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Blake Carley

Blake Carley

Boise Foothills, Central Idaho Mountains, Canadian Rockies

Blake Carley's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Blake Carley'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 Carleywrote a review of on November 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got a hold of a pair of 28 shell TLT 6 Mountain. Wow, what a light boot. I moved over to this from the original Scarpa Maestrale. I was a 27.5 sizes in that boot. I have a 10/10.5 street shoe size. I went for more of a relaxed fit in the in the TLT as I spend wayyyy more time not skiing in these than actually skiing (going downhill). I ski a 27 resort boot. Sure, they are more lower volume than Scarpa, but not an issue for me. I was still able to use my super feet liner with these (blue). I have 3 days so far this season and love these boots. What are you waiting for!?

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Blake Carleywrote a review of on October 6, 2014

5 5

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

Now you can have a dedicated touring pant without looking like you are on a SkiMo race team. Slightly more relaxed fit, but not too baggy. Venting is great, gaiter is as well. Honestly, nothing is wrong with this pant. 6ft 183lb, 32 waist - M is perfect. My go to touring pant.

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Blake Carleywrote a review of on September 25, 2014

5 5

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

This is the one shirt that can do it all. Hiking, Fishing, or just handing around. The stretch and buttons on the sleeves are amazing. Awesome shirt if you are going to be in the sun all day. Save the sunscreen for the after hike drinks, this has you covered. SPF protection and high collar if needed, wow. It has more options than a Ferrari. Sure its expensive, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Im 6ft 183lbs and can get away with a M. Its right in between relaxed and slim fit, IMO.

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Blake Carleywrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

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

I was in the market for some new goggles, so I thought I would order these and the Smith I/OX for comparison. I have an average face, in being that it looks human-ish and not overly large. I ordered the orange band in the IO7 - i thought the reverse side would be Grey - but it is actually a dark green - just FYI. Both goggles have a good field of vision, I honestly didnt notice too much of a difference in the IOX - I thought I would notice it more, with the lens being much larger. For the IOX, I ordered the "Reggae" color (Revival-Irie). The band seemed to have VERY little stretch and felt very thick and stiff. Whereas the IO7 was nice and elastic, and light. This is the reason I stuck with the IO7 and returning the IOX. The new 7 lens swap looks awesome too - but both are very easy!

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Blake Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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 Carleywrote 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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