Barrett Wood

Barrett Wood

Northern New England and the Upper Midwest.

Barrett's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Barrett's Bio

I love trail running When I'm not running, I hike and backpack. The Porkies and the IAT are my top picks for backpacking close to home. I've been climbing for about three years. When I snowboard, I'd just as soon hike up as pay for a lift ticket.

Barrett Wood

Barrett Wood wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these because I can't wear my Half Jackets all the time. I use these for climbing and wearing around town. My only gripe is that the glasses tend to slide around a bit because there isn't any rubber on the arms. Other than that, these are a pretty good value.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on September 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Elios was my update for an old Ecrin Roc. It's light, simple, and durable. I've beat the crap out of it at work and on my own time and it's still going strong. At first, I thought the vents were gimmicky but they really do work. The suspension is comfortable and easy to adjust. All in all, the Elios is a dependable helmet

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on May 13, 2012

4 5

On sale, this shirt gives you all the feel-goods from a bamboo garment without the crazy price tag. It is a comfortable shirt with a nice athletic cut. The material it comfortable and light but doesn't feel flimsy. My only gripe is that the bottom button is above my belt buckle. Other than that it's a really nice button-down.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on May 13, 2012

Solid shirt
5 5

This T feels like it's made of organic cotton. It's quite soft and comfortable right off the bat. The owl is freakin awesome! You can't see it in the pictures, but the left seam from the hem to the end of the sleeve is stitched in red.

The fit is slim, not skinny. I'm 6' 165# and the medium perfect.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on April 7, 2012

5 5

This BC shirt is crazy comfortable. Dri Release is a bit heavier than the Sport Science fabric on my Check your SAC shirt. The shirt is great for everything from running and climbing to wearing under flannel. I challenge you to find a more comfortable shirt without a BC or Whiskey Militia logo.

I'm 6' 165# and the medium is a great fit.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on April 3, 2012

3 5

First, this is a very solid waffle knit shirt. It feels great and does a good job of insulating. However, the photos are a bit misleading as to the cut of the shirt. The shirt does not taper nearly as much as the back view above seems to show. I have a 40 inch chest and a 32 inch waist and while the shoulders fit fine, the shirt is too loose at the bottom. The shirt is stretchy enough for a more athletic cut.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on April 3, 2012

4 5

***NOTE: This pant DOES have a gusseted crotch.***

The Lander pant is a compromise between your Carhartts and your Dockers. The Ridge cloth is not as heavy as canvas, but it isn't as light as a casual pant either. Still, it is soft, comfortable, and has held up to some unkind use. The gusseted crotch opens the pants up for climbing duty. The zipper pocket is tucked in at the right seam and the right front pocket has a cell phone catch in the bottom. All the major seams are double stitched, with triple stitching at the pockets.

The waist fit true to size, but the rest of the pant felt a bit too loose for my taste. The legs do taper a bit, but with a fabric as soft as this, and a full length gusset, Columbia could have taken out more material. The 17" cuff opening is perfect for boots but a little too large for regular shoes.

These are a pretty true straight leg pant that does fine in town and at the crag.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on April 3, 2012

5 5

The price is right (especially on SAC) for these super comfortable running socks. The top panel mesh doesn't have the annoying raised seam like many other socks and the toe and heel padding is effective without being too bulky. The Synth Trail is thin but durable. They have a ton of stretch in them but don't go limp when you're out for a couple hours in the rain. The tabs at the front and rear of the cuff are perfectly designed and don't roll, sag, or wrinkle. These have dethroned my Wigwam Ironman's as top sock.

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Barrett Wood wrote a review of on January 2, 2012

3 5

The Shrapnel vest is a good idea: make a down vest without a center zip. I really like mine and the Banana yellow adds some cheer to my jacket collection. I would buy it again, but I wish they would tweak the design a bit.

The front pocket is connected and lined with brushed tricot. The collar has the same lining. The shell is fairly durable and has yet to rip despite several trips through large briar patches. It sheds gentle rain, giving you plenty of time to dig out your rain shell. The hem rises at the sides and drops in the front and rear for added mobility. The side zips top out about an inch below the arm holes and have 2 zippers each so you can fine-tune the amount of venting. On the right shoulder, the embroidery reads "CA-94577." It's the zip code for TNF's headquarters.

Now for the downsides. First, the zip at the neck is not even a quarter zip. It is just long enough for you to fit the vest over your head, so the only way to really dump heat is to use the side zips. If that zipper went down another 4 inches, this vest would get 4 stars. My other caveat is the cut of the vest. The chest and shoulders are great. The armholes are perfect and the length is just fine. However, the lower half of the vest is too baggy. If you've got a bit of a beer belly, you'll be fine. But for fit people, the bottom of the vest is going to hang loose. With the two long side zips, they could have given this a slight taper from shoulder to waist and had a really awesome vest.

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