Patrick McMurtry

Patrick McMurtry

Wasatch Mountains, Central Oregon Cascades

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Patrick's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Kayaking

Patrick's Bio

I spent the first half of my life playing basketball. Then I got slow and I couldn't keep up with the young folks. So started trail running, kayaking, and ski touring - with a few other outdoor activities thrown in. Getting older has been good for me - it has gotten me out of the gym and into the mountains.

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Patrick McMurtry

Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live to run/hike mountains. I don't NEED poles, but when you are out all day on steep loose stuff, these are poles are the BEST! Why? They are super light weight - when transitioning from hiking to running they are so light you don't even notice carrying them in your hands. They deploy and collapse in fractions of a second. They easily stow in your pack. They are always at the length you want (plenty of options in lengths). And if you like a different length for uphill and down hill, the grip allows you at least 4 inches of variability. Well, they will splinter if you plant them between rocks and go flying forward - which I can testify to - but a metal pole will bend and lose all structural integrity in that same situation. I can't imagine using anything else.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This fun watch is a conversation starter with great colors and designs. The face itself is pretty large - the outside diameter is 1 5/8". It is also water resistant to 5 ATM (about 150 ft.). Five stars for price, style, and functionality. I dug my truck out of the mud with my bare hands wearing this watch and except for a few scratches on the lens (hey, it's NOT an expensive watch), it was no worse for the wear. It does absolutely nothing else except keep time. Perfect.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shirt is great for several reasons: The L is a great fit for 6'3", 175 lbs. The material is comfortable against the skin and dries fast. The colors are super bright. And the antimicrobial treatment really does work. I took this on a boating trip and it was fine for several days. Finally, I know I run faster, hike longer, and boat better when I am wearing this.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shirt is great for cool weather running - or just a great long sleeve T to hang out in on cool days. It cuts the wind well and dries fast. The smooth material feels good against the skin. And it's cool looking. I hope it comes back in stock so I can get more colors. For most Norrona tops I wear a L (6'3, 175lb) but in this I feel I need a bit more room and went with the XL which seems about right.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I love Neff products so when I needed a new wallet I went with this. I was looking for something simple and basic and this seemed appropriate. It has plenty of space for credit cards and such stuff, has a zippered change pocket, and the bill compartment is zippered too (but not necessary IMO). It's a soft flexible material (good), and has a goofy graphic design (very good). For me, the problem is that it is too big, and maybe has few to many places to hold/hide stuff. I just don't carry that much stuff around. This is a trifold, and I should have gone for a bifold. But even with the trifold, each dimension could be cut down quite a bit and it would still hold everything you need. So I'll keep it, but I can't wait till I wear it out so I can look for something else a little more compact. It is pretty well built so that, unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) may be a while. If you like carrying around a bigger wad in your pocket, you'll love this. But for me, it just gets the job done and I'm too cheap to buy something else until I wear this out.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Great trail runner. Its not nearly as beefy as the Raptor and the sole will wear out faster, but this is an awesome shoe. So comfortable. The material drains and drys VERY fast. My favorite all around running and scrambling shoe. I've raced in it, gone down canyons, and slogged up rivers. If I am on my feet all day in nasty rocky terrain I don't feel this gives me quite what I need for underfoot protection, but I'm on my 3rd pair, so clearly it fits most of my needs. Feels light on the feet. There are a lot of good/fun shoes out there. I love the fact that the experience is different for each type of shoe I chose to run in on any day. But on most days I go for the helios! Also, I agree with other reviewers: This shoe runs a bit smaller - about a half size smaller than the Raptor.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

5 5

This chair is bomber! I bought it for my dad who has a lot of trouble getting in and out of chairs. This chair is really strong and stable. You don't sink down low, and you can put all your weight on the arm rests and the thing won't budge. It isn't the lights thing out there but not bad for 10 lbs. This is really comfortable to sit in. You sit upright and don't slink down and get all slumped up like a lot of folding chairs. My dad has it set up in the living room when we aren't on an outing because it is as comfortable and easy to get in and out of as any chair in the house. And for you out there, after a few beers following a hard day in the mountains, that's a good thing.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

150 five star reviews can't be wrong - and they aren't. I just bought my second. No, the first one did not die on me, but I use these so much I just need one to have in my car at all times. Just recognize this is really a one (or two) person stove and not meant to be used for serving up group meals. The stove itself is awesome - compact and gives a hot flame that quickly boils a couple of cups of water. I use it everywhere. It will serve all your purposes on a minimal gear trip. On bigger trips where gear is not a problem, its great for the early riser to have a pocket rocket to whip up a quick cup of tea or coffee before the gang gets up. I think it is the most convenient stove out there. the simple design makes it essentially maintenance free, IMO. On top of that it's really cool! The only thing I don't like is the use of non-refillable gas cartridges. But the convenience outweighs that.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on August 17, 2014

5 5

I don't like drinking electrolyte enhanced sports drinks of any type so these are a must for me on hot days. I generally take one, sometimes 2 with about every 20 oz of water. That, along with whatever I get from what I eat seems to keep the spirits up and the nausea at bay. I can't recall cramping u[p once since I started using these several years ago. They really can save the day. It's easy to keep the caps in a tiny plastic zip-lock and just grab out of your pocket when you need them.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got 300 miles on this shoe. I totally dig it. My feet are never tired after a run. With the combination of a thicker midsole of a softer material, high level of stability, the even wear, large toe box, and zero drop, Altra came up with a great shoe. This shoe shines in really rocky terrain.
The good: 1) Big toe box. My feet feel very natural in these shoes. My toes can spread out in a natural manner. The fit around the heel and top of the foot is good, no slipping or dead toenails. 2) Overall stability. This shoe is very stable. It has a pretty high degree of cushioning and compared to other shoes with a high level of cushioning, this is so much more stable. It wears very evenly, compared, say to Hokas , were the sole breaks down very quickly and unevenly (IMO). 3) Level of cushioning. This shoe has a thick, fairly soft midsole that provides a smooth ride. But I don't feel like I'm running in mush. The balls of my feet feel very protected. Although the material is fairly soft and amazingly comfortable, it shows very little compression after 300 miles - and any compression there is is evenly distributed. 4) Durability. After 300 miles, there is still a ton of life left in this shoe. The outer sole is made of a thin layer of denser material that wears well. 5) Zero drop. There are lots of claims out there about how zero drop is more natural, improves running mechanics, and lessens chance of injuries. I don't know enough to get involved in that discussion. But I do feel more nimble when I run barefoot. Zero drop provides me a better running experience 6) Gator trap. This shoe comes with a built in Velcro strap with an attached protective cover for use with standard trail gators. Awesome feature!
The bad: The material were the inner liner meets the outer upper material below the ankle is falling apart. There is either a material or manufacturing issue here - or both. I love the shoe but must fix that to get the 5th star.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote a review of on June 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wrote a review two days ago, that I have since deleted, where I trashed this food flask because I felt it did a poor job of keeping things warm compared to my 18 oz hydroflask that I use as my commuter mug - which I absolutely love. Upon further thought, something didn't seem right to me. They appear to be similarly manufactured and the food flask has a lower surface to volume ratio than my 18 oz flask, so it should actually insulate BETTER. What gives? So I did an experiment. After preheating both the 17 oz food flask and my 18 oz hydroflask, I filled them with boiling water, put on the lid, and ran up a mountain and meditated. 5 hours later I came down and measured the temperature. Lo and behold, the food flask registered a HIGHER temperature than my beloved hydroflask mug. So what's the deal? I can only figure that I don't heat my left over beef stew to the same high and uniform temperature as my pipin' hot coffee. I just had to believe the science and accept the fact that my original poor impression was based on ignorance. So now my revised review:
This is a good product if you want a warm lunch, whether it be half way through an epic ski tour or on a boring drive across the southern part of some un-mentioned state. But make sure you heat that potential lunch thoroughly and to a good temp. The flask is also really sturdy and will hold up to most abuse you can give it in the course of an awesome day. I doubt it is bullet proof or bomb proof, but if you send me a free sample I will joyfully perform another experiment.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote an answer about on May 20, 2014

Hey Chris,
I bought several pair of these a while back just for running. I think they are great and they are holding up well. I abuse them pretty bad. Stoic also makes a Merino trail crew that is slightly heavier, but I like the synth better. It's not a "cushy" sock, but for me that's fine.

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Patrick McMurtry wrote an answer about on May 14, 2014

Yo Marilyn,
I don't mean to stick my nose in other people's business, and I'd never doubt a BC.com gear guru (they are always right!), but in case you you are interested.... If the kind of water you are in involves walking in streams with lots of sand and small rocks for any distance, it's easy to get abrasions on your toes when wearing sandals. That's about the only case I'd recommend socks - but not your normal sock... In this case I'm a fan of neoprene socks to keep the debris out and also add a little warmth if your hiking down a cold wet canyon!

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Patrick McMurtry wrote an answer about on April 22, 2014

Hi Jason,
I have four different pair of Norrona pants (love 'em!), but not the Dri3. What I can say is that the size chart seems to more of a rough suggestion that is not consistent from style to style. The pants all have different cuts. In some a medium fits me well (I'm 6'3", 32-33 waist), and some I need (barely) a large. In some I swim in a large. In some the medium is too short, others just right. In some I can't get the right combo of length and waist. But they are awesome when you get the right fit but it's not an easy formula.
I'm not sure about the adjustable waist system of the dri3 (maybe a BC.com guy can clarify that), but in some of Norrona's other pants, the adjustable waist system works well for a good range. Bottom line - my experience is that you should try a L. And I'll bet that will be a good fit.

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