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New England, lots of Audubon sanctuaries, Whites, Berkshires, etc

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Nicholas's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Nicholas's Bio

I'm a student at Sterling College in Vermont. I study Conservation Ecology and just love the outdoors and nature. I love to observe wildlife and get great views.

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nixelate wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really wanted to love this sleeping pad. It's unbelievably comfortable, warm, and lightweight. And it seemed pretty durable too, but despite being very careful near sharp rocks and vegetation, I've had 2 of these pads develop leaks in the past 3 years. The first one went while camping in Acadia Nat'l Park in Maine, the second in the middle of 2 months in Alaska! Luckily I usually bring a foam pad along too (to help prevent sharp rocks from digging into the pad, ironically). I was unable to locate/patch the leaks so I've just sent them back to BC. I switched to a ThermaRest pad that is a bit lighter but thinner and not quite as comfortable. We'll see how well that holds up in comparison.

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nixelate wrote a review of on May 10, 2013

4 5

I've used these as a cold-weather pant for several years and they've never let me down. They're water resistant enough to deal with slushy snow or light rain all day, and breathe well while you're on the move. They are a bit much when temperatures get into the 60's. The gaiters work well to keep snow out, and the ankle zips work okay for ventilation. The slightly slim fit is what I really like about these pants - great for being on the move in the mountains. Only complaints are that the hand pocket zippers busted after one season of use, and I've never had any use for the bulky cargo pocket. Overall an excellent winter pant for XC skiing, snowshoeing, cold-weather climbing, mountaineering, etc. Too warm for most summer trips though.

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nixelate wrote a review of on September 4, 2012

4 5

These shorts do it all. I wear them for running, hiking, and backpacking in warm weather. They breathe great, dry fast, and look good. I have both the 5" and the 7" inseam and the 5" is a bit awkward in public, but the 7" is plenty modest. I've had a bit of chafing with them on long sweaty backpacking trips, but that's to be expected with any short really.

They hold up pretty well, and were looking great even after lots of abrasion against nasty rocks and brush. However, I got them caught on a twig while hiking and the side seam busted and split all the way up to the waste-band, which was kind of unexpected (and almost awkward).

I'll definitely replace the pair I ruined, and I still think they're awesome.

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nixelate wrote a review of on April 10, 2012

4 5

I bought this pack hoping that it would be just large enough to fit my 15" MacBook Pro. The internal organizers and overall "pockets galore" design of this pack would make it perfect for lugging around my laptop in addition to its trail-worthiness. Unfortunately it's a bit too small for the laptop (though it'd probably fit an iPad perfectly).

Regardless, I'll keep the pack and use it for lengthy dayhikes in the Rockies this summer. It offers enough extra room for a layer, snack, binoculars, bear spray, etc... and rides comfortably on the back. As mentioned before, the side pockets are kind of useless (though I suspect bear spray will fit nicely) and the zippers take a little getting used to.

Maybe having this pack is a good excuse for me to splurge on an iPad...

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nixelate wrote a review of on January 15, 2010

2 5

The Torrid would have been great if the fit was better. Most power-stretch tops I've had fit pretty snug (because they stretch, duh!), and this one is just way too loose. If there was a draw string at the waist it may have worked. I even thought about sewing one in myself. But ultimately, it wasn't worth it. If you have a beer gut, this might work for you. Otherwise, don't bother with this.

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nixelate wrote a review of on December 30, 2009

5 5

This is an awesome pullover. It's a very stylish fleece for casual wear and also performs great on the trail. It has a baggy fit, but I actually like it that way. In the winter I wear a sweater or light down jacket underneath for added warmth, and in fall/spring I wear it over a t-shirt and the baggy fit lets air circulate to keep me from overheating. This fleece is also pretty durable - I've worn it doing woodlot work in the winter. This is simply a great all-around fleece that I find myself wearing time and time again.

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nixelate wrote a review of on November 9, 2009

4 5

I really like this tent. In harsh winter storms you'll sleep well knowing you're protected from such a great tent. It's got just enough room for two average sized people (I'm 5'8", girlfriend is 5') and some gear. There's great mesh pockets on the walls for odds and ends (glasses, headlamp, gloves, whatever) and the vestibules are great for your backpacks. However, I wouldn't bring this with me in the summer. It's too heavy and bulky and with two people inside it'll definitely create lots of condensation, even with the vents open. But if you want something to save your ass in high altitudes and in winter storms, this fits the bill perfectly.

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nixelate wrote a review of on November 6, 2009

3 5

I wanted to like this hoody, and I did until it started pilling all over after only a few wears. I also wish there was a waist draw string. Otherwise, it's a functional hoody that is warm down to about 40. The hood is roomy and adjustable, the pockets are decent. Sizing: I'm 5'8" 140 lbs and the small is pretty tight fitting.

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nixelate wrote a review of on October 26, 2009

4 5

Real nice top. Warm, form fitting, and stylish. Works well over a base layer, as some of the seems tend to be itchy when worn against my skin. The only problem I've had with this is that the fabric is really delicate. A tiny twig can put a hole right through it - as I know from experience. I won't be wearing this anymore without another layer over it.

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nixelate wrote a review of on October 24, 2009

4 5

This definitely isn't your grandpa's backpack. There's a lot of innovative design in this thing and I'm not sure whether or not it's for the better. I like the roll-top closure and the front stowable pocket, and the waste-belt pockets are great too. The other pockets are a bit annoying because they just take up space within the pack itself. Nonetheless, it's nice to have the option of using them. The padding leaves a bit to be desired, although it does carry a full load pretty well.

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nixelate wrote an answer about on August 6, 2009

They're like a mix of dark brown and dark gray. As mentioned above, it kind of depends on the lighting. From a distance they'd probably just appear dull black.

I don't really know what the other guy is talking about with matching to other clothes. First of all, when I'm out hiking I don't really care what the birds and squirrels think of the colors of my clothes. Secondly, they definitely do look great with other clothes. I mean, if all you have is black and brown clothes you might look a little odd, but I wear these with blue, gray, red, and green a lot and I think I look pretty good.

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nixelate wrote a review of on August 6, 2009

5 5

These pants are absolutely awesome. I'm usually 29x30 or 30x30 and the small fits perfect. The slim fit is really stylish and comfortable but it doesn't restrict your movements because the material has the perfect amount of stretchiness to it. They breathe well, I wear them on light hikes when its in the 70's. They're also super durable - I wore them bushwhacking through thick vegetation in the middle of the night with no tears or anything. Definitely my favorite pair of pants. I love BC gear!

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