kyle_me

kyle_me

New England

kyle_me's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing
Climbing

kyle_me'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 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 question about on October 19, 2010

Can anyone comment on the water resistance of the shell material, Quantum Pertex? The company's website gives a very subjective answer suggesting more geared towards breathability than water resistance (well so is cotton). Owners out there - any complaints about the material? compared to dwr coatings?
Thanks

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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 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 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 was on the fence between a Mtn Hardware compressor PL + the new Stoic Luft, so I checked them both out.

They are both about the same light weight, similar synthetic insulation materials, low-loft, highly compressible, highly wind resistant, exterior water-repelling finish, packable into own pocket (Mtn Hardware zips closed, however, but packs slightly larger) + athletic fit.

I found the Compressor "shell" to be about as durable feeling as tissue paper + in the "Grill" color is as shiny as a black Hefty trash bag (seriously). The Compressor does have velcro cuffs + a collar that can be tightened, but those are about the only advantages (possibly slightly warmer).

The Luft sweater exterior DWR finish is much more of a matte, with no more sheen than can be expected from a Nylon product. It also seems more durable - not thornproof, but reasonably durable. The zippers seem a bit filmsy, but get the job done. The interesting stitching serves the jacket well by keeping its "guts" from moving about + the shell from billowing out. One huge advantage is the Luft has internal elastic cuffs - basically powder skirts for your wrists that stay hidden making a jacket-glove- jacket scenario when suited out.

I am a 5'11" 165 athletic guy + the medium fits great and compacts to the size of a liter nalgene bottle... with no internal zipper to zip it closed.

Bottom line, the Luft is a warm, lightweight, athletic fitting powerhouse that keeps pace with the Mtn Hardware Compressor PL, if not surpasses it.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 10, 2009

4 5

This is one warm hat. The temps haven't gotten bone chilling yet, but it seems to be doing this job thus far. As previous people have noted, there is an inner liner head band of cloudy-softness that gives the ears an extra layer of warmth + chafe relief. I have yet to see the need for a full liner, but in sub-zero temps + gale force winds the unlined top (which nicely regulates temps) could prove to be inadequate.

I wouldn't let this be a deterrent in purchasing this hat though, it is a great item for nearly every day and use shy of stand alone expedition piece in January at 14,000'. For that, you may want to grab yourself a thin liner. However, I view this as a good thing as to not overheat me in every other situation, so I dont think i would change it even if I could.

The high quality construction + materials ensures I will have this spiffy looking hat for many years - just like all of BC wares.

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kyle_me wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

I accidentally picked this up on SaC when some overzealous clicking landed my inventory checking to a package on my doorstep. Backcountry's loss. The way I see it, if I had a warehouse full of these I would pile them up + never leave. The material is a soft, odor fighting, durable, powerhouse that acclimates + responds to your body's heat production.

The flat-locked seams are offset from the shoulders to make way for a pack + the athletic fit makes the M fit on my 5-11" 165 frame nicely.

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