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Peter Tew

Peter Tewwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this balm for a couple months now, and it works well. It's nothing to exciting honestly, but it does get the job done. I heal a little faster than if I don't use anything, but honestly neosporin with a band aid heals me faster. The nice thing with the balm is that it stays on a little easier than neosporin, especially in some awkward parts of my hand.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this helmet for my wife as a gift, and she's liked it but found her head getting a little cold if she doesn't put her hood over it.

Value
It's a solid value, but you give up controlling how much air makes it into the helmet to get that lower price. I really don't understand leaving that feature off, but I guess that's how Smith gets you to buy much more expensive helmets.

Fit
Fits like a glove on my wife's big noggin (she's a 7 1/4 pro back). There is enough adjustment to ensure you get a good fit, and the size guide here on Backcountry is accurate enough to help you find the right size.

Quality
The helmet is well constructed and comfortable. They use good materials putting this thing together, and it integrates well with some Anon asian fit goggles.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 121 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought this item as a gift for my wife, and she absolutely loves the fleece. She uses it layered under an Arc'Teryx jacket when we ski and she's never had a day cold enough to make her feel it, so long as she's had this on.

Value
The fleece is definitely expensive, but it's worth it. When you consider how much use you can get out of the fleece both skiing and wearing it around town, it's an incredible value. Considering a Denali fleece will run you just as much or more, this is a deal.

Fit
The fleece fits quite well. The cut is great for my wife (hour glass shape) and the sleeves are a little longer, which is great for skiing and just cold weather in general.

Quality
These guys make high quality gear. I've never had an issue with Arc'Teryx, and everything they make lasts a long time.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

I bought these goggles as a gift for my Korean wife, and they have made a huge difference in her level of comfort when skiing.

Fit
First and more important is the fit of these goggles vs. non-asian-fit goggles, and the goggles deliver. Whereas other goggles tend to be more curved and lack sufficient padding around the nose of the goggle, these are a little more flattened out and have more padding on the nose to ensure there are no gaps for cold air to rush into. The fit on these goggles is much better for Asian faces.

Quality
The goggles are mid-range in price, honestly, but that doesn't affect the quality of their construction. The materials are solid, and the extra set of lenses swap in and out easily, and are definitely welcome depending on what the weather looks like on a given day.

Helmet integration
We paired these up with a Smith helmet, and they fit great. I'm not sure if Anon offers helmets, but if you give the people at Backcountry a call they'll definitely make sure you get a good combo of goggles and helmet.

Value
Overall great value, especially if you are Asian and in need of a goggle that fits better than the rest of Backcountry's selection. There doesn't seem to be a price difference in the goggles, and at $100, these are a deal for how long you'll get use out of them.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my daughter to keep her noggin protected while I teach her to ski, and, almost as importantly, to keep her comfortable while she learns.

Fit
The helmet fits great, and my daughter's head is pretty normally sized. There aren't any gaps, and it doesn't wobble around on her head. Just sits comfortably like it should.

Goggle integration
I also bought a pair of goggles at the same time and they fit into this helmet quite well. No real gaps to worry about, and the goggles aren't too tight within the helmet.

Quality
The helmet seems well built and doesn't seem to have any uncomfortable edges or jutting protrusions that'd upset a small skier.

Value
I think the helmet is reasonably price, and considering it does a better job than a hat at both protecting kids' brains and at keeping their head and ears warm it's a great deal.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 0"
Weight: 31 lbs
Size Purchased: Universal

The product is as described, but it seems to really bother my daughter when she uses it. The mouth covering part bothers her enough that we spend more time than I'd like battling to get it positioned just right to keep it from bothering her. If you adjust it too low however, it pulls the top down over the kid's eyes. I'd give it 5 stars if it had a little more face room to allow for adjustment.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 0"
Weight: 31 lbs
Size Purchased: Universal

Great set of goggles for a budding skier. The goggles are a pretty straightforward set. They work well, and they are cute. They've worked well both skiing and snowmobiling.

Quality
Everything looks pretty standard. The goggles seem well built, but nothing really stands out to make me think these things are just amazing.

Fit
These fit my daughter pretty well. She's half Asian and has some more Asian features on her face (shallow nose bridge and wider cheeks) and these still fit quite well without any gap I can see. I'm sure they'd fit well on most face types.

Value
If you can find these on sale they're a good value. Otherwise I have to knock them a bit. $55 for a set of goggles is a bit steep given the basic nature of these things. They can't be that much to crank out en mass.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 0"
Weight: 31 lbs
Size Purchased: 3

I wish these existed when I was three and just learning to ski. The gloves are great for little hands and little people. The elastic wrist strap is great to ensure they don't lose the gloves and help them stay on better as well by pulling them back against your child's hand.

Quality
Very well constructed, and quality materials. Never heard my daughter get upset about her hands being cold either.

Value
A bit on the pricier side, but they are worth the extra cash. When you're trying to get you kid hooked on skiing you don't want them fighting their gear to stay warm or to stay on. Gone are the days of crying because a glove wouldn't stay on and was too hard to get back on for a 3 year old.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

Warmth that grows with your child
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3' 0"
Weight: 31 lbs
Size Purchased: 3T

I love this setup for my daughter. The quality is solid (not high end, but good) and the best part is you can let out the legs as your child grows allowing you to get more than just a season out of them. I do recommend layering underneath, but I would do that regardless of what you buy in order to give you more temperature control.

* I did notice in Steve's review above mine that he didn't see any micro fleece. I don't believe the jacket has anything like that but the pants certainly do. Have a look at the detailed images above to get an idea.

Quality
The construction seems good to me. We've used it several times to ski and go sledding and just play in the snow, and I haven't seen any quality issues come out. The material isn't as nice as say an Arcteryx jacket, but for the price and considering it's a child using it, it's great.

Fit
The product fits quite well, even on my daughter's small frame, and isn't so bulky to be a problem.

Value
Considering that kids at this age grow so quickly being able to get a couple of seasons out of this product is a huge plus for me and my wife. I don't want to be buying new gear every season if I can avoid it, so these are great in that regard.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 3'
Weight: 31 lbs
Size Purchased: 4T

I bought these for my daughter, who is admittedly on the small side (like 5th percentile for everything) but she loves them. We've gone skiing in them several times now, and even on a couple of very cold days she hasn't complained about being cold.

Quality
The base layers are very nice. Everything seems to be stitched together well, and the fabric hasn't shown any signs of balling up or wear.

Size
I can't really comment on whether they fit true to size or not as my daughter is just so small. If your child is on the smaller size of the charts, these things are going to run large. If your child is in the more standard to larger side of the scale I imagine they'd fit just fine.

Value
They're a steal at $31. I just wish adult layers cost the same.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

A solid protein mixer - recommended buy
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The mixfit is a solid drink mixer. I use it only to mix protein power with water, and the mixfit handles that solidly. If you need a quality mixer, I recommend this one.

Construction
I've bought a number of inexpensive mixers off Amazon and at GNC and they are built well enough, but this mixer is definitely sturdier. The rounded bottom seems to add rigidity, and the screw top is solid. The only issue I have is that the screw top protrudes a LOT from the side of the bottle, potentially making it tough to fit into tight spaces.

Use
Again, I only use this for mixing protein powder, but it does that admirably. My two scoops of protein didn't clump at all, and drinking from the bottle was smooth. It's also quieter than the spring ball styles of mixers.

Value
This bottle is $10 or less ($7.50 as of this review) and it's a no-brainer at that price. This would work just as well as a water bottle for a hike as a mixer, and as a mixer it is solid. If you are planning on mixing many drinks, this is a great buy.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Disclaimer: I haven't used this bag and these are initial impressions after taking it out of the package and playing with it.

Overall it's a standard chalk bag, and it's put together with quality materials. My hands, which are pretty average sized, fit nicely into the pouch, and the fleece lining is comfortable. It will definitely do the job of keeping my hands dry and grippy. I recommend the mammut ophir chalk bag.

Construction
The materials are great. The bag looks rugged and the stitching looks durable enough to handle climbing here in the rockies. I don't get the impression that any of the materials were skimped on.

Features
Well, it has the draw string open pouch like every chalk bag, and it also has a small side pocket that, honestly, looks like it could barely fit a house key. It works for my gym pass (the key chain style) and you could probably fit a twenty in there. The waist band strap is easy to adjust, and what I like most about it is rather than moving the strap around your waist, the bag slides along the straps really smoothly.

Aesthetics
The bag looks great. I love the color scheme (I got the blue and yellow version). The bright colors will hopefully ensure I don't lose this one like I did my black one.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently purchased these bags for my folks who took a trip with their grand kids to California. They were perfect! They were plenty big to fit all of their gear for the week long trip. They are a perfect carry on size for the plane ride. They easily fit into the overhead compartment on the plane. Their grand kids range in age from 10 to 6. Even our youngest child could maneuver their bag through the airport and on to the plane without any issues. The bags come in some great colors and styles. I would strongly recommend these bags to anyone looking for great carry-on size luggage.

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Peter Tewwrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our family has multiple Hydro Flasks in various sizes. This lid is the favorite of everyone in our family. It is much more convenient to drink from than the standard flat cap lid that comes with the Hydro Flask. Some times the straw comes unattached from the underside of the cap. It is easy to re attach but can be annoying. Other than that it is a great lid. A must have for any size of flask.

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