Andrew Z

Andrew Z

Northern Wisconsin, South Dakota

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Andrew Z

Andrew Z wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this set for my girlfriend and I to go backpacking. So far they have been perfectly water proof and durable as well as being far better than a head light while hiking. They are great on battery life, AAA batteries make finding replacements very simple, and offer the perfect amount of light for hiking.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on December 7, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would give it 4.5/5 if I could. I actually prefer that it doesn't have pockets as I tend to use it as a layer that I take on and off fairly frequently. One think I particularly like it for is backpacking. As a light-weight nut I like paring down options that I don't truly require and getting rid of pockets saves ounces which will add up to pounds. That said, it does good features like the elastic around the waist for preventing draftiness. The thickness is great too; it isn't too thick like many vests which end up making your core too warm and sweaty while leaving your extremities cold. I also liked the athletic cut. I take off half a point because you can easily jam the zipper if you aren't careful.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these after reading some negative reviews about how they were falling off people's faces. As someone who usually has a problem with glasses being too small, these are awesome. Lenses haven't shown a scratch yet. Even after taking a few branches while mountain biking and being dropped into a few swamps. They look good and offer fantastic coverage. They nose piece hurt a little at first but I either got used to it, or they wore down a little because I can wear this light babies all day! I can't say anything bad about the.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like hiking in these quite a bit and have a put a fair number of miles on them in addition to using them as my everyday shoes. The uppers has proven to be surprisingly durable, but the sole is wearing out surprisingly quickly. Maybe because I am using them on concrete so much. Best thing about this shoe has to be the enormous toe box. I wear a 13 normally and bought a pair in size 13. I usually size up for long backpacking and hiking, but I honestly wouldn't size up to allow for toe splay and foot swell in this shoe. I just don't think I will need it. YMMV.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on August 17, 2012

5 5

I must first say that I use these shoes not as running shoes, but as hiking shoes. I have also only used the shoes minimally so far, but I have used the mt110 forefather mt101's extensively and I am pleasantly surprised at the changes that they have made. The heel cup is a lot stiffer in the mt110 which seems like it will help a lot with side hilling as a I had some slippage and blister issues with the 101's. The upper also seems like it will be very durable compared to the 101's and the lugs on the bottom offer great traction without noticeably slowing you down.

The colors, however, are butt ugly. Which brings me to the other use. I have them in 'titanium' and I think I could use them as a signalling device!. Hopefully they will dull with use.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

1 5

I will start with the positives, the material is good and the jacket is very light and comes without the features I would rather do with out. However, the sizing is terrible. I am 6'4" 210lbs with a 34" wait and the xl would fit me if I was standing with my arms by my side. However, I couldn't raise my arms over my head or even put them in front of my because of the super skinny sleeves and strange cut. I returned the xl for an xxl and at least now the sleeves fit appropriately, but the torso is now huge.
I will probably keep this jacket, but make some alterations of my own to see if I can get the fit any better because it is tough to beat the price I got it for. Raw material might be more expensive.

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Andrew Z wrote a review of on May 10, 2012

2 5

I don't agree with high waistband reviews, it seems fine to me. Material is great, but they tend to ride up over my knees when sitting or taking a big step up. 1/2 length is probably more accurate.

Update: I have had these for a while now and I actually but my finger through the middle of the fabric (not a seam) while pulling them on yesterday. I was simply hiking them up like I normally do and my ring finger managed to pierce the fabric somehow. I realize the draw backs of wool in terms of durability, but these had been gently used until this point and pulling them on shouldn't be enough to tear them.

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