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Adrian Maurer

Adrian Maurer

Chico, Redding, Tahoe, Bay Area, San Diego

Adrian Maurer's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Surfing

Adrian Maurer's Bio

I Mt. Bike, Snowski, help teach snowskiing @ Disabled Sports at Alpine Meadows, Flyfish, am into photogrphy, Hunt, Camp, Scuba dive, Abalone dive, and screw off in general. Looking at that list makes me think I should drop some of the activities...

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Adrian Maurer wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

3 5

I owned this bag for a brief period of time before returning it. While it IS a decent bag, there are better options available.
Pro's:
-It has multiple carry options, between shoulder strap, a couple grabhandles, and backpack straps
-It is actually sized to be a LEGAL carry-on, not one of those ridiculous bags that a-hole travelers try to pass off as a carry-on and then can't fit in an overhead compartment (or carry it for that matter)
-It does not waste space with wheels
-I'm certain the longevity of this bag would be great- Patagonia makes wonderful gear
-There are a couple compartments for dividing clothes if wanted

Cons:
-The shoulder strap are uncomfortable above 25 lbs not because of the weight necessarily, but because the way the straps are sewn in, they don't fit well.
-I worried that the clips would break off of the shoulder strap. They're not overbuilt.
-I personally hated the split-level design of the bag. It reduced the flexibility of the bag tremendously. One open compartment would have served my needs FAR better.
-This is NOT the maximum legal carry-on for a bag. It is under that measurement by a bit. Max is 45 cumulative inches. H+W+L=45. This is less than that.

If you want a bag that's a better design for slightly less cash, get the Timbuk2 wingman- http://www.backcountry.com/timbuk2-wingman-pack

I have another review there...

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Adrian Maurer wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

I wanted to like these
1 5

I demo'ed a pair of these skis at Jackson Hole, right after demoing a pair of Gotamas. I got on the 193 Cochises (compared to the 194 Gotamas), then grabbed a tramride to Rendezvous bowl. after a traverse to the far side of Rendezvous bowl I grabbed some turns. Immediately I was surprised!- not by how good they felt, but how they felt like 2x4's attached to my feet. They didn't like to cut and float through the gnar I was on, but I thought maybe I just wasn't used to them. I ran out towards the bowl off Sublette and jumped through some bumps (who does bumps in 194's?), and under a cliff band in search of some fresher untracked stuff. The whole time I was thinking "man these skis don't like to initiate, and have NO feel to them at all. It was like they didn't want to do anything. They had a shorter turn radius than the Goats, but if you turn them over they just kind of wallow... when I got to the groomed runout, I put them on edge, thinking the stiffer, flat tail would help and the earlier rise tip could be fun. I was wrong. These skis don't like to be pushed. You push a Volkl and the skis grin back at you and rip harder. You push these Cochises and the tips wander like record player with a bent needle. (DISCLAIMER: I'm 6'5", 280lbs. I'm not a fatty, and push my skis, my equipment, and myself hard. These skis squirmed under the pressure.) For the rest of my afternoon on the Coshise, I bemoaned switching from the Gotamas to the Cochises- the Gotama is easily twice the ski that the Coshise is. The best part- we spied a TRULY rippin' teleskier bombing down the mountain after the lifts had closed. He stopped to chat with my brother, who is looking to pick up tele'ing in addition to his alpine activities, and asked me about the Cochises when he saw I was on them. Apparently tons of people like the cochise at JacksonHoleMR. I let loose-"they feel like 2x4's, they're stiff longitudinally, but noodles torsionally, they don't like to be pushed hard and don't like an aggressive skier, they hate holding edges, they wander, they don't like to initiate in the deeper stuff, they hate cutting through crud, etc". I did tell him that maybe it was just me and his mileage may vary (of course- everyone's different). He was shocked and said he'd try them out before he bought them, especially after hearing my discourse.
Now here's the best part of it all. On the LAST slope of the LAST run of the LAST day of skiing, I hit some bumps on the left side of the trail before a long runout, and all of the sudden eat shit. I couldn't tell why, it was like I just lost all control and fell over in transition to another bump. And my ski took off down the hill. I said "why isn't the ski stopping?", to which my friend Dave said "the brakes aren't on". I replied "yeah no kidding, why aren't they stopping the ski!?!". To which he replied "the brakes aren't on the ski!", and pushed the back half of the binding over to me in the snow. They had ripped clean out of the ski. My ski rocketed down the hill and barreled into a small tree glade, and I spent the rest of the run limping my way down the hill.
I thoroughly disliked that pair of Cochises...
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Adrian Maurer wrote a review of on December 14, 2011

4 5

These pants are great. I used them this past Saturday on a day that I thought was going to be pretty hot but ended up being quite windy. I was able to use the sidevents to stay the perfect temperature all day long.

Pros:
1. I got the longs- I'm 6'4" or so and they are long enough for me
2. the sidevents have mesh inside
3. I got XXL- the waist is far too big but I wear a belt with suspenders attached and the room in the leg is awesome. (I'm not a parkrat, but do have large thighs-room matters).
4. For the price I think these will do nicely for a couple of seasons skiing and teaching
5. I run hot, and the soft liner in the uninsulated pant is soft when I'm just rocking boxerbriefs underneath

Cons:
1. no suspenders, but does have belt loops.
2. sometimes the liner may grab polar fleece and be "catchy", but no big deal overall
3. the bottoms are VERY wide in opening diameter so they will drag when you're wearing normal shoes. but not with ski boots.

these are great, I'd buy them again given the chance.

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Adrian Maurer posted an image about on May 3, 2011

all the stuff that was in there

This consists of: 4 boxer briefs, 3 boxers, 3 t-shirts, 3 v-necks, 1 polo, 2 short socks, 2 long wool socks, 1 pair of cargo shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 2 books, 1 pair of size 15 nike runners, workout shorts, toiletries, iphone charger, travel documents, etc. I could have packed more if needed, and easily...

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Adrian Maurer wrote a review of on April 29, 2011

sickness for the bike
5 5

This thing is awesome. I was a little hesitant before buying this because for some reason I was set on a roof rack. I'm VERY glad I didn't get a roof rack and ended up with this. It's SUPER simple to use, my bike loads in less than ten seconds. It bounces on the road a little (if it were totally stiff it would just snap, the flexibility is likely good for it). I've driven 1000's of miles with a bike on it, and it's solid, never released prematurely yet. When there's no bike on it it folds up nicely. You do have to take the bikes off or drop the rack into it's lowest position to open the liftgate, but I end up just opening my rigs window and reaching in from there. You won't be disappointed by this rack. The lock works nicely as a little more peace of mind on the road...

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Adrian Maurer wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

5 5

First of all, I'm a picky picky shopper. I actually bought a Patagucci MLC from the cardiff Patagonia store and returned it the next day because the shoulder straps cut into my neck like most other Patagonia packs (Yvon, the owner of patagonia, is something like 3foot2inches and wants everyone else to be his height too...;)). I then ran to the Timbuk2 store on Hayes street to check out this bag, then bought it from my favorite "store", Backcountry.com. Here's the rundown...
This bag is fricking sick, and here's why...
a. Unlike the MLC, this bag has one large main compartment, allowing you to pack a LOT in there. I'm a bigger guy (6'4", 285 pounds-but not a fatty), so I've got size 15's to put in the bag, and much larger clothes than normal. The large compartment means you can put those workboots in the bag and they'll fit without weird squeezing...
b. The bag has an expandable pocket on the "bottom" side(when in backpack mode). I threw my shoes in there, but you can throw wet clothes in there too. You could technically put dirty clothes in there too, but it doesn't expand enough to throw all your dirties in there from the main compartment at the end of your trip.
c. The bag on the top(in backpack mode) is not expandable, but does pooch out a little bit allowing you to throw some shtuff in there just fine. I threw my carryon ziplock toiletries in that pocket to allow me to run through security quickly.
d. The zippered pocket on the large mainflap works great for throwing documents, keys, wallet, phone charger, etc. in it. Absolutely perfect and LARGE.
e. Being able to zip the main flap out is way more convenient than you'd think. You can see everything in your bag immediately. It definitely beats the slit opening on some duffels.
f. The compression straps are a nice touch. I didn't NEED them, but I still used them and they do their job.
g. The shoulder strap is bomb-proof, but I never really used it. The backpack straps are fricking awesome. I didn't think I'd use them much, but it's all I use on the bag to carry it (save the grabhandles).
h. Though Patagucci states that the MLC is the maximum legal carryon (hence the MLC), it's not. maximum is a cumulative exterior dimension measurement of 45 inches or less. so 20"Wx20"Dx5"H or something like that. The Timbuk2 is an inch bigger in two of the dimensions compared to the patagucci, and still is under the 45 inches. This thing easily works as a carryon.

On to what I packed for the trip, and still had room for it.
pair of size 15 dress shoes, 2 long-sleeve buttonups, pair of jeans, pair of workout shorts, 2 v-necks, a polo, a sleeveless shirt,3 boxers, 3 boxerbriefs, 4 pair dress socks, pair of short cotton socks, bag of toiletries, a thick paperback book (5oo+pages), Smith sunglasses case, and numerous knickknacks in the flap-pocket+2magazines in the laptop pocket... I could have packed much more.

In short, if you're looking for a kickass carryon, you will love this. And now that it's on sale it's an even better deal

notes on color (I've seen all three in person...)-
The potrero and violet bag is nice-looking. the Potrero has a brownish tint and the purple is dark enough it doesn't look like it's a female-specific color
The black and grey is simple and clean-looking, with a gray interior that will help locate things inside the bag...
The blue and gunmetal is a lighter color blue than the picture shows, and the interior color is darker than it looks in the picture. I bought this color, and I do like it a lot...

Hope this helps!

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