Sinecurely wrote a review of Patagonia Hike On The Ridge T-Shirt - Long-Sleeve - Men's on April 21, 2012
Cool graphic, great T. Pretty much what you'd expect from Patagucci.
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Cool graphic, great T. Pretty much what you'd expect from Patagucci.
Don't get me wrong, this thing is great. It is thin enough to not create a problem under a helmet strap and it breathes enough to minimize fogging problems so common with some neck gaiters.
But what's with the clear printing of Sasquatch? Seriously, who ever saw a photo of Bigfoot that wasn't blurry. Everyone knows that all Yetis lack focus. That's why cameras can't catch them clearly. Get it right next time guys.
I was a bit skeptical of the claims that this was both a good low-light and sun goggle. But after last weekend, I'm a believer. We had one day of snow, deep powder and very low light and these goggles performed great. They even handled a couple of faceplants in the pow very well. The next day was bluebird and the changing lens performed as advertised.
They aren't a perfect match with my Smith Vantage helmet, but they work just fine. The silicone gripper beads on the inside of the strap keep the goggles from falling back when I put them up on the helmet too.
This is cool looking. I see a front fly zipper. But how the heck do you put this thing on? Is it like a wetsuit where you climb in through the neck opening? It is one piece, right?
Does the handle on this shovel telescope?
Last weekend I took my Air Core car camping. Since weight didn't matter, I also took along a Coleman battery-operated inflator that I use with a huge air mattress when car camping in the giant tent. The Coleman pumps allow you to take the nozzle off and put it on the intake opening. I did this and used it to suck all the air out of the Air Core. It was awesome! I then closed the valve, folded in thirds and rolled it up. When I got it all rolled up, there was barely any air to let out of the valve. It fit into the stuff sack more easily than when it was new. FKNA!
Here's a picture of it layered under a Patagonia softshell.
It is perfect for layering. Not too bulky and the smooth fabric moves nicely under a softshell or hard shell. Like Ty said, only for the coldest of days though. I wear it as a piece of evening outerwear in Tahoe, but wore it as a layer under a softshell for some colder days in Colorado in Feb.
I've really enjoyed this piece so far. I wouldn't wear it as outerwear if it was going to snow or rain, but its a great layer under a shell on really cold days. I wear it around town in Tahoe and love it for that. Super soft and comfy. I've found that most patagonia jackets run large. I normally wear a L jacket from others (Arcteryx, Marmot), but the M sweater fits me perfectly, expecially for layering. Same with a Patagucci softshell I just got. I'm 5'10" and 175-180.
I went for a short hike to a great powder line the other day. Unfortunately I couldn't see much of my hike and had to stop frequently on my ski line because these goggles fogged incessantly. I do not recommend them. I know I'm a sweaty guy and have more problems with goggles fogging up than most people, but this was ridiculous. The wind was blowing hard and it was pretty cold. It should have been sufficient for the ventilation to deal with the moisture.
The silicone strip that Spy puts on goggle straps is a great innovation. It really keeps them in place on your helmet, especially when you put them up. Unfortunately I had to keep them up on my helmet for most of my morning while wearing them. I couldn't remember why I hadn't worn these goggles in a while, but now I do. I will not be wearing these again. They fit OK with a Smith Variant Brim helmet, although the strap could be a bit longer - it was pretty tight.
Do these come with the alpine heel/toe pieces, or do you have to buy those separately?
Do these come stock with both sets of sole blocks, or just as pictured with the AT / Dynafit soles? If not, how much are the sole blocks and where do I order them?
Re: phUnk's review about durability issues: I noticed this on the early releases of this helmet (before I bought one - its what kept me from getting one at first), but Smith fixed it mid-season of 07-08 and the new one I picked up in the spring is holding up very well - it survived a few days of backcountry hiking and skiing where it was often strapped to my pack and banging against my skis.
The venting works very well and the micro brim is perfect. Just big enough to keep a little sun out, but not so big that you can't put your goggles up. It fits my noggin just fine and works fine with both goggles and sunglasses. The only thing I would change if I were the designer would be to add mesh to all the vent holes to keep snow from clogging in there when you do a head-plant in powder. Instead I just take it off for a moment and knock the snow out.
Best multi-tool I've bought. Great blade (filleted 3 trout with it), the 'biner is great, and I love having mini-hex wrench with me for bindings (Bomber). Great construction, very durable so far (hiking, climbing, bc skiing).
This is the best multitool I've tried. Over the years I've had swiss army knives, an original leatherman, little leathermen, CRKT knives (great knives, but they aren't multi-tools). They have all been too heavy or too bulky to carry on a regular basis.
The Skeletool is a great exception. It is light enough to carry all the time. It has the carabiner to attach to a harness or radio pack (I actually bought it to use for ski patrolling), plus a clip to secure it in your pocket. It is light enough that I don't notice it in my pocket (I have the CX one, but I think they are both the same weight). The blade is sharp and functional, plus it opens with one finger, locks open and closes with one hand. You don't need to unfold the tool to access the blade either. The pliers work as advertised and the wire cutters clip zip-ties with aplomb. I picked up the bit kit because I wanted to have a 5mm allen key to be able to adjust/tighten my snowboard bindings which use a 5mm allen for all adjustments. I love that I can have one tip in the bit tip and one hidden in the handle. I don't have to carry the bit kit around with me or toss the extra bit in and risk losing it.
I sort of miss having a scissors in the tool, but I've found I can manage most tasks with the knife.
So far it has survived a camping trip to Yosemite - which included rock climbing where I finally got the first scratches on the tool, gutting and filleting four trout, and opening a six-pack worth of Fat Tire. A little bonus: the carabiner spring catches and hangs onto the bottle caps so you don't have to pick them up off the ground after you open a bottle!
Note: the current picture on this site shows a flat/razor blade. My CX came with a combo serrated/flat blade.
I'm a total BC JONG so take this for what its worth. This is my first pair of skins and so far they are great. I only have one day on them - not too cold, not gloppy - basic spring conditions.
The included instructions made it easy to cut/trim the skins to fit my 188 Bro-Models and the included tip/tail hooks work well on these semi-twin skis. Now I just need to get out there more and perfect my kick turns and learn to remove the skins without removing my skis.
The skins are back in their included storage back with the plastic protectors on them and they'll stay there for the summer. Hopefully we'll get more snow next season than we did this year so I get to use them more.