Pacific Northwest (WA)
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
The boys love their goat gear! I bought one green and one orange for my twins. They fit good and are well made.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy - My wife has these boots and used them on a snowshoe trip in Mount Rainier National Park. She said they worked great and her feet stayed dry and warm. The only thing to consider is that these are not super high. If the snow is really deep you may want to use gaiters or snow pants that have a tab at the bottom to hook to your laces to keep the snow out.
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.
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 :)
Pelican cases are the standard for bomb proof cases. They are very well built, last a long time, and are truly water tight. I have the 1400 which is slightly bigger than the 1300. I use it as the main case for my handgun. The pick and pluck foam is great for being able to easily outline whatever it is you want to put in the case. My brother has a very large Pelican case that he uses to haul is dive gear when going on dive trips. It's been all over the world and hammered through numerous airports in remote areas where they don't give a darn about how they treat check in luggage. It's held up really well and still water tight after about 8 years of use.
Overall, I don't think you can go wrong with Pelican cases. The only complaint I hear and that I tend to agree with is that they are heavy, but that is due to how sturdy they are built.
I walk my dog a lot. Living in Seattle during the fall and winter months means it's dark outside by about 5:00pm, so our evening walks are typically in the dark and often in the rain. We have used the same Nite Ize SpotLit LED for three years. It's held up really well and changing the battery is pretty easy. It puts out a good amount of light and makes is easy to see our Bernese Mountain Dog. It's easy to attach and remove from the collar ring.
I recommend these for anyone that wants an easy to use light for their pup.
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