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Matthew's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Matthew's Bio

Cross country tour-guide / trek leader from Upstate NY but now in parts known for only a day.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

So stylish.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well maybe not but I love the look. You'll definitely have a bunch of people "asking" what brand they are.

Switched to the Vertical K from the Quantum and I couldn't be happier. Lower to the ground, lighter and sticky. Oh so sticky. I do a lot of rock hopping and am blown away by how well these stick to everything.

Only two problems.

The built in lace cover/gaiter makes getting to the laces a hassle. Got a knot in one and I decided to just leave it.

The smell. If you sweat a lot or ever wear them barefoot be prepared to leave them outside for awhile. Definitely couldn't sleep with them in the tent. They just don't breath well enough to allow them to dry out easily.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on January 22, 2013

Whatever you throw at them.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They're nothing fancy put they'll take whatever you throw at them. I use them in the summer when the rain comes and as an everyday pant for snowshoeing in the winter. Sizing wise they run like regular pants, not over-pants so take that into account. The cord in the waist did break on my first pair but they were replaced for free and two yeas later I've had no other problems.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

Straight out of the box, straight up the mountain.
5 5

Two days after these arrived I put them through their first test (and my first test in a long time) in a climb up Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks. I couldn't have been happier. The MorphoDynamic sole just works. Normally I find every pointed rock on the trail. This time? Nothing. I even tried to step on some and felt no discomfort. And they stick to everything which is a definite plus for a klutz like myself.

Even more amazing is that they required no real break in time. A little tight out of the box they've only gotten more comfortable as I've worn them but on that first trip, literally the first time I wore them outside, I didn't experience any hot spots or have problems with rubbing or blisters.

They're a little funky looking but I hate boring shoes and the "weave" created by the laces and supports is pretty sharp.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

5 5

I picked the Gamma LT up as an impulse purchase. It was 45% off and as an Arc'teryx addict I couldn't pass that up. I haven't regretted it one bit. It's now my daily jacket and it works great on the trails and in the bar. The titanium color is very sharp and I love the little detail of the green zipper. We all need a little bright color in our life.

Performance wise it's an incredibly versatile piece. Hiking, snowshoeing, around town, I've had no complaints. I've even used it as a cycling jacket when I've forgotten my Pearl Izumi jacket. I've yet to feel clammy and wind is rarely a problem, nothing a good fleece underneath can't cure. I've actually had a couple of people sprinkle water on me while wearing it because they love watching the DWR finish in action.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

5 5

I've worn Havaianas for years for the ease of use when I'm driving tens of thousands of miles over the summer for work. For the most part I drive barefoot and needed something for getting in and out of the van. Unfortunately that led to a lot of pain and discomfort from my toes needing to grip them while walking. A fan of the Zs, I wear them non-stop whenever I'm not driving, I decided to give the Flips a chance.

It was the perfect solution. They fit snug and secure enough that your toes no long have to grip to keep them on and the sole provides ample support. They're a little harder to slip on and off but mine also aren't fully broken in yet.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on May 22, 2011

4 5

Great material, really lightweight, and comfortable... I just wish they didn't have the liner. (Unfortunately that's a problem with most shorts of this type.) I'm a big fan of wearing my Ex-Officios with running shorts and it just adds another layer, though one that you get used to. Thought about cutting it out but the backpocket is part of it so that would render it useless.

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Matt Johnson wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

5 5

Wore these on a recent hike up Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland and they were perfect. Myself and my friends (who are not the most adventurous people) had no experience with crampons and we had no problems with them. The strapping is a little unusual if you've never done it before (and your guide's native language isn't English) but once we figured it out they went on no problem and stayed on. It took no time for any of us to get used to them and surprisingly no one dinged up their pants.

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