ATL // SLC
These are great for casual as well as the trail. I've used them for both, they're great. Size small, size 8 feet. Fits like a glove, and oh so comfortable during the cold months.
I love this jacket, for quite a few reasons. I'll list them.
1) Gore Windstopper. I may catch some flack for this, but in my opinion, it's better than Polartec Powershield. It blocks the wind almost as well, but for me, it breathes so much better. I'm comparing this to a Marmot Kingpin, which I love as well, but for day to day comfort, I'd pick the ROM. Don't get me wrong, the Kingpin is great, and definitely a more waterproof jacket, but I sweat a lot more in it. There are tradeoffs, and for the price, I think the ROM is a better option.
2) The fit is great on this. Not too tight, not baggy. I'm 5'10", shorter torso, 165lbs, and the small fits well, fairly trim, not much room for more than a long sleeve tee underneath. but all the lengths, the arms, the torso, everything is just right.
3) I can wear this all day comfortably. You can go from 30 degrees and windy outside feeling comfortable, go inside, unzip it, and leave it on without getting sweaty or clammy. It's not a particularly loud fabric either, so it's not annoying to wear indoors.
4) Windstopper works. I've taken it on a few day hikes, one at Alta in October in the snow, and it was great. It sheds some water, keeps the wind out, offers minor warmth, and is really comfortable. It's kind of a jack of all trades, good at everything.
I wouldn't use this as a rain jacket, or in freezing wind, or in anything sub-30's, but for anything else, it's great.
The arms aren't as tight as they look in the photo. This jacket is listed as athletic fitting, but it's definitely not skin tight or anywhere close to that. I would recommend sizing down from your normal size, unless you want a lot of room to layer. I typically wear a medium (every once in a while, a small), and the small in this jacket fits like a medium in most other brands.
make sure you have plenty of water on hand, these are dry and not that tasty.
This review will only be for the apple cinnamon flavor, as I trust other reviewers in saying that the other flavors are pretty good. Honey Stinger usually makes pretty good products, I've been impressed with the waffles, protein bars, and chews, but these are another story. I was excited, as apple cinnamon really sounds great, but these aren't good. They're dry, overly dense, don't taste that great, hard to chew and swallow, and they're EXPENSIVE. I can almost get ProBars (taste amazing, tons of nutrition) for as much as these cost, not to mention I could almost get 2X the ClifBars for this price, and they taste better. Not impressed with these, but they do provide energy, albeit not very much. One of my problems with Honey Stinger is that all of their products that are touted as 'energy' products, contain fewer than 200 calories. The calorie is a unit of energy. So put more calories in it. These are meant to sustain you and provide the energy you need to keep at it, not a small snack for in between meals while you watch tv.
Not impressed with these bars, and they even look like an ugly grey brick when you open the package.
I teetered on the edge of 5 stars for these, but in the end, they're only worth 4 for me, but just know that it's close.
First, these taste really good. I bought the dark chocolate cherry almond, and that's exactly what's in them. There's that chewy protein stuff, but it has chunks of cherry, bits of almond, and covered in good dark chocolate. They taste really good for being a protein bar. I have eaten them after hikes, mountain biking, and the gym, and each time, they seem to take the edge off my hunger and also help in recovery (not so sore the next day).
However, a few things I don't like about these:
They're expensive for what you're getting. At almost $2/bar, you could get REALLY good protein bars (by good, I mean high quality) at Costco or REI, and they will be bigger, taste pretty good, and provide more calories/protein. I know a lot of the rage today is portion control, but these just seem small, and 10g of protein isn't much. I know there are 20g bars, but still 10g is not much, and there just isn't a lot of substance in one of these bars i.e. I'm still hungry after eating it. Also, the taste is good, but not GREAT. I'd prefer a CLIF builder's bar to these, for taste, amount of protein, and size of the bar, not to mention they're cheaper. That's the main reason I can't give these 5 stars, because there are better products out there that get the job done just a little better. Not bad though, if you can find them on sale such as steepandcheap, the price/bar is a lot more bearable.
I have 4 pairs of frogskins, and these are my favorites so far. I have some disgustingly bright pairs, and some more muted, stylish pairs, including these, and they look good. The matte finish is incredibly sexy (although the nosepiece gets greasy and gross). Black iridium lenses are reflective, but not annoying and juvenile like fire iridium, and they are clear and aberration free.
A lot of people have complained about the lack of apparent quality in the frames. I will agree, they don't have 5-barrel metal hinges, but the sacrifice in "build-quality" makes them light, easily repairable, and you can switch the legs out. If you crush them, the leg falls off and you just put it back on. It makes them comfortable and not stiff as well.
Overall, great stylish sunglasses. I love the way they look and they're the only glasses I can wear for hours at a time without my ears getting sore, and without my eyes getting tired.
There aren't a ton of small lockers that are smooth and get the job done well. I've been using BD Positron screwgates for a while, for anything from anchors, keeping a daisy chain on me while canyoneering, belaying with a grigri, and I even made two locking quickdraws for the extra peace of mind while toproping sketchy routes. They're just really useful.
So when I saw these, they seemed really nice. They are almost exactly the same size as the Positron, maybe a TINY bit narrower along the minor axis, and the gate action is mega smooth, think Petzl-smooth.
However, the screwgate version of this biner SUCKS. The gates can't be operated with a quick flick, they stick too much and it feels like they just haven't been machined well. If you really want small locking screwgates, I'd go with the BD positron, they're a dollar cheaper as of this writing, they're anodized, the screwgate is smooth as butter, and I love the shape.
On the other hand, if you go for the twistlock version of this biner, it's fantastic. The twistlock is easy to operate with one hand, it's smooth, and it just works well. Definitely worth the money, especially if you can find them on sale. Although they aren't anodized, the raw finish with red is super sexy, and it says "Made in Italy" across the spine. I really like these twistlocks, they'll be going on my harness for a while, up against the Positrons.
4 stars--3 for the screwgates, 5 for the twistlocks
I believe the Basin Red lens color isn't grey, but rather pink iridium.
yes, the have the olive legs on them, come with a lighter grey pair as well. very easy to change.
I'm not a person who's really into knives, but I own a few small pocket knives and EDC knives, generally pretty cheap ones. I picked this knife up on steepandcheap several months ago, and since then, have had the chance to use it for quite a bit.
First, it looks great. I got the orange handled version, which seems to be sold out right now, but both look great, and feel great. I have smaller hands, usually a size small glove, and this knife is plenty big, both in length and girth ;).
The thing that is most nice about it is definitely the Carson opening system, where you give the seatbelt cutter a good flick with your index finger and it seems to pop open with switchblade quickness. It's smooth, feels great, and is very solid, you know for sure when it locks.
The dual locking system is fine, if not superfluous, but I guess people have had problems before with a single lock? I never have so it's redundant for me.
The blade is incredibly sharp from the factory, and it's BEEFY. The tanto point is burly and the blade just feels like you drive nails with it easily.
Now, the seatbelt cutter and window smasher. I've tried the seatbelt cutter on some rags and crap, and it does it's job fine. I haven't tested the window smasher. But honestly, they're both a tad annoying to me. Slipping the knife into your pocket means you will hang the seatbelt cutter on your pocket, so be careful, you could rip your jeans. The window smasher just pokes your leg and everything all the time. I just purchased a second knife because I liked the first so much, but I'm going to grind the window smasher off on this one so it's a little more pocket-friendly. Overall, I love the knife, you just have to realize what it has on it.
Looking through other pillows, this one is easily the best value. The weight isn't THAT much more than some of the other Thermarest and Big Agnes pillows (for the small ALPS pillow), but the price is so much cheaper. Can be found for less than $10, and, in my opinion, is much much more comfortable than other inflatable and ultra light pillows. It's more like a regular pillow.
I stuff it in the hood of my sleeping bag to keep it puffed up, and it feels nice. It's no fluffy down pillow, but it does the job and I can't complain.
TNF bags are built better (materials are a little better, design is a LOT better), with the exception of the amount of pockets on the Marmot.
I like the North Face bags a lot more.
I LOVE this helmet. I was never into the whole helmet thing, coming from skating where it's hot and sweaty, but after getting on the mountain, it didn't seem like such a sacrifice. Searched for a while for a helmet that looked simple, was inexpensive, protected well, and was comfortable. This was it. It fits my dome perfectly, it's ridiculously warm yet well-vented, and fits any goggle you put on it. It looks swag too.
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