Tobias Kai Looper

Tobias Kai Looper

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on December 3, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great pad, it packs down a little shorter, but a little wider than a nalgene bottle. It's very light and doesn't take up much space inside my pack. I've used this Jan. 2012 up at Priest lake, ID on our annual snow camp out and it kept me plenty warm combined with a zero degree sleeping bag. I love the fact that it's over 2" thick, not sure that it's 2.5", but maybe I didn't have it all the way inflated. Either way it's the best nights sleep that I've had on a camping trip.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on April 10, 2012

4 5

It really is as comfortable as the picture looks. It's not on par with a $300+ bag, but for going on the 3 to 4 day hikes with a couple of people in the spring, summer or fall, it's pretty great. I've used it in 20 degree weather to the heigth of summer in the inland north west. Granted that's in the 70's over night, but still kept me very comfortable in both the temps.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on March 21, 2012

4 5

I love merino wool, it's very soft and comfortable. I was skeptical about wool socks because I don't like the itchy feeling, but these aren't ichy. They do what they are supposed to do, keep your feet warm when it's cold and breath well when it's a bit warmer out. I wouldn't suggest these for mid summer hikes in Arizona, but definately a great sock for the other three seasons mountian climates. The only gripe I have is they look like they'll wear out sooner than synthetic socks, after a summer of hiking in the Rockies.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on March 21, 2012

5 5

I love this jacket! It was a gift form my sister and I can't thank her enough. I couldn't buy one on my own, so I now understand.... you get what you pay for. Even though this jacket is short on ton of features, it's very well thought out. The fit is great, for reference, I'm 5'9" and 185lbs with medium wide shoulders. I have a large and the atheltic fit is great, the arms are a bit long, but I don't notice, but someone taller with longer arms will still like this jacket. The zippers work well and I like the longer pockets, they work well if you have a pack on. Obviously very woterproof, it's Goretex. suprisingly it breaths pretty well to, no clammy damp feeling after a hike and due to it's light weight construction, it's very comfortable to wear in general. If you can afford one, get one.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on March 21, 2012

5 5

I don't agree with the review below regarding the warmth of these golves, but I kind of understand where it cam e from. When you first put these on, the first ride up the chair, they can be a bit cold. BUT once you are moving and circulating blodd, these are awesome! They are fully water proof, the fit is not bulky at all. They're very dexterious, zippers and buckles are a snap. they DO NOT have a removable liner, but I like that aspect. Not trying to get the liners to fit back into the shell after being removed. The safty straps work well and the srist cinches keep the snow out very well on those dee powder days. I highly recomend these gloves. Just keep in mind that the first few minutes will be a bit cold, but once warmed up they hold their heat very well.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on March 21, 2012

4 5

These are a great pair of goggles, they look good, fit well and it takes a lot to get them to fog up. Awesome clairity in any condition. You really can see very well with these. I guess that's kind of obvious, being Oakley, but it's not just all hype. Oakley knows their optics. Fully adjustable and can fit helmets pretty easily. If you're thinking of getting a pair I would definatly suggest these.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on June 7, 2011

4 5

What more is there to say, these are warm and comfortable and they really do stay up. No scrunching up inside your boots. It does feel a little odd how much the hug your calves, but that's probably just me and not used to having a pir of socks that come all the way up to almost the back of your knees. Still I liek them and think that they are comfortable all day snowboarding.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on June 7, 2011

5 5

This is a great pad, it packs down a little shorter, but a little wider than a nalgene bottle. It's very light and doesn't take up much space inside my pack. I love the fact that it's over 2" thick, not sure that it's 2.5", but maybe I didn't have it all the way inflated. Either way it's the best nights sleep that I've had on a camping trip.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

I really like these pants. The design and materials are top notch, I guess to be expected with North Face gear. They really are extremely waterproof and shed water like wax paper. Pretty warm with just a medium base layer. I really wanted to keep them, but I returned them because they were a bit baggier through the legs than I thought they would be, but that could be due to the size I wear I'm a 36 x 32 for reference. I'll have to look for another TNF pair of pants as I really liked these ones.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on October 9, 2010

4 5

This is a really nicly made compression sack. The materials are pretty sturdy and the straps work pretty well. If you're using this for a sleeping bag, the square ends don't make much of a difference. I used it with my 20 degree bag and it pretty much looked the same as any other compression sack once fully compressed, but with my Marmot limelight 2-person tent rolled up it held it's shape nicely as it does with cloths also. It does seem to be a good design overall. I will be buying more to have on hand. I highly recomend this compression sack.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on October 5, 2010

Great 3 season tent, Great price
4 5

I bought this tent and the Marmot Early Light 2-person tent, set them both up in the backyard to see which one I liked better and the Limelight won. The pole design is pretty cool and easy to use. The rain fly is nice and snug, fits to the shape of the tent pretty much as it looks in the pictures. Both come with the footprint and gear loft, but the gear loft is kind of on the small side. Just enough to hold my glasses and head lamp as a overhead light. As other reviews have mentioned, you'll want to really know your tent mate or you'll really get to know them after staying in this tent.

The winning factor between the two was the poles. The Earlylight didn't seem as stable as this one and it made it a little more difficult to get the rain fly situated nicely on the tent. I do like the two doors on the Earlylight, but.....

This tent doesn't have two doors and the one door does fall to the ground, but the simplicity of the Limelight set up made the difference.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on October 5, 2010

4 5

This light is pretty bright and it's not too heavy on your head. I was kind of suprised about the comfortability of it because it looks bulky. It does pretty much what it's supposed to do, light up the night. It really is pretty bright and the three levels of brightness come in handy when you don't feel like blinding your buddy or when reading at night.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

5 5

These were a great idea. They're a bit stiffer than the Moto, but not over the top. It's a considerable upgrade form my old Burtons that I bought 10 years ago. I get my money's worth out of my gear. I like the lacing system, but you'll need to re-tighten them after a few runs. Kept my feet really warm on some zero degree days.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on September 18, 2010

5 5

I love these boots. I broke them in on a weekend backpacking trip in August and they were very comfortable, a little warm for August, but.... Very solid construction, soles are nice and stiff for support, fairly light weight, and good traction. I can't attest to the waterproofness, because I have yet to encounter any really foul weather. Overall I think that these are a great choice.

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Tobias Kai Looper wrote a review of on August 29, 2010

Tough, durable dog jacket
5 5

This is a great jacket for my dog. He didn't really care for it the first time around, but after a few minutes he didn't seem to care anymore. It really seemed to help keep him warm in the snow. I'm fairly impressed with the construction of the jacket and the materials used. He was cruising through the woods all day and ripping through some pretty thick underbrush, trying to get the chipmunks. At the end of the day no rips, tares, or snags in the jacket. He's about 45lbs, with a 28" girth and this is a size med. This jacket is a little big on him, but the small was too small and would have caused chaffing around the legs.

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