Zach Luchsposted an image about Patagonia Black Hole Cube - Large on February 14, 2017
All I need for a weekend run adventure. In the bag...
-Shoes (size 9.5)
Trail Runner | Snowboarder | Photographer | Coffee Lover
All I need for a weekend run adventure. In the bag...
-Shoes (size 9.5)
First of all, I'd like to thank Patagonia and Backcountry.com for offering me the opportunity to test out and review the Black Hole Cubes. I've been using the large, medium, and small cubes since this past summer for anything and everything.
For me, the Black Hole Cubes are the product that you need but you never knew you did. For example, me being a backpack and duffel person when traveling, they add a level of organization that I never thought possible. On a past trip to San Francisco for a trail race, I threw all my clothes in a duffel and had to wrap my dirty trail runners in a plastic bag to protect the rest of me clothing. My nutrition went into a zip-loc and water bottle shoved wherever I could squeeze it in. This was life before I received the Black Hole cubes. Sure, it worked but it wasn't perfect. Now, on similar ventures, my trail runners fit into the large Black Hole cube (I wear a mens size 9.5) along with my shorts, shirt, and socks for race day. My bottles, hydration vest, and nutrition get packed away neatly into the medium size and the small cube keeps my toiletries all in one place. This takes the simple duffel to a whole new level, add some respectable organization to it.
The Black Hole material is bombproof and guarantees a long life for these sweet little guys, just like any of the other Black Hole products from Patagonia. I've used mine extensively while hiking and camping - throwing them in the dirt or on the slick rock of Moab and they have held up beautifully with nary a sign of abuse.
Whether you're looking to add some organization to your duffel, use it as a carry-on, a gym bag, or keep some supplies in your car for emergency, the Black Hole Cubes have endless uses. Life just wouldn't be the same without these.
Short sunset hike with the LW Cinch pack
First of all, I'd like to that Patagonia for sending this pack out to me to test and put through the wringer in order to review it for Backcountry.com. I've been using this pack since this past summer and here is what I think...
When I first received this pack, I wasn't sure where it would fit in with my other bags - when exactly I would use it. I have a daypack that I like and serves me well. But after using this cinch bag a few times for going around town and some short hikes, I realized that this pack is the perfect everyday, super versatile pack that I think anyone can appreciate.
It's lightweight and stripped down build has been perfect for those quick 3-5 mile hikes when that technical pack with 15 adjustment straps just isn't needed. The comfort provided by the cushioned back panel is just enough when you're around town, lugging that 15 inch laptop to your favorite coffee shop. And the large-mouth cinch top is great for throwing/cramming/pile-driving gear and clothes in when you're in a rush to catch your flight, meet your buddies, or heading out for a weekend car camping trip.
What this bag is not is a technical, long haul daypack for hours on the trail. It's just not built for that.
Honestly, the simplicity of this bag is the best part and what I think makes it such a versatile piece to have. That daypack that I have that was mentioned before, that used to be my go to bag. Most times, it was too much bag for those quick hikes or coffee shop occasions. This pack is just enough for almost anything you need it for, outside of being a technical daypack.
A great addition to the Black Hole line-up from Patagonia and really a sweet pack that has fit right in as an everyday pack for me.
This is a great jacket for when the weather rolls in but you still want to get out on the trail without getting soaked.
Enjoying the view of Sundial Peak after hiking to Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon
First, I'd like to thank Patagonia and Backcountry.com for selecting me to test and review the P-6 T-Shirt.
Now, this is a t-shirt. How different can one t-shirt be from another? Until I put this shirt on, I guess I never thought about it.
The material of the P-6 is soft and comfortable as you would expect with any T, but it feels far more durable and ready to be worn day in and day out while camping, hiking, biking, or climbing. It's hardy. It's made for the outdoors and for the adventure.
Through the week, in between laundry days, this T-shirt certainly sees more use than any other shirt. Yes, it may be a little nasty to wear it over and over again, but I don't care. It's just that comfortable.
Well done, Patagonia.
My lady loves this scarf. She wears this all the time. On hikes, to dinner, around the house. She loves it.
First, let me give a huge thanks to Patagonia and Backcountry for selecting me to test and review the Houdini Full-Zip jacket.
The night before I ran my first 100 mile trail race, I received the Houdini in the mail. I was stoked. Super light and the fit was spot on for me. Now, you're always told to never try anything new before a big race and for the most part, I have always followed that. But with the weather calling for rain on race morning, I thought, what better way to test a product than a 100 mile run through the mountains of Colorado with rain and wind. Fortunately, the Patagonia Houdini performed well beyond myself. For the first 25+ miles, we had wind and rain at high altitude. It was cold but the Houdini helped manage the conditions and kept me comfortable. Even though I didn't manage to finish, the Houdini did an excellent job.
The Houdini not only performs like the Great Harry Houdini did, but when you aren't using it, it packs away into the chest pocket. It's so compact, I can put it into the hip pocket on my running shorts. It just disappears. And when you are wearing it, the chest pocket is large enough for a phone, a few gels, etc. The fit of the jacket is slim but not too tight. I can wear my hydration pack under this jacket which is great when conditions are changing through the day.
Another small but nice feature I've been liking is that the collar is higher than normal. When fully zipped, the collar comes up high enough to protect your face. This is really key when it comes to fully protecting from the wind.
Since the day I got this jacket, I have been wearing the hell out of it and showing no signs of wear. From wind to rain and snow. 14,000 ft peaks to winter runs on the coast of Lake Superior. The Houdini has stood up to everything I've taken it into to. Certainly a center piece in my running kit.
The Houdini paired with the Patagonia Mid-Weight Capilene top keeps me going when the snow starts to fall.
I got the new Houdini the night before the Leadville 100. They say you shouldn't use anything new on race day but I took a chance and wore the Houdini. It shielded me from the rain and wind for the first 28 miles. Even though I didn't finish, the Houdini performed like a champ.
Taking in the rays on a windy winter morning run
The hood is a lifesaver for me when it comes to shooting on the Lake Superior coast in the winter
First of all, let me thank Patagonia and Backcountry.com for selecting me to test and review the Capilene Thermal Weight bottoms.
I was really excited to get my hands on these and see what improvements Patagonia made with their new line of base layers. I've been using an old pair of Patagonia base layer bottoms for the last 3 ski seasons and I love them. In fact, it's really the only base layer bottom I've used and needless to say, they are showing signs of wear. With these it was no surprise to find that Patagonia has made an already awesome product into something better.
The fit is spot on for me and the cut is just so comfortable. I lounge around the house in these, sleep in them while camping, and of course use these for skiing/snowboarding and any other cold weather activity. Just the perfect all around bottoms. The fabric is so cozy with the interior being fleece (just like the Thermal Weight Top http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/productLanding.jsp?productId=PAT00VN&contentIdSocial=review-atg542906) and it does an outstanding job of breathing to regulate body temp. I have not once over-heated in these babies no matter the activity.
I think the only thing I would like is for them to fit a little more snug but this is more of a personal preference. Overall, these do what they are suppose to and do it well. Even when the temps are in the single digits, these keep me warm on any adventure. A great product and will certainly be in my closet for many years.
It's like being hugged with micro-sized fleece blankets - yea its pretty cozy
First of all, thank you to Patagonia and Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to test and review the Capilene Mid-Weight crew top.
For those cool days (35-50), this top has become a center piece for me. From snowboarding to running, I have found myself wearing this shirt more than any other in my closet over the last few months. The Power Grid fabric from Polar-Tech is very comfortable, lightweight and breathable. Even on high-intensity runs, I find that it regulates my temp better than some of my running-specific long sleeve shirts. Heck, it's so comfortable that I lounge around the house in it most mornings. The thumb loops are great for ensuring no air will get into the wrist area when wearing gloves.
Though I do really like this top, I don't know that I like the fit for what the top is supposed to be - a base layer. Yes, it fits true to size and the cut is very comfortable. The build is certainly what we've all come to expect from Patagonia - high quality of course. But being a base layer, I expected this to have a close-to-body fit. Patagonia describes the fit of this top as "Slim fit" but it simply is not. It fits just like a normal long sleeve. I have the Patagonia Capilene Thermal-Weight hooded top and that is also billed as a slim fit and it certainly is what I expected a slim fit to be - close-to-body fit but not too snug. Long story short, I think the cut - though it is comfortable - needs to be updated and I think if it did fit how a slim fit should, it would function as a base layer even better than it already does.
All in all, I really do enjoy this top. Like I said, I love it so much that I tend to just lounge around the house in it because it is so comfortable. It is my go-to layer for chilly days in the outdoors whether its a relaxing hike or a high-intensity trail run. I just wish it fit a bit slimmer - like a base layer should be.
First of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to Patagonia and Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to test and review the Blackhole Duffel. Now lets get on with it...
A duffel bag is one of those things I've been using since I played sports in grade school. Not great for organizing things but great for caring a large amount of gear around. Before I got the Patagonia Blackhole duffel, I thought 'ok cool, just another duffel'. But when I got it, it was clear that Patagonia took the same old boring duffel bag to another level.
First of all, the bag is made with a laminated ripstop material and has a DWR finish to give you a durable and water-resistant exterior for keeping all your goodies inside nice and safe. On the inside, you'll find two zippered pockets located on the lid made of mesh so you can easily see what is in the pockets, one side pocket that is accessible from outside or inside the bag (this also serves as a stash pocket for the duffel when not in use), and two straps in the main compartment for a little more help with organization and keeping things secure.
For me, this is the ultimate weekend duffel because of the organization made possible thanks to the pocket configuration. I've also found that the side pocket fits a pair of shoes so if you got some muddy sneaks after a weekend of trail running or hiking, you can keep them away from all your other belongings – awesome. This has certainly come in handy for me with traveling for races and quick weekend trips.
Discrete and low-profile but work great and are comfortable
First of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to Patagonia and Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to test and review the Thermal-Weight Capilene top.
It's that time of year when a solid base layer is essential for active outdoor play. For me, whether it's getting some lift serviced laps on the local hill, early morning runs on the trail, or hiking on the frigid coast of Lake Superior as the sun sets, this base layer has become invaluable to me over the last few months. The fit hugs your body which is perfect and how a layer like this should fit. I really like the cut, gusseted underarms and build. Solid work by Patagonia once again. The small details like the thumb loops and the high collar are huge bonuses. I like that with the hood on and fully zipped, the collar acts as a built in neck gator - great for when the temps are low and the wind is blowing.
The big thing for me is the Polar-tech Power Grid fleece fabric that Patagonia has used. It is super comfortable and keeps me warm in temps down to the single digits. Running is always the big test for me when it comes to testing the breathability of a fabric and this top performs beautifully. Even when I use my windshell (Patagonia Houdini) on my run, I don't find myself sweating through - something I've experienced before with other insulated tops.
I really feel like this is the perfect cold-weather layer when temps are below 25. Whether it's chillin at camp during a winter outing in the backcountry, hitting the slopes at the local hill, or high-intensity activities like running or biking, it does it's job beautifully.