MEC Composite Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars I purchassed the Composite Jacket after having to replace my worn out Polartec 200 fleece. A new Thermal pro fleece would cost me around 100-150…
 
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MEC Swan DF

rated 5 of 5 stars Sweet sleeping bag, very light weight, very warm and very zipper snag proof. Ended up sliding under it a bit one night and was breathing in…
 
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MEC Tern

rated 4 of 5 stars This bag compares to the WM Apache and the Marmot Pinnacle. Excellent bags but twice as expensive! The term F.O.H2O is Mountain Equipment's…
 
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MEC Marathon 300

rated 5 of 5 stars Excelent bag! Should be comfortable to 0 degr. C, but I've been comfortable in it without a tent with some wind between snow. So I guess it…
 
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MEC Nunatak

rated 5 of 5 stars Just bought the Nunatak recently, (within 2 months) and have already faced 80 mph winds, brutal rainstorms that turn quickly to ice, sleet,…
 
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MEC Hydrophobia II Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my first gore-tex jacket and I'm impressed with its breathability. It's not as heavy as the Couloir 3 and not light as the Cabrio. I…
 
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MEC Talisman Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great jacket that is going to keep you nice and dry from the rain but doesn't allow your sweat to build up on the inside. I have yet…
 
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MEC four-season

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used this tent for SEVEN years, lots, in ALL conditions w/o problems or regrets! Many features, incl bug screen OUTSIDE of door, where…
 
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MEC Spirit 40

rated 4 of 5 stars A great winter daytripper, or summer crag-bag! Nice full-zip access in an alpine profile.
 
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MEC Hydrophobia Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought at Mountain Equipment Co-op in Toronto. This shell is amazing! I've been in -30 Celsius winds, and not felt anything, yet, wearing inside,…
 
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MEC Couloir III Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars I did a lot of research before buying my jacket and really feel that I got the best possible jacket for the money I had to spend. I tried lots…
 
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MEC Phoenix Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars - Full-length pit zips. - 2 ply Gore-Tex on body and arms and 3-ply shoulders and hood - 2 inside chest pockets - 2 outside pockets - detachable…
 
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MEC Condor

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent pack. Took me across Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan with no problems. The suspension works well and stability is excellent.
 
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MEC Summit

rated 4 of 5 stars THE SIMPLE DESIGN OF THIS PACK IS ONE OF THE BEST FEATURES. WITH MINIMUM AMOUNT OF SEAMS IT EXTREMLY STRONG AND THE USE OF CODURA NYLON MAKES…
 
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MEC Brio 50

rated 4 of 5 stars A very comfortable, extremely high quality pack from Canada's Mountain Equipment Co-op. The MEC Brio 50 is the largest of their Brio line of…
 
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MEC Cabrio Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This jacket is incredibly versatile and worth the price, which performs equal to other jackets hundreds of dollars more. This jacket has received…
 
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MEC Super Couloir Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought my Super Couloir this fall and have been completely happy. Top notch fitting and construction, great materials, and easily $200 less…
 
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MEC Cornice Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Yet another great MEC product. But be warned...this jacket is warm. Any high output activities (cycling, cross-country skiing) are going to…
 
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MEC Silverthrone

rated 3 of 5 stars I used the pack on two trips with light loads. The harness is ok but lacks good adjustability and constantly comes loose so get accustomed to…
 
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MEC Couloir II Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the best jacket I have ever owned! The quality of the jacket is outstanding and the waterproofness is excellent. Some features include…
 
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MEC Mistral Light II Jacket

rated 2 of 5 stars This is a great jacket for those who like to do active activities with some moderate wind and water protection. There are arm vents beneath…
 
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MEC North Wind

rated 5 of 5 stars All I can say is Brilliant. The Northwind was one of the only tents to offer all the features I was looking for. Two doors (for great ventaliation…
 
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MEC Tarn 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great ultra light backpacking tent with 3 7001-T6 poles. While called a two person, you had better be close friends. Perfect for one person…
 
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MEC Tern DF

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the best bag I have had in quite a while. I have been in -10 (celcius) and this bag has still kept me warm. The rating on it is based…
 
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MEC Couloir Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Was looking for the best quality/price compromise, then found it. And for the quality itself, didn't find any difference in design/material…
 
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MEC Couloir Jacket

rated 3 of 5 stars I guess you get what you pay for. If you want something better you should shell out the extra cash. After a while of moderate outdoor use, the…
 
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MEC Al Fresco

rated 4 of 5 stars Yes, I have carried 26 lbs for 7 hours backcountry skiing. That's a little heavy for comfort, but not by much. With the stiff framesheet, half-hipbelt…
 
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MEC Couloir II Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars High quality jacket (as are all Mec products I own). Durable and extremely reliable in wet/cold conditions. 3 ply Gore-tex is a great material…
 
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MEC Swan Super DryLoft

rated 5 of 5 stars Great Bag. I've been in temperatures colder than -20C and been completely toasty warm. Even when a weather system develops in the tent, the…
 
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MEC Guide's Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the best backpack that I have ever had. I use it both for school and hiking and it works wonders. You can put anything in it, for school…
 
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MEC Nunatak

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is fantastic. 4 pole (Easton alum.) this tent really is Bomb-Proof. Holds a ton of snow, (first time I used it the tent was COVERED…
 
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MEC North Wind

rated 3 of 5 stars I think that this tent is a good shelter for 2 people and it holds up well in snow and wind but it still willl sleep 3 people good. What i mean…
 
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MEC Couloir Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars Best materials. Pit zips to stay cool. Adjustable hood. This jacket has it all comparable $400+ for equivilant quality in TNF and Sierra Designs.
 
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MEC Blitz Crag

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a cool little crag pack made from tough material. The design is especially for climbing: it rides high on your back to stay out of the…
 
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MEC Condor

rated 5 of 5 stars This baby carried me from London to Kathmandu, Southeast Asia, Etc., Etc. Many, many trips through the Canadian Rockies and not a single problem…
 
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MEC Tarn 3 Plus

rated 3 of 5 stars A roomy, lightweight tent at a fair price. However, a poor fly design. The fly fits the body of the tent poorly. Way too tight to the point…
 
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MEC Swan Super GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this bag five years ago. I've only been chilled when I've fallen asleep with the hood open. Coldest night -10F. With the bag closed…
 
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MEC Deluxe Book Bag

rated 4 of 5 stars Mountain Equipment Co-op's best selling general purpose bag for schooling use, I believe. It consist of many pockets. Indeed, it's rightfully…
 
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MEC Al Fresco

rated 4 of 5 stars MEC's Al Fresco proves that a bag can have character, with a purpose for the use; Al Fresco is just that. The unique design, material and engineering:…
 
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MEC Apex Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars This jacket has great features: long cut, comes over my butt even though I'm 6'2", lots of drawstrings to seal out wind + rain, 2 big outside…
 
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MEC Zephyr Plus XLT

rated 4 of 5 stars I've used this bag in spring, summer and fall weather in the U.S. and Canada. It's fairly light, packs well and has good design. My only design…
 
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MEC Panda XLT

rated 4 of 5 stars This is an excellent winter sleeping bag for those of you (like me) who can't afford a down bag. I have the long model which ways 2.4kg. (The…
 
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MEC Raindrop

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable straps, on shoulders, strap across chest and hips. pockets are very convenient. great over all pack. No problems!
 
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MEC Winterhawk

rated 5 of 5 stars Absolutely the best bag for the money. Excellent loft over the long haul, washes well, a bit bulky (approx 30 litres when compressed, but will…
 
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MEC Weeping Wall

rated 4 of 5 stars I bought my first Weeping Wall used in '93.... still going good as new, the second one was just last year so I wouldn't have to give up my favourite…
 
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MEC Sprite

rated 5 of 5 stars This bag is plenty warm enough for the temperature rating, used only it on top of a therm-a-rest and a blue foam pad inside a snow hut for a…
 
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MEC Adventurer

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had this pack for a few years now, and I think it is the best rucksack that I've ever used. I use it mainly for my schoolbag (big enough…
 
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MEC Huascaran

rated 5 of 5 stars DURABLE... I've had it four years and only the zipper replaced! I've taken it everywhere, to school for the four years and canoeing, hiking,…
 
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MEC North Wind

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is really solid. The fly covers the whole thing right to the ground. The fly can hook on to the ends of the poles, or be pegged out…
 
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MEC Couloir Bib

rated 4 of 5 stars These bibs are awesome in all respects except one. The ankle cuff is too narrow. They fit over regular boots just fine, but I wore them skiing…
 
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MEC Swan

rated 5 of 5 stars This bag kicks butt. I've used it many times and it's always kept me very warm. I find that all MEC products give super performance for their…
 
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MEC Couloir Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars This coat has it all: the best material available, a perfect design and a price that absolutly cannot be beat with a coat of comparable features.
 
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MEC Snowfield

rated 4 of 5 stars Great 4 season tent. Fly adds two reasonable (couldn't we all use more space) vestibules and extends to within an inch of the ground. Even in…
 
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MEC Klettersack

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent, simple, rugged, comfortable pack, great for when you're going far but not overnight. Room for clothes, food, camera, tools, small…
 
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MEC Zephyr Plus XLT

rated 4 of 5 stars Even though this bag can only go down to -7 degrees C, it has never let me down. It can be used until about the beginning of winter, and then…
 
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MEC Silverthrone

rated 4 of 5 stars very comfortable and quite good for the price, the big sleeping bag compartment is good. it could use daisy chains on the front.
 
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MEC Condor

rated 5 of 5 stars Five years with this pack, and it's never let me down. Heavy loads, 2 week trips, Africa to the Rockies, and only one small tear (Thanks to…
 
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MEC Weeping Wall

rated 5 of 5 stars Extremely comfortable, forming to your back. I carry it with me EVERYWHERE. It goes to school, on my travels, it's been everywhere. Totally…