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Keiran

Keiran

Rocky Mountains; SW Desert; Appalachia on Rare Occassions

Keiran's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Climbing

Keiran's Bio

I worked in the wilderness therapy industry for over 2 years with adults and youth. I now work in human services and do my own outdoor trips.

My passion is climbing. I'm a wannabe snowboarder, excellent canoer, former AT backpacker, fearful but able winter camper, and decent review writer.

Keiran

Keiranwrote a review of on February 14, 2015

5 5

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

I love this jacket. I bought my first Virtuoso prior to working a winter leading backpacking in S. Utah. The Virtuoso + a second down jacket were my nighttime layering system for winter camping. Now I live in Denver, and the Virtuoso is all I usually need layer-wise. Every now and then, when it's like single digits I'll slip on a mid-layer underneath for added warmth.
It's durable, relatively windproof, and I like the cut because it's not overly form-fitting (5'8" 125 lbs, B cup, Size S Virtuoso). Outdoor Research offers an infinite guarantee on their gear and it's super easy to use this. You call, put the old piece in a box and get a new one. I lost some teeth on my zipper about 1.5 years in to owning it, plus my jacket smelled rank after that long using it as field gear, so I had a new one sent out last spring. I love my new one even more than my previous one.
Cons on this jacket are minor: It sheds feathers sometimes, although my newer Virtuoso doesn't as much, the hood pulls some when you have hands in pockets and hood on.

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Keiran

Keiranwrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

Just got these from Marshall's, awesome deal.
I noticed the other review, but I disagree. While these socks aren't the thickest, they don't lack padding. They fit well, and the material feels great.
I've only worn them for a day and a night, but it's been cold and thus far they've kept my feet super warm.
I'm headed hiking on the AT this March, so that'll be the real test.

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Keiranwrote a review of on December 7, 2010

5 5

Just to begin, best wind-shirt EVER! I got this thinking I was getting a light jacket, don't be confused this is shirt thickness for sure. But after that initial shock, I've fallen in love... seriously. This wind-shirt goes under every jacket I wear in the winter and you won't know until you have one, but cutting out wind adds so much temp. This baby cuts out the wind completely! I wear it under my winter coat and over a base layer and a poly-t when I take winter afternoon runs (when it's 30 degrees or more) and it's all I need. I love the lined pockets on my runs, especially if I forget my gloves.
For sizing purposes, I'm almost 5'8" and 130lbs with a 32 or 34 A bra size. I have a size small and it's tight with one layer underneath, but it works.

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Keiranwrote a review of on December 6, 2010

5 5

These are freaking awesome! I'm wearing them right now with some cargo pants on top, it's 16 degrees outside and my legs aren't cold. This is the coldest weather test I've done thus far. In terms of sizing, I'm almost 5'8" and 130 pounds I wear a size 1 or 3 jean depending on the brand. I have size small in these pants. They are a little tight in the waist (not painfully so, just not roomy) and reach just above the top of my ankle. I've worn these to run in, play rugby in, and as a base layer for my early morning winter dog walks. They definitely performed up to par in all these activities. My only complaint is if I don't have something over these and the wind blows, I feel the chill. Which is expected since they're only a base layer; not something to mark off points for, but just to keep in mind. Overall, these tights are warm, toasty perfection.

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