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GoodGuinness

Yosemite, Mammoth, the Eastside

GoodGuinness's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

4 5

I found these on crazy sale so I figured that maybe they are like the Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants (which I love) since they look almost exactly alike and went for it. I got the size S. The main noticeable difference is that the leg openings on these bottoms are a little tight, but they aren't too constricting so its still wearable. I have muscle-y thighs, which I've noticed can be an issue when getting boy shorts-type underwear, but I don't have this problem at all with the Icebreaker ones.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

4 5

I was wondering what the difference was between these bottoms and the Icebreaker Oasis bottoms since they are both 200 g. These don't feel like standard Icebreaker clothes with that smooth merino wool feel Icebreaker stuff usually have, these are SOFTER! These were a little less expensive than the Oasis ones, so I went for these. Anyways, they feel great and fit under standard pants and ski pants. I was torn between size XS and S (5'1, 115 lbs, muscley quads usually makes me get size S), so I went with S and it fit well at first (not super tight, but more or less fitted), but after wearing them all day under some pants I realized they stretched out like crazy, saggy butt, saggy knees, etc. This bummed me out because I was hoping to wear these as tights under a skirt or dress. I even threw them into the dryer, which I never do with any of my merino wool clothes, and it didn't really shrink much to make a difference, still stretches out by the end of the day. Oh well, should have gone with the XS!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on December 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

First and foremost, if you don't want people stopping and staring at you and overhearing people whispering and talking about your mittens on the lift line than don't get these! These look damn good and get a lot of attention and compliments. These mittens do run big. I bought the size small. I usually wear gloves/mittens in the S or XS range whether its women's, men's, or unisex and these by god are kinda big. So I'm a snowboarder and I'm assuming the mittens running on the bigger side isn't a huge problem for skiers because usually they are gripping ski poles while wearing them, but I find myself when wearing the mittens and snowboarding, I tend to hold my hands closer to my body than usual or keep my hands in sort of a fist (not a fist inside the mitten, more like a fist while wearing them because I'm trying to hold on to them) because I'm a little worried they might come off since there is so much wiggle room inside for me. This season I'm going to start wearing liner gloves with them, not necessarily for added warmed, more to fill in some of that space. That being said, there is no leash to put around your wrist or gaiter or some kind of stretch band , etc. for the wrist area that many ski gloves or mittens feature. The gauntlet on them are a good size to fit over any jacket sleeve including bulky insulated or down. On wet storm days and riding through blower powder, they get wet with melted snow, but you never feel it on the inside. It is warm! These are essentially my powder day/storm mittens. The wet mittens though do start to smell a little funny, but its minor (The smells is on the outside of the mittens, not inside). The smell pretty much goes away once they are dry again. So in conclusion, these are warm and they look so freakin' sexy that I can overlook how they don't really fit me and its cost for not really fitting me! Hope they make a size XS one day!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on November 18, 2014

4 5

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

I have a bigger bulkier down jacket (Mammut 600-fill jacket) and was looking for something in the lightweight category. After all the researching and comparing, I decided to go with this guy. Generally I like this jacket. I feel that it fits true to size, I was teetering between XS and S and am glad I went with XS. I can wear a fleece under this and it doesn't feel too constricting. I really like that this has the pocket that you can stuff itself into and zip closed. I don't really use the thumbholes, but when I do I realize the XS might be too small, the sleeves feel like they are being stretched taught. I'm a fan of the big mesh inside pockets and the smaller zip inside pocket is great for those things you'd want to keep more secure. The 4 stars is mostly because I was expecting this jacket to be a little warmer than it actually is. I never got to see this jacket in person before buying it, but I checked out the Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear Lightweight Down Jackets in person through friends and stores, and in comparison, I would say this jacket is just a slight notch below those versions in terms of warmth. (I didn't go for Patagonia because EVERYONE where I live has that jacket, my town is like a walking Patagonia ad and the MH one was just too $$$ for me at the time). I feel like this jacket is a good fall/warmer-winter-days jacket and layering piece. Good to shove into your pack when climbing or summer backpacking in the Sierra. I just camped in the mountains in Eastern NV for 11 days during the end of Oct when night temps were ranging from upper-20s to lower 40s. I was torn between bringing this jacket along or my bulkier down jacket and I have to admit that I don't think I would have been very happy if I brought this lighter guy especially on those colder nights. I don't think I would ski in this on a storm day, if anything it was be an inside layer under another ski jacket. Overall, for the price (on sale for $100), I'm glad I got this jacket.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've essentially bought 4 pairs already. I accidentally left one at a climbing area and I scratched the sh** out of my second pair. Luckily these popped up on steepanfcheap.com so I snagged two more. These are by far my favorite style smith sunglasses Ive ever bought. The style is subjective to anyones face, so id try these on in person, which is what I did before pulling the trigger. I got 3 styles the brown lens, green grey, and sienna. all are super clear and crisp. there are rubberized nose pads so they dont slip off. I use these for work as eye PPE for wildland firefighting. Willing to keep buying these as long as Smith doesny change the style for this model.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

3 5

I couldn't find anywhere that sold these glasses to try on before buying them, so I decided to gamble and get them anyways. Unfortunately I have high cheekbones and the bottoms of the glasses sit on my cheekbones instead of my nose, so there ends up being a huge gap between the bridge of my nose and the sunglasses. O well, they do look super cool, feel light weight, and look well constructed, but not for me. Had to return them.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

4 5

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

I remember wanting this jacket last season, but it was sold out in my size everywhere I looked. As soon as I saw this years model in stores again I knew I had to get it or else it'd sell out quick like last year. My favorite thing about this jacket is that it is fuzzy and soft both inside and outside. I've noticed that there are a lot of these fuzzy type jackets that are only on the outside, which I don't understand cause I'd think you want that same softness inside too. I feel that this is more of a fashion piece than technical. Keeps me warm in decent cold temps. Easy to wash. I don't even put it in the dryer and it still dries nice and soft and no weird lint or anything stuck on it. The collar is great because its so big, great for burying part of your face if you wanted. I leave the hood out cause when its rolled back in the collar, to me it makes the collar look bulky. Get lots of compliments! When I was trying this on at the store, a woman walked out of the dressing room and saw me looking in the mirror and said how great it looked and that I should get it. I think she was more excited for me than I was! This jacket looks so good that I've already seen 5 other women in my town with it. I was torn between XS and S when I first tried it on, but I went with Small and its still fitted and flattering. I give this 4 stars only because of the price. For me its pretty expensive, but I knew by the time this would go on sale none of my size would be left so I bit the bullet. Its my "Treat Yo Self" purchase of the year!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots are used by some wildland firefighters as a cheaper alternative to the standard $400+ fire boots and supposedly easier on the feet. I already had these so I decided to use them as my fire boots while working on a 10 person wildfire module/handcrew during the 2013 season. Within the first month of wearing these everyday for training, fires, big hikes with heavy packs I started to notice pain in my heel. No matter what insole i used (Sole, Superfeet) it wouldn't go away. I found the boot to be too heavy, too hot, and too stiff for firefighting. I could definitely feel the heat through these boots even when standing in ash or hot dirt. The rubber on the toe area instantly delaminated after 3 fires. Finally I started noticing knee pain which I also attribute to these, so I bought standard firefighting boots (Drew's). The heel pain instantly went away, no more athletes foot, and hiking was infinitely better and easier. I wouldn't recommend these for firefighters on handcrews. Might be ok for folks who aren't working in hotline or hiking as much as handcrews.

I'm giving this 3 stars though because I have used these boots for its intended use, which is hiking and mountaineering and was very happy with these for those purposes. Again, its not as breathable as I'd like and the boot is heavy and stff, but it gives great ankle support compared to standard backpacking boots.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a wildland firefighter and I started to wear Ibex sports bras this summer. I've worn this bra for 14 days straight during fire assignments with intense sweating, no showering (occassional jumps into a lake/creek if we had that luxury), and while sleeping and it was barely stinky. I was really impressed by that. Also, although its wool, I never felt over heated or itchy and I usually wear a cotton t-shirt and then a nomex long sleeve shirt over that as my uniform. i also found that the bra dried very quickly even while I was wearing it (from those very few occasions that I jumped into a lake/creek while wearing the bra or just from the major sweating from working/hiking). I like that the entire bra including the band is all the same material instead of having a separate elastic band. It never felt too tight or confining. The only issue I had was that I felt like that bra didn't really stay in place all the time. I felt like it was ride up a little, so I'd be doing readjustments pulling it down a little all throughout the day. That was probably the most annoying part for me. Maybe because I have a small chest? A/B.. anyways its really not that bad and I'll likely continue using this bra especially during fire assignments.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

4 5

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

I won a pair of these at a raffle and loved these instantly. I ended up buying more. As a wildland firefighter these are awesome because ideally our undergarments are supposed to be non-synthetic such as cotton or wool. Also they don't feel too hot, are comfortable, and the waistband doesn't dig into you. I never put these through the dryer. Unfortunately on a hot day when pretty much everything I was wearing was soaked in sweat, I went to the bathroom and as I pulled them down (i gripped from the cloth below the waistband), my finger went straight through the material like it was tissue paper. I was pissed off that such expensive underwear ripped so easily. I blame the sweat, but still! Now i'm careful to only pull down from the waistband on my other pairs.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

Personally I don't consider this a technical piece compared to other fleeces I own, but this one looks damn good (got the dark blue/purple color) and does the job as a casual everyday fleece. Very soft inside and out. I wish the soft plush material lined the kangaroo pouch pocket. The pouch is my favorite part. I throw everything in there. The stand-up collar is awesome because it always stands up even when unbuttoned, unlike some collars that fold over like a polo shirt collar. One tiny gripe is that sleeve cuff isn't the stretchiest, so it feels a little tight when pulling the sleeves up. Got the XS and it fits relaxed, not tight and fitted and the collar buttoned up is just right without feeling like its choking me. Another awesome thing about this is that it comes in pretty much every color of the rainbow (not all on backcountry.com, but check out the patagonia website). Might go for the hooded one next.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

I originally had a splitboard withe Voile hardware that included binding plates for attaching regular snowboard binding. After a season, I decided on spending the extra money and going with a splitboard that was less weight and actual splitboard bindings. I had to get this hardware kit since the splitboard didn't already come with it like last time. It was super easy to put together and didn't take much time at all.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

3 5

These work well, though I wish they had tail clips. There have been times when they've started coming off the board after a few laps taking them on and off and getting some snow on it. Wish they came with the nice mesh sheet that helps keep the skins together when you're not using them, but makes it easy to pull apart because these are sticky as hell.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

I agree with the other reviewer that it is a bit confusing as the sports bra is only attached by a few points to the top, so it does get tangled up, but for me its worth it! The sports bra is sooooo comfy. I like it better than the standard patagonia active mesh sports bra. I'm smaller chested that most women, but I feel like this sports bra is less constricting but still really supportive compared to the active mesh bra. The cowl neck is awesome esp, for that dress up look, but is not made of the flimsy dressy material that you can't climb or be active in it. The top is fitted, but loose.. not at all tight and clingy and I got the XS. I'm pretty tempted to buy this in all the colors it comes in!!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

When my backpacking partner whipped this thing out and quickly pitched it I was really impressed. Then I went to grab the fly to put on it and I couldn't believe how light it was. It felt like nothing compared to standard rainflys on 2 person tents. We were two females under 5'5 and it was a cozy fit for both of us, not really room for both to sit up, but that's ok when you have a tent this light and compact. I found this to have some condensation issues as the majority of the walls next to your sleeping bag is not mesh, so I woke up with a partially soaked bag every morning, but I guess that also depends on other factors like the season and environment you are camped in (October, cold, camping by a lake in the Sierras). Anyways when it came down to breaking down camp for the hike out, my jaw dropped again on how tiny this thing packed down to. It packed down to half the size of the tent I own which is only 1 lb more than this. Its no wonder that my friend said its ok if she carried the entire thing rather than splitting up the tent parts to make our pack weights distributed equally. Usually before I go out if the weather outlook is really good, I won't bring a tent at all for weekend trips in the Sierras and just sleep outside on my pad, but I feel like this tent is an ideal choice for the Sierras where torrential rain and wind isn't the general rule. I have to admit I am a little skeptical on how it would hold up in harsher conditions.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

I've heard a lot of good things about Granite Gear packs from word of mouth and through magazine reviews. I finally got to try this thing out as my job decided to get one for their gear cache. I used it on a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip and filled it to the brim, probably 35-40 lbs as I had to carry work gear with me aside from the usual backpacking stuff. I really like their cushy and comfortable shoulder straps and hip belt. It reminded me of the cushy straps on the Arc'teryx Bora backpacks, but obviously not at their weight or pricepoint! I'm also a big fan of big stretchy side pockets where you can easily throw things in and not have to worry about them falling out. The easy access to the entire back with the big middle zipper was also great. The only downside was that this pack was so squeaky! It drove me crazy just how loud it was. No matter what kind of adjusting I did, it wouldn't go away and it wasn't just a soft subtly squeak. I'd be hiking and approaching a group of other backpackers from behind 20 ft away and they would turn around to look because of the incessant squeaking. Normally while backpacking I'd practically be right up behind a hiker in front of me before they even notice that someone is behind them. I don't know maybe it was just this pack, but unfortunately it was to the point that I will likely not use this thing again for a work trip, which is too bad because its really an awesome pack!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

3 5

I get to test a lot of gear out for work and I just used this pack on a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip. First thing I noticed is that the pack is quiet, which is great. The last pack I tested, it squeaked at every possible movement I made and drove me insane for 4 days. The pack was comfortable and adjustable to any torso size which is a plus. The material seemed a little cheap though. I packed the bag completely full and noticed the seams on the side pockets was ready to go. The pack comes with two lids, one that is permanently attached to the pack and the other that is removable. It would have been nice if the removable one could convert into a small day/ fanny pack like you can do with some backpacks cause then what is the point of that being removable and the pack having two different lids. The materials for the shoulder straps were a little abrasive while hiking in a tank top and I found the lumbar pad to be uncomfortable. This doesn't mean the pack is bad, just obviously not for me. I did like how the big pocket on the face of the pack opens up to the inside of the entire pack. One thing though The pack was able to hold one of those new carbon-fiber bear cans which if you haven't seen it are light but HUGE (the largest size it comes in). Also, the ventilation on your back is really great on this pack as the frame is curved away from your body and separated by mesh and some padding for your back.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this pack in the spring and have used it regularly. The pack is fairly lighweight and feels pretty good when filled completely. I use this for day hikes and also as a work field pack. I'm not a huge fan of how the lid opens from the opposite way (the back of the pack) than traditional packs with lids. Also, I find the waist belt isn't easily adjustable. You have to fidget with it, not like the usual waist straps where you can easily pull the webbing with one hand to tighten even as you are hiking or going along. Only one side is adjustable, the side with the male end of the buckle. You have to feed the strap through sections at a time through another webbing rigging piece before it fully adjusts. I like the big side mesh pockets for throwing things in on the whim, but the mesh is already tearing a bit from the top where it is sewn into the stretchy pocket. Little disappointed with this pack as I have a Gregory Deva 60 from 2003/2004 that is still solid with a lot of use. Luckily I won this pack at a raffle and will keep using it til it falls apart. Hopefully not too soon!

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