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Stu wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

I got these at my local kayak shop and have been using them for about a year. The ends have seen a bit of asphalt and are still in good condition. The joint where the two halves connect has seen all the saltwater and wear that is to be expected in a ocean-going piece of gear and they still slide together and apart without involving a buddy. I like the slightly oval shaft where your hands grip, and the three positions are all I need to get my fit, change it to straight shaft for my friend when he uses it, and I guess go lefty in case I ever meet a lefty kayaker.

All in all, good gear and well worth the price.

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Stu wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

I've had these for a couple years now and love 'em. They've got great lateral traction as well as straight ahead. I'm 180lbs and where my full 30lb pack and they 30in kick ass no problem. The strapping mechanism is quick, easy, simple, and light. I've stabbed the Nytex deck many times with the spikes of the other showshoe, my hiking poles, and other camping gear I've dropped on it, and they have yet to fail. The Al rails are super scratched up from all the rock hopping I've done on these things, and I haven't had a problem with cracks or bent poles or anything. The steel crampons along the bottom haven't lost their edge either. Hopefully I'll be wearing these guys for many seasons to come.

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Stu wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

4 5

I'm super stoked on these boots mostly because I have super wide feet that seriously limit the shoes I can try on, and these guys fit great even in the toe box. I am used to settling when it comes to boots, but these are exactly what I was looking for: something comfy and light, but waterproof for winter hiking. They are super comfy, and they're certainly light hiking boots, but as for the waterproof, fail.

I wore them a couple times before taking them up shasta and they worked great, but only because it was cold enough that I got a good layer of ice on the outside and that remained frozen rather than soaking through. Other than that trip, every time I wear them now my boots, socks, and feet get soaked through within an hour of snow hiking. I know they're not meant for multiple day snow hiking/snowshoeing, but if a boot advertises their water protection, I expect it to work with liquid or frozen water.

I love these things, and I will continue to wear them until the sole falls off (I've had them for a little over a year now, and they outsole has been slowly peeling off since a month after I bought them), but I think I'll opt for something different next time solely because when I buy a boot, I expect it to last. These don't last.

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Stu wrote a review of on December 3, 2011

5 5

I had been looking around for a super basic waterproof shell that ditches the bells and whistles and saves on weight when I stumbled upon this Golite miracle. Let me tell you why I've worn this thing damn near every day for the past two years and even bought a second one:

The whole thing weighs nothing. I stuff it into a tennis ball tube that goes in my water bottle cage on my road bike for the chilly decents, but when I pull it on and wear it over a fleece, it's waterproof and windproof enough to summit shasta and brave 0F snow camping for days on end. I've gotten chaulk all over it since I wear it on my ride back from the climbing gym everyday, but when I take it camping, boom, clean again! The waterproof material sheds dirt and chaulk like nobody's business.

The zippers, velcro, buttons and other fasteners you'll find on other jackets are all cleverly replaced on this simple shell. The flap that covers the zipper is just stiff enough to stay covering the zipper the whole way, but is only secured by a bit of velcro on the top and bottom. The sleeves end in a bit of elastic rather than flaps and other nonsense. The bottom of the jacket has an adjustable elastic cord for sealing off that cold wind, and the hood has the same. The two pockets go to mesh so they double as vents, but the pit vents just open without mesh, so there's nothing between your armpits and the outdoors when you're looking for some cooling breeze.

I'm 6' and 175lbs with a 41" chest and I got the medium. It's a great fit, though maybe a bit snug. The large might fit a bit looser, but I'd rather forego the loose material flapping in the wind.

Five star product!

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Stu wrote a review of on November 20, 2011

Damn Good
5 5

I've owned these glasses for over a year now, almost two. I wear them almost daily and have put them through their trials without a doubt. They've survived backpacks, pockets, cars, bikes, friends, etc. I love them. They fit my face perfectly (my head is a bit on the larger side) and they are comfy. The nosepads fell off less than a couple weeks after purchasing them since they're not secured on at all, but I've been wearing them ever since without nosepads and haven't any problems.
I love the cam action of the hinges; I can put them on the front of my shirt collar and they stay folded. And when I pick them up, I can one hand flip them completely open so I can slide them right over my baby blues and conquer the next adventure.

The smoke polarized lenses are beautiful. I'll wear them in bright sunlit snow all day with zero eye problems, but I'll continue to wear them while on a bike ride into late evening. The polarization makes it so glare is extremely reduced, but the whole world isn't dark. I wear them when I'm sailing and all the sun glare on the water disappears while I can actually see into the water through the sun glare. Amazing.

One more thing: the frame is stiff enough (full thick plastic) that they curve to my head and stay on, but they aren't pressing into the sides of my head a lot. It's a good design.

Alright, done singing praises. Obviously, these aren't going to work with someone with a tiny face, and they aren't the most styling things for wearing regular everyday, but if you're looking for some sport glasses for sailing, hiking, biking, snow sports, etc...you found them.

I included a picture of me near base camp on Mt. Shasta wearing my favorite glasses and a burger king hat.

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