Chris Huntley

Chris Huntley

Flagstaff, Northern AZ, Greater Southwest

Chris Huntley's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Chris Huntley's Bio

If I could climb, bike, and ski as hard as I fall...

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on July 30, 2014

5 5

we got this for the mother-in-law and she loves it. i wouldn't say she's hard on it, so i can't speak to the durability. but she said it provided the right amount of warmth for cool autumn days (or normal days in ireland right now), and did a good job of blocking the wind. looks like it would be a good cold weather aerobic outer layer as long as there wasn't any precipitation. fits fairly close so i think it would make a good mid layer too. the arms seem a bit long but it didn't bug her at all. it also is true to sizing.

my wife says it looks cute on her, but i tend to not refer to my wife's mother as cute...

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

4 5

The material is pretty darn comfy. it stretches so well there's absolutely 0 restriction performing any movement (i can't do the splits). I wish the softshell material breathed a little better though. i run pretty hot and would not be happy hiking in warm weather with these. that being said, they don't really insulate other than sun and wind protection. great fall through spring pant.

the sizing is waaaay off. i'm 6' 190 pounds and got the size large. the waist is a little big, but not bad i guess. the legs are a few inches too long. maybe a 35 or 36 inseam? plan on spending a couple bucks to get the pant legs shortened.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on July 2, 2014

4 5

my wife wife said it has a good fit and a feminine cut. however, like the other review stated, it is slightly see through. if you're wearing a nude bra, people probably wont notice, but any colors or patterns will show through. best bet is a camisole.

It is made of merino wool, but is definitely more of a going out shirt: don't plan to use it as your base layer.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on June 11, 2014

5 5

my wife loves her ferrosi. we live at 7k feet and the jacket is great for sun and wind protection, even when it's warm out. Also, she said she can run or bike in cool weather without overheating, and ski or snowshoe in warm weather and still be comfy. plus, the material is really stretchy and works well for climbing.

the jacket does not provide much insulation or precipitation protection, so look somewhere else if that's what you need.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

4 5

wife says: Very comfy and cute shirt! It's warm and stylish and I like the purple color. I ended up using it as a maternity shirt when I got pregnant and it covered well. The only thing was every time I wore it my belly itched, but that was probably more hormonal than anything. It's a great layer or worn by itself.

When i wore it before i was pregnant, it didn't itch at all.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

4 5

i picked these up to go with my 661 evo wired helmet, and they work great. i don't know that goggles without outriggers wouldn't have also fit so well, but i can say that these goggles with the outriggers fit great!

i've had no problems with fogging while riding, but if you just finished a run and leave them and your helmet on, your breath will fog them a little. likewise, if you're not moving, your face can heat up pretty quickly. but as soon as you start downhill, lots of cool air rushes in.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on April 22, 2014

5 5

climbing holds don't cost as much as new disk brakes, but they sure ain't cheap either. consequently, you don't want to waste your hand holds when you could use a bolt on foot and save hand holds for hands, save more space on your wall, and improve your foot work. i have about 170 square feet of climbing wall, and i have one pack of bolt on feet and one back of screw on feet and have foot holds to spare. it doesn't come with bolts so make sure to order some or stop by the hardware store.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on April 22, 2014

4 5

I think this is a pretty well thought out pack. It packs down reasonably slim for transporting and storing, and set up in bout 15 seconds. When you first get it, it takes a few minutes to orient yourself around the pack, its features, and the child's harness. after you're used to it, everything deploys and adjusts easily and quickly. plus, it's got the same harness and mesh back system of lots of osprey packs.

the sunshade is a huge bonus, especially at 7k feet. it provides lots of protection, and has thick mesh on the sides that does a good job of providing some protection while still allowing your kid to look around.

The removable day pack is a cool idea, but i'm not sure if it's worth the extra forty bucks. it does provide some more storage than the poco plus, so if you're hiking alone a lot and need more space, it may be worth it. When the day pack is zipped on to the main pack, it's a little harder to get the changing pad out and especially to get it back in.

All in all, great pack, just not totally sold on removable day pack feature. maybe it'll grow on me.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

I don't have a lot of experience with full face helmets, but the fit of the evo wired is great. other reviewers are correct that it fits tighter around the jaw, but i didn't find it uncomfortable and didn't notice while riding. i personally like the snug, secure feeling. it was awkward to get headphones in with the helmet on, but after i did they felt fine.

it's pretty toasty in the helmet when you're not moving (like i imagine all the full faces i haven't tried are) but cools off quickly once you start cruising. and most importantly, it matches my bike colors, otherwise i'd just wear a hat...

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

It's important to take good care of your bits and pieces.
these boxers do a great job of managing moisture and and odor in your nether regions. i will workout in the them 4 or 5 days before they need to be washed, and i'm a very schweaty person. also, the legs are cut nice and long (as opposed to icebreaker) so you're not constantly pulling them back into place. the sizing felt slightly generous and i'd be happy for just a little more support, but not really a big deal, but size down.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on February 17, 2014

5 5

this is a really quality headlamp at a great value. it's plenty bright for most activities; skiing or biking near trees at night can get a little iffy. all features are operated off of the single button. click once is on/off and switches between LEDs and flood light. while the light is on, push and hold and it will adjust through its dimming range. push and hold for 6 seconds and it will switch to night vision (this can be accessed without turning on the normal lights), and push and hold for 10 seconds and the lamp will lock so it wont accidentally turn on and drain the batteries.

the usb recharge is great too as you can easily recharge off your computer, car, solar charger, or wall adapter. only issue is that rechargeable batteries will lose power much more quickly in cold weather. if you're using this below freezing, your best bet is normal batteries.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

the idea of a dropper post is great. it absolutely takes your riding to another level if you typically shun shuttles but still like descents with some gnar. getting one that works correctly is apparently harder. but the ks lev works nearly flawlessly. only trick is you can't be forward on your saddle while trying to drop it. but you figure it out quickly and then it's great. i have NEVER had the post move on me. i have also bashed up the trigger and it barely shows it and works just as well as day one.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

i call them gear because ibex designed them with functionality as the primary concern. that's just fine with me. these are designed for the waist to be worn a little higher than say, icebreaker. this is great as it prevents your ski pants from rubbing against your belly, hips, and waist, and it keeps you covered when you bend over to grab something or hand/foot match on your climbing project. the tag on the right leg annoys me every once in a while; it's not bad, but i may eventually cut it off.

the 220 weight doesn't feel much warmer just wearing them around town. however, when you start working up a sweat, you can really feel the insulation. they still do a good job managing sweat and breathing, but they're best suited for when there's at least a slight chill in the air.

only complaint is that sizing is off. you should probably go up a size. i have a 33 inch waist but the medium was WAY too small. i got the large which is claimed to be for size 34-36.

other than that, great material. i have no specific evidence of this, but ibex wool just feels like it performs a little better than other brands. in any case, top notch material and great design with an eye toward the little details.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

i call them gear because ibex designed them with functionality as the primary concern. that's just fine with me. these are designed for the waist to be worn a little higher than say, icebreaker. this is great as it prevents your ski pants from rubbing against your belly, hips, and waist, and it keeps you covered when you bend over to grab something or hand/foot match on your climbing project. the tag on the right leg annoys me every once in a while; it's not bad, but i may eventually cut it off.

only complaint is that sizing is off. you should probably go up a size. i have a 33 inch waist but the medium was WAY too small. i got the large which is claimed to be for size 34-36.

other than that, great material. i have no specific evidence of this, but ibex wool just feels like it performs a little better than other brands. in any case, top notch material and great design with an eye toward the little details.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 15, 2014

3 5

the fabric is the same great lightweight merino fabric that you find in icebreaker's other products. it wicks wells, breathes well, and fights the stank.

i believe the "anatomica" refers to the construction of the underwear: icebreaker has a well defined pouch for your tool in these shorts. i don't think it's as comfortable or supportive as traditional construction, but allows a little more airflow.

unfortunately, the legs on these are too short. my wife thinks they're cute, but they ride up and end up looking more like briefs (which i don't think she finds cute). i kinda wish they had silicon grippers on the legs like my chamois.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 13, 2014

4 5

this jacket excels at it's main purpose: keeping you warm. the insulation on the jacket has a high loft that insulates really well from the hood to the hem. the hood adjusts well and fits right, all the zippers are great, and it stows into its own pocket fairly easily.

I think the sleeves are a little long for a size large compared to products from other companies with a size large. i have to pull the sleeve up a couple inches so it bunches a little, but they stay put. the forearms are snug but not uncomfortable. from the description and the pictures, i was expecting a more athletic cut, but their is still a fair amount of room in the gut. it's good for stowing a water bottle, but still could have been a little slimmer. finally, the draw chords on the hood stick out on the inside of the jacket and can be a little annoying when the jacket isn't zipped up all the way.

bottom line: not many jackets will provide this much warmth at so little weight.

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Chris Huntley wrote a review of on January 2, 2014

5 5

merino wool is great and smartwool has been doing it for a long time. this shirt breathes and wicks well and dries quickly. i'm a pretty sweaty dude but had no issue taking this off after a workout and going to lunch without a shower: i was already dry and didn't smell. wouldn't have considered that in cotton shirts. the fit is superb. it's cut longer than icebreaker so i can wear a medium with a more athletic fit instead of having to size up. my chest size puts me in a size large, but my waist is a size medium. went with the medium and it's very comfy.durability has been good for me, but i haven't worn it backpacking, so i can't speak to the wear and tear another reviewer had.

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