Brett Garrett

Brett Garrett

Wasatch Mtns

Brett Garrett's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Brett Garrett's Bio

Utah powder, red rocks, golden aspens, cold mountain streams: all things needed for survival of the soul.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easy installation on my 2008 Impreza with landing pad #11.
Looks good on the car and very little wind noise. So far it looks like a good base system. Only unknowns are how strong it is (each control tower is held to car by one bolt only), and we'll see about durability.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

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

I am happy with this shoe after about a dozen rides. It is well made and has quality construction. The shoe is plenty stiff for me and the tread is pretty grippy when walking those hike-a-bike sections. The shoe seems to breathe well so far. I originally tried both a 45 and 44 (I normally wear size 11 shoe) and settled on the 44 which is pleasantly snug.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

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

Very versatile jacket. I have used it hiking and ski touring so far and it works great. I tend to sweat alot and the non-insulated side panels help shed heat when going uphill. The material blocks the wind ok, but you need a shell when it is really blustery. In light dry snow, the jacket repels the moisture pretty well, but of course it is not waterproof. I have heavier insulated jackets that are too warm to hike or skin in, and this one is perfect for under a shell, or warmer days, or traveling uphill. The green/yellow color is very bright, almost neon.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

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

Been using these all summer and I am happy. Low profile pads are placed well and keep my hands comfortable. The material on the back of the hand breathes well even in hot weather. The gloves seem to be holding up well, but time will tell. I can even use a smartphone screen with them on. Nice gloves.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on January 1, 2015

5 5

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

High quality ski jacket. The material is soft and not crinkly. It also has some stretch to it. The torso vents seemed like a gimic, but they actually work well. The arms are pretty long, could be an inch shorter for me, but not a big deal. There are plenty of pockets. My only complaint (typical of OR jackets) is the hand pockets should have longer zippers to make it easier to get stuff in and out. All in all, a well built jacket.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on March 4, 2013

2 5

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

I tried to like these, but in the end they were to wide and mushy. I have a fairly wide forefoot, but these boots were just too wide. They had no 'snow feel' at all and were just too sloppy when skiing. They do tour well and have good range of motion. Went to the scarpa maestrale and am much happier.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on March 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am happy with this boot so far. They are very light. The flex is plenty stiff for me. They tour very well and the liner is very comfortable even without molding (which I haven't done yet). The liner is pretty warm as well.
My only 2 issues are as follows 1. The side of the tongue bites into my shin. I think heat molding will eliminate this. 2. I require canting. I have my alpine boot soles canted. I am not sure how to fix that on a dynafit setup. Maybe shim the bindings.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first set of Dynafit bindings, and I am happy so far. I picked these over the verticals because of the updated heel design. So far I like it. It is very easy to change climbing heights. The only worry I have is the force that is put on the heel hinge for the risers. Overall, the design seems solid and user friendly.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on November 27, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice gloves for skiing, working, or climbing. They are thicker than I was envisioning, but still have decent feel for winter gloves. I like the shorter cuff. very easy to put on and off. The leather seems pretty stout. Happy so far...

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on October 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put this jacket through its paces and I am happy with the performance. It breathes very well. Material is very stretchy. It does have a fleece interior that adds some warmth. Works great as a touring or hiking jacket. It does let some wind through (not windproof), but that works well for me because sweat is evaporated quickly. It is a true softshell (no membrane of any kind). Repels light rain/snow, but does wet out after prolonged rain. Bottom line, does what I want it to do in a softshell.

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Brett Garrettwrote a review of on May 24, 2012

5 5

These are excellent boots. Lowa makes nice boots, and these are no exception. Unfortunately, they are too narrow in the forefoot area for me. The construction is top notch and the modern lace design really works. There is no pinching from the laces while walking downhill. The boot holds your foot very well. My feet are a little wider than average and the boot is a little narrower than some of lowas other boots (in my experience). These would be great trekking boots for someone with a average or narrow forefoot.

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