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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

4 5

I rode a pair of these exclusively for the past four months on pinned pedals. The shoes started off very stiff, almost like a clipless shoe, but softened nicely over time, in the end they were about as stiff as a new pair of Impacts; Impacts get softer too, so these are firmer than Impacts by 25% or so. The only downside to these shoes is that the Vibram sole wore very badly at the pins. I ride Nuke Proof Electrons which have socket head screws for pins, they are sharp, but not any more than a typical pinned pedal. I literally wore craters into the soles at the inside and outside pins, this was riding 3-4 x week for only three months! When I say craters, I mean like rubber nibs gone, holes carved into the flat midsole 1/4-3/8" deep. My LBS is contacting Shimano about a replacement pair, so maybe I'll get a round two with these shoes. Other than the sole wear, they are my favs hands down, putting the Impacts to shame in all areas, better sole stiffness, better sole contact, sticky when they need to be, ankle and toe protection, lace cover, nice fit (I'm a 13, I took 48).

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

3 5

I have a pair of these, felt stiff out of the box, but then softened in a matter of days to the point of being like a gym shoe. Nice rubber sole, very sticky, too bad Five Ten couldn't add a mid sole to match. This is not a Freeride/DH or a hike and bike shoe, more like an urban shoe for people with fat feet; yeah, they're roomy alright. The only shoe Five Ten makes that his DH ready is the Impacts, and those are more like boots than shoes...rumor has it that Five Ten is going to add some stiffness to their Freerider line.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

5 5

I have worm chilliwacks for over a decade, they are my favorite pants by far, there have been some changes in the cloth, originally they were a heavy duck canvas, now the cloth seems to be softer. If you like pants that are already broken in, then the new cloth will feel nice right out of the box. The weak link in the pants is the crotch, you need to be sure and not hike in them with a wet crotch or they will wear out quicker. They can be patched easilly enough. These pants are apparently being discontinued, which is really sad because I have never found a pant that fits so well. I have a 35" waist and a 33" inseam, the XL fits me baggy with a nice shoe top length. I still have my original pair, dark green, they are faded to a pale green now, thread worn, patched in the crotch, legs, hems, I only take them out for special occassions, I don't think I'll ever throw them out :)

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on November 9, 2008

5 5

I ride off-road unicycle (muni. I need a supportive shoe that stuck well when wet. The Five Ten Impacts/Sam Hills are awesome! They are stiffer in the midsole to better support the arch and the sticky sole works even when wet. Great durability. Fit true to size, a somewhat curved last at the toe box, heavier than a skate shoe, long lasting sole.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on April 1, 2008

5 5

I bought this top to replace a Marmot DriClime shirt. I like the Marmot shirts, but I don't fit a large and the Xlarge sleeves are too long. The Cloudveil version of the DriClime is nicer in terms of fit and finish, has a vented sash across the back, a cool stash pocket behind the low back, a nice checst pocket, but no hand pockets :(
Overall I like it better than the DriClime, but I do wish it had hand pockets. Good quality, true to size, zipper prctector at neck feels nice.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on March 31, 2008

5 5

I bought this top as midweight layer to use when skinning and for cold days skiing with a shell. It is a nice mix of warmth, not a whole lot of wind resistance, but it breathes well for aerobic activities. Size is true in length of body and arms, chest is true, build quality is pretty good. A nice top on sale. Think 100 wt fleece with a tight weave, nylon facing, and four way stretch.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on March 31, 2008

5 5

I bought this as an emergency bivy for backcountry skiing. It is a great little bag, once I'd consider taking with me on a trek where I might have to do an emergency sleep out overnight. Very small and light, not many extras, no zippers, but certainly a great product for its design, also a nice way to increase sleeping bag warmth rating.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on March 10, 2008

5 5

I was looking for a good mid layer stretch fleece that wouldn't attract dog hair. I looked at the Specter Jacket and Specter Pullover. I chose the Specter pullover because it has a roomier fit, more room in the arms for wearing over a long sleeve shirt, and the weight to warmth ratio is fair for a layering piece. A nice top for the $, warmer than a Patagonia Zip T, but lighter than a wind-pro fleece, I'd consider it comparable to a 100 weight fleece, but more durable, and four way stretch. Fit is about right, I'm 6', 200#, large bones, long arms, medium torso length, wide shoulders, I wear an XL and it has enough room for a long sleeve underneath. As to the flat seams being a problem (see other reviews), flat seems are appropriate to this style of a top (athletic). I guess I'd be sure to not over stretch the top when putting it on, though from what I can see, the seems are well done and durable. A nice top.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on November 8, 2007

5 5

I was looking for some bibs that would fit my wife, but she wanted something light and comfortable, so the typical muontaineering bibs were out. I found the Olympia Softshell in men's, never did find a women's version. Fortunately the fit was pretty good, she went with a medium, she is 5'9", 135, built like a woman, so small waists and big hips :)
The pants are well made, very stretchy, lots of pockets, nice gators, 3/4 zippers, beefy should straps. I would say that they have a typical fit for a bib, roomy seat, long inseam. Great deal for the price!

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on June 20, 2007

5 5

I bought these glassless for backcountry skiing trips. I chose these over the X4 as these are darker and have glass lenses. The X4 is similar to a dark sunglass you might get for biking, whereas the X6 is too dark for driving and just right for a bright day on snow. The side shields work great, having a sliding position to allow better air flow. I sweat a lot and never had a problem with fogging. Fit is hard to describe, but I'd say they fit a normal to big head. I wear Trifosi on a day to day basis, so the fit is comparable. Great quality, great price.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on April 16, 2007

5 5

At first look the new GoLite shoes are a little overwhelming, big lugs, big toe box, bulky. But get them on your feet and you will quickly realize that GoLite did their homework! These shoes are quite light and ride low in the heel and forefoot, making them very stable on technical terrain. The shoes are also very cushy without being destabilizing. I tried on both models and felt the "speed model" was more comfortable and had a closer fit for my narrower heel. This is a shoe that makes you want to keep running. The shoes run a little big, and they have a very wide footbox, great for folks who have wider feet, though they can be made to fit tighter if you use the integrated insoles. Nice construction, durable, great laces, nicely padded tongue, and they don't hold mud.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on December 26, 2006

5 5

I bought this jacket to stay warm on subfreezing days walking around town and going to work. The jacket is very warm, can be worn with a t-shirt down into the teens, resist rain and wind, pit zips help when it warms ups, nice fit to size, fabric is more durable than it appears, resist stains. The powder color is a light gray, not white, so at the sale price it was a great deal.

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Nurse Ben wrote a review of on December 15, 2006

5 5

I saw this jacket in an advertisement, was able to find a better deal with you guys.

It fits true to size, though a larger size seems better for folks with long arms and torsos.

Very warm, fill seems equal to a 650, material is tough, cleans up well, nice fit and finish.

This is a quality jacket. Only deficit is that it has a shorter fit, so if your derrier gets cold, this may be more of a three season jacket, Otherwise it handles single digit weather just fine.

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