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j. larsen

western washington......and wherever work & leisure take me

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Nordic Skiing
Camping
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Trail Running
Snowshoeing
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j. larsen wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

5 5

Yay! I've had these little ladies for a couple years now and they're still kickin'. I can snowshoe, shovel, and just tromp around in them and my feet stay warm. I also only need to wear a normal hiking sock; my thick mountaineering socks are too much. My only beef with this shoe is the faux fur around the top and for myself, they could be just a tad higher. These definitely keep the feet dry and comfortable. I have shelved my pac boots and just use these now. Way better.

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j. larsen wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

3 5

What happened? The last synthetic jacket I had from MontBell was pretty awesome. This one is okay. It really doesn't keep me as warm. Am I just getting older and colder? Bummer. It is very packable - but I've found I have to throw in another wool shirt or a sweatshirt to keep me as warm. An old North Face primaloft jacket I had 7 years ago was way better at lightweight warmth. If I could give this jacket a 3.5 or 3.75 in star land, that's where it would land. Also, they could stand to zipper the pocket on this jacket - small things fall out easily. The nylon is ballistic - I've endured branches, thorns, cat claws, splintered wood and no tears yet.

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j. larsen wrote a review of on January 17, 2011

3 5

what a cool name - i had visions of slicing through trails leaving smoldering coals and hot ash. yeah, whatever. i have pretty skinny and narrow feet, but these shoes are just a little too tight in the toe box for the trail running. these are good kick around shoes and solid scrambling shoes on day hikes. also, the laces are just a little on the short side, which was kind of silly, in my opinion. i do like the sleeve/tongue deal - really helps keep out dirt and on top of the foot. i have had this shoe for a couple years now and really, it's just a casual shoe for me, relegated to short day hikes and absolutely no trail running. i'll leave that to my real running shoes.

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j. larsen wrote a review of on November 12, 2009

3 5

I'd give them 4 stars if the darn ankle part wasn't too big for my skinny ankles. I thought they'd be a little more fitted, instead I'm left with a .25 inch gap around my ankle -- which is not good for running b/c stuff ends up in your sock. So, they're okay for kicking around in and wearing flip flops when it's a bit cooler than the toes like. I was concerned the last couple toes were going to be all bunched up with extra sock when I first put them on - but I pulled the toes snugly down and they fit perfectly; no excess. Now if they can just work on making the ankle elastic a little tighter....

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j. larsen wrote an answer about on November 9, 2009

Down isn't designed for wet, wet environments. Could you put down in Gore-Tex and still retain the loft that is down? I doubt it. You need lighter weight fabrics so down can be effective. It says this coat has a DWR finish so it'll do in a light, sporadic rain or occasional misty spot. If you want a coat that gives you insulation in a wet environment you'll have to stick with synthetic fibers & good ol' layering. Down is for bitter-ass cold that freezes your nose hairs and sometimes makes you wish you lived in the tropics. It is not for wet crud and heavy weight fabrics that crush it's loft. Did this help?

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j. larsen wrote a review of on April 7, 2009

5 5

I've used this pack a bunch for day hikes and trail running. I'm pretty much sold on the Airflow technology - I like feeling a little breeze action against my sweaty back. Sure, this backpack is tiny - but that's the point. I can squeeze my Camelbak inside and keep hydrated or I can rock some water bottles and shove more stuff inside. (The water bottles in the waist belt pockets stay put with elastic cording that is cinchable.) The stowable mesh pocket is awesome and has come in very handy for wet gear or layers shed while on the move. The little pockets on the waistbelt are handy and stay zipped. The inside zip pocket is perfect for stuff you don't want to misplace (i.e. keys). I haven't had to use the rain cover yet - but I don't see how it could malfunction. If you like to carry a bunch of crap - this pack isn't for you. It's streamlined and super light. Love it.

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j. larsen wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

5 5

Mary Janes makes the best camp food around. This couscous & lentil curry dish is delicious. The portions are definitely smaller than other companies - but the quality far exceeds other dehydrated food products. I'm a big fan of the packaging as well - it burns easily & cleanly. Plus Mary Janes food is available in bulk - so you can skip individual packaging altogether and really get your grub on.

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j. larsen wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

5 5

I first tried nuun a year or so ago. I did not dig it. But I finally grew up (and sick of gatorade, powerade, etc.) and decided to give nuun another shot. I throw these in my pack and lunch box and go. I like the fruit and citrus flavors and if I consumed caffeine without spazzing out I'd really like the kona cola. I tried a sip and it was rockin'. Anyway, nuun is tasty and not overly sweet.

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