Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Anchorage AK

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Michael's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Michael's Bio

Currently in the military, stationed in AK, mostly into mountaineering and mountain biking

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

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

Overall this is a pricey duffel bag, but I'm a firm believer, buy right and you buy for life. Its plenty big to hold all your gear, plus 3-5 days of street clothes for your extended trips. The two pockets on either end are meant to hold your boots and are waterproof.

Judging from the material, looks like it will hold up for many years to come.

Also, its pretty hard to judge the size of bags just from pictures, but I would say its on the extra large size compared to other bags.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, this is great for boiling water quickly, I have yet to actually cook something in it since I always bring freeze dried food with me and cook that in the bag. If your looking to cook for 5-6 people, this isn't your cook set, its basically for 1-2 people. Of course if everyone brought freeze dried food, you could boild water for everyone in about 10-15 mins. It can handle 2 cups of water at a time and boils in it 90 seconds or so, can't beat that.

Portability 5/5 - Everything fits inside when your done
Weight 4/5 - It could be lighter, but its not heavy for what it does
Functionality 3.5/5 - It boils water quickly, I couldn't imagine cooking with it, seems like it would be to much of a hassle to clean up.

Overall 4/5 - Would definitely recommend

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on June 15, 2013

Good Gloves, Not Bullet Proof Though
5 5

These are great lightweight gloves that offer a good amount of protection and comfort. They fit just fine, and look good. I would hesitate to say they are downhill gloves. These gloves are entirely cloth/padding material, which is fine for cross country, but they have no kevlar over the knuckles, which could be handy in a downhill crash. I got them on sale for $20 and well worth it at that price, but for $40 I'd expect them to offer a little more "solid" protection.

If you're looking for something bullet proof for downhill, I'd say look elsewhere, but if you're in the market for something lightweight/breathable/durable for all mountain, these gloves are perfect.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on June 15, 2013

Great Fit/Feel, But Color Is Off
3 5

Overall its a great fit/feel of a jersey. Loose enough to give you some breathing room, but not too baggy where it looks like you're wearing a garbage bag over you. Has the right amount of snugness around the neck. My only complaint is the red is more like a burnt orange (see pic for reference). And that's the reason I gave it 3 stars.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on June 14, 2013

Great Shorts, A Little Overpriced
4 5

First thing first, I would suggest you size up since these have a heavy duty liner in them. I normally wear a 30-31, but got these in a 32" and they fit perfect. The actual shorts fit true to size, but you got to remember these also come with a seat liner.

Overall these are great shorts, seem to be made of a heavy duty cordura type material, haven't crashed in them yet, so can't say how will they would hold up, but from the looks of it, you aren't going to get anything better.

Plenty of pockets and breath-ability, the inner liner is made of the moisture wicking material as well.

My only gripe is they are a little over-priced for what you get, don't get me wrong, they are probably the best shorts I've ever own, but I'd say $20-$30 of the price in these shorts is the name brand. Hence my reason for giving them a 4 star review, price aside they are definitely 5 out of 5

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on June 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just got this jacket it, first impressions out of the bag it looks like its very well made and TNF has really stepped up their game with the summit series.

Style : 10/10, as pretty much all TNF gear, it serves its purpose and looks great at the same time.

Fit: 9/10, it is an athletic fit, but its not excessively tight, its meant to be worn as a base layer, so of course its not going to have a lot of excess cloth.

Usability : 7/10 , It is a soft-shell , but it seems to be just a little thin compared to other soft-shells. It's not paper thin by any means, just a bit on the thin side from normal.

Value : I got it with the 20% off coupon, making it a little more bearable, but even still, at $160 its still pretty pricey. It does everything it says it will, but you could probably find a comparable jacket for like $60, but hey, it ain't TNF.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on June 8, 2013

Great Lightweight Pants
5 5

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

Great insulator pants/bib for the sale price, can't be beat!! Lightest pants to warmth ratio. Packs really small for expedition style climbing.

Fit: it fits true to form, at least for me, I always wear medium everything and this fits me like all other medium's I've bought. I'm 5'8" for size purposes.

Style: Looks good, feels good.

Usability: Does what it says it does, keeps you freaking warm. Haven't had a chance to get out in some real cold, but this with a hardshell worked in 40 degree weather with a slight wind.

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Michael Ryan wrote a review of on May 6, 2013

Good...But Not Great
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have to agree with one of the reviews below, they do tend to sink a little more then what I would expect, granted, these are the first snowshoes that I have ever owned and therefore the first time I've ever snowshoe'ed, but it did seem like I was sinking a bit more then I thought I would. I went with the medium size since I am 5'8, 165lbs. Most of the time I have 10-15lbs of gear when I've used them. I would recommend going up one size from what is recommended. If you happen to be really large and carrying a large load, then maybe look elsewhere.

They do have a really great/easy binding system, that surprisingly doesn't take much to engage and will hold all day.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

Worth It At The Sale Price
5 5

Its a great insulator jacket, I like TNF gear, mostly because I'm from CA and so are they. Likewise I've had awesome service with them when it comes to fixing/replacing gear. But the problem is TNF is over-priced at full retail value, so I usually wait till I can get it on sale. If you can get it for 30% off or more, then I say get it, otherwise maybe go with something else that can do the same thing. I'll follow up with another review once I get to Alaska and start climbing.

Fit: 8, everything fits great except the arms are a little long, but it includes velcro so you can cinch it down.
Cost vs Actual Value: 6 at full retail, 9 at sale price.
Style : 10 - Its the one thing TNF always seems to get right.
Compactibility : I was able to get this into a 4L stuff sack, if I had a compression sack I'm sure you could get it down to 2.5L - 3L size

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