Alexander S

Alexander S

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Alexander's Passions

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Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Bouldering
Alexander S

Alexander S wrote a review of on February 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Tried these on at the store, along with some other pairs. I ended up going for Lowas Ticams because they're fit my feet better however I was really impressed about how comfortable they were. They fit like a pillow around my ankle, making it a really tough choice. They have a lot of support for heavy loads as well as a wide toebox. They seem like would be pretty durable since they're full leather and the rubber rand goes completely around the boot. One thing I wasn't sure of was the degree of rocker on the sole. I'm not crazy about this feather because although it saves energy by eliminating footflex I always feel that I don't have as good a grip on steeper terrain. Just my preference though.

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Alexander S wrote a review of on February 7, 2014

5 5

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

I'm doing an update from about a year ago. I have had my tempests for over two years now and I've used them fairly often from everything from rockscrambling, light hiking, and casual use. The more I've worn them, the more I really like them. If suppose since I go back and forth between boots depending on the trip, terrain, and duration, these boots have held up remarkably well. They've broken in so well in fact that they're my favorite shoes to wear, because they're so stable and comfortable. They're very grippy and the sole has faired well despite frequent use. They're not waterproof by any means and a light rain will soak through pretty quickly so if you think you're going to hit weather, choose another shoe. They do dry out very quickly however if you happen to get caught, just stuff them with tissues, paper towels, bandanas etc. Great boot.

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Alexander S

Alexander S wrote a review of on October 31, 2013

4 5

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

Nice Jacket, fit is relaxed so don't expect a snug fit. I feel this is better for casual use, however I've worn it on hikes before. I'm comfortable with this jacket with a wool baselayer alone in about 50 - 60 degree weather. If you're active you can definately go lower. One thing that is annoying is the lack of handwarmer pockets so if you're going to be in the cold bring gloves. I can't complain that much because I got it on SAC for a great price. The button closures is actually quite versative for when I'm carrying my infant son in his chest carrier.

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Alexander S wrote an answer about on October 15, 2013

The height is 53". You should be able to fit a chair in there but you might be brushing the ceiling depending on how tall you are.

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Alexander S wrote an answer about on October 13, 2013

Hey Lizzie,

You'll definately have some breathability with this jacket so it will be able to wick somewhat. The material is supposed to be wind resistant, not windproof. According to the TNF website, normal fleece cfm (cubic feet per minute) ratings is around 200 cfm 9, while the jacket is anywhere around 10 - 40 cfm. Hope this helps.

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Alexander S wrote an answer about on October 6, 2013

Hey Ray,

I tried looking this up for you on the Oakley website and you might want to give them a call for more information. On the website it looks like the Jet black color is....Brown! Yea it's screwy, I know. The color on BC's website is actually listed as Navy Blue on the website. It's definatley a goof. Sorry I wish i was more help. Here is the website, you could see for yourself.

http://www.oakley.com/products/cottage-pants/421666-60B

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Alexander S

Alexander S wrote a review of on September 22, 2013

5 5

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

These are every bit as tough as Kuhl adverstises them to be. They're basically the same material as the Ryder pants except the front has a double layer for added durability and toughness. The crotch is gusseted so it flexes very well with movement so if you're rock climbing in cooler weather you should be fine. I bought these for bushwhacking that would normally tear up my normal hiking pants, and these have no problems whatsoever, whether thorns or rocks, doesn't matter. Since they are so overbuilt, they're a bit stiff out of the box however after a couple of washes they flex much better. Couple of things to consider before buyin these are that since they're so tough it makes them pretty warm, so you're going to want to wear them in cooler weather. I found when I started to sweat they would stick to me and make my movement much harder, especially travelling uphill. They're also a very heavy pant and way overkill if you're just backpacking on trails. I love the look of them though, very subdued and natural looking. These would be perfect for cool weather rockclimbing, heavy bushwhacking, and bomber work pants. They run a bit smaller than the Ryder and I haven't seen them in brick and mortar stores so like others have said, size one up from the Rydr.

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Alexander S wrote an answer about on September 7, 2013

Hey Eric,

You should wash the jacket with tech wash but as far as waterproofing, since the jacket has an insulative layer you'll definately want to go with a spray on waterproofer from Nikwax or Revive-X. On a side note I find that my jackets bead up much longer with a spray on rather than wash-in but that's just my experience. Hope this helps

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