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Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen

Southern Utah and Wasatch Areas.

Andrew Christensen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Andrew Christensen

Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on December 16, 2014

Some things are better simple
4 5

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

I just got this jacket after owning an older version. I must say, at first I was taken back. It seemed like patagonia had almost gone back in time. A lot of the features- like waterproof pit zippers and a fancy drawstring for the hood- where not featured on my newer jacket. I think patagonia realized that simpler is better. My old jacket was wearing heavily because of the waterproof pit zippers (they were too stiff). The draw string system was also problematic. It would loosen over time. So in conclusion, sometimes the old ways are better than fancy new ways. This jacket is proof.

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Andrew Christensen posted an image about on November 18, 2014

Problems of Amazing Gear

I've used this bottle all summer working on a fuels crew. It is a great concept. Using a vacuum to insulate- best idea ever. The problem I found was that I would drink all of my water and only have ice left. It wouldn't melt fast enough! This was super nice when we had to camp on the fire line, however. I would have ice for the first two days, assuming I didn't pour water in that was too hot and melt all of my ice. It's a good quality product. It does dent pretty easily though, so be careful. I haven't seen a loss of functionality since I dropped mine twice.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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

I can't believe how good smartwool is. It really makes a massive difference. These socks are nicer than my other SmartWool socks I picked up at sports authority, but I wish they had extra padding in the shin area like my other socks. I'm not sure what the white line is even there for. There is no difference in material.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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

I love this jacket. It is surprisingly thin and light, but still very warm. I use it as a mid-layer on ski patrol. I don't think I could go a day without it actually. I have fallen in love with this thing. It is really toasty on cold days, but the material cools really well also. So I can wear it on warm days too. The only problem I have with this jacket is the color. Graphite Navy is a fancy way to say purple. Patagonia always chooses the weirdest colors. I knew I would get hazed a little on patrol, but it's such a nice jacket that I couldn't go without it for the couple days it would take to return it.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on July 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's simple,functional, and cleans up nicely. It doesn't leave a bad taste either. It's also very durable, but it's not as indestructible as people claim. If you run it over with a truck, it will break. Throwing it off 100 foot cliffs is questionable. My friend threw two off of a cliff, one with water and one without, and only the one without water survived. Don't get me wrong though. I still give it five stars and would recommend it to anyone. Love this bottle.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this pack for three years on ski patrol and have been impressed. This this has not even torn yet. It is very durable and can carry everything I need. This usually consists of avalanche gear, medical supplies, and lunch. The goggle pocket is also useful. I wish this pack had a way to hold a helmet more efficiently though. It would come in handy when hiking. I tend to over heat. It's a great pack.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 28, 2013

5 5

I love this backpack. It can be small or surprisingly big when you want it to be. It fits great. Black Diamond really put some thought into this pack. All of the features are simply convenient. I mostly use this pack to carry around my climbing stuff. It works well for back packing too. I would not, however, recommend it if you are going for a long trip. One or two nights is all a minimalist could handle with this pack. It is simply not big enough.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

This is so much smaller than I thought it would be. It's great. It seems really durable. The only downside is that the pot and the pan do not clamp together. It must be stored in the neoprene sleeve to be effective. It's not a big deal, just a small detail. It's awesome that everything can be fit in the pot and pan. If you are thinking about buying the Crux lite stove, you might as well get this whole set. It works together so nicely that it's worth the extra money.

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Andrew Christensen wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great hammock. It is a little heavier than I would have thought. This is mostly because of the hardware. The material is actually really thin. I think it is awesome that it comes with everything necessary. I am definitely pleased with this hammock.

I have recently switched out the hardware with some nice quick draw carabiners and it is much lighter. Works great!

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