Nathan Belz

Nathan Belz

Alaska

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Nathan's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Trail Running
Snowshoeing

Nathan's Bio

Being active is huge part of my lifestyle. I feel most productive when I'm on a trail, on a mountain, on some water, in the snow. I grew up in a very rural part of Maine and spent most of my childhood outside learning to respect, enjoy, and use what the nature around me had to offer.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 16, 2012

4 5

These glasses are awesome. So light. You barely notice that they are on your face. Out for a stroll on the town? Throw the Variant V7's on and people will probably think you're a celebrity. I will say, I was worried at first that I wouldn't be able to wear these if I were doing something more active, but shockingly they hold to your face very well. Running and/or hiking would certainly not be an issue. No need for croakies or anything. The best part? The SR-91 polarization is superb. Say goodbye to glare forever.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 13, 2012

5 5

I've owned a number of insulated vests in the past, but this is my absolute favorite. Perfect for early spring or late fall days in New England with only a light layer underneath. Can also get away with wearing it with a softshell underneath for most of the winter. Very nice fit. Not overly bulky. My favorite part is the stow pocket. Packs up nice and small and works great as a pillow on overnight/multi-day hikes without taking up a bunch of room in your pack.

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Nathan Belz wrote an answer about on January 13, 2012

It looks like this jacket has Patagonia's H2No coating. In my experience, the H2No serves as an excellent water barrier. Unless it's pouring cats and dogs while you're out with the dogs, I think this coat would serve you well. I have the standard length Patagonia Torrentshell and wear it all the time. I've only once noticed I was a little damp, but it was during an absolute torrential downpour. As for availability of other longer-length jackets with more aggressive waterproofing, I'm just not sure.

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Nathan Belz wrote an answer about on January 13, 2012

I would recommend going with whatever your typical jacket size is. The Patagonia Torrentshell fits slimmer than a lot of other rainshells, but there is definitely room to layer underneath - especially if your only talking about a fleece. I am 5'6" and 145lbs, went with the small, and have no problem fitting a micro-down jacket underneath.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 12, 2012

4 5

Is typically the reaction I get when wearing this sucker. Very stylish. Meant to be a casual watch, but I wear it all the time. Hiking, sailing, skiing, hunting...doesn't matter. Seems to be pretty durable. Only a few scratches on the band after some hairy maneuvers on Mt. Katahdin this summer in a downpour. The face is a little larger than I expected when ordering, but I got used to it pretty quickly. If your north of the border, the days can also be displayed in french. I was in the market for a new watch for about two years, and was feeling like most watches these days feel very cheap. I like a heavy watch, simple face, with a metallic band (not a fan of a lot of bells and whistles). The Rip Curl Huntington definitely meets those categories.

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Nathan Belz wrote an answer about on January 10, 2012

Absolutely would work with snowboard boots. As R. Pitman mentioned, you can buy tail extensions for these if you find you need some extra surface to hold up your pack weight. The Evo Ascents are also great. Allow for a little more lateral torsion on uneven terrain and also have the tail extensions.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

5 5

These poles are great. The locking system is fantastic - solid and secure. I've seen many other hikers and snowshoers with the twist-lock style and the sections are constantly slipping. I've never had an issue with these. If you're going to be going into some deep snow, I would recommend buying the snowflake baskets - you'll be glad you did.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

Great tent
5 5

As the review by D. King says below, the vestibule is what drew me to this particular tent. In addition, the complete screen style of the tent when not using the rainfly is awesome. You'll also find many others describing the "coziness" if your tenting with two people. My advice, buy this tent if you want to go camping with someone you don't mind getting cozy with! Durable, warm, well-ventilated. A bit on the heavy side to carry by one person, but it's doable. After two days of schlepping it by myself, I had to forfeit some of the load to a fellow hiker. All that being said, still very glad I decided to go with this tent and would buy it again if given the chance.

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Nathan Belz wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

A decent pant overall
4 5

If you run warm, no need to go with the insulated version. Generally I wear a mid-weight base layer underneath and am good to temps as low as the single digits. Mainly just general-use, nothing overly active. I was hoping they would have a bit slimmer fit, but to that end they are not overly bulky. Only gripe is that after a few rounds of ice build-up on the cuffs, the stitching has started to fray. Belt loops, zippered-fly, front pockets and a cargo pocket are super handy. Elastic style gaiters feel a little chincy, but they have held up so far!

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