John Torrey

John Torrey

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John Torrey

John Torrey wrote a review of on March 7, 2012

3 5

The parka is average for warmth. Where it really lacks is the hood, The North Face dropped the ball big time on it. It's like they've never designed a hood for use in the wind or to just wear and be able to see out of. The draw strings for the hood are terribly hard to find and adjust with any gloves or mitts on and it lacks a very important pull on the back to adjust to the size of your melon. It's hangs way over your face. It'd be nice if the extra fur at the bottom would draw up around the bottom of your face and form an anti wind tunnel for protection from the freezing wind.

I gave it 3 stars since the parka itself is average, but without a good hood, a parka isn't very useful out in full on winter conditions.

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John Torrey wrote a review of on November 13, 2010

4 5

These come as close to everything you could want in a back country pant as possible. They block wind, repel water, they're warm, they stretch and they wear like iron. The only drawback to these pants is the price tag. Luckily Patagonia and BackCountry stand behind them and it should be a one time purchase, making them worth the price for a lifetime pant that has this many attributes.

I normally wear a 33 waist and 32 length and went with the medium. They fit well with room to layer underneath.

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John Torrey wrote a review of on April 1, 2010

5 5

If you need long distance lighting, then this is your toy. This lamp is as bright as the sun and you can arc weld with it too (just kidding). The four lower wattage LED's on the side are about everything you'll need, thanks to the 3 different settings. But when you need to get on route after dark, switch to the 3 watt lamp and blaze on. I've seen other lights this bright, but they're twice the money. This light is truck.

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John Torrey wrote a review of on March 18, 2010

4 5

For the price you can buy an awful lot of batteries for it. It is rather nice to have the ability to just plug it in the night before and be ready to go with out having to keep a stock of AA's around. It's pretty much a personal call, but I'm glad I went ahead and purchased it. We'll have to see in the long haul how much it comes out ahead.

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John Torrey wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

The Wallnuts are bomb proof. If fallen on, they can be a little tougher than other nuts to clean, but the piece of mind climbing above them are worth it. As with all the DMM products I've used, their quality is top of the line.

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John Torrey wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

5 5

I got the 1liter, while it doesn't truly hold a complete full liter, it's close enough. That being said, this water tote is bomber. I really like how after some water is removed, you can cap it with the air out of it and save space in your pack. Even when full it will fit into more places than a regular hard plastic bottle. I wish they would have had the 2liter when I got this, but maybe next order.

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