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Bob G.

Bob G.

Currently: Wasatch and surrounding backcountry, Previously: midwest, CO, New England

Bob G.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Bob G.'s Bio

Moved to Salt Lake in Aug. 2010 for grad school at the University of Utah and to hit some new parts of the country to explore. Most of my winter is spent skiing at Solitude or in the backcountry. I'm also hoping to get some ice climbing in as well. For the summer you can find me on the rock, mostly trad, or down in the valley training for my next tri.

Bob G.

Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Got these for my wife and unfortunately the fingers on the medium ended up being too short. She doesn't have huge hands by any means, the palm length and width seemed perfect, the finger lengths were just way off.

Aside from the fit issue the gloves seem outstanding. They are really well insulated, the stitching is clean and the gloves should be bomber if you can get the right sizing. The large was sold out so we'll be trying again next fall.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

Bridgedale is about the only brand of sock my wife uses any more and these socks showed the reason once again. As a narrow size 8.5 foot, we've had a hard time finding hiking/ski socks that fit snugly and stay in place. Bridgedale always comes through and the mediums were a perfect fit.

These particular socks have great support and wicking. So far they've been field tested in cooler temps and have been warm without being overly warm and around the house they seem like they'll do a great job of regulating temps in the coming warmer months as well.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

These boots are about perfect for someone wanting a boot to use mostly inbounds but still have the freedom to tour comfortably when the time calls. The 110 flex is stiff enough to drive pretty big powder sticks easily and the boa liner lacing keeps the liner snug when the boot is loosened up for skinning.

The only downside with them is that the liner will most likely need to be heat molded and possibly get some fitting work done since the liner developed a crease near the toe from manufacturer installation and that crease has created a pressure point. Will report back once the boots have been baked to say if that took care of the pressure point/crease.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: Runs large

My wife and I loved the design on these and we each picked one up only to find out that they fit a bit looser than we were used to with BC.com items. Other than the sizing being different than expected, these are super comfy, great looking hoodies that seem really well made. Just size down and enjoy the coziness!

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: Runs large

I have the mens version of these and love them so I picked up a pair for my wife as a lighter weight late season ski sock. Unfortunately the small still fit a little loosely even though she normally wears a womens size 8.5 shoe. The length was about right but they were a little loose in terms of width. This probably would've been fine for a casual sock but for an athletic use sock they just didn't hug the foot enough and ended up bunching behind the heel.

Giving 3 stars because if they do fit your foot shape they'll be solid socks but the width on them seems more designed for a mens sock than a womens specific sock.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Base Wash definitely does its job of getting your base layers free of any grossness left over from your last epic adventure. I've used it on anything from lightly soiled to mud caked items and it comes through every time. My only complaint is with the smell when it first comes out of the wash and sometimes even out of the dryer still. It's not a horrible smell, just "different" and pretty strong. No fears though, the smell completely dissipates after a few hours of hanging with decent airflow and I've never noticed it when using the garment the next time around.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff does a great job clearing out the nasty grease and oil particles that are clogging up the pores of your several hundred dollar goretex shell. If you're feeling like you're in a steam room every time you throw your shell on and do anything more strenuous than walking your dog around the block, its probably because your jacket has lost most of its breathability due to residues in the fabric and this stuff will get you back to new.

Tech Wash doesn't do as well on hard stains as some detergents but it will allow your gear to function properly without destroying the waterproofing like some other detergents. And lets be honest, stains are as much a badge of honor as anything so don't worry about them and worry about what really matters which is having gear that functions like it should

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

The only negative I'd give these socks is that they're a little on the stout side for a lightweight hiker. They're not super thick by any means, just thicker than I'm used to with lightweight class socks. That being said, they do wick great and so far haven't been too warm for me, I'll try to provide an update after some time in the desert this summer.

For the price they're pretty hard to beat (2 pairs for roughly the price of a single pair of merino socks from some other brands? Yes please!) . They are super comfy, seem like they're going to hold up really well, and they maintain a nice snug fit all day long. There isn't much worse than having a sloppy sock slide down into your boot or bunch up at your heel and I don't think these will ever have a problem with that.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

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

This hoody is super cozy and has a long torso and arms. For reference I'm 6'3" and around 215 lbs. I originally ordered the XL since most of the BC stuff I've had runs a little small but had to exchange it for the large which is a perfect fit and still has plenty of length.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Put these on the wife's Czar's earlier this season and they've been great, the green/blue/white color looks great with the green accents on the Czar's and the XXL brake fits the ski perfectly. The bindings have a wide enough base to give great power transfer and while they don't offer as much knee protection as the FKS/Pivot bindings they still have a really nice and consistent elastic release and are more than adequate for the average all mountain skier.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're looking for a light to blind your neighbors 10 campsites down you're going to be utterly disappointed but if you just need to light up a picnic table or inside of your tent this little gem is going to be perfect.

Pros:
It's cheap, gives plenty of light for what its designed for, and its light weight.

Cons:
It'd be nice if if collapsed to be a little shorter while packing and the hanger isn't as nice as the split hangers on the BD lights.

The cons are pretty trivial and for the price its definitely a 5 star must have for camp.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

My wife got this jacket in the After Dark color about a month ago and has been absolutely loving it. The torso is slightly longer than average and the cut is great, none of the boxy, overstuffed, awkwardness of so many other women's down jackets. If you're looking for a great looking, warm, waterproof, breathable jacket that will be just as at home skiing as it is running around town, look no further.

The waterproofing hasn't been tested yet other than some light snow but from what I've seen on other Eider pieces it should be solid. If for some reason it turns out to not be bomber we'll update the review accordingly.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After using shimano pedals for a long time I got talked into trying the Mallet out and am loving them. They seem easier to get in and out of, offer a more stable platform for when you're not clipping in, and if you do get whacked in the shin, they aren't slicing you up. I wouldn't want to use them as a platform pedal for any serious downhilling since they don't have any studs to keep you from slipping off but for running errands or any relaxed riding they're perfect.

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Bob G. wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

3 5

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

These shorts are nice but they definitely run small and the Weimareiner Brown has more grey in it than you would anticipate from the pictures. Got them for my wife who is almost always a size 8 and we had to send them back, unfortunately the 10/long was sold out so we can't comment on the performance aspect but they did seem to have a little stretch and the length of the longs was perfect for my wife who's 5'10"

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Bob G. wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

After getting a few other purses for my wife that were either too big or too small, this one nailed it. The faux leather looks great, it stays on her shoulder, has plenty of space without looking like she's hauling a kiddy pool around, and its tough enough to not show any marks from our 2 dogs jumping up and pawing at it every day she gets home from work.

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