highgeer

highgeer

Denver, Colorado

highgeer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

highgeer's Bio

I work in front a of a PC all day, so I try to get out whenever I can.

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highgeer wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

4 5

I bought this jersey on a bonktown clearance just prior to my first attempt at triathlon. I wore it in a sprint distance and olympic distance. I felt the jersey worked as advertised.

I never noticed the jersey during the swim, but I use a full wet suit. I was able to carry a pill pouch and some gel packets in the two rear pockets during the bike and run. The angled pockets definitely help getting in/out at speed, but it was still some finger gymnastics when I was getting fatigued.

The back panel definitely breathed well and relieved heat well. I was also grateful for the long zipper during the olympic event that was over 90 degrees.

I am 6'1" and 150 lbs. with a long torso to match, and I ordered a size medium. The front came down just below my belly button and just touched the top of my tri-shorts.

My one complaint was that it constantly rode up on me during the run, so I had to keep pulling it down. I have since bought another Voler two-piece kit, and it does the same, so I think I just need to move to a one-piece suit.

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highgeer wrote a review of on February 15, 2012

4 5

As others have said, this pump is a huge beast. To put things in perspective, I'm a runner who occasionally rides a MTB, and I'm replacing a 12 year old CyclePro pump, so this thing is impressive to me. It feels sturdy from solid base to long, flexible hose, to beefy head. It inflates much quicker then my old pump.

Forewarning to those with children, while the pump may be big and macho, be ready to battle your kids' bike/stroller/trailer/wagon wheels (or even that old wheel barrow) in order to fit the head onto the valve. I thought the old pump was a challenge, but it was a Tim the Toolman comedy sketch watching me try to get the head on my son's wheel! That's the reason I gave this four stars, rather then five.

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highgeer wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

3 5

I work from home, so I sit in my slippers most of the time. Pros: these slippers are really comfortable and in the winter they keep your feet nice and toasty. Cons: if you get the leather sole wet, they kind of "stick" to the floor and they won't last long if you wear them outside for trips to the mailbox. Also, I haven't really fallen in love with the low rise heel, as I have a feeling like they're constantly falling off (in fact, though, they are on securely).

Net-net, next time I'll go back to a slipper that has a rubber sole and a standard heel.

They do seem to fit true to size.

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highgeer wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

2 5

I ordered a couple of different sizes and colors at the same time. Unfortunately, all of the jackets had problems with the seams where the stitching did not line up. One had the problem on the shoulder, another on the hood, and I can't recall where else. All in all, they were sharp looking jackets, but for something that was supposed to be rain gear, I was skeptical that it would keep me dry. Rather then take a chance, I just returned all the jackets.

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highgeer wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

4 5

As others have said, they run small and the waist band tends to ride high. I'm 6'1" and 150 lbs. and I normally wear a size 32/medium waist. I followed the advice of others here and sized down and ordered the small. It worked out well and I'm very happy with the briefs. I have now worn them for cold soccer games and a few cold runs. They have worked as advertised, but knocked from five to four stars because the waste band is higher then I prefer. I look forward to trying them on the slopes in winter 2012.

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highgeer wrote a review of on May 22, 2011

5 5

I have a long, thin face, and 90% of all sunglasses look ridiculous on me because they're too big. However, the Tensai fit my face profile very well.

I use them exclusively for running and cycling. They never move, shift, or bounce in any way, which was a common problem I had with just about every other pair of sunglasses I tried. They are also very lightweight so you don't feel like you're wearing sunglasses, and I don't get that "pinched" feeling around my temples after +60 minute runs.

The ZB-13 polarized lenses are crystal clear and are great for the really sunny days, but can also still function on cloudy and rainy days.

Take a look at my other reviews, it takes a lot to get 5 stars from me, but these deserve it.

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highgeer wrote a question about on April 8, 2010

Is this a good tele ski for a life-time alpine skier? I would stop just short of saying I'm expert on alpine (I'm not Jeremy Bloom), but many times, I'm waiting on friends and family when skiing. It's time for something new that just might slow me down while skiing in large groups. I'm an aggressive skier, comfortable in any terrain (trees, bumps, bowls, chutes), and so far I have been confined to resort skiing with the occasional hike. I want to get into tele so I can do more backcountry skiing here in Colorado. I've borrowed friends' setups three or four days here and there. Even when I get experience on tele, my guess is I'll still be doing 80% of my riding at the resort. Is this too much ski for someone new to tele but 25 years of alpine experience? I'm 6'1", 150 lbs, currently riding a 176cm alpine setup. I'm considering the 177cm.

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highgeer wrote a review of on December 28, 2009

2 5

I bought two of these shirts in winter 2008/2009. I loved them. I soon after bought Altitude crew shirts, superfine t-shirts, and leggings. I became a merino wool slut. Unfortunately, the durability on the Icebreaker products is terrible. Both of my BodyFit200 shirts have half a dozen very small random holes after just one ski season. We followed the instructions not to over-wash them and never put them in a dryer. This was our third Icebreaker product to do this (my wife's Nature Lite shirt and Altitude zip-top previously did this), while none of my other merino wool products have done this (DC, SmartWool, Ibex, ExOfficio). Icebreaker refused to replace them under any kind of warranty. Net-net: these things are awesome while they last, but at these premium prices, they should last a helluva lot longer.

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highgeer wrote a review of on December 1, 2009

1 5

First, I am a long time and previously satisfied customer with Icebreaker products. My wife and I own dozens of their products including Atlas undershirts, Mondo zip tops, an Altitude mens crew, multiple Flower Pods Cross Camis, SweetHeart tops, leggings, and countless running, hiking and skiing socks. This is only the second Icebreaker item that we have had any issue with (the first was one of the SweetHeart tops that arrived with a hole and was easily exchanged).

I bought this shirt for my mother in fall 2008 for when she visits Denver. She lives in Phoenix. It has been worn less then five times and never needed washed. When she came to Denver this year, she pulled the shirt out and it had dozens of tiny holes in it. I contacted Icebreaker about a replacement and their response was... disappointing. "Normal fiber variation will occasionally lead to spontaneous holing in the fabric." So they'll replace it, right? "We do normally offer a one year warranty replacement on garments that are off design specific measurements, or has premature holing, tearing or pilling. This particular item is no longer made in this color and was discontinued over a year ago. Unfortunately, we are only able to replace with the same garment and cannot replace with an item that is priced at retail value." I sent a response and they validated that because the color I bought is no longer available, they won't replace it with a current color. Unacceptable for a top that costs this much.

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highgeer wrote a review of on March 17, 2009

4 5

Overall, I like these. The quality seems very good and is comparable to my Icebreaker tops. They do seem a little thin for a midweight insulator. Unfortunately, the mountain weather has been pretty warm this season so I haven't had the opportunity to test these too much on colder days. These puppies are baggy, though. I thought I would like this, but I found that the baggy material tends to tangle with my pant shells and the bottoms twist at the crotch, thighs, and knees. Also, you have to take a little extra caution to make sure you don't get extra legging in your boots that crumples up and eventually causes discomfort. One other note, I'm 6'1" with a 32" waist, and I ordered the medium. They are still really long in the legs(?!), but perfect at the hips. Net-net, if you don't want a spandex tight pair of bottoms, these fit the bill. If you're used to your bottoms being like tights, you will probably want to find another product.

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highgeer wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

4 5

This shirt is probably the cleanest looking of the four or five prAna shirts I've bought. The stripe pattern is sharp and this shirt doesn't have any of the diagonal stripes or funky stitching or uniquely placed logos that my other prAna shirts have. If a tie is not required, this is a great business casual shirt. Also doubles up for playing foosball and some socializing at happy hour after work! For fit: I'm 6'1" 150 lbs. and the large fits me well for length. A little loose in the chest, but that's normal for a skinny guy like me.

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highgeer wrote a review of on August 5, 2008

4 5

Ok, look closely at the picture, and you will notice that in addition to the contrast vertical striping, there is a paisley design inset. Look closer, it's there. Also, the "buttons" as the description says are actually snaps. At first, I wasn't sure what to think because it has a bit of a western cowboy (with paisleys?) look to it because of the snaps. However, after a couple times wearing it, I really like it because it is unique while still looking professional.

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highgeer wrote a review of on August 5, 2008

5 5

I bought three pair on a whim because I was wearing out my other running socks. I also have three pair of Under Armour running socks, which make my feet sweat grossly in comparison. I just picked up another three pair of the SmartWool because I liked them so much. I travel a lot for work, and now I take only two pair of these for a full week trip, rather then one pair per day and have had no problems (I love Merino wool). These things are incredible.

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highgeer wrote a review of on August 5, 2008

5 5

This tool is great - I keep it in the truck so that I always have it for car-camping and cabin trips as well as other emergency repairs (tightening a binding, disconnecting a dead battery, to name a few). Also, it feels more solid, particularly when using the blade, then any of my friends' Leathermans. It's too big for a back-packing trip, though.

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highgeer wrote a review of on August 5, 2008

4 5

The shirt is very nice and looks sharp. The pictures don't show some of the things that folks thinking of wearing this shirt in a business casual environment might be concerned about. The stitching on the pocket is not "traditional:" there are two thick seams toward the top of the pocket, plus the bottom seam is on a diagonal. The logo on the pocket is half on the pocket, half on the shirt. The Win (red) picture may help you see these intracacies best. There is a prAna script logo on the back by the right shoulder. And finally, the shoulder area on the back has stripes that are at a diagonal (not vertical or horizontal as most shirts would have). It may not be for everyone looking for a true dress shirt, but it lets me be me at work.

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highgeer wrote a review of on May 19, 2008

5 5

I'm a trail runner and mountain biker and I've long been in search of polarized sport wrap sunglasses that won't shift on my nose or cause chafing on my ears. I've now logged hundreds of miles with these glasses and they still fit perfectly. If you've got a smaller face, these will be perfect for you - polarized lenses at a fraction of the "pop" brands!

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