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Dominick Layfield

Dominick Layfield

Park City, Utah.

Dominick Layfield's Passions

Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Dominick Layfield's Bio

A Brit by birth, I've lived in Boston, San Francisco, and now Park City, Utah.

I ski (telemark), climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Pretty much anything outdoors floats my boat.

I love to race, and enter all kinds of crazy competitions (trail and road running, moutain biking, even randonee rallies)

There's nothing better than running on mountain trails with my dogs.

Dominick Layfield

Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs

Similar in concept to the Patagonia Nano Air hoody, the Uberlayer is a little warmer, and a little more windproof. That makes it less comfortable for slouching around in, but perhaps slightly superior as an outer layer in cold weather. The wind rips right through the Nano Air so you really need a shell on top when it gets blowy. My only criticism is that the Uberlayer feels like it is cut just a little tight around the armpits. If you're a climber with big lats, or have muscular arms, you might prefer the looser fit of the Patagonia. Once you're working hard, however, you won't really notice.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Yes, all the reviews are accurate: This jacket is amazing. It's warm, light, soft, comfortable, and breathable. You can wear it all day mooching around or for moderately high-intensity activities in cold weather. It washes well, and is amazingly durable considering how lightweight the fabric feels. Only downside is that it isn't very wind-resistant, but probably would feel much sweatier and less comfortable if it was. Makes a stellar layering piece. Throw a waterproof shell on top and you're good for almost anything the weather can throw at you.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I loved this shoe. Light, well-cushioned, unstructured. Does well on road and trail. Low-drop (3mm) without going all the way to zero. My only real criticism is that the shoe seems to run a little short: my big toe was brushing the end of the shoe. In practice this didn't prove a problem for me, but if you have toenail issues, or if your foot is on the long side of a shoe size, you might want to size up.

I posted a detailed review on Sam Winebaum's 'Road Trail Run' blog: http://www.roadtrailrun.com/2016/03/review-topo-athletic-mt-2-lightweight.html

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

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

I've worn, and worn out, a pair of the original Nike Terra Kiger, and a pair of the Terra Kiger 2. (According to Strava these each have about 700+ miles on them.) I've had the TK3 for about a week, and while the character of the shoe is very similar, this iteration is a little stiffer underfoot than the previous versions.

Previous TK's were notable for taking a while to break in. So bear that in mind if you buy a pair. I found they felt stiff at first, and over the course of a few runs, they became molded to my feet and felt insanely comfortable.

Other things to note: Although slightly beefier than TK1 and TK2, the TK3 is still a lightweight trail shoe, with no stability features. Also, like a lot of Nike shoes, these run a little small. I usually wear a size 10, and bought 10.5 in these. A lot depends on how snug you like your shoes.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Love this fleece. Soft, warm, light. Nice hood, nice zippers. Awesome cuffs. Great indoors for slouching around, great outdoors as a layering piece.

Be warned though: this is not windproof in the slightest. As one disgruntled reviewer noted, if you hold fleece up to the light, you can see through it. So if there's a breath of wind outside, you'll likely want a windproof layer on top. On the flip side, the jacket is extremely light and warm, and the airiness makes it very comfortable and breathable.

The fabric is an interesting cross between the waffle grid of the Patagonia R1 jackets, and their fluffy Synchillla fleece.

I'm somewhat perplexed by the reversible aspect. I prefer the look with the bonded patch pockets on the inside, but otherwise the garment looks pretty much identical both ways. Certainly doesn't make the jacket any worse, but not really a useful feature for me.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I run a lot. Up to ~15 hours a week during the summer. And I'm very picky about shorts. These are excellent for everyday running. Short enough to allow free movement, and long enough not to look weird if you have to go to the store after your run. Fabric is light and dries quickly. Inner brief is supportive but not constricting.

After wearing one pair regularly for a few months, I bought a second pair. Good stuff, TNF.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on November 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this in a bunch of ultra-running races. Executive summary: it's excellent.

I like the exposed hatch on Camelbak packs because it enables rapid refills without removing the bladder from the pack. This version covers the hatch with a couple of zippers which are pointless and somewhat annoying. Other Camelbak packs (like the Classic) just have a lightly elasticated flap that hooks over the hatch and is easier to operate. However, this is a small quibble, and everything else is great. The biggest win is that the liquid doesn't slosh around when you run. In this respect the pack is better than every other brand of hydration pack that I've ever used. The elasticated pouch at the bottom of the pack is very handy for stowing gear quickly. Pockets on the front of the pack are smallish (not designed for water bottles) but great for gels, phone etc.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Good basic gloves. They don't look like anything special. But they strike a decent balance between warmth and dexterity. You can do up zippers wearing these, but you couldn't tie shoelaces. Due to the windstopper fabric, they're not very stretchy, but the sizing and shape is about right.

I've been wearing these for winter running. Probably fine down to about 20 F.

The "tech tips" didn't work reliably for me, however. I found that they were sufficient to allow me to answer my phone, and maybe snap a photo. But it often took a few swipes. Would not be possible to do anything very complicated with a phone wearing these. Might have been due to interaction with screen protector on my phone, or the cold temperature, though.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

First off, this belt looks really great. Just like in the photos.

Secondly, I love that it's made of polyurethane. I find that all my leather belts don't last very long: they seem to loose their shape, delaminate, stitching comes undone etc.

Only caveat is that this belt is relatively wide (only just fits through the belt loops of my pants), and on the stiff side. Whether or not you consider this a positive thing depends on your personal taste.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Love these pants. The fit is just right, and they seem to run perfectly true to size.

NOT SKINNY FIT -- hooray! (Don't understand how active people -- i.e. with quads -- tolerate skinny pants. I hope this trend disappears quickly.]

Prana seem to have got everything right, IMHO. Fit and length suits me perfectly. Pants are super warm, and construction is bulletproof. Front pockets are huge, and the phone pocket (on the right side) is awesome, with room for 6" phone.

My only criticism is that I wish they came in a 31" waist. I opted for a 32", and while they're a little roomy in the waist, they're fine with a belt, and leave room to tuck in a lot of extra layers, which handy in the winter.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Nothing fancy about these pants, but they get everything just right. They're not too tight (not tights!), and they're not too loose (extra material flapping around). They're not windproof, so not amazingly warm, but conversely they are obviously much more breathable and stretchy than any windproof running pants. I wore them yesterday when temperature was 20 F, and they were fine. Any colder, and I might have opted to wear another layer underneath.

In casual pants I usually wear a 31" waist, 32" inseam, and the 'Small' size worked great: lots of stretch in the waist, and good length, with room to layer underneath. If you're in doubt between two sizes, I'd suggest you opt for the smaller size.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best thing about the TomTom GPS watches is their size. They are nice and slim, so that you don't walk around feeling like you're wearing a brick on your wrist. I also think they look pretty neat, but that's very subjective. Generally, the watch is intuitive and easy to use, the display is crystal clear, and everything works as is should. Bluetooth syncing with your phone is (finally) working pretty smoothly on both Android and IOS devices. Only real downside is that the ~9 hour battery life is not enough for long ultra races. However, that's plenty long enough for most runners training and competing in most events. The optical heart rate measurement works very well nearly all the time (even HR straps have hiccups and occasionally produce bad data), but does require that you cinch the watch fairly tight to your wrist when you're exercising. The TomTom MySports website is somewhat basic, especially when compared to Strava or Garmin Connect, but provides functionality to auto-sync your data with most other athletic sites, so I don't consider that a problem.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on February 17, 2015

5 5

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

As it turns out, I got given a free pair of the original FluidFeel shoes. I didn't think I would like them much, as this sort of heavily cushioned shoe is not what I usually choose to run in. But I really liked them, particularly on days when my feet felt sore and tired.

Fast forward a year or so, and I'm training for my first hundred miler. I had intended to wear my favorite daily running shoe, the Montrail FluidFlex II, but after a couple of big mileage weeks, it was clear to me that I needed a beefier shoe with more protection to run 100 miles. I immediately thought of the FluidFeel, but my pair had big holes in the upper from a lot of running through snow. Figured I would take a chance and order a pair of the updated FluidFeel, hoping nothing much had changed. The shoes arrived on the Tuesday before race start on Friday morning, so I never got a chance to run in them. I tried them on, and the fit and feel felt pretty much exactly the same as the original version. Hooray!

The race went perfectly (at least in terms of footwear). The Bighorn course had pretty much every kind of terrain -- dry & dusty, rocky sections, lots of river crossings, mud, snow, huge puddles. To my great relief the shoes performed great in all conditions, and despite having never run in the shoes before, I didn't have any blisters or foot issues at all.

I've since tried a couple of other shoes with 100-mile distances in mind, and haven't found anything that works as well as these.

About the only criticisms that I have are (1) that the laces could be an inch or two longer, and (2) the fabric on the uppers is a little fragile, and gets easily frayed by abrasion on rocks.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on January 5, 2015

5 5

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

There's a good reason why these shorts get so many five-star reviews. Yes, they're that good.

Like a lot of products where the design is great, there's not much to say, because mostly you only notice the defects, and these have none. They're light, durable, very breathable, and look good.

I bought the size S, and it fits me perfectly. I wear pants with a size 31 waist. Would probably be slightly snug on a 32"-waister, and slightly roomy on a 30".

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on December 30, 2014

5 5

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

I do a lot of winter running in the snow, in 0 to 30 degF temperatures, and typically wear a breathable windproof jacket on top of a short- or long-sleeve tech shirt. For years, I've worn a Mountain Hardwear Transition jacket (ground-breaking, now discontinued) and its successor, the MH Effusion (lighter, more stretch, but not as breathable).

When the BD Flow State Jacket arrived (in bright red "Torch"), my first reaction was that the color was spectacular -- really rich and bright -- the jacket is truly beautiful. My second reaction was that it was a little more heavyweight than I had hoped for. This is still a lightweight shell, but not a featherweight garment.

Took a while for temperatures to drop low enough for me to start using this regularly. (Abnormally warm December in Utah.) When I finally did, however, I was blown away. The breathability is awesome. Probably the most breathable windproof jacket I've ever worn.

Otherwise, there's really not much to complain about. The jacket has two front hand pockets that I didn't think I wanted, but yesterday I went for a run with damp gloves and was very happy to be able to stick my hands inside to warm them up. The fabric is nicely stretchy (always a plus with a form-fitting garment), and feels like it should be durable.

The fit is definitely slim and "athletic": I'm 5'11, 155 lbs, 40" chest, and the medium is perfect for me. But perfect for something close-fitting: there's just about room for a lightweight fleece underneath, not much more. If you want a more casual fit, or space for more layers, then you should probably size up. Or maybe just look for a different jacket: this is definitely optimized for high-intensity activities.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

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

If you liked the original Fluid Flex, you will love these shoes. The sole is not noticeably changed. Its still light and squishy, with good trail feel and modest rock protection.

If you didn't get along with the previous version, then whether you'll like the update depends on what you didn't like. The upper is still very insubstantial, but has slightly more structure and reinforcement. Shape seems slightly improved. Heel counter noticeably stiffer. New tongue is phenomenal: it has twin lace loops that do a great job of holding it in place.

Personally, I didn't feel that there was much wrong with the original. But this update makes a good trail shoe better. The modest increase in stiffness of the upper translates to a significant improvement in stability on off-camber terrain, and makes the shoe more suitable for longer races.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

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

I'll be upfront: I got a pair of these shoes in March 2013 as a gift. I didn't pay them much attention at first, as this sort of shoe is not really my taste. I like lighter, more stripped-down shoes like the Montrail Rogue Fly and FluidFlex. The heaviest shoes I normally run in are Brooks Pure Grit. Instead, I started wearing these as casual shoes for walking around town.

However, one day I got to the trailhead and found that I'd left my running shoes behind, and went for a run using these. I guess I've been using minimal shoes for too long, because it was a revelation! I was able to charge down rocky trails without any real concern for how I placed my feet. These have a ton of cushioning, and I really enjoyed the contrast, the comfort, and the freedom to relax.

The shoe is similar in feel and protection to the Brooks Cascadia. Plenty of midfoot support, and a reasonably roomy toe box.

These are not shoes that I would wear in races, but they are still reasonably light -- very light for the cushioning they provide. However, they make an awesome training shoe, and I have taken to wearing mine a couple of runs per week. They are very pleasant to wear on extra rocky trails, or when my feet feel tired, and need a rest.

No issues at all with durability so far...

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

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

The best thing about the TomTom Runner is the hardware: the watch is light, slim, moderately sized, and comfortable to wear. It's not a huge brick on your wrist like most GPS watches. The display is really clear (nicest LCD display I've ever seen on a watch), and the user interface is very nice. I really like the separate navigation controls on the strap. Touching the screen itself triggers the light, and works very well.

I've had the TomTom Runner for about six months, and early versions of the software were pretty clunky. There are still a number of quirks, but TomTom appear to be putting out software updates and fixing major issues. One problem that annoyed me early on was that it was too easy to pause/stop the timer accidentally, just by brushing the navigation control. A recent updated changed this so that you have to hold down the left button for several seconds. There are still a number of quirks: for example, when charging there's no indication of how charged the battery is: it just shows a 'charging' icon, and then a 'fully-charged' icon. Would be nice to know what percentage battery is at.

In my experience, battery life is not fantastic. I tried to use this watch in a 50-mile race, and found that it died around 5 hours in (using the HRM chest strap). I've been told that recent firmware updates improve this, but I can't see this being a good option for ultra-runners. That said, 5 hours is enough for almost everyone else, including slower marathoners, and I think most customers would rather prioritize having a smaller, sleeker, better-looking watch.

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Dominick Layfieldwrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

I have run almost exclusively in Montrail shoes over the last few years. I thought the Rogue Racer was a breakthrough in providing great feel and cushioning at an astonishingly light weight. The Rogue Fly, which I also loved, felt like an incremental improvement, shaving a little weight with no discernible loss of performance. I wore both shoes in 20+ trail races. My only criticism was that the forefoot protection felt just a little too minimal (not comfortable over sharp rocks!) and the heel stack felt just a little too high.

Maybe Montrail were listening to me. Or maybe they got the same feedback from a lot of athletes. Because the FluidFlex is an *awesome* shoe that remedies these issues. The forefoot sole is thicker and provides more protection, but still retains remarkably good trail feel. The heel is dropped slightly, giving a flatter, lower-profile, more stable platform. And the weight remains feather-light, not discernibly different to the Rogue Fly.

After using the shoes in only a couple of training runs, I felt comfortable enough to race a 50k in them, and a 50-miler two weeks later.

I still have absolutely no complaints. These are close to perfection.

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