Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Any place there is a trail and some elevation to climb.

Chris Taylor's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Snowshoeing

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

4 5

La Sportiva makes great stuff. The materials in these shoes are nice. The shoe is well constructed, and will last mile after mile. The toe box has a nice "run free" feel to it and the heel cup is stable. The shoe is low to the ground and has a clear feeling of the trail as you run. I took this shoe on a very rocky 13 miler and my feet (bottoms) were getting hot the last 2 miles. I took them out again the next day on a trail a bit less rocky and I could feel the soreness from the day before. I am 6'3" and 175 lbs. As a bigger runner they were not great for me but I could see them working quite well for all the skinny fast boys who beat me to the finish line. I still like the Crosslites and Wildcats more.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

Stays Put
5 5

You can pack this thing a few different ways without compromising your backpack load—because it is so light. Obviously it will not pop on you so again, another plus. What I have liked about it the most is it keeps me where I want to be in my tent and in my bag. The R value is good enough as a single pad in the summer and could go solo depending on your bag for winter trips. The only bad thing about it is the size, unless you are taking a chest of drawers, you will need to pack it on the outside of your pack and it can become cumbersome on narrow trails ducking under trees and such. It has a tendency to get snagged on branches but for $29.95 it will take a load of abuse before another one is needed. Buy it.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on August 1, 2009

5 5

I bought this based principally on the reviews I read in magazines and on the internet. This was my first purchase of any Big Agnes product—I was not disappointed. The tent is light, very easy to set up, the double doors and double vestibule are great, the stakes are well-made and light. I accidentally stepped on one of the guy lines and snapped it, Big Agnes sent me a few new sets all at their cost. I have really enjoyed this tent.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on August 1, 2009

Not quite perfect
4 5

Okay there are a lot of things that are great with these snowshoes. They are light, the traction is superb, the frame and deck are durable and stiff, easy to get on and off, narrow enough to walk like a normal human and the length is perfect for holding you up in the fresh pow pow of Utah's light snow. The bad, they rust if you don't dry them off, the straps don't stay under the hook device and the straps tend to snap after about 10-15 uses.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on July 30, 2009

5 5

Okay these shoes are just about as good as it could get out of the box. The toe box area is ample and the heel cup is stable. The tread is great, not as good as the Fireblades—what is, very little to no slippage on climbs with loose rock and soft powdered dirt. I like these shoes for an every day trainer, I would still wear my Fireblades in a race. My feet cannot handle the lack of cushion in the Fireblades to wear every day. You can feel the rocks under your feet in these, not to the point where it hurts but it is a good low to the ground feel for a cushion shoe—unlike the Fireblades where you can feel it in the pain cave after a good 5 miles. The nice thing about these, is the don't roll when you hit a rock off-center like the Cascadia 4's have done. I am hooked.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor wrote a review of on June 4, 2009

Love Everything about it
5 5

Much much better than the T6. It is accurate, fast, pretty and tough. I would buy another one after owning this one for a year. I am always surprised to see how this and my Garmin Oregon are so close in elevation readings.I love the sunrise and sunset feature on this watch as it changes depending on my time zone and city. It is a nice feature when you are getting up early to hit the trail.

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