SeattleBerner

SeattleBerner

Pacific Northwest (WA)

SeattleBerner's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

SeattleBerner's Bio

I enjoy many activities outdoors. I would not classify myself as hardcore in any one activity, but more adventurous than the average person. In the pacific northwest I like to camp, hike, snowboard, snowmobile, wakeboard, scuba dive, mountain bike, dirt bike, and hang out with my wife, twin boys, and Bernese mountain dog. We are avid travelers and try to get out of town and visit new places as often as we can.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Outdoor Research is one of my favorite gear companies. They make solid gear that is functional without excessive add-on's that are fluff.

This base layer is simple, well constructed, and performs well. The merino wool blend functions as expected by being soft against the skin, wicks moisture, and doesn't stank!

I am 6'1 180 lbs with long arms and the Large fits great. It is a bit snug around the forearms and zipping it up all the way is pretty snug around the neck, so keep that in mind.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on August 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I am big fan of this Jacket. It's really lightweight and the fabric is flexible, but still strong. If you are looking for a heavier, tough soft shell, this probably isn't the one.

The jacket fits me well. It's a slightly slender cut, but not fitted. I am 6'1 185 lbs and the large fits great. I can fit a mid weight Merino style quarter zip underneath it comfortably. It's well made and the stitching is strong. The edges around the zippers are welded and stiffer, so I have never had an issue with a zipper snagging. It comes with strong zipper pulls and the waist drawstring toggle is attached so you can tighten it down with one hand.

Being fairly thin and flexible, the fabric sheds light rain ok, but by no means is this jacket meant to keep you dry in the rain. It's a great lightweight Jacket to pack along when hiking or to wear when drinking an IPA in the local watering hole. I am also a fan of the discreet logo that is not huge or in your face. OR does a good job with how they brand stuff. I am also probably bias since OR is a local Seattle company :)

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Overall, I like this shirt a lot. It's comfortable, well made, and I am confident that the buttons won't loosen up or fall off :)

I do agree with other comments that the fit is not for everyone. I am 6'1 185 Lbs and the Large fits me well. It's slim cut throughout the body and the arms. It did take a little bit to get used to how short the arms are, but they are not as bad as many of the other trendy shirts out there right now. I consider and wear this shirt as a casual shirt. I personally don't think its slim fit, especially in the arms, would make it a viable technical shirt for climbing or any activity where full reach and range of motion without binding is desired. But hey, that is my opinion. There are plenty of hipsters out there that think pants so tight you can't breath are cool so maybe there is a market for technical gear that binds and restricts movement :)

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on February 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I love these boots. They are well built and fairly sturdy while still being soft and flexible. They lace up really well and don't pinch around the top of the ankle like some boots I have had in the past do. I agree with some other comments claiming they run big. I wear a size 12 and went with 11 in these boots. I still wear wool socks with the 11's and they are not too tight.

I recommended using NikWax leather lotion on these boots. It helps keep the leather conditioned and protects against water and dirt.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on November 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I will be honest, I have only had this vest for a week or so, but I love it. I got the classic navy color. I almost got the Forge Grey, which looks better on than it does on the rack or in pictures. It fits me great. I am 6'1 188 lbs with an athletic build. The vest is not too large and not too tight. It's soft, but feels sturdy and well built. The pockets are lined with a micro type fleece and feel awesome. There is on inside pocket on the left side with a zipper. The two outer pockets don't have any kind of closure, so I could possibly see some people having a slight issue with this, but it doesn't bother me at all.

The only thing I would consider changing is the length. I have a longer torso and so it could be an inch or two longer for me, but its not like its too short as is. Longer would just be my preference. I will add anything to this review as I wear it longer and have more feedback.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Fall is officially upon us and I have been forced to trade in my shorts and flip flops for jeans and flannels. I picked up the Navy version of this flannel in large. I am 6'1 188 with 35/36 length arms. I have a lot of trouble finding shirts with arms that are long enough without having to go up a size and feel like I am wearing a sheet. This flannel fits me perfect. It's slimmer cut (not tight hispster) through the body with longer arms. It's soft and well made. I have been debating buying the same one in a different color.

Oh, and I lied about one thing. As I am typing this I am wearing jeans, a fannel, and flip flops, so I haven't hung up the flippy floppy's yet :)

*Update on 2/11/2014:
I came across the other two colors of this fleece on clearance at a place that shall remain unnamed and I broke down bought both of them. So now I have 3 colors of the same fleece. Needless to say I am a fan.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I saw these on Cheap and Steep and they were a great price. The lenses are good. The style is cool. They are between sport glasses and ultra trendy glasses. My only small gripe is that they fit a little loose towards the back where they wrap around my head. They stay in place well so far due to the rubber ends and their light weight, but I would like it if they felt a bit more secure. The coverage is good. I wear them out on the boat and polarized lenses are great when on the water.
Overall, for the style and lense quality you can't go wrong with the price.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on June 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am not sure how I really managed to live without my Hydro Flask Growler now that I have one. It doesn't sweat. It doesn't leak. And it keeps the beer or any other liquid cold. Those should be the three pillars of any growler/bottle. If I really had to reach to find one small, make that super super minor issue, it's that it has no window so you can't see how full it is. Apparently this has caused some issues for inexperienced growler filling people. Luckily for me, I am surrounded by places that will fill a growler in Seattle and none of those people mind. In fact many of them start off by saying "wow - this is a really cool growler. I need to get one of these".
I have also heard of people using it for hot soup or chili, etc.. and they claim it works awesome.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these shorts. Bought the khaki and black color and am debating buying the midnight as well. They are light weight, fit well, and are a good length. The description of the fabric is right on. It's soft and flexible, but feels sturdy for how thin it is. These are great for hiking and overall casual wear. They have a good range of motion without pulling and the button is sturdy and won't fall off like so many other shorts these days. The pockets are lined with a mesh type material, but it's not the type that snags on everything.

The only minor negative I can find with these shorts so far is that neither of the back pockets have any type of button or velcro closure. This could be an issue when traveling with these shorts if you are concerned about getting your wallet or other items picked.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

4 5

I wouldn't call them no show, but pretty close. Also, as others have mentioned, they run big. I wear a size 12 shoe and got the L/XL socks and they were a tiny bit big. They are now perfect after a couple washes. If I had to pick my ideal setup I would choose Merino over Synthetic. Although, at the steep and cheap price, they are a great deal that I would purchase again.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on October 10, 2012

4 5

I agree with one of the other reviews about the fit. This piece is long in the torso and arms, which is actually great for me, but I could see how it would cause problems for others. I am 6'1 185 lbs with 35/36 inch arms and the large fit me perfect.

It's well made with a snug fit. It's surprisingly warm for how light it is. I use it as a outer layer during mild days and as a under layer when it gets cold.

One nice addition would be a draw cord for the waste. It hasn't yet, but I feel like it could stretch out a tiny bit, so the option to snug up the waste would be helpful. Other than that I am really happy with it and especially loved the steep and cheap price!

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on June 5, 2012

5 5

I have an older version of the Eagle Creek Hidden Pocket that is probably 10 years old. It's still going strong and has been the home to my passport ever since I bought it. I have traveled with this product throughout Asia, South America, Europe, and Central America. I never ever leave home on an international trip with it. If I really had to find one thing negative, I will say that in really hot climates (Ex. Bali, Indonesia) it can get a little hot having the fuzzy side against your leg. That being said the fuzzy side is comfortable and does not itch against your leg. I can't recommend this product enough for those that travel overseas.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on June 5, 2012

4 5

I have had a Thule big mouth for probably about 8 years. It's a well built bike mount. I had some issues with the grip of the clamp on my large framed mountain bike. I use a bungee cord around the clap to make it a bit more solid and give me a little better piece of mind if I am driving on the freeway. I really don't have any major complaints on the build or functionality, but I really don't use it anymore. Since moving to a hitch mount bike rack I can say that I will probably never use a roof mount rack again. Putting the bike up on the roof rack and taking it down can be a pain. I have to open one of the back doors on my Jeep Grand Cherokee and step up on the door sill in order to reach the bike. It's a total pain versus using a hitch mounted rack. Overall, its a good product, but no longer for me.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

4 5

I really like these shorts. I bought two pair. They are well made like most other OR products. The material is thin, but tough. They are cut well. Not too big, but not to skinny like many other shorts these days. I was afraid they were going to be a little short, but they hit just below my knee cap, which I like. I am 6'1 with a 33 inch inseam and wear my shorts on my hips. I don't sag them, but I don't pull them way up on my waist either. I really like the cut of the front pockets. The only minor issue I have with the shorts is that there is no closure on the back pockets. These shorts make awesome travel shorts, but without having a button or velcro closure you have to be careful about putting your wallet in the back pockets.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

4 5

These are comfortable and well made. They have padding in all the right places and a thinner mesh style pattern on the top of the foot that breaths very well. My only very minor gripe is that they are thinner than I thought they would be. I bought a very similar pair when they were sold under the backcountry.com brand and those were a bit thicker and more sturdy.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

The Patagonia R3 is a great insulation layer for really cold days. Under a hard shell it provides great warmth. Even though its high loft, its soft enough that it doesn't feel thick or too bulky under my hard shell. It also works well as an outer layer for dry days when the temps aren't super cold. It's not designed or marketed to be a wind stop fleece so it really should not be judged based on that.

It's well made and surprisingly sturdy for how light and soft it feels. It lives up to the Patagonia name and quality. I personally think the full price is a bit high. I was lucky enough to get mine on sale. I got a large in Narwhal Grey. As others have mentioned the pictures on the website are a bit deceiving because they make the collar and other patches almost look tan. They are not tan, they are grey. The pics posted by users show the true grey color a lot better. I am 6'1 185 pounds with a 32/33 inch waist and 35 inch arm length. I wear a 42L jacket and the large fits me great.

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SeattleBerner wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

The OR Gripper's are an awesome all around glove. Their warmth and thickness in relation to the dexterity you get is great. They fit really well and the cuffs around the wrist are nice and snug. The fingers are a bit long which is great for me. The pull on loops are handy especially when you already have one of the gloves on and are putting on the second.

They stop the wind very well and shed light moisture. They are not waterproof gloves and are best in cold, dry conditions. Although they maintain a decent amount of warmth when wet and tend to dry out fairly quickly. They work well within the suggested temp range. If its much colder than 25F you will need to go with a different glove or put a shell over these. You could put a liner under these, but that would require sizing up, which pretty much eliminates the dexterity that the gloves provide.

OR makes great products and has an awesome warranty and I am not just saying that because I am biased towards companies in my hometown :)

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