Wasatch Mountains, Central Oregon Cascades
I've got another pair of CW-X compression but they are just too hot for warm days. These are great - good ventilation and excellent support. Never feel too hot on warm days. Great for long runs and all day skiing or hiking outings.
Nothing real fancy here - just functional and durable. After a stuff sac for my 3-person tent wore out, I got this as a replacement. Most notable is that it is wearing well and has taken a lot of abuse. Straightforward, no gimmicks. Just like it should be.
In my search for a great running sock I bought the stoic synthetic sock based on some great BD.com reviews. I was not disappointed. But wanting something with a little more cushioning for some occasions I gave the Merino will version a try. Really happy with it. The upper is thin (who needs that to be thick?) But the foot has about the right about of material. Great sock. I have found my new go-to brans for socks. Like I mention in my synth sock review the sizing is a bit confusing. They size their socks in S/M, M/L, L/XL. What the heck does that mean? I found it to mean choose the latter size if that is what you wear. That is, if you usually wear a L, choose the M/L. I think it is also gimmicky that they come in a L/R pair. I don't find that useful but does not distract from my 5 * rating.
I have been looking for a decent pair of reasonably priced socks since the quality of ex-favorite sock declined. Tried these out based on the reviews and have come back to order more. These really hold up well to running and hiking. They are fairly thin but provide more padding than expected and their breathability is noticeably good. Super comfortable. If find the L/R fitting a bit unnecessary as not matter what foot I pout the sock on it feels great. The labeling on the sizing is kind of odd in that they come in S/M, M/L, L/XL. I always take a L in socks (11.5 shoe size) and in this brand the M/L is perfect! HIGHLY recommended!
This is by far the stretchiest and most pliable soft-shell I have owned. Not exactly what I expected and a little put off at first, but glad I gave it a chance. I find it great for running in really cold weather with another layer underneath. Breathes well and does a good job of cutting wind. Also practical under a bigger shell when out in the back country as you can shed the shell and just use this as an outer layer when the going gets warm. Also a nice jacket to throw on on a cool day when headed out to the store or around town. Besides the two zippered "hand warmer" pockets zippered chest pocket, there is an inside zippered pocket that is nice and practical. Other reviewers have noted the long long arms, but I find that feature nice - you can reach up and stretch out and the sleeves won't ride up on your arm. I generally find myself in between L and XL for jackets to get the length and sleeves right. In this jacket a L is plenty big.
I've been on a quest to find a substitute for Darn Tough socks since their quality has clearly recently declined (i.e, the last three pairs of Darn Tough I bought have disintegrated after a few runs). I've been running in a few pairs of these for a few months and they are holding up well. They are thinner than the styles I have worn in the past, but quite comfortable on longer runs/hikes and keeping my feet happy. A key thing I find is that there is no stitching in the areas of highest wear - like the toes - which is a big plus (hey, Darn Tough - are you listening?). Nice even fit in all the different shoes I wear. I prefer something a little thicker, but these are doing the job.
I really love these shoes. OK, Sanuk calls them sandals, but to me they are shoes - although the fit is probably somewhere in between. The bright colors are, well, BRIGHT and fluorescent! But most important, they are super comfortable. They take just a little bit of breaking in, but after a day or two you can slide in out and of these with no problem. If you don't like bright colors or getting compliments on your shoes, these are not for you. If you think there needs to be more color in the world and that this place needs a little more brightness, then these should be your next purchase!
This is one of the best made and comfortable pants I own. A typical pant uses two piece of material for each leg. Norrona uses four in this pair. Plus there is additional cut and stitching at the top front and bottom back of the knee. The result is an amazing fit that moves with you. As another reviewer pointed out, the front pockets are a bit shallow, but I personally like that for casual wear - and for outdoor use I don't like anything things bouncing in the front pockets. The zippered thigh pocket is functional and adds to the "look". There is also a button thigh pocket and a zippered "pocket watch" pocket in the left front pocket - great for a key or I.D. My feeling is the sizing is a bit large. I am 6'3" and 175 and the medium is a great fit. I think the length runs a bit long as in most brands a "medium" would be way to short - and maybe a bit tight. But this in medium fits me well. I'd be swimming in a large. Awesome pair of pants. Norrona doesn't seem to be completely consistent in their sizing between different styles of pants. In general I'd size down one size, but that isn't always the case.
I'm taking back my 5 stars I gave in previous reviews of Darn Tough socks. I used to consider Darn Tough the BEST. But my last 4 pair of Moreno have come undone at the seam at the top front of the sock. I am still wearing Darn Tough socks 3 years old and they are doing great. But every pair I have bough in the past year seems inferior. What's going on? I hate to trash a brand I used to love, but maybe they will make things right again. I can see maybe one bad pair, but 4 out of the last 4 while my old ones keep going strong? Is it just me?
This color practically glows in the dark. Nice!
Tried on several minimum models and found the MT1010 had a similar fit and feel to the MT10. But I accidentally ordered the M1010. Kind of a pleasant mistake as I use this shoe on all my pavement running. It feels stable with plenty of room in the toe box. I ordered the grey/yellow and it is BRIGHT! Like glow in the dark bright. I like it. Also fun shoe on the trails. Makes this old man feel nimble - until some young gun comes floating by me!
The material of this shirt is great - soft, wicks well, dries fast. Not "slippery" like some tech shirts. Probably the most comfortable T-shirt I own. This seems to be the same material as the classic Goat-T which I also have. The teal is an awesome color. Just like the Goat-T, I would say this runs slightly, but only slightly large. I don't like a skin tight shirts, need the shoulders to be wide enough, but don't want to wear a baggy tent. At 6'3" and 175 lb the L is a perfect fit.
I had to have the Goat T. Several reviews comment on sizing. My view is it is a slightly large fit, but not much. Usually a L in a T is a bit small in the shoulders and an XL too bulky for my size (6'3", 175 lb). In the Goat T the L is a perfect fit. The material is supersoft and comfortable. Great for hiking. To me, much better feel than those "slippery" tech materials that some shirts are made of. And besides, it's cool to be seen wearing the goat.
Lindsey, I put a Camelbak valve on the tube of my Nathan HPL #020 hydration vest and it works great. I just pulled it off an older Camelbak reservoir I had when the Nathan valve broke. (The Nathan valve is a DAKINE valve and, in my opinion, is pretty worthless.) The Camelbak valve I put on was not the Big bit valve. It was one with an insert that slides into the tube. It works great so I am guessing the inside diameters of the Nathan and Camelbak must be pretty close - close enough that the Camelbak valve fits snuggly with no issues.
Really comfortable after a day on the trail, around the home, or around town. These are about my favorite lounging shorts. I don't use them much for serious activities, partly because an elastic waist (without a drawstring) is not my favorite big activities and partly because I seem to fall between sizes. With a 32" waist the large is a bit to big and I find the medium too tight (so I have the large). With an elastic waist I can't tighten it down. Large is great for hanging out and fine for walking around with just a wallet, but if I try to carry more in my pockets or am doing more strenuous stuff, they slip around a bit. But this won't be my last pair since for wearing around town or around the camp they are great - really comfortable. And they have a really good variety in colors!
I love this jacket. At 6'3" and 175 I have trouble finding jackets that both fit in length but aren't too big around the trunk. This has a nice fit. It rides about waist high and is not bulky. Quite warm. The 800 down fill is great for warmth and minimizing bulk. Packs up small.Love it around town for cold days and is always great to have in camp. I like it so much I bought my dad one. And he is stoked!
Darn Tough used to be my favorite sock. They have a nice tight weave and lasted (at least they used to) forever! But there seems to be a real change in quality as the seam near the front of the foot has unfrayed in my last three pairs within two times of wearing the sock. That's true for three of my last three pairs - while the ones I bought two years ago are still going strong. What happened to your QC???? What a shame and disappointment. Darn Tough, you had me for life, but appears you took that for granted. It is with regret that I must move on. Not sure you will ever get me back.
This is the exact bite valve that came with my nathan hydration vest. Exactly this - which I unfortunately didn't know until I purchased this as a replacement for the valve that leaked when I bough my Nathan vest. Within two weeks of using it leaked like crazy and had to be left in the "off" position except when drinking. Even then it sucked in lots of air when drinking. It is made up of at least 4 different molded parts - way to complicated. What were the designers thinking? Even when it is not working it takes two hands to open and close the valve. Of course, if it didn't leak you could just leave it open. I replaced it with a camelbak valve. Save yourself some frustration - give this valve a pass.
Complete collapse of the heal after well less than 100 miles
I've heard so many great things about Hoka that I had to try them - thought they might help my arthritic knees. The first 20 miles they felt awesome - really fun on rocky downhills. But well before 100 miles the right heel had totally collapsed and parts of the outsole had started to rip off. They were absolutely unrunable well before 100 miles. I don't know how a shoe that cost well over $1/mile to run in can be recommended to anyone. And some people had told me that these shoes were economical because of their long life. I guess you can't expect much endurance from a shoe that is made of such soft material.
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