Salt Town, UT
I've been using these boots for one season now. What I like about them: They are relatively light, flex nicely for skinning, are Dynafit compatible, bright in color (in case of avalanche), and offer a good amount of warmth for anything above 10 deg C. Things I am not too keen on: For my preference, they are a little too flexy. They tend to slip slightly on the heel when going up hill. Would I buy them again? Touring boots have come a long ways in the last couple years and I think I would try something new that is more rigid and better able to keep my heel in place like the Black Diamond Boa system.
One of the most well thought out fleeces for technical use. Excellent wicking capability. The hood is great for keeping you warm as it fits suggly to your noggin and the zipper is asymmetrical so you don't feel it on your chin. The fleece is long enough so you can tuck it under your pants and not have a gap even when you have your hands above your head. Just know that this fits pretty tight. If you are looking for something loose, size up. No complaints from me. Thanks Patagonia.
I've used these gloves over 30 days this year. In that time they have served me well. For me they are good for anywhere between 20-40 degrees. Any warmer and they come off. Any colder and they don't seem to cut it. If you are able to dry them out every night they will keep you dry every day. I have noticed that they've stretched out quite a bit and if I buy another pair will size down to accomodate for the stretching. Otherwise great glove.
Great fleece for lounging around. As the /29 line states, these are not made to be technical. That being said, this fleece still has great features. Full zip hood, great colors, thumb loops, zip pockets. . .yeah slightly overpriced though.
I have used these over 25 times touring in the Wasatch backcountry. I have been very pleased with how they have held up. They are perfect for touring for many reasons. First, The stretchy bottom will fit tightly around the boots. They do have an annoying hook at the front for hooking onto laces. I plan on cutting this off. Their water repellancy is excellent and can withstand the worst. I got wet only once while skiing and this was in 4 hours of rain downpour. The inside fabric feels good on the skin and is not scratchy. The material as a whole stretches well with movement and the velcro adjustments at the waist are perfect and remove the need for a belt if you size right. I have the small with a waist of 29 inches and they fit right in the middle of the velcro. There are two knee pockets in addition to the waist pockets. I feel that the knee pockets could be taken away next time as I rarely put stuff near the knee. Otherwise, great product at an excellent price.
I bought this about 3 months ago. I wear this thing out anytime I know I will be standing around in under 20 degree weather. Features I like: elastic bands on cuffs so you don't have to mess with velcro. DWR coating. Side primaloft for enhanced breathability. Adjustable Hood. One thing I don't like: Visor of hood is not nice and malleable like Arcteryx. Instead the front has a wire in it which you have to bend every time to get a nice curvature. I'm afraid the wire will poke through the fabric after awhile.
These are my go to socks for running days. They are thicker than most running socks and have a great fit. I have had a pair for over a year without holes. They also breath well and are low on the stink! What more could you ask for?
I just bought these shorts in the titanium. Previous to this short I bought the Patagonia long haul runners. The refuelers are far and away better.
1. They allow for wider range of motion like in running
2. They are very light with a cool slight plaid print.
One thing to note is there are no side pockets but only the small back pocket.
On this note, the front tie is very short and there isn't very much string to make the shorts tight. I guess its ok since the one pocket is so small it wouldn't be enough to weigh down the shorts pulling them off when full.
I have had this shirt for about a year now and it is one of my go to's for either hitting the gym or going out in the sweltering hot sun. Although I like the MH belay shirt a little better for being more stretchy and feeling better to the touch, this T seems to have better wicking quality.
This shirt is great! It feels softer than cotton to the touch and isn't shiny. Yet it also wicks well. I wore this shirt hiking for 5 days and it didn't smell that bad afterwards. Fit is great and the material is also very stretchy
I've had these sunglasses for over 3 years now and have worn them for half of those days. I have a small face and small nose bridge and these fit great. I've smashed them flat and bent them back into shape, lost nose pieces and Smith will gladly send you replacements for free. They have excellent customer service. The only thing I can find wrong with these is that the plastic from the ear pieces is hard enough to wear a noticeable line into the inside of the lenses when the arms are closed. They are also excellent for touring as the lenses sit far enough away from your face to increase breathability and decrease fogging.
This is my first Gamma MX and did a lot of researching before I made the investment. Everything I've noticed about this jacket is well thought out. Soft fuzz by the neck and chin for comfort, adjustable hood with small visor, very stretchy fabric while still holds up to abrasion. I have not experimented with it yet in heavy rain although drops tend to bead. Very wind resistant and light. I bought this for mild cold conditions to pair with the Beta SL in case of a downpour.
I just started wearing this again for the cool season. This shirt can hold back a lot of BO and has the ability to keep you suprisingly warm for how well it breaths and how thin it is. Only downside is it is so thin that it tends to pill on the back if you have a jacket over it with a backpack. Haven't noticed this to be much of a problem however since I got the black and you can hardly see it
Just thought I'd add to the plethora of reviews about how this filter is pretty much fool proof. I have had it for about 3-4 years and use it a couple times a year. It seems to stay wet on the inside even when I try to take out the filter and dry it. Fills a nalgene in about 1 minute and has the attachment for both nalgen and camelbak. The plastic bag which holds the clean tube broke at the clasp but got a ziploc and good as new!
This is a great pack for many reasons. I bought it because it is very light yet also has a stiff back to keep structure to you and the bag. Also it has a nice opening where you can swing it around and open it away from you instead of towards you. It is very minimalist as it has 3 small pockets, the main compartment, camelbak pocket and 2 compressor chords on each side.
After debating on which tail light to buy, I chose the Mars 4.0. I see many lights out there but this one is by far one of the brightest. Lets just say if you had to you could attach it to the front in an emergency and it would provide enough light to creep home with at night. The only thing I'm not to keen on is that the light will slide out from the bracket however it tends to not lock in the best so I'm afraid I might lose the light. Pros is 20 hours on blinking mode, 2 on constant.
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