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Eric Stenglein

Eric Stenglein

Leave it better than you found it!

Eric Stenglein's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Eric Stenglein's Bio

I'm married with 3 children. 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 for skiing. 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 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 used it once or twice and have initial impressions

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.

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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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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

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

I wear these for everything to include hiking, running, and working 10 hr shifts at the hospital. They're much tougher and have superior wear as compared to Smartwool. I can wear these all day. I'm ordering more since I'm replacing some previously mentioned brand of socks that are wore out at achilles area and ball of foot.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 26, 2013

5 5

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

Mammut's website states these are optimally suitable for backpacking, winterhiking/snowshoeing, and walking. Suitable for via ferrata and mountain hiking. I was looking for a boot that could do most things. Right out of the box I noticed how comfortable the memory foam was. It reminded me of my posturepedic mattress. Sizing was right on with medium weight merino wool socks. I laced them up and headed out with my 22 mo old boy in his baby hiker. The snow was worse than crud. After some rain, melt, freeze cycles and other hikers the snow was very uneven and frozen. The last blizzard brought trees down. The boots are very lightweight and stable. My ankle rolled a few times and the boots did their job well. The traction was outstanding and the lugs are deep. The sole is dual compound Vibram. The boot is really cool looking with graphite/cyan colors. The metal clip on the tongue was not an issue at all. Laces show no signs of wear from the clip and my foot can't feel it inside the boot. The metal clip on my Lowa military boots was never an issue either. The rubber rand help with water proofing and is tough in crusty, stump, and rock filled snow. Terrain is flat to rolling in most of my hikes and snow conditions have varied, but I never had blisters or hot spots. I used the stock insoles, but will upgrade soon. They are not overly stiff and one can drive in them if necessary. They are made in Romania with "Raichle Footwear Technology". Lots of double stiching throughout. I looked at many European boots like Meindl, Salewa, and Scarpa, but decided on these d/t price and other factors above. Mammut's website helped me decide between their line of boots. They explicitly tell you what the boot was built for and so far they are accurate. I will put these through the wringer on the slick granite rocks at Devil's Lake as soon as the weather warms. Standby for further info.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on October 11, 2012

5 5

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

The name "Base Camp"and recommended uses listed on Backcountry are very accurate. I used this pad while tent camping at Pineview Campground, Ft McCoy, WI. Overnight lows were upper 30's low 40's. I used my GI issue intermediate bag with bivy sack on top of the Base Camp pad and slept like a log. I bought the Large size since I'm 5'10"with muscular build. No complaints. I followed Therm a rest's instructions prior to going camping and for inflating. Last year I camped at the same time and was cold without the pad. If you're counting grams or sleeping on rock faces this is not the pad for you. I look forward to using this pad again.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on September 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to pants for hiking, travelling, and just about anything outdoors. They're comfortable. They fit my larger legs so they may be baggy on thinner guys. Definately a relaxed fit. They fit better than my Mtn Hardware convertible pants. Zip close pocket so I don't lose important stuff. The convertible part is nice for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. I've had zero issues with these pants.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on September 9, 2012

4 5

I bought these sunglasses for all around use. I wear them for driving, hiking, in uniform, and whatever else in between. I used them extensively in Camp Pendleton recently while setting up and taking down a field hospital. They worked great for going in and out of sunlight. They work well while driving. I would have given them 5 stars but I find them to be a pain to clean and mediocre in bright sunlight. They are good for all around use but I wouldn't wear them for anything more than hiking. I would get something that fits more snug such as the Trail model if you're a trail runner or mtn biker. The size of the Run is right on. I have good peripheral coverage and the colors are not distorted too much. My hat size is about 7.5-7 5/8 if that helps for sizing. I would also get the 2-4 photochromic lenses if you are going to ski in bright sunlight or live in a really sunny area. The falcon III's work well for me but I live in WI.

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