ATL // SLC
These are basically like "healthy" candy, made from honey rather than processed sugar. They're really good, and, surprisingly, take the edge off hunger really well. I use them as a mid-morning snack at work, or on the trail when I start to feel tired. They really do work. The fruit smoothie ones taste like those vitamin gummies, which are delicious.
The best part about these? They aren't dry, so you don't have to guzzle half your water just to get them down when you're hiking or working out and already thirsty.
Cons: a bit expensive and there aren't a whole lot in each package.
Interestingly, these say they are women's socks on the package after I received them. I think the sizing is still consistent with other SmartWool socks, as the mediums fit just like my "men's" socks.
Without getting into colors and intended gender of the sock, I will say that the "spearmint" color is a bit more pastel-ish than the picture seems. Not a bad sock, and they're comfortable and durable, but lightweight, more for spring/summer use. Typical SW quality, feel great, and should be more durable due to the nylon.
Thinking of buying the black/blue version if it comes up on steepandcheap again.
Fantastic boots. I have a few pairs of Tretorns, including the boots that preceded these (the Walden). They're very similar, but Tretorn has improved them quite a bit in the past few years.
First, they are quality made with great leather, a warm flannel lining, and the insoles and sole are incredibly comfortable. They took a few hours to break in, but after that, they are fantastic. I've worn them nonstop for the past few weeks, and they've been really comfortable and warm.
One problem I had with the Waldens was the lack of durability. After wearing them several times, the sole started to wear through to the midsole, they lost a lot of shape, and just felt floppy. Not so with the Holdyn, they have held up extremely well, the leather is stiff and thick, and the sole is thicker and much more durable.
As most of you have probably seen on the news, the Atlanta winter has been pretty crazy this year. These have been perfect for the cold, ice and snow. First, they are really warm. Not like snow boots, but my toes are nice and toasty in 20 degree weather with a pair of wool socks. Second, they have great grip. I slide all over the place in tennis shoes or Vans, but these grip really well on ice and snow. Very impressed. Last, they are treated with some sort of DWR, and the seams are sealed well apparently, because I haven't had water in them at all when walking in several inches of snow and slush.
Overall, incredibly impressed with these boots, with the only complaint being they run big. Like a whole size big. I like my shoes to fit snug, and these don't. Not a huge deal because they are boots, so bulky is ok, and I wear thick socks, but Tretorn shoes seem to run big as a company, so no surprise, I was just hoping they wouldn't.
I got these pretty cheap, like less than half price, and I don't regret it at all. As others have said, it feels like you're walking on nothing, the insole is magic. The canvas is pretty thin, much thinner than a pair of Vans, for example, but they feel pretty well made. There's no support in the fabric of the shoe, it's just kind of floppy, but if you like flip flops, sperrys, etc, it's not really a big deal. I find them incredibly comfortable.
They are a bit long, I typically wear a 7.5 or 8 and like my shoes to run tight, with my toes almost to the end of the toe box. An 8 in these feels a good half size to a size too large, which is consistent with another pair of Tretorns I have. However, it's winter, and wearing them with socks fills them out. Pleased with the fit. I don't find them overly narrow, and I typically find I have a wide foot and low arch. I mean it's definitely more narrow than some shoes, but not enough to feel weird or anything.
Overall, great for the price, not sure I'd pay retail for them though.
See review below for all of what's in there. It's a lot.
Living in Atlanta, I don't get many chances to snowboard. So I fly out west. I bought this bag to take all my crap out for a week or two in Utah this year. Very pleased with my purchase.
I have a 155 and 154 length board, and bought the 156 bag. I fit the two boards, one set of bindings, boots, helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, goggles, all my tuning gear including an iron, and some dirty clothes in here. Granted, it was a bit tight, but it fit, and the bag was great.
The lack of wheels on the back can make for a sore shoulder, but not too bad, and the price was right. Love this bag, very durable material, made to last, and will store all my junk back at home over the summer.
I bought the c40 a while back, and I have small hands, so it's worked really well, no complaints. I passed on the c80 originally because I thought it would be too big. However, I got a deal on one for $20, and decided to order. Turns out I like the size more. It holds more chalk, cinches up better, and isn't ridiculously large like I thought it would be. The pocket on the back is super nice, and it's typical arcteryx quality. Highly recommended, if you can find it on sale. Probably not worth the $40, but definitely for $20
I expected basically higher quality gatorade mix from these, but it's quite a bit different. First of all, when mixing the packet with the recommended dose of water, the orange flavor tastes about like water with a little bit of skim milk and orange flavoring. But VERY slight, almost unnoticeable flavor. It's pretty good. Sometime gatorade or other mixes can be overwhelming, this definitely isn't, it goes down easy and tastes just enough to be more appetizing than water and avoid those stomach aches that come when pounding plain water.
It's hard to say how it works, it's basically just water with some electrolytes, but it left me satisfied and hydrated. Good product.
deeper than it looks in the stock photos
Strap is wide, lots of options.
Big, but not too big.
I picked this up on steepandcheap for $50 in the yellow/black color, and for that price, I'm very happy with it. What the product picture doesn't show is just how thick this watch is. It's pretty solid, and feels heavier and more well-built than comparable Nixon watches that I own. It has a TON of band size, most likely to wear over a wetsuit. It's really comfortable, and looks great. Very happy with this.
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.