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Angus Bohanon

Angus Bohanon

Boulder

Angus Bohanon's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Angus Bohanon's Bio

I've been climbing since I was three. I've also taken up trail running on occasion because all power and no cardio makes me wheeze like an asthmatic smoker, but climbing is my one true love and I shall never leave her.

That said, I've been camping since before I could walk, did a few years of spearfishing when I was little, sailed a lot, and dabbled to various degrees in backpacking, kayaking (both sea and whitewater), rafting, cross-country biking, downhill biking, and some alpine stuff. As long as I'm outside, I'm happy.

Angus Bohanon

Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 20, 2013

3 5

First, the Camelbak valve is really cool. You should buy a Camelbak bottle just for that. And the "Big" in "Big Chill" is important, because being able to carry 25 ounces is awesome. I go through that in 20 miles. But it doesn't keep stuff THAT cold. It certainly doesn't keep stuff cold for hours, but it does keep it colder than if it was in the sun. It's not bad, just don't expect COLD.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 20, 2013

5 5

I was wearing a pair of worn-out Wildcats as my day-to-day shoe, but they finally blew out so I bought these. They're fantastic. I'm on my feet all day at work and they broke in in about six hours, and they've been really comfortable since. They're holding up well, they stick to bike pedals well, they're doing everything I expect from a shoe. They even come with two colors of laces in case you want to mix them up. I really have nothing bad to say about them.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 20, 2013

5 5

So the sizing chart splits at 23 inches, and when I measured my head it was exactly 23. I ordered the medium first, and it was definitely too small, but the large came a few days ago and I love it. It ventilates perfectly when I ride, fits snugly, and is light and comfortable not to notice on 20+ mile rides. Would recommend to a friend.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 5, 2011

5 5

So, OpinionatedGeek says he's 5'9" and 165 with a 42" chest and the shirt is too big in the chest. That seems weird to me, because I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs with a mere 38" chest (practically a wisp of a man) and the medium fits me perfectly. It's on the skin in the chest, but not tight, the sleeves go down about 3/4 of the way to my elbow like OG said, and the hem is low enough that it doesn't ride up when biking (bent over) or climbing (arms up).

Fit aside, this is my new favorite shirt. It wicks like you would not believe, even if you were predisposed to credulity in the realm of fabric properties. I ride three miles to school and back every day, and had resigned myself to the idea that my lower back would be sweaty afterwards. No shirt will keep save me from moistness, I grieved, but then! STAND BACK, said the Breathe 90, I GOT THIS. The design on the front, though nearly irrelevant, is really awesome-looking if you like things that look awesome, and it would be equally at home on the crag or at the (obviously) trendy microbrewery you frequent. Also it's light enough that you'd forget you were wearing it if it weren't for people seeing how cool you look and trying to make out with you all the time. They're like COME HERE YOUR SHIRT IS IRRESISTIBLE and you're like PLEASE TAKE YOUR FACE OFF OF MY FACE, I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.

And let's be honest, that's not really a downside. The only thing I can think of is that 50 bucks is a bit steep for a shirt, but that's what Steep and Cheap is for. Or a steady paycheck.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 3, 2011

First (albeit tentative) Review
4 5

Ok, first out-of-box impressions. It's very light, very thin fabric, kind of slippery and seems pretty durable. The fit is clearly intended to allow for layering underneath, it's a little baggy compared to the other Stoic Ms I have. It beads water like a brand-new raincoat should (see photo). Other stuff:

The sleeves are really long. I'm 5'9" and medium Stoic gear has always fit me well, even though my wingspan is about 6'2". These sleeves might even be too long, but mobility is good.

Seams are not welded. I can say that the water beads off them just as well. Presumably they won't last as long though.

The hood is huge, which would be awesome in the rain, where I have not yet taken it. I did stand in the shower with it (on cold) and didn't get any notable condensation, and I rode my bike six or seven miles in 50-degree weather and didn't get swampy. These are not strenuous tests, I'll grant you, but it handled them just fine.

The length is shorter than my current jacket (the backcountry.com Stoic 2.0 shell), but still past my pants pockets.

I don't especially like the lack of pockets, I'll be honest. I don't know why they're left out (maybe a feature of the material like Ben Wheeler was talking about), but it's annoying.

Packs down to about the size of a Nalgene when carefully folded and rolled. Very portable.

Also don't judge the color by my photo, the lighting's weird. That's the navy, but the photo on this page is true to color. Go by that.

Bottom line (with the caveat that I haven't field tested it): Seems like a good jacket. It's relatively cheap and from what I can tell, does the job well. Not mind-blowing, though, hence the 4-star "pretty good."

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

5 5

[copied and pasted from the one-pair page so you don't have to click so much]

How much can you possibly expect from a sock? Keeps your feet warm? Check. Stays up when you move your foot around in a boot (I'm a tele skier)? Check. Padded shin so you don't cry like a little girl at the end of the day? Check. Stays warm and not soggy when you sweat in it? Check. Hold up after repeat use? Check. If there were a contest to see which sock was the best at being a sock, this sock would win the "Sockiest Sock" at the Being-A-Sock awards.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

5 5

How much can you possibly expect from a sock? Keeps your feet warm? Check. Stays up when you move your foot around in a boot (I'm a tele skier)? Check. Padded shin so you don't cry like a little girl at the end of the day? Check. Stays warm and not soggy when you sweat in it? Check. Hold up after repeat use? Check. If there were a contest to see which sock was the best at being a sock, this sock would win the "Sockiest Sock" at the Being-A-Sock awards.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

4 5

I wish I could rate these 4.75 because my only problem with them is such a niggling issue that it almost doesn't count, but they do fit a little short. I'm 5'9" and 150 pounds with a 32" waist, and the medium rides a little low but where I like it, and the legs still barely cover my kneecaps. Fine for walking, a little revealing when high-stepping on a boulder problem. Other than that, they're stupendous. They dry before you even realize they're wet, they wash easily, and in all the hiking and climbing I've done I've yet to scratch them up. Plus they're kinda stretchy for mobility and the thigh pocket is supremely useful.

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Angus Bohanon wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

5 5

Some of you are looking at this review and thinking "I like it, but I'm just not sure." Stop thinking and do it. This duffel bag is my new favorite thing to abuse, and I think I abuse it more than is actually necessary just because it can take it. The fabric is stiff, yes, but it's more waterproof than your house and feels like you could stab it with a knife and it would gain sentience just long enough to laugh at you (I have not actually stabbed it with a knife). It's a great size for the average weekend trip, throwing all your ski clothes in the car, or even transporting small animals as demonstrated by one user. This thing is literally bulletproof (not literally). Buy it.

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