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Shayne's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have to say I use Oakley Sunglasses exclusively. I have tried others (Native, Smith) and for Sunglasses I find nothing works like Oakley. These glasses are great for most uses. On the water, chilling around town, city rides on the bike, the BBQ, at the pool. For longer rides, backpacking trips, etc, I find they are a bit heavy and there is not enough air that gets in, so they get hot. But then again, if you are looking for glasses for this purpose I recommend another pair of oakley, anything more sporty will do. Also these are durable and the polarized (for me anyways) is a must. Once you see that well, it is hard to go back.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

A good pair of boxers, but not really a true merino layer for the under parts. I like this boxer and all of the Saxx that I own. But this isn't going to add any real warm in the winter months. Still it holds the boys where they need to be and is a better choice than cotton or the polyester that I use in the summer. Still for the cost I might look elsewhere.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First of all let me say that I am really loyal for NS boards. They are a great company, they make a great product and I can tell you from personal experience they stand by their boards and the people that ride them. That being said, I picked up this board cause I was wanting to have something a bit more playful, ride some more switch, etc. This board is a true twin, so for that it is awesome. I got good float from this board when I have taken it out on pow days and I have found good stability and dampness on the un-pow days. Depending on your riding style, preferences, I would say this is a good 1 quiver board. I mean you can do everything with this board, not really a jib/rail board, but it would do. As a pipe board or aerials board, is really nice, a solid platform you can stomp huge airs and it is always right there when you need to get on it. If you are dropping bigger gnalier lines, I would say the cobra is a better all around fit. But this a great board, a tighter turn radius and a little more nimble than the Cobra while still keeping the stability. Almost as much float and realistically as much float as most people need. Enjoy.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid duffel. I have the XL and I can't verify the size but it is huge. Haven't test the water resistance but it's all the welded seam stuff I have used from BC and stoic is solid. Here are the things it is missing/needs. An interior or lid pocket. To keep things you will need to have handy on a trip and don't want to dig for. A better way to remove the backpack straps and an additional carry option. A u-shaped lid, this is a must, not so much for loading but for keeping this organized and providing access to your gear. Lashing points to tie gear down and lash to cars, sleds whatever. Still if you get it on sale, it is a great piece for the price. I mean keep the garage organized if nothing else.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Have a good bit of Mtn Khakis stuff. Own some pants and then picked up the Peaks Flannel shirt last year (best flannel I have ever owned!). So I thought I would give this a shot so maybe I could have a solid color shirt to add to the wardrobe. It is a nice shirt, but runs small, isn't stretchy or comfortable like my Peaks shirt. It looks nice but doesn't blow anyone away and over all I would say that there maybe a better choice out there for Chamois Shirts.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I use these for longer backpacking trips, even in the summer when I am going to be up high enough that heat isn't going to be as much of a factor. Plus it is nice to have the extra cushion on longer pushes. I also use this for my mountaineering stuff, and in the in winter for snowshoeing. Great warmth and the cushion is a nice touch. I mean you just can't go wrong with Darn Tough, for everything except snowboard socks (sorry but IceBreaker takes the cake on those). Still these are the best mtn-ering socks I've found and probably the best I've found for cooler backpacking trips and snowshoeing. I also find that darn tough socks fit true to size and perfectly for me

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Best hiking, backpacking running and biking socks out there. If you don't know about Darn Tough get a pair, you will find out quickly. This pair is really good for hiking or backpacking from spring up to early fall. Much after that I tend to stick with the Merino and I even use the Merino in the summer months but it is nice to keep the feet a bit cooler in the summer. Plus the coolmax dries quicker. Really a great pair of socks for warmer temps, longer hikes or backpacking.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

So these boots were the final choice in a long search for boots. I had an old pair of salomon (from like 97, I've resoled them twice now) and I wanted to replace them with something a bit newer. I actually had another pair of Salomon from BC and I tried and tried but they beat me in the end. I probably had 250 miles on them and after a 3 day trip where my feet looked like bloody stumps again, I finally gave up (thank goodness for BC return policy, BC rules). So then I decided I was gonna find a pair that fit and after trying probably 15 pairs of boots, I settled on these. I am giving them 4 stars just cause they run warm. If you are going to use them in the winter they are great, I have used them snowshoeing and love them. The memory foam works awesome for light insulation. But in the middle of summer they run a bit warm for my liking. Still they are great for what they are made for and are an excellent pair of boots. The sole is pretty stiff, so I use them with my Grivel G10 crampons and they work well on light mtn-ering stuff. Overall a great choice for all stuff except middle of summer backpacking.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack mainly to use on trail runs. I found myself wanting some hydration on longer runs (more than 6 miles) and it was nice I could throw a light shell and my dogs leash etc. I also used it for shorter mtb rides. The pack rides very well on my back and I am super picky about that. But it stays put, it rides a bit on the high side for me, but that works for running and riding. I mean you aren't going to load this thing up too much so you don't need it to sit on the hips. Overall it is a great pack, very durable and the hip-belt hydration sleeve is pretty slick. I wouldn't recommend this for longer rides, but your run of the mill 10 mile ride in summer conditions, great pack and excellent for running as well.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty simple but also pretty awesome. I use my Grivel G10's for use with my snowboard boots on some splitboard mtn-ering stuff and this is a must. I mean I don't climb with my down jacket on, so this thing comes in handy. Good lashing points, it is a tight fit but then again I like that because I try to keep things to a minimum weight and size wise.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good bag if you can get it on sale. Needs a D shape opening lid, and better backpack straps. Still is solid and it works, mainly I use to keep my Garage uncluttered in the off season, as it holds just about all of my snowboard lose items (everything from boots to split bindings to poles and clothing items) But for travel, there are better products out there and they are worth the $ to get those

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these things exclusively for my backpacking trips. I don't know what others are saying, these things are super waterproof. I have never had an issue. I use one for my food and one for my clothes. I hang the food bag when in bear country. I have had it snow, rain you name it and I have never had an issue with even noodles getting humid. These are great and to me a must have for any one that spends time in the BC.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this mat a lot. Was looking to update my sleeping pad and wanted to add a little insulation for cold Wind River nights and winter camping missions. I like this mat, the rounded edges keep the weight down, even if this is still a bit on the heavy side. But to get that insulation it is well worth it. This is great mat, comfy and warm.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Needed a new pair of rain pants, and to be honest I wanted something super light and not very expensive. I mean I don't like to go backpacking in the rain, but if you have ever been caught when you need a pair of rain pants and don't have them, well you know. So I found these on sale and really I love them. My only complaint is like all stoic the sizing is a bit weird. THey are big in the waist but fit well elsewhere. I will attest to the waterproofing and breathability. They work, I have been in the uintas and wind river range and put these to the test multiple times and I am always happy to have them with me.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I own too many pairs of Snowboarding socks. But I am really picky about gear and to be honest, unless it is late spring and too warm to riding, these are the best pair of socks for resort riding. They are knee high length (which I like I use 3/4 length base layer) and they don't fall down. Plus the padding is the best I have found and the warms is also the best I have found. These are better than smartwool, darn tough (these are the best socks for anything else) and everything else. Splitboarding, I find these to be a bit too heavy, unless you go out when it is brutal cold out there.

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are the best out there in terms of wicking away and keeping the boys on cool and dry side. I especially like these in the warmer times. They aren't cold in the winter but they just work best in the warmer months. I use them for everything from travel and around town to hikes and backpacking trips. I have to admit that if you want something super supportive, these are not it. They hold them in place but if you need ultra supportive look at something else. Still these are my favorite all around boxer briefs

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sha4122740 wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I needed a new pair of trail running shoes as I got a new dog and didn't want to wear her out in the 1st 15 months of her life by taking her MTBing. So I figured I reinvent my trail running skills. I tried a lot of different trail runners and settled on these. They are certainly in the traditional vein but they have a very solid platform and lots of support. I also found the traction on these is great. Cushion is average to cushy and I just like the way they perform all the way around

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