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Brendan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Brendan's Bio

Lifelong worshipper of road cycling. Now dabbling elsewhere with lots of enthusiasm & mixed success.

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Brendan Quirk

Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 28, 2013

5 5

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

I started skiing 2 years ago and bought a Patagonia Powder Bowl jacket to get me started. It was great, but I got the itch to upgrade. I made a superb choice here. The warmth-to-bulk ratio is incredible. I love the small details -- the thumb-hole thingys in the sleeve, the goggle cleaning rag in the chest pocket, the low profile nature of the hood etc etc. And the fit is totally spot on. I'm 5'10"ish and 175lbs and the Medium is perfect. The arm length is solid, the shoulder room is great, and it's not too long or short in the waist, and not too tight or loose in the belly. I feel no buyers remorse, no curiosity to try other jackets, and I'm encouraged to check out other pieces of Norrona. This is the jacket you need!

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 28, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Echoing what others here are saying -- Castelli winter glove sizing has issues. I'm 5'10" 175lbs and size Large summer gloves are fine for me, as are size 9 Hestras. I bought Large here and the fingers barely had enough length, but the palm and the cuff both felt too darn roomy. Beyond that, these had a bit more heft than what I wanted. Castelli is normally the best quality & the best value out there, but I'm not so hot on these.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought the green ones and they were perfect. I also bought the grey ones and the waist was at least 1" larger. What a bizarro experience! Green ones were true to size and are perfect in every way. Grey ones are too big in the waist.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Like all Mountain Hardwear clothes, the Canyon shorts are well made and functional in a lot of ways. But they fall short in a couple of crucial ways: (1) The 7" legs are just too darn short, and this shortness felt accentuated because the legs taper inward. They were so high & tight that I felt like it was Halloween and I was going as a German tourist. (2) The pockets are too shallow and narrow.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on January 1, 2013

4 5

Easy to set up. Kids are magnetized to it like they are skis or trampolines. Lots of fun. My only complaint pertains to shipping. It was shipped out in its original box, so the shipping label, etc, was on the original box. Given that this was putatively a gift to our youngest son from Santa, it made life complicated.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In the world of cork you basically have two good choices -- Cinelli and Arundel. If you'd like something with more of a less dense and airy feel, I'd suggest Deda's tape. But cork kills vibration and has a nice feel that makes it easily the best selling option out there, with Cinelli being the leading brand. And make sure to consider white! Everyone always goes black, but white makes any bike look sorta new.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everyone should have a set of 32 hole handbuilts. This DT rim has taken over as the "go to" rim over the Mavic Open Pro. It's reasonably light, quite tough, and has snazzy enough decals without being over the top. This is rock solid. If you're building up some handbuilts, your rim choice is easy.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Maybe you ride indoors with a fan blowing on you, maybe you don't. In either event, you sweat like hell on the trainer and this mat makes it so that your carpet or floor doesn't get pooled up with yr sweat. This mat is sticky on the bottom side so it won't slip, and you can step on it with cleats without falling. Big enough for a bike-on-a-trainer, or for a Cycleops Indoor Bike.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Tights are sometimes just too much. Whether you're running or skate skiing or hiking, you want warmth and freedom of movement without kitting out in an uber-athletic wardrobe. I bought these for skate skiing and they're perfect. They're way sleeker than, say, softshell pants. But they aren't as "race-day" looking as tights. Particularly for skate skiing, they're ideal. Also, if you're stuck between sizes, go with the smaller size for sure!

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This might be the best winter baselayer ever. It relies purely on insulation and not on windblock, but when you combine it with a nice jacket (such as the Craft Storm jacket) it gives you plenty of warmth. The crew neck is just right -- it stops right below the adam's apple. Also, if you're stuck between sizes, choose the smaller size. I can use M or L in base layers, and I'm happy as a clam with M. This sucker is thin, light, and super-warm. You'll love it.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

If you choose the correct size this is probably a good choice for activities where your speed isn't high (skate skiing) or where the temps aren't too high (riding a bike in autumn.) But they are thin without a lot of insulation. Also, size UP, i.e. if you're stuck between sizes go with the bigger size.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nicely insulated without too much heft. It relies more on insulation than windblock in terms of the materials. It has pockets in the back so you can carry gels, etc. For Nordic you can match this with a proZero base layer and it's all the insulation you need. For cycling you may want a bit more windblocking action for winter riding, so add a jersey or something like that. My only complaint is that the jacket is a bit roomy in the sternum area. I wish it were tighter. When you're bent over and reaching for the bars the material & zipper poofs out a bit.

Also, from a sizing standpoint, if you're stuck between sizes, choose the smaller size of the two. I usually float between M and L, and was very happy with my choice of L.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on September 23, 2012

4 5

I tried the ICS clip version of this. Twice. But if you ride rough enough roads or trails, the clip can't hold & ejects the bag. This velcro version is much more secure. The medium size can hold everything you need for super-serious riding. Big enough without being too big. Give it a shot.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on September 23, 2012

4 5

This is inexpensive, it doesn't slip, and (at least the black version) looks just as sharp with a pair of hiking shorts as it does a nice pair of jeans or khakis.

My only complaint is that if you want the Patagonia logo on the front of the belt to have the proper orientation then you have to feed in the strap from the left side of your body. This is the opposite of regular belts and is awkward for righties. This isn't a deal killer since the label is hidden by the strap anyways, but it's a bit weird.

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