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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on August 20, 2012

5 5

I'm on my second week with the C-Lite 2.0, and I thought I'd give my impressions. As background, I typically wear an 11.5 (45), but I went with a 12 (45.5) in this shoe, as I think it runs a little small (especially width). I have a high arch, and wish there was a little more arch in this shoe.

First, I think the other commentators nailed it: the sole is superb. I run in New Mexico, where the trails are very rocky and/or sandy and these shoes just bite into the ground and grip the rocks. Nice soft lugs give some cushioning on the downhills, but you can still feel everything under your feet in a way you can't in more shoes with more padding (the only padding is the sole itself).

Second, they're a little hot, as the other guys have said, but not "don't use them in weather over 75 degrees" hot. Compared to my road-running shoes (Asics 2170), they don't breath very well, but it's well worth the extra heat when you consider all the protection from water, rocks, and mud the fairly substantial upper gives you. Also, the 2.0s have a rubber toe guard that's really helpful.

As for lacing, it's fantastic. The shoe opens up when unlaced, so they're easy to slip on and off (there's also a pull tab on the back that's way better than the rear loop on the original C-Lites). When you lace them up, the whole shoe wraps snugly around your foot, which I just love. Be careful you don't tighten them too much, or you'll lose feeling in your feet!

If I have a gripe, it's the fairly narrow toe-box (larger, for sure, than the originals, but still too narrow for my toes to really spread out and provide balance like in the minimalist shoes on the market now). I have a narrow foot in general, especially the heal, and the rest of the shoe fits great.

Maybe another gripe would be what happens when a lace breaks? I've had the original C-Lites for two years and one of the laces is starting to fray. I don't see any easy way to get a new pair of laces in there. I'm thinking it will be like arthroscopic surgery when I have to replace them . . . but that problem is for another day.

Anyway, this is a great running (and hiking) shoe, and I'd recommend it if you like to run on difficult terrain. (It also works great as a golf shoe, like the guy in the video review says). Enjoy!

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on April 23, 2012

3 5

Finely made, lightweight ball cap. Gets 3 stars for fit. I have a 7.5 in. head and bought the large. While it's an easily adjustable hat, the top material is too big and baggy. It looks silly and floppy. I guess it would work if you had a lot of curly hair. Ended up giving it to my dad, who is oblivious to fashion and needed a brimmed hat.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote an answer about on April 20, 2012

I, too am exactly your size (6'1" / 175, broad shoulders and long arms, normal length torso). I have the Beta AR in large and it fits on the large side (but that's a GOOD thing with this jacket, because it's designed to be layered under. My "storm shelter" layering is a wool base layer, an Atom LT, and the Beta AR. No weather out here in the southwest can get through that, but if it ever did, I'd still have room for a fleece or softshell jacket, so bring it on!

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on March 30, 2012

5 5

Just picked up a pair of the Entrada Pant, and felt compelled to give them a 5-star review. These are my second pair of softshell pants (the other being the Stoic Overhang), so I have something to compare them to. First off, the material on these pants is AMAZING! Very stretchy, very breathable. The pants just move with you and there's no chaffing at all. They seem tough, but I haven't put them in any situation were I could test that theory. The seams all seem very well constructed and the zippers feel solid. The pockets are a little shallow, especially the back one. There are two hip pockets that lie flat and are larger than the hand pockets. As for width and length, I'm a 33x34 in pants, and I went for the 34. They're a little big in the waist, but the Entradas have these great belt-type straps that you pull, and the pants synch up along the waist (totally cool, totally techy). They fit on the slim side, for sure. The length is perfect (I would imagine that the 34 is a 34x33.5). For temperatures, I'd guess they'd do well from anywhere around freezing (in dry weather) up to the 70s (I don't know, I've only worn them for my morning dog walks so far, and those have been in the upper 20s-lower 30s, and they've been perfect). Best way to describe the fabric is that it's on the thinner side of softshell, but not paper-thin by any means. Anyway, hope that helps.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on March 23, 2012

4 5

The Overhang pant is one nice pair of pants! The fabric is very stretchy, very soft, and the articulated knees let them move with your body as you hike and climb. Very comfortable pant.

In terms of warmth, I've lately been wearing them out for my morning dog walk in temps around 25-30 and am totally fine (the fabric is pretty thick, and the inside seems like it has some fuzzy insulation on it, but nothing dramatic).

They're on the slim side, but I suppose you could layer with some long-johns if you needed to (I haven't).

They loose a star for two reasons: First, they're cut a little low in the waste (that's the style, but I like my pants at my waste). Second, they're a bit too short for my legs. I bought a medium, and I'm a 33x34 in jeans. These are more like a 34x33. I can still wear them up in the mountains where I live, but I don't like to wear them into town because I look like the dork I really am.

All-in-all, I'm happy with my purchase, but wish they were 1-2 inches longer...

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

4 5

I'm diggin this hoody. Not a technical piece, just a lounging around piece. It lounges well... Nice long arms for us knuckle draggers, and a nice slim for us pole beans (I'm 6'2" / 175 with long arms and a slender torso). My wife digs the way I look in this hoody, for what it's worth.

My concern is about the zipper. It is small and weak-feeling and is on the wrong side. I have a feeling I'm going to be breaking it soon, and will update this post if and when I do. Cheers!

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

4 5

I only want to comment about the sizing. (Since they run so small, I couldn't wear them out to test them to comment about warmth or quality of construction, but on first impression, they seem well built). Anyway, I'm usually in between an L and XL in gloves, but the large of these wasn't even close due to the shortness of the fingers and body. If you're an in between'er like me, better size up.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

4 5

I bought these off Steep and Cheap a month ago, and thought I'd throw down a quick review here. First, a note on size: they run a little small. I bought the large, and they're a bit stubby in the fingers (I have fairly long fingers, though). They're also a little snug in the body.

As for construction, well, they're OR, which means they're well made. The stitching seems solid and the materials tough and a little bit stretchy. My only gripe is that the palms are really slick and not at all grippy. I own a pair of OR Gripper Gloves, and would love to see that palm on these gloves.

As for warmth, they've got it, especially for their light/medium weight. I've worn these out on pre-dawn hikes in dry weather that's around 20F, and have felt just fine. Very nice and comfortable liners.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on December 13, 2011

5 5

Great shirt for us skinny folk with long arms! About me: a lithe 6'2" / 175, broad shoulders with monkey-long arms. The large fits perfectly (the arms are even a little long, but after years of showing off my wrists because of shirts too short, I'll take an over-correction). I haven't washed it yet - and I've had some awful luck with backcountry shirts shrinking in the wash - so I'll update this review if things go south on that end. Otherwise, I love the shirt, and I just ordered one of each color...

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on February 18, 2011

4 5

As the title implies, I'm 6'2" and thin (around 175) with broad shoulders and long arms. I picked up a large off of SAC, and the arms are a little short (not by much, but enough so that using the thumb holes is uncomfortable). Otherwise, the piece seems to be of good quality construction, with a sturdy zipper and nice, thick material. If, however, you typically have problems with sleeves being too short, I'd look around for another hoody before getting this one.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on February 18, 2011

Monchichi, baby!
5 5

This jacket is ridiculously cool. It's super fluffy and completely over-the-top, and I friggin love it (so does the woman, who wears it around the house whenever I'm not). Seriously, it makes me feel like one of those Japanese snow monkeys who you always see hot-tubbin on the Nature Channel.I'm not going to comment on its sports functionality, as it appears to be strictly apres-ski, but wear it out to the bar, and I almost guarantee women will be rubbing up on you within a few minutes. As for fit, I'm 6'2" 175 with broad shoulders and monkey-long arms, and the large fits great, if not a bit loose in the body (but I'm pretty thin).Anyway, I wish I were wearing it now...

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a question about on February 17, 2011

I bought my girlfriend medium of this jacket - she's around 5'7" 130. The length of the arms are perfect (maybe even half an inch too long), but the body is a little baggy for her taste (I would not consider this an athletic cut). My question is whether to exchange it for a small. Specifically, what are the arm measurements of the two sizes? She'd rather have the body too big than the arms too short.

Thanks gals.

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote a review of on April 2, 2010

3 5

I'm 6'2" and sport an athletic/skinny build (6'2" / 180). I purchased a large, and the thing clings to my body like saran-wrap. The fit would be fine (if not still a little too tight) if it were a true underlayer, but the pocket suggests that this shirt should be worn alone. Sorry Stoic, better get back to the drawing board on this one!

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