Karl Schmitz

Karl Schmitz

Southern Utah and Florida

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Karl Schmitz

Karl Schmitz wrote an answer about on September 9, 2011

While this tent is advertised as a 2-person, I have found it to be a bit cramped for two men with just bags/pads and some clothes. It works fine for my wife and I, but not so much when backpacking with a buddy. I'm 6'1", 170 lbs, but with fairly broad shoulders. I'm seriously looking into moving to a 3-person Marmot as there isn't really any weight gain over this tent.

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Karl Schmitz

Karl Schmitz wrote a review of on September 9, 2011

4 5

This would be a 5-star review as I've used this jacket for years, in all types of conditions - from biking in the Florida rain to keeping warm in the canyons of Utah when the wind comes up, to rolling into a pillow. Only problem is that just recently, the seam tape just started to delaminate from the jacket. As it is "Marmot for life", the good people at Marmot are replacing it for me - but there is nothing they make which is comparable to the Rim Jacket (I'm settling on the Aegis).

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Karl Schmitz wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

5 5

Just spent 10 days hiking the canyons and plateaus of the Colorado Plateau in these. Here are a couple of points to note:
1. The size is big. I typically wear a size 10 running shoe, but needed to go with a 9.5 in this shoe. The 10 was just too big and my feet slid all over the place. (Got a pair for my wife as well, and had to return and move down 1/2 size.) Order down 1/2 size when ordering online, and you probably won't need to exchange/return. I wear different brands of merino wool socks, which are heavier than cotton, but not as bulky as the heavy ones I wear with my Vasque's when carrying heavier loads.
2. As noted by other reviewers, the first couple days were slightly slick, but wore in nicely. No real ankle support - so if you need or are used to ankle support, might not be the shoe for you.
3. Stepped in a few mud holes (they don't grip well on wet, algae covered rock), and they rinsed out/cleaned up nicely.
4. They breath, but not as much as you would think. My socks are damp after wearing, even in Utah! But, not enough to cause friction blisters.
Short review, but in conclusion I think that they are going to be the choice when hiking Rim-to-Rim later this fall, getting picked over the Vasque's, due to the lighter weight and overall sturdiness. Great shoe and worth the 5 stars after the initial wearing. If needed, I'll amend the review after a couple of months.

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Karl Schmitz wrote a review of on January 22, 2011

5 5

I tried on my first pair at a local premier camping store in Florida. I didn't want to take them off my feet, and now my wife and I each have 5 pairs ranging from the performance micro (used as a liner when wearing hiking boots), to the Outdoor Quarter Crew, which is my personal favorite. We were these socks constantly when training outdoors or just around the house. I've recommended one of my favorite Utah outfitters to start carrying them, and I think we'll all soon find that Injinji toe socks will become common place.

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Karl Schmitz wrote a review of on January 22, 2011

5 5

I'm a male, 6'1", 170 lbs; 42" chest and 33" waist; neck 16 1/2 and 34-35 sleeve length. This makes me a bit of a "tweener" on the size chart. I went with the large as that is the size of both my R2 and R4 Patagonia fleece jackets, knowing that I could return for the medium.
The sweater is a little big, but not so big as to be bulky. I like having a little extra room and not being too snug. Now, here's the real joy: it fits easily under my R4 and my Marmot rain shell, making it the perfect mid-layer product, while doubling as a light weight, yet warm sweater on it's own. I've only gotten one "Michelin Man" comment, but this is much leaner than down sweaters made by other companies (eg: Marmot). I chose Autumn Leaf, and the color is a bit darker than as shown above and not quite that hideous school bus yellow that I was afraid of.

I hope this helps with the sizing issue...

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