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

Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead wrote 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 Whitehead wrote 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 Whitehead wrote 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 Whitehead wrote 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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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Best Filter To Date!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We really love this filter, super easy to use, clean and maintain. The dual pumping action fills a water bladder in no time. We just pull the mouth piece from our bladder hose and insert that into the bottom of the filter and pump water directly into bladder. It's so easy a 5 year old can do it!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Shirt for the Little Miss!
5 5

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

Bought this for a 7 year old, she loves the shirt. Basically an adult version sized for children; sleeves roll up and button at upper arms, and there is some venting in the back. It is form shaped for a girl; not sure it's necessary for a child as it might limit freedom of movement a bit. It also seems to be treated with DWR which has helped with stains. So far holding up fine!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Shirt for the Jr. Partners!
5 5

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

Bought this for a 5 year old, he loves the shirt. Basically an adult version sized for children; sleeves roll up and button at upper arms, and there is venting in the back. Seems to be treated with DWR which has helped with stains. So far holding up fine!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

Great Packs for the Jr Partners!
5 5

Love these packs, has all the bells and whistles of the adult packs just sized for the little ones. Plenty of adjustment, I purchased these for a 7 year old and a 5 year old. They both have the torso lengths as small as they go and fit pretty good. I purchased the larger 40 because they can grow into them. For kids of this age; if you want a pack that fits PERFECTLY, I would get the Fox 30 instead. Get them started early!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

So Far So Good
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
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!

Update:
Still holding up after several trips, and they are really liked by the wearer; definitely not a true backpacking boot. No complaints heard. But in the future I will look for something else with more/higher ankle support.

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Dean Whitehead wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

A True Hiking Boot for the Jr. Partners!
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!

Update:
Best boots for the kiddo's, hands down! Great ankle support, tight lacing, waterproof, good traction, and built tough! Only wish they had more than one color style!

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Dean Whitehead wrote a question about on May 21, 2014

Is it just me or does this look like a Contour knockoff? Contour was on hiatus for a year or more and just recently came back under new management. Did Sony take advantage of this lapse? I am not partial to any particular mfg, but when large companies copy the little guy, it does rub me the wrong way.

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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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