Isaac Rogers wrote a review of Freewaters Dude Sandal - Men's on September 18, 2013
Fit: True to size
The color of the green and brown sandals is different from the one shown in the picture; however, they are a good quality sandal.
I like to be out trekking, climbing, sailing, kayaking, diving, or playing sports. I like to be prepared with the new gear.
The color of the green and brown sandals is different from the one shown in the picture; however, they are a good quality sandal.
I'll start off by saying that this is a very well constructed pack. Far better build quality than high end brands like Arcteryx. However, this extreme attention to details and use of only the sturdiest materials makes the backpack quite hefty for its size. A pack this heavy should at least be water resistant and this one is not. The pack is clearly built for ski touring. The pocket that is visible on the front of the backpack is filled with excess TPU coated webbing, which is a very cool material but unless you are hauling skis the outer pocket filled with the webbing and the haul point are virtually useless. The osprey kode packs have a much simpler, lighter, and more effective haul system for skis so if you want a ski touring pack I do not suggest this one. Also I wish this pack had a pack cover since it is not waterproof and snow and rain will easily leak into the pack and stay there since there are no drainage points. Despite this criticism I definitely respect peak performance for their attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. The backpack is quite comfy, rides very well, and carries a bunch of gear.
The thermarest prolite plus was the first pad I ever used on a weeklong trek. The pad is relatively comfortable and very warm for the weight. However, the pad got a puncture wound on the 5th day of the trek. After that I switched to exped and never looked back.
This is hands down the warmest, lightest, comfiest pad in its weight class. Sure the downmat 9 is much warmer, but it also weighs more than twice as much. The valves are well made and the fabric of the pad is durable for the weight. The thickness of this air mattress seems too good to be true when considering the weight and it packs down smaller than any full length pad. This pad is magical and works for everything but winter camping.
For the majority of situations this bag works perfectly. The fill makes it comfortable in all but the coldest winter weather and the shell sheds condensation like no other bag in its class. It's not fully waterproof and that is a good thing because fully waterproof bags are much heavier and when the only water you are trying to shed is condensation it works perfectly. I used to have the non EQ helium and the shell was much thinner and condensation would ruin the loft on long treks. The EQ version fixes both of these problems and is all around a more sturdy feeling bag. Definitely worth the extra cash over the original.
There really is no reason why this shouldn't be the first tent you grab for. This tent is very roomy for two people and can squeeze three people. Even as a one person it works very well because it is so lite. The primary benefit of this tent is that it is a freestanding double walled three person at the weight of a single walled three person and even some single walled 2 person tents. The materials are thin but hold up well in the rain and for a tent this lite it is conveniently freestanding. The poles are well designed; however, the tent is clearly no built for high winds.
These are the best pants I have ever tried. However, keep in mind that they are a very athletic fit, if you want them to be a bit looser size up. They fit close to the skin but are extremely comfortable, I forget I am wearing them when I have them on. They are conveniently water resistant and extremely breathable and sweat wicking. I haven't tested them in high speed winds but they are resistant to mild winds and don't blow around and billow out because they fit so well. The reinforcement around the knees and ankles is well thought out and will surely increase the life of the pant. The pockets are terry cloth lined and are perfect for hand warming. The waist is very adjustable with elastic, a belt, and a velcro snap and zipper. Overall this is a perfect pant for most any activity from lounging to high output adventure sports and climbing.
This layer is perfect for skiing and other cold weather activities that require face and neck protection and breathability. This is much better than a balaclava since it can be zipped down the chin when full protection is not needed. The material is typical powerstretch with an interesting blend of nylon. The fit is very slim, this is the only garment that I had to size up in. Overall I can not imagine a better midlayer than this one here.
I must say the last review was pretty accurate. I got the black color in a small and it fits perfectly, I am 5'11", 30" waiste, 37" chest. I really love all the features on this synthetic, in fact I returned the arcteryx atom sv for this jacket. In addition to being $150 cheaper, this jacket is just as warm, fits better, has more convenient pockets, and the hood is just as nice. As said by the previous reviewer, this jacket is super warm and the insulation is very strong and lofty. This is my go to jacket for most of the year, it is super wind resistant and warm without being large or puffy. There is a large net stash pocket on the inside, two hand warmer pockets that are terry lined, and an inner and outer chest pocket. This jacket can store everything you need! The fit is better than all other synth jackets that i have tried. Get this!
This shirt is just as nice as shirts that cost much more. It is very light and you can hardly feel it on your body when wearing it. It is made of the same synthetic as exofficio's underwear which are very nice as well. I would say that the fit is not slim. I sized up since the description said it was slim, i will be returning it for a smaller size. Keep in mind that this is no whimpy v-neck, this is a deep v-neck and shows a bit of chest.
These truly are the absolute pinnacle of summer shoes. They are my go to for summer next to my flipflops and salomon amphibs. I really like the uber light feel of them on my feet and the canvas makes them super cool (not sweaty). The sole is super durable and long lasting. Very stylish for sure. I suggest sizing down a whole size if you wish to go sockless, but that may just be me.
For the last few years I have been on a mad search for the perfect shell for absolutely everything. I bought the best of arcteryx hardshells and softshells as well as other brands including mountain hardware, marmot, and nau. I have to say that I have finally landed on the jackpot with this jacket, I have looked into various other paclite jackets, but this one is exactly what I was looking for. The fit is something I can only describe as perfection, I don't need to use any cords to adjust the hem, it just fits right. Not to mention the color of the jacket is beautiful and I try to wear it whenever it rains because of all the complements I get. The jacket is beautifully seam taped to the level of arcteryx perfection and is completely waterproof and breathable. The arms are the perfect length for me, they have a big enough opening for gloves but can be cinched down. The jacket offers an amazingly good fit for how well I can move in it. The hood is another perfect ten, it is big enough for my melon head and a helmet but not huge like the arcteryx hoods, it has proper adjustments as well. the pockets and chin are terry cloth lined which is a pleasant addition. The jacket is very minimalist which I like since it cuts down on weight, but I feel like pit zips could have been added although I rarely use them.
These headphones are hands down the best looking headphone ever made. I feel like I could match the color to a suit shirt and wear them to an event. I dress very preppy and they look perfect in every way. I got the brown color and it matches my hair perfectly and I get many complements on them. If I had the money I would get a few brighter colors but i suggest a natural tone for your first pair. Now on to the sound, these cans are quite nicely balanced with a little exaggeration on the upper bass. Although somewhat balanced I feel that the sound is a little to analytic for real pleasure listening. They are a bit harsh and sibilant in the upper range and do best with rock and acoustic. I feel like they are becoming less sibilant as they burn in. The mid range on these headphones is lacking as it does with most all headphones in this price range. The main reason I gave this headphone three stars is the comfort. They are quite uncomfortable in general and I usually can't wear them longer than 45 minutes without some pain or annoyance to my outer ear, and my ears are not sensitive. The main problem is that the cans do not rotate to conform to the shape of your ear like most headphones in this price range do. Thus, the only way to increase the comfort is to stretch them out. This could have been avoided if the cups rotated.
Is this jacket long enough for a 5'11" person to wear a small and not have the front hem above their waiste?
I used to have the two person version of this tent, but this model appears to have the exact same problem. The rain fly door opening is directly over the netted tent thus you are trapped inside the tent if it begins to rain. Since as soon as you open the door the rain comes straight down into the tent. I replaced this tent with the BA fly creek ul3 which effectively fixes this problem. Other than this problem the tent is perfect in durability and speedy set up and tear down time. Also the small overhead loft is super nice and has a headlamp diffuser which I miss dearly.
I bought two of these shirts buy one get one free about four years ago and they still look just as great as the day I bought them even after hundreds of times through the wash. The fabric is the best available as far as breathability and is nearly transluscent due to how light but durable the fabric is. This is my favorite shirt for everything including lounging, working out, running, backpacking, climbing, and anything in super warm weather. I believe the shirt fits true to size and if anything it is a bit short.
I have owned three sets of poles now, all were made from carbon fiber and this is by far the best of the three. The first set was a komperdell with a twist lock mechanism, I soon learned that this mechanism was not the most reliable since it would collapse when excess force was exerted. So, i replaced these with a Black Diamond Alpine Light Cork. These were nice since they had a snap locking system, but this system, although better, still would collapse when the screws loosened over time. So I moved on to the z-pole, this pole was the logical step since it features no adjustment and thus no collapsing. They do not collapse and are far lighter than the competition. They are very high quality with a well made wristband and opening/closing mechanism. The pole feels like a katana or something when you open it. It works very smoothly and seems durable. I don't feel like reiterating everyhting the previous reviewer stated so I will cut this short. If you have had problems with collapsing poles, get these.
This boot is lightweight but performs much like a heavier more stable boot. The construction is solid and the tread is perfect. It is very comfortable and structured through the entire boot. It cups the heels and stabalizes the arch. The boot a bit narrow in the toe but nothing extreme.
These boots have no break in period, they are very comfy straight out of the box. For experienced packers this may put up a few red flags. I myself believe that a boot should be rigid out of the box and that it should have a break in period. However, I decided to give this pair a shot since I have come to love the salomon line of shoes. The boot is EVA which means that it is more a kin to a running shoe than a mountaineering boot which is constructed with a poly urethane sole. Unlike the keen boots I previously owned these EVA boots have not lost their rigidity. I will state that I have only had the chance to do a little over 50 miles on these boots and I did replace the insoles with superfeet. Regardless, the boots have held up remarkably well for a comfy boot. They are waterproof and actually quite warm in the winter months. The lacing system is genius with nicely placed locking hooks that keep your heel in place.
This new model of the Camelbak reservoir is far better than the previous models. I even experimented with platypus after having been dissapointed in the lack of new innovation in camelbak. However, this reservoir is a huge improvement, in fact they solved all the problems that I have had with previous reservoirs. The number one improvement is the detachable hose; when backpacking, taking the hose out along with the reservoir is a huge hassle. Camelbak has ingeniusly fixed this problem with a release valve. Another great improvement is the simple baffle to ensure that the reservoir is not overfilled, and that it can fit in the small reservoir pocket in ones backpack. Overall this has become the perfect reservoir.