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My name is Josh and my primary activities include snowboarding, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and climbing. I have been snowboarding for over 15 years and lived my whole life here in Utah. My season pass of choice is usually Snowbird. If I'm not at work or school you can usually find me dickin' around in Mineral Basin. I also like cold beer and cheap whiskey.
The two main things I look for in a glove are fit and durability. These fit great out of the package, in my opinion, and have held up very well thus far in our early season. It didn't take long at all for the leather to soften up and the insulation to pack out just enough to provide that custom feel. The leash provides peace of mind when cracking a beer on the lift and the 100g of insulation is plenty for most days at the Bird. Like most reviews though, if you're gonna be in single digits or less you may wanna pick up a liner too. All in all, super solid glove.
I bought this for my mom for Christmas and she absolutely loves it. She couldn't believe how warm and light it was. The face fabric has a really soft hand but does give off a decent amount of shine when dealing with a lot of light. I can't help much with sizing as I won't venture to guess height and weight of my dear mum, so I apologize for that. I can say that she had been trying on many comparable jackets from the competitors (namely, TNF), and said this was by far the best quality.
I bought this tent for car camping with my girlfriend and our two dogs. This is one of the bigger 4-person tents I've ever been in. Tons of floor space and with 57" of interior height, changing clothes is a breeze. Set-up is extremely easy and the tent vents very well. Internal mesh storage pockets, a loop to hang a light from and taped seams are just a few features that make this tent a steal at only $230.
This tank is really sick. The cut on it is really unique, it doesn't fit quite the same as most tank tops out there. It's slim but not too slim, and the material is super soft. Analog washes these tanks with skateboard wheels to give them a really cool vintage feel. So that also means they will hardly shrink up after wash---be sure to keep that in mind when sizing. I'm 6' 165lbs and the Large fits great for me. Could have gotten away with a medium for a snugger fit for sure.
Yeah so I bought this tank in the Mahogony variant because I'm a wolf lovin' nature huggin' American, damnit! Seriously though, the cotton/poly blend is super soft on my nips and the fit is perfect. I got a large and I'm 6' 165lbs.
Well, as you can see, it is chalk. You dip your hands in it and it feels all chalky. Then, you pull your hands out, and they are all chalky. Apply said hands to various holds and enjoy!
Let me begin by saying I'm a bit of a newb when it comes to climbing. However, I feel that I can still speak to the quality of this here chalk bucket. This bag doesn't tip over, seals up super tight and is big. It even has a pocket for money/id/keys/whatever...I've noticed a significant decrease in chalk spills and mushroom clouds when at the gym, and that's really all that I can ask for.
I bought this hat in the White variant and it looks even sicker in person. I love the thickness of the cotton twill upper but you don't get as much of a "brim flip" as you do with a true trucker style hat. Also, it may just be my oddly shaped cranium, but this hat feels a little bit shallow to me. It doesn't sit as low on my head as I'd like but it wasn't so bad that it was a deal breaker. Definitely recommend it.
This light is BRIGHT. Yeah it requires 4 D batteries, so what? If you're buying this light then the chances are you're car camping, and if you're car camping, then why worry about things like gigantic batteries? Don't second guess it, just buy this bright ass light and put on an epic puppet show---or whatever you're into.
We purchased this light for use inside our tent. It is so convenient having a little light like this that just lives in your tent. The dimming switch is critical for those late night trips to and from the tent. The light doesn't come with batteries and requires four AAA's. Highly recommended.
KR3W and Tapatio, what could go wrong? I bought this in a size L. I'm 6' 165lbs and it fits perfect after a wash and dry. The cotton is really soft and the graphic is awesome. This is a great tank for playing some beersbee out on the front lawn for all of your neighbors to see.
The S/M 16"-19" and L/XL 18"-21"...Torso lengths provided by TNF.
This is my first package and so far it has been great. The harness is super comfortable and easy to adjust. Chalk bag, biner, and belay device are pretty standard. At $99 this is a great set-up.
I don't know what I'm going to do if these Whiskey brand shirts go away forever. I own at least 10 in the plain colors and a few of the screen printed as well. They are the most comfortable, best fitting shirts I've owned. The cotton/poly blend is great against the nips and doesn't wrinkle. They have a good length to them in both the body and sleeves. I'm 6' 170lbs and I always get Larges for a perfect fit.
I only have two rules for my flip flops. Rule #1: be leather. Rule #2: know how to party. These flip flops are clearly leather, so the real question is, do they party? You bet your leather wearin' ass they do. They should change the name of these from Ranchero to "Young Go-Hards". After hours of reign at the beer pong table, my feet have molded wonderfully to the supple leather footbed. Now the flip flops and I are one. Fused at the foot, if you will.
I absolutely love these. I had been eying them for a while and finally decided I had to buy em'. No more using cords like a chump, get on the Bluetooth tip. These allow you to perform all sorts of maneuvers you never thought possible while using your old headphones. Dragon kicks? No problem. Falcon punches? Without a doubt.
Also, these come with plastic hooks (detachable) which hook around your ear for aerobic activities that might cause them to fall out otherwise. The sound is great and the different sized tips it comes with really allow you to dial in your fit. Highly recommended.