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Edward J.

Edward J.

Edward J.'s Passions

Biking
Paddling
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Edward J.'s Bio

mechanical engineer, skier, mountain biker, climber...a general outdoor enthusiast.

Edward J.

Edward J.wrote a review of on July 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

From the moment this jacket showed up at my door, I have had few reasons not to wear it. It's smart looking, utilitarian, and durable. Rock climbing, backpacks, and general all-around wear and tear have left nary a thread out of place. Sleeves are long enough that you can stretch out your arms and you won't end up with the sleeves halfway up your forearms.

A few comments about how it could be better:

- A bit more of a tailored fit, though as it is it fits me pretty well.
- The DWR finish seems to sort of work...i.e, rain does absorb but it keeps me dry.
- Hook-and-loop tabs on wrists are...temperamental, and require a little getting used to how to make them stick. I'm gonna say they would be better off with normal Velcro-style material, but it's a minor flaw in an otherwise good product.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on July 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These goggles fit perfectly with the Poc Fornix, and provide great visibility. I will say, though, that the coating is prone to scratching, though this is a common side effect of the mirror-like coatings. The Iridium fire lense is great for almost all conditions, though the clear/yellow tinted lenses do a great job of amplifying light if you ski more at night or you find yourself skiing in the fog.

They are also one of the few goggles from the 2015 - 2016 season of gear that fit the XL-XXL Fornix...I found that many other non-Poc goggles had straps that were too short to fit comfortably around the Fornix, but these made the cut!

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Edward J.

Edward J.wrote a review of on July 15, 2016

Great product
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs

These shoes have held up great for the past 3 months, and stick to rocks extraordinarily well. They run true to size, and have good support despite their lightweight construction. I will add, though, that the liner material around the ankle does show some wear from one shoe bumping into the other on some hikes. All in all a great product.

Notes:
- Arch-support footbeds do fit but squeak a lot. I have returned to the stock foam ones.

- They clean up really well after muddy runs

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Edward J.

Edward J.wrote a review of on January 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have used these pants for a year now, and can attest to their waterproof quality, as well as their durability (trees, rocks, ski edges, walking around town...and they still look new). I will say, though, that the chest pockets are, to put it simply, darn near useless. My small wallet is a snug fit, and don't bother with most smart phones. They seem to be made for a 3.5" knife or multi-tool. I would like to see these pats come with slightly larger pockets, as well as an updated seam pattern to allow for a bit more mobility while skinning or climbing.

Overall, a quality product.

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Edward J.

Edward J.wrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After being first exposed to G3 skins on a week-long backcountry trip through the Wallowas in northeastern Oregon, I purchased a pair of 140mm wide, size large G3 Alpinist climbing skins for use with my 178cm Line SFBacons. I have excellent coverage, great grip on all snow surfaces, and find them quite easy to take care of (though the white bristles do stain easily from dirty snow).

Overall I am very happy with the product.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on January 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I received a pair of Smith Squad goggles as a gift, and was initially impressed with their fit, field of vision, and build quality (Always nice to see "Made in the USA" on the box). However, these goggles are not compatible with my POC Fornix helmet (XL/XXL). I have found that many goggle companies seem to have moved towards shorter strap lengths, so I would highly suggest trying these and other goggles on to check for compatibility with your specific helmet.

I would suggest these to anyone who wears a size L or smaller helmet.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on March 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This medium-weight fleece jacket is a great layer for skiing or a stand-alone everyday jacket for cool mornings. Chest pocket easily fits a smartphone, and paneling design keep the jacket from bunching up when sitting or climbing. Smooth outer finish of the fabric helps dirt and dust to be easily brushed off, and should prevent a lot of pilling from velcro backpack straps.


Semi-athletic fit means room for additional layers but not a lot of excess material.


The thumbholes in the sleeves are a little short (sleeves get tight if I use them), but I don't use them often so not a big problem. Another slight annoyance is the windbreak fabric behind the zipper, which can get caught if you aren't careful with the initial zip-up.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

After getting the backcountry bug a few years ago, I proceeded to create an avalanche safety system (beacon, probe, shovel) for future trips. This system's cornerstone is the Mammut Element.

I didn't want to skimp on my beacon, and did a lot of research and some field testing. I tried an Ortovox, though when I twisted the beacon's switch from "send"to "receive", and the switch popped off and spat the batteries on the grass, I knew that the Mammut was a superior product (To be fair to the BCA Tracker line, I wanted flagging abilities...something that should never be needed, though is nice to have).

With no instruction, I was able to turn on the beacon and switch from "send"to "receive" easily and quickly. The location indicator is easy to read even in bright sunlight, and the beacon emits a clear note as the searcher walks the beacon into the victim's location.

A plus is a small, red LED that blinks occasionally inside the send/receive/off switch, to indicate it is in search mode. This is easily seen from the position of the wearer, while the beacon is holstered. The harness is comfortable and secure. Overall, a great product.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on January 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After running these guys for almost 3 seasons, I am absolutely amazed at how versatile these skis are.

They carve like hard-charging piste skis, comparable to a performance/race ski on most days (ice requires a bit of work). They mash through wind pack and mashed potatoes, and will float you through powder (at speed...you need to be hustling to get the tips to press up and get on plane).

I would second the review saying they get a little shaky at high speed, but on a boilerplate day and at high speeds, the issue was more the snow than the ski...snowcat marbles are hard for even a race ski to work with.

I have mated mine to a pair of Marker Dukes for the occasional AT run...a great match. The ski techs at the local shop were drooling over the setup.

I just hope Line keeps making them...

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Edward J.

Edward J.wrote a review of on January 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After running my race helmet through some hard falls over the past few years, I figured it was time for a new helmet. I first looked at the POC Receptor. However, I found that the Receptor was a little too short front to back. The Fornix has just a little bit more space front to back, and that made all the difference, fit wise. I would describe the fit as snug but comfortable...truly like a glove.

The Fornix Backcountry is warm in the wind, has great venting for warmer days, and is so far holding up well. It is also one of the lighter helmets on the market, which is a plus.

I would say my only complaint is the fit adjustment dial...I feel that it loosens just a little over the course of the day, and needs re-tightening. No biggie, but maybe something for them to look at for next year.

Overall, a great product.

UPDATE:
This helmet put up a great fight this season, and came out victorious after meeting a large, iced-over tree limb. Escaped with a small dent and a headache, but could have been much worse! I will say, though, that the lack of a multiple-impact ABS shell is a little annoying, though the thin polycabonate (think bike helmet) shell probably helped lessen the blow. I think this is a worth-wile trade off.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on December 31, 2014

5 5

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

I originally purchased these as a non-waterproof boot option for fast-paced day hikes in the summer. I expected them to last a few months at most, given their light weight and use of mesh (often the mesh is the first part of my shoes to break down). However, 7 months later these guys are still going strong. In fact, I would rate these as some of the best hiking boots I have ever owned. A true lightweight, supportive day or overnight hiker. The toe design allows for use in light snow or wet grass without getting soaking wet feet, a plus for a non-waterproof hiker.

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Edward J.wrote a review of on September 27, 2012

3 5

I recently purchased a pair of these gloves to replace my now-discontinued Novara gloves. While these gloves are well made, I found that the thumb was a bit short, and, as a result, the thumb crotch area felt as if it might tear when I opened up my palm. If you have larger palms/shorter thumbs...these are great gloves. For longer-fingered riders with smaller palm, I'd keep looking. 3 stars: good glove, odd fit.

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