Luke Wyma

Luke Wyma

Southwest USA when I can, central-IA when I have to.

Luke's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this to replace a three year old Patagonia "Men's Insulator" softshell which was unfortunately destroyed. I like this new one pretty well. It has a couple extra pockets and a nice waffle texture inside which my old jacket did not have. I also like the mini-cord zipper pulls.
The cut is fairly slim and, I think, very good. I'm 6'4" /180lb and the medium has enough torso and arm length for me.
I'll echo another reviewer's comment that I'm not real sure why the hand pockets are up so high. On my old jacket, any time I needed into a pocket, it was the perfect height so my hand just fell right on the pull. The Adze pockets are a couple inches higher. This may be to keep them up above backpack hip-straps, I haven't tried that yet.

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

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

I bought a few of these when the baby Cap-3 crew shirts were not available. I like these too, they are much softer and thicker. Like a baby Cap-3, they are nearly impossible to stain and withstand lots of washing pretty well. I suspect that lots of abrasion, such as crawling, will wear this out faster just because it is a softer/higher-pile material. Still great.

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

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

I hadn't bought any Helly Hanson stuff before so wasn't real sure what to expect on the baby sizing. I was pleasantly surprised that it runs almost exactly the same as Patagonia's toddler items.
It's well made with nicely finished cuffs that have thumb-holes. The only odd slight ding would be that the zipper has extremely fine teeth so it's really hard to zip - you feel like you're having to force it. On the other hand, the fine teeth probably feel less scratchy on the neck . Not a big deal in any case.
Also of note, this is the softest fleece item I have ever touched! Ultra-fine facing like some sort of premium blanket.

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I already had a pair of Axiom jeans and thought I'd try some of these light-weight water-repellent pants. They are truly fantastic! Lightweight and slightly stretchy so you barely notice they are there. The features are well thought-out such as a flap over one of the back pockets and mesh pocket linings.
The brown color is nice and dark. I'll probably also pick up a pair of the charcoal color.
I think the cut is perfect. I'm 6'4", weigh 180lb, and have bike-racing legs. The medium waist and 34" inseam are just right.

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Luke Wyma wrote an answer about on August 22, 2011

Because this tent is not free-standing, it relies very heavily on the two end stakes to keep from collapsing inward.
I think the pole structure seems sturdy enough to handle severe winds if you could get it staked/anchored well, so I guess it depends on what your typical rough terrain looks like. I've had to bury rocks on my stakes several times while in loose soil to get everything secured. Once secure, it does handle wind without much shuddering/flapping due to the well designed shape.
Buying some different stakes would probably be a must for you - the included stakes are 6" long and basically just 1/8" wire. Something with more bite would be helpful, like a MSR V-shaped aluminum stake etc.

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on August 22, 2011

Great shell, always goes with me.
5 5

Yet another OR product that I find fantastic. It's light, packs tiny, actually breathes, has a great cut. I like that the sleeves are long enough and it works great for cycling due to extra length along the back. Stays comfortable even when putting out a big effort.
I'm 6'3"/180lb and wear a medium Revel. My chest measures about 39" and the OR size chart has medium at 40". It's a nice slim fit on me but I can still fit a thick fleece or similar underneath it.

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Luke Wyma wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

5 5

This sack looks to be made well and is extremely easy to get sealed. The fabric portion looks very abrasion resistant, but I'm not sure how long the clear plastic portion will hold up over time (this is the part which gets rolled). So far so good though.

--Edit 08/22/2011
I have a small size WPF sack that I've been using for a while now and there is no longer any concern about the durability of the clear plastic, it's holding up great. I've changed the rating to five stars because they are a piece of gear that just works. I've since bought a couple more larger ones as well.

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