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Rick S

Rick S

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

Rick S

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 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 a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

This pack is very well built and thought out. I purchased because it uses the same back ventilation system as my favorite Deuter daypack. The shove it pocket holds a lot and the horse shoe zipper is a great addition. The only thing I would change is the curve of the bars on the inside make the interior space "thin". If the whole pack bag was rounded off I think this would no longer be a problem. However this is still a great bag for overnighters and UL multiday trips.

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Rick S wrote a review of on June 8, 2011

5 5

I'm not an ultra-lighter but I don't take things I don't use. However, I do lead backpacking trips sometime and that requires me to carry a little more than usual. This pack fits great and the front pocket is amazing. I especially love the center zipper on the front since things migrate to the bottom sometimes and I don't have to pull everything out. The range of this pack is also impressive. Remove the lid (which has tons of pockets for organization) and compress the collar down is all I have to do to take it from a multi-day to a perfect overnighter for hammock camping. I look forward to many miles with this pack, which won't be a problem because the straps are great. The only thing I changed was the addition of some p-cord and spring lock to hold my trekking poles. It was a breeze add this to the micro daisy chain down the side. One thing to note is the Copper isn't nearly as bright as it appears in the picture above.

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Rick S wrote a review of on June 8, 2011

5 5

I originally I purchased a pair of Mtn Lights and they just didn't fit to suit me. I like the classic look of these and after a friend recommended them I thought I would give them a try. After a couple of day hikes, a strenuous caving trip, and lots of rainy day wear I can see why my friend and his wife only wear Sundowners. The break in was nonexistent and even after the caving trip it only took a little clean up and some polish to get them looking presentable enough for work on rainy days.

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Rick S wrote a question about on April 25, 2011

I would really like to know the weight and volume (cubic inches please) of the pack without the removable lid. I'd like to use this as my primary pack for light overnighters with room to spare and for more gear intensive trips when necessary. Do you think it would serve my purpose well? I usually carry around 30-35lbs with water on a heavy day.

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Rick S wrote a review of on March 25, 2011

4 5

I don't know about hunting boar, but I do know these shoes are great all around. I've worn them working on the ropes course, running around town, driving on long trips, and on some light hikes. They excel at everything. The only con is that once they get wet the leather stays damp for awhile. Other than that everything is great. Fit, comfort, support, aesthetic, and anything else is spot on.

Side note...some say the tread was designed so stuff wouldn't stick to it. It's not totally mud proof but it definitely doesn't pick up as much as some of my other shoes.

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