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Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

From Snowbasin to the Adirondacks

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Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards wrote a review of on August 6, 2010

5 5

I must admit, I have never disliked a Smith product. The optics are among the best, and the warranty can't be beat. That said - I got these lenses through a warranty of an old pair, from which that the polarized covering had de-laminated.

On to the shades -- they're pretty lightweight, and they don't move around on my face. I don't know if the included lenses (clear and rose) will get much play, but they could be good if I'm biking at night. These are good for an all around pair of sport glasses that will stay on your head and block the sun, while providing an excellent field of view.

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Randall Edwards wrote a review of on May 13, 2010

5 5

Finally, a small that is a small! I tried on 10+ pair of "small" hiking pants (I'm a true 30/30) and these ones actually fit! They are fairly wind-proof, and very lightweight. Excellent wicking, and they don't smell if you need to wear them for 3 days straight on a rugged trek.

Well built, and they have not shown any signs of wear so far.

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Randall Edwards wrote a review of on May 13, 2010

3 5

I bought these with the intention of doing day hikes in them, from a town-base. It was probably my fault for thinking they would work for such a thing. They are more like "walking" pants. Would be just fine for going to brunch, standing on line waiting to get into churches, etc. But don't think you'll be taking them anywhere that you need some unrestricted movement.

The waist fits a little tight (at least for today's standard of over-sized pants). And the length is good. If you find you're a 30 in most everything, you might want the 32. They appear to be rugged, but I think they try to do too much. You could hike with them, in a pinch, but you will probably get pinched in all the wrong places for doing so.

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Randall Edwards wrote a review of on May 12, 2010

5 5

These pants are very abrasion resistant, and the ventilate well, while keeping in heat. I can go hiking when it starts about 40 degrees out and it gets to 75-80, and be comfortable the entire time.
These fit much slimmer than most hiking pants, and that is my main use for them. You can hike slot canyons and not worry about ripping/ tearing them.
The best part is the "stretch" material -- they are extremely free, I can put my legs anywhere and never feel like I'm wearing pants.
A plus.

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Randall Edwards wrote a review of on November 12, 2007

5 5

Ok - first things first: To come to this jacket I have owned three in the last four years, and tried on about 15. I have owned a Marmot Logan Jacket and a North Face Vortex for comparison. I was looking for something that 1) would keep me warm, 2) allowed a good range of motion, and 3) look good enough that I could wear it around town. To these things: warmth -- I have always been skeptical of down jackets, but I can't even tell it is goose down. The jacket functions as a soft shell, but has an extremely warm, light layer of down. This eliminates the bulk of 3 in 1 jackets. Fit - because the jacket insulates with light down, I can move around, something I could not do with a 3 in 1. Although not as roomy as some gore-tex shells w/ light insulation, the pit zips don't constrict my arms, and the length is excellent for skiing short-hike powder. Looks - it looks good: good color matching, and a multitude of pockets for stashing everything you could want.

At 100-200 dollars cheaper than goretex shells, and the same price (with MUCH better functionality) than 3 in 1 jackets, this is the jacket if you ski hard in the big resorts.

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