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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman

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Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

WOW...light. WOW...tough!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this helmet on multiple international expeditions: A worry for me when I'm packing for a big trip is weight and I'll cut corners wherever I can; but when it comes to lightweight helmets, it is generally just not worth bringing anything other than a helmet made with an ABS shell. If the plane ride doesn't destroy them, the porters/approach will.
Not the case with this helmet!! It is tougher than woodpecker lips!!
Very light. I hardly notice it unless I'm in a chimney or a cramped space.
The color is bright, but in the mountains I appreciate this aspect greatly.
Holds a headlamp very well.
Plenty of room for a warm cap underneath.
It breaths OK, hard to get a helmet with good coverage to breath very good though.
The magnetic strap clip is very cool, it has a tendency to collect some debris, but I just wipe it off occasionally.
The EPP also holds custom artwork very well...see pic (art by Jeremy Collins).
If you want a light, durable helmet, this is the best one made, bar none!

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

MASTER cams is right!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I climb on southeastern sandstone A LOT and never leave the ground on a trad route without at least a few, especially the blue/purp! I have also used them with great success in Pakistan, Venezuela and Canada.
Why you want these:
Flares -
Lets face it, unless you only climb at Indian creek (and even there) your gonna need to protect in a flare at some point. The narrow cam head and single stem fit tight spots perfectly. Almost every partner I have climbed with in the last few year has purchased at least the first four sizes after sampling the ones on my rack.
Durability -
I have beat the ever living crap out of these using them in horizontal placements. They hold up, don't shy away because of the corded trigger wire; it's burly and Metolius will replace it if you manage to break it.
Weight -
The lightest offset cam available...period!
Price -
Trust me, your a$$ is worth the comparably low cost of owning a set.

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

Pipeline Perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off - I dropped a pair of Pipelines around 500 feet from the side of a Tepui in Venezuela. I found them on the jungle floor unscathed! From there to the New River Gorge's class V whitewater these sunnies perform.
Key features I like:
The Fit - light and well ventilated with the open temples, and the Flex Nose customizes to my bridge size very well.
The Lenses - I love the photochromic Zebra lens! It lightens and darkens with a change in the light’s intensity which has worked well for me on the glacier, in the water and on the rock, making these ideal for a trip with mixed terrain.
Anti-Fog - I live in We(s)t Virginia and spend a good bit of time running in the summer. The integrated coating does a great job!

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Patrick Goodman wrote an answer about on April 20, 2009

You found your shell right here with the Epic Jacket, for the price it can not be beat!! The Epic is very well built, big pockets and pit zips (you want those for sure!)- I have had one for 3 years now and it still sheds water like it did when it was new! Seems to me you will need a medium or possibly a large, depending on your sleeve length and so on, check the sizing chart on this page to be sure. If you need to spend under $100 let me suggest to you the Sierra Designs Hurricane HP ($73.96)- it has pit zips, pockets and a good reputation. Be weary of anything under $70, from my experience they just can't build them to last at that cost...

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Patrick Goodman wrote an answer about on April 13, 2009

Sounds like you would fit into a medium well. Although, if your chest/mid section is any larger than 41" (measure this with a layering piece on) you might want to consider a large, but at 5'6" the sleeves would probably start to get baggy - your best bet is the medium for sure. Depending on where your at, you might not need the 200 wt. fleece layer, this jacket is pretty warm.

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