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AgingDirtBag

AgingDirtBag's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Surfing
Running
Paddling

AgingDirtBag's Bio

Father, Surfer, Skier, Climber .... all around aging Dirtbag...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs

I've got 3 pairs... for the money they are one of the best all around full featured pants out there.

Love - inner thigh vents (no mesh) easier to access than vents on the outer leg.

Dislike - Flaps on upper pockets - but really who cares... your jacket covers them anyways.

Light weight - nope... these things are pretty burly.

DWR - on my oldest pair I've got about 100 days of resort skiing... I've re applied the DWR twice. They soften significantly over time. Boot guards a little cut up.... but after 100 days I'm impressed... they hold up really well.

Fit - Very true to size... Medium is 31-34in waist.

Are they Gortex? No... but don't believe the marketing hype - Gortex is is just ONE of many companies that make waterproof breathable laminates. Marmots private labeled lam works just fine... your DWR is more important than the lam anyways.

Why do I have 3? - oldest pair is a large... I was fat. Second pair I have put thru the ringer... bought 3rd pair to have a back up incase they stopped making them.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

So there are very few options out there for kids gloves that are WARM, have a removable liner and are Gortex... Yes these are EXPENSIVE for a kid who's gonna get two season out of them before out growing them... BUT... his can I sit there on the lift in my BD Guides and ask my son and daughter to suffer with cold and wet hands while I'm toasty and dry... Well... I bit the bullet and got these for my son this season as he has out grown the size 7 Hestia Kids Heli-Mits... Best decision ever - he's happy, he's warm and we just skied 7 days straight in LCC... WE were in the lift line before opening and skied to the end... My little guys hands stayed warm and dry (as did mine) all week.

Best gloves out there... I've got 100+ days on mine and he will get at least 2 season out of his... but having him warm and bullet proof is worth it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If I could give 3.5 stars I would. There is NOTHING wrong with this piece. It IS very nice.

I was looking for an synthetic midweight jacket/hoody... and this is just that. Everyone makes one of these with small differences. Patagonia's Nano-Air, Arc's Atom and LT Atom Hoody... etc. etc.

What I liked - I liked the roomier fit and the wider back. It has a non-technical feel to it. There is a small amount of stretch in all the material. Love the hand warmer pack pockets.

What did not work for me - I found the Large a little too roomy, sleeves a touch long... but the medium too small. I found that I really wanted a vertical exterior chest pocket.
The internal zippered pocket is on the left inside ... which bugs me... feels like is should be on the right.

Very Nice piece but did not blow me away. I't trying others... trying not to buy a Arcyterx Atom Hoody... Why - because I know I love it but I have the jacket... and the Lt. Weight Jkt... and want some diversity... but maybe I don't?

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 10, 2016

5 5

I made the switch to NTN 4 seasons ago and have never looked back. I started in leathers with a 3pin set up... had A pair for gen 1 terminators... so it took a lot for me to go ntn... so glad I did. No more knee to ski, more lateral stability, Pseudo step in, solid build quality. I'm 90% resort (LCC) and I love them. Do they release - yes... but not as consistently as a cert. din binding... but they do... I love the second ski kits... I move one pair of freerides between 3 sets of boards.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had 20+ harnesses... over the last 30 years. I have a home depot plastic tub full... Sure Arc'teryx makes some really pretty products and now BD is following suit with their Solution line but once I bought my first Cadillac I honestly never went back. I'm not a sport climber... maybe if I was I'd go lighter and with something with less options... I'm a trad climber that clips a few bolts here and there and end up in the gym now and then. This is THE harness. Not just comfort but function. Once you have it you will have a really hard time reverting to another harness. I LOVE the two additional gear loops... no, you probably don;t need more capacity but what they allow you to do is to rack in a more organized fashion - spread things out a little and make access to the items you need quickly much easier.

Just buy it... you won't regret it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

1. Warning - it runs large. I wear a Med. in Mtn. Hardware for everything but shells I'mm gonna layer under (ski) and this thing in a large is HUGE. I'm gonna send back for a Med.
2. Its NOT light. If your looking for a Atom AR or a similar beast this is not it... unless weight and bulk are not an issue. This is an insulated soft-shell ... its bomber, similar in warmth to a Atom AR but the outer shell of this is much heavier and significantly more robust.I would call this an outerwear and not a for layering . Wicked piece though.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on September 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the bag as a boat boat bag. Food, rain shells, water bottles , extra layers, first aid kits, camera gear... Thats what lives in the bag and gets tossed on floor of the boat be it a canoe or a drift boat. I love the bag, its been very durable, no leaks etc etc. I will admit I am careful with it... Especially out of the boat. I don't use it for anything but the boat. I've added a rectangle of foam (cut up Z-Rest) to the inside of the base to help prevent bottom punctures and adds a little structure to it. For the price (sale) I'm thrilled with it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 16, 2016

5 5

Almost zero design changes in nearly 30 years. It works, it works well. It has virtually nothing in it to break. If it clogs because you are filtering heavy sediment or mud you can open it up, rinse and your good to go again. If the gaskets get dry smear some chapstick on it and your good. Its bomb proof. I've had mine for literally 25 years... I've replaced the filter twice. Not ultra light but does not suffer from vapor lock or other BS that the smaller MSR filters suffer from. Unless you are fast packing and counting ounces this is your filter. Look no further.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

Sorry Wayne... :-(
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm a total Gregory Fan Boy... In my world there were two pack manufacturers; Gregory and Dana Designs... and while that dates me I will still put any pack from Dana's Arcflex line or Gregory's Summit or Adventure Series lines up againts any pack suspension made today... Granted they don't make them like they used to and Mystery Ranch really isn't Dana butttt... as far as this pack goes I feel it misses the mark. For a 44L pack the suspension just did not work for me. I have some smaller packs from Gregory with light suspensions and they work... but this one felt significantly under built for the size of the pack (and I was only putting 15-25lbs in it.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Its a shirt... so I should manage my expectations.... buttt... Its not bad, not amazing either. I like the fabric, has a nice hand to it and land somewhere between a full blown athletic syntheic shirt and the feel of a cotton "t"... which I like. What I don't like: The collar is too big (this was mentioned in another review). I could wear a size Med but I don't like "fitted" t-shirts... so I always order larges and while looser I like more... this large is a normal 'large' size but the collar is looser/larger than I would prefer. Second bad - Seams: How ever the shirt is constructed I can "feel" the seams at times and they tend to make the shirt drape and pull in a way that I notice it when working out (rowing mostly). Its fine, its a shirt... but I would not buy again.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

My first B&R purchase.... Its a nice shirt, its slightly but not overly "fitted".... which is good because I "slightly" and don't "overly" have a six pack. I have not washed it yet to see what happens... shrinkage etc... we'll see what happened when it it returns from the laundry hamper...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs

Normally my non diabetic - has never eaten fast food 9 year old wears a solid medium... these he could have gone with a small.. for another year...on the up side the drawstring waist can be tightened so I don't need to buy him more basketball shorts for 2 years... at least...

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Love this Rod...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a 5 star because I snapped my first one before even casting... but it was rectified... defective.

Took it to the Eastern Sierra to case Rainbows with my daughter this weekend... it worked great and let me reach farther than I thought it would on still water. Sensitive and consistent... great rod for the money.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

Great boots... med-high in volume
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 4' 3"
Weight: 56 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Very well made - good kicks. Not much break in required... Just did a decent long weekend in the Eastern Sierra with my daughter - bought them for her. Its a soft boot upper so there is minimal break in. Waterproof liner seemed to work as her feet and socks stayed dry regardless of wet streams and lake shore antics.
Heads up - they are med/high volume so I carried a set of 5/16 irons with me just in case - glad I did as I needed to use them... but with them I dialed in her fit and we had miles and miles of blister free comfort.
Irons are a boot fitting tool - think "shim"... yes I'm a boot fit nerd.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on September 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I’ve looked and looked for internal frame packs for my kids... The issue is the suspension - most importantly the hip belt and how it transfers weight from the bottom of the frames stays (rods) to the hip bone... My issue - none of these packs do it well in a size I need in torso and waist for my kids. The Ace 50 is a great pack: the weight is where you want it to be considering your kids are gonna carry between 12-20lbs... features are fine but the suspension ...ugh!... not terrible but really not much better than the rest. As expected 5 miles into day as the foam and material warmed up the suspensions started to sag on to my kids butts and they were not happy. On prior trips they carried REI Passage 40's - while a heavier pack by about a pound the suspensions were much better... BUT - they no longer make the 40's... only the 65's... which is too much volume for my kids... Murphy's Law.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I should have pulled the trigger on these for my son 2 years ago... my bad for not doing so. They are perfect.

My experience outfitting my kids (now 9 & 10) with skis over the years has left me with significant lack luster feelings for the industry when it comes to good kid skis for kids who CAN ski.

Yes there a a ton of crap composite directional skis... which I admit are great for little little ones and beginners. But when your 8 year old sends it harder than you and list Eagles Nest and High Rustler as his/her favs well the composite stix don't cut it... and there is where the problem lies as from that point forward until you can get them on 150cm+ planks the pickings are really really sparse.

The composites are WAY too soft and then you have a host of narrow fully cambered park skis to choose from... not much else. Must we all send our kids to the park???!! News flash, not all our kids are park skiers? some like trees and the soft stuff.

So you have the composite noodles, the park skis and the odd attempts (K2 for example; Bad Seeds... who the heck deigned these things! Really!? They are stiffer than my GS skis! no kid on this planet can flex them).

Note: I do LOVE the Volkl Gotama's Jrs.- I think as a fully rockered kids ski go they nailed it - the flex, side cut, everything. But what if your skiing ice and super hard pack...(SPRING!)? what choices are there that are not too stiff, that a kid can flex, direction, early rise etc. etc... VIRTUALLY NO CHOICES... then I order these after talking to the guys up in Nor Cal.. PERFECTO! THEY ARE PERFECT.

This is a kids version of a fantastic one quiver ski for the intermediate to advanced kid.

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AgingDirtBagwrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you take kids into the backcountry then you LOVE THIS. Their pallets are already limited just doe to age... and your already carry half their stuff... Mine are 8 and 10 and they can carry roughly 20lbs. if I want to get over 6 miles out of them... Most of the meals are too spicy for kids... this is great!... glad its bland. Wish they had one or two more this bland.

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