Erik

Erik

Midwest

Erik's Bio

Love to test myself, preparedness, and skills to utilize as little from man and use what is in nature without taking it away from what we love of what it offers us.

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Erik wrote a question about on December 11, 2011

What's the difference between these and the older keen whistlers. Whistlers are currently one of my favorite shoes. Have had them for 3 season. They are not great in weather less than 30 degrees...don't have a lot of nsultation...but wool socks make them go down to the single digits. How are these compared to the whistlers

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Erik wrote a review of on January 16, 2010

4 5

Warmest Mock I have owned. A little hard to slip-on, not crazy about the styling, but the traction, warmth, waterproofing is very very good. This mock will hold up in the single digits all day!!! Overall it is an excellent mock that is very comfortable but you need to break-in they are snuggle at first. Size seems fairly true once broken in...once again the tongue needs to be broken in.

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Erik wrote a review of on January 16, 2010

5 5

Priced Right! Warm, Not too heavy, Collar isnt too high, athletic cut, windproof and with the omni-shield offer water repellent protection as well. It is heavier than the TNF Windwall 1 and stops more wind not to mention has more insulation. However the size is a little small I wear a 41 sport coat 33 waist, so I ordered the M (according to Columbia that is the correct sizing). It was tight with just a t-shirt on. So if you are toward the end of the sizing chart go up to the next size. I want to get the large but they were out.

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Erik wrote a review of on March 6, 2009

5 5

Just by spite I happened to give these another shot after I initially sent my first pair back and to my conclusion the second pair is now my favorite slip-on waterproof winter clog/mock I own. It is comfortable, light and the warmest of the bunch.

Initially, the First pair I had was so narrow in the right foot I couldn't stand it! They hurt so much, It was terrible...so I wrote my first review based on that and returned the pair. And the elastic tongue (opening were you slip your foot in) was so incredible tight I had them off in less then 3 minutes. So, while visited one of my local outfitter who also sells them and decided to try them on once again just in case...and to my surprise they fit and were nearly perfect!! They still need some breaking in around the tongue...for that is very tight at first but will loosen up and what you have is an excellent shoe. I wish I could retract my initial review and offer this as the real one. I am extremely happy with these clog/mocks...they are comfortable and warm yet wear like a gym shoe. I wear them alot! Glad I gave them a second chance! Only gripe now is they are a little harder to slip on then the Keen Whistlers...those are just hop in and good. I do wear those alot just not when it is below 25 and I will be outside for a while.

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Erik wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

5 5

Let's start off with the same thing I said in my other reviews of the Slip-on Snow Clogs in this class.

I have owned several different Snow Clogs. Mostly because I could never find exactly one that fit my criteria. I was looking for something that was causal, warm, waterproof and a slip-on. I live in Chicago and as of the last two years the winter weather has gotten colder and we are getting more snow than ever. I need to find a Clog that would work good in the snow, keep my feet dry and warm enough for the zero degree days and the last criteria was to be able to wear during the day in the office with a pair of Khaki pants. So big boots were out!

I currently have 3 pairs of different slip-on winter mocs, Keen Whistlers, Merrell Shiver Moc, and these Salomon Snowclogs. They are all Waterproof, insulated, have snow traction Soles, and of course a slip-on style...I love slip-ons.

The Keen Whistler were my favorite Moc of all three...they are ultra comfortable...they are wider than the others and the build and design is great!!! The back of the Slip on has some raised grooves that make it easy to step out of using the other shoe to hold them down...total hands-free in and out. These were so easy to get in and out of. I love that! They have a great all-around sole. Low Profile yet still offering great traction in every condition. They are warm but not as warm as the Shiver Moc. You/I could wear these to about 20 maybe 15 degrees and be ok. zero if you are not moving will get cold. The big rubber toe as much as I hated it at first functions well and overall I really grow to love the look. Many people asked me where I got them. Of the three this really was my favorite. It is the all-around winner. I just wish they could be a little warmer considering the chicago weather seems to like to hang around the zero mark more often. The wool lining is so comfortable on these...they are easily the most comfortable moc I have put on yet...well maybe the Merrell Encore Chill Slider were ever so slightly better but they cant handle the snow and wet like these clogs can nor did they have the traction. You wont be disappointed!! My favorite!

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Erik wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

4 5

Let's start off with the same thing I said in my other reviews of the Slip-on Snow Clogs in this class.

I have owned several different Snow Clogs. Mostly because I could never find exactly one that fit my criteria. I was looking for something that was causal, warm, waterproof and a slip-on. I live in Chicago and as of the last two years the winter weather has gotten colder and we are getting more snow than ever. I need to find a Clog that would work good in the snow, keep my feet dry and warm enough for the zero degree days and the last criteria was to be able to wear during the day in the office with a pair of Khaki pants. So big boots were out!

I currently have 3 pairs of different slip-on winter mocs, Keen Whistlers, Merrell Shiver Moc, and these Salomon Snowclogs. They are all Waterproof, insulated, have snow traction Soles, and of course a slip-on style...I love slip-ons.

The Merrell Shiver Moc are a great slip-on...a little tougher to get on (Slip-on) than the Keen Whistler...which was the easiest by far. They are narrower than the Whistler as well...Keen seems to make a wider shoe than everyone else. The Shiver Moc is made well...something I have come to expect from Merrell. They are warmer then both the Salomon Snowclog (not the Snowclog 3...that is warmer than these three) and the whsitler. They are the warmest of the three...the polartec makes them wearable to the zeros but dont expect much more. Snow traction is pretty close to the whistler (Whistler is better) but not anywhere near the Salomon Snow Clog. Style wise...which is mostly subjective, these work better in the office than the Snowclogs but not as sole low-profile friendly as the whistler. Making the whistler the choice in the Office. Of the three Slip-on I have, these are my 2nd place pick. You can never go wrong with Merrell!

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Erik wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

3 5

Let's start off with the same thing I said in my other reviews of the Slip-on Snow Clogs in this class.

I have owned several different Snow Clogs. Mostly because I could never find exactly one that fit my criteria. I was looking for something that was causal, warm, waterproof and a slip-on. I live in Chicago and as of the last two years the winter weather has gotten colder and we are getting more snow than ever. I need to find a Clog that would work good in the snow, keep my feet dry and warm enough for the zero degree days and the last criteria was to be able to wear during the day in the office with a pair of Khaki pants. So big boots were out!

I currently have 3 pairs of different slip-on winter mocs, Keen Whistlers, Merrell Shiver Moc, and these Salomon Snowclogs. They are all Waterproof, insulated, have snow traction Soles, and of course a slip-on style...I love slip-ons.

I sent them back...they could have been my favorite had they been wider. They were warm (warmer than the other 3 and along the same warmth of the Snowclog 3)...waterproof but way too narrow and tight...I was uncomfortable within minutes and I tried two size...same problem! The Sole isn't as snow friendly (Compared to the Whistler, Snowclog, and the Shiver) but still great! They are more like a slip-on gym shoe style than a moc or clog. They were harder to slip on than all the other ones. If I would have kept them maybe they would have loosen up or stretched out but I couldnt take that chance. If TNF redesigns these to be wider this could be one of the best and nearly meeting all my criteria. Plus TNF has great service and a Lifetime warranty!!!! Maybe next year they will get it right.

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Erik wrote a review of on January 27, 2009

4 5

I have owned several different Snow Clogs. Mostly because I could never find exactly one that fit my criteria. I was looking for something that was causal, warm, waterproof and a slip-on. I live in Chicago and as of the last two years the winter weather has gotten colder and we are getting more snow than ever. I need to find a Clog that would work good in the snow, keep my feet dry and warm enough for the zero degree days and the last criteria was to be able to wear during the day in the office with a pair of Khaki pants. So big boots were out!

I currently have 3 pairs of different slip-on winter mocs, Keen Whistlers, Merrell Shiver Moc, and these Salomon Snowclogs. They are all Waterproof, insulated, have snow traction Soles, and of course a slip-on style...I love slip-ons.

The Salomons are not quite that causal and dont seem to work well with the office environment. They are more of a ski lodge clog. The sole is big and heavy with deep grooves...they are extremely functional in the snow!!! They have excellent traction. They are warm but not warm enough for much lower than 25 degrees. The build quality is good just not as good as the others...my opinion. They are the least stylist and I felt the footbed moved around easily. The are true to size and standard width. I would really rate these a 3.5 star but the site doesn't allow 1/2 stars. The biggest plus...the warranty. Salomon is awesome...lifetime on these babies!! They are a great company! And you cant beat the price! Of the 3 clogs I own this is the one I least wear and is in 3rd place on my list.

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Erik wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

I managed to get my hands on both the Sentinel Thermal and the Bionic Thermal and here are the differences:

The Bionic Thermal is the heavier of the two yet stiffer (the shell)...your range of motion is not as free as the Sentinel Thermal. The Bionic Thermal is also the warmer of the two. The High Loft Fleece backer is a little bit thicker on the Bionic Thermal plus the shell is harder and thicker as well.

Both Jackets are windproof to 0 CFM (based on what MPH, I have no idea) so that is a wash and they both are water resistant however I believe the Sentinel water-resistance is better because I dont believe it is a laminate like the Bionic...the bionic laminate is good thru 60-80 washes...ok that is a lot but still the sentinel wins because the gore windstopper material is in my book better.

I like the cut and feel of the Sentinal Thermal Better it also looks better but this is subjective and it is so marginal it isnt even funny. The sentinel Thermal will breath better...once again because of the gore windstopper material which is thinner and lighter weight while achieving the same wind stopping ability as the Bionic Thermals heavier weight.

Durability goes to the Bionic Thermal...the shell is a tank!!! TOUGH!!! However the Sentinel Thermal isnt a wimp either but not as beefy as the Bionic...I dont think it was designed to be.

So if you are looking for the warmer of the two the Bionic Thermal is the winner in colder weather. If you are more athletic the and don't need the warmer the Sentinel Thermal is better. I believe the Bionic to be far better than my Denali (I even have a summit series one...discontinued in 2005...heavier than a 300 weight fleece denali). The denali is not windproof and isnt water-resistant...so if it snows/rains and it is windy the denali is terrible. Not a fan of the Denali...wish I wont have bought it. Get the Bionic Thermal over the Denali without thinkin twice!!! But the denali is a fleece not a soft shell.

I really like the Bionic Thermal it is an excellent jacket...I believe it looks nicer then the girlie Patagonia R4 while still offering the same warmth (my opinion). You could wear the Bionic Thermal to 20 degrees and the Sentinel Thermal to 35 degree much less for either and you really should look at a warmer jacket...but if you are climbing or running these temps are different. I live in chicago and it is windy here so either is good.

Oh and to throw a wrench in this (more towards the Sentinel thermal side) I have a TNF Pamir Windstopper also...it is lighter than both (not much more then the sentinel thermal..that is a close call)... the Pamir is more like a wind breaker...very little to no insulation or fleece backer at all...go with the sentinel thermal over the Pamir Windstopper...the sentinel thermal kills it bad without being much more in weight while gaining so much more. Hope I helped.

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Erik wrote an answer about on January 6, 2009

it is a longer pile (fuzzier), has a different poket configuration, and lacks the re-inforcments. I have worn a backpack with my R4 several times and have not had any noticeable wear related to that...however it could happen overtime. My oppinion both will block the wind equally well, and which type of material you like is just preference. The R4 may tend to capture more snow and water because of the longer pile, where the TNF may shed a bit more.Aaron hit it right on the head! The Windwall isnt as warm either...it is a 200 weight fleece vs the R4 300 weight. The Windwall 2 is slightly lighter and the fleece in the windwall 2 isnt nearly as warm as the polartec in the r4. But the R4 is also a 100 more...depends what you are looking for.

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