Doug Small

Doug Small

Salt Lake City, Southern Utah, The Wasatch Front, Park City

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douglas's Passions

Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

douglas's Bio

Brewing beer, building bikes, and busting out the banjo are a few things that describe my afternoons. On weekends you’ll see me on the trail, at the crag, or maybe swilling a pint at the local pub.

Doug Small

Doug Small wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I probably should have gotten this sooner seeing how I'm probably not the expert skier that I think I am. First off this is probably the nicest looking helmet that's out there. Plenty of colors to go with your kit. The upgrades that they've made to the new version leave this lighter and give you more airflow options over the previous years Vantage. I always run pretty warm and end up sweating in whatever I'm wearing. I have yet to overheat in this. The BOA system is killer and will give you a snug fit even for the strangest head shapes. Also the earpads are removable and have a zippered pocket so you can drop some speakers. Bottom line this helmet is the way to go if you're looking for a comfortable, well ventilated lid.

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Doug Small wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who knew fixing gouges in your base could be so easy? I watched a few YouTube vids on base repairs and now I'm P-Texing like a pro. Make sure to get a metal scraper with these if you don't already have a sharp one.

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Doug Small wrote an answer about on December 3, 2013

Hey Tim, the load capacity on this pack is 50lbs, while the Aether 70 will be around 60lbs. The Aether will have a more burly internal frame and a low profile back panel. The ACT Lite has a breathable mesh back panel that is adjustable. That being said the Aether puts you closer to the load and should be more stable. As far as durability goes both use similar materials in their construction and have a lifetime warranty should anything fail.

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Doug Small wrote an answer about on December 3, 2013

Hey BT, with the Vantage you get 21 vents over the Valence which has 18. The Vantage will also let you control 2 sections of vents (front and back) independently as the old Variant Brim did. The Valence and the Variance all of the vents open and close together.

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Doug Small wrote an answer about on December 3, 2013

The new Vantage gives you the option to open or close 2 sections of vents (front and back) independently as the old Variant Brim did. The Valence and the Variance all of the vents open and close together. The Vantage also has 21 vents where the Valence has 18 vents.

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Doug Small wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

Still my go to goggle.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these! Its super easy to swap lenses, easy to clean. Mine came with the Red Sol-x and sensor mirror. The Sol-x is great for bright bluebird days and the sensor is fantastic for overcast or storm days. I have to say that 80% of the time I'm using the sensor, its a killer lens. The size is perfect for medium size faces and they offer great peripheral vision.

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Doug Small wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a few different reservoirs in the past and this is by far my favorite. The big opening makes it really easy to clean out when you need to. The bite valve is sturdy and drip free. I love the quick disconnect hose, it makes it super easy to get in and out of my packs without messing with the hose. The quick disconnect parts are also compatible with my Katadyn Hiker Pro filter. I have had mine for about 3 years and it is still going strong.

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Doug Small wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

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

So let me just say that I've had a few North Face fleece jackets in the past and have been unimpressed. I got this because I was looking for a more techy mid-weight fleece. This totally surpassed my expectations. The Sherpa fleece on the is super soft and really warm. The face fleece is a lower pile that typical, which I'm hoping will mean less pilling. The hand warmer pockets are a little bit higher up so they'll work with a harness or hip belt on a backpack. The hood is a scuba style and will work under a helmet. It's clean looking so its great for casual wear as well as a technical mid layer. The fit on it is great, in my experience most of The North Face jackets run on the bigger side but this was perfect. I've only had this for about a week so I'll be interested to see how well this holds up to regular use and washing.

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Doug Small wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

These are amazing shorts, no stitching on the seams. Everything is welded together pockets and all. The material is super fast drying and stretchy. I did find that they ran small. I'm a 33" waist and found the Medium to be too tight, the Large worked perfectly. Snag these shorts, you won't regret it.

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