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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

These are a good update to the original Lone Peak. They are more flexible and feel less clunky than the original.

I have yet to find conditions these shoes cannot handle. Snow, mud, rock, sand. These shoes can do it all. The velcro patch on the heel also makes it much easier to affix running gaiters.

For those using other Altra shoes, I think these run a little bit larger than the same sized Instincts.

Plus they are crazy RED!

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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an exceptional bag. It is very lightweight for the size and being down allows it to compact very small (you can stuff it in a 10L Outdoor Research compression sack). My previous bag would take up almost all of the large sleeping bag compartment in my pack, while the Storm King leaves plenty of room for sleeping pad and other things.

I have yet to truly test the 0 degree rating, but have had it out for some chilly nights. With the Insulated Q-core pad I have yet to sleep through a night with the bag zipped up, it has been plenty toasty.

If you are remotely close to the 5'10" break point for regular and long, get the long. You will enjoy the extra room.

I do enjoy the extra wiggle room this bag provides by skipping the insulation in the back. You just have to take care of your pad and you will be fine.

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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

4 5

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

I have had these boots for over 2 years now. While I have seriously cut back on regular use of these boots for day to day use (mainly in hopes of these lasting longer), they have held up better than the previous pairs of Glaciers and Makalus that I have owned. With previous boots I would wear out the tread or the lining before the leather was shot.

The construction has been extremely solid while being slightly lighter than the Glaciers and Makalus. Some folks may have concerns about the lacing system (specifically the nylon loop mid boot), but I have never had a complete failure in any of my La Sportiva boots over the years.

I have spent a fair amount of time in scree slopes and high tundra conditions. These boots have been spectacular. They provide exceptional stability and protection in rough terrain.

The calf skin lining is a nice change from the fabric lining that would typically get a hole in other LS models. The outsole also seems to be holding up very well.

My only issue (and it is very minor) is I would prefer the rand to continue the entire circumference of the boot rather than stopping short along the outside of the heel. This portion of the boot takes a noticeable beating, at least for me, and the rand would help protect it.

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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent is extremely roomy, easy to setup solo or with help (3 year olds are especially helpful), and overall a great base camp/car camping tent.

All of the components seem to be well made and should hold up to years of use.

Several guy-out points allow for improved stability in the windy conditions, which is great considering this thing looks like a barn when set up.

It is a bit on the heavy side, but it's not like you are going to spend a lot of time backpacking with this thing (at least not solo).

Overall this has been a great tent to help get the family out and about.

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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on September 15, 2013

4 5

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

The material is extremely light weight and wicks very well. When it becomes extremely saturated it clings to the body a bit, but overall this is an exceptional summer time shirt.

While the fit is true to size the fabric stretches very little potentially requiring a larger size if you are on the borderline between sizes.

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Ryan Walker wrote a review of on July 27, 2012

4 5

I am always on the lookout for a good quality synthetic shirt that breathes well and fits well. This shirt accomplishes both. I have run in very warm weather and this shirt performed as well as any of the synthetic shirts I own. The fit is accurate as described (snug on a larger frame) and does not chafe. I could feel the reflective strips down my back when wearing a backpack, but it caused no irritation.

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