Kritios Boy

Kritios Boy

Kritios Boy's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on May 5, 2006

5 5

I really like this backpack. I haven't used it hardcore yet, but it's a great design. I have the regular, and am 5'10''. It seems a bit short; in hindsight I'd get the tall. So maybe it runs a bit small. The pelican color is a great blue. The roll top opening is great; waterproof(ish) and easy to use. The backpack itself is tall and lean; it actually holds a fair amount. There’s one pocket, along the back. I wish it had a small top pocket for shades and stuff, and a way to lash jackets on the back. It just has the two hypalon loops for a board. The detailing and suspension seem to be typical Arc’teryx. It's a small daypack with a full suspension and a thin but good hip belt.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on March 11, 2006

5 5

These gloves fit very well; a bit on the snug side. The pull tab is nice, the materials are all great. I just wish they had more grip, the leather is pretty slick. I love the high-loft fleece in the back of the knuckles and fingers. The gloves seemed a bit worn when I got them, I really like them, though. Hope they last, they ought to.
They are very warm. I went mountain-biking for several hours, temps were probably about 30. Hands were fine.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on February 2, 2006

5 5

Heinously expensive, it's true. And I was shocked, nay, appalled, to see that they're made in Cambodia. I figure they outsourced from the get-go to avoid the controversy when they move from Jackson Hole to wherever. Anyways-I really like the fabric, color, and styling. They are tough and comfortable. Carhartts are stiffer. These seem a bit more polished, seams are noticeably tighter, but mainly they seemed like a cool pair of pants. Which they are. I wish the back pockets buttoned to secure my wallet, but otherwise the design's spot-on. The gusseted crotch is nice, but I can feel the extra bulk of the seams there. They're the kind of pants that you definitely will wear out (because you wear them so much, not cause they're weak), so at least you get a lot of wear for your dollars.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on December 27, 2005

5 5

The Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech's virtues have been enumerated endlessly, so here's a few I've noticed:
The jacket is not lined with fleece so it slides on and off easily. It's great for layering. It's really lightweight and not too hot, so it's good for spring. I like the Carbon color, as it's close to a Loden green. The sapphire is also very good. The pitzips are a very nice feature. All in all, it is a very desirable jacket.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on November 15, 2005

5 5

I've only carried it a few times, but I had about 45 pounds of books and water, and the hip belt was perfect. It's really firm, but shaped just right and the pack fit me very well. I love the features. It's pretty monochromatic, but you can tell it's a top shelf rucksack. I think I'll be using it for everything for years if it doesn't get nicked.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on August 22, 2005

5 5

I always liked the look and features of this jacket, so I finally got one. The medium fit very trimly in the store but I got it anyway. Well, the first few days it looked great, but felt uncomfortable. It just fit goofy. But then, all of a sudden, the Alchemy jacket began to fit perfectly. I've never had a jacket that had to be broken in, but this one does. Give it a few days, and it really will somehow 'mold' to you and all the weird feeling and restrictive-ness goes away. Buy your correct size, don't size up. The inside fleece cuffs are sweet, they seal you off. It's got a neck cinch, perfect location hand pockets, and is thicker than the average softshell so you stay warm. I wore it every day all summer in high Colorado. It's never wet through, and has been to 9 fourteener summits. Great mountaineering jacket b/c it blocks the wind and is actually tough enough for the 3rd class stuff where you're scraping along. The Alchemy jacket is a great soft shell.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on August 1, 2005

5 5

I, too, was torn between these and the Makalus. I actually got both, but have worn these on 6 fourteeners so far. They did chew the tops of my outer toes a bit, but I taped them and so no problem. On a 3rd class ridge, they were superb. Edging is phenomenal and they aided my accent in a huge way. They're also waterproof, and don't rub my feet in any meaningful way. They tend to wear quickly, but they perform so well I won't have a problem buying another pair. And now I have the Makalus: these Trangos are so much lighter! For scrambling/mountaineering, get these.
Cheers.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on May 3, 2005

5 5

I've never been really wild about any pairs of shoes, Chacos excepted, but these are different. At first, they were just OK. Then I began to run, more and more, and now I do 25 miles a week. Due to this, I view my shoes with reverence. I have never had a blister. Not one. Ever. Even on a half-marathon. My dad got very similar shoes (the highline) and is similarly enthused. I believe the Hardrocks are easily the best shoes out there. I got horrific blisters from my boots on a 3-day backpacking trip, and plan to wear my Hardrocks on my upcoming 4-day. Why not wear shoes that are always comfortable? They look nondescript, but after you log a hundred miles you will revere them. Absolutely fantastic all-purpose shoes. They even dry fast.

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on February 7, 2005

5 5

I have to absolutely agree w/ everything Merlin Andrew said. I got mine for 350 (long story) and like it mucho. The 'wow dude' factor has worn off a bit, I hate to admit, but it's still way cool. The zippers do sorta expose their inner ness when flexed, but hey it don't matter none nohow. I too have the medium, and it fits me perfectly-long, great coverage for the buttocks, sleeves are PERFECt length, not too big. (I am 69 inches, 155 lbs.) The waterproof zippers are much easier to get at than the ones buried under flaps. One thing: the hood is great, but ya gotta cinch it down ALL THE WAY to get it to fit yor head, cause it's sized for a helmet. It works, just be aware of this. The fabric seems tough. The Gore-tex XCR is the first fabric I would truly call waterproof/breathable. I skiied hardcore for a couple hours, totally sweaty, and yet the jacket was bonedry on the inside. I think it breathes better than a cotton T-shirt. I really do. Marvelous stuff. Would I buy it again? Yeah, for one reason: because I am tired of seeing it and thinking, some day...

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Kritios Boy wrote a review of on December 27, 2004

5 5

I actually just got the covert for christmas, but I really like it. I got eclipse, which is a very cool color, not purply a'tall, just tasteful blue. It looks like cashmere, very dressy, but is just thermal pro which of course is quite woot. The pocket on the arm lets the folks know that what you're wearing is actually really cool not just some old man's sweater. The fit is excellent-not baggy in the torso but plenty long in arms and length-almost too much. Layers great under my (also new) Theta AR, which is for the record the beautiffulest shell in the world. But ja, the Covert Crew is great. It's actually very very warm for a sweater, it's more like a midweight fleece jacket, but layers better. Kritios Boy is quite warm.

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