Stephen Schalk

Stephen Schalk

On all trails running north or south, or east to west, from coast to coast.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on March 20, 2011

4 5

I'll take this T over my Patagonia Capilene 1 any day of the week; it has a much better fit around the neck and shoulders. Like everyone else said- wicks very well and comfortable under a pack. Not the greatest 'stink' resistant, but it won't make your entire pack smell rank after being worn for several days like other synthetics- a great deal for around $25.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

3 5

Purchased these for a hike in the Rock Mountain NP. I wasn't blown away by them; the breathability was good and they weren't terribly heavy, but the fit was very poor for my feet. I don't have many problems with shoes, but even after several weeks of break-in, they seemed too stiff in the heel and over my ankle. After a couple days going uphill with a pack on they were rubbing against my achilles quite a bit. I sent them back after the hike and will have to look elsewhere. Thank god for Backcountry's return policy, it's why you're the best!

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

As it says, these are great lightweight trail running/hiking socks that come just above your ankle. Wise use of synthetics on the top of the sock allows them to breathe very well and the lycra gives the sock a "hugging" feel. I've only had them a short time, so we will see how well they hold up over time.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on December 17, 2009

5 5

There is a reason they're pricey, they really are the best socks I've ever owned. The fit is much better than any of the Bridgedale, IceBreaker, Patagonia...whatever socks you want you want to compare them to. I think they're the closest you can get to a "stink-free" pair of socks, which might be a moot point because my feet never seem to sweat with them on. If I'm wearing shoes, I'm wearing these.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on December 6, 2009

4 5

Not entirely self-inflating, you need to unroll it with the valve open and let it be for a bit before laying down to get start, but you'll always need a couple blows to top er off. While it's not nearly as light or compact as a Big Agnes style inflatible pad, I just like the feel more than sleeping on a true air mattress, not to mention it seems to be quite a bit warmer in cold temps.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on May 18, 2009

3 5

Had these shoes for just over a year and they're a real good dry-weather hiker. The sole ports are great for ventilation and draining water after a quick ford. They are light-weight and have great traction. I haven't had any problems with the eyelets breaking, they've held up well. However, they're not ideal if you're planning on wearing them around town or on extended hikes in semi-wet conditions- every puddle you step in will soak your socks. A great shoe for lightweight hiking in dry conditions.

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Stephen Schalk wrote a review of on April 1, 2009

5 5

Awesome breathable stuff sack, air flows out really freely through the mesh in the bottom...very well designed. Kept everything completely dry on a fairly damp hike through the Smokies. Obviously, because there are no compression straps, you're not going to be able to pack it down as small as physically possible if you're looking for something to compress a down sleeping bag or something along those lines...works great for a food/gear bag.

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