Scott Schmutz

Scott Schmutz

West Jordan, Utah and Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany

Scott Schmutz

Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on August 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I skied with this for 10 days. It was great. Then a snowboarder ran into me and it broke it in half. So, it was light, flexible, and had a great leather grip. All pluses. However, it cannot stop 200 pound men and shrug off the ensuing impact. Also, they worked well as a pointer in situations necessitating the giving of directions.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on August 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No frills, this is a simple boot bag. It is padded enough that you won't have any issue with it rolling around and damaging anything on the drive to the mountain. Can fit a little extra inside, such as helmet, goggles, and spare socks. Seems like it will hold up to years of abuse.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2013

5 5

I bought these boots after skiing for two days on a pair of Black Diamond Factor 130's. Long story short, my BD's were the wrong size and were killing my feet. So I ended up buying a pair of Tecnica Cochise Pro Lights from a local Sole boot shop. They did a killer job of fitting it with a custom Intuition liner and foot bed. I was up on the slopes that day on some chopped up powder on Volkl Katana's. The boots were great. Super stable and light weight without losing any control. I would recommend this boot to anyone.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

Depending on your preference, this vest may run large. I prefer my running clothes to fit fairly close, but at 6'1", 195 lbs, 42" chest and an athletic build, I found the vest to be pretty baggy. I am happy with it, but I would have preferred a more steamlined cut. The build quality is superb and the breathability of the sides and the wind protection up front make for a well designed running companion. I gave it four out of five because the Face material isn't "bound" to the insulating material. I don't know if this is a design element to aid in wicking moisture, but is a bit annoying. I don't think anyone will regret this purchase, just understand that it is not an insulated softshell vest.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

I have been wearing minimalist shoes for running and lifting for the past few months. As a result, my feet must have spread out, because when I bought a new pair of these and went for a run my toenails were digging in to the shoe. I have owned three pairs of shoes from this family and have never had a problem running in an 11. It may have been compounded by my running in the summer heat and my feet got HOT, as I expected. So there may have been some swelling. I am not going to ding the shoe for this, as it is a result of my situation, not a shortcoming of the shoe. I gave it 4 out of 5 hoever, because it was very stiff out of the box. I will keep trying to run on it a few more times, as I may have just gotten so used to minilaist shoes (New Balance Minimalist and Nike Free) that running in a supportive shoe feels awkward. It was stiff enough that for a trail runner, I was worried about turning an ankle. Overall, I have been very impressed with the SpeedCross family of shoes and still recommend them. I only went in to such detail to elaborate for anyone else looking to make the transition and needing a more durable shoe for running.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

3 5

These gloves are great for what they are, but don't ask them to be much more. They look like they would be streamlined and form fitting in the photo, but they are actually kind of floppy. I wear an XL or a size 10 in most gloves and the length on these is good, so I know the XL was the right choice in these. As mentioned above, durability isn't the best. I would restrict use to casual wear and that is about it. Lastly, the "Rusty Root" color is not nearly as subdued as I thought it would be. It is pretty vibrant for a tan and brown, so it isn't going to blend in, it is going to stand out. I don't think I would recommend these, they aren't a bad glove per se, they just aren't for me and I doubt any of my friends would appreciate them.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

Leaves your water fresh for days. Stands up to a beating along the trail. Will last for years as long as you keep it away from fire. For some reason, a lot of my friends think that when their water freezes, they should put it next to the fire to warm it up, this usually results in one of them blistering their Nalgene and working themselves up over it. These bottles will help keep your water from freezing a little, but you should keep it at the bottom of your sleeping bag to prevent them from freezing in the first place. If they do freeze, use your jet boil or however you want to get hot water and poor some into your frozen Nalgene. This will free up your frozen hydro-resevoir and prevent you from ruining your bottle. You can then pour the water back into your boiler and re-heat it and repeat until your Nalgene is ice free. Also, these won't hold the taste of flavors, so feel free to add some Propel or Gatorade to your bottle. Lastly, these are super durable, I have seen them fall pretty far and come away with just some scrapes. They aren't invincible, but I haven't found anything more reliable. I still prefer them over a camel back for extended back packing with heavy loads. No issues with leaks, these guys are reliable.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

Works as advertised. Keeps my smart wool fresh and seems to prevent it from getting all nappy. Doesn't leave my wool smelling laundry fresh, not that it still stinks it is definitely clean, but definitely gets all of the grit out of my gear. You won't regret using this.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

4 5

OK, I don't know what I was thinking when I got this. I am a guy first of all, and this is definitely a girls chalk bag. Second, i am an XL in any glove I have worn and this bag was too small for my hand. That being said, it is a good bag other than that. 4 out of 5 because it lacks a waist belt. I gave it to my friends wife. She loves it.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

These are my first pair of climbing shoes. I am learning my way around the gym before hitting up the rocks, and these fit the bill as a first times shoe. I was nervous about buying a shoe online as I hear about what size to get. I am normally an 11-11.5 in my running shoes and I bought these in 10.5. They are definitely tight, but I think they will give and once I am on the wall, the shoe doesn't bother me in the least. Standing around on belay I just loosen the laces and they ease up enough that it doesn't bother my arches. Some people are annoyed because the red leather bleeds when you sweat, but this didn't bother me at all. They are sticky and let my post on the smallest nubs on the wall, the only thing holding me back so far is myself. Not these bad boys.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

Durable build, great color, great fit for my Black Diamond Fritschi Diamir Freeride Pro Binding -108mm mounted on my 176cm Black Diamond Stigma Ski's. Couldn't be happier. This is my first case for a pair of ski's and I will look to NF for my next purchase.

*** I had to come back and edit this; I am not sure how I missed this before my first review, but the product description describes this as padded. It definitely is not. The top is the high durability PVC type material that you find on the Base Camp Duffel and the bottom is a lighter weight nylon ripstop type material. Still a quality product and I won't drop my 5 star rating for what may be a mistake on Backcountry.com's part in the description. But I do wish it was padded.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

I have this in the Large, I am 6'1" and 195 lbs with an athletic build and I wear this often. It is a little bit baggy, but that allows for good layering. The quality is superb, as I have learned to expect with Patagonia. It does a decent job of keeping me warm in everything up to a light wind and wicks moisture like a champ. You will not regret this purchase. I think it is similar to the Gorilla Fur jacket, but seems to have a little better fit for an athletic build. One warning, this doesn't work very well as a technical piece. I would say it is more for general hiking, base camp, or around town. I wouldn't want to climb in this or depend on it for skiing. It just doesn't sinch down enough to justify wearing it in those pursuits.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

4 5

Have the XL, I am 6'1" and it fits well. Long enough to tuck in so that I can ski in it without it pulling out of my waist. Kept it's shape over two days of wear, but did start to develop some funk. I don't consider myself to be a stinky guy, but it just seemed to accumulate no matter what I did. I wore it solo with a hard shell so I wasn't sweating too heavily, but the funk still showed up. I have it in the Balsam Fennel and it looks great as a stand alone. However, all said and done, if this were made from Merino, it would be the king of my base layers. The fit is athletic, and it wicks moisture very well. You won't regret this purchase if you prefer synthetics.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

5 5

This hoodie looks great in Watercress, sheds light moisture, has a pretty tight weave to keep mild winds at bay, and is manufactured with precision. It has a very well thought out design that I fell in love with. You will not regret picking this bad boy up. I have the large and I am 6'1" and 195 and it fits a little bit more athletically than I would have thought from a snow boarding jacket. But I am glad, I ski in it and love wearing it at the bar after a day on the slopes. My firends never have trouble picking me out of a line up.

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Scott Schmutz wrote a review of on March 24, 2012

4 5

Styling is good, Build quality is good, fit is good with a size medium Giro G10 helmet, and they vent pretty well. However, I ski pretty aggressively and I build up a lot of heat. Unfortunately, my search for a lens that can handle my swampy dome piece continues. I'll keep using these unless I find a goggle that can handle a hot head better. They work fine as long as I stay on fast paced portions of the mountain, but if I get into some thick back country, where I am still learning the technique and burning a lot of calories without keeping a decent amount of airflow they will fog up. Also, they fog up after an aggressive run once I reach the lift. Maybe I dump more heat from my head than most, or maybe my expectations are too high, but I just can't seem to find a goggle that can keep it's cool when I cannot. If you don't have a head that leaks like a sieve, these goggle will do the trick. Also, the Jet Black with the Yellow lens does a decent job in all conditions. Was able to read the snow well in the flat light caused by heavy clouds, light snow, and winds kicking everything up. On a bright day, the yellow will leave you squinting, but gives unparallelled ability to really read the lay of the snow.

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