Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead

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

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Dean's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding

Dean'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
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Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I picked these up for a seven year old and they are true to size. Support is basic; nothing really sturdy about them. Not necessarily bad, just don't expect a "backpacking" boot. They do have good breath-ability and typical Keen sole/material/construction. The heel material drops really low, I think to help facilitate getting in and out. The only down side is the lacing system. In typical Keen bungee style fashion, its more difficult to get the laces tighter as the shoe breaks in. Also you can't open the shoe up completely to get them on/ off (will probably need adult help). All in all good basic hiker for the Jr partners!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

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

Picked these up for the starting 5 year old in our group, and he hasn't taken them off! What a great shoe, very impressive being a solid, TRUE, hiking boot for kids; it's the adult shoe shrunk down. Great support, waterproof, traction, build quality.... what more can I say? Don't skimp on the Jr. partners and get these!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Casually Hiking
4 5

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

I purchased this shoe as a daily shoe to get me around my URBAN surroundings. It is true to size and breathes well. It is quite light for how sturdy the shoe is, no issues to report. The sole is firm and seems to grip well on wet pavement/stone (always a problem with some mfgs' sole material durometer choices). I haven't and don't plan to use this shoe as a hiking shoe but for "urban hiking" its doing the job pleasantly.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Runs Small
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

As stated it does run small, I would guess at LEAST a full size as I couldn't even get my foot into the shoe. Strangely the sizing chart for La Sportiva is skewed one size small in comparision to other EU shoes' sizing charts. So I would use a more universal sizing chart and expect that they are correctly built/sized per EU sizing but there chart is off.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 18, 2014

Casual Kicks
4 5

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

So far really like these shoes. They are comfortable and have a definite casual design build to them; I tend to ride in the heels of these shoes more and noticed a pleasant change in my stride gait. They breathe well and have typical Salomon construction. They do run small as I ordered these in 12 and the Salomon Synapse hiking shoe(SAL2476) in 12, and these were quite narrow and short. I ordered a 13 and they fit more like the Synapse in 12. These shoes have a "wrapping tongue" which means you have to always pull the tongue up once the shoe is on since its almost like a neoprene tube you have to get your foot into. Not sure what the "collapsible heel" is; yeah the heel does bend down but who's going to train/ruin their shoe so that it can be a slip on? Not sure about you but the first thing to usually wear on my shoes are the heel material. Also the blue color is quite striking and I found it hard to pass off with any of my attire; thus I ordered the green.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on June 24, 2013

Best Daily Wear Shoe - For Me
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great shoe, although I am only using it as a daily wear shoe. The fit seems to run a bit large, I am usually a 12.5-13 4E shoe size and I ordered the 13 and it was way to big. Returned it for a 12 and that fits better, but might have liked a more snug fit with a 11.5. The reason I like this shoe so much is how well it breathes. I have sweaty feet and cannot wear a pair of shoes multiple days in a row because they are not dry. This shoe I can! I normally wear a wide shoe and due to the design of this last, their width was just fine. The "nestfit" isn't a gimmick, it is actually cut in the shape of a foot. If you pull the insole out, you can see this. I noticed that my heel seems to slip on both feet, but I haven't developed any blisters (maybe its the fit/making me walk "correctly"). So far great shoe, will see how well they last. I did purchase another color as well (size 12)!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

HUGE Goggle!
5 5

Great goggle, comfortable, vents easy and fits inside of my helmet without issue. Lens is swapped out using the same Oakley changing method; pull real hard and fight it back in. I have a mirrored emerald lens and the high intensity yellow lens and haven't changed the lens out much, the emerald lens seems to work in most conditions. The cons? They are HUGE! I have scratched the lens with my board or hitting the goggles on something while on top of my helmet because they stick out so much... but thats what replacement lenses are for!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

The Ultimate
5 5

I have put this one-z through the ringer this season, not because I don't have PLENTY of other outer wear to test/use, I seem to use this exclusively lately. I have been using this for everything except these spring days. It works great as strictly a hardshell, just wear the stoic merino one-z long johns underneath for high 20's and layer for cold. It is bombproof, having brushed a few trees this year the face fabric thread has yet to pull. There is no mesh lining in the arm pit or leg vents, this is strictly a shell. I snowboard in it and my boots fit the leg openings and gaiters great. I ride with the boot cuff against the binding high back, and no wear has been noticed. The lower half, from about the waist, is actually a heavier face fabric. Hood fits over a helmet great, but also closes up nicely to form a face barrier. Pockets are great, I have come to like the thigh/knee pockets, they are really handy to quickly place gloves, skins, snow study equipment, etc into them when needed. I am 6'1" and 215lbs and have an XL. It does seem a little long/large when first put on but the extra freedom to move is nice, plus its great for layering!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on March 18, 2013

4 5

This base layer is pretty nice, I like the material and the fit. Its not super warm but definitely fights smell and breathes/dries super well/fast. I am 6'1" and 215lbs, and have an XL in paprika/midnight and it fits nicely. I do agree with others that the calf openings are a bit small, but not overly. No butt flap could be an issue for some (especially if you are really layered over the 1-Z). I tend to wear this on back country days more than at the resort. The thumb holes are nice and neck hole closes up tightly. Best feature of these? The locking front zipper, never falls down!

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Dean Whitehead wrote an answer about on March 18, 2013

Hey there, both have the same frame...

Hey there, both have the same frame shape/style, so both are going to fit the helmet about the same as far as the "gap" is concerned. The canopy is quite a bit larger all around so it will fill the helmet face hole a lot more and extend toward your ears more. So it is going to come down to which goggle fits your face better, if you have a small-medium sized head, the canopy will probably be to big. Both work good for me but I have been rockin' the canopy with my Giro Omen helmet without "gap issues.

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Dean Whitehead wrote an answer about on September 23, 2012

Hi there, yes the legs have full length (to the upper thigh) dual direction side zippers and there is plenty of room inside for leg braces. The dual side zippers are part of the ventilation design, meaning the zipper at the top of the thigh can be zipped down to vent. This would be ideal for you to adjust knee braces, etc. As far as breathing, its all relative. In my experience one-piece suits are generally warmer but able to dump heat quicker. There are large under arm vents and the side leg vents so plenty of options to dump heat. Keep in mind, no mesh lining on the vents...

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