Banning Lyon

Banning Lyon

Yosemite, King Canyon/Inyo, the Sierra

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I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite. If I review a piece of gear you can count on my having done my best to beat it to death.

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Banning Lyon

Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

5 5

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

After spending a couple years being sold on Smartwool and Icebreaker, and some of the Stoic merino shirts, I was happily surprised to see Patagonia manufacturing merino shirts. I love the brand, their commitment to the enviroment, and the ideals behind their design philosophy.

The merino wool is supremely soft... not coarse at all. Its fairly durable compared to a few of my others that have developed holes from leaning back against logs or granite. The blue color is absolutely awesome and looks great. Won't smell after a week in the backcountry... thanks to merino's antibacterial properties.

All in all... the best looking, most comfortable, and most durable of all my merino shirts. The only downside is Patagonia's insistence on printing their logo in ink directly on the inside back of the shirt... which leads to a fairly noticeable black smear between your shoulders blades. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I'm 6'2" and 160 lbs and have long arms... and the large fits me very well.

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Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 26, 2013

5 5

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

Out of all the merino shirts that I own (and I have around ten from various manufacturers) this is my favorite.

The merino wool is supremely soft... not coarse at all. Its fairly durable compared to a few of my others that have developed holes from leaning back against logs or granite. The blue color is absolutely awesome and looks great. The zip collar isn't irritating in the least and doesn't pull out chest hair and leave me screaming like a four year old on the floor of the cereal aisle. Won't smell after a week in the backcountry... thanks to merino's antibacterial properties.

All in all... the best looking, most comfortable, and most durable of all my merino shirts. The only downside is Patagonia's insistence on printing their logo in ink directly on the inside back of the shirt... which leads to a fairly noticeable black smear between your shoulders blades. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I'm 6'2" and 160 lbs and have long arms... and the large fits me very well.

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Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

5 5

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

I beat most of my merino shirts to death. I love my Smartwools, Icebreakers, and Stoics... but this Patagonia is my favorite.

My only compaint is the ink used to print the logo inside the shirt bleeds entirely through the back for a nice mirror-image smear between your shoulder blades. It washed out a bit, but its still obvious. Its a little bit of a drag on such a nice looking shirt.

Great base layer, very high quality wool, surprisingly durable. Merino is naturally antibacterial... and this shirt doesn't fail in that regard. The zip neck is also very comfortable, and doesn't irritate... even with chest hair. And you get Patagonia's great set of ethics behind any product they manufacture.

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Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

3 5

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

Great fit, very comfortable, scratch a little easily. The hard plastic tends to get brittle after several months of use in direct sun. Sunscreen also causes the surface plastic to flake and disintegrate.

Great for the car or casual use, a little pricey for constant outdoor adventuring.

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Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these poles for three years. The flick lock system is second to none. It cranks down with plenty of force on the pole, and doesn't take bloody fingers or pliers to lock or unlock.

Lock tension is easily adjusted using a knife, spork, stick, rock, or even fingernail.

However, of all recommendations I can add... it would be the time I was heading up toward Thunderbolt Pass in Kings and was walking from one talus boulder to the next. I slipped slightly, my pack caught me off guard, and I began an awkward recovery so I wouldn't fall off the talus. I quickly caught myself on my trusty Leki poles, and watched as one slipped between two boulders and proceeded to bend nearly ten degree as it caught my weight. I pushed my weight on to the pole and regained balance. The pole still looks brand new. From that moment forward I was committed to Leki.

Best poles around. Period.

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Banning Lyon wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable helmet. Keeps you warm when its cold, and breathes fairly well when the day warms up. The chin strap is surprisingly comfortable. Even after a full day of skiing I never find myself fighting with it.

Oh, and the blue color is pretty sweet...

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