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Kyle's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Trail Running
Snowshoeing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Kyle's Bio

If its outside I will give it a try - even better if its active.

Weekends tend to be the time I wear myself out rather than relax... with no regrets.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

Nice, very nice. Everything about these gloves are top notch from construction to warmth to sizing - all amazing. The second my hands touched the fluff- bunny-esc removable liners I knew I was going to like them. Then the field tests - snow, ice, wind, zero degree temps - cant faze them, even with my historically cold hands.

The closures do a a great job of keeping everything out and the handcuffs have saved me a number of times already aside from just being down right convenient.

Get over the price and just buy the glove - you'll have them for a while.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

I love merino wool and have therefore purchase what could be considered too much by some of my financial standards from many different brands (smartwool, ice breaker, driza=bone, patagonia, stoic and/or backcountry, etc) and this shirt is definitely the softest (and maybe stretchiest). We all know the great stink free thermal regulating properties of merino are inherent in the material so from that aspect its a level playing field for the most part.

This shirt has great flatlock seams, thumbholes (unmentioned in description at time of purchase), lightweight, silky softness. I am a little concerned about how this thing will hold up because it so incredibly soft there's no way it could last too long, but I haven't seen any degradation to back up my suspicions yet, so it must just be all my head thinking its too good to be true.

5'10 165 athletic and the M fits like a baselayer should - close to the body with a tailored feel, super stretchiness takes care of the rest.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

I am not a slipper man - never have been, didn't think i would ever be - enter these bad boys. I love smartwool, so figured I would give them a go and am happy I did. There are times they keep my feet so warm I have to take them off to cool down, but usually they do a good job of regulating the temp.

They are also relatively stylish for slippers (I repeat relatively, you'll still look like a bum if you wear any slipper 24/7) and seem to have a sole and construction that is durable enough to last for multiple years of use and the occasional quick trip outside.

They seem to fit pretty true to size, but considering you aren't going to be doing anything too active in these, size up if you are on the fence or between sizes

My only complaint would be the price if I hadnt been lucky enough to get them on sale.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

4 5

I really want to love this shoe - it seems to breathe well, great stiff sole and upper for support that isnt so stiff it limits use, good traction, durable toe with ample room, and oh the waterproofness... in fact, the other day I stepped into a 3" deep puddle of snow/ice/water with absolutely no moisture infiltration.

Unfortunately, the combination seemingly high and aggressive ankle cut of the shoe and rugged construction doesn't seem to jive with my bone structure and wore the skin off both my ankles the first day I wore them... and subsequent days following, even with thick socks and insoles and days of rest in between to heal.

In addition to this, the sole, although comfortable, seems a little thick resulting in some heavy-footedness while walking. This could be from overcompensation to the pain caused by the ankle cuts, but I am not convinced that is definitely the cause given if you just look at the pic of the inside view of the sole - borderline orthopedic - also losing it some style points.

All and all I really like the shoe functionally (and mostly aesthetically), so I can't downgrade it too much for not working for my specific foot (even though this has never happened in any other shoe ever), just be mindful that its a possibility before.jumping in.

3.5 stars is probably closer to the truth.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on October 24, 2010

5 5

I own a number of merino wool shirts from a variety of manufactures and love the feel of this shirt. It is so soft, but doesn't sacrifice on durability, construction, or performance. It comes highly recommended as an anywhere, anytime base layer. The fit is a much preferred slim fit, but not restricting because of the stretchable properties of the wool. 5-11, 165 athletic and the M fits amazingly well - as if it were designed for my body.The flatlock seams are great with my only minor complaint is the peculiar look of the collar - which is a hybrid of a crew and a v-neck, which seems to be the result of looking to reinforce the collar for some reason.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on February 13, 2010

5 5

These handle any moderate winter condition with ease:

up, down, sideways
rock
wet soil
ice
snow

The only problems I had were snow over ice in which the spikes couldnt quite reach to bite in. They seem to handle most of the lighter duty things that crampons normally would, but keep in mind MICROspikes dont have toe or heal cleats that project so inclines require a slight "flatfootness" to get a good grip.

On/off in seconds + dont slide around once on your foot.

If you are looking for moderate winter hiking traction, get these, its like hiking without the elements.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

So I thought underwear couldnt get any better the first time I tried on patagonia's capilene boxer briefs. But after a few wears of the patagonia's I realized the rear stitching was in a less than comfortable middle of the butt location resulting in underwear about mid-stomach some days . Ex-officio one up's them on every aspect including a more typical stitching pattern. These boxers fit well, stretch with you, support well, wick, dry quick, don't stink, + don't ride up.

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kyle_me wrote an answer about on January 28, 2010

size + compression-wise this will stuff into one of its pockets with a little bit of work (however, no more work than most). Unfortunately, once its in there it can't be zipped shut particularly easily b/c there is not an interior zip.

But if you are looking to just compress it for throwing in a pack or storage, it does the job.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on January 27, 2010

4 5

The best thing about these shoes is the "Wrapp" system bindings. It is great, on or off in seconds without your boots slipping around once they are in - its literally step in, pull, + go. And the "go" is so natural because of the shoe's design.

The decks + frames are both well built, solid, + light. The crampons have yet to let me down, even on the steepest inclines, traverses, depths, or snow types.

165 pounds + a loaded pack don't phase these.

The only downside to these is these bad boys is they amount they throw snow because of their binding type. When moving quickly without a pack I have had snow at head level. Nothing a good pair of pants can't handle though.

Fix the snowball fight + this is a 5-star shoe for the price for anyone that isn't looking to climb Everest.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

A coworker recommended I try one of these when I was trying to pack light for a trip last year. Not only does it help you keep the amount of clothes down by compartmentalizing them, but it also helps things from becoming wrinkled.

I typically only pack on one side + as I wear items put them on the other side, so the funk stays segregated. With most trips I can fit everything I need in terms of socks, underwear, + undershirts easily in this (qualifier - I have been told I pack light).

quality zippers + construction will assure you have it around for a while.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

4 5

Not exactly "roughing it" when you start bringing wine, but if your on a picnic, sporting event, traveling, or stroll along the beach these "glasses" are great + add no taste. They are durable enough to stand up to the abuse in a pack, light enough you won't notice you brought them along, + compact (unscrew the stem, snaps into cup in seconds) into themselves so size is less of an issue than you may have imagined.

The only downfalls that I have found thus far are they scratch fairly easily + sometimes they dont stay together when in the "stow" position. Neither of these are huge issues considering they dont effect the functionality when actually in use.

buy a few + cheers.

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kyle_me wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

To the best of my knowledge this liner doesnt have anything to snap, tie, or connect the liner into another bag. However, I haven't found it to be a problem on any of the multiple times I have used it, even with my slick poly-lined bag. To be perfectly clear, the liner stayed on where it should + kept me warm - no bunching, no deforming.

I think any kind of connection would just be cumbersome + pointless considering there isnt anywhere for the liner to actually go once its between you and the other bag. So if that is what is the only thing holding you back from buying this, I would consider it to be a non-issue + snag this portable incubator.

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kyle_me wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

The medium will fit nicely. I am slightly smaller (5"-11" 165# trim/athletic) with monkey arms and the small fit my preferred trim (room for a baselayer) before I accidentally over-dried it. The medium should give you a little wiggle room, but still an athletic fit.

As for increasing waterproofness - nothing specific comes to mind because its kind of the nature of a softshell - possibly MHW alchemy or arcteryx solano. Perhaps worth your time to find something with a dwr finish or investigate shells.

If you go the shell route just make sure it has a high breathability rating (15000K min) to keep your skin from clamming - most GoreTex stuff is pretty good. The best bang for the buck is probably the Stoic brand lineup (formally backcountry.com brand). BC owns them + they really dish out the quality stuff.

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kyle_me wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

It depends on how "hot" your body runs typically + how much you intend on layering below it. I typically retire this piece from about 40 degrees and below unless I am moving a lot. It is wind resistant, so if you can generate enough heat from your activity you'll be fine, but if its a slow saunter, I would suggest a heavier softshell - if you like this look check out Marmot's Gravity Softshell or go the Mountain Hardware route (alchemy or android perhaps).

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

If you haven't tried a merino wool baselayer yet, do yourself (+ friends) an odor saving, washing machine, softness favor + give it a go. Stoic bliss isnt a bad place to start if you want a zip top. The 1/2 zip is great to cool you down quick, or leave it zipped to keep your neck warmer + let the temperature regulating properties of merino wool go to work. Sweat, roll around in snow, stand around - Merino doesnt care, it wicks, insulates wet, + comes out smelling like a daisy.

This shirt in particular is finely designed, crafted, + assembled - soft, lightweight wool (sufficient weight if under shell in the cold if moving) flatlock seams, a zippered pocket, athletic fit + sleeves with thumbs holes. The only downside I see is the arms are a little long (like many stoic items).

I am 5'11" 165 + athletic - the medium fits pretty good.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

4 5

I want to like this jacket so much, but its so incredibly shiny, especially in "Grill." It seriously is about as shiny as a black trashbag. In fact, I saw it at the bottom of my closet + literally thought it was a trash bag for a second.

Aesthetics aside, this is a very warm, lightweight jacket that can go anywhere. It packs nicely into its own pocket + zips shut. The collar, waist, + cuffs can be tightened to your preference.

The exterior "shell" is pretty wimpy + feels as if any snag or careless rock brush will leave you sewing. This thin material results in the zippers getting caught fairly easily, which can be annoying, but not overcome.

I am 5'11" 165, athletic, + the medium fits great, with room to layer beneath or above. Note, most people feel Mtn Hardware runs small.

At the end of the day this is a great not-so-poofy layer that resists the wind + water fairly well. If you can get passed the sheen + arent too tough on the shell, its well worth it, even if its a "just in case" layer. Fix those problems + Mountain Hardware will have 6 star product

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