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Shawn Wood

Shawn Woodwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I actually came across this jacket by mistake. It was given to me by someone because it didn't fit them. So before getting this jacket I had not even really heard of Holden and had no idea if they make good stuff or not. My initial impressions were that the jacket fits a bit bigger than I am used to. I am 6' 170lbs and a medium felt more like a large to me. I suspect that is because I usually wear slim fitting techy jackets and this is meant to fit a little more like the typical snowboarder would like. A medium fits my exactly like shown in the product photo so I guess that's the way it's meant to fit. As a snowboarding jacket, I love how it fits, very comfortable, looks cool. As a piece of gear, I love it, for a more fashionable jacket it actually has quite a bit of good tech features. It has full pit zips with mesh to keep the snow out which I have never seen before, very cool. It is super water proof, I held a sleeve under running water for a full 30 seconds, not a drop penetrated the fabric. The hood fits nicely which is important to me. One of my biggest annoyances with most hooded jackets is ill fitting hoods. It is not an issue with this jacket. The neck is real soft and comfy, my skin is pretty sensitive and jackets usually chafe the crap out of my neck and chin, not a problem with this. This is not the warmest jacket I own, really just a heavy shell, on warm days it's great by itself, on a really cold day I'd either wear a real warm jacket underneath or wear a different one all together.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on April 10, 2011

5 5

I have been doing the minimalist running thing for about a year now and up until now have been very frustrated with the lack of thought put into minimalist running shoes. Nike frees are normal running shoes, I don't know why people think they're a barefoot shoe. Vibram five fingers are dumb, they rely on a glove fit but unless your feet are the exact shape and proportions of the shoe they will not fit correctly. I have a pair of KSOs that I can't wear because they are way too tight on my big toes, like painfully tight. Also, it's really annoying and difficult to try and wiggle your smaller toes into the toes of the five fingers. The trail gloves solve this problem. They fit very much like the five fingers but without the annoying separated toes, and the toe box is wide so there's plenty of room for splaying but it doesn't affect the glove like feel and fit of the shoe. I have worn them with and without socks and had zero problems with blisters. On trails you can feel some of the rocks but unless you're not paying attention to where your feet fall you shouldn't have any problems with bruising your feet in these. Oh and these things are super light, they feel like nothing. I finally feel like I've found the perfect minimalist trail shoe. BTW I also really like running in Luna Sandals, unless the trail is really gnarly the Lunas are my default.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on January 19, 2011

5 5

I have been eyeballing this thing for months, wanting to try it out. On my way out of town for the calico 50k I stopped at a local running store to pick up some body glide. While there I saw they had these packs and impulsively bought one. I wasn't so sure that testing out new gear on a such a big race was such a good idea, but I decided to run with it anyways. Man is it comfortable. I only ever filled it to 30 oz cause there were enough aid stations that I didn't need to lug around the full amount. 30 oz didn't really feel like anything. Barely bounced at all, though I like to think that i have a pretty smooth stride. The best thing about it is all the pockets and the drawstring. Midway through the race I took off my shirt, it was nice to cinch it down to my pack instead of tying it around my waist or holding it. Also the pockets in the front are amazing. I was able to put my phone (it is my music and camera) in one pocket and some treats in the other. Very easy to get to stuff when it's on the front. I will deffinately be wearing this for all my longer runs and for any long race where there is not an aid station every couple miles.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on November 25, 2010

5 5

I used to think I was way too cool for vests. But I really like this vest! It's nice to be able to keep your core warm while keeping your arms free to do other things. It's super comfy and looks pretty good too. I'm 6' 165lbs and a medium fits me perfectly. The drawstring on the bottom of the vest is a nice touch.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on November 25, 2010

5 5

I'm typically a minimalist when it comes to camping, I never carry more than what will fit in my 40 liter pack and haven't used a tent in years. But this towel has found a permanent home in my pack. Folded up it's so small that it doesn't really take up any room or add any weight. It's really nice to be able to wash and dry my face while camping and it's nice to be able to dry off after swimming in an icy river instead of shivering on rocks waiting to dry. Great travel towel too. The only thing I don't like is that it's impossible to wipe it across wet skin. It sticks to your skin you you have to pat dry. I used this without washing probably 10 times before it started to stink.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on November 25, 2010

4 5

I used to think I was too cool for zip off pants/shorts. But I just can't deny function. The pants are super comfy and its really nice to be able to convert to shorts in an instant. I wear these pants when climbing, camping, traveling or just lounging around the house. They dry really fast and even when they are wet they don't hold a lot of water so you won't get all bogged down after crossing streams. These pants even look nice, they're not super baggy like some hiking pants but there's still plenty of room for your legs to move unfettered. My only complaint is that the bottoms don't have drawstrings. The bottoms are kinda wide so they drag on the ground behind my heels. I corrected this by sewing elastic in the cuffs but drawstrings would've been nice.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on November 25, 2010

5 5

You have to put biners on your cams anyways and if you're smart you have camalots. So why not color match your biners to your cams? It seemed kinda silly to me at first but when I'm 200 feet up hanging on by my fingertips and my legs are bouncing like crazy being able to find the right size cam quickly and easily really make a big difference.

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Shawn Woodwrote a review of on November 25, 2010

5 5

I've had the previous model of this jacket for a year and it is for sure my favorite jacket. It's super comfy, light weight and warm. Also, it's pretty durable, I've worn it climbing a few times and was sure I'd get holes in the arms but still no holes! I usually wear it by it's self but if it's really cold outside additional layers are needed. I also like the way it looks, very fashionable.

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