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RockyMtnHigh

RockyMtnHigh

Mostly Colorado

RockyMtnHigh's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

RockyMtnHigh's Bio

I spend quite a bit of time in the mountains looking for trout to annoy. Hiking, backpacking and floating are often involved.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on February 29, 2012

5 5

When a product already has so many positive reviews, I usually see little use in jumping on the pile. But this is such a killer product that I can't help myself.

Yes, it is ridiculously light, and packs very small. But it is the perfect combination of warmth with some breathability. Usually, I tend to run on the warm side, so I'm often putting on then taking off layers. But (to give you an example) yesterday, I put it on and left it on all day. In the morning, it was 25 degrees and breezy, and I was fine. Then, the wind picked up and snow started falling, and I was comfortable just by putting a lightweight shell on top of it. When I came inside, I removed the shell, yet didn't overheat. And I then wore it during a long drive and still remained quite comfortable.

Truthfully, with the Nano Puff, I could probably get rid of some of my mid/heavy weight fleece pullovers, and maybe even a softshell or two.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on November 10, 2010

5 5

This box has made my life so much easier. It is very large, and I can throw a few pairs of skis and a couple of boards in it, yet also have room for boot bags and other stuff. On roadtrips, it easily swallows a couple of large duffles, camp chairs and sleeping bags for the whole family (leaving much more room in my vehicle).

It is easily adjustable to fit different roof racks, and clamps down on the crossbars very securely. I have used it for multiple trips over at least several years, with no real signs of wear. It's really nice that it can be opened from either side. I have used it in heavy rain, snow and slushy roads and my gear has always stayed dry. And I haven't had any problem with wind noise.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on November 8, 2010

5 5

I really like this shirt. It is very lightweight, but has a UPF 30 rating. It breathes like crazy (with the back and side vents) and the two pockets (zip and napoleon) are large and useful. The fit does seem pretty much true-to-size, although the shirt is a little on the short size (but is still long enough to tuck in). It launders well, and is very soft and comfortable. It should be noted that the description says two zippered pockets whereas mine has one zippered pocket and Velcro closures on the napoleon pocket.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on October 31, 2010

5 5

This is a good, all-purpose flashlight (I have the 5.0). The two settings can be helpful (one bright LED for distance or full lighting; 3 dimmer LED's for closer/less bright lighting). While it's fairly lightweight, it's still a little heavy for backpacking (that's what my headlamps are for) but it is good around the house or for car camping. It says that it is water resistant to 1m, and has a comfortable feel in my hand. The lanyard and belt clip can be useful.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on October 29, 2010

5 5

These are very comfortable, well-made pants. They fit true to size (and are fairly roomy in the seat and thighs). They come up fairly high, so showing your crack shouldn't be an issue. They don't have a gusseted crotch, but mobility seems pretty good. The cotton is soft, and of medium thickness (and they launder well). The side zip pocket is useful, and easily holds a cellphone, wallet or even a checkbook. What's not to like?

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 10, 2010

5 5

This is a very stylish shirt. It seems very well-made, and breathes fairly well (for cotton). The design on the pocket is a little different (but not necessarily in a bad way). However, this shirt runs on the small side (especially through the shoulders). If you have broad shoulders I would definitely size up one size.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 6, 2010

5 5

These are fantastic boxers. I originally got them just for backpacking and travel, but have gradually built on my collection so that I can wear them every day. They fit slightly on the large size, but don't have lots of extra material like the Patagonia active boxers. They dry quickly, and I even wear them under shorts for wet-wading and rafting. The waist band is really comfortable, and doesn't roll over or bunch up like many other boxers. I can't think of a single way to improve upon these (well, maybe to put them on SteepandCheap, but that may be asking too much).

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 5, 2010

5 5

First of all, I like Sigg bottles. They are lightweight and durable, and don't have the BPA concerns that I have with some of my Nalgenes. The wide mouth bottle is a real improvement, because not only can you now put ice cubes in the bottle, but cleaning is much easier. And there is still the smaller opening so that when you drink you don't spill your beverage down the front of you shirt. Very nice.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 5, 2010

4 5

What can you really say about a water bottle? It holds liquids, and doesn't leak. I don't hesitate to put hot liquids into the bottle, while I hesitate to do this with my Nalgenes. It it relatively lightweight, and the loop in the lid makes it easy to carabiner the bottle to your pack (or raft). Yes, it dents fairly easily, but this doesn't interfere with its function. About the only "problem" would be the fact that the mouth is too small to accommodate ice cubes, but (OTOH) this also makes it easier to drink from (so I don't spill my water down the front of my shirt like I tend to do when chugging from Nalgenes).

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 5, 2010

4 5

The description says for Medium/large faces. This is not true (and even the Costa web site says that the frame size is small). These might work OK for teens, women, or men with very narrow faces, but for average-sized men these frames are way too small.

Having said that, I will say that these are nice shades. The Costa 580 glass lens is incredibly clear and the polarization is excellent. The 580 lens does is probably my favorite lens when around the water on bright days. But unless you have a smallish face, I would definitely look at the other Costa Del Mar styles.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on September 5, 2010

5 5

I really like this shirt. It is soft, and softens with repeated laundering. It breathes and wicks well, and fits true-to-size. The merino wool really does provide some anti-stink properties, so that even when worn for several days in a row, it doesn't get nearly as ripe as all-synthetic tees. All-in-all, this shirt works well in the backcountry, as a lightweight baselayer, or even just for kicking around.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on August 31, 2010

5 5

The Vibram IdroGrip sole on the Z/2 Pro is a vast improvement in terms of wet/dry traction. I just finished a several day fishing/whitewater rafting trip and think that the traction these shoes provide probably kept me from falling a few times. Scrambling over smooth, riverside boulders (dry or wet) was easy, and traction was much better than with my regular Z/2's or Keen H2's. In-river traction (on mossy rocks) was as good as it gets for a non-studded shoe. Chacos provide good arch support, and the strap allows you to have the sandals as tight or loose as is comfortable or necessary. Also, I think that the toe loop of the Z/2 provides quite a bit more stability than you have with the Z/1.

In short, this is an excellent shoe if you are in and out of water, or do hiking that involves some scrambling (where traction is very important). However, it is a marking sole, and can wear down fairly quickly. So if you are just wanting a sandal for everyday use (or casual hikes), the Pro sole probably isn't necessary.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on August 22, 2010

4 5

I am a big fan of Keens, and these are very comfortable. The size 11 fits my 10.5/11, somewhat wide foot very comfortably, and I could easily wear them all day long. I have hiked in them with no problem, and also wear them for kicking around. They have a little more lateral stability than my Venice and Newport H2's. They dry very quickly.

However, I don't agree that they have "excellent traction on slick shoreline rocks." I spend a lot of time flyfishing mountain streams, and had high hopes that these would be good wading sandals. Obviously, most non-studded shoes don't do great on submerged, mossy rocks. However, I found that when these shoes are wet, they don't provide very good traction on dry, slick rocks (and this is usually where I come closer to breaking my neck :) When dry, the traction is decent, but when the shoes are wet, their traction on dry rocks seems decreased.

For hiking, occasional stream crossings or even on boats or the beach they work very well. But for going in and out of the water and scrambling on slick rocks, I'd recommend the Simms Pursuit sandals or Chaco Z2 pros. It's a real shame, because otherwise these sandals are great.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on August 22, 2010

5 5

These are very nice sunglasses. They are ridiculously lightweight, and very comfortable. I have the V28 black iridium, and the lenses seem high-quality and clear. When wearing them, they don't seem as dark as the picture would suggest. These are well-made, comfortable everyday shades. I wouldn't pay full price for them, but at half (or SteepandCheap) price they are a good deal.

The polarization is always very good to have. They stay on well during outdoor activities, and don't tend to fog up. They fit my medium/large head well, and provide adequate coverage. However, a little light still gets in (mostly below the lenses) so if it is important to me to have better light coverage (e.g., when fishing or on the snow) I prefer either the Kaenon Hard Kores or Costa del Mars.

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RockyMtnHigh wrote a review of on May 5, 2010

3 5

First, the good. These are comfortable, fit true-to-size, and have a decent lacing system that tightens down fairly well. They drain water well, and I would guess that they provide good traction on a boat deck. In fact, as the description describes, they would probably be a good boat shoe.

The bad? If you are planning on using them as an actual water shoe, there could be some problems. Sand easily enters (though the top) but does not easily drain. Even worse, on natural terrain their traction leaves quite a bit to be desired. I tried them for wet-wading a river and will never use them again for this purpose. They have virtually no traction on submerged river rocks, and even poor traction when scrambling on dry rocks on the bank. Be very wary of using these for anything other than boats or flat terrain.

The ugly? Well, I got the red/black ones. Nuf said.

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