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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Washington - Alaska - Hawai'i - New England

Brian Wilson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Brian Wilson's Bio

ICU RN - Wilderness Medicine - Primarily trail and mountain ultramarathon since moving to the islands and having kids. Trail running used to be training for time in the mountains, but became my primary means of sport while on O`ahu.

A true PNW boy, growing up in Washington State and spending my 20s in Alaska provided ample opportunities for skiing, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, MTB, bike touring, multi-day backpacking and general outdoor hootenany!

Graduate school and internship/fellowships have taken us the the northeastern United States. I look forward to exploring the northern New England states and the Maritimes of Canada and returning to my roots through skiing and mountaineering.

Ruminations and BIG PLANS:
Check out: mountainrnr.blogspot.com

Rainier
Shuksan
Blackburn
Denali

The Kepler
Mt. Hood PCT 50
Vermont 50
Susitna 100
HURT 100 - Completed x 3

BIT-Big Island Traverse - Completed
MTB The Great Divide
Fastpack the JMT
Fastpack the Long Trail
MTB Tasmania
MTB New Zealand
MTB the Maritimes

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on December 26, 2014

4 5

As a lover of Patagonia and other high-gear, finding high quality kid's clothing has been tough. This is a nice jacket with cool colors that kids love. The face fabric is durable and waterproof/breathability rating is adequate for a nasty day doing laps. The sizing is modern and my average sized 7 y/o is drowning in the small (7/8). The biggest issue is the sleeve length, which I think is unmanageable. We would downsize if that was possible.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on April 14, 2012

4 5

At 330 grams who has time to quibble and call these heavy? True, INOV-8 is making lighter-cushier models these days, but this is still my staple shoe for its ability to excell in any and all conditions. Made for a neutral runner or supinators like me. Firm and responsive underfoot with excellent traction on O'ahu's MUD, roots and rocks. Also work well on the road if necessary. In comparison the newer models e.g. roclites are more nimble and do well in the mud during the first weeks of use. My issue with the newer models is primarly a distinct lack of traction on wet surfaces, namely stream beds and rocks and roots in the rainforest, where I do 90% of my trail running. The Terroc 330s rubber is superior for this environment in that it is much softer, more porous and thus stickier. Which lends it self well to quick travel trough the tropical climate. All non-Gortex models drain well, an essential component here in the islands. I also use the Terrocs for fast packing and hiking trips with pack weight around 20#. The older INOV-8s with solely the "Metaflex" outsole (Terrocs, Flyrocs, etc.) tend to fit true to size for me. The newer outsoles with the "Fascia Band" (roclites etc.) require that I upsize 10.5 to 11. Try a pair of INOV-8s and you will see why the other big names are all trying to come out with light weight trail runner.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on December 24, 2011

4 5

I am not normally a Columbia fan, but this jacket is top notch. The face fabric is quality and will likely stand up to the abuse of my 9 year old. It has all the great features you find on a higher end adult jacket like taped seams and waterproof zippers. Not mention the zip out soft shell. Where can you find a 20k/10k kid's jacket for such a sweet price? I was lucky to pick this up at a greatly reduced price, but compared to other offerings on the market, this is a lot of bang for the buck. Say good-bye to over-priced, under-performing kid's wear.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on December 2, 2011

4 5

I just mounted the binding and heel shims on K2 Schi Devils. Could not be easier! The heel shim anti ice-plate screws went in beautifully. The binding anti-ice plate screw and nylock nut were another matter. These are not the same size and I had quite a mess getting this out. BC has not heard of this yet this year. Has anyone else encountered this? I am not sure why a locking nut is used in a part (anti-ice plate) that must be removed to access or replace ALL other parts of the binding.

I suggest removing the binding from the shim to expose the nut. Make sure the machine screw and nut are compatible. Otherwise looks like a solid binding for the wife.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a question about on December 2, 2011

I just mounted the binding and heel shims on K2 Schi Devils. Could not be easier! The heel shim anti ice-plate screws went in beautifully. The binding anti-ice plate screw and nylock nut were another matter. These are not the same size and I had quite a mess getting this out. BC has not heard of this yet this year. Has anyone else encountered this? I am not sure why a locking nut is used in a part (anti-ice plate) that must be removed to access or replace ALL other parts of the binding.

I suggest removing the binding from the shim to expose the nut. Make sure the machine screw and nut are compatible. Otherwise looks like a solid binding for the wife.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a question about on October 22, 2011

Who can afford this? I am an owner of Arcteryx gear and they make quality gear no doubt, but they are quickly becoming the brand of doughy execs and their snotty kids on day 2 of a 3 day season. The irony is that the few that could actually benefit from tech gear in extreme environs probably can't buck up. Amazing how the pioneers did so much with so little! Am I the only one?

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on May 5, 2011

5 5

If you are a parent with a pair yourself then let that be your guide. I have had my Caribous since my sophomore year in high school (1988) and they are still going strong. These boot are far better than he majority of trendy winter kid boots on the market today. In previous years we have had several mid-season repairs, not the case with these. These are a great deal, especially on sale. 100% waterproof and 100% warm!

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on May 5, 2011

5 5

I absolutely love this jacket! A super light-weight soft-shell that buffs minor winds and moisture. It is extremely breathable and well suited for highly aerobic adventures. It doubles as a sweet midlayer in moderate temps. The athletic cut is perfect and provides great ROM for all outdoor activities. It is well built and the quality surpasses many brands on the market today, which is why I chose it after many samplings. I logged a few single digit runs and several tours this winter and the jacket worked great. A few resort days in the 20 - 40 range as an outer layer as well. Only caution is that it is a poor performer in heavy rain and will saturate rather quickly. After a full winter and shoulder seasons the only wear is minor pilling and is purely cosmetic at this point.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on March 7, 2011

5 5

I have been a fan of Sole for a few years. I have tried the Thin Sport, Response and Ultras in a variety of shoes from Montrail to Inov-8 and they work great for training and endurance races. Most recently, I picked up a pair of Garmont Voodoo Tele boots at a great price and a half size large, especially after packing out. The addition of the EV has made a perfect fitting boot that is far more comfortable than my "true-size."

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on March 2, 2011

5 5

Simply stated, these boots are amazing! After 8 years of "suffering" in Hawaii, I have returned to telemark and what a way to return. The Voodoos were comfortable out of the box and are even better after baking. I wear size 10.5 to 11 and opted for the Mondo 28.5, which is clearly on the looser end. I could have easily worn a 27.5, but issues in the past steered me toward the right side of the scale. I went sockless when cooking to allow for greater foam expansion and hopefully a better fit after packing out. I have now added the Sole EV insole and have a perfect fit! The Voodoos feel solid and transfer power smoothly and reliably. Paired with 22Designs Hammerheads, I have found my dream setup and a rig that I can grow with.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on January 13, 2011

Perfect Puffy
5 5

My oldest absolutely loves this jacket and so do we! It is durable, lightweight, compressible and warm when wet. On the coldest days a base-layer, fleece, the Compressor and a shell keep my 8 year old playing for hours without complaints of cold. He wears it hiking, skiing, sledding, to school and inside the quinzhee.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on January 11, 2011

3 5

These are a reasonably tough pair of pants, especially for the price. At 5 feet 11, 180 pounds and 33 to 34 inches at the waist I opted for the large. These pants have a jean style shape and I thought the overall volume was good and roomy, but found the inseam a bit too long. To me these are too light weight for climbing and mountaineering use. After using Gore-Tex Pro Shell I don't really care for the feel of the Performance Shell and Marmot's choice of face fabric is lacking. In reality these will work for many and are likely a good value for the money. Just not my style and thus returned.

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Brian Wilsonwrote a review of on December 26, 2010

5 5

This is a well-built workhorse with modern style. I love these pants and at 5 feet 11 inches with a 33 to 34 inch waist I sized up to a large. The mediums fit like my jeans at the waist and did not leave much in the way of room for layers for me. The cut in the legs is a little boxier after sizing up, but no issues. Being used to full zippered mountaineering pants, I was a little skeptical with the partial zips, but the side venting keeps temps in line. These are super comfortable pants and in today's high priced boutiquey gear market these are an amazing value at $265.

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