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Charlie

Charlie

Atlanta and anon

Charlie's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Climbing

Charlie's Bio

I'm born and raise in Atlanta, but I've lived all over. Spain, Alaska, Vermont, Virginia, Boston, the Berkshires... I'm a fly-fisherman, climber, and sometimes hiker/camper.

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on July 13, 2010

4 5

These sunglasses fit very well, block the perfect amount of light, have fantastic polarization, and are so lightweight sometimes I forget I have them on.
That said, I'm very picky with my sunglasses, particularly when it comes to visual distortion. I bought these (on a great deal on SAC) having been recommended Oakley for their 0% visual distortion. Maybe my eyes or head are different than their test subjects, but I do experience visual distortion with these glasses--that slight feeling of being underwater when you have them on, that the ground is just a little farther away than it should be. I don't plan on sending them back, but I was a little surprised at this, given the great reviews Oakley gets in this department.
Other than a little visual distortion, these glasses are amazing.

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on June 7, 2010

3 5

These sunglasses look super-cool. A hair on the large side, but very sleek and sexy. That they curve a little around the side unlike other aviators is a bonus, adding additional coverage.

Unfortunately, there's enough visual distortion for me to send them back. Granted I'm picky, but visual distortion is big to me. These gave me a little vertigo/nausea, as though I were walking underwater. There's slight discoloration along the periphery, too, which contributes to the effect. I called Backcountry and the representative was fantastic, recommending (for the visual-distortion sensitive folks like me) more precise lenses like Oakley.

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Charlie wrote a review of on May 14, 2010

3 5

I'm a 5'7" male, athletic but slim build, so I bought these in small. These pants, although very comfortable, are ENORMOUS. Even pulled up high they were about 7 inches past my feet--I would have to be about 6 feet tall to wear these. So I cut 6 or 7 inches off, but now the crotch is really low. Comfortable sweatpants, very bizarre cut.

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Charlie wrote a review of on March 5, 2010

A Great Beanie
5 5

This beanie is on point. It fits well (I have a medium-to-larger head), and looks great (I got "bitter chocolate" style). I can see how others might say it's a touch large--when pulled all the way down, it comes down to just above the eyebrows, over the ears, and to the back of the head, more than other beanies. Kind of frames the face. But this is great for when it's a little chillier or windy, and when it's not, I fold up the extra length a little (see photo).
If you're looking for something to withstand intense wind, go another route, or pull up your hood. This light weight beanie does it's job.

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on March 5, 2010

3 5

These sunglasses provide great clarity and polarization. The kind you'd expect for that price, and from Costa Del Mar. My only complaint is the nose pads. They chafe the sides of your nose, and leave little indentions when you take them off, even after a few minutes. Sure, this happens with sunglasses, but these more than others.
I could be wrong, and perhaps they're not fitted for me, but I believe I get a bit of visual distortion from them. Not much, but enough for me to notice.
If not off SAC or at a discounted price, it's hard for me to recommend these.

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Charlie wrote a review of on March 5, 2010

5 5

A neat flashlight, though I'd swear it were a light saber. It comes with a number of cool accessories, such as a clip for your belt, a small holster, a couple light filters, as well as a small attachable bolt that would keep the light from rolling on a flat surface.
I've used it camping and it holds up well. It does get a little hot after a while of use, but makes sense considering the light is surprisingly bright.

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