Chad Thornley

Chad Thornley

Bluffdale Utah, Denver Colorado

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Chad's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Chad's Bio

Currently I live in beautiful Colorado, and previous to that it was the great state of Utah. I pretty much love doing anything outdoors, and I consider myself a total gear freak... I love to do anything from backpacking and camping, hiking, mountain biking, kiteboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rockclimbing, and pretty much anything else

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on June 25, 2010

5 5

These are awesome. Pretty much everything I look for in a pair of socks. Slip em on and its like instant comfort... there's no odd stitching to be felt anywhere, and I love the extra padding on the bottoms and the toe-cap. Extremely soft. Hiked around in them all day and no problems. I even lounge around the house in em, all the time! Another random thing, they actually do seem to help with controlling any odor problems.... I know I was skeptical at first, but i've noticed a difference. Pretty much the perfect pair of light hiking socks around

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Chad Thornley wrote an answer about on May 6, 2009

Whenever I go camping in winter I take my prolite 4 sleeping pad, which has an r-value (insulating/warmth value) of 3.8 I believe. According to thermarest this pad has an r-value of 2.5, so just a little bit less, but amazing for having no internal insulation at all. I have used my pad on the snow itself, in temps down to 0, with no cold spots at all. I would guess this pad would work quite well in winter all well...

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on January 16, 2009

5 5

The first thing I have to mention about this jacket is how comfortable it is... its so super soft!! I also love the ability it has to stretch all over, making it easy on and off. Works perfect as a baselayer/liner as it is super warm and pretty light as well. I am really happy with my decision to get one.

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

This pullover works great for layering or wearing by itself for active conditions in the cooler weather. I use mine on backpacking trips, and as a snowboarding/general winter activity layer. Thumb loops work great for the layering. Really light, but well designed. Love the hood and the full up neck zip to block the wind, or vent when needed...

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on December 12, 2008

5 5

If you hate winter camping for the reason of being cold at nights, this sleeping bag will take care of that problem... I stay so warm in this bag that I have had nights where I am pulling myself halfway in and out to regulate my temp, but the bag works like a dream when it nears 0 degrees out, and even a few below the said rating. Another one of my favorite things is the weight of this bag for the warmth it gives. The fill quality of down is great, and it compresses down nicely in a pack, then lofts quickly after you lay it out. Its also decently cheaper than other similarly rated bags, at no sacrifice to the build and material quality. The MH phantom sleeping bag line is the best!

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on December 11, 2008

5 5

This tent has exeeded my expectations by quite a bit... Honestly I was a little doubtful to how this would hold up compared to other brand name tents, but I have not been dissapointed in the slightest. The tent itself has quite a bit of room inside, making it very comfy for two people, but also able to hold three in a pinch. I really find the giant front vestibule perfect for accomodating all of the winter gear that comes along, especially if dug out and down into the snow a good bit. I have spent many a night inside this tent during strong wind storms and blizzards, and nothing has ever been blown loose. The tent poles make such a strong frame as well, that you can actually climb on top of the tent (although not reccomended...) and have it support you. ;) Works out well on winter backpacking excursions when you have another person to split the weight up with. If planning to use this tent in more mild conditions then you can ditch the fly and get plenty of basic rain protection that way. Lots of vents, keeping condensation down, and also has a very easy color coordinated pole setup. Good job by Kelty on this one.

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Chad Thornley wrote an answer about on December 9, 2008

The other jacket that you found is just the shell of this jacket... When an item is the "parka" it also includes the liner for added insulation to the shell. The shell by itself has the snap/zip in compatibility with other Columbia liners, but does not include one. This parka right here comes with a synthetic fill liner...

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

It seems that La Sportiva has once again done it. These shoes are totally sick! I used to love the old Miuras, and they worked great. When it came time to find a new shoe, I considered getting the newer Solutions by La Spotriva, but ended up waiting for these. Like the Solutions this has a really downturned toe, with their P3 platform. A buddy of mine has the Solutions and loves them, but the main difference I have seen is the Miura vs has more edging ability to it. With the radical toe downturn it works great for overhangs, but also for any type of climbing all around. I totally love these shoes. Props to La Sportiva...

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

This headlamp totally rocks... I find myself doing all kinds of activites outside in the dark now, since I can see with this light! The spot and spread modes are great, and each mode has a different brightness setting as well as a flashing mode. battery life is also very good, even when used in very cold conditions. My favorite headlamp out there by a long shot.

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Chad Thornley wrote a review of on November 26, 2008

5 5

The Raven may not be the lightest and most advanced ice axe out there, but it will still get the job done. I have used it many a winter and it has yet to fail me in anything. The wrist strap is super helpful, as the handle has no grip to it... Totally worth it for the price, and will last a very, very long time!

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