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Gareth Loosle

Gareth Loosle

Utah

Gareth Loosle's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running

Gareth Loosle's Bio

I'd consider myself a avid outdoorsman. My favorite activities include backpacking (especially ultralight, woop for sub 12lb bases!) , hiking, canyoneering, snowboarding and of course photographer. I'm also dabbling into climbing and thus far prefer bouldering due to more social environment and challenging moves.

Gareth Loosle

Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

I'm giving it 5 stars. that might be a stretch but its well above other 4's i've given in my book. When I heard that vivo was coming out with this shoe I was super excited. Their neo trail is a little thick for what I want. When I first put these shoes on, my feet had an orga**censored**. they are soft, comfy, a nice light stretch on the uppper and most of all breathable. When I read preliminary reviews before the final product hit the shelves a lot of people complained about the weight. They're definitely on the heavy side for a minimal shoe. But, honestly I forget about that when wearing them.

My biggest beefs with these: They seem to be designed with wearing socks in mind, only. they are beyond comfy when I rock some socks, but when I take them out sockless some of the thread and seams really irritate my feet. and that's quite the feat. I'm barefoot a heckofalot and wear only minimal shoes year round. I also notice they don't breath nearly as well when sockless. My feet became very clammy when I took just a basic walk around the block with my dog sockless.

one observation: these are definitely a trail shoe. the lugs are perfect for gripping dirt and rock, but they do not feel very stable on pavement. I feel like I'm walking around with cleats (almost at least!).

Overall, great shoe. Can't wait to get it out backpacking, I think its going to be the pants off my old merrells and VFFs

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

I love these. they're just short enough to be functional and along my style. They've weeded out other shorts I *used* to be in love with and are now the top choice for most outdoor use, and a lot of causal stuff too. I got the green, and like how it stands out

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on January 22, 2012

5 5

I've got a small head and I don't like tall boy beanies, but instead prefer a pretty close to head fit. This is dang near to that, its not quite what I'd cal a slim head fit - its a little loose and has some extra stuff up there, but its so soft and comfy. Its become my go to beanie when I need to run out of the house.

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on January 22, 2012

5 5

I'm on a constant quest to find an healthy (truly), easy/quick snack to take with me places. Just snagged some of these in the raspberry/chocolate. holy hannah do they takes good. in the first 3 days I ate 6 of them. They've replaced my Luna's which takes like a bad rice crispy treat (but still good, much better than a typical nasty power bar. yuk). plus, this thing packs a punch of feeling full and not feeling nasty or super thick like some bars do. I take these to campus, to the gym, to the mountain. I have a stash in my car, in each of my many backpacks/bags I use. great go to snack.

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

4 5

Gloves are one thing in my gear closet that I don't (didn't) have anything too spectacular. just cheapos that would be bulky, not terribly waterproof but they'd do the job. Enter these. snagged the orange and they compliment my blue jacket quite well. When I tried them on my hands god beyond excited. these are by far the comfiest glove I've worn. also the least bulky and gives me the most dexterity. I ride brighton and have taken these up to Whitefish (big mtn montana). My experience: they just aren't quite warm enough for the colder days for me (I paired them up with a lighter liner and it definitely helps). And the way I ride, I tend to fall a lot (its not a good day unles you go home sore, righ!?) and there's definite wear and tear on these bad boys already. they look like i've drug them through the pits of 2 gnarly seasons already. my only other gripe is after long days up at Brighton they tend to slowly start to soak up water - the wool lining keeps my hands dry but still concerning. All gripes considered though, these rock for 90+% of my shredding days and I love them.

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

5 5

I wore out my five finger bikila's recently and I really wanted to try something that would be more durable. 2 bikila's in less than 8 months just isn't worth 100each. Enter these. I got them as a replacement running shoe, but I love them so much that I've found myself wearing them as my main casual shoe lately. they're extremely comfy and breathable (though not super ideal for utah winter weather. meh, worth it). They've replaced my merrell barefoots as my day to day campus shoe favorite by a landslide. The yellow is a killer color, can't wait till (if?) we pick up some more colors that vivobarefoot makes the evo in. considering buying a second pair so I can have a dedicated casual and running shoe. I took out the flimsy little insole and it helped it feel more like a true minimal shoe. highly recommend this.

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

5 5

I wore out my five finger bikila's recently and I really wanted to try something that would be more durable. 2 bikila's in less than 8 months just isn't worth 100each. Enter these. I got them as a replacement running shoe, but I love them so much that I've found myself wearing them as my main casual shoe lately. they're extremely comfy and breathable (though not super ideal for utah winter weather. meh, worth it). They've replaced my merrell barefoots as my day to day campus shoe favorite by a landslide. The yellow is a killer color, can't wait till (if?) we pick up some more colors that vivobarefoot makes the evo in. considering buying a second pair so I can have a dedicated casual and running shoe. I took out the flimsy little insole and it helped it feel more like a true minimal shoe. highly recommend this.

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on September 18, 2011

5 5

I love this pack. Its very well built. I have put a lot of abuse on this thing for the last two years. Its been everywhere from snowboarding at brighton to zion narrows to day hiking in the Uintas. I'm glad we finally picked this guy up. However, I think this is in the wrong category. This is a day pack through and through.

weatherproof (resistant?) camera bay zippers with a couple of dividers. it fits my 60D with 17-40L and spare lenses - 50mm prime, 15mm fisheye and either my tele or macro lens. The top compartment has plenty of room to stuff for a full day hike. I've stuffed lunch, jacket, extra camera equipment and other various items in there without issue. This also has a dedicated bladder pocket, it fits my 100oz (3 liter) bladder like a glove. It has plenty of small compartments. Small one on the very bottom of the pack that I keep my batteries, memory cards and other various things in. a small one that I don't use by the camera block, one on the top filled with microfiber for sunglasses, filters and my cable release. There's also another zipper right next to the mesh pocket on the back that I keep my lens cleaner stuff in.

My complaints, as no pack is perfect
1.the orange plastic things on the zippers are flimsy – I've broken off two. It doesn't affect anything though is its no big deal.
2. the mesh pocket on the side that holds the tripod is not that durable. I wore a hole through it last summer so I had to reinforce it with some good ole gorilla glue – its been bombproof since, but future versions hopefully will address this.

As a side note, looks like clik has made some minor changes to the pack since I got mine 2 years ago (the back pocket looks a tad different, and mine doesn't have a rain cover)

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Gareth Loosle wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

2 5

Man. wherever this stuff got its claim "as effective as deet"...it sure wasn't in the uinta's or in southern utah, yikes. I suffered and learned the hard way. I want so bad to get off deet. but you know, I gotta have stuff that works too. And as much warning and nasty stuff found in deet, this bad boy sure has its fair share of label warnings and very specific usage directions of its own.

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