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Phil wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I guided in several boats from Necky over the course of several years. I really like how the seats have become more comfortable. The "cushioning"has gone from hard plastic to something similar to Croc shoes. The thigh braces are made of the same material as the seat. It is nice!

This boat is well equipped for overnight or multi day adventures. The dry hatches are pretty nice sized. Sometimes you have to be crafty in how you pack the boats. There are several nice bungie cords on the top of the boat that allow for on top storage. The boat has a lip around the cockpit for use of a spray skirt.

I found this boat is pretty easy to right. I am a fan of the length. At 14 feet, the slender design worked well in small swell. The boats rudder does a great job at keeping you in the right direction.

The plastic holds up well to abuse. I worked around oyster beds and they have the potential to do some damage.

I am 6'0" and 155 and I really liked how the pedals that work the rudder could be adjusted. There is plenty of room in this boat for me to sit comfortable and I could even fit stuff between my legs inside the boat.

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Phil wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have lots of experience revolving around these fun, stable boats. The boats are great for calm to very mild water turbulence. They blow around easily and can be a bit top heavy in high winds. These boats can be carried. Dragging them can easily wear through the plastic. I have seen them punctured, but it took quite a wollop to put a hole in the plastic. The boats hold up well to oyster beds.

I recommend these boats for leisure paddling in bays, on lakes/ponds, and in calm ocean waters.

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Phil wrote an answer about on December 12, 2012

This sleeping pad does have more girth than a Prolite,1.5 more inches more. It does have a tapered design that would help fit inside a bivy, although I cannot answer this accurately without knowing which model of MH bivy. The NeoAir is a little more "fragile" than the Prolite. It may not be the best option for not sleeping on "good ground". You may want to look at a combo of your Prolite with a Thermarest Ridge-Rest Solar Sleep Pad or a Ridge-Rest SOLite. The closed foam pad will insulate you well and is more durable than an inflatable pad.

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Phil wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pants are cut clean and look professional. They do not have any extra baggage or flare. Smooth lines; tailored to impress with function and fashion.

The fit is pretty relaxed, some may say baggy. I am 6' and 155, tall and slender and I wear the Medium. I utilize the Velcro adjusters inside the pants, and must (must!) use a belt because the snaps will not hold. If I am not careful, I walk on the heels of the pants because they are pretty long. This is only a problem when I wear the pants with street shoes. The length is perfect while wearing ski boots. The gaiters hold the pant in place on the hike uphill.

I have used these pants during most of the ski months. The zippers on the side used in dumping heat are great, and allow for easy up and down motion (two zippers are a must in all pants).

I recommend these pant to any skier who likes to get down and dirty in the snow. The shape and cut of the pants allow the wearer to kneel and bend over without sacrificing any movement.

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Phil wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Working on year 3 with this jacket.

I wear the Medium (6' and 155, tall/slender) and feel like the fit is excellent. If my hands get cold I can cover them with the slight extra material in the arms, basically because the material is a bit stretchy.

I have no problems with material pilling. The elbows have lost some of their fluff, but the material is still as soft as the rest of the fleece. This is a great jacket! I recommend it to everyone.

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Phil wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

Green is Good
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this jacket. I am 6' and 155. I bought a medium, and it fits great: sleeves not too long, plenty of room in the neck area, and comes far enough down my back that I can bend over and pick up something with out catching a draft. I can wear a Synchilla Fleece under it and it fits fine or I can wear a lighter weight fleece/down jacket. If you do not layer it with something, there is quite a bit of room to fill. The jacket is pretty stiff out of the bag, but breaks in after a season or use. The stiffness, in this case, is a testament to the durability of the material. The jacket is purely a ski jacket, the powder skirt is not removable.

Pro:
*strong material, can take a snag from a tree many times over
*beads water nicely
*roomy fit, but not baggy
*when I close the wrist guards, there is still a little Velcro to work with
*light weight and packs down pretty well when not in use

Con:
*difficult to cinch the waist drawstrings, you have to unzip the pockets to get to the string.
*quite a bit of room inside
*no two-way zipper for the main zipper

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Phil wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

4 5

These North Face shoes/boots are great for getting you comfortably from the coffee pot to the car and up to the hill for a good day of pow turns. The shoes are comfortable and are great for basic to and from travel. I would not recommend them for any activities more strenuous than shoveling your car free in the morning (or telling your kids to shovel the car) or shoveling the car free from a powder day at your favorite resort.

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Phil wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

5 5

So, the Mazoola Shorts I purchased do not have a fishbone weave (I think). The pockets are all Velcro. And there is no drawcord.

The material is super supple, it has a very broken-in feel. The material is 97% cotton, 3% spandex and provides just enough stretch. I recommend these to all who are on a super lounge kick this summer and the next, and the next.

Kavu shorts last years!

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Phil wrote a review of on June 21, 2012

Great, smooth material
4 5

Stoked about the material and feel!
Pockets are a bit too small for my hands, and just about most things besides a $20 and your drivers license (let your friend hold the keys).
Lots of small pockets for small things. One of the pockets inside another pocket could use a bit more stitching...the top flap needs to be secured to the shorts. Note the photo. I flipped the material out so everyone can see. Easy fix for those who know how to put sew on a button.

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Phil wrote a review of on June 14, 2012

4 5

I did use mine until the constant folding caused a weak spot that turned into a hole. I have several, because they are honestly great bottles. The one that broke I had used for three weeks solid, every day at work. I could carry it in my back pocket while I worked. When the bottle is filled, the water maintains a good shape. When the bottle is empty, it can be folded into my back pocket.

Like all reviews before this one, I like that the bottles are collapsible. These are great for ski touring. If it is near your core, you can pull it out and sip without having to worry about frozen drinks. Mine did not fail at a seam, but in the middle of the bottom of the bottle. Weird place to break, but it did see heavy use!

Cheap prices. If your careful you can easily get your money's worth.

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Phil wrote a review of on June 14, 2012

2 5

I could not keep these boots. The toe box was not comfortable. My toes could not move much. I like to have some movement, a little curl and the chance to lift them. I was bummed because I have the Salewa Mountain Trainer shoe and I was able to make the toe box function by tinkering with the lace system.

Awesome looking boots. I wish they fit me! Not recommended for me. Bummer.

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Phil wrote a review of on June 14, 2012

4 5

As stated in Tatra's review, the shoes do seem to have a narrow and long foot box. I placed some newly purchased insoles over the insoles that came out of the shoes to line them up and trim them. When I cut the insoles I left a bit of overlap so that I did not cut them too short. Sure enough with the extra length, I still cut them too short. Luckily I was able to make it work. These shoes do have some issues in the toe box area. I have a narrow foot. The bottom of the laces grommets seemed to be pinching too closely to the soles, leaving me with my toes feeling compressed. With a little tinkering, I was able to make the lace system work for me. The suede should give a little over time. I can see where Tatra says you might roll your ankle because the foot does rest immediately over the sole. The sole could be a bit wider to accommodate better under foot coverage. When I stepped near a rock and the rock pushed against the shoe, there was no great reassurance that there was enough padding to cushion the impact. These are not good shoes for feet with wide feet or who do not like a little snug in the toes.

What I do like about these shoes is that with the rubber surrounding the soles is going to hold up to all those nasty talus fields I need to cross to get to the top of the mountain. I like that around camp I can keep the shoes loose, almost untied, and still maintain comfort while wearing them. I like that the shoes have a connected tongue. The shoes are kinda like socks, if you will. They are easy to slip on and can be worn with variable snugness thanks to the awesome lacing system.

I wore these without the factory insoles and only with some grey Sole insoles, and felt everything I stepped on. Maybe the Sole insoles are too thin. But when I put the factory insoles back in, I was so much more comfortable. These are great shoes for mountain walking....not good for mountain running.

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