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Tobias Funke

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Josh's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Josh's Bio

Climb, Hike, Camp. Backpack, Run, Fish. Beat people up on occasion, too.

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Tobias Funke

Tobias Funke wrote a review of on August 12, 2011

Teton Crest Trail
5 5

Bought these for a trip on the Teton Crest Trail. I wanted a stiff boot that I could kick-step in as the snowfalls this year were high and the trails were under heavy snow. I did take them out for a light 9 mile hike before and didn't get any blisters.
However, as fate would have it, when I took the boots on the hike, they gave me blisters on both heels. I blame that on myself, however, as I know that boots need to be broken in.
The boots are QUALITY, though. They're rigid enough for crampons, sturdy enough to carry heavy loads and the goret-tex is honestly waterproof. The lacing system is ingenious. The bottom-most hooks on the lacing system are V-shaped and cinch the laces down, leaving the option to have the bottom section loose and the top section tighter or vice-versa. Also, they're are two footbed inserts which allow for versatile sizing options.
The soles were good, not great, as far as stickiness and traction.

Cons: The boots did take longer than usual to air/dry out every day and seemed to get more and more moist every morning, almost like they need 9 hrs to fully air out instead of the 8 that I gave them.

All in all, these are great boots that are well-made and I will have them for years.

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on August 12, 2011

Teton Crest Trail
5 5

Bought these for a trip on the Teton Crest Trail. I wanted a stiff boot that I could kick-step in as the snowfalls this year were high and the trails were under heavy snow. I did take them out for a light 9 mile hike before and didn't get any blisters.
However, as fate would have it, when I took the boots on the hike, they gave me blisters on both heels. I blame that on myself, however, as I know that boots need to be broken in.
The boots are QUALITY, though. They're rigid enough for crampons, sturdy enough to carry heavy loads and the goret-tex is honestly waterproof. The lacing system is ingenious. The bottom-most hooks on the lacing system are V-shaped and cinch the laces down, leaving the option to have the bottom section loose and the top section tighter or vice-versa. Also, they're are two footbed inserts which allow for versatile sizing options.
The soles were good, not great, as far as stickiness and traction.

Cons: The boots did take longer than usual to air/dry out every day and seemed to get more and more moist every morning, almost like they need 9 hrs to fully air out instead of the 8 that I gave them.

All in all, these are great boots that are well-made and I will have them for years.

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on August 1, 2011

Hangover pant
5 5

Let's just say that you wake up on the floor after a night of partying and wonder where your pants are....that is, until you look down and see that you're still wearing pants. Strange. You must not have noticed because they're so lightweight, breathable and just downright "hit-the-town-again-tonight-because-your-pants-are-awesome" comfortable. Not only that, but running from the Polizia during your next trip to Cabo will be considerably easier, since these pants feature an athletic cut with knees that are cut for movement.

Con: They don't shed water after 6 hrs. in the rain. But hey, I don't either.

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on August 1, 2011

Wet? Naw......
4 5

Bought this jacket right before a backpacking/camping/hiking/fishing trip to Alaska. Glad that I did. This thing stood up to everything Canada's left hand could throw at it. It took a full-on rainstorm and kept me dry for hours.

Sizing:
The jacket does have an athletic cut, so size appropriately. I'm 6'0", 175 and a large fits me snugly. If you're anything more than slender, size up. The length seemed a little longer than normal, but I grew to like it instantly.

Material:
Mine came fully seamtaped. The fabric does have a DWR finish, which wore a little bit on the shoulders where my pack rubbed on it, but I have since had it in an all out downpour and it still kept my shirt that I had underneath dry. The zippers are waterproof with good pullstrings/tabs. I had a camera in the chest pocket that stayed dry despite torrents of rain/wind. Also, the velcro around the cuffs doesn't seem to snag on twigs or branches, nor does it pick up dirt like other velcro.

Cons:
1. I thought that the DWR wearing off after one use was a bit fast, but it was a heavy pack.
2. The adjustment tabs for the hood ride right on my cheeks (someone else's review said the same thing). I ended up pulling them off and putting them beneath, where the end of the cord is (sits right beneath my collarbone).

All in all a great jacket. Watch SAC for it!

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on July 4, 2011

5 5

I used a friend's cougar 1 w/ hand brake before we bought our. We live in the downtown SLC area and I run hills pretty frequently. After two or three runs, I drove out to the BC store and bought this. Glad I did, too.
This brake kit, as opposed to the 2.0 version, will fit any stroller that chariot has made (both the one or two kid versions) since 1997. It attaches via the front wheel bars (with awesome locking quick release levers) and adjusts via four phillips head screws.
The 2.0 version of the brake kit has its own bars (will only work on 2006 and later strollers, and must be specific to the cougar 1 or cougar 2), but it does come with it's own fender to prevent splashing in wet conditions, which is a plus, as my kid loves to lean out the front and play with the front wheel.
Also, in response to the other review:
Yes, the brake locks up the wheel. That's what it is supposed to do.....stop the wheel. My suggestion is to either 1. invent a better idea or 2. Stop mashing your brake, gorilla hands. You know that the stroller can be slowed down by your body, too.......right?

I wouldn't run without this attachment. worth every dollar.

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

Bought this on sale for a last minute snowshoeing trip to Bryce Canyon, UT. Got down to -6 F the first night and I was toasty warm. Second night was -4 F with the same comfort level. I've also carried this in the bottom of my backpack (sometimes a b*tch to get it in there) on numerous other trips, although it is bulky. But hey, what did you expect from a synthetic fill bag?
My advice would be to just get a good compression sack along with this bag....
Two other details:
1. Mine is a year old and has a small draft tube.
2. Mine has a full length zipper on one side and a 1/4-1/3 zip on the other side, a great detail that makes it easier to drink hot cocoa while still inside.
All in all, it's a bag that allows you to flip Santa the bird and go on that Christmas backpacking trip you've been wanting to take...

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

4 5

I bought these as a 3-pack and am glad that I did. They're pretty thin, meaning that they'll take over the place of my summer running socks. Also, the bright neon (more of a yellow-green) colors are mostly covered by your shoes and the only thing you end up seeing is the Stoic logo on the back. They're perfect as a thin, no padding (even thought it says they have some) summer sock that dries fast.

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

5 5

After running in downtown SLC, UT in 3" shorts, a little 15yr-old kid yelled out of the rear seat of a passing car, "Hey, you running 'cause you're in a hurry to buy longer running shorts?" I decided to get some longer shorts. These were the answer for my 36" inseam-wearing self.
The fabric is stretchy and super lightweight. The color on this picture is pretty true, if not a shade lighter than the shorts' real color. The front pockets are placed a little further forward than normal, but I don't carry anything in those anyway. The back (zippered) pocket is sizeable enough to fit an ID, a Visa and a little cash into, which you won't be using to buy longer running shorts. They come with a boxer-length liner that wicks sweat like crazy, too. I used to get chafing, but no more! I like them so much that I've used them running, hiking and around town.
And, these go down to my knees, warding off any cynical 15yr-olds I may encounter....

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Tobias Funke wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

5 5

I run barefoot (no VFF's!) and recently purchased these as an alternative for Ragnar/Wasatch Back just in case I needed them. Put about 50 miles on them before the race, then out of pure curiosity to see how they'd perform, I ran all 3 of my legs in these. 20+ miles in 32 hours and they were awesome.
They're thin enough (with a puncture proof layer that the merrill trail glove and NB minimus don't have) that I'd say they're as good or better of an option than VFF's. All the movement without the funky looks! Also, I didn't need socks as these things breathe really well. Definitely a great purchase for winter/early spring/late fall running.
They even can go with longer pants as a casual shoe, which I do on a regular basis with these. School, date night, trails and road....quite possibly the best shoe for those wanting a minimalist running shoe.

Disclaimer: As always, make sure you walk around in these to get used to running in them before trying your usual mile count......

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