Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Snoqualmie, WA

Stuart Anderson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

Stuart Anderson's Bio

My original home is Bellevue/Seattle WA, just moved out to Snoqualmie and loving the proximity to the mountains. I am more of a traveller than anything however.
In the past 2 years I have been able to hit Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Germany, and Panama. I am also an amazing continnental travel bum, logging to cross-country road trips this last year and a Colorado/Utah/Idaho ski trip this chritsmas.
I am a traveller above all else, but have found the joy of traveling is not found in fancy hotels. Instead my love for biking, hiking, and camping are how I spend my time away from home.

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

Have to say,
these are my new favorite pants. Patagonia has really done it here with the bombproof goretex and perfect articulated fit. there is a tiny bit of insulation that stays out of your way and keeps you warm. Plus they keep you completely dry. well placed pockets and great zippers finish off an all around amazing pant.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 13, 2012

4 5

these gloves are great for anything outside in cold weather, either work or play, and don't get TOO hot. They have a simple lining and durable leather outer that stands up to an amazing amount of wear and tear.

Marmot has some significant quality control issues with them however......

I tried on 10 pairs of M just to find one that fit my hand the correct way. Some had narrow fingers, some had wide fingertips, even the wrist opening had size variations. My biggest issue though was on the variation of leather quality.


Don't get me wrong, I love these gloves. But I very well could have ended up with a pair that I hated if I hadn't tried on every medium they had at REI.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

4 5

this makes a great mid to heavy weight layer when running on brisk days. the added chest pocket is a nice bonus for an id/credit so you don't have to bring your favorite fanny pack on your next training run.

sleeves are long and do a great job keeping wrists and hands warm but thumb-holes would also be a nice addition.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 9, 2012

2 5

Nice pant, weird fit. Stoic has some nice fabrics and good ideas with their products....but like everyone says the fit is pretty strange. Too much material in the waist, and on the butt/crotch. bunching is a major issues with these. sadly you can even see it on the product pictures....ewwww look at that carbon/carbon shot!

i do have to say though they keep you pretty warm

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 9, 2012

5 5

Without a doubt Smartwool PHD's are the best socks you can buy for skiing. The socks are actually pretty amazing for anything be it hiking or lounging in a chilly house.
PHD's win with a perfect fit, just the right amount of cushion, no smell, warmth, and most importantly they STAY PUT!

I love these socks because you put em on and never have to worry about pulling them up or cutting off your circulation. buy a few and it will be money well spent.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 9, 2012

4 5

I love backcountry.com, and want to love stoic products but found these socks to be a little lacking. The footbed and shin cushion are great but the socks have some work to do in the fit department. I'm 5'10" 165 and the large fits my foot perfectly, however the elastic at the top of the calf must be for someone with the smallest legs on the planet. By the end of the day I had a huge compression line digging into my calves and i dont even have big legs!

also i was a little disappointed they were less than 1/2 wool....but that is my fault for not checking...its pretty clear in the description

These socks deserve 3 stars but get a 4 because of Backcountry.com's legendary return policy. could not be any happier with the service.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on June 28, 2011

5 5

i have a pair of the mens sanuks and could not stop my girlfriend from stealing them so i finally broke down and shelled out for a matching pair. now she will not shut up about them and has already bought another pair in another color to show her true love.
sanuks are too comfortable. but they can fit a little bit big on gals....if your typically a half size, size down as they will stretch a bit. we had to jump all the way down to 5's

and no matter what do not let friends try them on....because you will not get them back....until you have to buy another pair in exchange

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on June 19, 2011

5 5

I love this watch!!!!

super comfortable and actually stylin for just about any occasion. says classy, but is ready to get down and dirty. i especially love the rubber band, super easy cleaning this baby still looks like when i bought it a year and a half ago.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

awesome entry level gogg. they fit like a glove once you get your adjustment right. the dual bracket is a bit of a pain, but the nice part is once its dialed in it does not slip out of where its been adjusted to. a hook closure like the higher end goggles would be nice. no fogging issues, plus i love the big lens. cant see it cracking even with the most epic face plant

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 7, 2011

5 5

These shoes are awesome. Fit snug and depending on the size you want you can completely eliminate the need for socks. Think Sanuks but a little more dressy, which can be super nice if your up at your lake place and want to go out to a classy dinner, or if your looking for something nice to wear to that upcoming wedding in hawaii. Just dont be to smug when everybody else sweating in shiny dress shoes are kickin themselves.

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

5 5

If your rockin an iphone these will do just about everything with ease. and the big button on the remote kicks ass when wearing gloves. They even work with voice control. stay away from the twin tip audio, where the volume control works through one cord and the skip song feature through the other. These are all integrated, sound great, and are easy to control when your thick enough to bump ABBA instead of listening to the babe next to you on the lift

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

5 5

I have never had a glove that is so comfortable, warm, and well fitted for my hands. One thing i absolutely love about them is how much dexterity you feel, at the ends of the fingers there is not an overkill amount of material that bunches up and they still manage to keep you super warm. I have been doing mostly night skiing this season and those chairlifts can get mighty cold during night. with these my hands have never been cold or wet, and they give me enough movement to easily control my ipod.
the closure system is pretty nice as well, one easy grab synch on one side can be pulled to tighten, while the traditional squeeze can loosen (as well as a pull on the opposite side of the glove) the pulls and bracelet (so you dont drop em' ding dong!) are not cumbersome either.

In response to the comments about durability mine have been doing well so far, the only place I could guess that would break down would be on the outside of pinky or thumb, where the nose/goggle wipes are super soft leather. be careful if your a low turner who drags his hands.

I love their comfort, warmth, and fit. but i could see how people would be turned off by durability... just buy them through backcountry... a little review of their return policy should give you the piece of mind you need

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

2 5

If you are an iphone 4 user these headphones are an extreme pain in the butt. especially when your used to the controls that already come on your cheap white headphones. I have such a hard time saying this because i had such high hopes. heres the problem.....the double shot gives you two cords....unfortunately the controls on the wire dont account for this. If i use one cable, the volume control is amazing and super easy to use...but the pause/play/skip does not function. If the other cable is used, i can pause and play my music.....but i have no control of volume. The controls could be awesome but they simply dont work. All that said, the sound quality on the headphones is great and they zip in perfectly to my helmet. I just wish i could control my music

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on December 8, 2010

5 5

I agree with everything said below. This helmet is a workhorse. and comfortable. A feature I love that isn't mentioned is the earflaps have a zipper along the bottom which you can zip your own headphones into. rather than droppin about 50 on a skullcandy pair of muffs

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on August 23, 2010

4 5

This jacket is a pretty basic shell. very good wind blockage and good waterproofing, but the durability of the fabric comes into question for me when i read that its recommended for skiing. This is an awesome shell for wet days and perfect for spring/fall hiking season, mostly cause it packs down well and can handle wet weather with ease. It fits a bit large around the trunk leaving a good amount of room for insulating layers. I got it on steepandcheap for around 80, and for the money there is not a better deal out there.This jacket could be a good go to for warmer ski days, but in heavy powder or rain go for something with a skirt

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Stuart Anderson wrote a review of on April 28, 2010

5 5

Buy these as your first road pedal and never go back. Although they are quite a bit heavier than the Keo 2 max carbon pedals they more than make up the difference in durability and power transfer. In addition, if you have a multipurpose road bike.....ie not racing in a full kit everyday, these pedals provide a great platform when wearing street shoes.
You can easily adjust your clip retention, and they are very comfortable. The only drawback to me has been the bulky cleats when compared to the options offered by speedplay.

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