Stephen Yutzy

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Stephen Yutzy wrote an answer about on March 19, 2012

As Phil and Thomas said, if it's at all possible get yourself to a store, get fitted, and try them on. That will probably answer your question better than anyone online could. You might also find a 3rd or 4th option that would be even better for your intended use.

For mountaineering use, keep in mind that you'll have extra gear requirements vs regular backpacking, and different packs have different systems in place for handling that gear (external tool attachment points, ways to handle crampons, floating lids that can accomodate a rope underneath, etc)

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

5 5

Now have 230 miles on mine...time to write a review

Like the title says, these are my favorite shoes right now. Very flexible, very grippy, and with plenty of room for my toes to move around. Some sockless designs work well, some don't, these work great. I've worn these on roads, dirt trails, and rocky trails with great success on all. Care of course must be taken on sharp rocky surfaces as the flexibility of the sole doesn't allow for a rock plate. That's the tradeoff for feeling the ground :)
I'm looking forward to the zero drop version this spring.

Only one downside I've found: these are by far and away the most stink-prone shoes in my sockless shoes collection (these, merrell trail glove, VFF KSO). They really really reek after a little while

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

4 5

I love everything about these shoes except for one thing: the way the toe flexes causes the front mesh to rub skin off the top of my foot. Problem solved with socks, but I don't like wearing socks. I was hoping the problem would go away as the shoes broke in and loosened up, but 70 miles later it's still there. I have the tough glove as well (leather upper version) and have been wearing it to work every day for the past 6 months with no issues whatsoever.

Otherwise they're light, grippy, firm but flexible, and with the big toe box I look for in a minimalist shoe.

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

Reviewing on behalf of my wife:
Good lightweight base layer or standalone shirt. Some baselayers don't like to see the light of day by themselves, this is not one of those. In our experience, Icebreaker wool tends to be soft and smooth, and this is no exception. 200 weight is nice and light without being seethrough like some 150 weight wools can be. And like all merino stuff, it doesn't smell for a long time.

The perfect shirt for my wife is slim through the body with long arms, and Icebreaker sizing seems to fit that perfectly.

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

Both my wife and I have these pads. She is a 5'8"ish side sleeper and has the regular size, I'm a 6'1"ish back sleeper and have the large size. I'm actually ok with the length of the regular size, but prefer the width of the large to let my arms down. Both pack down remarkably small, with the large size only about an inch and a half longer when rolled. When fully inflated they are a bit firm, we usually fully inflate them, lay down, and slowly let air out until it feels just right. The thickness is nice for my wife, since even as a side sleeper she doesn't bottom out anywhere. Probably not enough insulation for winter, but we don't camp/backpack then anyways. We haven't had any problems with leaks or the material looking worn, so it seems to be durable. Certainly feels more durable than the regular neoair. We've always used ours in a tent. From an in-store comparison, this seems less "crinkly" sounding than the neoair.

Minor gripes: included stuff sack (big + over the neoair) is way too big, the inflation valve is hard to clean (really a gripe with almost all inflatable pads)

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

5 5

I got bitten by the merino bug hardcore last winter, and now can't imagine other base layers. This piece by far and away wins the bang for your buck award in my book, especially if you pick it up on sale on SAC. It shares all the normal merino qualities: moves moisture well, dries quickly (although not as quickly as synthetic) and doesn't stink, and at roughly half the price of some of the others. The downside? Not quite as soft as Icebreaker or Smartwool, but not rough by any means.

Edit: I'm 6'1", 170lbs, with a +2" ape factor, and the medium fits me great as a base layer. Snug without being constricting.

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Stephen Yutzy wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

5 5

I love this lightweight fleece. Performs great in the winter with a base layer underneath, looks great around town (in casual settings, of course), and has held up remarkably well. No pilling under my pack straps, for example.

From reading other reviews it seemed that the fit on this was snug, so I purchased a large. Perfect fit for me: not too bulky with room for a base layer and perfect sleeve length. I'm 6'1", 170lbs, ape factor of +2".

The biggest con is the price. I picked mine up on SAC, and even given how much I love this fleece it's pretty hard to imagine paying full retail for it.

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