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Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead

Mountain man at heart, engineering degree to provide for the family.

Dean Whitehead's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

Dean Whitehead's Bio

Born and raised in Montana, currently living in Utah functioning as an electrical engineer. Greybird days, family, and mountain solitude keep me going. Oh and splitboarding! Need your board split? Contact me. www.mnttechnologies.com
www.thesplitboardshop.com

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Dean Whitehead

Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on April 10, 2015

What I was looking for.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I needed new backpacking boots to replace my 12EE Dunham waffle stompers with many miles and finally landed on these after trying several other brands. These boots are EXACTLY what I was looking for in a backpacking boot, great ankle support, stiff, comfortable & grippy sole, and comfortable fit. These boots have a great tongue, and it laces tight and makes a great seal around my ankles. They have have great support and will be awesome with a 50+ lb pack. The Ghilly lacing will break in nicely and allows for a customize-able fit. I normally wear a 12 in all shoes, purchased a 12, and these were true to size with plenty of width for my wider foot and with extra room for swelling. The construction is hand done and the sole re-sole-able, German engineered and made in Croatia. Really excited to put some miles on these!

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on April 3, 2015

Running shoe fit in a backpacking boot
4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I needed new backpacking boots, my Dunham waffle stompers had finally fell apart (the materials not the construction, but they had decades and 100's of miles of use). I purchased a few different brands and it came down to these Salomon's and the Hanwag Altai. I wear a 12-Wide shoe and these boots were true to size, I purchased the 12. I was surprised how wide these were; fit my wide feet fine and still allowed for plenty of swelling space. The ankle support was great for a backpacking boot and I didn't feel like there would be any issues with a 50+ lb pack. The lacing allowed for tightening/loosening the foot area as needed and laced around the ankle great. The sole shank was stiff and the sole material appeared grippy. These boots fit like a running shoe with great support. To be fair I didn't wear them outside or with a pack but I can tell they will fit the bill well. The only issue I saw was the multiple materials and the single stitching/glue holding these different materials together; this could present an issue after lots of use in addition to the boot eyelets didn't seem super strong nor were they large enough to double up the laces (in Salomon's defense I buy their snowboarding boots exclusively and if their backpacking boots are anything like their snowboarding boots, they will last many years). These boots are made in China. I didn't purchase these and went with the Hanwag, but it was a hard choice and I would have gone with these had I not tried the Hanwag.

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on March 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I purchased these boots due to the new "gore-tex extended comfort" technology with intentions of 50+ pound packs on multi day backpacking trips. I wear a 12 shoe size and I tried a 11.5 and 12 on in the store and there was quite a bit of size difference between the 11.5 and 12. The 12 was too long (thumb AND finger past big toe) and the 11.5 was just right (running shoe fit). Out of the box the width was snug on the 11.5 and plenty of room on the 12. I purchased the 11.5. I wore them on a day hike and they were comfortable for the task but in the end were not up to the task for what I had intended to use them for. They didn't have the ankle stiffness I was looking for and the sole was soft (I could feel the rocks/trail through the sole more than I wanted for a backpacking boot). I have hot feet and I was hoping this boot would be the new technology I was looking for to help with the sweating; but I might not be the best candidate for that part of the review. For me it seemed that around the foot, where the mechanical venting is, my foot was dryer than normal but the toe and heel were both very wet (toe/heel are plastic). So for me, ultimately its back to finding the correct boot for the job and under the mentality that I WON"T find a breathable backpacking boot and will resort back to multiple socks and hand warmer packs to dry the boots out at night. I don't want to down play this boot, it is a good boot for the scrambling/lightly loaded trail user with approach shoe comfort/custom lacing and light/midweight ankle support. The Sole is super grippy Vibram and the construction was top notch. If I was going to buy these for the task they were probably designed for I would buy the 12 for the extra width and just lace accordingly as I wouldn't need the firm backpacking fit. One negative I noticed is that there isn't any padding in the heel, only a fabric covering the plastic heel cup and my heels were warm and starting to wear at the end of my hike (other reviews for different models reported this as well). So a liner sock would be needed with your regular sock to combat that. I ended up returning them. Hope this helps others.

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on August 31, 2014

3 5

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

Once on, these socks are comfortable, and have more padding than their synthetic sibling. But for me the synthetic version is much better. The merino version doesn't stretch at all, I found that I was always having to peel them on/off; what a pain especially with wet/damp feet. Also the merino wool does fall out sooner than the synthetic version, so after repeated washing's the synthetic version will have less "skin" showing through when being worn.

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on August 31, 2014

5 5

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

Really like these socks, they are comfortable, breathe/dry nicely, and fit well. They come up over my ankles so they go well with hiking boots. Not a ton of padding, but plenty for me. I like the synthetic version much better than the merino version because the synthetic version stretches better. I found that the merino version has no stretch to them so I was always having to peel them on/off; what a pain! Also the merino wool does fall out sooner than the synthetic version, so after repeated washing's the synthetic version will have less "skin" showing through when being worn.

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on August 31, 2014

5 5

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

Really like these socks, they are comfortable, breathe/dry nicely, and fit well. They come up over my ankles so they go well with hiking boots. Not a ton of padding, but plenty for me. I like the synthetic version much better than the merino version because the synthetic version stretches better. I found that the merino version has no stretch to them so I was always having to peel them on/off; what a pain! Also the merino wool yarn does fall out sooner than the synthetic yarn, so after repeated washing's the synthetic version will have less "skin" showing through when being worn.

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Dean Whiteheadwrote a review of on August 31, 2014

4 5

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

I have been rocking the short sleeve version's of this and really like them so I picked up a couple of the long sleeve versions for winter. I ordered the same size in long sleeve as I do in short sleeve, XL, and In typical Stoic sizing the sleeves are really long. It bugs me a little, especially since the wrist cuffs are quite large as well and fall over my hands, but I just roll the sleeves up if my OCD gets to crazy. Same great low wrinkle, breathable material just a long sleeve version.

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