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Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Snoqualmie, WA

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Stuart's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

Stuart'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 an answer about on December 31, 2011

The sidestash are an amazing ski and will be a blessing in powder and in the backcountry. the nice part about them is that they are not such massive planks that they are worthless on a mediocre day.
your size sort of depends on how aggressive you are. 183s will last as you improve though.....

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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 an answer about on May 24, 2011

yes you need the tent body in order to keep the poles in the correct positions. no bare bones allowed....unless you are very clever and decide to tape your poles together at exactly the right locations.....oh wait that wont work either because the cross pole in the center needs to help the two long pole stay apart

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Stuart Anderson wrote an answer about on May 24, 2011

hammocks are notorious for not being good for more than one... even the most enthusiastic spooner will get tired of having another persons elbow jammed into them because of the hammocks curvature. these packable hammocks are great, for one. i wouldnt bank on a long nights sleep. mostly because they only attach at one anchor point.

if you dont need it to be travel friendly i would get a rope/cloth hammock with a spreader.....this is the wooden piece where the rope is threaded through, which makes it so each side of the hammock are not forced together due the the weight in the middle

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Stuart Anderson wrote an answer about on May 24, 2011

it can be separated into different layers. but heres the kicker....its only really two layers depending on perspective. the jacket can be worn in the following ways

option 1: the liner
option 2: the outer shell
option 3: the liner, inside the outer shell

because it can be worn in 3 different variations people are often fooled and think they are getting 3 separate pieces

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