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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 Tzioumis

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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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

picked this up about 2 weeks ago, just in time for a series of storms that dumped over 50 inches in 5 days into the cottonwood canyons. This board can handle it all; powder, chunder, hardpack it doesn't matter. WFO sintered base kees me moving an even the longest traverses. Before I got this I was expecting the early rise nose would be more pronounced (similar to the Jones Solution), its not that noticeable to me. I have to put more pressure on my back leg in the deeps compared to me Solution but not as much as a fully cambered board. It really is an all mountain charger. The flex is stiff, it took me about a full day on it to get used to it compared to my rock board I was riding early season.

I ride the 158 at the reference stance (22") and am 6'0" 165 lbs.

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Travis Tzioumiswrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I got this jacket this spring. It replaced an old Patagonia Torrentshell and it quite the step up. I wear it fishing, running, biking, hiking and as a general rain jacket. I haven't had any issues with leaking at any of the seams. The pit zips are large enough to dump a lot of heat and prevent the inside from getting too clammy. I decided to go with the Theta over the Beta because of the length, since it is longer I get more coverage on my lower back when bent over my handlebars.

I am 6'0 165 lbs and went with the Small. The Theta AR in small is longer than the Beta AR in medium while fitting my narrow shoulders and skinny arms better than the Beta as well. Pictured below in Nighthawk.

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