kris

kris

biking, hiking, mountainering, camping, running, kayaking, canoeing, exploring, boldering

kris's Passions

Hiking & Camping

kris's Bio

i work as a lobbyist so that i can do what i love, and that is be outdoors. it doesnt matter if im walking through a neighborhood park or peak bagging in india, im just happy to be out in the fresh air. i live for that. there is a feeling of freedom and calm that i can find nowhere else in the outdoors and i live for that and work to make sure others have the ability to experience the outdoors for themselves.

kris

kris wrote a review of on October 19, 2010

4 5

i bought another one of these just a few weeks ago, and it is my second R4. i love my first and wouldnt have bough another were it not for the fact that i recently have been living in the city and needed a jacket that i could just throw on and feel guaranteed in the wind proofing and the warmth factor. my older one was simply getting worn and not the prettiest looking anymore haha. i love this jacket, it is incredibly warm and truly is windproof. i can honestly wear this with just a t-shirt or plain old cotton long sleeve underneath in temps that are at or below freezing. it is that warm. to warm infact for any winter hiking on the east coast that i have experienced. i own a patagonia down sweater and it gets very little use other than on the coldest days while snowboarding (under a shell). this jacket has simply replaced the need for that jacket on most occasions.

that said this design does have its flaws. when trying this on i saw that it dodnt have the draw string on the wast and the cuffs around the wrists were a little loose. i said "whatever, how much of a difference can it possibly make!?" well i must say that it does have an effect. it was cold and VERY windy this weekend in Tremblant (a little vacation) and i saw a difference between this new R4 and my old one. it wasnt that it was less warm so much as occasionally i would get a blast of cold air in my midsection and it was uncomfortable and unnerving. i know i am nit picking but it does make a difference when you personally are on the line.

all things considered though i would make the purchase again. it is a great jacket, does all that it is supposed to do and more. but i would tell you this, if you have the opportunity to pick up an older version with the draw string at the wast, or can afford to wait until next years model to see if they will revert back to their old ways that i would suggest doing it. but if not dont worry! this jacket will serve you extraordinarily well!

i love it and for the life of me cant understand why more people dont pick this up, it looks incredible, feels incredible (my girlfriend is a HUGE fan) and last forever. pull the trigger, doooo itttttt!

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kris wrote a review of on October 19, 2010

5 5

sorry BC, i wanted to buy another 1/4 zip but unfortunately you don't carry it... had to go elsewhere to buy one. you should really get on that, its a terrific piece. i gave 5 stars for the better sweater, but i would give BC 1 star for not having it, somewhat frustrating that i have to give someone else my business...

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kris wrote a review of on October 18, 2010

5 5

such a great pullover! has great mobility, is uber warm, not bulky and looks sweet too! i love thing thing, its so easy to throw on in so many situations. i wear it to soccer and lax games, throw it in my bag for short hikes when i might get chilly, around the fire and just re;axing at home. it is incredibly versatile, durable and just plain awesome! about to pull the trigger and get another one (im thinking orange since i already have the green!)

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kris wrote a review of on October 2, 2010

5 5

great memories wit these boots. they have taken me many places and have seen many things. and one thing is for sure, they have never let me down. i had to get them resoled as i wore out the bottoms, but that is in no way a negative, it in fact means these shoes i built to last a lifetime, as the uppers are perfectly broken in and still look great. they carry 60 lbs no problem both up hill and down, and are truly waterproof. they are not meant for heat though, as your feet will get very hot and sweaty if you in hot temps. also not the best when it comes to wet rocks, but hey, thats not what they are meant for. i love these boots and would recommend them to anyone. never attempt a back country trip without them!!

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kris wrote a review of on October 2, 2010

3 5

picked these for for almost free one day just because i could. they are decent, fit pretty well and work well for a few miles on short easy hikes. i use them now only for walking the dog and other things that require shoes that can get dirty muddy wet and anything else you can think of. they serve that function well and all in all im glad i have them as a utility shoe

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kris wrote a review of on October 2, 2010

4 5

i have had this thing throughout the east coast water ways and have taken it for a summer up through ontario and the waterways that wind through there. it performed flawlessly. the only complaint i have is that the cords do seem to be a little fragile on it, as i have had to replace them, also it isnt the lightest out there, but all in all it is decent and works well!

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

amazing sleeping bag. it packs incredibly small and is true to the temp rating. i have slept in this in temps pushing 20 degrees and have been nice and toasty warm. i own several bags, some warmer and some for less extreme temps but this is my go to bag, if its warmer i just unzip it and if its colder just throw on some cap base layers and a hat and you'll be just fine.

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

mine has been all over north america, mexico, patagonia and japan. it has been dragged, dropped, stuffed, and run over. it holds everything i need and carries easily. it is essential to travel. it is a modern staple of exploration and conquest. this bag is the one. it has not been messed with in years for a reason, why mess with perfection. many have tried to do better and none have succeeded. why do you think every major expedition the world over relies on this bag?

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

i picked this thing up to use as a carry on for my ski trips, and it works very well. it is the perfect dimension and fits a ton of stuff thinks to the compression straps. the backpack straps arnt the most comfortable but they werent designed to be. they work great for standing in line at the airport and carrying around the hotels and villages when need be. planning on purchasing a large rolling duffel to accompany my TNF duffle and osprey is the only brand i will be looking at.

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

i love this, its small, light, bright, has night vision you can operate easily and great batter life so far. mine has spent maybe 2 dozen nights in the woods so far and i only replaced the batteries once, and that was only because i didnt want them to run out on me, not because they did. i always throw it in my pack and so far i havnt been disappointed.

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

love this thing, it works well in all conditions. no wind gets through and as you loose the most heat through your head, this is exactly what is needed. yes it isnt the WARMEST hat out there but hey, throw on a helmet or pull up the hood of your jacket if your not warm enough. or do what i do and throw a balaclava on underneath it. it has lasted me a long time, some pulls, some pills and some stains and it still looks and works just fine. you wont be disappointed.

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

great little jacket, throw it on for a cool morning commute, pack it up for sitting around a fire durring the fall or wear it under a shell for more sever weather. i love this and the slick outer part is great for layering because it doesnt get stuck or snag under a shell. it wont be windproof or keep you warm when it gets below 60 if your not moving but for what its for, it does a superb job

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kris wrote a review of on September 30, 2010

5 5

for the life of me i cant understand how anyone could give this anything less than 5 stars. this jacket does it all. i spent a week in Algonquin park Ontario with this thing and i think that we may have had a combined 24 hours where it didnt rain. i have spent much of my life hiking, traveling, and mountaineering and this was the most rain i have ever had in a week. everything was soaked, it was impossible to keep things dry, but i have to say that not a drop of water got through this jacket, it is impeccable. the finest quality and materials. the craftsmanship is unsurpassed and it will last forever. when i walked out of the park it was unrecognizable as an arc'teryx jack there was so much mud on it, but i threw it in the washer and hung it out to dry and i swear you could bag it up and sell it as new, it was still in perfect condition. after more than a week of bushwacking and just beating the hell out of it i expected scrapes and blemishes, but could find nothing wrong with it. i feel confident in saying that no other jacket could do what this did. if you can afford it this is worth its weight in gold. i have owned a lot of jackets in my day but this is simply the best. pull the trigger, you wont regret it

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