Bearman

Bearman

Utah Desert, Wasatch Range

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Tim's Passions

Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

Tim's Bio

I grew up in Utah and have been exploring it since I was a baby. I love to Mt Bike, climb, backpack, snowboard and summit mountains.

My greatest adventure has been fatherhood. I am married to a beautiful and adventurous woman and we have been blessed with two sweet but tough baby girls. We get out as often as we can to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Bearman

Bearman wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Also my first running specific pack. I have used it a lot. I love a lot of things about it:
- fits me with room to grow (45in chest)
-awesome bladder (leak proof, durable, good tube and valve)
-can fit another water bottle on the front pouch on one side
-easy access to multiple pockets for music devices, gu, etc.
-highly adjustable
-stays put
-no chafing, even on longer runs (50mi)
-breathable, as breathable as these can be
-2 liters is a perfect amount for me

I am very happy with this purchase.

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Bearman wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

4 5

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

When I first started running 5 years ago, the first shoe that fit perfectly was the wave rider. Since then I have owned multiple versions. Then I stopped running for a time. Since I am training for a new race I decided to get the latest version of these.

Fit is true to size. I have always worn a 12 in wave riders and these are no different.

I like the way these feel. Although it seems quite a bit different of a shoe than it used to be, I still like it. Toe box feels slightly more narrow. As with old Wave Riders, I hate how rocks tend to get stuck in the sole sometimes because of its design. These are no different.

Overall, I am happy with them, but I will probably try something new next time.

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Bearman wrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have never run in HOKA's before but am training for a 50m mountain race. Friends recommended the HOKA brand.

I wear a 12 usually in running shoes and bought the HOKA stinson trail shoe. I have wide feet and this was way too tight in the toe box (length was good, but not width). i sent those back.

I then ordered the Mafate trail shoe in a size 12 after hearing it was the widest in the HOKA lineup.

The Mafate fit my foot much better. The day after got them, I ran 20mi in them. Without breaking them in whatsoever, they preformed incredibly. I could not be happier.

As to their quality over time, only time and miles will tell. I will update this review after my race.

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Bearman wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

4 5

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

I didn't notice the no pockets until I tried this thing on the day I got it. Why wouldn't there be pockets? It can't reduce weight that much. I wore it a few times and loved everything about it with the exceptions of the lack of pockets. I couldn't get over this. I tried to put my hands in the no-pockets a hundred times while wearing it. This was a deal breaker for me and I sent it back.

If I was always going to use this as a layering piece under something else, it would have been near perfect. The quality, fit, weight and comfort is top notch. I highly recommend this vest for what it is. I hope they add pockets in another version of this.

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Bearman wrote a review of on October 15, 2010

5 5

These things are awesome for a number of reasons.
1. My 4 year old loves spending hours playing in the snow 'testing' her gear. No snow has ever gotten into these things with the drawstring style cincher on top and the ankle strap.
2. Some kids snow boots fall off way to easily... talk about the perfect way to ruin an afternoon in the snow for a kid. These boots have never fallen off or gotten close to it.
3. My daughter has sensitive feet and gets blisters often from new shoes. None to report after spending hours in them for their first use or any subsequent uses.
4. They have a removable liner to help with drying them out, even though they have never been 'wet' inside. A nice feature.
5. My daughter is excitable and accident prone on ice, they have awesome tread and she hasn't had any spills in these things.
6. Fit is true to size.
7. These things are warm! We have been out playing in zero degrees F and there was no complaining from her... I was a different story.
Overall, I couldn't recommend a better boot for kids. I am a new fan of Sorels. I have never had a pair but am looking at some now.

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Bearman wrote a review of on August 19, 2010

5 5

This is the best pump I've ever owned. Build quality is outstanding. It's durable and solid. It connects to valves easily and pumps like every pump should. My only gripe is probably about the base of this thing. It may be just a little smaller than it should be... yet I really wouldn't want it much bigger. I am grasping for straws to find a flaw. This pump is as good as it gets. It's a great value for the price. I highly recommend this product.

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Bearman wrote a review of on August 12, 2010

4 5

I got this for my wife in the Key Lime color in a S. Fit is true to size and the color in the pic is true. The material is a really soft lightweight rib wool. It was a bit thicker than she expected, but still very lightweight, soft and breathable. In this color though, the shirt is quite a see-through material. For this reason, it was returned.

Durability and quality are top-notch... everything you can expect from a great company like Smartwool. The product just ended up being not exactly what we expected it to be.

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Bearman wrote a review of on August 2, 2010

5 5

This is a great ice tool. It is essential for ski mountaineering and mountaineering in general. I have had zero problems with this product and couldn't give it a higher recommendation. This is a great product. I am 6ft 3in and use the 75cm length. I prefer my ax to be a little longer since I use this for general mountaineering and have never minded the minimal extra weight.

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Bearman wrote an answer about on July 19, 2010

Cillian:

I think you got a great deal. I would much rather own a new 2003 than a new 2010 version of the gamma mx. My wife has a 2003 Gamma MX and I have a 2009 version. By comparison, the 2003 (yours) is a much better jacket. The design is essentially the same, however there are obvious compromises in quality. I like the material in the 2003 better, it seems a bit more heavy duty and it is obviously very durable since my wife has used the jacket a lot over the last 7 years and it is still in great condition. My 2009 on the other hand does not seem as durable. I don't like the mesh pockets on mine. They feel cheap. My wife's pockets are not mesh and are much better quality.

I hope this answers your question and helps you feel 100% confident in your new purchase. I think you will be happy with it and I think you got a great deal.

Enjoy!

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