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Aaron Finley

Aaron Finley

From Austin, TX to Park City, UT

aaron's Passions

Camping
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

aaron's Bio

Joint profile for my wife and I. Originally from Texas. Now based in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. The Finleys enjoy hiking & mountain biking in the summer, and skiing "the Greatest Snow on Earth" in wintertime.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just received these CW-X insulator tights and tried them on a run today. Currently, it's late winter in northern Utah - so it was around freezing with some rain/sleet mix. These compression tights fit very comfortably and provided sufficient warmth.

As a size reference: I'm 6'4" ~190lbs with a 33" waist and 34" inseam. I went with XL after consulting the size chart.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

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

I don't get cold very easily... except for my hands. I tried different glove and liner combinations but my hands/fingers were never warm enough in temperatures below 25 degrees. So this season I finally decided to try mittens.

I looked closely at comparable mittens from Black Diamond and Marmot but ultimately decided upon these Outdoor Research Alti Mittens because of my familiarity/satisfaction with other OR accessories. I have been very pleased with the fit and attention to detail of my OR Remote Gloves (for me, they've been perfect for temperatures above 25 degrees).

I have worn these mittens in single digit temps with 20+ MPH winds and blowing snow. My hands are now the warmest part of my body. I swear by the OR Alti Mittens.

Aside from the radical warmth factor, my favorite features of these Alti Mittens are:

*Extra long gauntlet
*Removable inner mitten
*Wind and waterproofing
*Lanyard (AKA: wrist loops or "idiot straps")

So far, I've note two potential cons with these mittens:
*No cinch around the wrist of the outer shell (I'd like to have it for a bit tighter manual adjustments)
*The description says these mittens have a "hand-warmer pocket" but I can't figure out where it is... (not that I have really needed it - these gloves are pretty toasty by themselves)

In short, I have been very pleased with the purchase and recommended them to my other "tall" friends who suffer from perpetually cold hands while up on the mountain.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

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

After almost a year, I'm finally getting around to reviewing them. I have really liked these boots and recommend them to family and friends. The soles have excellent traction in all conditions I have tested: water, snow, gravel, slush, mud, dirt... The waterproofing has not failed me in any of these conditions (will update this review accordingly if anything changes in the future). They are on the warmer end of the spectrum for hiking boots, so I'm not sure I would enjoy them as much during the sweltering Texas summers I used to know. But in my opinion, they are perfect for an active 4-season lifestyle in an elevated place like Utah.

Also note: these boots somehow repel water and dirt insofar as they still look almost like new. Very satisfied with this purchase.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on January 23, 2014

Perfectly sized toiletry bag
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ideal size for travel. This toiletry bag seemed a bit small when I received it, however it fit everything I needed for travel, including:

-Big contact solution bottle
-Saline solution bottle
-Shaving cream canister
-Toothpaste tube
-Eyeglass case
-Deodorant
-Aerosol canister
-Toothbrush
-Razors
-Pocket knife
-Nail clippers

The bag is very easy to clean and the seams/zipper/hanging hook all appear to be high quality.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

4 5

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

Really like this jacket but there are some things that could be improved on to make this function better for everyday use (see: overly large cuff buttons and no hand pockets). Still, I have been very impressed with the warmth, construction and fit of this jacket.

As a size reference, I'm 6'4"@ 190 lbs with long arms and a slim build. I have the size large Marmot Tuner jacket in Golden Copper color. Marmot lists the fit of this jacket as "Athletic Fit". In my opinion, it fits trim through the body, with a little extra room for upper arms & chest. It's a good trim look. The arms on the Tuner jacket are normal length (which means borderline too short for me).

The Golden Copper color combination is excellent. There's a slight sheen on the outer shell fabric but not the dreaded high-gloss, "trash bag look".

It's a keeper.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on December 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This backpacking breakfeast is pretty hearty (with more than enough for 1 person). I enjoyed this meal while camping on a cold morning in Zion National Park. The texture was slightly soupy and the flavor was a bit bland, but better than I expected. I warmed the flour tortillas and added some Cholula hot sauce to really complete the meal. Would buy again.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on December 19, 2013

5 5

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

I wear the Karstens fleece vest for extra core warmth on frigid days (usually layered under a down jacket or softshell) and also I've worn it standalone on mildly chilly days when I just need a bit more warmth than a long sleeve shirt to be comfortable. The Polartec fleece fabric is very soft and is a thicker material than other fleece jackets I have owned. The collar seems reinforced to keep its shape and not be overly floppy. The pockets are well-placed and useful. In addition to the versatility of this vest, I liked the unique color options and comfortable fit.

Per the product label, Patagonia describes this garment as a "regular fit" -- good for layering underneath. As a point of reference, I'm 6'4", ~190 lbs, with a size 42-44 chest. I own this vest in size large. It fits slightly relaxed on my frame -- not technical or slim fitting, but comfortable.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

The fabric blend on the DC Rebel hoodie is very soft and a versatile warmth/weight. The interwoven yarns of mixed colors flecks give this hoodie a muted shade of color and a more casual appearance. The fit is relaxed but not overly baggy around the body. I really like the Rebel because it's comfortable to wear inside and out. Can layer up if more warmth is ever needed (just add a down vest and/or shell when facing colder temps).

I agree with other reviewers that this hoodie has a generous arm and torso length. As a point of reference, I'm 6'4", ~190 lbs, with long arms and a size 42-44 chest. I own this hoodie in size large (L) and am pleased with it enough that I now own the DC rebel in two different colors: "Heather DC Navy" and "Marooned Red".

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on November 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

As other reviewers have said, this is a classic down jacket with plenty of warmth but a somewhat boxy fit. As a point of reference, I'm 6'4", ~190 lbs, with long arms and a size 42-44 chest. I own this jacket in size large (L). The arms of this jacket are borderline too small and the body of the jacket is a bit wider than I'd prefer (but good for layering and everyday comfort). This jacket has well-placed pockets and a cinch cord on the bottom to block out wind on a cold day. There's a slight sheen on the outer shell fabric but not the dreaded high-gloss look.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on September 28, 2013

4 5

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

The Bronson shorts are one of my favorite pairs of casual shorts. Like most Prana products, they are very durable, have a bit of stretch to the fabric and intelligently-placed pockets. My one complaint about them is the riveting on the seat of the pants. As you can see in the detail pictures above, there are small metal rivets on both sides of the back pockets. *Be careful: these rivets will scratch chairs and leather seats. I have matching gashes in my wood dining room chairs from scooting back.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on September 9, 2013

5 5

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

I never knew I could love Birkenstocks this much! I think these are much more stylish than the shoes I used to associate with this brand. I've gotten a ton of compliments on them. They are my first pair and they are so comfortable! For me, it took about 3 days to get used to the strap between the toes. Just a little mild discomfort but now they feel great. I also like how the strap goes so far back to the ankle - making them much more comfortable than your typical pair of flip flops. And the buckle makes them more adjustable for my narrow feet.

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Aaron Finley wrote a review of on September 1, 2013

5 5

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

My first pair of Patagonia hiking shoes and I love them! So comfortable and plenty of support. I've worn all spring and summer doing hiking from Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park to the Wasatch Range. Never had a blister. Great for all terrains.

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