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Rob H

Rob H

Towson, MD

Rob H's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Rob H's Bio

I am climber, a runner, and a snowboarder. I have always looked for the most technical products out their that will last. I work as a Retail manager and specialize in Outerwear, Footwear, Climbing and Running gear. I strive my best to give their products their do and only judge them on what they are truely meant for.

Rob H

Rob Hwrote a review of on November 21, 2009

4 5

I got these guys from my Sportiva rep, I was super excited about them because I have heard such great things. Unfortunately, my size hurt my 2nd toe so much (as it is the longest). I went up a size and my toe didn't hurt, but it was definitely too big. From what I can gather is the shoe is amazing, it just is not for my feet. The camber on it is def helpful through and through. If it fit my foot I would probably be in love with it to no end. I will give it a 4 because I can't justify giving it a 5 with my feet rejecting this piece of art.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 14, 2009

5 5

Having been somewhat disappointed with the massive amount of pilling on my Smartwool NTS I decided to give Ibex a shot. The first time I put it on, I already knew I would love it. It's like hugs all over my body...and who doesn't love those. It fit perfectly for a base layer, not overly tight, no dead space, and just comfy overall. Scratchy? I have not had any problems, pilling...nope. Durability, I don't know if it will hold up to a whipper on some rocks, but I am sure it will. What's great about it is that its built athletically. I have long arms and its perfect. All I have to say is...hell yeah to this guy.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

5 5

I own 3 pairs of these guys and I love them. These were my first "climbing" shorts and I did not think they would be this great for climbing. First, they have a fully gusseted crotch which makes for extremely great mobility. Overhanging heels hooks usually are a problem with alot of my shorts and they take away my range of motion but not these bad boy. Simply awesome. They are comfortable, breath extremely well, and super durable. I really can't say enough about these things.

The only problem is the Titanium stains easy...and permanently. Usually bike grease comes off all my clothes, but not these guys. But I fixed that by getting 2 dark Titanium.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

4 5

Smartwool was my first none synthetic baselaye and I loved it from the first time I put it on. It was extremely warm, breathable, and comfortable. I wore it tons. However, after some use, the bottom of it pills...not a little...ALOT. I washed and hung dry it, and the pilling still happened. I asked our Smartwool rep and he said it was because it was rubbing on my pants and it was causing the pilling. Bottom line, to stop the pilling, tuck it in.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

5 5

I love this thing. Light weight, warm as anything, super breathable and great for layering. I have put this thing on for my mid layer from snowboarding to climbing Mt. Washington at -20F. The fabric still looks as good as it did when I got it 2 years later.

One thing, I bought it in black, it will pick up every piece of lint, dust, hair, small child it can get its hands on. So maybe a brighter color would be better.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

4 5

I love Merino wool, there are no doubts about that. That being said, these are the most bombproof socks out there bar none. What they have in durability they lose a little in cushion. Comfort wise, they feel snug, but no the most breathable. I still love them, but they are not my go to for running or biking, but a great sock to stand all day in at the shop. Again, the most durable sock out there (but lets see what Point 6 has to offer)

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

5 5

Hmm, what can I say about this. The 1970's shag rug carpet look is actually pretty awesome. Not only does it look warm, it is warm and windproof! Who knew the shag carpet could be so functional. It's a little on the heavy side and does not breath the best, but it's not the intended purpose. What I love is you get a great functional piece that you can use at base camp or at a bar and still be comfortable.

One size problem that may only affect me. The medium fits perfect all the way around except the neck is too tight while the large is a little bulky but fits my neck great. I went with the medium and the neck stretched out enough to fit perfect. Btw, I am 5'11" and 150 and have what I think is a normal neck.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on November 8, 2009

5 5

At first, this little guy looks like a track jacket from the 80's. Its simple, plain, but very functional. I have used it for running, layering, and keeping me warm during long handing belays. That said, I love it because it is so light weight, so compressible and durable. My partner took a whipper that slammed me into the wall and it came out unscratched. It's my go to for spring/fall multis.

Only qualm, is the one pocket. Great that its a Napoleon, but I wish it had 2 more. If I could, I would give it 4.5 stars for that, but it's use isn't for storing thing, its fast and light, so I'm gonna give it a 5.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

I love this thing because its simply, bright, and pretty darn weather resistant. The Halogen is great and focusing is a sinch. The LEDs are bright, but not overly. My one qualm about it is I wish it had a red LED option to read maps at night. But I guess its why they call it a Myolite 3 and no 4.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

1 5

Though it never claims to be a techincal jacket, the Denali is by far the worst jacket for the money you can buy. The only positive it has is it is a 300 weight fleece. But for $165 retail, you can get a Windwall 1 or 2 or pay $195 for an Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan, which is not techincal, but still warm and very fashionable.

I'd give it a zero if I could.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

I got these guys as swag from a clinic and I was highly skeptical about it, but I was climbing/hiking Mt. Washington later that week. I decided, seeing it was mid-febuary I would test them and I did not want to use my snowboarding socks. Needless to say, my feet were warm ar dry the whole time...or so I thought. I figured since I did not have problems with my feet being cold my socks were dry. When I was done my hike in 0 degree weather, I took my boots off and noticed my boots were soaking wet and so were my socks. I would have never known as my feet were so toasty and warm. So glad I own these guys!

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

I cannot understand why people would give this such a low rating. IT NEVER CLAIMS TO BE A JACKET. That being said, it is a sweater, it is what Arc'teryx made it for, a casual sweat that is light, warm, and comfy. To judge it based on techincal outwear is LUDACRIS. Yes, its not windproof, waterproof, or even resistant, but it never ever claimed to be.

That being said, bomber sweater, I got it to stay warm and be able to wear it around and look civlized.

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

As a climbing instuctor at a camp for 2 months, I decided to get a pair of Velcro's of Mocs. I love my Pitons, but it was too much shoe for the day in day out climbing I did. I did not feel like blowing a $120 pair of shoes for all day 5.6's or 7's so I got these puppies. At first I was skeptical as they were actaully comfy (for ANY SHOE) and I had only heard of eVolvs a couple of times. Pretty much the guy sold me after I climbed on there wall and their edging was amazing for a velcro. The smearing isn't like my Pitons, but hey I can't complain. With 10 to 20 climbs a day for, 6 days a week, 2 months this year, these guys have help up like champs. They are my go to shoe unless I really need edging and smearing power. GREAT SHOE!

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Rob Hwrote a review of on October 27, 2008

3 5

I have to give this stove props for being lightweight and efficent in normal conditions. The boiling time is great no doubt about it. My problem though has to do with its "4 seasons" in which I will call B.S. My trip to Owls Head NH came with some negative degree weather. I was told to take my recently bought Jet Boil instead of my MSR. Needless to say, my Jetboil performed horrible. It took about 30+ minutes for my snow to melt and become warm. My stove was not the only one to perform lack luster, as everyone in our group had a Jetboil. Needless to say, we only had enough light to cook our food and we did not have the time, energy, or light to wait for another boil to put in our Nalagens for warmth that night.

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