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North Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish

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Craig's Passions

Camping
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Trail Running
Mountain Biking

Craig's Bio

Trail running, hiking, backcountry camping, SUP boarding, kayaking....

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stridemon wrote a review of on May 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Absolutely best beanie I've ever owned......fit is snug but not too tight, reversible is pretty cool if ya wanna change colours, and since it's merino it keeps your head super warm in the cold, but allows it to breath when you really get moving without overheating. Haven't used it under a helmet, but I'm sure it would work fine.

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stridemon wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

2 5

Let me first say I love Marmot gear, and I may have just gotten one of those "anomaly" pieces that had a major flaw.
I could absolutely NOT open the zippers to both side pockets......stuck completely, and I would have ripped the jacket trying to force them open.
That being said, I was really, really disappointed as the jacket fit just perfectly (5'10", 180lbs, muscular/athletic build, size M in almost everything), and seemed like it was the answer to my problem of needing a synthetic insulation jacket that actually keeps me warm and fits well.
Please do not view this review as a knock on Marmot (still love 'em), but for whatever reason the jacket they sent me should have been tested before it was shipped.

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stridemon wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

2 5

Was really hoping these would be the convenient alternative to the traditional strap bindings I'm used to. Nope.
First, it takes just as long to step into them and tighten the bindings as it does with normal strap bindings.....you have to have the over-foot strap loose enough to step in/out, so you have to tighten/loosen the strap anyway.....not convenient at all.
Second, I found the strap to be uncomfortable over my forefoot.....this could very well just be personal preference, I admit, but I find the toe-box style strap FAR more comfortable.....this complete 1-piece strap just didn't feel right, and had to be super, super tight for me to feel "locked in".
Overall, this style of binding is just not for me.

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stridemon wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

3 5

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

Needed a pair of warm gloves for snowboarding as my hands ALWAYS get frozen....found the Marmot Lobster was absolutely no warmer than any other glove I've used - hence, they went back.
That being said, Marmot is a quality product and these lobster mits would probably do the trick for most people who find that style is warm enough for them......they just didn't cut it for me (self admitted I think I just have really, really cold hands 90% of the time).
Overall, no slam on Marmot as I love their products - this one just wasn't for me as I must need the warmest gloves known to man to keep me warm. :-|

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stridemon wrote a review of on February 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellent vest for what I wanted.....needed an extra layer for cold weather snowboarding, and this vest delivers perfectly. Have a fleece vest I was using, but found I overheated pretty quickly - no problem with the Marmot one however. Also used it on a couple snowshoe treks and trail runs - again, super comfortable and warm without overheating.....a big plus is that it repels light rain as well.
Oh, sizing: I'm 5'10", 180lbs, muscular build, and the medium fits me perfectly.

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stridemon wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this pack on a 7-day trek of the North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.....it didn't let me down. Enough room for a minimalist like me to pack for 7 days, hydration sleeve worked like a charm, and overall it was "comfortable enough" with approximately 55-60lbs for the trip.
I'm the first to admit it's only my second real pack so my frame of reference is limited.....however, I tried my friend's Osprey pack on (same weight as mine) for a few minutes and I couldn't believe how much more comfortable the Osprey was. Could just be preference, but I'm trading up for an Osprey when I can afford it.
Overall: solid pack, lots of room, easy to use and not too many ridiculous features......but yes, you WILL need a rain cover for certain if you want your gear to stay dry.

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stridemon wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Size is true to fit (I usually take a medium in pants - 32-34" waist - and these mediums were a perfect fit), comfortable material, no bunching, and perfect weight to keep one warm on moderately cold days.....they are listed as "lightweight" layer, so those looking for some serious warmth may want to go heavy-weight......these work great for me though - I'm on season 3 or boarding with them as my go-to base, and I've never complained about being cold.
Overall: great product, fits true, price is well worth it. Buy 'em.

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stridemon wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wore these as my base-camp shoe on a 7 day trek of the North Coast Trail......they worked better than I could have hoped. Excellent traction, kept my feet warm (paired with merino socks), and for some reason NO sand got in 'em on multiple days on the beach!!! And these things are super lightweight and compact down to almost nothing (great for minimalists like me).....and pretty easy to get on/off.

Material isn't exactly "quick drying", but they did dry relatively quickly I guess.....fit is true to form - I usually wear a 9.5, but got a 9 'cause I wanted 'em to fit snuggly, and they were perfect. I'm using 'em as slippers around the house in Whistler, and they're awesome....keep my feet warm, and give a bit of traction needed on hardwood floors.

Con?? Price isn't exactly awesome.....that being said, I'm glad I got 'em on sale, and would have paid full price now that I've worn 'em for a while.

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stridemon wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Exactly what I was looking for....makes my pup visible to car/others at night.
The choice of 3 settings (fast blink, blink, solid) is helpful, the clip keeps the light put on her collar, and it's small enough not to bud her while she's going crazy in the snow.
Overall, completely satisfied for the price.

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stridemon wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

3 5

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

Streamlined review here.....
Fit: true to size (always wear a Medium, and the M in these fit fine)
Material: moisture wicking for sure, but NOT as stretchy as I'd wanted/hoped for....a bit constrictive for me, and this is where "3 stars" comes from.
Overall: for the price, I was hoping for more...the overall fit of 'em and the lack of elasticity just make these adequate in my opinion.....go for Ex-Officio instead.

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stridemon wrote a review of on October 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Material: super lightweight yet durable, dry amazingly fast, comfortable as can be.
Fit: true to size - I'm 5'11", 180lbs, 32-34" waist and the 34 fits me perfectly....perfect length too, which typically screws me up with other pants.
Overall: ya get what ya pay for....if these were less expensive, I'd own 5 pairs of 'em....for now, will wait out until they go on sale.
NOTE: also own the Rampart Long Short, and they're exactly the same on all counts - perfect length for a hiking short.

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stridemon wrote a review of on October 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this jacket for my wife - her initial impression was "This is the most comfortable jacket I've ever tried on!!" Kept her warm as can be out on a cold-weather quad day trip, and she says she couldn't be happier with it. She is 5'3", 118lbs, athletic build, and the small fit her like a glove.
Update: My wife has worn this jacket EVERY day since I got it for her.....she simply doesn't take it off she says it's so cozy.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a merino t-shirt, this one is excellent. Very soft, and all the great qualities you expect from Smartwool merino. My one gripe is that the fit - I'm a medium in every t-shirt I own, 5'10", 180lbs, muscular build - is a bit long compared to my other shirts....not like a dress or anything, but noticeably longer and I prefer the fit of the others (like Icebreaker). If that doesn't bother you though, this may just be your new favourite shirt.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these after loving to death the merino version of the same Stoic no-show socks. Bottom line: go with the merino ones. These other ones don't fit as well (they're not as "no-show" as the merino), and although the material is adequate, I can already see the wear-and-tear on them after minimal usage (where the merino ones are much tougher). Not a bad product by any means, but spend the extra $$$ and go merino.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this as my go-to shirt for a 6 day trek of the North Coast Trail (Vancouver Island). Comfortable, stylish, dries SUPER quickly, and does not hold stink!!! I'm 5'10", 180lbs, muscular build, and the Medium fit me like a glove (I like my shirts to fit snuggly rather than looser though). After I got back from the trek, I ordered 2 more in this style. Overall, you simply can't go wrong with Icebreaker - just be mindful of the sizing and how you like your clothes to fit.....the functionality of Icebreaker merino is unparalleled.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this jacket a handful of times, and I simply can't get over how warm it is!!! I'm certainly not a warm-jacket kind of guy (shorts & t-shirt are my bread & butter), but in the extreme cold this jacket kept me toasty. Medium was perfect fit for me (5'10", 180lbs, muscular build), but I like my clothes to fit snuggly rather than looser. Also, it compresses down to almost nothing - I'm confident you could cram it into a 1L nalgene bottle if ya needed to. Overall, awesome jacket.....the 1/2 zip is nice too for dumping heat (cause you may need to!!).

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super lightweight, awesome stretchy material (exactly like typical boardshorts). Dry quickly, and are a dream in hot weather. Minor CONS: the fit was a bit too tight around the waist - I'm a medium in everything (32-34"), and these are just a bit tight. However, the stretchy fabric makes up for it as they don't pinch or prevent full range of movement. Also, because of this sizing issue, the 2 front pockets are basically useless....can't put anything in them without it looking silly and feeling worse.
Verdict: if you're using 'em strictly for workouts, hikes, climbing, etc., they're awesome....if you want them as casual shorts where you'd be using the pockets often, you may want to look elsewhere.
Update: I stand by my initial review....and add that these are BY FAR the best shorts I've ever worn for working out. Weights, running, they're just the most comfortable shorts EVER.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used 1 pair of these for 6 days of extreme hiking on the North Coast Trail (Vancouver Island). You read correctly - 1 pair did me for the entire trip, and when I took them off on the last day they STILL had virtually NO smell to them. Paired with the Salomon Wings Sky boots, these socks helped keep my feet completely warm, dry, and blister free. I don't really have much to compare them to as they're my first pair of merino wool hiking socks, but they held up amazingly for the week-long trek I just finished. Will 100% buy more of these in the future.
NOTE: I wear the Stoic "no show" merino socks for basically everything else, and they are also an awesome product. You can't go wrong with Stoic merino socks, in my opinion.

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stridemon wrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used these for 6 days of extremely wet, muddy hiking on the North Coast Trail (Vancouver Island). Held up amazingly....my feet were dry the entire trip, and that's saying something from the amount of mud and slop we went through. They are extremely comfortable (feel like a high-top trail runner) and light, and pared with a solid pair of merino hiking socks (I used Stoic) my feet were blister free the entire trip. Overall, after 1 week-long trek I am very, very pleased with these boots. Oh, and the size fit true for me (usually a 9.5, and that's what I ordered and were a perfect fit).

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stridemon wrote an answer about on July 26, 2012

tyc221 - I've had the EXACT same problem (dying out when there's still lots of fuel in the cannister)....I was told by a friend of mine (experienced guide) that it's likely due to the temperature of the fuel cannister (as Phil Maher asked), as in cold enough temperatures the fuel burns just propane, and hence the "dying flame". Was suggested to keep the fuel cannister in a warm place (like inside the tent or even sleeping bag, annoying, I know) and see if that makes a difference. Hope this helps.
UPDATE: Did exactly what I suggested on a week-long trek....worked like a charm - flame never died, as I kept the fuel canister relatively warm before using.

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