Will S.

Will S.

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Will's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

Will's Bio

Used to be a serious road cyclist. Now I love to ski, run, and mountain bike.

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Will S. wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jar gets my wife through the winter. We use it mostly for tea, and occasionally for soup. The lid works well both as a cup and bowl. Obviously, it keeps things very hot. The only downside is that it won't *quite* fit a beer can inside, but c'est la vie.

We've been using it nonstop this winter and there's no sign of wear.

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Will S. wrote a review of on January 15, 2014

5 5

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

My wife was so excited when I got this for her for Christmas. She also tried on the North Face down skirt, but found it was too short. This one ends a few inches above the knee, so it is long enough to provide real warmth, without being bulky.

She often throws it on over her pants to add a little bit of warmth. She uses it around the house, skiing, walking outside ... for everything. It makes a cute outfit.

Given how much she's wearing it, I'm not sure how long it will last, but Canada Goose products are usually fairly durable. Fingers crossed.

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Will S. wrote an answer about on January 14, 2014

Hi Abber,

I've used this as a wind breaker for mountain biking and it works well--comparable to cycling-specific wind breakers (no insulation though). It packs down small enough to fit in a jersey pocket, which is the most important factor for me. And I've found that the sleeves and torso are fairly long, so you'd probably be able to bend over enough to use while riding.

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Will S. wrote a review of on November 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

My wife LOVES this vest. It is extremely light and packable. She has been wearing it constantly this fall, either by itself or to add additional warmth to other jackets.

I would call this vest slim fit, but not insanely so. My wife is 5'7", and the small is the right length. If you had a very long torso, it might be too short.

She also tried the Patagonia down vest, but found the cut was too boxy, so she went with this one.

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Will S. wrote a review of on October 5, 2013

5 5

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

Wore these for a week straight swimming in Thailand and loved them. The length falls just above the knee. The most distinct feature is that the have lots of pockets compared to other board shorts--two hand pockets and a back zipper pocket. This made them great for traveling, but added more material than strictly necessary for swimming/surfing.

I loved them.

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Will S. wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

4 5

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

I'm definitely a fan of these shorts. They're average length (not SUPER short) which gives good sun protection. The built-in briefs are also very supportive, which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences (I like it). I've bought 3 pairs now. They also have a good sized pocket which can fit 3-4 gels, a cliff bar or even an iPhone (but the phone is a little heavy for them).

They've also held up well over the last year of use. So good on durability

Al in all, good shorts!

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Will S. wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

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

These are awesome. I have trouble swallowing the price, but I'm strongly considering a few more pairs. They are breathable, stay dry, and strongly resist odors. This makes them great for travelling when you may not be able to change for an extended period of time.

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Will S. wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large

My wife loves this polo shirt for horseback riding. It looks great. And also has the wonderful breathability and performance of Merino Wool.

In general, I think that Icebreaker runs a bit large, and this is no exception. My wife usually wears a medium but wears a small in Icebreaker. Similarly, I usually wear large shirts, but I consistently wear Medium in Icebreaker

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Will S. wrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

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

My wife got these to jog on gravel/dirt roads, and she really likes them. She used to use Merrell Trail Gloves, which she liked but thought they didn't have enough protection. She thinks these are similar, but with a little bit more cushion and protection. Not enough to make them a hardcore trail running shoe, but enough to get around smooth-ish trails without brusing your feet.

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Will S. wrote a review of on June 13, 2013

4 5

I've run about 50 miles in these over the last month, and overall am very impressed. They are purpose built to give great traction on soft, loose, or muddy surfaces. And they provide adequate protection, but not excessive. Just don't expect to use them on pavement or even hard-packed trails.

They are very light and flexible, putting them squarely in the minimalist category (which is just what I was looking for). The lugs on the sole are extremely large and widely spaced, almost to the point of being cleats. This makes them fantastic on anything soft, loose, or muddy. But on anything hard you can feel each individual lug with every step.

One thing that was very impressive. The spacing between the lugs allowed mud to fall of easily. It can still accumulate, but not as badly as on your typical running shoe.

The one downside for me (which could be good for others) is that the forefoot is fairly narrow. That makes it a 4 star shoe for me, but again, this could be a feature for someone else.

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Will S. wrote a review of on May 16, 2013

5 5

I got one of these for my mom when she came to visit in the Park City and she LOVEs it. She stayed very warm using this as an insulating layer when temps were in the teens. But it breathes well enough that she can use it as a sweater when it's in the 40s or 50s.

Note that it is fairly slim fitting. She also tried the Patagonia down sweater, but it was too boxy.

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Will S. wrote a review of on May 16, 2013

5 5

These gloves are my new favorites for spring touring. I can use them for both up and dowhill without issue (while touring, they are way to thin for resort skiing).

I usually get hot going up hill, but these are thin/breathable enough that I could skin with them on even when temps were in the 40s. They also shed snow very well, so they didn't get wet when transitioning or throwing snow balls. This kept them dry/warm enough that I didn't need thicker gloves for descents, even with temps from 15-20. The one exception was in the middle of an extremely wet storm when they finally got soaked and I had to break out my thick gloves (but this only happened once).

The main downside was that the outer seem of both gloves tour on my ski crampons, so be aware they are slightly fragile (though it was extraordinary circumstances). The gloves have two layers, so I was still warm with the torn outer seem, but there was a lot more play between the two layers, which became frustrating at times.

Bottom line: I'll be buying a new pair for next year and will just be a bit more careful when handling ski crampons.

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