Nicholas Skog

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Nicholas Skog wrote a question about on February 4, 2012

Does anyone have experience with how this jacket holds up while rock climbing? How does it compair to something like the Patagonia Houdini? Would it get ripped to shreds? Does it not block wind as well? Thanks!

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

4 5

One of my favorite features of this pack is that the pockets are designed so that if you stuff one it does not take away from the holding capacity of the other. The molded frame is incredibly comfortable and the V like shape of the bag makes it ergonomic to flow with your movements.
This bag has a small pocket at the top of the bag, a vertically oriented outer pocket, and inside the main pocket a small zippered pouch which is useful for things you don't need too often. I love that the main pocket's zippers run the length of both sides of the bag so if you are looking for something in the bottom you don't have to unpack the entire top. Although the waist belt is flimsy it still helps hold the bag to you and take some weight of your shoulders.
Can't help but feel this pack is a little heavy for such a small pack but what you pay for in weight you get back in comfort and function. Over all a solid choice for a bag.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

5 5

I purchased 2 of these years ago before studying abroad in Viet Nam. I was amazed that I could pack nearly all my clothing into a XL bag and compress it down to the size of a bowling ball.
More recently I spent 9 months living in a tent in SE Alaska (a temperate rainforest). I used the same two bags plus a new one. I kept nearly all my possessions in the 3 combine bags. They proved to be amazing when my tent failed and turned into a pool with canopy and kept my stuff dry through numerous other challenges including a kayaking trip through Glacier Bay National Park.
There durability, compression, and waterproofing make these bags a great choice if you are willing to put out the extra money. In my mind there is little question. These are worth it.
I used a Medium to stuff my 15 degree down mummy bag, sleeping bag liner and pjs. It also was my pillow for 9 months.
I stuffed my clean clothing into my Large
My extra large would be used for anything that was left over.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

WARM!
5 5

I got this hat last christmas and love it! I wore it almost daily for 9 months in SE AK. It is thin enough that I could wear a climbing helmet over it and still stays warm through those rainforest downpours that could last days in SE AK. In fact, it doesn't even feel like it gets wet in the rain. (I love merino)
This hat is spectacular.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

5 5

As I work on my trad skills it is a relief to know that I can count on my gear. My BD camalots with their wide range help me fumble less and feel safer with my placements. It is good to know that even if I do mess up and over extend a cam, it's double axle gives me a chance as oppose to other cams which lack this feature and will likely blow if this happens.
These cams are light yet durable, easy to handle and a hallmark of trad climbing through the country. I trust them with my life. You can too.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 28, 2010

If I would let them my feet would marry these
5 5

After a light 4 mile hike I stare at a rushing glacial river fed by Herbert Glacier. No stepping stones bridged this river so I pick a narrow gap between the two sides and take a running leap. The gap is 6 ft wide and drops into fast flowing icy water but I am wearing my brand new Morans. The surprisingly light shoes make the jump easy.
Next up is a chossy scramble traversing a 45 degree slope to the glacier. The ankle support and tight lacing system keeps me up right while the solid sole provides all the traction I could ever need.
After making it to the glacier, I find the source of the river leads under the glacier to a blue ice cave. As I step through the water the treated suede and nylon don't even absorb a drop. After about 8+ long hiking sessions in SE Alaska where it rains constantly and treading through standing water was frequent the suede finally began to take in water slowly but the Gore-tex still kept my feet unbelievably dry even in 5 inches of standing water.
On my way back from the glacier hoping over rugged terrain on the communal trail I feel assured I finally found a pair of hiking boots that not only can keep up with me but help me excel in many conditions.
I normally wear a 41.5 size shoe and love these in a 8.
A word of caution: once you go Asolo you may never want to hike in anything else.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

5 5

As a Team Leader for a trail crew in SE AK I lived in a tent for 9 months. While double kneed carhartts shredded, rain jackets failed, and I lost track of how many tents I went through, the one thing I could count on day-in and day-out was a comfortable pair of quick drying exofficio boxer briefs. They retained their stretch and never chaffed even after wearing one pair for a week straight of rain and running around trails.
For the entire 9 months I was in Alaska I had no other underwear and each pair is still going strong. Not once did I find these uncomfortable. If I had the cash I would get rid of my cotton and replace them with these. Just go with it, these are fantastic!
I am 5' 7" and 150 lbs with an athletic build and a small was the perfect size for me.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

3 5

These gloves are clearly constructed very well. When putting them on I felt a burst of warmth from the thick insolation which was great on cold days.
Where they fell short was the lack of the DWR on the leather palms. One of the first few times of me wore them I made a few snow balls to throw at some friends. I felt a chill and looked down to see the leather soaking up some of the snow melt. I tried reapplying the Hestra leather treatment but the problem continued. This was a deal breaker for me since I am primarily living in a temperate rain forest (SE AK).
Overall I am impressed with Hestra's construction quality and materials but see there are some limitations that move me to wanting an actual waterproof layer for my next set of heavy gloves. I still think these gloves would do well for some solid park sessions in cold snow. If you are dealing with wet snow/freezing rain look elsewhere.

P.S. Hestra's size scale is great.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

At first when I received this this shirt I questioned its durability but it has stood up to the test of time. When working out on the trail when it was nearly always raining this was my go to layer to keep me warm even when I was getting dumped on. After putting it on I would instantly feel the difference it made. The zipper is key to giving some ventilation when the sun (rarely) peaked out of the clouds.
The shirt was very comfortable as a base layer and stay far less stinky than other shirts even after being warn on a trail worker who hasn't showered in a week!

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

At first when I received this this shirt I questioned its durability but it has stood up to the test of time. When working out on the trail when it was nearly always raining this was my go to layer to keep me warm even when I was getting dumped on. After putting it on I would instantly feel the difference it made. The zipper is key to giving some ventilation when the sun (rarely) peaked out of the clouds.
The shirt was very comfortable as a base layer and stay far less stinky than other shirts even after being warn on a trail worker who hasn't showered in a week!

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on December 10, 2010

5 5

At first when I received this this shirt I questioned its durability but it has stood up to the test of time. When working out on the trail when it was nearly always raining this was my go to layer to keep me warm even when I was getting dumped on. After putting it on I would instantly feel the difference it made. The zipper is key to giving some ventilation when the sun (rarely) peaked out of the clouds.
The shirt was very comfortable as a base layer and stay far less stinky than other shirts even after being warn on a trail worker who hasn't showered in a week!

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on November 21, 2010

5 5

I have been wearing 6 pairs of these socks exclusively for 9 months in SE Alaska. They are comfortable, breath well, and most importantly while living in a rain forest, dry quickly. They have held up well considering I would only use 2 pair per week and was doing trail crew work which required me being on my feet from sun up to sun down and in a world of trench foot my feet were rairly a problem. For the price you won't be disappointed!

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Nicholas Skog wrote a review of on November 21, 2010

2 5

I wanted to love this jacket but during a hike one of the seams on the sleeves was torn without me noticing. The material is simply not strong enough for demanding activities.
This jacket has a great athletic fit that was loose enough to fit my stoic insulated welder underneath yet was not baggy. I like the long sleeve design because you can hide your hands in the sleeves in a downpoor yet stell use the cuff velcrow if the sleeves get in your way. The amount of pockets are great and their locations well done. I wish that it had core venting but the pockets do function as vents. The bad part about that is if you want to put your hands in your pockets while it is raining water will come in the jacket.
My take: a fairly well designed jacket but the material is simply not strong enough to put up with activities like climbing. It is very packable and light but then again so are the arcteryx alphas and they are durable.

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Nicholas Skog wrote a question about on November 11, 2010

I know this is not the most "packable jacket" but can anyone give me an idea how packable it is? I am a rock climber and backpacker who is getting into mountaineering and ice climbing. I want something tough but I am wondering if this is the wrong choice to bring on a backpacking/climbing trip year round?

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