Karl G.

Karl G.

Upstate NY, Adirondack, Catskill, Pocono Mountains

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Hiking, Camping, Photography

Karl G.

Karl G. wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

4 5

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

Just a great casual hoodie that has a few technical details like the zippered pockets, sleeve cut and hood cut but it really is just a super comfortable and warm hoodie. It is ridiculously expensive but I was able to nail a "Storm" color on sale. The outside of the fabric has a wonderful "hand" feels great to the touch. Hood adjustment is a little funky and ended up working much better after modification with some plastic B-LOKs. An item this pricey should not need modification.

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Karl G.

Karl G. wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

3 5

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

These are being rather harshly rated for what they are not ( hiking, running, long walking, trail running) rather than for what they are ( water sport shoes). As water sport shoes they work very well for their intended purpose with decent grip on slimy rocks and mud, drain so fast there is no residual water inside, keep smaller rocks out ( sand and fine mud can get in though), can be used swimming with ought peril and provide a close enough fit that brief hikes are doable. I have used them fishing and walking stream beds to photograph, kayaking, and as foot protection walking through low flood waters. Previous foot ware was a "T" branded water sandal which these exceed in every way. Except perhaps looks

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Karl G.

Karl G. wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is a wonderful shirt with a very soft hand or feel. The cut is excellent for a normal fit without boxy waist. The fabric breathes extremely well. Although the sleeves do not have hold up tabs when pulled up they stay in place. The material dries quickly and holds no body odor. It travels very well with no wrinkles. Unlike most shirts in this genre, it does not look technical when worn on a business or vacation trip. I would rate this more as a travel and fashion piece than a technical shirt but with that being said it has worked well kayaking and also n camping trips where planned stops in towns/cites benefitted from having a piece that did not look like a camping shirt. The only negative? Pricey. One star off for value/price ratio

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Karl G. wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have two of the previous versions of MHW Canyon Shirt with the last purchased about one year ago for about 10% less than the 45% off sales price and was expecting another excellent shirt. Wrong! There has been a serious reduction in the quality and features of this shirt in the present version being sold. Some of the serious downgrades include many double stitched seams reduced to single stitched, removal of a zipper to right upper chest pocket, moving button for fold up sleeve from external upper sleeve to internal tab that contacts your skin when the sleeve is down, and serious reduction in the size of the back shoulder venting area and air entrance. The changes saved money for the owner (Columbia) but literally on the backs of it's customers. The top open pocket with no closure (previously a zipper) is suitable for a casual shirt only. The material is not particularly any better (or worse) than any low end outdoor shirt made in Vietnam and found in big name discount department stores. 4 stars is very highly overrated for this shirt which I hesitate to call gear. This product is so clearly inferior to the previous version and does not look compatible for anything but light casual wear, it is being returned.

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Karl G.

Karl G. wrote a review of on February 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good looking and understated jacket to wear if you live in an area where the winter temps can get regularly into the sub freezing zone with substantial winds. The cut is very generous so it is easy to layer including suit coats or sweaters. The finish will easily handle sleet and snow and if it's warm enough to be raining, this probably is overkill. The double zip makes the coat's length manageable if you are vehicle commuting. It would seriously benefit from the addition of a waist draw string, and a bottom draw string. The died pockets are cavernous and divided into inner and outer pocket by a zipper which is covered by a flap. The face fabric works well at blocking wind and shedding light moisture but is noisy. All in all, this warm and durable jacket works well for it's stated purpose of urban wear and is a fair value when on sale.

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Karl G. wrote an answer about on August 22, 2012

1. Zip shut.
2. Pack into a rectangular, box shape.
3. Costs a lot more
4. When you get to your destination you will be far less likely to fill it with some trash and chuck it in the nearest bin and just buy a few things at a local store and replace the one you just chucked.

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Karl G. wrote an answer about on August 22, 2012

Carbon steel, also known as "mild steel", will rust unless kept lightly oiled. All crampons pretty much work the same. You pay extra for stainless which is less prone to rust and for features such as more points and better straps and retainer systems. Which is the best choice depends on how often you will be using them, how fast do you want to put them on and take them off . Care of the Grivel G10 is really minimal. A couple of times during the season and at the end and beginning, I just give the metal a spray with DuPont Teflon Multiuser spray lube which dries to a non sticky finish. Good luck!

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Karl G. wrote an answer about on August 13, 2012

I have experience with the same type of screen on a Oregon 450. It is a resiIstive touch screen which means that pressure deforms a top layer which pushes against a bottom layer which generates a signal that a spot on the screen has been touched. It works fine iwith moisture on the screen or hands or even when wearing gloves.

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Karl G.

Karl G. wrote an answer about on August 11, 2012

The fit is likely to be the same- a little large in XL. I generally like a little room to layer but if you don't plan on anything but thin base layer and mid layer you might get by with a L. Returns are very painless with BC if you get the wrong size or change your mind about the size after giving it a try with your layers underneath. Good Luck!

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