Scott Swallow

Scott Swallow

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Scott Swallow's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Bouldering

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Anything outside is good for me!!!

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Scott Swallow wrote an answer about on January 13, 2011

Get a mild detergent with a pH level below 7. Dishwashing liquid works wonders at cleaning wool, because it is almost alkaline; otherwise a gentle, non-bio fabric detergent will work.

Adding a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil, or a citrus based eco-product like Laundry Fresh will make your shirt a little softer and hopefully "recharge" the garment.

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Scott Swallow wrote an answer about on December 14, 2010

They just came out with a mid season release of the Helix and Double Helix "Rockered Edition" Same ski just more rocker, should be excellent.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on August 17, 2010

5 5

I love these shorts. They are easily the best short I have for those warm days hiking, climbing or even under my waders on those hot summer evenings on the river. I wear them all the time. They dry quick and are very soft. I love the waistband too, "at first it is constrictive but after a while it becomes a part of you". Garth Algar - Wayne's World

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on August 16, 2010

5 5

Bought the 1 liter (I think that's around 34 oz) one and have been totally satisfied. Since it is summer right now, I haven't used it too much. However, last week I was up the canyon with my lady and decided to bring it along to make some Three Berry Mountain House Cobbler. Prior to leaving, I boiled up some water and put it in the vacuum bottle. 5 hours later, the water was still burning hot. Later that night I checked it again and noticed that is was still extremely hot. I had an REI bottle prior to this one. It was good but it didn't seem to work as well as this does.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on August 16, 2010

3 5

This is a good shoe but not great. It definitely walks the line of being an approach shoe and climbing shoe. The reason I took these back was b/c the shoe did not fit well without socks. Towards the toe where two pieces of leather fabric meet there is a seem with a rough edge. Perhaps this is only an issue with my feet, nonetheless, its there and it rubbed my toes raw. This was only an issue when wearing them barefoot.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on August 16, 2010

5 5

I've been wanting this jacket for a while now and finally bought it. I think I will use it most as an A to B jacket in the winter and as a safety layer while touring. It fits great...not to bulky not to tight. I have the medium (5'11/155lb) Layers great under Arcteryx pac-lite and other jackets of similar fit.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on April 26, 2010

5 5

This will be my primary jacket for this season of backpacking/mountaineering. I hope to give a full report in a couple of months and really tell you what I think. So far everything looks good. I'm 5'11" 160 and bought the medium. It seems to fit pretty good with just a t-shirt and really good with a layer or two. I wanted a jacket that wasn't too bulky but still gave me the option to be able to put on a micro-puff just in case the weather gets nasty. This jacket allows for that. The hood feels good and lets me turn my head in any direct...it even does a better job with a helmet. All in all, I love that the jacket is made of the eVent fabric matched with Entrant for some better mobility.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on April 26, 2010

4 5

This Jacket is incredible don't get me wrong. I love everything about it other than that it felt really long on my body. I hate jackets that are really long because they always end up bunching up around my waist. If it weren't for that, I would of held on to it.
As far as quality goes, the jacket seemed very well designed. EVent fabric is for real and the high zippers are a must for anyone using a harness.

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Scott Swallow wrote an answer about on April 23, 2010

Continuous baffle construction is far superior than any sewn through option. Baffles aren't a negative, in fact he baffle gives the sleeper more options. Trust me, down will not move or shift during the night. I'm not even sure it would hinder batman all to much. You can make down shift if you want to, but it takes some significant effort. Sometimes I like to pack a little more on the sides so the top can breath a little bit better. If you just shake your bag a few times with the help of a friend, the down will settle back down evenly again and you're ready to go

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on April 23, 2010

5 5

I love these bags. I have the Summerlite which is very similar to this bag but not as wide. WM uses the best down available, their testing of down usually exceeds a 900 and sometimes 930 fill rating. They base the warmth of their sleeping bags on an 850 fill which is why their bags are always warmer than what they say. My bag is rated at 32 degrees but it feels more like a 25 degree bag. If you haven't experienced a WM bag, then you haven't experienced a good nights rest in the BC.

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Scott Swallow wrote an answer about on April 20, 2010

eVent is surprisingly strong. I don't think you'll have a problem with this jacket. You won't need to be super careful but like all light-weight performance gear, be somewhat mindful. Gore-tex Pac-lite is probably a little more sturdy because of the PU membrane but because of that type construction, it does not vent as well as eVent fabric. It's a trade off but one worth considering.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on April 15, 2010

5 5

I was wanting a super lightweight rain jacket made out of eVent. I looked all over and even bought a different jacket before I knew of this one. The second I found out Rab had made a pull-over I was convinced that it was for me. Rab pays extreme attention to detail. I love the half zip which maximizes airflow. Rab also excels at putting seams is areas that aren't prone to heavy abuse from rain and snow. The hood is superb and eVent 3 layer fabric is the best breathable fabric on the market. I put this stuff above and beyond Gore-tex Pac-lite. Don't get me wrong, I think Gore-tex is excellent but the eVENT fabrics have a tricot-faced inner lining (a typical "3-layer construction" that protects the eVENT membrane. In contrast, Pac-Lite fabrics have a very thin carbon coating to protect the Pac-Lite (Gore-Tex) membrane (what you might call a "2.5-layer construction"). The carbon coating poses breathing problems which makes the Pac-lite less effective whereas as the Tricot lining disperses moisture and promotes a moisture vapor flux through the membrane. EVent also feels a little more durable than the Pac-lite because of the 3layer design vs. 2.5 layer constructions.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on April 8, 2010

5 5

This is my third pair of Smith's now. I bought the Slider series over ten years ago then upgraded to the Interlock when they came out. Now I just made the move for a set of Polarchromics. I have not had a chance to use these in many diverse conditions yet so I can't give a detailed review yet. But what I can tell so far is that these are by far the best shade I have had. The Techlite glass lens is far and away more clear than any plastic based lens on the market. The ultimate test for me will be when I'm on the river fishing until dark. If these shades can still be effective in the late evening then they'll forever be shade quiver. As far as construction and detail are concerned, these are probably the prettiest/cleanest pair of shades I've ever owned. Then again, for $179.00...they should be.

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Scott Swallow wrote a review of on March 25, 2010

5 5

I usually wait a little while before I right reviews, but I couldn't wait with this one. This jacket is great! It is extremely light and packable yet built to last. The eVent fabric is amazing. Say goodbye to Gore-tex. Seriously, this stuff really does breath. I'm super stoked about this jacket. Like others have said, the cut is extremely "athletic" I'm 5'10" 165lb and got the medium. It fits me perfect. I can put a low profile fleece underneath and not feel too cramped. If your planning on putting anything bulkier as a layer I would say buy a size bigger than what you normally would.

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