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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I actually have the Tenzing version of the mitten. Other than the aesthetics the construction and quality are the same. These mittens are super warm. The gauntlet hits my arm about 5" below the elbow so they keep my hand/wrist/forearm really warm. The leather really does shed water. In addition to being really functional they're a novelty/conversation starter on the lift. Excellent quality, great style, killer product. Nice work, Astis!

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on September 10, 2012

5 5

I've been using this on both my road and mountain bike for about a month. It is ridiculously easy to use. It came with 2 mounts so I didn't have to pay anything extra to use it on both bikes. It finds satellites quick and seems incredibly accurate. The display is easy to read, it holds a charge for a long time and the page views make sense. The Garmin Connect website is a really nice way to see and keep more information about your rides. It also syncs easily with Strava. I've tried other computers in the past (this is the first GPS version) and this is by FAR the most useful. I HIGHLY recommend this product.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

5 5

These are really comfortable and super lightweight pants. These will get a ton of use come warmer weather. The pocketing is excellent, roomy and lots of them. I really like the zip closed back pockets for the extra security on trails. Nice length when the lags zip off. Nice integrated belt plus zippers on the lower legs, nice for changing to shorts without removing shoes. I'm 6'1", 190 lbs and the size 34 had a really nice leg length, alot of these pants have slightly shorter inseams, this one is nice and long.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on March 28, 2012

5 5

These are great pants. The stretch is super comfortable. I would call the fabric "mid-weight", perfect for early spring/fall weather, they might be a bit heavy for a really hot day (but you can make them shorts so not a big deal). when zipped off the shorts have a nice longer length. The integrated "belt" helps a bit but the belt loops fit a regular belt. All around great all-purpose pants

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

This is an excellent layering piece that I've been using this ski season. It should be great for Hiking this Spring and next fall. The base fabric has a really tight weave so it does a nice job of blocking wind and holding in body heat. the thumb loops are nice but the sleeves are not over-long. The reflective piece on the back is a nice touch if you use this piece for running. The front zip is pretty deep and the neck fit is cozy but not too snug. I'm 6'1', 190 and the large is really comfortable (not to snug, not too loose).

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on January 31, 2012

5 5

This instantly became my go-to ski for all conditions. I saved them for the first real powder day but have switched to these for every day. They're great in the powder but excel across crud and have plenty of bite on the hard pack. These skis deserve every bit of the positive press they've gotten. If you're looking for one ski that can do it all this one won't disappoint.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on January 21, 2012

5 5

This is a fantastic jacket for cold weather Wasatch skiing. Withs a base layer and light mid weight insulation this jacket works great down to 0 degrees. The pocketing is really well organized and the hood works well over my Smith Variant Brim Helmet. I'm 6'1", 190 pounds and the Large is a perfect fit. I highly recommend this jacket if you're looking for a mid-weight insulated and super comfortable piece.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on December 14, 2011

5 5

These gloves are fantastic. The construction is excellent and they're fairly warm on their own but with the heater turned on they are incredible. It's amazing how much better your whole body feels when your hands aren't frozen. When on the first or second setting there isn't a sensation of warmth, more like your hands are just comfortable, neutral, like you're comfortably indoors with no gloves on at all. With the 3rd setting they bring the heat, no mistaking these gloves are heated. Worth the investment.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on December 14, 2011

5 5

This is a great jacket for cold ski days. The fabric is soft and super quiet and sheds water well. The waterproof zippers totally block any wind from whistling in. Great pockets, both internal and external. Hood fits over my Smith Variant Brim helmet. My wife bought the womens' version last year (and a second color this year), now I don't have to be jealous.
Sizing is true, I'm 6'1", 190 pounds, 34" sleeve and the Large fits me perfectly

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on June 20, 2011

5 5

This is clearly a pack designed by someone who uses packs regularly. The fit is great and the mesh back really does hold the bulk of the pack away from your back so air flows and you stay relatively dry. Excellent pocketing, this bag holds a ton of gear and it's easy to get to. Compression works well. The bladder is by far the best one I've ever used. My only suggestions would be a bit more bulk to the waist belt.

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on February 21, 2011

5 5

These goggles are PERFECT. Super-comfortable with excellent visibility. I have the Variant Brim helmet and these goggles fit perfectly together with the helmet. They never fog and the visibility with the lenses is outstanding. It is super easy and fast to change the lenses as well. All-around awesome

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

5 5

These are excellent gloves. They are really rugged, the removable liner helps you get them dry really fast and the wrist adjustment keeps any stray snow and cold out. Gotta say I like the the wrist cuff that lets you pull them off for quick adjustments without holding between your legs or under an armpit. Really solid all-around

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

5 5

This is the best-designed, most well thought out bag I've bought. I do a lot of travel with a laptop, headphones and other gear in addition to books and paper and this bag accommodates it all and keeps things really easy to find. I've had a lot of different and expensive bags (Tumi) and I have to say this is the first one where I believe the designer actually travelled with the bag to test it out. You can get this bag really loaded and heavy but the straps are comfortable and adjustable. Kudos to Dakine!!

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Mark Koppes wrote a review of on December 16, 2010

5 5

The weight of the fleece and the fit of the garment make this a really versatile piece for everything from mid-layer warmth to hanging around casual. It's a great weight between a baselayer and a shell for high aerobic activities like snowshoeing or XC-Skiing down to pretty cold temperatures. The grid fleece interior is really warm but doesn't overheat, wicks well too. Fits true to size

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