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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

Chris Huntleywrote a review of on April 21, 2015

5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs

I'm a pretty warm and sweaty dude. After i've been moving for a few minutes, i'm usually too warm in any layer other than a t shirt till about 0 degrees. This is the first jacket i've worn that i felt fairly comfortable running in on windy days or cold winter days. i still usually end up unzipping the jacket unless it's raining or really windy, but the ferrosi does a great job dumping heat.

I've used it on chilly bike rides (we have crazy spring time wind in flagstaff) and I also wear it hiking in the mountains for some sun protection, even if it's not that chilly. The jacket has resisted any wear and tear so far and has a lot of stretch to move with you.

it has repelled drizzle just fine, but i wouldn't use it during a real storm.

I think the sizing is great. normally mediums are too tight in the chest and larges have too much room in the gut and too much length in the arms, but large fits me just right.

this is a really versatile jacket that i've found myself grabbing for in situations where i previously would have been uncomfortable in any jacket.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on April 21, 2015

4 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs

Got these in size 12 - 24. he's 11 months right now and they fit great, so they probably won't make it to 24 months. Unfortunately, my little guy already has sweaty feet like me, so i imagine he appreciates the merino wool, but he hasn't vocalized this yet.

The construction seems solid, but maybe a little on the light side. My only real complaint is a lack of grip.We don't usually put his shoes on when he's walking around the house, so these socks can get a little slippery on our tile floor.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on April 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs

The material these are made out of feels great: fairly rugged but decently breathable with a little stretch. The features are well thought out with easily accessible zippered cargo pocket and zippered vents that let plenty of air through. The also have mesh pockets that help to vent, but the mesh is burlier than in my fox shorts. The stretch panel on the back is nice and the external waist adjustment is handy for getting the initial fit. I don't find myself constantly wanting to adjust my other shorts, so i don't know that the external vs. internal adjustment really matter though.

The fit can be pretty annoying though. Wearing them while generally heading down feels great. Wearing them on a trail with lots of pedaling causes them to shift uncomfortably. If you have muscular legs (not be be confused with a lack of body fat that shows off muscle) the legs with ride up and cause the waist to move. and fitting bulky DH pads underneath is tougher than with other shorts.

These probably fit great if you're on the skinnier side. if you have bigger legs, ordering the right size waist will make the rest of the shorts tighter than you'd like. Ultimately, i like the fit son my fox shorts more.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on April 15, 2015

4 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs

The jacket construction seemed top notch. i especially liked the vent at the base of the neck that would help ditch heat, especially with a pack on. The pockets are kinda funky and high, but are made that way to add big vents to the front is there's not much moisture coming down.

Unfortunately, the fit is off. I have a Marmot fleece vest that's rad, but nothing i've tried with the angel wing feature fits right; it feels like the seems are moved farther out and catch my shoulders when reaching forward. I've got a 41 -42" chest and 33" waist, so went with the size large. I've got fairly big arms for my size, but not long, and i ended up with too much extra in the sleeve and some tightness when bending my elbows. I thought the hood fit really well when adjusted for not wearing a helmet. Seems like a helmet would fit fine as well.

great design and features, but Marmot jackets fits funky.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on April 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

full disclosure: got these for my wife and they didn't fit right so she never really skied in them. However, my wife has a Giro helmet from 4 or 5 years ago and these left a big gaper gap. Also, you can buy other lenses for these, and you can switch them out, but it's just by yanking on the frame. It would be nice if they had a truly interchangeable model like their old Manifest or Smith's I/O.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on March 26, 2015

4 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

despite patagonia labeling the jacket as the regular fit, the label clearly states slim fit and it truly is. I can comfortably wear a medium patagonia down sweater or powslayer, but the same size and supposedly same fit in the ultralight was tight in the arms and shoulders. unfortunately for anyone with an athletic build (size 42 chest and 33 waist), patagonia will have you size up in this jacket giving too much length in the arm and a loose fit through the belly.
other than the fit, the construction was good. the down had great loft: it is a pretty toasty jacket for how light it is.

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on March 26, 2015

4 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

i tried this out for a couple days and had to return it as it just doesn't fit right. in my experience, marmot's angel wing has never given me more range of movement than other brands, but has caused the jackets to fit weird. in this case, my shoulders would catch on the jacket when i reached forward to pick something up like my baby out of his car seat or a back pack off the ground.

other than that, good construction, it's light and packs down well, it's got a good amount of insulation for cool days or layering without overheating. i'd like to see some kind of treatment to the down. and the pertex is supposed to be impermeable to down feathers, but i saw a few after just a couple days.

if the jacket fits you right, you'll be pretty psyched with it

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Chris Huntleywrote a review of on January 26, 2015

4 5

These shorts are super comfy on and off the bike. The have a little longer cut (at the bottom of the knee cap) and a little slimmer fit in the waist than my attack Q4 shorts from two year ago. I wear size 33 pants and my other fox shorts are 34 with the waist cinched down. I ordered these in 34 and have the waist as loose as it goes.

The material is really light weight, dries almost immediately, and is super stretchy. It's been great for Arizona riding. They've seen a couple small wrecks and resisted abrasion from dirt and sandstone just fine. However, I haven't made a habit of having gnarly crashes while wearing these, and i would doubt they would hold up well to downhill wrecks.

The pockets are made of a really light mesh. I've had no issues with these shorts yet, but had the mesh tear on an old pair of fox sergeants. It was easily stitched back together, but it still seems like a stronger material could be used and you wouldn't have to worry about losing your keys.

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Chris Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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 Huntleywrote 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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