Gabe Joyes

Gabe Joyes

Wind River Range, Absarokas, Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Beartooths

Gabriel's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

Gabriel's Bio

I live in Wyoming with my wife and our Alaskan Husky. We are in to UL backpacking, long day hikes, running on roads and trails, and telemark skiing.

We are always pushing it farther, faster, and lighter.

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Gabe Joyes

Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on October 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried on lots of running shoes over the years but none have ever fit my odd ball foot as good as these. For you other running nerds out there... I have a narrow heel, high arch, wide forefoot, and generally low-volume foot. There protection isn't super, but I've found it sufficient for such places as the Wind River Range, Big Horn Mountains, and San Juans.

The price is disgusting,even embarrassing, but I have to say for me it was totally worth it.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on October 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved the fit of these shoes... snug in the heel, wide forefoot, huge arch support. But, I found the 20-10 heel drop excessive ? more so that shoes with similar specs. When I ran in them it sort of always felt like I had a huge chunk of mud stuck to the bottom of my foot. Just thick and bulky. Oh well, they look awesome in my unprofessional opinion.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on October 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a variety of softshell jackets over the years and I've finally found my perfect one. This jacket certainly would not be perfect for everyone, but here is what I like about it... extremely breathable, warm for the weight, long length, close-fit yet still allows room for layers underneath.

Beware that this jacket does not block wind, like say a WINDSTOPPER softshell, but it breathes about a billion times better. It works best when you are working hard in cold conditions, like skinning or snowshoeing.

I'm 5'8" 155 and small fits me perfectly

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on November 25, 2010

5 5

This is really more of a windbreaker than a shirt, sort of like a super duper thin softshell. Its pretty breathable and wind resistant and I have been able to wear it for a wide variety of running and hiking conditions. Fits a little on the big side, if you are in between sizes go down.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on June 25, 2010

5 5

Excellent pack for long trail runs. Somehow, it doesn't bounce too much, but that obviously gets worse if you put a lot of weight in it. It has just enough capacity for along run in the mountains. It can hold plenty of bars, a 1L Platypus Hoser reservoir, a rain jacket, a UL windbreaker, and a mini first aid kit.

The only negative about this pack is that it has a very short torso, so if you have a long torso this probably won't work for you. I generally use a "medium" in packs and the Diablo is barely big enough for me.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on March 9, 2010

5 5

I was right in between small and medium for the regular Mica, so I tried the Super Mica in a small and it fits me perfect. It is just cut a little bit longer with a bit more room in the shoulders. The Lithium color is sort of a bright silver-white color that would fit in nicely on the moon if it had a NASA logo. Overall it is very tough to beat the feature set of this jacket and still weigh 7.9 oz.I just wore this for a run in 35 degrees with wet snow falling for about 40 minutes. I was amazed by the breathability of the fabric, it hardly felt different than my windbreaker! The pit-zips aren't even needed!

Update: The abrasion patches on the jacket have started coming off in less than a year. Thats kind of lame so I am planning on returning it. Overall still a good jacket for summer hiking, etc.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

5 5

Its my go to jacket for skiing and biking and it has performed exactly as expected. Its not lined, but is a great weight for skinning hard when it is chilly out. The hood fits really nicely too and very practical. Breathability, wind resistance, and snow resistance are all great too. Plus, it looks really BA.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

4 5

I really wanted to keep this, but I am just in between sizes I guess. I am 5'8" and about 155 pounds and I thought the small fit perfect except that it was really tight across my back. Medium would work, but then the fit was just kind of baggy and the sleeves were long. The fabric is super thin and ridiculously light. It seemed breath well just walking around my house, for whatever thats worth.

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Gabe Joyes wrote an answer about on March 1, 2010

I have a redpoint optimus and a thunder jacket that I occasionally wear under my TNF Heathen Gore-tex Proshell. The Thunder jacket lacks a hood, but otherwise is definitely warmer than the redpoint optimus. I say "occasionally" because I usually find that the redpoint optimus or the thunder under a gore-tex shell is just too warm for most things in Wyoming, unless you are just sitting around.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

5 5

I had last years version of this jacket and was bummed about it leaking feathers everywhere. I returned and purchased the new version after a close inspection. This version seems to be completely downproof and it has more loft while the weight is exactly the same (as measured on my own scale, 13.1 oz. size small). The fabric isn't quite as soft as it used to be, but the quality of this jacket is now top notch in my opinion. It has a great performance fit and is in my pack year round.

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Gabe Joyes wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

5 5

These allow you to move faster than a snail while skinning. They won't get you through the deepest snow or the steapest hill, but for lower angles and less snow they are perfect. Mine have worked especially well skinning on forest service roads while trying to make it to some God forsaken trailhead that is miles from a plowed road. If you want to move faster with less effort, get these!

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