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Brian Donner

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Brian's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Brian's Bio

I walk around outside, but I also run around. I swim sometimes, and paddle too. Need to fly.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on February 5, 2012

5 5

Great skin! Attachment works easily. The skins were easy to cut despite magne-traction. I added some Spark RnD tail clips which really help keep the skins in place for a no-nuisance skin up the hill. Grab some of BD's Cheat Sheets to make storage and re-application easy. Great product!

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Brian Donner wrote an answer about on May 18, 2011

I have had some minor heel drift with these shoes, but it's usually after the initial strap in. I typically have to strap in and put on some miles before I re-strap the bindings which are then usually good for the duration. The same applies to descending with these, usually after you log some miles tighten the straps again real quick and you should be just fine. I have worn these all day long with 10,000+ of up and down without issues by just re-tightening after a few miles. Hope that helps!

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

2 5

I'm sorry but no thanks. I tried these out for a bit but exchanged for the Vasque Transistor, of which I am on my second pair and love. The velocity is a heavy, bulky, high-centered hiking shoe which is masquerading as a trail runner. They are actually very similar to the gore-tex merrell trail shoes I have. If you are looking for a solid, rigid trail shoe I suppose these would work well for that purpose. However, I did not find these shoes very responsive and would not recommend them for trail runners, which is what they are advertised as.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on May 18, 2011

4 5

I really dig these shirts, especially for what I paid off SAC. I'm not crazy about the strange collar/neck construction, I prefer a normal circular cut. However, that's about my only complaint! These shirts are pretty durable (for merino), they wick sweat very well, dry quickly and they don't smell (that bad). I don't own any icebreaker shirts so I can't compare, but my patagonia merino 4 smells a little better than these Stoic merinos after some sweaty days. If you're a little chunky in the midsection (fatty) don't buy, or size up. You have been warned so no bad reviews about how you thought they were tight, and that's the shirts fault... they have a very athletic fit. I think improvements would be: Arms a little bigger, normal collar. The second just being personal preference though. I'm very happy with the two shirts I have, they work great and were an exceptional value.
5'10/190# Size L fits me just right, read above though. Not for chunky drawers.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

4 5

Not bad! I picked this up off SAC for about 35 bones and I'm happy with it! This is a great summer bag, light, synthetic and not too warm. I own a WM summerlite 32 degree down bag which I usually carry in the summer because of it's very small size and weight but this bag is also quite small and light (1oz heavier than the WM summerlite) but not so warm- which is sometimes nice in the summer. My only gripe is the lafuma 600 feels a little smaller than the summerlite at the waist. This isn't really a problem though, I still have room to move around. This bag would not work well for temps below 45, so don't even try. Overall- at the price I paid this thing is great!

5'10 190lbs. Size REG.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 24, 2011

4 5

Not bad! The cookset works about perfectly for one person in the summer months. I prefer a 1.2L + in the winter for numerous reasons. I like the durability of this cookset, it's really solid and still doesn't weigh much. A jetboil 100g canister fits inside the pot along with the stove, an optimus ti folding spork, lighter, and a rag!

The stove- Not bad. Light, durable, simple and HOT. My only complaint is the burner control is super touchy and doesn't simmer very well.

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Brian Donner wrote an answer about on April 24, 2011

I have this cookset (stove too) and would not suggest cooking for more than one person with it. I have cooked for two before and although it isn't the end of the world, after a long day you just want to eat your damn food! I purchased the following cookset off SAC for a bargain, but even at $47 or whatever, not bad:
http://www.backcountry.com/backcountry-titanium-cookset-1650ml
I would suggest something that size if you'll be cooking for two. I also tend to use the larger cookset solo in the winter, it makes melting snow easier and allows more hot water for tea, bottles, food, etc. I love the terra solo, but the name kind of says it all, hope that helped.

Happy Ts!

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 24, 2011

The green dogpack from parts unknown...
4 5

Rocky is a 64lb lab/shepherd/pig? mix and wears a size medium. I am going to cut the front chest straps and re-attach them just slightly tighter because apparently he is a strange shaped dog. I wish the chest straps tightened just a little more, otherwise everything fits well. The areas that are starting to wear are the bottom corners of the pack towards the front. However, nothing stands up to NH granite and this is to be expected. Rocky likes his pack (I think) and has been fine with it ever since the quick temper tantrum the first hike he wore it on. I agree with Jason, a weeks worth of food would fit in here no problem for my dog. Overall this pack has stood up to 3 years of ownership and a lot of hiking both summer and winter, it's a quality doggie pack.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 20, 2011

5 5

If you own gore-tex or other waterproof breathable gear, you need this stuff. Unless you don't use said waterproof gear, then you don't need this stuff since it's made for people who do use their gear. I use the tech wash too, but I'm not sure if it's worth it, some gear just says use powdered wash soap. The TX Direct works great, and I think the wash-in stuff works a lot better than the spray on. Now that I think about it, I need to buy more!

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 19, 2011

4 5

I totally dig these pants- the zippers on the bottom of the leg are a life saver. They repel light water and clean/dry very easily. The nylon is much softer than some of my cheapo zip-off's, and they seem to breathe much better. I wish they had a cargo pocket! Pretty happy with these basic zip-offs though. I wear a 32x32 but sized up to a 34- might be a mistake on a thru-hike due to weight loss, but for weekend wars it was a good call.

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 19, 2011

5 5

I bought this for my girlfriend- 5'8" 115lbs. Size medium fits her well, a SM was too short in the torso. She has long arms and this jacket fits her very well, and looks great. The waterproofing is adequate and the jacket seems to breathe pretty well (always could be better). The medium size allows for some room to layer underneath and the jacket has a nice smooth inside (unlike the Welder) which doesn't snag on fleece or other soft materials. Thumb holes in wrist gaiters are a nice touch for keeping extra warm. Pretty happy with the quality thus far!

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Brian Donner wrote a review of on April 19, 2011

3 5

I bought this in size SM for my girlfriend who is 5'8" and 115lbs. She has long trevor/alien arms and although the arms were long enough the SM was a little short in the torso. A medium fit much better. She would have kept the jacket but the inside was a strange fleece like material that stuck to everything and ruined any chances of layering fleece, or anything other than smooth nylon underneath. When she did try a fleece under the jacket it bunched up and stuck to the inside of the arms which made movement annoying. The insulated version of this jacket would solve the problem, but we ended up buying the Stoic Bombshell in size M and she is totally happy with it.

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