Arthur Debowski

Arthur Debowski

American Fork, Moab, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Uintas, Maple, Echo, Joe's Valley

Arthur Debowski's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Arthur Debowski's Bio

Been climbing for the last 14 years and hoping for another 30. I've done it all from the smallest boulders to the biggest walls. Lately I've been ski touring a ton for fitness and as a means to soak up the good tidings of the mountains all year long.

Arthur Debowski

Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

4 5

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

I'm using these in combination with the Dynafit Radical Windstopper gloves. Got them both in a medium and they work well together. I have always worn mitts when it got super cold but always ended up taking them off to futz with skins and bindings and everything. With these I just pop my hand out and do whatever needs to get done then back into the cozy warmth cocoon. I'd say they will be good down into the single digits and teens if you are skinning and have the furnace stoked. Had them out in -15F earlier this week and definitely got cold after about and hour. Even with the rest of my body trying its best to keep me comfortable.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

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

I recently got this hard fleece to add to the versatility of my alpine touring quiver, and it is delivering in a major way! I am 5'10 and weigh 170lbs, went for the medium and it is a perfect fit for what I am doing.
On non storm days my setup is an Arc'teryx s/s synthetic t-shirt, Patagonia Cap 4 hoody, and the Acto MX hoody for the torso. Down below I am using the Mammut Eisfeld pant over a Patagonia Merino boot top base layer and some light Icebreaker ski socks. That's it. IF it is a storm day I swap the Eisfeld for my Theta SV bibs and thrown my Beta FL shell on top of the Acto MX. I do pretty much always keep the Beta FL in my pack regardless in case the wind starts ripping.

Things I really like about the Acto would be the fact that it cuts just enough wind to be useful, but not so much that I am roasting. I also like the fact that each of the chest pockets are huge and easily fit my skins (1 on each side) when I am ready to ski. The hood has multiple adjustments so it is easy to deal with whether or not I am wearing a helmet without impeding my visibility. And lastly the main zipper is super easy to operate one handed without the piece moving around (some people feel that it opens and closes too easily and the zipper works its way down during activity, suppose that is the trade off for silky smooth action).
In terms of breathability under the Beta FL, I feel this is the best system I have encountered at this point for high output cardio. The Beta FL and the Acto MX both lack pit zips which gave me pause at first but the breathability of the garments working in tandem means you don't need them. When I am truly redlining i will open the chest zips or the main zips to dump any excess heat but generally I leave them closed. The only area that I end up getting sweaty in is against my back but that's because there is a pack there.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although my girlfriend would roll her eyes and call me crazy, this may be the best of the backpacking meals I have tried. Granted I have an iron stomach but I really liked this meal and had no problem wolfing down both servings. The bottom of my list of edible backpacking meals would be the MREs I used to get when working for the Park Service and this would rank at the top, maybe a notch below home cooked. The spice level was very manageable (probably the mildest level you would get at a Nepali restaurant) which was actually really nice because it was flavorful but didn't leave me chugging a bunch of water in the hopes of quenching the fires of Mordor. I like to focus my liquid consumption on wine while backpacking. Which brings me to another point, this paired well with a Pinot Noir I brought and it seemed to enhance the flavors a bit.

Gripes-
-It took a bit longer to cook than the instructions stated (even adjusted for the 11,300ft elevation I ate it at).
-You need a long spoon to eat it all without making a mess (gladly I had my extra long Stoic Ti spoon)

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

5 5

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

I can remember it clear as day. The year was 2009 and after a great day of bouldering in Leavenworth, WA I slunk back to the campsite to heal my aching skin and tell some lies. But alas I forgot my venerable R .5 pullover at the last problem of the day. Fast forward a few hours to me frantically searching my belongings for the piece which had been by my side for the last 5 years. Could I have forgotten it so easily, after all it meant to me? Alas as morning dawned I went back to that problem and indeed found the carcass of my R .5 on the ground. The little critters of the forest had chewed it to pieces under the glow of a full moon. I quickly called up Patagonia to buy another one but it had been discontinued and I was out of luck.

Now fast forward to the present day and the Cap 4 weight is almost exactly what the R. 5 used to be but, dare I say it, maybe even better. This comes with a hood (like my favorite piece of all time, the R1 hoody), contrasting zippers, and low key wrist keepers instead of the big thumb holes. It is so cozy and fits quite well. I went with the M and at 5'10 165lb it fits well with a light merino tee or under my Ultralight Down sweater. I hope to get years of service out of this just as I did from the R.5 and hopefully fate and gods see to it that I do.

To wrap up, if you loved the discontinued R.5, then this is the piece for you. If you never got to try the R.5 then you need to get your head on straight and just buy this promptly. Get something that matches all of your other clothes since you will probably be wearing it 24/7, black tie events be damned!

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

Keep it classy San Diego
5 5

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

After a brutal battle with mosquitos in the Uintas earlier this summer (they won handily) I decided to try some bug clothing out for future backpacking and mountain excursions. I also wanted a button up so I could dump some heat and look good out there. Enter the Wayward Sentinel. It has thus far done a great job of keeping the bugs away from me and thus allowing me to keep my sanity. Initially I had some hesitation as the shirt did not have a back mesh panel or any sort of venting and I was concerned that it may make me overheat. To test that I did what I always do when confronted with fears of comfort and breathability, I took it on a trail run. With the top two buttons undone and the sleeves rolled up (the sleeve keeper buttons are one of my favorite parts), it performed admirably and was able to keep me somewhat dry and comfortable (evaporated slightly slower than I soaked it). After that initial test I have hiked in it a lot and have found it to be very comfortable. I also like the versatility in that I can button it up and roll the sleeves down when it starts getting chilly. The material is also a good compromise between super flimsy and too heavy.

To wrap up, it is comfortable, looks good, keeps the bugs away, and meets my needs. I got a size M and I am 5'10 165lb and found it was a good fit.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I've been eyeing these for a while (since they were called the Gandolfs) but have always been hesitant due to the price and doubts about durability (I usually wreck approach shoes with the utmost quickness). The time finally came when I got a decent deal on them and the rest as they say is history.

The Good:
-Very supportive
-Ton of lacing, fit options
-Climb very well (climbed 10- sport route in them and lots of easier stuff)
-Very grippy, even on wet rock.

The Bad:
-They are expensive
-Sizing is funky. I usually wear a 42 in all the Sportiva approach shoes and trail runners and a 43 was my perfect size in these. For reference I am a US street 9 in most things.
-They are heavy
-They do not dry quickly if you get caught in rain (took a few days).

Overall it is one of the best approach shoes I have ever owned and I would certainly buy another pair, even at this price. Truth be told I might even pop on the Guide version when these bite the dust as I think the high top nature would keep more scree out (although these do a great job of it already), and just ditch any boots I may still have.

As Ganda may have said, these are possibly the approach shoe to rule them all. Then again my Tolkein mythology may be misplaced and hey these are Gandas not Gandolfs anyway!!!!

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Fre for about 3 weeks now and it is one of my favorite cases I've had for my iPhone ever. I used to use the Otterbox series (who now own LifeProof) but found them too bulky for daily use. The pros are that it looks really good, keeps the phone totally sealed, and gives me peace of mind. The cons are that the screen does appear a bit bubbly since there is some flexible plastic there (you can get the Nud if you just want pure glass) and I constantly forget the headphone adapter (so now I just use my bluetooth headphones and don't worry about it).

Overall I am stoked on this. Will update to see how it does over time.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Perfect with some work.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got my dog (~35lb Heeler Border Collie mix) a Ruffwear insulated jacket in a size S and it fit perfectly. I tried a S in this pack and it was way too small in the chest but decently sized in the lower ribs. So I ended up getting the M which was way too big in the chest and moderately too big in the lower ribs. When running and hiking the pack would shift about and it caused Skip some discomfort. The features of the pack itself were great so we really wanted to keep it since he liked carrying his own stuff and it made it a more effective workout for him, but we didn't want him to be uncomfortable. We ended up cutting the straps, taking out the stitching, and resewing it all so it would fit him perfectly and move with his body without shifting. Needless to say he now loves it and whenever I grab it off the shelf he knows it's time to hit the trails. I can fit his Ruffwear soft bowl as well as both of the full water bottles in there. Just for sizing purposes, on the charts he is very much a Small but that did not work out as I described above.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

5 5

I've always talked about bringing a pillow camping but inevitibly resorted to a pile of clothes stuffed into a stuff sack. This is much better as it just lives with my sleeping pad and slips perfectly into the pillow pockets of my various sleeping bags. It packs down to nothing so I just always have it for a good night of rest.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Stay on the trail and on track
4 5

I started looking for a trail runner with an aggressive tread when I found myself slipping and sliding on steep descents on compacted trails. These fit the bill very well. They have amazing braking power and traction but it is coming at the cost of durability. I think I should be able to get a few months out of them running around 8000ft of vertical and 15-20 miles a week in the Wasatch. My only gripes with the shoes are that they do not shed mud as well as I would like and I have to stop and scrape it off with rocks or sticks every now and again and the other issues is that there is some bagginess near my arch which seems to just be a part of the construction as the upper is somehow welded to the sole. Overall a great value, good look, and suits my needs.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

I use this with my Thermarest pads as well as my Big Agnes pads. It saves me a lot of time and light headedness when I need to blow up pads while setting up camp. I just pop this on the valve and let it do its job while I set up the tent. The only complaint I have is for the a really firm pad it won't get it there as the fan is not powerful enough. Not a huge problem as after it blows up the pad I just give it a puff or two from my own lungs and its as firm as I want it to be.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Venerated classic keeps killing it.
5 5

I've had many pairs of the Nine Trails over the years and really like the feel of the fabric and the quickness of drying out when they get wet or you sweat. I will agree with Jason below in that they feel a bit tighter in the same size as some of my other pairs from years ago. The key/gel pockets are pretty secure and can actually fit an iPhone 5 in there if you forget your Shuffle for the trail.

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Arthur Debowski wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

I was using a variety of day and bullet packs for running but found that they either cut into my clavicles or swayed way too much to be comfortable. I got this as it fits my phone, keys, 1L bladder, wind shirt, few gels/bars, dog leash, hat without blinking. The only thing I wish this had was a convenient spot to stash trekking poles for the days I'm ascending trails I can't run (I know I should just get fitter) and like to use my trekking poles. But overall I really like it. It tends to dry fast which is also helpful since with a pack on I now sweat on my back where I normally would not. I have not used it fulled stuffed to the gills yet but I think it will carry just fine.

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