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Aaron C's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Climbing

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Aaron C

Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really love drinking from stainless vessels, and found this one to be really pleasant to drink from, like the profile of the bottle as well, also very easy to clean odors out of compared to plastic alternatives

Be wary of dropping it though, as the edges on the bottom appear to dent easily, which then causes the bottle to not sit on a surface properly; very doubtful this would completely break, however

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Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a mug one day and saw these, decided to try them out on my Kanteen; I think it works pretty well

It is definitely not leak-proof, and inverting a bottle will spill the contents even when this is closed unfortunately; otherwise this is great for converting your Kanteen into a mug, and its very nice to drink from (probably wouldn't put hot beverages into the single-walled versions, thought)

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Aaron C

Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Spending alot of time in the Pacific Northwest, I wanted a sun hat that could stand up to rain as well as keep the sun off my head and neck

I found that the material does shed rain very well, and in mild conditions the hat functions properly; however once the wind picked up the hat was constantly being flipped up on the sides (the magnets catching very easily), the placement of the clips for the neck strap also seemed terrible as they were always rubbing on my ears

I think I'll probably return this

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Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear these all summer long: at home, in the field, on hikes, fishing, on the town

Initially I thought they were clunky, but they are surprisingly light, easy to adjust to specific foot anatomy, are extremely comfortable even on long hikes (I sometimes take only these on overnight trips in the backcountry), have great traction for slopes and wading, and look great, dry very quickly compared to other amphibious sandals

I normally wear 10.5 shoes; I tried the 11 in these and they were much too large, the 10 seems to fit perfectly

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Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this is an excellent alternative to Black Diamonds equivalent headlamps, in my opinion you get more bang for your buck here

It has great intensity, love the adjustable output setting and red lamp as well for the evening, hinge seems to work well, battery life is great, strap and battery door are easy to operate

If your looking for a quality headlamp and don't want to drop cash on spendier alternatives, I encourage you to try this out

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Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 28, 2013

Great for a big head!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's extremely difficult for me to find a helmet that fits my large noggin well, this helmet has fit the bill for me

It's nothing spectacular really (is any helmet?), but it seems relatively light, ventilates well, accommodates ANON goggles perfectly, love the chin clasp as it's very easy to manage with big gloves on, and the ear flaps handle drop in speakers well

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Aaron C

Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 28, 2013

Good field of view, decent quality
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love how much I can see with these things!

They look great, breathe nicely, the tint functions very well, fit great on my RED helmet, and for the most part they stay de-fogged very well

However I've found that if I leave them in my car (or outside) overnight and they freeze that they fog much easier the next day; not a huge deal, but I haven't had this issue with other goggles

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Aaron C

Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm always hesitant to spend this much, but Icebreaker hasn't disappointed yet (especially if you catch a sale!)

This base is great: material feels great, fit feels very nice, love the way merino regulates core across a wide range of weather/activity scenarios

I'm 6'1" 180 lbs and the large fits like a glove

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Aaron C

Aaron Cwrote a review of on November 28, 2013

4 5

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

I have used these as my go-to hiking footwear for years, and love them for day hikes and overnight trips

They are light, have good tread (Vibram), stay tied well, shed moisture pretty well, and don't hold odor too badly; when going on longer multi-day trips, however, I usually opt for something with more ankle support

My only gripe is that the sole started to peel off the toe almost immediately, but it hasn't progressed in the years since then and they continue to perform well

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