Thomas B.

Thomas B.

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Biking
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Climbing
Surfing
Skiing

Thomas B.

Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm 5'9" and about 183lbs and I wear a medium. I have 33" waist and I am pushing the boundaries of wearing a medium but they do stretch after a little use. As others have mentioned the front pockets are a little small but it doesn't bother me because all I use them for are small snacks or my car keys. The pockets are warm if your hands fit in them though. I am guessing but I don't think OR designed the pockets to be used as alternates to gloves. The hook on the front of the cuff of the pants works well in light snow but extended use in deep snow will eventually let snow into your boots. I recommend using gaiters if you will be plodding through a lot of snow. I attached a video of a recent trip where I was wearing these pants. I paired them with a pair of OR sequence tights and I never got too hot when climbing or too cold when taking breaks. The temps hovered around 32F with lots of sun.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on January 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these in tandem with the Smith Vantage helmet and they work perfect together. No annoying gap between the helmet and the goggles. Also because of the strap design, the helmet does not interfere with the goggles having full contact with your face. This seems to be the problem with all of my friends and their goggles which results in lots of fogging issues. I purchased the black goggles with the ignitor mirror lenses which are pretty dark. The only time I have issues seeing snow is during the morning when the sun is extra bright but there are still lots of shadows from the trees. It works great on overcast days but that sharp contrast of bright to shade sometimes affects my vision. Overall, a great pair of goggles that has made many a friend of mine ditch their current goggles and get a pair of Smiths.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on January 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far I have used this product skiing, biking and chilling at the beach. It has performed flawlessly during the early morning and late afternoon. I only have tried one Micro SD card and its been great except in the brightest of light (midday sun). I tend to get a little motion blur from leaves going down a trail on my bike during periods of bright sunlight. I would like to mention the photos during bright sunlight are awesome though. I cannot imagine purchasing a GoPro without an LCD screen. The touch screen is amazing and it allows you to quickly take care of things when you are out and about versus at your home computer. I added a video during the midday so you can check it out as it transitions from shade to bright sun.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

All day comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have worn this shirt for several months now and I can say that its been holding up very well. I really just use it for casual wear but it breaths very well for cotton and does not hold moisture.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I let my wife pick this shirt out for me and she loves it. I got a Large in charcoal. The fit is true to size and it doesn't have sleeves that are too tight or long. I have worn this shirt quite a bit and it still feels new. Its cotton so I don't recommend running in it unless you are headed down to a bar.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 25, 2015

Quality and low weight
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This saddle came stock on my 2014 Giant Trance Advanced Sx. At first glance, I thought that this saddle was not going to cut it but after one ride I changed my mind. While I never find myself saying, "wow my ass feels fine after a 15 mile ride" I do enjoy it more than any other saddle I have ever used. The best part about it is how sleek it is and that you can transition positions quickly without snagging on your riding pants.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 23, 2015

Perfect shorts for all occasions.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 33'

I bought these shorts recently on a whim because my wife likes Prana stuff so I thought I would give it a try. I went with these shorts is that they do not have pockets on the sides of the pants and could be worn somewhere nice with a collared shirt. I looked at the bronson short but it seemed pretty stiff and more of a casual pair of shorts. These shorts are perfect for me because they are an extremely soft nylon and are very breathable. I run really hot and these keep me from getting clammy. Another feature I like about these are the tougher material that reinforces the zipper and fly. When standing up straight the bottom of the shorts sit right at the top of my knee caps. I ordered the dark khaki and it came in a little darker than what is pictured above. More brown than the desert sand look of the picture. In my opinion, it looks better than what is pictured.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I typically use this jacket for really cold days when I am on the move. I normally run pretty hot and this jacket manages to keep me from overheating during any type of physical exertion. The fit on this jacket is perfect. I really think the fit of the jacket is aided by the schoeller stretch fabric on the underside of the arms and the sides of the torso. My first use of the jacket saw wet spring snow and temps dipping down into the 20's. It was everything I thought it would be. The jacket shed all of the snow and was great until I stopped moving then I had to layer up for the night. I think what I like most about this jacket is that I never have to take it off when I am outdoors. Other jackets either make me sweat or are too thin for the weather. I am likely buying a spare just in-case OR stops making these because this jacket will always have a spot in my closet.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My first night of sleep on this pad was the best I have ever had in the backcountry! I purchased the large because I roll around a lot in my sleep and I never rolled off in the middle of the night. I was a little concerned about the warmth because it got down into the low twenties on the first night. I thought that my 30 degree bag coupled with this pad wasn't going to cut it but I was pleasantly surprised by how well I slept. I used the pad about half inflated and I have never been so comfortable on a backpack-able sleeping pad. I will say that a large pad takes a good set of lungs to tackle airing it up.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket out-performs other branded ski jackets I have used in the past. I normally wear larges and ordered the same for this jacket knowing it was a relaxed fit. The sleeves are baggier than what I expected but after hitting the slopes on a powder day I realized why this jacket was designed that way. This jacket provides excellent coverage without restricting your movement with heavy insulation. On the insulation, it is probably considered light by most ski jacket standards but it kept me warm with a base and mid-layer on. I skied in temp's as high as 16F and as low as 1F with no issues. The igneo also has a hood large enough to cover a helmet and it is removable. There is a large stash pocket on the interior right side large enough for a set of gloves. My favorite is the exterior chest pocket with an interior sleeve for id cards and credit cards. This pocket is also large and deep enough for keys and an iPhone 6 with otter box case. I accidentally went down the mountain a couple of times with the pockets open and nothing fell out because of the pockets depth. The skirt also does its job well and is mesh so it keeps you cool when you warm up. Overall, the Igneo will be my go to jacket for many seasons.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

Good pedal for the faint of heart.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these pedals mtn biking in southern AZ for 2 years and I love them. I usually ride unclipped when approaching a big hazard and I am still able to control the pedals. When not clipped in you can feel a little bump from the clips which makes for not the smoothest grip surface for your foot.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

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

I have been surfing over 12 years and I have never owned a pair of shorts so comfortable. While it has the drawstring closure it also has a little velcro to keep it from shifting around like other brands do. Other brands try and overdo the "looks" and sew two much detail in it which causes chaffing but the insides of these are silky smooth. I am a climber but I have not used them climbing and I would be curious about the durability after going up a chimney. The stretch in this pant allows for any type of dynamic moves you need to make. It is likely your body will be the limit not the shorts in the stretch department.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

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

I apparently have been riding in crappy shorts for years before wearing these. I purchased these for a recent trip to Durango as a gift to myself. These shorts do not disappoint in the fit, function and feel department. Like mentioned before they look well too. I think these shorts hit a perfect price point for those of us who cannot justify the $100 plus shorts to our spouses. I wore the shorts in Durango and put about 45 miles on them with no signs of wear after several small spills. Because they vent so well they don't smell too bad after a couple of rides but the temps weren't too hot either.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I ordered this in size 32 and it fit perfect in the waist but the legs were a little tight. I have had this issue with another pair of OR pants but others fit perfect. I am going to go up a size to get looser fitting legs. It wouldn't be an issue if the pants were stretchy and loosened a little as I wore them. The knees and seat of the pants have some flexible cotton canvas built in so that helps a lot. The durability of these pants seem excellent but after a minute of wearing them you will realize that they are not ultra breathable nor that stretchy all over (just in the knees and seat). The built in belt is a nice feature the button on the fly is nice because it is soft rubber and won't dig into your skin. The top of the fly is also secured with a little velcro and it has a zippered fly. Overall, a good pant but a little tight fitting. Will let everyone know how the 34 works out.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you do not own one of these buy one now. I cannot begin to think how much time I have wasted fiddling with slings at the top of a climb until I tried this out. Besides saving time, this allows the user to focus on the task at hand.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on March 15, 2014

5 5

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

When I pulled these out of the box I was very skeptical on how much stretch these pants were going to have. They looked like a pair of car hartts but were soft to the touch. I primarily wear these out in town because they are nice looking and the most comfortable pair of pants I own. They are heavy duty so summertime use in the heat is probably not going to happen. They have been my winter rock climbing pants and show absolutely no signs of wear. The stretch in the pants allow for easy climbing and work as advertised. The fit is true to size for a 32. I have the dark brown and I love them so I am getting a few more pairs just in different colors.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

This jacket performs so well for me as a multipurpose soft shell I am pretty sure I will never need another one. I have the walnut colored one and it is fairly stylish enough to wear out for errands. I use this jacket primarily for rock climbing during winter and mountain biking. Its light enough to pack for any occasion but most of the time I just wear it because it breathes so well. I am 5'9" and about 175lbs and I wear the large which is a little loose but I prefer it that way so it covers my back when biking. I have taken it on many of climbing trips on coarse granite and there is not one sign of wear. I like the elastic cuffs and the hood the most.

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Thomas B.wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

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

So I would not consider myself much of an alpine adventurer either climbing or skiing. I do find myself in the mountains doing both of these activities but just not all the time and I am a beginner in both. These pants work perfect for both and I didn't break the bank getting a skiing only specific pant vs. a climbing pair. I like the expandable feature on the bottom on the pants so you can switch from a ski boot to a smaller mountaineering boot. These pants fit me perfect and are a little slim fitting as advertised but they are so stretchy I don't mind.

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