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Travis Tzioumis

Travis Tzioumis

Gearhead

Illinois, Montana, Utah

Travis Tzioumis's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running

Travis Tzioumis's Bio

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

These have quickly become my favorite pants. They do a fantastic job of covering my lower body when I'm in public or just hanging around the house. The stretch is incredibly comfortable . I have 3 pairs in my rotation. I am 6'0" 165 lbs with skinny legs and these fit well. I wouldn't recommend this fit for someone with thick tree trunks for legs unless you want them to look like they are painted on.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs

I use these under my helmet on warmer days that I dont need a beanie. I typically cut my hair one or twice a year due to my laziness so these come in handy during the summer when running to keep my hair out of my face.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Cuts through snow and ice like a hot knife through butter! The two straps enable it to attach to your ski pole or probe in order to get to those hard to reach areas when backcutting your ECT. The blade is one piece so there are no hinges to worry about failing. No worries if you dont have a crystal card since this bad boy has a grid on it to analyze size and type. Plus the bottle opener makes cracking open that limited release micro brew a breeze back at the rig. That is if you can't just do it with your teeth. yeeeaaaaaa

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I keep this in my jacket pocket all winter. I ride about 5 different boards on resort but only have 2 pairs of bindings, so I have to change binders often. This thing makes it easy to change and adjust my bindings when needed and comes in handy if one comes loose in the middle of my day. I also use it in the backcountry in case something comes loose on my split.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these for my girlfriend. She normally wears 7 or 7.5 shoes. I wasn't sure if I should get her the 7 or go up to the 8. I ended up getting the size 7 but planned on returning them since I figured they would be too small with waders on. They fit her perfectly. Her foot fits snug in the boot but she is not uncomfortable at all. We typically hike at least a few miles at our local rivers to get away from the crowds and she had no problem in them even the first day out. She loves the way they look, an I love that she doesn't complain about her feet all day.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Stay dry, not broke
4 5

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

Got these for my girlfriend that wanted to get into fly fishing. She loves them. The 3 layer material keeps her dry and isn't stiff and uncomfortable. The reinforcements on the front of the leg give her peace of mind while bushwhacking to get to the water. She is 5'5 and she wears the Small.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this in a 5 weight since 2013 (check my review below) and have been pleased with it. I have since purchased a 3 wt butter stick for those shorter finesse casts to spooky fish and typically bring that along when I take the 5 wt out just in case. I just got the 7 wt for those days you just want to throw meat and try to catch a pig. The 8 wt BVK is pretty well documented as a incredible rod at a bargain price (check out Yellowstone Angler's 8 Weight Shootout). The 8 can hang with rods in the $ 800 range, so why not the 7 wt? Living in SLC I don't typically fish big rivers like the Yellowstone or fish saltwater flats for tarpon or bonefish so I decided to try the 7 wt instead of the 8. I haven't been disappointed. I have it paired with a Waterworks Lamson Guru II reel and Scientific Anglers Sonar INT/S3/S5 full sink line for streamers. I also have a spool with SA Sharkwave GPX taper for mousing and carp fishing. The BVK 7 wt can launch the full sink line 'bout a quarter mile (don't quote me on that). It is certainly enough rod for smaller rivers like the Provo or Weber, I can't wait to get this thing on stillwater and the Green.

Sidenote: While they perform well and have a great price BVK's do tend to break. I broke my 5 wt while double hauling a streamer (the streamer did not hit the rod). Almost everyone I know that owns one has snapped a BVK at some point. The upside is that it costs about $30 to get it fixed from TFO.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Great starter outfit
4 5

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

I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend. She wanted to get into fly fishing and I decided this was the way to go in a 9ft 5 wt. So far we have only tossed nymph rigs with it, but it handles multiple flies and some weight fairly well. Reel comes pre spooled for left hand retrieve but can be switched to right hand retrieve with the help of a small phillips screw driver.

First time out she caught her first two fish on it.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5 (typically 10.5)

I picked these up about a week ago so I am still in the break in period. The main reason for this review is the size. These fit big. As other reviewers have stated size down one full size. I typically wear a 10.5 and got the 9.5 in these.

The Blacksmiths are made on the same last as the Iron Rangers but they do not have the capped toe. The reason I decided on the Blacksmiths is because of the Vibram Mini Lug sole.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I got these this winter. I took them on a yurt trip in Idaho and pretty much wore them the entire time without them stinking. They are very comfortable. They are a little small but I have thin legs and it has not bothered me. I cannot say if they are durable or not because I havent worn them very often, but they do seem very thin (but they are 150 weight so that is expected).

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on February 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

gave these to my brother as a gift for his new Blizzard Brahma's. The 90 mm brake size fit his skis (88 underfoot) perfectly. He is 5'11" 185 lbs intermediate skier, with his DIN set to 7.5 he cruised around Snowbird without any problems. There's a reason these are so common, they work.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on February 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked a few of these up to walk the dogs without having to worry about ice on the trail. Work well, but the sizing is off. I had to size up for both my girlfriend and me. I wear a size 44 boot (us men's 10.5) and wear the L.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on January 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This cup does it all. Gave these to two of my cousins for Christmas and received a text a week later that one of their drinks was still cold the next morning. I have not personally verified this information. I deceided on the Stanley versus other insulated cups that are out there because they come with a press fit lid. Most brands sell the lids separately.

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