Blake Carley

Blake Carley

Boise Foothills, Central Idaho Mountains, Canadian Rockies

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Blake's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Mountaineering
Alpine Skiing

Blake's Bio

If it involves the outdoors, im out there doing it. Obsessed with the gear that makes it more enjoyable!

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on July 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I thought I would never own a pair of these grandma gardening shoes! That is until I needed a lightweight, comfortable pair for backpacking after walking all day. AND I thought that is ALL I would wear them for. Got them, tried them on and have worn them about everyday since then. Sure they aren't the coolest looking, but damn comfortable and keep your feet cool. I'm a believer now! It does run a little large, I went size 10 as im usually in a 10.5,

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decided to go with the Catlike after researching helmets for years it seems! Seemed like the best combination of weight, style and price. I bought it at the same time as the Giro XAR. At first fit, the Giro seemed better, but after adjustments, you could tell the Catlike was a winner. More contact points and more ways to adjust (it comes with extra pads). The bug screen over the holes is a bonus. In the days of high priced helmets (the new Smith?? Although it does look sweet) this is a solid choice.

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

I originally bought the half dome, returned for this. The Vector is much more comfortable and significantly lighter (to me). You could honestly forget you are wearing this thing. Weight was important for me and my ski mountaineering pack gets heavy, so I was very glad I made the step up from the Half Dome.

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After skiing the Huascaran for the last few season in deep BC powder, I was looking for a steep, variable condition (spring, etc) ski. I originally went with the G3 Zens 93MM, but thought that was lacking the 'substance' i wanted on a ski. I guess I'm just not one for the 'traditional' bc ski. I needed a little shape and playfulness and some more waist. I love my Huascarans, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with Dynafit. I have been out on these skis a few times and love them. Just enough flex while having the backbone in the not so great stuff. Im a dynafit fan for sure. There is also no better skin system as well!

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, lightweight harness, but the sizing is weird. I am 6ft 185, 32in waist. Went with the M/L based on the BC.com sizing chart. Turns out, the sizing chart isn't even applicable to the Couloir harness. The M/L is pretty much maxed out on me. If I would have seen the correct size chart on BDs website, I would have sized down. You can find that here: http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/climbing-harnesses/couloir-harness-BD651039BORGS_M1.html

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

5 5

I had the luxury of trying this on at the local TNF store. I feel this piece could be a real game changer in the 'active warmth' segment. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for to Ski Tour in. Keeps the core and arms warm, but have thin material in the high sweat areas. 6ft 180 and the L fit amazing. Cant wait to get out and really try this out. 5 stars to star!

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I have these in the tall version, size MT. I am 6ft 185, with longer legs. This pant runs fairly big, I am a 32 waist and could probably get away with the S. They are also baggy, but the quality of these pants seems top notch. This is one of my go to resort pants, however, I wouldn't tour in them - just too much material.

As a side note, I am less than pleased with Arcteryx customer service. I was forced to purchase through their website because BC.com doesn't offer these in longer sizes. I wrote them to inquire about a refund / exchange as I was outside of the 30 day window and had only worn 1 time and I didn't hear back for almost 4 weeks. When they did reach back out, I got a canned response basically restating their return policy, which I was already aware of. I thought for spending $500 on a pair of pants they would be more accommodating / offer more options. Maybe try a different style? If I have learned anything in the outdoor industry, it is that customer service is #1. In this case, Arcteryx dropped the ball and I will honestly not purchase any more of their gear because of it. There are plenty of other brands that care about their customers. This is why I purchase everything through BC.com, they have the absolute best customer service and offer an awesome return policy.

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

3 5

This beanie is pretty good. A little thicker and longer than the Armada standard beanie, which is my favorite. I ended up sending mine back in exchange for the standard as it was too long for me. If you like long, get it!

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

3 5

I have to agree with some of the reviews below. There is noticeable extra material on the tops of each finger. A significant gap between the liner perhaps and the shell? Although I don't believe there is a removable liner.

As stated, I want to like this glove, but it just feels 'sloppy'

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Blake Carley wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I am very perplexed by the size chart Oakley has posted for their winter pants. They do not post an inseam length, but rather give a 'recommended height'. Seeing the 5'10 - 6'4'' recommendation on the size M, I was happy to FINALLY find a pant that might be long enough for me. I am 6ft 180, BTW. I received these pants last week and can almost guarantee that these pants will not be long enough for anyone falling in Oakleys 'recommended' height range. Can they not just post the inseam length for each size? I am disappointed they are not providing this (also checked Oakleys website). Why don't companies make pants for taller people!?

Besides the sizing being off, they seem like good pants. Definitely a regular fit, with good venting.

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