Brian Shema

Brian Shema

Based in PA, guide all over the country.

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Brian Shema

Brian Shema wrote a review of on June 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just returned from a 10-day trip to western Montana. As a guide, I carry a ton of equipment all around the country. Grabbed a Long Hauler XL for this most recent trip. First off, the XL is BIG. Possibly too big. I carried 67 pounds (yes, I paid for the overweight baggage fees) of gear through the airports. Unlike my shoulder, the bag didn't hesitate. 10 days worth of clothing, rain gear, jackets, 2 pairs of hikers, spotting scope, tripod, optics, medical kits, etc. all fit with ease. If you can fit it, this duffel will haul it. BTW - the bright orange bag can be seen from the terminal as it is loaded on a jet, and you'll never guess which bag is yours at baggage claim!

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Brian Shema wrote a review of on June 28, 2013

5 5

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

Possibly my favorite pair of Keen hikers. These were shipped to me two weeks ago after a warranty claim on my Oregon PCT's that were just shy of 2 years old. I selected the Alamosa because of the weight and waterproofness. They are lighter than my Targhee Mids, more comfortable than my Bryce and more supportive than my Oregon PCT. I did about 60 miles in western Montana over the past 10 days - it rained every single day. Temps ranged from 39 to 70 degrees. Feet remained dry, absorbed shock of rocky trails, good traction over snow and streams. My feet did not "creep" when descending trails. Paired with Keen performance socks, I never overheated. After 60 miles, uppers show no signs of wear. Great boot for hiking in all terrain. Sizing is about 1/2 size small.

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Brian Shema wrote a review of on May 13, 2013

5 5

I read the reviews prior to purchasing this jacket, but always question whether reviews will match my needs. I am a professional guide, typically working with older adults that tend to be slower on trails. This past weekend I put my new Leadville to the test - 35-40 degree weather and winds at 30mph off of the Great Lakes. My co-leaders and participants were wearing heavy outerwear to stay comfortable. I, on the other hand, wore a medium base layer, long sleeved t-shirt and my Leadville jacket. They all kept asking if I was cold. Nope. Zero wind penetration. Lightweight yet fairly warm. The base layer was the key, but the jacket was Perfect for the conditions.
6'2", 210lbs. Large is ideal fit.

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Brian Shema wrote a review of on May 7, 2013

3 5

Mine just arrived. After several hours, my initial impressions... Order half size up if you have any question about sizing. Otherwise, good fit right out of the box. Footbed seems pretty hard, hoping break-in will cure that. And although advertised at 17 ounces, they feel heavier/chunkier than that on my feet. Not sure I am a fan yet, but some time will tell.

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Brian Shema wrote a review of on May 5, 2013

4 5

I have several different pairs of Keen hikers. My Targhee II's are about 2 years old and going strong. They are built to be lightweight, so don't expect to torture them year after year. They are best suited for light hiking and are waterproof to the ankle. Comfortable but inexpensive boot for a winter jaunt, or for an all day excursion. I find them to be true to size, perhaps a bit wide, but laces can take out extra room.

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Brian Shema wrote an answer about on May 5, 2013

Perhaps a bit late for a response, but these are great for use in snow. I've hiked hundreds of miles thru snow in mine. Keep in mind, they are a bit on the heavy side. For someone doing a lot of "casual" walking, a lighter choice may be a good consideration. The new Keen Bryce WP Mids are much lighter.

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