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Eric Stenglein

Eric Stenglein

Leave it better than you found it!

Eric Stenglein's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

Eric Stenglein's Bio

I'm 39 and have a 4 year old son. I spend most of my free time in Wisconsin on lakes, rivers, bluffs, and hills. Currently I'm a medical professional and a Naval Officer. My addiction is skiing and hiking. Mostly resort, side country, and hike-to terrain. I have 20+ years of military experience. I had 2 tours in the Middle East and 2 tours in Afghanistan. I have a vast amount of military experience that includes military police, infantry, airborne, and medical. I like functional outdoor gear not always the most fashionable or most extreme gear. I'm not an extreme athlete so I try to buy appropriate gear for my needs and skill level (or lack of). I like brands such as Outdoor Research and Mammut. Let's take care of our precious outdoor resources by leaving trails and outdoor areas as you found them or better. I'm not afraid to pick up trash on trails. I really like Jackson Hole and the Tetons. I would like to move west someday and enjoy the mountains more.

Eric Stenglein

Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 188 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This thing breathes. I was comfortable no matter what my exertion level was. While hiking to ski I left the jacket on and vented it out with main zips mostly open. Once at the top and in the wind I only had to zip everything up. My only complaint is the pit zips are hard to see and find, but work well once you get a hold of them. The fabric is slightly stretchy and soft which feels nice and is not loud when moving around. Pockets are plentiful. Wrist pocket on left sleeve is great for RFID pass and chapstick. Left chest pocket has a zippered pass through to get to the bib pocket. The main zipper goes to the side of the neck, which allows for more comfort when zipped all the way up. There is another zipper on the neck for a gusset which allows you to get the hood over the helmet without having to unzip the main zipper. Sometimes that zipper sneaks down a little. I really like the zip out powder skirt. The internal mesh pocket holds an iPhone 6S+ with ease. It packs down nicely for a full featured ski jacket. I'm really happy with the jacket.

I'm 5'10" with a muscular build. 44" chest. The XL gives room to layer without looking too long or baggy like the Trift jacket. This is what Mammut considers a "free ride" fit and is more loose than the other "regular" fit Mammut jackets I have. I appreciate the free ride fit as it allows for layering without restricting range of motion.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used these to keep skis together on my Black Diamond pack while hiking with skis in cross carry configuration. Skis didn't wiggle around and these are really easy and quick to put on. I'm not using Velcro straps anymore. These straps are much more versatile. I will carry these in my pack from now on.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I can't ski like Aksel, but at least I can see like him. While skiing I had no fogging issues. The rose Prizm lenses worked well for a variety of conditions from sunny to flat light. I bought these specifically for flat light since airbrake rose Prizm replacement lenses are no where to be found and I like storm skiing. The flat light performance exceeds that of standard Oakley persimmon lenses and I can see details in the snow well before they jump up to surprise me. I'm very happy with the canopy and it's great field of view. The band has a cool digital camouflage pattern on the very back portion. These come with a cool digital pattern storage/cleaning sack with Aksel's signature on it. I gave these a 5 star rating because the conditions changed quickly at Jackson and these goggles handled all of them with ease. My Airbrakes stayed in the room as a back up. If I had rose Prizm lenses for my airbrake I probably would not have switched lenses when the sun came out unless it would remain sunny all day. The rose Prizm lense allows for 21% light transmission so it still filters out plenty of light, but not as much as the sun specific lenses.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this headlamp thinking it was a quality tactical headlamp for soldiers using it in austere or rugged field conditions. It's not. I couldn't find my Black Diamond Storm so I purchased this wanna be tactical light from the PX at Fort McCoy on a whim. I'm returning it ASAP and getting another Black Diamond. The case is really easy to open. I can't imagine it staying tight after some use and explains its IPX4 rating. The angle adjustment is flimsy. Pretzel claims this lamp is for users needing discrete use like hunters or fisherman but I would not recommend it to them either unless it spends most of its time in the center console of the truck. I would be concerned about its longevity if thrown in a pack due to its lack of robustness. I expected more for a $60 lamp that poses as a tactical headlamp. The only thing tactical about this Tactikka lamp is its desert tan color.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't find my BD Storm headlamp and I ended up buying a replacement lamp that rhymes with pretzel. Huge mistake. I'm on military duty and my back up Mammut lamp is red and clashes with my camouflage outfit so I bought a desert tan Tactikka plus RGB on a whim. See my review. I want my Black Diamond Storm! My four y/o son probably has it stashed somewhere. Needless to say I'm returning the pretzel and getting another diamond. Where's my gear head Eric? I hope I find the other lamp so I have a sweet back up/girlfriend light.
Why do I want my BD Storm back? Robust. Weatherproof (IPX7). Bright. Good price. All the things the pretzl is not. Got it! Out.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 14, 2015

5 5

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

The L fits me great. I'm 69" and 195 w/muscular build. I wore this in fresh deep snow 1 day and learned my lesson. It's too warm for working hard in pow and crud, but it shines on cold days or when ripping groomers. If you're riding lifts longer than skiing like most Midwesterners this jacket is excellent. The zipper was annoying at first, but it breaks in and works better with use. It's Mammut quality but not as expensive as other brands (getting it on sale helps too). It's plenty light and packed down very small in my BD Agent pack. I caught it in the pack zipper once and thought I would need duct tape, but no damage was done. My iPhone 5 fits well in the zippered chest pocket and I always had plenty of battery power since the phone was always warm . I have had a few small feathers poke out, but nothing more than usual. I use bright colors (salamander yellow) to ensure the waitress sees me and my empty beer mug. The Pertex Microlight will shed water and snow as you run for coffee in the morning before the lift opens. The zip up neck provides great coverage without being over tight. I wear it daily sometimes. I recommend highly.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 14, 2015

Versatile
5 5

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

This is an expensive jacket, however it performed flawlessly at the "Ghee with 21" of fresh pow over a 4 day period. I used it as a mid layer mostly while skiing and as an outer layer while traveling in the car. It kept me dry and warm while working hard in fresh snow. My down jacket was too warm and swampy. The Eiswand breathed much better and kept me dry and warm. During apres ski the waitress cannot miss you in the orange version so that's a nice bonus for getting more Deep Powder Pale Ale in a timely fashion. The neck is tight but not suffocating. Depending on how you shave the fully zipped neck may pull on your stubble. I solved this problem by not shaving. You'll fit in better with the locals too. The dual zipper allows you to visit the john without taking anything off. The sleeves are a little long and allow you to use the thumb hole efficiently. There are 2 open top storage pockets inside and zippered pockets outside (2 hand & 1 chest). My iPhone fit nice in the chest pocket and my battery level stayed high since the phone was always warm inside my shell. It was a charm to drive long distances in too. Not too light. Not too heavy. I liked the close fit. I'm 195lbs 69" and muscular. The large was form fitting but not tight. Worked great with Mammut Trift pants and suspenders.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

A mammoth in the USA
4 5

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

There is no insulation in this jacket. Shell only. My Giro helmet from 7 yrs ago does not fit in the hood. I can't remember the last time I wore a hood over my helmet so it's not an issue for me. With a hat on the hood cinches down perfectly with one hand. I sent the large back because I was between sizes and prefer a little extra room. I'm 5'10" 194 lbs muscular. Of note- the zipper goes up high and covers the neck and chin very well. The drawstring can be adjusted to bring the coverage down some, however the neck will still be covered at full zip and drawstrings tight. The Trift Parka is the one with insulative properties.

Update: After more days skiing with this parka I find it satisfactory. The long neck zipper can be a pain at times, but when It's windy and nuking snow you'll love the extra coverage. I find it handy to zip it up fully then pull the neck strings hard. This seems to give bring the coverage down more and it's personally more comfortable for me. The euro style zipper does take a while to get used to but eventually breaks in. The longer parka style is nice especially when the lift chairs are covered after a fresh dump. Would like to see bigger zipper pulls on the pit zips.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on December 20, 2014

Swiss Quality
4 5

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

I returned these blue pants to switch colors since the L granite Trift jacked was a touch small on me. I switched to Whale color XL jacket and salamander yellow pant for some contrast and so my wife could easily see me waiting for her and not ski past me... Anyways- the original pants sent to me had large Velcro tabs on the INSIDE for size adjustment. The tabs are similar in size to the Nordwand Pro pants I was looking at. In addition, the edge protection at the bottom of the leg is slightly different than the picture shows but same in terms of size and placement. It's nice to see a large area of protection at the bottom. The rest was the same as pictured. The sizing is as advertised. Just go by the Mammut sizing chart and a tape measure not by your _________________ brand jean size. More to follow when I get a few days to beat on these. PS Backcountry customer service is top-notch and my gear head Eric is the Bomb!

UPDATE: After a week of use I really like the fit of the pants with the suspenders. I also like the fact I can shorten the pants in the morning as I walk to get a coffee in shoes without walking on over the pant cuffs. When I get my ski boots on I can unsnap them and get better coverage. Plenty of pocket space. They are loose but not overly baggy. The suspenders are super easy to adjust. As above- the pants have large internal Velcro adjusting tabs. They stay put and I didn't have to fiddle with them at all. I really like the flaps over the pockets as the zippers don't get jammed up with snow or ice. The cut protective portion of the pant legs are larger than most other brands, which is nice for crashes or unruly people on the lift.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on June 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Norrona says medium waist is 34.6-36.6. I returned mediums even though I tape at 36. Got some larges in return. They fit much better and have Velcro adjustment tabs on the waist for when you drink too much beer or download the burrito combo meal. The right cargo pocket has 1 elastic organizer pocket within it and it Fits iPhone 5s with commuter box nicely. I like the security of the zippered pockets front and rear and they open smoothly with one hand. Front cargo pockets have small pleat on the bottom corner for extra storage, which is roomy enough for multi day hikes, but slim enough for moving fast. Hand pockets are small. Nice lightweight shorts that come down just below knee. 2 Metal snaps for closure- no buttons to break off. Appear to be well built with some extra tack points. Standby for durability report...

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on June 27, 2014

4 5

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

She likes the shirt...I like the shirt. Very soft cotton. I measure about 46-47 chest 70" tall with muscular build and the XL inferno red is loose. The L imperial blue is more athletic fitting. I like them both. Probably prefer size L a little more.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on June 27, 2014

5 5

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

Had these for 2 weeks and wear them for everything. I tape measure 36 at the waist but 34 Kuhl fits great. The zipper pockets can be opened with one hand. Right pocket has organizer and fits my iPhone 5S with commuter box perfect. Pockets are mesh and will drain water if necessary. Material is soft but feels durable with a little stretch. No buttons to fall off. Metal snap closure. Attachment point on rear center. Khaki color is a darker hue which hides more dirt. Length comes down to just below knee. Wife digs them too. Kuhl should come out with some Kuhl t-shirts to go with these shorts.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Typical Oakley quality and construction. Lenses are easy to change. Comes with a sunny lens for bluebird days and a low light/contrast lens for overcast and dump days so your pretty much covered for whatever the mountain (or hill here in WI) throws at you. Make sure you go to Oakley's website and look at their lens tints under "innovation" tab then to "optical superiority" to ensure you get the right lens for your needs.
Update:
WARNING: DO NOT wipe the insides of these goggles. If you do they will fog up horribly. It almost ruined an 18" powder day at Snowbird . Good thing my friend had a back up pair in his pack. My factory persimmon lenses will need to be replaced. Probably go with Prizms.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

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

These shoes slice and dice their way through Wisconsin winter. Conditions these shoes have seen are 10-39 degrees F. Mostly on the side of the road in wooded areas and some trails in the woods. I've only run in snow ranging from hardpack to slush and everything in between. I see lots of the crud that tires make when going over fresh snow mixed with salt and sand. The traction is A+ in all but the smoothest ice. The tread lugs are deep and widely spaced so they clean out easily and don't pack up with snow. When I saw the shoe and the quicklace system and I thought about returning them. I'm glad I didn't. The wire like cord has a device that cinches them tight, but leaves too much of a loop dangling around freely. I was worried about that loop snagging onto branches and brush. I fixed that by tucking the rubber pull (joins the lace together) into the loop on the tongue. I can leave the quicklace system open and use the shoe as a slip-on for mailbox and trash runs. Bonus! The shoe is very light yet well constructed. No airy mesh to trap snow and sand particles in. It's a very smooth exterior to keep all the debris out. My feet were slightly sweaty after running with a Darn Tough ankle high sock on. My feet were always warm and dry. I might switch to an aftermarket insole. Stock insoles seem a little flat, but no problems with aches or pains. No hotspots or blisters. Sizing was right on. I recommend these for winter and spring use. They might be a tad warm for summer. Colors are nice and bright for safety and look cool too.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wore these skiing in 10-28 degree F weather. They work as advertised. Nice under the cuff fit that works most excellent with my OR Axcess jacket. Easy on and off. Nice flexibility with minimal to no break in. Some moisture accumulates on the inside but my hands were always warm and comfortable. Construction seems to be excellent with lots of double stitching. Only gripe is the leash is too short. I swapped it out for the one on my outgoing glove. Much cheaper than comparable Hestra glove.

Update: I used these gloves all last winter from -30 to 30F. Not one complaint after I switched leash out. Still look new. They are warm. Use something lighter for warm days. Stay at 4 stars for leash being too short for my preferences.

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