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Patrick McMurtry

Patrick McMurtry

Wasatch Mountains, Central Oregon Cascades

Patrick McMurtry's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Skiing

Patrick McMurtry's Bio

I spent the first half of my life playing basketball. When the body slowed down and the young folks started blowing by me, I limped off the court and wandered outdoors where I started trail running, kayaking, and ski touring - with a few other outdoor activities thrown in. Getting older has been good - it has gotten me out of the gym and into the mountains.

Patrick McMurtry

Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on May 24, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First time I used this pump, after a few pumps, the valve got stuck and I was pulling on a vacuum. I banged it around a bit and got it working, only to stick again. I walked my bike home, asked for an RMA and won't look at this brand again. Maybe it was a one-time fluke thing on this one pump, but in my whole life I never had a pump fail like this. In 55 years I've only replaced pumps because I either lost them, had them stolen, or run over them with my car! 'nuff said.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on May 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just bought my second pair of these pants. The first pair is still in great shape after 3 years of pretty heavy use. I ear these more than any other single piece of clothing - seriously. Norrona clothing is really well thought out. This pant shines for cool weather backpacking and warmer weather skiing. I bike in them too when its cool, and they allow a good range of motion, with a velcro strip at the ankle to keep any loose material out of your chain. They are incredibly durable, showing almost no wear after 3 years. Beside special uses for backpacking and skiing, I take these with me everywhere - all camping trips, awesome for travel, and also great for just wearing around town. They hold their brilliant color after 100's of washing. The large would fit me a bit better if I were about 10 lb heavier, but the adjustable waist still allows a fine fit (I have the adjustment set for the smallest fit in the waist). Love the bright colors. My first pair was blue, and this time I got the green.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on May 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There have been a few times when I have left the house and had to reach up to make sure I put this helmet on. It's way comfortable in the best way - you literally forget you have it on. Combine that with easy adjustability for a perfect fit, and you have everything you need in a bike helmet. Great price for a really good helmet.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on May 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a real fan of the Olympus - wide toe box, thick sole, zero drop,... It all makes for a really comfortable long distance shoe. The outsole wears incredibly well for a soft material. My only complaint with the 1.0 was that the upper material wore out VERY fast compared to the rest of the shoe - the shoe fell apart with a lot of miles left in the sole. After a couple of hundred miles in the 1.5 I am not anticipating that as a problem. The lug pattern and design is not very aggressive, but I prefer that for the vast majority of my running and I have never had any traction problems. Glad to see Altra listened to the main complaint of the 1.0. There's still some tweaking to do as other reviewers noted and we each have our own personal preferences. This isn't the only shoe I regularly wear on the trails, but I'm giving five stars because now because it's the best fitting shoe for my foot shape and I'm getting everything I've asked from this specific shoe.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty much all a wallet needs to do is hold the cash and cards and not be too cumbersome. This wallet is a bit on the heavy and big side, but I still give it five stars for the total coolness factor. It's plastic, which is cool. It's somewhat transparent, which is also kind of cool. But it seems like every time I pull this out at the store, I get awesome compliments: really cool wallet; where'd you get that; that's awesome. Since I rarely get those kind of comments on my own, I'm eternally grateful! I just saw the wallet is now out of stock. That's a crying shame to all us attention seekers who have no talent of our own to show off.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My hands get super cold. I usually have to wear mittens in any kind of chilly weather. I still do. But these are probably the best gloves I have had. I can wear them in below freezing weather (not much more though), and they have held up great. I've had them about a year. I run in them, bike in them, set up camp in the winter in them. Super pleased.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For all day comfort and mistake-proof rolling, I think the bent shaft paddle is the way to go. This is my second. Even with the fiberglass blade, this paddle is very light, and has great power. I can't imagine every going back to a straight shaft paddle. My other has the carbon blade. You save some $$ with the fiberglass blade and I feel no less performance.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on April 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With the different thickness linings and an adjustment strap at the back of the head, this easily adjusts for the best fit I have ever had in kayak helmet. The design of the head strap is such that it easily reverses so you can were it "backwards." That's a bit quirky, kind of weird, but cool all the same. This is my 3rd kayak helmet and by far the most comfortable and secure fit.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So these are called snowboard socks? That made me want to get them to just show I am a rebel skier! Anyhow, I really dig these. They have all sorts of bells and whistle that I thought I would not care about. Specifically, they have great support. I actually love the band around the instep. It seemed weird when I first put the sock on, but it feels, oh, so good. And true to advertising, the sock never bunches up. I also love to ski in a sock that comes over my calf. This does that and never slips down. Honestly, I think the left-right sock thing is stupid, but if I don't put it on right it freaks me out. The only problem with Stance socks it that they have super cool designs, but no one can see them. So be sure to walk around in the house with these without shoes on - and preferably in shorts. I think I might run in them this spring and show some style.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Retainers are retainers, right? There are several brands on the market so just get the cheapest, eh? Here's some reason to go with these chums:
1) You can tighten them right up so no matter how extreme your head movement is (e.g., dancing to Daft Punk around the campfire), your glasses will stay on.
2) They come in lots of colors. And if you don't care about color and fashion, do your friends a favor - get some color.
3) I can't honestly say why, but I've tried several other brands and have come back to chums for good.
That's about all I have to say about that.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Smart wool makes so many socks with so many names who can begin to keep track of 'em. IMO, their "Trekking Heavy" is about their heaviest sock - at least that I have tried. Normally I would NEVER want a sock this heavy. However, this serves the PERFECT purpose for me. I have an old, used to the max pair of backcountry ski boots with trashed liners. While I buy the latest and greatest jackets and pants, I'm too cheap, or at least don't see the point, to invest in new boot liners. Hey, nobody sees them so why invest good $$? Anyhow, these socks provide a great extra cushioning and fill for old liners. They can extend the life for, well, in my case, years. And on top of that they are just rad socks in that at the end of the day your feet feel great and there is no totally obnoxious stick. If you like to hike around in warm, heavy socks, get these. Or if you are like me and want to keep from spending mucho $$ on new liners, get these. In either case you will be pleased.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought these socks for my dad. The dude is 80 years old and when I looked though his sock drawer he had, like 8 pairs of nasty, trashed socks. So I bought him a stash of socks. Holy crap, man, he loves these! And in 83 years, I'm guessing he has worn a lot more pair of socks than most people reading this review. Here's what he had to say. "These socks are so comfortable. I love the fact that they breath so well. The material over the top of the foot really breaths well. They hug my foot in a way that was only matched by that little lady who comforted me in the depths of the Korean war!" Listen to your elders. I even got excited about the sock. In my opinion its a bit heavy, even for a "medium weight" and I prefer socks that go just above the ankle. But listen to my dad, in hindsight his advice has been spot on. Oh yeah, and he wears a size 14 shoe and the XL was perfect.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on February 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Since I am the first to review this jacket, I have to believe it is the most under-rated jacket on the market. Patagonia, NorthFace, Marmot,.. get lots of love but for the purpose I am looking for, everything about this jacket is great! The down is contained in small quilted squares (don't know how else to describe it) so it is always very uniform. The 800-fill is great quality for insulating power. It is SUPER light - the shell may not hold up to a bullet (but I haven't experienced that), but I WANT LIGHT! For these reasons, this is the jacket that goes on all my backpacking trips, is always stowed in my ski pack, and is with me on just about every outdoor adventure. The only time I don't take this is when I expect to be in arctic conditions. If you like lots of pockets, forget it. This has two hand warmers without zips and that's it. But I carry nothing in my jackets anyway so that's no issue for me. It isn't a real heavy jacket and doesn't have the insulation to hold up to zero and below temps and doesn't have a hood. For me, this is a standalone jacket when a beanie is sufficient or as a layer under a shell when I'm waiting for friends on the top of a freezing windy ridge. I tried on about 15 jackets at BC.com's West Valley outlet, and for its weight and insulation, this one spoke to me way more than any other. I'm not a big build (6'3", 175) and this was perfect in a size L. If you are serious about trying out jackets to get the best one for you, you should definitely give this one a try. It's great around town too, but since I have a jacket fetish, I've got a different one for that!

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Patrick McMurtrywrote a review of on September 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every person needs at least 6 jackets: down parka, heavy duty ski shell, ultralight windbreaker, a nice synthetic for cool mornings and around town, a cool soft-shell just because, and a great light windproof, breathable, waterproof jacket for all-weather running and other all-weather aerobic activities.
The bitihorn Dri1 is just about the perfect lightweight all weather jacket for running. At 7.5 oz it may not be considered an "ultra-light" but it is very light, takes up little space, and gives the protection you need in a massive downpour or running all day in a snowstorm. It's great for running and the perfect shell for backpacking. It's just substantial enough to make you feel like you have something that will hold up to good use in nasty conditions. I've have experience in all conditions and this jacket gets it right! The hood tightens with an elastic drawstring from the back. I find it works best with a brimmed hat underneath. It has two massive pit zips to dump extra heat - very nice. I find this material better breathing and more water resistant than gore tex. There's no science behind that, just my gut feel after experience with both. This was the first Norrona product I ever bought, and started my love affair with this brand. 5 stars for being a waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket that rocks the trails.

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Patrick McMurtrywrote 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 McMurtrywrote 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 McMurtrywrote 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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