Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheeler

Brighton, PCMR, Lands of Utah

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Shredding!

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Rich Wheeler

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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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on August 13, 2013

5 5

After wrecking a Nixon in the water, I wanted something less expensive that wouldn't disappoint me with its waterproofing. After searching around, I decided on the Freestyle Leash Shark. This watch brings back youthful memories of snap bracelets and wrist fanny packs. It is a cool wrist accessory and it does what it is supposed to do: tell time, date, and other functions in an efficient fashion.

Other notes I would make is that the velcro works. I was skeptical at first. The only downside would be the awkward back light. It is cool in a retro way, but not incredibly functional. I have posted a picture of it on.

All said, I would recommend this watch for anyone who either like the looks of it or needs a less expensive water watch.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on August 13, 2013

5 5

I like this hat. I have the desert blue and it basically looks how it does in the pictures. One cool feature is that the back strap is leather instead of the normal nylon

Fit wise, this hat run on the medium to shallow side.

In addition the blue is 100% cotton, made in bangladesh

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This piece is basically a 1mm neoprene top in the front and back, and a rash guard in the sides and arms. It will give you a little bit more warmth than a standard rash guard.

One thing I really liked on this is the length. This is a few inches longer than other rash guards I have used. In addition, there is zipper closure in the back and the bottom hem is pretty solid, to keep this from riding up on you.

Fitting seemed true to size

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put these on a single speed road bike and they work great. They are incredibly light weight and the install was pretty easy. You can install them for easy on/off, or do a more permanent install with zip ties.

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I liked the fabric on these shorts. It uses a stretchy slightly heavier fabric. The weight is nice, because the shorts feel substantial. The sublimated graphic is pretty sharp as well.

Other important notes is that these come down to above the knee. They are more of a vintage fit. Waist was true to size

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Rich Wheeler wrote a review of on June 29, 2013

5 5

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

I picked these up in the Taupe Canvas color. Overall I would say they are a hair darker than how they look in the picture here. Size wise, I normally wear a 9.5. Knowing these were canvas, I knew they would stretch. I ended up sizing down to a 9 and it was the right decision for me.

Otherwise, these are extremely comfy. They break in after a couple days and fit perfect from that moment onward.

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