Rick S

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Smokeys, Cumberland Gap, underground, and occasionally the deep south.

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Rick S wrote a review of on April 20, 2013

3 5

I initially had high hopes for these Keens. I normally wear light hikers with more mixed materials, but I wanted to give these a try. At first they worked really well. Very little break in and pretty comfortable out of the box. During the summer months they only went on one 12 mile trip, and I used trail runners for most of the hot weather trips. Through the Fall and Winter day hikes and few camping trips, and last weekend a trip to the Smokys. Unfortunately, when I got home and started cleaning them I noticed that both boots were starting to delaminate next to the sole. One on the inside edge, one on the outside. After some thought I realized they had less than 100 miles on them, which is less than half of what my old La Sportivas lasted. I'm going to send them back and try something else. I still love my Keen Newports though.

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Rick S wrote a review of on July 20, 2012

5 5

It took awhile to find an insulating jacket that fit my needs. Marmot Cauldron, too loose. Patagonia UL Down, warm but funky translucent didn't lend itself to work wear. Arcteryx Atom LT, not as warm as expected. Then I found this gem and love it. Fit is consistent with other Patagonia jackets. It's warm, light, and doesn't sacrifice duarability. All a great jacket that I look forward to having for many more years.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

Kathy,
As long as the seat provides ample support when you lean back it should be fine. Sit On Tops have different systems and it's hard to say what would be "correct" for your boat. If you can comfortably paddle from it's current location I wouldn't worry about it.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

For this boat I would suggest a Harmony Clearwater Spray skirt. I'm not sure what size but it's easy to reference.

http://www.backcountry.com/harmony-clearwater-ttd-spray-skirt

As for paddles it's all a matter of how much you want to spend. Most of the lower end beginner paddles are comparable.

The only other accessories I would suggest is a dry bag for whatever you want to bring that won't fit in the hatch and most definitely a PFD (life jacket) of your desired style.

If this helps please Thumbs Up. Thanks.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

Yes the pants are essentially rain pants you wear over your shorts or pants. They match the North Face Venture jacket which is one of their base shells.

As for going up a size I would stick with what you normally wear because they are designed to be layered and TNF tends to run a little large anyways.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on July 14, 2011

I have the stacker (different model but essentially the samething) and use it with none whitewater boats. The only issue is if your boat is particular tall...as in ground to top measurement...you may not be able to stack as many boats together. I'd say on an Outback 3 kayaks would be no problem. If this helped please Thumbs Up. Thanks.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on July 14, 2011

It will definitely fit between the bars if that what you're concerned with. My family has a Tucson and Santa Fe and with this being 35 inches wide I'm sure the Santa Fe can handle it. Most of these type of products have adaptable mounts. Hope this helps. If it does please thumbs up. Thanks

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Rick S wrote a review of on July 14, 2011

5 5

As a camp counselor I was all about the Chacos...that was until after a few days of wearing my Z2's my feet became really sore. Over the last few months this problem had come up more and more as I would wear my Chacos Fri-Sun and have sore feet until Wednesday. I had also grown tired of stubbing my toes and the occasional blister. With a friends suggestion I tried out the Newport H2's. So far so good. They fit like a glove and are incredibly comfortable out of the box. They do sweat my feet a little more than Chacos but the next time I'm wading and I slip I won't have a sore toe. On a side note I really like the India Ink/Rust color more than I thought I would. It kind of has a faded navy look to it.

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Rick S wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

My favorite shirt
5 5

This is my go to shirt. Whether it's my stand a lone layer in hot temps or my baselayer it performs amazingly. It was one of 3 shirts I took to Belize for 10 days and whether I was on the cayes or in the Bladen River Nature Reserve it was perfect. It's held up great through 50 plus days of wear. The only damage is were a belt wore a small hole in underneath a pack waist strap.

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Rick S wrote an answer about on June 22, 2011

My fiance is 5 ft and right around 95-100lbs and she has a hard time wearing Patagonia since they tend to be fuller cuts in some items. They do not make petite sizes.

I did find these sleeve measurements for a different Patagonia jacket but imagine they would be similar.

Please see below for the sleeve length measured from the center back of neck, over shoulder to cuff with slightly bent elbow in inches for this item:

XSMALL 32.75, SMALL 34, MEDIUM 34.75, LARGE 35.75, XLARGE 36.75

Please thumbs up if this helped. Thanks.

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