Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts

Northwest Montana, Glacier NP, Cabinets, Missions, Swans

Brandon Roberts's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing

Brandon Roberts's Bio

Grew up in the badlands of Eastern MT before moving to the NW part of the state. Built backcountry trails and bridges all over NW MT and even parts of Southern Idaho. Now I do year-round landscape maintenance. I depend on my gear to keep me working through anything Mother Nature musters, and yet it still needs to be technical and versatile enough to make that weekend outing to a high, Montana alpine lake for some fly fishing, peak bagging, bouldering, crisp mornings and snow in July.

Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

What it has in comfort ...
3 5

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

What is has in comfort it lacks in durability. I do love this boot, from the moment I tried it on. Never required any break in with me, just comfort from day one.
Unfortunately after a little over a year of work and trail use they have to be retired. The synthetic material came apart where the foot flexes. Looks like the harder plastic that extends down from the laces cut through the synthetic mesh. (Happened at all four flex points, two per boot. )
Because of this they now allow water directly in.
I felt they should have lasted a little longer. Wish they would have. Very comfortable.

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Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

I have been living in these wool tops for years.
My first one lasted several years before finally being retired from service after I ripped off the remainder of its sleeves to tie my deer to a post and carry it out of the woods.
I have one that I wear almost daily for work and another for casual events.
Like I said, I basically live in this shirt, which is possible in Montana. Warm enough for spring/fall mornings and breathable enough for the summer ones.
Couldn't have enough praise for this piece. Thank you Arc'teryx

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

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

Love Norrona. This is a great layering jacket for cold climates. I am 5'11", 200 lbs and 46" chest, this runs small for my build but I ordered it as a layer so went with the large and it is plenty slim.
I love the tall Norrona collars but wish they would use a better zipper. The zippers just do not build confidence, seem undersized and undervalued.
This jacket has an amazing warmth to weight ratio and very versatile.
I also have the Trollveggen Warm2 fleece but needed the XL in that style to fit me and the warm4 upcycled fleece which fits me perfectly in a large.
Every design is built with a specific purpose so every jacket will have a different fit.
Backcountry's amazing customer service makes it easy to dial your gear in, often without trying it on first.

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

I am amazed by the ability to take a used plastic bottle and spin it into fibers that are so luxurious and practical.
I am 5'11", 200 lbs, 46" chest and built like a linebacker. The large has a relatively relaxed fit on me because this is a more casual fleece than a technical one.
I also have the Trollvoggen Warm2 fleece but needed the XL in that style to fit me.
I purchased this as a casual winter jacket for cold, dry days and it is perfect. Plus I like to tell people that it is made from recycled plastic bottles after they feel it. Mind blown. Upcycling is a no brainier!
It is my favorite casual jacket. Only negative is the Norrona zippers, wish they were a little burlier.

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

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

This jacket is plenty warm as a stand alone and layers up fantastically with its athletic fit.
I am 5'11" and 200 with 46" chest, big shoulders and am glad I ordered the XL, which still works under my shell.
Like many fleece jackets, it is a sponge with odor and like most Norrona products the zippers leave a little to be desired but recommended overall.

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

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

I usually don't purchase anything that isn't wool when it comes to base layers but wanted something a little heavier weight. I tried out Norrona and have become fairly brand loyal to them.
These are perfect for a day on the slopes under my uninsulated goretex bib or snowshoeing the Montana mountains.
They do not absorb odors like many synthetic base layers do and maintain their shape fairly well between washings.
Two seasons and counting.

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

I have been wearing Smith sunglasses for well over a decade now and the new glass polarchromics are amazing! They handle everything I put them through.
I do landscape maintenance and weed eat sometimes for hours a day and these are the first shades that survived the season.
I wear them daily and the glass has held up to drops and flying rocks and debris.
Love this Idaho company. Love their product.

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Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This material is just amazing, and it is my girlfriend's fav.
Unfortunately I wore it to a house party with some people who smoke and the smell hung in the shirt a couple days and I am reluctant to wash my baselayers more than I need to. It has aired out by now.
I find it my loosest baselayer, relaxed.
I am 5'11 and 205, broad shoulders, 34'waist. The Large has a nice relaxed fit which I can wear as a baselayer or comfortably over a t-shirt.
I do love it and it is ultra-comfortable but it seems casual rather than technical. For around town I love it. For hitting the mountain or keeping warm while I push snow... I will stick with my merino or Phase. But it is great to the touch and the price is right.

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Brandon Roberts wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the price it is hard to find a better, comparable non-goretex shell.
Now big sales do lead to questions like original retail prices, quality questions, company longevity?
However, I purchased a grip of Stoic gear as an update to my company's worn out rain gear. I have had a chance to use the Stash in rain/snow mix and it held up to the pressure washer while cleaning equipment.
I think this gear will do just the trick for my needs, Spring rain, pressure washers and summer showers.
As a business owner the price point is a bottom line. However I understand longevity and materials are worth the price so we will see how this shell fares over time but happy with my purchase. And the orange is also a hunting season safety shell.
I am 5'11 and 205, broad shoulders, 34 waist and the large is a good, athletic fit. Arms just a hint long, no Velcro cuff.
Also, Backcountry's price match is as advertised. I paid an original sale price for 2 of these shells, a week later they went on a further sale. I did a live chat with BC and they credited my card back the difference and sent me an email confirmation for the order.
BC is my goto gear site, and has been for years

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