R.J. Gardner

R.J. Gardner

Gearhead

South Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City

R.J. Gardner's Bio

Backcountry.com's Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They're passionate outdoor experts passionate on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or slope. Follow adventures and exploits.

I grew up in Lake Tahoe. Live in Salt Lake City. I travel often to follow my passion for skiing. FOLLOW ME for stories about the places I go, the people I go with, and the things I do. For anything from gear to use on a trip to the best place to go around town to grab a cheap beer I’m around to help get you what you need for your next adventure whenever I’m not on one myself.


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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This shirt initially seemed a little more itchy than most of my merino stuff, but after a wash or two it has gotten better. Size appears fine to me, I'm 6'0" 165 lbs and got a large. I like my shirts a tad looser anyway, but this one fits well.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

I have a few of these in multiple sizes and love them. Haven't fully submerged one yet, but when I do I'll make sure the stuff in there isn't super sketchy with water, because I'm not 100% sure it would stay waterproof. Will report back when I do try it though!

Update: so I used one of these canyoneering last weekend, being fully submerged in Neon and Choprock canyons several times. the t-shirt smashed at the bottom of the bag had 2 damp spots on it, everything else was bone dry. Highly recommend!

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Other reviews and the description are pretty dead on. These aren't super stretchy like a drawstring sweatpant, they have a canvas feeling material with some nylon in them. I'm a bigger guy and the XL's were too tight on me, you are going to want to size up in these as the size chart posted gives pretty generous measurement estimates on waist. I got the XL's and they seemed to be around a 34 in the waist. If a XXL were available they would have been perfect. If you are looking for a roark pant that fits more true to size check out their drifter denim pant.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

Really like these board shorts. They've got a good material, little bit of stretch, everything you'd expect out of a board short. They come in just above the knee on me which is perfect, and the waist fits true to size. I will say that I thought the color would be more vibrant based on the photo but they are more of earth tones. The photo below by fourhorsemen posted in February of them hanging is the best representation of the color.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Awesome every day shirt! Very soft to the touch, yet still durable. I typically wear it under some of my thicker flannels for a little more comfort, or on it's own on summer days around the house. Overall it's a pretty basic every day shirt, but the material is nicer than most of my other shirts. Might buy a couple more in other colors.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

Really liking these jeans. It's hard to find that perfect pair sometimes, and when I do I usually end up buying several pairs. These were more of an experiment to try something outside the norm and I am just smitten with them. They are definitely a tailored fit as the description says, but they've got a decent amount of stretch to them and after a little break in time they get a little looser in the legs (which is nice if you are like me and have some skier thighs). If you are looking to branch out a little bit these are a good choice. I typically go with Levis 511's and these have a similar fit to them.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I really like this shirt. It runs a little slim in the body in the larger sizes, but not a ton. Material is nice and thick. I use it mostly in the fall, or with the sleeves rolled up on warmer summer days.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Pretty thin material, makes for a cool summer shirt. I'm a sucker for a pocket tee in a dark color with a long body. In the end this is the one that got away. For now I'll just curl up on the couch with a pint of chunky monkey and watch gossip girl just waiting for the right pocket tee to walk into my life.

Joking aside, it fit a bit slim in the body, so size up if you have any meat on your bones.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 320 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Fairly standard shirt when it comes down to it. Fits well, true to size, everything you'd expect in a shirt. The material is pretty soft. It's not overly thick, or thin, right in the middle, but it's soft to the touch.

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R.J. Gardnerwrote a review of on May 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

One of my favorite board shorts I've got. The closer doesn't have any velcro on it. There's a button that's not noticable, and a draw string to tie up and that's it, which is awesome. I don't get the pointy little edge of a velcro strap at the waist line poking me when I'm trying to have a beer in a hot tub. Not super short, comes it right above the knee, but definitely the new style that isn't all long and baggy. Good amount of stretch to them, quick dry, all that good stuff you come to expect in a board short nowadays.

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