Kelly Stratton

Kelly Stratton

Eugene, Or

Kelly Stratton's Passions

Snowboarding
Paddling

Kelly Stratton's Bio

I'm all about big whitewater and powder days. I still don't know what feels better-- floating in a foot of fresh pow, or getting that huge hit in a giant crashing wave. So I try to do both things as often as possible.
I love the Grand Canyon, Idaho whitewater and mountains, and Oregon's forests and coastline.

Kelly Stratton

Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on April 2, 2009

4 5

When I received these in the mail, the color (grape) was much more vibrant than I expected (which was a good thing). Now, I've been wearing men's pants for the last few seasons, so when I put these on, the XL was much tighter than I expected, especially in the thighs (I generally wear a 10-12 in most gear). I almost sent them back because of the fit, but decided to try them out.
The first day on the mountain was fine, except for the back of the pants-- they're the kind that show your crack when you sit down to strap on your board. The second day, I added a belt-- a must with these. Other than that, I only have good things to say-- warm on an 11 degree day, kept me dry, good venting system, good feature at the cuff to adjust them so you're not walking on the hem in the parking lot. Other than fitting fairly snug (more like ski pants), they're a good buy.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

This tool isn't much bigger than the car unlocker deal you keep on your keychain, but it's much more useful on the mountain. I can wrench on my bindings without any problems, which saves me lots of time trying to find a tuning station on the hill. Well done, burton.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

5 5

I needed something that would keep coffee hot for hours on long, cold spring raft trips. I bought this after reading the description, figuring that even if it worked half as well as advertised, it would be worth the money.
The night I received it, I poured boiling water into it, closed the lid, and checked it the next morning (ten hours later). The water was still warm. Sweet.
Of course, the more you open and close it, the quicker your beverage will cool down, but all in all, this thing is awesome. It seems very durable, and is a good size. I'd definitely recommend it.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

2 5

I've had this bag for two years, and have been continually disappointed with it. Every night that I've slept out that it's been any cooler than about 45 degrees, I've been uncomfortably cold... even with lots of layers on. The worst was an April raft trip where the weather dipped below thirty. I was in a tent with a rain fly and another person, with a fleece blanket over the top of me, and I still had to wear a down jacket inside the bag to stay warm enough.
For me, the bag works great between 50 and 70 degrees... unfortunately, any $25 Coleman sleeping bag could do that for me.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 10, 2008

3 5

I love patagonia stuff, but am not crazy about this top. It's mostly the zipper that bugs me, and it might just be this particular shirt, but the zipped up neck seems to... collapse, I guess, when it's all the way up.
I prefer the button-up version of capilene shirts. Regardless, you can't beat them for their performance for outdoor activities.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 8, 2008

5 5

When I first got these shoes, I hated them. I already had Z2's and the flip flops, so I had very high expectations of chacos. The first day I got them I walked a few miles, and they drove me crazy. The straps would not stay put... they kept sliding and tightening. I was tempted to return them, but decided to give them a chance.
It only took a few days before the straps settled down, and after that, they became one of my favorite pairs of shoes, and are definitely my go-to chacos for every day wear. They stay on my feet, offer great support, and look cute for just about any occasion.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

As far as inflatable kayaks go, I think this is the best one out there... better than Aire, Sotar, Maravia, whatever. They're incredibly durable, and will take abuse for years and years.
They track well, and are great to learn in. I think they're pretty forgiving, but even if you end up in the river, they're easy to flip over and get back into.
And if you're already good, I've seen people catch some absolutely amazing surfs in holes that would flip a raft. It's a great little boat.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

This vest is low-profile enough so that it doesn't get in your way when you're pulling yourself back into a raft, but has enough flotation that I would wear it in big water. It's not going to get in your way if you're rowing or paddling all day, and it doesn't chafe arms.
My only complaint is that I hate the zipper/pull over the head way of getting it on, because it means you have to take off your hat and sunglasses every time.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I would never go boating in cold water without this top. If you end up in the water, it eliminates that lung-crushing shock, giving you time to think about where you need to swim rather than that you're going to die of hypothermia. I'm a river guide, and I've had the same one for four years... I've probably worn it on at least fifty spring trips. It show no signs of wearing out whatsoever. I love it in cold water.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

There's only one kind of weather/water temp condition that I would want the short sleeve top for: Really hot weather, and really cold water. Like if you do a lot of kayaking on dam-released rivers in the hot summer months, this would probably be better than the long sleeve version.
However, I've usually found that if I'm wearing hydroskin, it's because I want to be really warm. And if I want to be warm, I want my whole upper body covered (without half of my arms exposed). So if you're cold water/cold weather boating, go for the long sleeve version.

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Kelly Stratton wrote a review of on October 2, 2008

4 5

I used this pfd for two summers as a commercial whitewater guide (maybe 100 days on the water) before it started to wear out. For anyone who gives it a little more TLC than your typical river guide, it would last a long time. Plus, Patagonia has a sweet warranty, so if anything goes wrong with it, they'll replace it for you.
My only complaint is that it was a pain to pull over my head to get on and off-- it meant I always had to take off my hat and sunglasses. Other than that, I liked it a lot.

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