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Alex S

Alex S

Alex S

Alex S wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Picked this jacket up for my wife for general winter use but specifically for skiing.
It was between this Norrona and various Arcteryx models but she went with this one for the fit.
She's a fairly chesty lady and the medium Arcteryx was too squeezy in that zone, while the large was baggy for her taste.
The medium here fits her perfect.
This jacket has a lot of nice snow specific features like a powder skirt and a hood that fits well over a helmet.
She absolutely loves the wrist gaiters.
All in all it's a rad jacket that screams quality and makes her look like a cute little powslayer.

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Alex S

Alex S wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Merino's nice and all, and I enjoy merino baselayers, but these are still my favorite long undies. I find the no stink benefits of wool to be more significant in a top than in a bottom, and merino is so delicate I've torn merino bottoms just putting them on.

I've used Cap 2 bottoms forever and think I'm done looking for a replacement. I can chill in them in cold weather without freezing my little buns off and I can run around in them without heating up my nether regions to the point of nuclear fusion.

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Alex S wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these to dress up as MacReady, Kurt Russel's character from The Thing, for a Halloween party. They totally fit the bill and made me look awesome.

I've worn them since... just grabbing them when I can't find my regular sun spec's.. and they're actually somewhat practical. The lenses actually block UV light, and they're not just tinted plastic like most cheap shades. All in all, I think they're worth buying if you're cool enough to be considering them.

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Alex S wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

These aren't really my style. Super streamlined and perhaps a bit dorky. They're right up my streamlined dorky buddy's alley though and he was delighted to receive them for his birthday. I did look through them though and if you haven't worn a brown polarized lens before, you're really missing out on how beautiful the world can look on a super bright day.

Construction seems super solid. They've got a tiny bit of heft to them and feel tough and confidence inspiring.

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Alex S wrote a review of on November 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought a pair of large for myself and some smalls for the wifey. They're pretty dang dexterous and warm. I also like that they come with their own DWR coating so you don't immediately need to stink up your house with ovens and sno-seal the way you do with other leather work gloves.

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Alex S wrote a review of on October 25, 2012

5 5

Picked these up in a 192 and I am beyond stoked about them. Spent the last 3 seasons skiing Utah resorts primarily on a 190 moment Bibby Pro, which is an amazing ski.

I looked to these after the Bibby's taught me a lot about what I do and don't like in a ski. The Bibby's are amazing at nuking down the mountain in anything soft and can make any turn shape in the world, but they need room to run and speed to come alive.

After doing a lot of research, I bought these sight unseen looking for playful skis that won't be too much work in mellow trees but can also keep their composure when things get rowdy, and they really look like they're gonna fit the bill.

The answer to a question on this page states that these have no added beef over the 180 version, which is true, but also doesn't tell the whole story. These things are relatively soft in the tips and tails but have a lot of core material throughout the cambered section. With the advent of the 192's this year, the whole ski, including that stiff cambered section, gets longer. A longer stiff running length means that even though they're built the same as the 185's, they're still effectively stiffer. A hand flex of these next to the 185's in a shop confirms this. They definitely flex a few notches stiffer (like, almost as stiff as my Bibby's) than the shorter lengths and I'm really not all that worried about how they'll handle chop, which I think is probably the main concern for most aggressive skiers looking at a playful ski designed by a very playful skier.

I'll update this shortly with some on snow experience, but I honestly think you can buy these things in whatever length based on your size and not have much to worry about.

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Alex S

Alex S wrote a review of on August 28, 2012

4 5

Got 2 pair of these shorts over the last two summers.
They're comfy, hold up really well, and make a good swim trunk with my favorite synthetic boxer briefs as they dry quickly.

My ownly grip is that I wish they were a little shorter and I guess less "big" in general.

This may be my own fault as weight gain caused by a soul crushing indoor job surrounded by fast food outlets led me to surrender to 38's. Already shedding pounds due a more pleasant/active situation so I'll update things if I end up 36's (my normal size).

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Alex S wrote a review of on August 28, 2012

5 5

Big fan of these shoes.
Simple, reasonably priced, comfy and hold up well.
Supra has the best vulcanized soles I've come across, and I've tried quite a few. The shoes require little break in and have great board feel but the soles aren't flimsy and don't fall apart like those from a certain other brand best known for its vulcanized soles. I'd definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a nice no nonsense shoe that holds up pretty well. Excited to try some more Supra's.

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Alex S wrote a review of on August 28, 2012

5 5

I love these things, so much, in fact, that I've spent the last 4 years of my life phasing out all the other skivvies in my wardrobe and replacing them with these. Why? Several reasons.
I first discovered these undies when I was gearing up for a 7 month trip through central America that I took with my then girlfriend/now wife in 2008. I brought 3 pair of these and one pair of the regular boxers and they were all I needed.

You can wash these bad boys in any sink, shower, river or bucket you might happen across. Use laundry detergent, hand soap, shampoo whatever (use something benign and free of dyes/fragrances if washing in a river, of course). Exofficio says they dry over night but if you have decent sunlight on them it's more like an hour.

You know what else is cool? Where these with some synthetic shorts when you're traveling/hiking/adventurin' and you no longer need a swim suit. I haven't owned a dedicated swimsuit for several years now. Just jump in, get out, walk around, hang out and you're good to go.

Finally, they're just comfy. They wick moisture and fit just right. Even if they didn't have all their other awesome qualities I'd still love 'em because they just feel right.

Get some.

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