Adam Watts

Adam Watts

Washington state backcountry Alpine Lakes, Snoqulamie pass, Olympic NP, Rainier NP

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Adam's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Adam's Bio

I'm a outdoor gear enthusiast who is working on his Plastic and Composite Engineering Degree with a broader focus on applications of Material Science in outdoor gear. I love to hike, climb, ski, backpack, trail run.

For for information about the gear I love, please visit my blog: http://www.sunrisegear.blogspot.com/

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on July 24, 2014

Everyday Boxer vs Anatomica Relaxed
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

How it Fits:
I'm 5'10" 165lbs with a 33" waist. I wear a Medium in both styles from Icebreaker, The Everday Boxers are a little more snug around the waist while the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers are a little bit more relaxed. The Everyday Boxers are also more snug around the quads and thighs but never tight. For those coming from Exofficio's underwear like the Give-N-Go, the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers are the closest in fit. Fit wise, I prefer the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers over the Everyday Boxers because the Anatomica's slim fit but relaxed style makes you forget that you are even wearing underwear.

Performance/ Features:
The 150gm fabric weight on the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers is perfect for summer hiking or climbing while being the ideal weight for everyday use. I wore the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers on a one day attempt to climb Mt. Daniel in the Cascades; 15+ miles, 5500 elevation gain. The weather for the eastern Snoqualmie valley that day was high's around the mid 90's making the long hike in and out pretty long. Once we hit the snow and higher elevation on Mt Daniel, the temperatures finally got more comfortable. While being stopped just shy of the summit, 1/3 mile and 400 feet elevation left, the Anatomica Relaxed Boxers kept me cool on the long approach and kept me comfortable and dry on the snow even after a few slushy glissades. Most amazingly, the underwear didn't smell at the end of the day!

Summary:
If you're looking for an alternative to smelly synthetic underwear, Icebreaker's Anatomica Relaxed boxers and Everyday Boxers are some of the most comfortable ways to go!

Pros:
Merino Wool is soft and stink free!y

Cons
Anatomica Relaxed Boxers are pricey at $44.99


More detailed Review at: http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/07/icebreaker-boxers.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on July 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm 5'10" 165lbs with a 33" waist. I wear a Medium in all styles from Icebreaker. The Everyday Boxers are snug around the quads and thighs but never tight

The Everyday Boxers uses a fabric weight of 200gm making them a true year round base layer bottom while still being breathable enough for summer use. While I prefer the 150gm weight for summer use, the 200gm weight was surprisingly fine for a hot day hike to Lake Ingalls, 2500 gain and 9 miles. I originally thought I was going to roast in the 200 weight boxers on this hike, but I decided to wear them anyways, and was truly happy that the boxers proved me wrong.


If you're looking for an alternative to smelly synthetic underwear, Icebreaker'd Everyday Boxers are one of the most comfortable ways to go!

More Reviews at: http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

Kompressor Speed exceeds expectations
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overview:
I originally bought this Marmot Kompressor Speed as a dedicated trail running pack but with each use I've found more and more uses for these smaller endurance packs.

How it Fits: I'm 5'10" 165lbs and I was able to fit the Marmot Kompressor Speed comfortably for trail-running, mountain biking, and speed hiking. My wife on the other hand, is 5'4" 115lbs and was also able to fit her Marmot Kompressor Speed comfortably to do all the same activities. The pack can be adjusted by the shoulder straps to rise or lower the pack height on the body. Additionally, there are two sternum straps to keep the pack sitting correctly along the shoulders and body. The foam panels that Marmot is using in the Kompressor speed breathes well while being exceptionally comfortable.

Performance/ Features:
As one would expect, the Marmot Kompressor Speed works fantastic for trail runs but it's capable of even greater things. I was able to jerry rig the pack to carry my trail running shoes (with one additional tiny bungee cord) while I cycled with my cycling shoes to and back from my trail running location. Being able to use the pack in this way really opened my eyes to the capabilities of Kompressor speed.

Summary:
Marmot's first attempt into a trail-running/fast and light day/ Endurance pack is a big success; while not a perfect pack, the positive features vastly out number the short comings.

Pros:
Comfortable for long periods of use
Aesthetically pleasing color choices
Fits almost anyone
Comes with two different hydration options
Foam back-panel breathes well
Dual chest pockets holds water flasks and gels

Cons:
No bungee cord for stashing a shell
Only is offered in one size 5L - 305ci
Small hydration hose opening on the pack makes it annoying with other bladders

More detailed review at: http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/07/marmot-kompressor-speed.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Performance:
The Stretch Zion convertibles where my go to pants for my 12 mile hike link-up of the lower Snoqualmie Pass lakes ( Mason lake, Rainbow lake, Island Lake, Olallie Lake, Talpaus Lake). To do this my wife and I stashed our bikes at the Talapus Trail-head and drove over the the Mason Lake Trail-head to start the hike. After linking up all the lakes we grabbed our bikes and road back to the car.

Through-out the trip, the Zion convertibles hiked well and never let me down. Stretch Zion Pants is like your trusty outdoor partner, always with you, through thick and thin. One of my favorite features are the pockets which have zippers latterly and vertically, giving easy access to whatever you need no matter what activity you may be doing.

Summary:
Prana has made one of the best and versatile outdoor-wear with the Stretch Zion Line. If I'm hiking or climbing the stretch Zion line are my go to bottoms. They may not be the fanciest or the most expensive, but they are one of the most durable, comfortable, and versatile pieces I've ever used.

Pros:
Stretch Zion Fabric breathes extremely well
Great DWR
Fits almost anyone
Fantastic performance / price ratio
Durable
Pants are cut to move with the body instead of impede it.
Pants, Shorts, Convertible; there is a style for everyone

Cons:
Built in belt sometimes loosens

More Reviews at: http://www.sunrisegear.blogspot.com/

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

Stretch Zion Pants are my go to bottoms
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

How it Fits:
I'm 5'10" 165lbs with a size 33" waist. With so many pants being either 32" or 34" waist, this can be an issue. Fortunately, Prana's Stretch Zion Pants, Convertibles, and Shorts use a S-XL sizing with an easily adjustable built in belt. The Medium sizing in all three of their Stretch Zion models works fantastic with someone with a 33" waist because the Medium size fits 31" to 33". Prana also makes it easy with all their pants by coming in three different inseams: 30",32", and 34". Overall, Prana makes a size to fit almost anyone comfortably.

Performance: I took these Pants out Spring Skiing Silver Peak in Snoqulamie Pass, WA. The pants always kept me comfortable and dry from boot packing uphill, to the beautiful spring corn skiing, to the final hike back to the car. If you get hot the stretch Zion Pant's have button snaps on the legs making them Capri's for additional comfort on hotter days.

Summary:
Prana has made one of the best and versatile outdoor-wear with the Stretch Zion Line. If I'm hiking or climbing the stretch Zion line are my go to bottoms. They may not be the fanciest or the most expensive, but they are one of the most durable, comfortable, and versatile pieces I've ever used.

Pros:
Stretch Zion Fabric breathes extremely well
Great DWR
Fits almost anyone
Fantastic performance / price ratio
Durable
Pants are cut to move with the body instead of impede it.


Cons:
Built in belt sometimes loosens

More reviews at:
http://www.sunrisegear.blogspot.com/

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The Marmot Super Mica Jacket delivers exceptional performance due to NanoPro Membrain which allows it to rival jackets nearly twice the price. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a lightweight but fully functional and featured, waterproof-breathable, jacket should definitely consider the Super Mica jacket.

Pros:
NanoPro Membrane is Highly Breathable
Waterproof
Lightweight
Fantastic performance / price ratio
Durable
Aesthetically pleasing designs and color options

Cons:
Needs a little more room under the arms
Doesn't stuff into its own pocket.

For the complete review of the jacket go to:
http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/05/marmot-super-mica-jacket.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Trans's Hauler has a capacity of 28L with three outside zipper compartments. The front facing zipper is heavy duty and water resistant, great for keeping electronics as the inside pocket is plush and soft as to not scratch any screens or valuables. The main zipper unzips 3/4 of the length of the backpack giving easy access to anything you need inside like a textbook, lunch, or even quickdraws. At the back is a laptop/tablet compartment which is large enough for a 17" laptop which also has a small sleeve for a tablet too. The video below shows in depth all the features of the backpack better than any written review could.

The MSRP of the backpack is $125 which is very respectable considering the pack is made of 300D TPE Laminate and 420D High Density Nylon. If none of those numbers make sense, the backpack uses very dense fibers making it highly abrasion and puncture resistant. The backpack fits me at 5'10" but doesn't fit my wife at 5'4", so it's meant for an average size man or slightly taller woman.

Summary:
The Marmot Trans Hauler backpack is work horse that is built to last and perform. I would be willing to take it anywhere, anytime, any place for any adventure.

Pros:
Burly fabric and construction for durability
Highly water-resistant construction
Large enough for the entire day for school, work, or traveling
Reinforced handle for grabbing it on the go
Aesthetically pleasing design
Reasonably priced

Cons:
Hip-belt is pretty much useless
No shoulder adjustments

More Reviews at: http://www.sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/04/marmot-trans-hauler-backpack.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on April 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Quest 4D GTX has narrow/moderate heel and a wide forefoot and toe box. The boot offers a generous amount of instep room for orthotics, but not too much that you can't keep your heel in place. The boots feels as if the Quest 4D was designed for my feet. The width in the forefoot and toe box allows ample room for your feet to change width throughout a long day found on a trail.

My first trip in the Quest boot was an overnight trip to Colchuck Lake in Leavenworth, WA. I was expecting minor discomfort considering the boots was fresh out of the box but as the trail got worse and the day progressed, my feet were still super comfortable. What's even more impressive was late into the night when bathroom duty called, the Quest was as comfortable as a slipper. There aren't many boots that feel good as a slipper after a day of hiking straight out of the box.

After that hike, I really wanted to see how the Quest 4D would handle a multi-day backpacking trip in the central Cascades, just north of Cle Elum. Twenty-five miles and 3 days later, my feet were still blister-free, and even more impressive, feeling great!

The only issue I ever had on the boots was on the rear heel of the left boot in which the sole was slightly delaminating. I'm not sure why considering the boots have only 50 miles on them and I've sold many pairs of these boots to customers and I haven't seen this issue. I'm guessing the pair I got was a slightly defective but instead of sending the boots back, I opted instead to fix the problem with some urethane adhesive. Even with this minor nuisance, I would still buy this boot again.

More pictures and details can be found on my blog:
http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/04/salomon-quest-4d-gtx-hiking-boot.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on April 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I wasn't expecting very much from North Face with their Ultra Trail besides being a generic trail runner, but I couldn't be more mistaken. The Ultra Trail provides adequate cushioning in the midsole without any unnecessary weight. The lacing system and sole on the shoe provides great support on the downhill. The interior that North Face calls "FlashDry?" wicks extremely well and keeps the foot dry and blister free. From 5 miles trail runs or 20 miles, the Ultra Trail is one comfortable shoe.

The shoe was designed for runners with a natural stride and has enough volume to support a custom orthotic (I use a half length orthotic and cut away the stock insole where my orthotic is). I also liked how forgiving the upper mesh fabric is because my right foot is quite wide around the metatarsus region.

The Vibram trail running sole provides great traction on slippery rocks and trees but I found it less than optimal in muddy conditions where I would have liked a more aggressive tread. The Ultra Trail is fantastic for well maintained trails but because it's so lightweight it doesn't quite maintain the torsional rigidity of heavier trail runners for really rocky and rough terrain. I think that the majority of customers, including myself, are willing to sacrifice that stability for weight because most of the time we aren't running under those type of adverse trail conditions(besides there are dedicated trail runners meant for those type of gnarly trails).

More photos and a video description on my blog:
http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/04/north-face-ultra-trail-running-shoe.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

My first impression with the jacket was at Stevens Pass Resort with lift and back-country skiing.I was using a single piece merino/synthetic blend base layer with the Lanin jacket on top and an insulated bibs for bottoms. I was able to ski aggressively on piste and throw my skis on my back and hike 15-20 minutes to get access to back-country terrain without ever needing to unzip the jacket or the pit zips. Even breaking trail among the fresh 8" of snow to skin back to the resort resulted without any unzipping. Temperature was around high 20's F with light wind.

The powder skirt worked flawlessly as a few unfortunate events resulted with my skis above me instead of below me! Overall I think Mammut hit a home-run with the Lanin Jacket. 13.76 oz, including the removable powder skirt, pit zips, and a two way front zipper for those with more vertical endeavors in mind. The few recommendations to Mammut would be to add a small microfiber area around the chin area for addition comfort and to use a VISLON Zipper like Arc'teryx's Alpha FL.

For those comparing different jackets using Active fabrics, I picked the Lanin over the Alpha FL from Arc'teryx $399 ( lack of two way zipper, hand pockets, powder skirt, and pit zips) the Axiom Jacket from OR $375 (no two way zipper, pit zips, powder skirt). Sizing is pretty snug, I am 5'10" and 165 and use a large so I have room for insulation and/or an avalanche transceiver. For all the features the Lanin jacket packs, the closest competitor's jacket was the Loften from Norr?na, but MSRP is $499.

Overall, very impressed! Absolutely love the Mammut Lanin jacket and Active fabric by Gore!

More pictures on my blog.
http://sunrisegear.blogspot.com/2014/01/mammut-lanin-jacket.html

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Me: 22 years old, 5"10 165lbs. PNW. Advance Intermediate.

Current Set up: 4FRNT CRJ 180CM with Radical ST, 179CM Klint Prime with Marker Barons

I took the Huascaran out to Stevens Pass in WA on 1/29/13 with 11" past 24 hours. The Huascaran is an extremely lightweight ski considering how fat it is, around 8lbs. I was very impressed by how such a light weight ski handled the cut up crud on the backside of Stevens Pass at Mill Valley. It didn't take long for me to get accustom to the length of the ski and found the ski to be fairly stable at speed and loved to charged. Since the ski is meant for backcountry touring there is a speed limit in the crud but performs remarkably well. I was able to find some deep untouched powder in some gladed trees and the ski never had tip diving and stayed up on top of the snow very well. For being a big mountain backcountry ski it performed way better than I thought navigating the gladed trees. The Huscaran has plenty of girth for powder but stays remarkably nimble among the trees. If one was doing super thick tree skiing I would size down but the Huascaran is really meant for speed and charging soft snow, and it excels at that. The ski has some pop and is fun to get air with it. The ski was surprisingly quick on the hardpack and windscorn ridges and was decent at it. The lack of significant camber and girth makes the Huascaran uncomfortable to carve for extended times but when you need it the ski is very quick to give it. Overall I am very impressed by the Huascaran and Dynafit surprised me with how versatile the ski is. For a pure backcountry pow ski I would definitely replace my CRJ but it lacks some of the versatility for a resort ski that the CRJ offers. Anyone looking for a backcountry powder ski that wants optimal float and an energetic, driving ski should considering the Huascaran!

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on December 7, 2012

They ski unhindered
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As my second set of Dynafit radicals, all I can say is wow! I have these on a pair of 4frnt CRJ's and they crush powder at the resort and in the backcountry. I have no problem directing power to a fatter ski and the weight savings on these bindings are fantastic. If you want a touring binding that is easy on the uphill yet still delivers power, save the money and just pick up the speed Radical.

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on August 14, 2012

5 5

I learned how to ski on the older 2009 model of the Black Diamond velvets. I am 5"10 160lbs and I rode the 175cm length. The ski is a great ski to learn on and even for those intermediates. As I progressed in skiing I got more and more aggressive in my style and there definitely is a speed limit on the ski but for the most part it can dish out hard but still be gentle when you want it to be. For the price back country is selling this ski at, by it as a spare or for second ski to tour with! It rode very well when paired with some Dynafits Radicals!

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on August 14, 2012

4 5

To be honest, I learned how to downhill ski on this very exact Dynafit binding. At the beginning of the ski season I was on the magic carpet trying to ski for the first time, later that day, the thrill of my first green run. 6 months forward I was skinning up my local resort after it closed to enjoy some blue bird runs. I picked up skiing as a tool to get around the mountains but I quickly learned that skiing is so much fun in itself, that I become a ski bum at my resort and trying to find powder stashes outside of the resort. I had a fluke with the binding that the break sheered off but it was quickly replaced and ever since the binding has worked flawless even from learning on it. Cant wait for the next season to begin to feel the powder beneath my skis and the rush of a steep black diamond run.

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Adam Watts wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

I have a small collection of climbing shoes. My favorite all around shoe are my 5.10 5 anasazi blanco/ Lace-up V2. I own those in a Men's 10 and they are great but they are starting to wear out and need a second shoe to use when I send them to get resoled.

I tried a 11 in these and they are a bit to small on my left foot, I thought sizing up a full size would make sure they would fit but they are just too tight. I really liked how they hooked the holds in the overhang section in the gym but on more vertical walls they are too uncomfortable. I would definitely size up around a 1 full size. I am going to order a few other 5.10's and evolvs to see how they compare because there isn't an 11.5 in stock

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