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Cody's Passions

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

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Brett Garrett wrote 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 Garrett wrote 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 Garrett wrote 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 Garrett wrote 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 Garrett wrote 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 Garrett wrote 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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Brett Garrett wrote a review of on May 16, 2012

5 5

This is a very nice lightweight rain jacket. It packs down very small and is so light you can take it on any hike.
I like the features: pit zips, multiple pockets, and a nice hood. Some hoods on jackets these days are so big (in order to be helmet compatible), they don't fit well without a helmet. This one fits nice and has good adjustments.
The material is very light, but seems pretty durable.
The breathability is pretty good; good enough for the dry climate where I live.
The fit is contoured and athletic.
Very good, light jacket

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Brett Garrett wrote a review of on May 15, 2012

4 5

I'm happy with this pack. It is very light. It has no frame, just a slightly stiffened back panel. It is very comfortable to wear; it sort of wraps around you. The stretchy waistbelt and shoulder straps are a unique idea. The pack is well made: good stitching and high quality (if lightweight) materials.
All in all, a good pack for dayhikes or trail runs.

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Brett Garrett wrote a review of on May 14, 2012

Great boot
5 5

This boot is outstanding. In one word: nimble. Makes you want to go fast. It is very cushioned. Great for hiking with a light pack. Too soft for backpacking with heavy loads. It fits me great; I have been hiking in the hedgehog low for years with good results. The higher version feels similar, but adds some ankle support. The tread is grippy.
So far the waterproofing is good. I mostly hike in the dry climates of Utah. This boot breathes pretty well; better than an all leather goretex boot. Highly recommend.

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Brett Garrett wrote a review of on February 24, 2012

Great ski.
5 5

I am impressed with the drifter so far. They are stiff enough underboot to be able to open it up in chop. With the early rise tip, it is near impossible to sink the tip in deep snow. I am still getting used to the mount: the Surface recommended line for traditional mount is closer to the ski center than I am used to.

The only issue I have is they seem prone to chipping on the topsheet. Shouldn't affect performance, though. Otherwise seem well built.

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Brett Garrett wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

Love this helmet. Venting is awesome and easy to use. Padding is comfortable and wicks sweat well. Fits a little different than my variant it replaces.
Feels light on the head and looks great.
Highly recommended.

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