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Zach Branson wrote a review of on March 24, 2009

3 5

This bottle is, in itself, not a bad choice. Well designed and proportioned, it will hold up nicely. However, the sizing was an issue for me. Half a liter was just too small. I know, there's other versions, and I have those other versions, but I think it's worth noting. The other thing would be that the valve can get pretty nasty. If it gets left along for very long, stuff can start growing in there or anything like that. Because of the way it's compartmentalized, liquid gets trapped right at the top, and stays there until drained. Just keep this all in mind. As a water bottle though, it functions quite well, and looks great.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on March 24, 2009

5 5

This bottle is probably my favorite bottle out of the entire Camelbak line and Nalgene. It had the simple design, which is there for reliability. It also has a screw top, which I have found I prefer as opposed to the bite top. The size is still a bit small, but definitely better than the .5L. I would absolutely suggest getting one, two, or three of these bottles.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

I got one of these two months ago, and haven't taken it off since. I wear it just about every day, whether alone or under something a bit heavier. It is quite possibly the softest top I own, which is saying something. It fits pretty well, just like a t shirt. That makes it much easier to fit under another layer, as opposed to comparable shirts. Another thing that is really impressive about this shirt is the warmth. As a lot of other people have noted, it keeps me very warm. However, it also doesn't overheat. I live in MS, and the temperature swings during the day are unbelievable. I can put this on in the morning when it's low 40s, and keep it on in the afternoon when it's 60, no sweat. Very helpful. Only caution would be that this is a lightweight layer. By no means should it be used as an outer layer for any cold to speak of. It works well in a chill, but nothing more. Also, it runs pretty snug, so don't buy down. I'm 5'9", 150, and wear a small that fits pretty close. This should definitely be in everyone's closet. Worth the price, no question.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 12, 2009

4 5

I bought one of these shirts in blue, which BC doesn't carry. Maybe this year's model? It does have the TNF logo and isn't a button down collar, so definitely to be worn in a bit more of a relaxed setting. As in some other TNF shirts I have, the fit is just a bit off. I may just be inbetween sizes, but at 5'9", 150lbs, I can't seem to find a shirt that doesn't envelop me. Granted, the rest of the shirt is awesome - feels wonderful, looks great, stands wear pretty well - but I feel silly wearing it anywhere. The small's sleeves were too short, but the medium's torso is disproportionally wide and short. Something to be worked on. Still a good shirt, especially if you're not quite shaped like me.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

3 5

I bought two of these shirts online, and I have mixed feelings about them. One one side, they look great. They can be worn in just about any weather, as they can keep me cool but also aren't a problem in the cold. The material is awesome, feels great and doesn't wear too badly. However, on the other side, the fit is ridiculous. I'm 5'9", 150lbs. Usually I wear a medium, and that is on the smaller side of things. However, I bought mediums, and I'm swimming in them. The body is built for someone far larger than me. The sleeves are right on in length, but the torso section is grossly misproportioned. However, I don't feel too absurd when wearing it tucked in or with a vest. Actually, with a vest it looks quite nice. But take it as you will. It could just be my build.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

I bought one of these online, and was initially pretty questionable about it. The brown/green combo could look kinda weird, but have no fears.. Excellent, excellent choice. This is my first Kavu purchase, but it certainly won't be my last. This shirt is incredibly soft. With the collar, it is nice enough to wear out. Definitely a good buy, no questions asked.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

I've got multiple Nalgene-like bottles, and this is probably my favorite. The bite valve is key, both because it reaches the bottom, unlike most straws, and it is leak proof (For the most part). Something about this that separates it from alot of other bottles of this type is the size. It is small enough in diameter to fit in regular sized bottle holders or bike bottle cages, while alot of others are simply too large. To end, this bottle should always, always be on hand.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

2 5

I mean, I'm not going to attempt to tell you that this bag isn't North Face quality. I've had one for about a year now, and I haven't noticed any serious wear or tear. However, I wouldn't really suggest this bag to anyone. The straps are not very padded, the waist strap is straight uncomfortable, and there is no strap across the upper chest. When filled up, it can really weight you down. I have other bags (Recon, Camelbak Wingman) that manage to carry the same amount without putting nearly the same amount of strain on my back. In short, cheap TNF option, but you get what you pay for.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

Chacos are hands down my favorite shoes. I live in MS, and am able to wear these literally every day of the year. An advantage these have over Z/2s is that socks can be worn under them. Sure, sure, you might look a bit out of place, but it's well worth it. These shoes last forever. I've had a pair of Z/1s for 4 years now, haven't had to send them in, resole them, nothing. I have to wash them once every two weeks or so, but that's about it. Once I broke them in, there was no question that these are the shoes for me.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

These shoes have completely changed my take on flip flops. That said, I almost feel bad calling these flip flops. I used to wear the cheap foam shoes, both because they're exceedingly cheap and very comfortable. However, after wearing these, I don't think I could go back. The straps on these are incredibly comfortable (after being broken in). I would definitely suggest breaking them in before trying to wear them all day. However, after the straps break in, these are all you could ask for. The sole is thick enough to protect you from just about anything, and the footbed provides enough traction, even when wet, to make it easy to keep your footing. An excellent investment.

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Zach Branson wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

5 5

These are unquestionably the whole package. Very very solid construction, built-in belt, good length, everything. These shorts can take just about anything. I've worn these playing sports, hiking, kayaking, biking, everything. They stay on no matter what. One thing - the pockets are a bit oddly shaped. Sometimes my wallet, phone, or keys fall out pretty easily. That can become fairly problematic. But besides that, absolutely wonderful.

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