Matthew Forrest

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Matthew Forrest

Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

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

This thing rocks! Coreloft is in my opinion the all around best insulation out there. The clo at 100 grams is 3.38 and yet they never say anything about it. That is a class company for you. The outer face fabric is more durable and more breathable than pertex as well.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on December 25, 2013

5 5

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

Probally one of the greatest outdoor companies ever. These things are perfect for their intended use. I prefer primaloft over down for anything that I wear on my body, and these have a lot of primaloft. Leather palm is great. The gore tex shell is insulated with primaloft and I love to use them as an over glove when it gets real wet or cold. OR kicks ass! Would not change a single thing about these gloves. They are perfect!

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

4 5

I dont like most of SOG's products, they are always more tactical and less functional. The steel is AUS 8 and pretty much middle of the road for quality. The handle is pretty much unbreakable (which is important). The length of the blade is very good. 5 inches is in my opinion the best length for an all around blade. Any larger it gets clumsy and heavy any smaller you cant really split wood or hack. Good choice for a do all backcountry knife. Could probably be found cheaper somewhere else (sorry backcountry). Would be a 5 if it had a pommel at the end and cost about 60-70 dollars.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Multi tools are much handier in my opinion. This thing has a larger locking blade but the steel (440a equivalent) is soft and not really that great. I always have a designated fixed blade cutter with me however. Multi tool with a small knife, scissors, and pliers are the way to go.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

2 5

This thing just doesnt work for me. It goes through batteries very quick and at the same time I could just use my headlamp and a light defuser to do the same thing and not carry anything extra. I would consider a gas lantern like what primus makes because it will be lighter, brighter and give off some heat for winter camping or when there is a fire ban. And if you use a jetboil most of the time you will already have the fuel and not need a bunch of extra batteries.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

4 5

Gloves are tough, you want them warm, dextrous, durable and light. These fit the bill. The fingers are long and leave less of the finger exposed. I like this design better than other convertable mitts. I like how the mitt part stashes in its own pocket. That same pocket could be used as a hand warmer pocket or just to store something small. These would be 5 stars if they used real leather or maybe a rubber overlay to increase grip. I typed out this review while wearing them, great dexterity. Warm enough for me to the high to mid 30s. I saw other reviews that said the stitching was bad but the stitching looks very good even triple stitched around the fingers and a even more durable looking stitch everywhere else. Would like to layer them with the nilas mitts for winter. You never have to take these off!

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on March 31, 2013

5 5

Only tried this in the store but it was awesome. Everything exped makes is high quality. Being able to wear a sleeping bag is a big advantage. I have never camped in it so I cant speak to how warm it is but the design is awesome. If they made the shell out of a pertex endurance fabric and changed the colors to one solid color it would be perfect. A more water shell could make it a great saftey item that you could throw around 2 or 3 people in any weather.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

4 5

Marmot rocks. This jacket is warm and has a nice fit through the torso not too baggy. The arms, I think are a little baggy. The material is soft and of good quality. The fill is 100 percent recycled. Was looking for a 60 gram sythetic for summer but returned it because the fabric is super shiny and the colors look very different from what is online. If that doesnt bother you it is a 5 star jacket, but I just could not do it.

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Matthew Forrest wrote a review of on March 27, 2013

4 5

these things are super warm and are meant to be layered with another glove (but can also be worn solo. Very warm by themselves and with another glove underneath (MH hydra) you are good to -40 maybe lower! I wish they had different colors and I wish they had a wrist adjustment for when you wear them by themselves. Size is perfect not over the top gigantic like the alti mitts or masherbrums but getting close super warm. 4.5 stars

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