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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

ME / NH

Ryan Gibbs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Ryan Gibbs's Bio

Mechanical Engineer and Guide.

Skiing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Biking, Running and anything outdoors in my free time.

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Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on November 24, 2015

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is one of those garments you cant believe you lived without for so long. A slew of my friends own the R1 hoody and rave about it. I picked mine up about 3 weeks ago and have worn it most days since. Nice slim fit that is perfect for climbing. The grid fleece allows warmth while still being able to dump heat for high output activities. Its lightweight, and the helmet compatible hood is nothing short of perfect. I'm able to wear it under or over my helmet due to the stretch. Thumb holes are always an added bonus.

I got the green color. Flashy, but I prefer visibility in the backcountry. Gets dirtier easily, but has simple washing instructions.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

They aren't just climbing pants, but that's how I primarily use them. Seem to be holding up to the abuse well. Semi-water repellent pants keep you dry when bushwhacking through dewy trees or from a passing shower, but don't expect them to stay dry in a torrent. They do dry faster than most pants. Button snap bottoms roll up easy while climbing. Mine haven't come unsnapped all that often, but does happen in chimneys / wide cracks. Great casual fit and strechy which is very helpful when climbing. I found the vent holes to be an added bonus since it dumps just the right amount of heat when you're hoofing it on long approaches. I wear these climbing, hiking, or for casual use and couldnt be happier.

I really like the two zipper pocket on the left leg of the pants. A zippered upper pocket might be a handy addition in the future.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x30

These are the two basic things I look for in a pair of pants. They fit true to size - maybe a tad long, can take a beating, and are super comfortable. The mudflap bottoms keep the pants going year after year. Great pockets on these pants too as they seem to fit wallet, phone, pockeknife etc. Primarily use them for casual pants, but I would hike in cold clear weather in them too.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on October 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

These are my first pair of Julbo sunglasses or goggles. I have a particular fit when it comes to glasses and its difficult to find something thats sleek, but still have good coverage with less tendency to fog up. More coverage usually means more fogging, but these do a great job of dumping heat. They will fog up in very humid conditions, but thats to be expected. Good for running, climbing, biking, hiking, you name it. The frames are slightly flexible too so they are much less likely to break.

My only gripe is that there isn't a swappable Cat 4 lens for purchase for the really bright days. I wouldn't recommend these for snow travel on sunny days, but they would perform very well at lower elevations on cloudy days.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 30, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Lightweight, DWR outer Coating

Cons: Unique closure impedes rope carry,

I got this as a fast and light alpine bag for multipitch rock and warm ice climbing days. The bag seems to be of quality construction and the stripped down detail features are nice. I like Patagonia's innovation on the closure system, which is easy to open and close with a hand. Unfortunately the way this closes makes it very difficult to secure a rope with a very solid connection. To secure the rope you must move the tab from the bottom of the bag to the top, but if the bag is not just the precise amount of overstuffed, the rope will flop around needlessly and is a very insecure on a hike/scramble. This is what ruins the bag in my opinion. Try and fit a 70m rope in the bag with you other gear and you'll be out of room.

The rest of the bag seems great. Lightweight straps for a very low load bag would be a non issue. The foam back doesn't make this the most comfortable bag, but to be expected of this style. It makes a really good day hiking bag.


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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Switching up a layering system is always an adventure. Got this jacket through my guiding outfit. Though its light on the insulation, this jacket really is fantastic for moderately cold days, or cold days and high output activities. The shell lightly repels moisture and the insulation doesnt seem to get bogged down when it gets a little wet. On ultra cold sub zero days I was able to wear this under a shell while ski touring without overheating. The jacket does a great job of dissipating heat. It packs into its own pocket and is super light. The hood is pretty amazing too. I had good luck fitting this under or over a helmet! Bonus! Pockets where you want them and just the right size. This jacket is function meets form. Couldn't be happier, but not my go to for lower output activities in the frigid cold.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 3, 2015

5 5

I'd previously used liquid treatment methods like the Iodine and Aquamira, but wanted something a bit more economical and fast. Luckily I've been using fairly clean water sources generally free of sediment , so I have not seen any clogging issues yet. This filter processes water incredibly fast and tastes great (obviously depends on the source). Much preferred taste to the tabs or drops. Honestly this doesn't take a great deal of space up in my pack so I take it on day trips now too, not just overnights. Worth every penny.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on September 2, 2015

5 5

Some routes require you to carry a 60m or 70m, but for the days you just need to do pit work at the top of a route, do a ski cut, rope up for a ridge traverse, do a short rappel, this rope takes the cake. Light enough that I brought it with me most days ski mountaineering and never regretted having with with me.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 31, 2015

3 5

I got this bag to replace my very old bulky Kelty 20 Degree. Opted for the 35 instead of the 20 simply because I either seem to need a warmer weather bag, a 0 degree, or none at all. I was very impressed by the packability and weight. One of the major selling points was that it is nearly as packable as a down bag of similar temperature rating and weighed nearly the same as well. The flip side of the lightweight construction is the durability as it relates to the zipper. The central zipper is a great idea and does help shed some weight. At first I thought I would like the central only half zip, but as a hot sleeper its rather annoying for the shoulder seasons being unable to sleep with one leg out. The other part of the zipper I don't like is how easily the inner part of the bag catches in the zipper pull. On my 3rd day out I caught the bag in the pull and tore a section of my bag which I had to patch. Not bad with it warm out, but I wouldn't want my punctured bag to be loosing insulation in the middle of the night when it was colder.

Pros: Packable, light, warm for the rating

Cons: Flimsy shell and inner. Half zip is annoying

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 24, 2015

4 5

Some of the cheaper chalk around so I figured I would give it a try. Does a great job getting the hands dry, unfortunately almost too well as they tended to stay dry for days even after using Salve. I found this was best suited for the hottest days and since purchasing this I've switched to friction labs as it seems to keep my hands more in tact while still drying them out enough for added grip.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from a harness with unpadded legs, this fits and feels like a dream. One of the big selling points for me was the elastic leg loops. While some people may struggle with this part of the harness I found it to not be an issue for my skier quads. Adjustments are very quick and easy. Gear loops are well though out and I found I've had just the right amount of space so far. I typically wear a casual mens pant in a 30 with a belt, so the size small harness fits perfectly.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 40

These shoes are really great all around. I just recently swapped over from an old blown out pair of 5.10 spires.

The rubber on these shoes is a bit of an adjustment. They aren't as pliable as the C4 rubber I was used to and the Onyxx rubber is even superior to the C4. Where these don't necessarily have the same smear grip, they do quite well with good form just less forgiving. Where it makes up for this lack of ease when smearing is, edging of course. I found where my old shoes tended to have a hard time maintaining contact with micro features, the katanas lock right onto tiny crystals to give me bomber feet.

I was skeptical of the VCS system since I've only used laces before. I have all of the adjustment I need with the Velcro and they are extremely easy to take on and off, which is really handy at belay stations. The Velcro helps make these shoes extremely comfortable, almost slipper like. The straps come extra long, but I haven't bothered trimming them yet. So far they haven't gotten in the way while climbing, but I suspect they might in long cracks.

My only gripe and its something universal for all La Sportiva shoes is the heel pocket. Perhaps its my foot shape, but there always just seems to be a slightly awkward width fit in the heel, I go a half size down and they are way too tight in the toe, and the size I'm in broken in is as close to just right as I've ever had in a shoe. Perfect in the toe, slightly off in the heel.

Overall super happy with these and will likely be getting La Sportivas again.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My traverse poles work great, however I found I wanted something more packable on the mountaineering and climbing oriented ski days. The first thing I noticed was the straps. These straps are a great improvement over previous seasons and very easy to get hands through with ski gloves. The long foam grip on the pole upper allows for choking up or down on steep skintracks, a huge plus for me. There's even little details like a slightly extended top of the pole for easy heel riser adjustments. As expected, the 3 piece pole makes these poles packable enough to fit in my bag without having to worry about a rubber Z-Pole section breaking.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on August 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have last years Bobby Brown edition (Red skyline strap, w/ Green Sol-X and Red Sensor Mirror). Overall I found these to be an improvement over the regular I/O, adding just the right amount of field of view, without being obnoxiously large for my medium sized face. The lenses are great and I have noticed an improvement in the anti-fog technology over the past few years. Green Sol-X works great in Medium-Bright light and the Red Sensor in Low-Medium. These integrate really well with the Smith Vantage helmet eliminating the gaper gap.

The only improvement I see at this point is the locking mechanism. I notice the lenses can pop out when pulling the goggles up to rest on the helmet visor. With my medium sized face I need to snug the straps down in order to keep them in place, part of the reason the lenses are allowed to pop out.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

Wow. I started making the switch to merino a few seasons ago and have slowly replaced most of my stinky poly tech shirts that I seem to hold onto year after year. The only problem I found is that while merino doesn't retain funk and will keep you warm when wet, it just stays wet far too long. This is particularly troublesome on windy days in cold weather. This shirt has all of the great qualities of merino, maintaining its odor resistance after multiple days of use in the sweltering summer heat, but much to my surprise dried out in less than a half hour.

The fabric feel is just slightly different than a typical merino. It does have a slight stretchy feel to it, but is still very light and feels comfortable against the skin.

The fit I prefer much more than Ibex. Its slightly fitted and a bit longer, so it fits a slim athletic build really well.

I'm impressed enough by the product I will be purchasing a second.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on July 27, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The cushion on these is classified as light, but feels on the thicker side. They have a nice soft feel and have anatomical markings for right and left. Over the years I've shifted away from the no-show socks for hiking since over time they seem to ride down. These started riding down right out of the package, even though they were properly sized for my foot. Decent socks, but they will only be used as a casual sock for this reason. Love the merino though.

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Ryan Gibbswrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are my go to pair of boxers be it working, hiking, fishing, climbing, you name it. The moisture management is great on the hot days and the odor resistent fabric is welcomed especially on those multi-day trips. After 50+ days in them they are showing no signs of wear or a damaged waistband. Well worth the money. Cotton kills, so give yourself the tech treatment where it matters.

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