Lance

Lance

From Teton range, to the Wasatch Front, to the Oregon Coast

Lance's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Lance's Bio

At 39 years old, if it weren't for my perfect wife, two boys, one little girl and passion for nuclear science, I would give up my big house and career as a nuclear engineer to be a liftee at a run down resort all winter and a whitewater river guide all summer.

I love the outdoors. My most common choices of partaking include:
Skiing, Kayaking, Backcountry Hiking Trips, Taking the boat out (SlalomSkiing/Wakeboarding), riding the 4-wheelers, and Hunting.

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Lance wrote a review of on October 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have always purchased Primaloft vests because I've always felt like a vest should be versatile enough to withstand wet weather, given that a vest is usually worn in those "not sure what kind of a day this is going to be" situations. But, there is truly something to be said about Patagonia's down. This jacket seems to surpass any Primaloft vest I have in warmth by far.
It's new to me, so time will tell how well it will hold up, (another concern I have with down) but so far this is very impressive in the warmth category.

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Lance wrote a review of on October 26, 2014

5 5

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

Unlike other reviewers, I felt like the shoes were quite true to size. Especially given that they are a relaxed style shoe. And speaking of relaxed, I have had them for around a year now, and they are my "go to shoe" when it comes to comfort whether at work all day, during a night out with friends, or just chilling at the house. They look great, feel great, and I have nothing bad to say about them.

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Lance wrote a review of on September 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is incredibly good stuff. I suppose I may be not using this to its full potential, but this jacket is extremely accommodating for early morning runs in the cool mornings of Idaho in the spring and fall. Taking the wind out if the equation while supplying good breath ability has made this a favorite for me. I am 6'3" and 200 lbs and an XL fits great giving me plenty of room for my long arms while still not too baggy through the torso.

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Lance wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

5 5

This is as good as I hoped it would be. I've had it a month, and it still seems strange to be in the Tetons in mid February wearing nothing but this jacket over a base layer (and pants... for anyone with an uncomfortable visual) and I never get remotely cold.
My only gripe is that heat escapes through the collar even when it is all the way zipped up. I have a Cloudveil down vest that has a draw string on the collar that fixes a problem like that (just in case Pata-G is listening) but I won't down-rate the jacket, because it's that great otherwise.
For fit, I am 6'3" and weigh 185 and have an extra large. I like the length the XL gives me in the arms, and with the slim-fit style, it doesn't bulk out too much in the torso. I should also mention the color I have is called "Grecian Blue" and just a warning, the jacket seems a little lighter in real life than the display picture shows against a white background in my opinion. Like, one of my friends asked me if I would let his wife borrow it sometime, so... take that for what it's worth. (I will destroy my friend later) but over all great jacket. If you're considering it, it won't disappoint.

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Lance wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

5 5

My son is 13, and has had these through late last fall. It's March now, and they still show very little wear. That means they made it through a brutal Idaho winter! I can't say that for any other pair of shoes he's owned... EVER. Too bad he's growing like a weed because they will definitely outlast his stubbornness to continue growing (despite my protests).
He is really proud of them. His favorite thing about them is the quick-lace system which happens to be his Mom's favorite thing about them too since she hasn't had to utter the phrase, "Tie your shoes" for months now.

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Lance wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

4 5

I guess I shouldn't complain about the fact that they're big since they are called the XL, but they really are just a bit wide, at least for MY face. The trade-off however, is the great coverage this provides. I compare them to the flaks, and the splits which I also own, and would have to say the coverage is better for sure, but the look seems to be a little more bulky, and as said in the "Zach Pina" review, they feel slightly heavier on the face despite Oakley's claim to similar weights.
Over all, I won't downplay them too much. (4 stars) Because I wear them all the time, and the Jade lens with the crome frame is a sweet combination. And the easy switch to other lenses is by far easier than either of the aforementioned. Peace.

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Lance wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I won't complain too much that these took forever to break in, because my feet definitely don't play well with new shoes even to the point where my friends always know they will be in for some complaining from me shortly after a new shoe purchase. ha. But anyway, after breaking them in from a couple weeks wear around town, I took them on a 24 mile backcountry hike in the Frank Church Wilderness near Salmon, ID.... and I have to say the last 10 miles required wincing with every step. It just felt like it couldn't hold my heel in place very well and thus half dollar sized blisters were the result. Since then, they have given me no problems, but I would say definitely take some moleskin for their maiden voyage despite any casual break in around town.

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Lance wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite goggles for the hill. They are not terribly flashy if that's what you're into, but the basic look is solid and extremely comfy. They seem to only suffer minimal fog issues in humid moments, and have a great viewing area. I can't think of anything bad to say about them.

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Lance wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an update after 3 months of use: (see below for original opinion)
After only 3 months of what I would call normal wear and tear for a 12 yr old, the toe caps have begun to peel off, and the shoe seems to be losing support in all areas. (Very flimsey) I was hoping for more durability after having TNF Hedgehogs (which are awesome) last so well for him the entire year before as his main "go to" shoe. I returned these to BC for a full refund. Thanks BC for allowing it. My loyalty grows deep. :)

My 12 yr old uses these as a trail running shoe & he loves them. I think they actually inspire him to run more. I asked him what he likes about them, and he says, "They're just cool!" -ha.

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Lance wrote a review of on May 23, 2012

5 5

I know this isn't rated for wind or rain, but it stands up well to both. The stretch material is very comfortable, and the size fits fine. I'm 190 lbs and 6' 3" and bought an XL. This has so many uses: Jogging, spring hikes, morning golf, casual wear, etc. I keep mine in my truck with me and take it everywhere because it is so light and compact to store. I never know when I'll need it, but it comes in handy often. LH.

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Lance wrote a review of on May 23, 2012

5 5

I have had this for 4 months or so, and it still feels new to me because I love it so much. I am 6'3" and 190 lbs, and I really like the fit of an extra large. The arms are possibly a little long, but personally, I like it that way. Compared to my Arc'teryx Apache fleece, this one stays softer after washes and is slightly warmer when things cool down. I didn't know what I was missing until I got this.

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Lance wrote a review of on April 1, 2012

5 5

I am partial to Arc'teryx because of their always perfect workmanship and supreme fit for my build. (6'3" & 190 lbs requiring long arms, broader shoulders, and a smaller waist) This softshell is no exception.

For this Jacket I had one complaint until I figured it out:
I was unimpressed with its inability to block wind sometimes more than others. In fact for the high price, I was somewhat annoyed. Then I realized, like an idiot, that the times it wasn't blocking wind well were the times I had my hands in my pockets of the jacket, which meant I had some of the zippers unzipped. Since this jacket is designed to regulate temperature so well, it appears that every zipper provides venting. Thus, with zippers down, the wind gets in, and zippers up, wind is blocked entirely. I don't consider this a design flaw because the vents are ideal when used properly.
Anyway, hopefully none of you "gear connoisseurs" will find yourselves annoyed from a user error such as mine, but I HAVE read reviews stating a dissatisfaction on wind block performance so I thought I would share my novel discovery. Ha ha.

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