Badger

Badger

Southern Utah

Paul's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
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Badger wrote a review of on July 22, 2012

4 5

I really wanted to like these shoes. They have great cushion, support, and stability, while still being breathable. Its the lacing system that ruined it for me. I had heel slippage, which is easy to correct with normal laces. With this system all you can do is cinch it super tight, which then makes the rest of the shoe too tight. I tried everything including adding an extra elastic cinch cord through only the uppermost eyelets. Had to send them back.

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Badger wrote a review of on November 27, 2010

4 5

It was hard for me to spend this much on such a simple pair of gloves but I have problems keeping my hands warm so I decided to try these. They are much warmer than I expected for gloves with such little bulk. Worn these with the temp in the teens and my hands were perfectly warm. Way better than a synthetic pair I have of the same thickness. I have only used them by themselves so far but plan on wearing them as liners for my mittens when boarding. Only minor complaint: the wrist is the proper length but double the thickness of the glove. I don't like the extra bulk on the wrist especially since its going to be overlapping with your shirt/jacket anyway.

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Badger wrote a review of on June 21, 2010

2 5

Everyone said that these are the only sandels to get, so I gave em a try. I tried very hard to like them, but they just weren't right for me. I bought these for canyon hiking. I found the soles grippy and durable, but didn't like anything else about them. The soles are kinda stiff - probably good for average hiking, but on rocky terrain they were not flexible enough. As far as technical sandals go they're heavy - ridiculously so for a sandal. I tried for weeks to adjust the sandals but never go the straps to stop cutting into my feet on anything longer than a half hour hike. The idea of one strap running through the whole shoe sounds nifty, but doesn't make any sense. If you want to adjust one part of the sandal you end up having to adjust the whole thing. I re-adjusted again and again and never could get them compfortable. Also, walking through the water with them felt like dragging big flippers through the water. If you are taking the few steps between the shore and the boat, you'll never notice it, but if you're walking for a couple of hours through streams it gets annoying. I saw a lot of reviewers who say that they wear the chacos all day long. For casual wear like getting in and out of the boat or looking outdoorsy while sitting in the coffee shop these are probably fine, but I can't recommend them for technical hiking.

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Badger wrote an answer about on October 25, 2009

I'm 5'11" 175 lbs and a med fits snug but I can still fit a lightweight layer underneath (such as a silk weight or an IB 150). Unless you want is loose and hanging, I'd suggest a small for you. It regulates temp great. I think it would be perfect alone in 40 degrees - if you are a person who gets cold easily you can put a thin layer underneath - if you overheat easily this will breath well. The next best thing I have to this is a midweight Duofold - not as good at warmth but cheaper and you can throw the duofold in the dryer and never worry about it.

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Badger wrote a review of on October 19, 2009

5 5

I've had this top for about a year now. Its thickness and weight make it a great midweight, but I find it warmer than most midweights. That being said it regulates temperature well - as most wool tops do. I've worn this day after day snowboarding with a light baselayer underneath and a shell/jacket on top. Only on the coldest/windiest days (5 degrees) did I need any other layers. It also looks good for casual wear. I'm 5'11, 175lbs and the medium fits perfect - snug but not skin tight.

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Badger wrote a review of on October 18, 2009

5 5

As everyone else has said, this light is super bright. When hiking on some pretty technical trails I only use the lowest setting on the LEDs. I use the higher setting and/or center bulb (beam) to check something out or spot the dogs when they go exploring off trail. For around camp or in the tent I would actually use a much smaller headlamp that is less bright. This one is awesome for any kind of night adventure; whether its just seeing where you are going or a true safety need. I was skeptical at first of having "set" settings instead of a focusing beam like I've use on other headlamps. I've found that the 6 different settings are more than enough adjustment. One reason I chose this headlamp over other similar ones was the weight - lighter than most in its class. This is the first time I've used a headlamp with a separate battery pack and I don't even notice it on my head - even during strenous hiking. Can't wait to use it XC skiing this winter - should be more than bright enough and secure and light.

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Badger wrote a review of on October 11, 2009

4 5

This top is very light, but as far as warmth it is definitely just right for a mid-weight. The inside of this is super soft and comfy. Blocks wind like a brick wall yet doesn't feel too hot. My only complaint is the sizing. I have other Marmot tops and the mediums fit just as I want them to (5'11, 175 lbs) but this medium fits like a generous large.

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Badger wrote a review of on September 24, 2009

2 5

I have always liked Marmot clothing, but wasn't impressed with these. They are exactly what I expected in terms of being light-weight. However, for the price and brand I expected them to be more comfortable. As other reviewers have noted, they were not at all soft for a base layer. Fit obviously varies from person to person, but these also didn't fit great. I am usually a solid Med for something like these (5'11", 175 lbs, 32x32). The length was good but they were kinda tight in the thighs, which made them feel a little restrictive, then oddly, the elastic waistband was loose. Just not right for me. I prefer the smartwool version (which is more expensive but worth it IMO) and recently bought the Terramar version which I feel is a step up from the Marmot.

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Badger wrote a review of on August 25, 2009

5 5

I've had a pair of these for about 4 years and wear them for snowboarding, snowshoeing, xc skiing, and cold weather running. I find them to be better than anything else I've tried in terms of comfort/fit and insulation/temp regulation. They are super soft and not ichy at all. They wick moisture well, dry quicky, and don't reek after days of repeated use. I'm 5'11", 175 lbs, normally wear 32x32 in pants and the medium is a perfect fit - snug but not skin-tight, no sagging or pulling - you forget you have them on. Highly recommend them.

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Badger wrote a review of on June 7, 2009

5 5

I have 2 of these now and love them. Super light weight and perfect for hot weather and aerobic activities. These seem to have a fairly athletic cut to them. I'm 5'11" with an slim/average build and the medium is a pretty snug and very comfortable fit. Probably the softest shirt I own - softer than cotton or any icebreaker. Minor cons are that the sleeves are a little long for a short sleeve and "V" design on the collar is a little more fashion than I want in a T-shirt.

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Badger wrote a review of on April 28, 2009

5 5

This was my first monocular/binocular purchase. Just wanted something for checking things out on hikes, bikes, etc. Also considered its little brother the Echo. For only $12 more I decided on the greater mag and have been very happy with it. As a novice, it takes a little practice to use it at anything above 20X. Now that I've gotten used to it I can't imagine only having 7X. A little bigger than the Echo but still fits in your pocket fine. The description doesn't mention it, but the lens material is the same as the Echo - Multi-coated BaK-4 prism glass, and it comes with a lanyard and nylon carrying case. This thing is a steal for $33.

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Badger wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

5 5

This is a fantastic top. I have used it so far as a base layer while snowboarding and XC skiing with a midweight on top of it. Breaths well, keeps you dry and warm. Use it day after day and it just dries and never smells. Should also work great as a single layer for aerobic activities on warm to cool days. I'm 5'11" with an average/athletic build and the medium fits perfect. I would call it an "athletic fit" - snug but not tight.

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Badger wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

2 5

The size, shape, style is all nice, but it just doesn't do the job - keep things hot. I tried pre-heating it once with boiling water - 2 1/2 hours later my coffee was luke-warm. It doesn't make sense that there are 3 little holes in the top of the plastic cap that are plugged by a little rubber stopper (which is easy to lose down the drain). Even with the stopper in you can feel the heat being lost through the plastic cap and through the metal cap on top. Just not a good design.

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Badger wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

5 5

I'm a beginner/intermediate XC skier (2nd season). Rented the 1st season, tried on friends skis, shopped around, and decided on these. Very happy with them. Use them monstly on rolling ungroomed trails (lots of powder here in UT). After using traditional skis, I love the curve and metal edges on these - great for turning and control on those downgrades. Good float in the heavy powder, light skis, handles icy tracks well. Not super-fast but kick and glide well. When I first got them I had some trouble getting good grip for climbing. I think it was becasue they were new and still a little stiff - wouldn't flatten well to get good grip with the scales. However, they seem to have broken in nicely and flex well now to give great grip. Highly recommend. Have them pared with Rottafela BC bindings and Alpina 1550 boots.

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Badger wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

2 5

From TNF and for the price I expected these to be much warmer. Only used these for resort skiing and they just did not keep my hands warm. Maybe they can't hold up in the wind as another reviewer suggested. Also got a significant rip (along the stitching where the thumb meets the palm) after about 6-8 uses. Got some Burton Mittens and have been happy with them so far.

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