Vincent Lanctot

Vincent Lanctot

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Vincent's Bio

I work as an Environmental Scientist, getting outdoors is 70% of my job, so I get to see new grounds all the time. I used to work as an outfitter for trips into the BWCAW in northeastern MN, which is how I got into my camping/hiking career.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am not going to go into detail as others have already given all the technical detail. I do agree though on the sizing:

I bought the XL (5'11" & 230#) and it has room to spare due to the nature of the material (a bit stretchy). It is as others have said, short in the torso, another 2-3 inches would have been great. Knocked 1 star for this reason.

Other than that negative, this jacket is well worth the comfort and warmth it provides! Very breathable, so you won't sweat in it, unless your running marathons of course. It doesn't knock down any wind, but this is typically worn in warming temps by itself (40-60F). As the other reviewer below, this fleece is great as a winter mid-layer! I usually wear it underneath my down jacket when temps are below zero F.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is truly worth the money and I will buy it again and again. It fits comfortably and is warm! I wear this when it is 20 degrees F or colder and does surprising well even in extremely windy conditions. Down does come out of the jacket, but no more than any other down jacket.

Cuffs have Velcro straps, so you can adjust accordingly, 2 hand pockets, 2 chest pockets, inside and out (for phone or ipod), and 1 large interior pocket as shown in the pictures above. The hood has 3 cords to tighten for those windy days and waist drawcord. As noted above, the zipper is a 2-way and if you are not use to it, it can be a bugger at times, but don't fret, it works great once you figure it out! Once it is zipped all the way up, there is a soft patch to cover the zipper, so it doesn't hurt your face, nice touch!

I bought the XL (5'11" & 230#) and it fits superb! Note that I have used this jacket in rough conditions; working outside, lifting items, -50 degree F weather, heavy wet snow...all the while this jacket still holds up and hasn't torn or gotten me wet. You will love this purchase and not be disappointed. I also own the OR Transcendent Down Jacket, but that is worn when it is too warm for the Virtuoso.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on September 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great jacket for the fall/early winter/spring. It is stiff at first, but after a week of everyday use it loosens up. I use it as a shell when it is not too cold (20-50F) and layer underneath; once it is colder I switch to my down jacket.

I like the high collar on this jacket to cut down the wind and it beads water in a light rain. I bought the XL (5'11", 230#) and have plenty of room underneath. The cuffs are velcro, which helps to wear a glove over the top or underneath depending on the activity. I can fit my down sweater underneath if it's a wet cold.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on September 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Exactly as the title says, it is a lighter weight fleece perfect for cool days/nights and a great layer option because it is light!

I wear this when the temps are in the 50s and use it as a layer in the winter underneath my down jacket. I love that is has hand pockets, never know when you need to stash something or keep your hands warm on a breezy night.

I am 5'11", 230#s and order an XL. Fits great and I can still slip it over a long sleeve or base layer.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

4 5

Fit was great and it is very warm considering how light it is. I returned it though do to personal preferences:

1) Very brittle, I wanted something a little more heavy duty even if I sacrificed a few ounces. I went with the OR Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket, happy I did.
2) Too shiny, the material was too retro for my tastes.

No complaints about the zipper, typical 2-way. Once you figure it out, it zips like any other jacket.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

4 5

They do what they are suppose to do, keep your legs dry when you hit the snow. They run a little baggy, but that is good if you wear a base layer. Lots of pockets for stashing items and also the thigh vents help keep you cool when your warm. I ordered the XL short, I have a 38 waist and wanted the extra room to layer and it fits great, just slap a belt on there and good to go.

Note* I have the 2010 version

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

I have the havana/brown lens and they work great! I like the higher contrast the brown lens gives me, makes cloudy days brighter and yet I don't have to strain my eyes on the sunny ones. I just wish they had nose pads to prevent sliding when I start to sweat. I tried on a ton of Native glasses because they had the temple and nose pads, but they just didn't fit on my face well. I have a medium sized head, hat size is around 7.5-7.75.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

3 5

I purchased this over the soloist kit because I wanted the larger 1.8L pot for cooking dehydrated soups. Some soups/chili require 5-6 cups for 4 servings and this pot was big enough for that. The reason I only give it 3 stars is the other items in the kit are fairly useless excluding the bowls. The sporks are too flimsy and like the other reviewer, the mugs are just smaller bowls.

I do like how I can pack in my stove and a canister into the pot. The walls of the pot are durable as well, even though they are very thin.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

I have used this stove since 2007 and haven't found a need to switch, says something about a product. The fact that it packs underneath the canister is a great perk, no more digging through your pack to try and remember where you stashed your little stove, just grab the canister and screw it on. I use this stove mostly with the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist set, but have used it with other aluminum (heavy and larger) pots.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

I have the synmat 7 pump and have been using it for a little over a year; no complaints yet! It is like sleeping on a cloud as others have said and a huge improvement over my thermrest prolite plus, that extra inch is a big surprise!

The pump is nice and takes in the surrounding air and not your hot breath allowing it to hold in air better. The pump takes a bit getting use to, but once you find the right rhythm it inflates fast (about 1 min). The material is durable too. I use this year round and don't get too hot.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

I bought this tent when it was on sale at REI for $350 (2008 version) and I am glad I did. I had been looking around at tents to find one similar to my MSR Hubba Hubba in terms of structure and this one sets up very close to it. I wanted a comfortable 2-person tent and this does the trick (I use my MSR as a solo).

The tent is versatile and about as light-weight as you are going to get for the size and price. I haven't been through any storms with this one yet, only sunny warm weather. I do recommend getting the footprint, as I do with every tent I own to increase the longevity of the floor.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

This is a great pack to use on longer trips, I have even used it for a 3 day trip, but it's harder to distribute the weight where you need to. I like this pack when it is loaded to 50-55 lbs and with all the strap adjustments, I can get it to where I almost don't recognize it's there. I have loaded it to near its' max (70 lbs), but wouldn't recommend it as you will feel every ounce and your shoulders will take a beating.

My two favorite features are the quick-adjust hip-belt and the pockets on the hip belt. Can store a cliff bar or small pocket camera in the hip belt pockets to free up your pant pockets for ease of hiking and the quick-adjust hip belt makes it easy to reposition if you get uncomfortable.

I recommend getting the rain-cover as well, it's around $30 and only weighs ~5 oz. Takes two seconds to throw it on if the rain comes and it stays on, even in the wind. Dry equipment is better then wet!

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

I wear these socks mainly in the late fall/winter and they do the trick. They are warm and they wick well when my feet get too sweaty. I tend to switch between these and the PhD light crew depending on the weather and my activity level. Keeps the odor away too! (No sock will be odor free if you don't let them air out; pulling the liners from your boots/shoes helps!)

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

These are my go-to socks in the warmer months, I own 4 pairs and replace them with new ones when get worn out (every 1-2 years). I love how much cushion they have and that they don't slip or slide in your boot/shoe when your feet start to sweat after hiking or working all day. It forms to your foot almost too perfectly so you don't have any "loose" parts that will cause trouble.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

4 5

Don't get me wrong, this is a great sock. I have 2 pairs and I wear them for everyday use when it's hot out. The part I don't like is that they are too thin for running or active activities; mainly because there isn't the cushion that SmartWool is known for in their socks.

For those looking for a thicker, but still ultra-light sock, I recommend the SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Mini Sock. Difference is they are slightly thinker given you the extra cushion and they sit at the ankle vs under the ankle as in the micro socks.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

These mitts truly are worth the money and you will notice the first time you have them in a cold weather situation. I don't do any climbing, so I can't testify to the durability, but the palms are made of leather. They also fit true to size with the liner, if you take the liner out they will be a little big, but that is expected.

I mainly use these when I won't be moving a lot in the cold, i.e. ice fishing and dog sledding. Once you start moving, your hands will begin to sweat with the provided mitt liner. To counter this I take out the mitt liner provided and put in a lighter weight fleece glove and that works great.

The only time my hands got cold with these mitts on was sitting out on the ice (not moving) with 40mph winds in 0 degree F temps. They weren't a frost-bitten cold, but still cold enough to restrict dexterity.

All in all, this is a great mitt from a great brand! I would recommend.

Note: I have the 2009 model

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

If you are like me and like a little extra room and aren't picky about ounces, this is a great tent. I will never go back to only having one door on my 3-season tents, the extra door and vestibule space is superb, especially if you are sharing the tent. I have used this tent for both backpacking and for BWCAW canoe trips. I bought a Sea-to-Summit compression sack (size small) and use it to compress the tent down to the size of a cantaloupe; the stakes, poles and footprint just slide in on the side of the pack. The needle stakes that come with it are great compared to the flimsy, round aluminum stakes you get with most tents, but they can still break (I snapped one going through rocky soil). A good replacement set are the MSR groundhog stakes (http://www.backcountry.com/msr-groundhog-tent-stake-kit)

Have used this tent in the heat of the summer (the mostly mesh walls work great for ventilation), through rain storms in early spring and in the colder, dry late October. The pole system works great, after the first few times setting up, I can now assemble w/ fly in a few minutes. Like I said before, this tent is an excellent solo, great if you travel with a dog and it works well if you are sharing since you each have a door and vestibule. It is a little tight inside with two, but manageable.

I have the 2009 model.

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Vincent Lanctot wrote a review of on July 16, 2012

5 5

I used to be all about The North Face Paramount Peak pants, wore them for 5 years and watched them get progressively more fashionable and less technical. I decided to look for new "trekker" pants and came across these Mesa pants. Fell in love as soon as I put them on! They are tapered just right to allow for an ease of walking/hiking up hills and you don't have cargo pockets that get in the way. The inseam is regular and doesn't change (too much) as you go up in waist size as do most brands (I hate when you are a L to XL waist and they assume you are 6'5"). I am 5'11", 225 lbs with a 38" waist and the XL fit great, with an inch to spare. These don't zipper off into shorts like TNF, but if you are hiking the backwoods, you will be glad you stuck with pants.

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