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Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheeler

Brighton, PCMR, Lands of Utah

Rich Wheeler's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Surfing

Rich Wheeler's Bio

Shredding!

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

If you're looking for a down vest, I think this one is a great option. With the 700 fill down, it'll keep you warm while still being able to be layered under a shell on a cold day. The vest also has 2 zip pockets, as well as bottom cinch. Size wise, I am 5'11", 165lbs, 38" chest and the Medium was great.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this bag about 6 times now and am thoroughly impressed. Going from a 20F synthetic to this 0F down is life changing. The coldest I've slept in this bag is 20F, and I was very warm.

Otherwise, the bag zips well, as long as you are careful. It's a non issue for me.

If you're looking for a more rugged down bag (40D nylon) and don't need the ultra packability or weight requirement of an ultra light bag, I think this bag is ideal.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on October 14, 2014

5 5

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

I'm impressed. This flannel is soft to the touch and fits great. It has a slightly slim/long fit to it. I am 5'11", 165lbs and the Medium fit me well. I like a regular fit. If you like it snug, I probably would have gone small

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first I thought this towel felt a little thin, but then I got used to it. I actually enjoyed the thickness because water absorption was great, but it dried faster and folded smaller for packing it in a bag. Colors didn't run and the towel served me well all summer long

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Size wise, I am 5'11", 155lbs and found the Large to fit best. I also tried on a Medium, which would fit as a street jacket, but didn't have the range of motion I like.

This jacket is like a 2:1. You get the polyfill outer with a built in cotton flannel inner. Overall it makes for a decently warm jacket. Wear this with a hoodie underneath (another reason I went large), and you better hope it is in the 20s. Otherwise you'll be sweating your face off.

I can't say enough great things about this jacket. Comes with two buttoned chest pockets and 2 hidden zipper side pockets. One of the hidden pockets has a media pocket with a small hole for running headphones internally.

DWR wise the waterproofing is get for slightly wet conditions. While it isn't "waterproof" I didn't have to worry about snow melting on me and then into the jacket. It just repelled off and stayed dry.

Only possible downside with this jacket, which overall I don't mind at all, is it opens and closes with real buttons. It isn't as quick as snaps, but they do look good. Overall the holes break in and it isn't a big deal.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am 5'11", 155lbs and I found the Large to be the right size. I tried on the medium as well, but it restricted movement. Overall, I think this jacket serves 2 purposes, one well and one ok:

The good:

If you need a light layer for under your shell. This jacket will insulate well under a shell. Overall it is pretty thin, so it won't get in the way. It also makes a great lightweight standalone for skating etc.

The OK:

As a light stand alone jacket. This does have a DWR coating, which combined with the polyester outer will shred water ok. I won't call it waterproof, but its ok. My problem with this application is that this jacket is very thin, compared to similar option. It also has no zippered pockets for iphone, keys etc. If I'm out skating that is all good, but for riding I need that protection. I think for the extra $10 in price, the 32 Anchor Joe Sexton jacket destroys this one. It is warmer, has multiple zips, medium pockets etc, and just feel higher quality. This is why I am giving this jacket 3 stars. I've seen the other options and this one doesn't quite match up.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not all balaclavas are created equally. Some are stiff while others are made of plastic acrylics. This one is different. It is stretchy merino wool and very soft. It is also one size fits all. I found mine to hold up well over the past year. Overtime it broke in to my head size (larger than normal). It is on the thick side for extra warmth, which should be a factor if you are layering under a helmet. About as thick as a 100 weight fleece fabric would be.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

If you are in search of a great general use shirt/base layer, look no further than this top. The merino is soft and doesn't itch. It also breathes extremely well. Care wise, it is important to remember to hang dry these. It keeps them in great shape, longer.

As far as sizing, I am 5'11", 155lbs, 32" waist etc and the medium fit well for more of an underlayer fit. If I were to wear it casually, I might go to a larger size, purely for a little extra length.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on November 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my go to pants for this season. Feature wise, I like that these have 5 pockets, all of which are zippered. They also have extra long legs. I don't have exact measurements, but I know I hate it when the legs are too short. For reference, I am 5'11", 155lbs and went Medium. I could have probably fit small in the waist, but I like a little room for layering.

Otherwise, the fabric on these pants in easy to move around in. The fit is slim, but not nut hugging tight like some other pants.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One thing I can't stand when riding are noise canceling ear bids. For this reason I have almost exclusively used ipod/iphone ear buds for the past few years. When my last pair fell apart I needed a replacement and tried these out. They sound just as good and fit well too. A great replacement. If you hate noise canceling like me, get a pair.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Arcteryx Theta jackets run, in general, longer than Alphas or Betas. For someone with a long torso, this makes them the ideal fit. The fit also works great as a crossover piece for skiing, as well as other outdoor pursuits. I have a couple different Thetas, and I find the AR to be exactly what its initials mean. It is the All Around jacket.

Fit wise, I am 5'11", 155lbs and found the medium to fit best. It still had room for layering as well.

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