Trang Doan

Trang Doan

Ski Country Colorado and the greater Moab metropolis

    New Feature

    Browse Your Followers or See Who You're Following

  • #483of 20321

Trang's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

Trang's Bio

My name is Trang and I love playing in the outdoors. I do a bit of everything well but not great. I've been a ski/snowboard instructor. I have raced mountain and road bikes. I worked on and off in the bike industry for about 10 years mostly in shops. So I have seen, used, sold and broken a lot of gear and I love it! I use a lot of gear and I know stuff fails. If it breaks, I can probably fix it. However, I definitely take notice of well made gear versus poorly made gear and I definitely give extra points for style!

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

As far as higher end outdoor gear goes, I think Mountain Hardwear offers great value but I have never had much luck with their zippers. The microchill fleece is no different. I love the fleece. It's light weight, comfortable and wicks moisture really well. It offers a lot of warmth for its size. However, the zipper snags! It comes up to my atom's apple and refuses to zip any higher unless I give it some serious persuasion. I have had similar problems on their sleeping bags and another jacket. I do own a Trifecta shell that hasn't caused me any grief. 1 out of 4 items is not a good track record :-(

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this box for about seven years. I agree that the assembly process was less than fun but not a deal breaker. The main appeal of the box for me was the size. I just wanted additional cargo space and this fit the bill. As far as quality goes, I would agree with most reviewers that it is pretty flimsy for the price tag! One of the ball and socket joints on one of the hinges on my cadet separated so the box lid no longer holds itself open on the back half of the box. Not a huge inconvenience but it never should have happened. Also I had to drill additional holes on the underside of my box in order for it to fit the luggage rack spacing on my bars. This apparently voids the warranty. Thank goodness, I have never had to get any service from Thule. Would I buy this product again, nope! Would I recommend it to a friend, nope. Has it served its purpose sure so I guess it just depends on what you need.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

Ride Buckwild 2012
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Ride Buckwild is a really fun freestyle board. I am more of an all mountain freestyle rider so my impressions of the board correspond with my style of riding. This board has a lot of pop! I love loading up the nose and initiating frontside spins and this board just snaps into the spins. It is so easy to get this thing spinning! It is a very playful board but just a bit too stiff for really effortless butters and presses. The board profile is flat between the bindings and has a "Prorize" rocker at the tip and tail for improved float through the pow. The flat base allows the edge to hold really well for the hard charging carvers too but don't expect it to ride like a traditional camber board. It does seem to have a fair amount of chatter when you are really flying down the mountain but that is to be expected for a true twin tip freestyle/park board. With that said, I would not be afraid to take this board anywhere on the mountain it will definitely make you smile!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I have the previous year's version of these pants in red. They are very soft. The waist adjustment is terrific. They have the jacket to pants interface so you can hook them to a compatible jacket and keep a better seal between you and the snow. They are nice and warm and oh so comfortable. I usually wear an additional layer under these pants so I never get cold or wet. The zipper vents work well but I have seen them catch on the vent in the legs so this was a veritable nightmare to try to get them unsnagged :-(. Inside the pockets there are elastic pulls that hike up the back of the legs so you can walk around apres ski without walking all over the back of your pant legs, genius! These are very stylish pants with pretty much every available option. The boot gaiters have a leash hook. They have a snap and velcro slit to ease sliding them over your boots. These pants pretty much rock. My only complaint is that the red version get dirty very easily. One time I gave them a dirty look and the leg was instantly stained...almost that easy.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have last years version of these bindings in the chrome. They are very light. The base is T-6061 aluminum. The ratchets are big and easy to use even with your mitts on. The toe buckle material looks a bit chintzy but it is soft and even in cold weather it manages to hold your foot very securely. The forward lean adjustment is tool free as are all the other major adjustments on this binding. I cranked the forward lean all the way forward and I definitely think Ride could have offered even more lean so I was somewhat disappointed but it works. I am a size 9 Burton boot and I went with the large binding per Ride's size recommendation but I know I could easily have gone with a medium bindings. I have a lot of excess strap on the Large bindings. The high back on this binding is very comfortable but it is white so it was dirt stained pretty much after the first ride. These are really light and comfortable binding. I have only used them about a handful of time so I cannot speak of its durability but I will edit this after the end of season. I am pretty much an all mountain freerider so these only spend about 10% of the day in the park but I definitely include quite a lot of flatland and natural terrain tricks in my riding quiver and so far these bindings have not disappointed. My only major complaint is that sometimes I can feel my boot move even with these things cranked all the way down. This might be due to the fact that a size 9 fits a medium binding as well as a large binding but either way that should not matter. They should be tighter! I will definitely be tweaking the base plate adjustment.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

4 5

These things fit great on my 2011 Subaru Forester. I had zero problems installing them and they were rock solid on the factory luggage rails. Then I bought a Subaru XV Crosstrek and they did not fit as well. They felt sloppy and I had to overtighten them to make them fit. The additional smaller sized clamping jaws were too small but the medium jaws were too sloppy. I have no idea why neither sized jaws were really appropriate for the job? So I would give these a 5 star for the Forester but just 3 stars for the XV Crosstrek

(1)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

I would have liked to like this hat but the sizing was funky. It definitely runs large and I must have purchased the wrong size. I gave it to my brother and he does not wear it much either so I think that means that hat just wasn't that great. The red colored hat is spot on with picture.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack. I was training for a marathon and used it for my long runs so about 2 hours in length typically. It has adequate and well placed pockets for gels, chews or jelly beans. You can squeeze some of the air out of the bladder to get a lower profile on the backpack and that definitely alleviates some of the bouncing on your back. I used this pack for about 4 months and although it was useless in the winter it came through with flying colors when the weather was above 32 degrees. The great construction and durability are typical of Camelbak products that I have used. It is very reliable if not a bit overbuilt.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stomp pad does exactly what it is supposed to do. If you like rasta colors you will like the rasta option. I also had some issues with the adhesive wanting to remain on the peel off paper rather than staying on the stomp pad but I just stuck it back on the paper and chose a different corner to peel from, what's the dillio Dakine? The stomp pad is on a rock board so I have only used it about 4 times. It's still stuck to my board so I guess I have nothing to complain about.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I really like the graphic on this shirt. It very stylish and I really like the blue. The fit is kind of weird. It's a long shirt! They say the extra fit is intended to accommodate your beer gut but it just ends up looking strange. Other than that a nice shirt.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket used from Backcountry on geartrade.com. It retails for $179.95. I would say no way at that price. Let's start with the bad or suspect issues: The material is very soft which is nice but I would suspect that it might have durability issues. I have not used the jacket yet for snowboarding so I can only speak in terms of personal observation. The stitching is also quite poor quality and looks like it might fray easily and possibly unravel. Also if you like wrist gaiters, it does not have any.

Now for what I like. I got this jacket for a steal. It's pretty light weight as far as insulated ski/snowboard jackets go. The pictures that Backcountry shows of the blue jacket are spot on, what you see is what you get. The jacket does have a waist gaiter with jacket to pants interface...sweet! The jacket also has loops in the sleeves so you can leash your mitts or gloves to the sleeves. The jacket has plenty of pockets. The pit zips look nice and functionally lined with mesh. There is a media pocket although it is not padded. There is a cutout to pass your ear buds through the media pocket but no additional loop to pass you ear buds through. The jacket is rated at 8k waterproof and 8k grams of breathability. I think this jacket will be plenty warm if you wear a nice mid weight insulating layer underneath otherwise, it's probably more of a jacket for 20 degrees and up. This obviously will vary depending on your tolerance for cold.

For what I paid I would give this jacket a 5 star rating but in reality without having tested it on the slopes my initial impressions say 4 stars for features but only 3 stars for quality. Only time will tell, hope this review helps!

Edit* So I have used this jacket twice walking the dogs and the stitching unravelled on a piece of velcro that keeps the storm flap shut. Oh I would be so mad if I had paid full price :-(

(1)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

First impression: this is a typical, well made, stylish Keen shoe. I can't speak of the durability but I am expecting to blow out the slipper somewhere in the toe. The felt just does not seem like it would be very durable. I guess I will just have to wait and see. I got the Belltown at a great price so I can't complain if it fails prematurely.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a really nice looking shirt. The 5% spandex is pretty cool, it just ads a little extra comfort. The only misleading thing is that this is not a 3/4 length sleeve unless you are an orangutan! It pretty much extended to my wrist.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So I really like that this is environmentally friendly wax! I have only used this stuff in cold weather (air temp approximately 10 degrees) so keep that in mind. The universal wax was slow! I waxed it according to the mantra "thin to win" and it did not win. I will continue to use the wax, hopefully it works better for warmer conditions. BTW, I did not have any problem scraping this stuff as noted by other reviewer but I did not leave it on for much longer than the cooling process.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on November 29, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This shirt is super soft and comfy. The material seems to be high quality. However, I did not like the collar and the size of the neck hole is gigantic. It's just my preference and observation that you could easily fit two heads into this neck hole. I did not like this characteristic so I returned the shirt.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on January 29, 2010

3 5

This bottle is super light, I have the aluminum version. I'm not really sure why it cost so much. I realize that it's aluminum but what else justifies the cost? I like the smaller threads on the cap that allows the top to be threaded really easily but I prefer a larger opening for easier cleaning and the ice cube option. Overall, I agree that it's a great bottle but the price would deter me from buying another one. I would just buy a backcountry stainless steel bottle.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Trang Doan

Trang Doan wrote a review of on January 29, 2010

5 5

It's hard to find fault in a product that does exactly what it is supposed to do: "hold water". Relative light. Seals well, I've only had it 1 month. Large opening so you can put ice in it, which is a plus. Additionally it's cheaper than most steel H20 bottles on the market. It does take a few washing to get the initial funky taste to go away.

(0)

 

0 Comments