Chris R.

Chris R.

SLC, UT

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Chris's Passions

Road Running
Fly Fishing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing

Chris's Bio

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Chris R.

Chris R. wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought this for my girlfriend and she really likes it. She tried some of the women's and men's "one size fits all" and she didn't like how they fit. They were all too loose and just flopped around on her. This fits her great and it has all of the features that she needs.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have lots of Smartwool, Icebreaker, Bridgedale, Teko, Darn Tough and a few other brands of socks. They are all great but there is something about these socks that makes me pick them over any of my others. They are the perfect weight, perfect fit and are super durable. The sizing chart is spot on. They are my go to running and hiking sock. I am looking forward to buying some Point6 ski socks this season.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my sister and she loves them. They fit her medium face really well. She has owned Oakley and Smith in the past and she has been blown away by the quality of Kaenon lenses. I don't know if she will wear anything else after these.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

These are probably the thinnest socks that I own. They are really comfortable and great on short runs when its hot. They look like they are breaking down faster than other merino socks that I wear. Sizing was a little on the small side for me. I wear at 11.0 and they are a little more snug than I would like. They slide down a little on runs over about 6 miles. Not sure if this would be fixed by sizing up. Overall they are pretty good.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love these shorts. These are currently my go to running short. They are light weight and fit really well. The built in boxer brief keeps everything in place, wicks really well, and prevents chafing. The short is the perfect length. It is short without showing off too much white man thigh. I also like the pockets really well. They are small, zippered and on the side seams. They go towards the back and are deep enough for a couple of gels and a package of chews. It comes about 6 inches above my knee. I am 6'1" 170lbs and have the medium.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This tank is really comfortable and feels great. I have been running in it the past month and have no complaints. It is really light, soft on the skin, and fits really well. I am 6'1" 170lbs and the large is form fitting. The fabric wicks really well, dries fast and doesn't stink yet.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on May 22, 2013

4 5

For this size this locker is really light. I use it with a Mammut Smart Alpine belay device and it works great. The gate and screw lock are very smooth. I have owned two of them because the first wore out. They do ware out a little faster than I would like but that has to do with the I-beam construction which keeps the weight down. Round stock will last longer but won't be as light. If i lasted a little longer I would give it 5 stars.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on May 22, 2013

5 5

If you are looking for a big camp chair that you can rest your head on this is it. Very comfortable and feels like it will last a very long time. It is big even when folded and is not light so keep that in mind. It does come with attachments for a footrest in the front but this model does not include the footrest. I cut the straps off because I didn't like them hanging there. They carrying case is also well built.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on July 2, 2012

4 5

For being a 9.8 this rope is burly. I have been using it 3-4 days a week for the past 2 months and it has been great. At first I didn't like how stiff it was. I normally like Bluewater but wanted to give Mammut a try. After climbing on it I actually like that it is a little stiff. I makes clipping really easy but takes a little more work to get it into a belay device. So far it does not show much sign of wear. I have been using it on long trad and single pitch sport routes.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on July 2, 2012

4 5

Its not the best but will do the job. The plastic handle will slide a little if it gets hot from sitting in the sun, its weighted kind of strange and it doesn't come very sharp. For the price I can't complain.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on May 26, 2012

4 5

Sun Bum isn't bad but I prefer Aloe Up. This goes on nice but left a light film on my hand that I didn't like while climbing. If I wasn't climbing it wouldn't be an issue at all. The smell is nice but not my preferred scent. The ladies that I was with loved the smell when they put it on. I like Aloe Up better because it does not leave a film on my hands when climbing and is unscented.

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Chris R. wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

5 5

For the price you get a lot of chalk. 500g for the large will last me a long time. Its nice to have the container to keep it in. All of the other bags that chalk comes in normally ends up ripping on me. I like that there is a nice mix of powder and big chalk chunks.

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