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Andrew Philp

Andrew Philp

Salt Lake City, UT

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Andrew Philp

Andrew Philpwrote a review of on June 6, 2012

4 5

These are not just shorts; they are a work of art. The more I wear these, the more I notice the attention to detail that was given. The stitching is flawless, which is critical on the Nabbi color to prevent them from looking too clown like. I went with a size large and the fit for me is excellent. I'm 6'3", 195 lbs. and have a true 36" waist but usually wear a 34" or 35" waist (I guess most manufacturers are adding inches onto the listed size nowadays to make us feel less fat). The waist has a good amount of stretch built in as well as velcro straps to adjust the waist. Luckily, the waist is perfect for me as the velcro straps are basically useless. Unlike other Norrona shorts and pants that have an elastic band in the waist, these simply require that you bunch up the waist fabric and secure it in place with the velcro strap. The front of the waist is also secured by velcro, which is nice as it gives you some micro adjustment of the waist sizing. Overall, these have a slim but loose fit. The fabric has a decent amount of stretch and a soft, brushed lining. I have large, muscular thighs and these shorts are a little snug around the upper portion, but the zippered hand pockets really give you some extra room when unzipped. The inseam in a size large is 12.5" and they fall just below the base of the kneecap on me. The pockets are all mesh lined which allows for nice ventilation when they are unzipped. The cargo pocket was well thought out as it is backed with the flex1 fabric to prevent larger items from rubbing against your leg, but still has a small section of mesh at the bottom that allows for air flow. It also has a hidden key clip (it took me almost a dozen wears before finding it) inside the cargo pocket that prevents them from sinking to the bottom or accidentally bouncing out if left unzipped. As I mentioned earlier, I usually keep the front hand pockets unzipped to allow for a little more room. These pockets also have a thin strip of the flex1 fabric just behind the zipper to give them a nice seamless look and prevent people from seeing your underwear through the mesh pockets. It also has one rear pocket that is ridiculously deep (fortunate, as you’ll need deep pockets to afford these shorts at retail price). This allows a wallet or other object to sit below your butt and prevents you from sitting directly on whatever is in the pocket. The zipper pull on this pocket is nicely designed to rest on the side of your thigh when zipped closed, but I have had it scratch up my leather car seats if left open. The only other minor quibble I have with these is that the fabric is a little noisy when it rubs against itself or other objects as it has a very fine corduroy pattern. Also, the technical fabric is water resistant, but to maintain it, you’ll likely want to wash and treat it with Nikwax occasionally. Overall, these are amazing shorts, but unless you can swallow the hefty price (or find them on sale) and the fit is just perfect, they probably won’t be for you.

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Andrew Philpwrote a review of on May 10, 2012

5 5

These shirts are ridiculously soft and have a very airy feel to them. These are great as an everyday t-shirt, but also breathe well enough for active use. I have some of the 100% cotton Backcountry.com t-shirts and the fabric on those is too thick to breathe and feels stiff; not so with this one. The fabric seems to be wearing very well after multiple washes and I haven't noticed any shrinkage after drying that others have mentioned. I always dry them on low just to be safe. They have a loose, but somewhat slim fit with a little extra length than your average t-shirt. The sleeves are also little bit longer than your average t-shirt, which is great for those of us with long arms. I have last year's model of this t-shirt which is made with the Sport Science fabric and it is complete garbage. If you were unlucky enough to get one of those, burn it so that no one else will ever have to wear it, and go buy yourself 3 of these. For reference: 6'3", 195 lbs, 42" chest, size XL.

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Andrew Philpwrote a review of on April 28, 2012

5 5

Say goodbye to headlamp blindness. This little lantern gives off plenty of light to see everything in your tent. The frosted glass keeps the light from being too intense and allows your eyes to adjust much quicker to darkness when stepping out of the tent than a headlamp. You no longer have to look at the ground when talking to someone either (like you would when wearing a headlamp). The hooks on top make it easy to hang from the tent ceiling and the double clasp is key in preventing it from getting knocked off whatever you hook it to. A single button is all it takes to operate and holding it down will dim or brighten the light. The light blinks when reaching the lowest and highest settings which allows you to easily conserve the battery when you don't need as bright a light. There aren't really any flaws to this lantern. If you are really weight conscious, it weighs 4.6 oz. with 4 AAA batteries, not the 3 oz. as BD lists on their website (the lantern itself weighs 3 oz.). I would try and stay away from the darker colors as they are harder to find in a dark tent or in your pack. If you are car camping, you might want to check out the Apollo or Titan as weight won't be an issue. Other than that, go buy one and you likely won't be going to sleep right after the sun goes down anymore.

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