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Aidan Goldie

Aidan Goldie

Boulder, Colorado

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Aidan Goldie

Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on December 18, 2018

Great Jacket for a Cold Winter
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Immediately I notice the small features that tailor this jacket for the alpine climber. A helmet compatible hood, large pockets accessible while wearing a harness, a front zipper that can be unzipped from the bottom to keep you warm while you tie in or give a belay, and a stretchiness that allows you to reach your arms above your head with ease. The Pertex Fabric wicked away drops of water falling off the curtains of ice dangling above me. While keeping a weight of 19 ounces, the jacket is baffled in a way that down stays where it needs to be and makes the most use of what is available.

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Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on April 30, 2018

5 5

In order to test the Native Eyewear El Jefe sunglasses, they became my everyday and every-adventure sunglasses. Working and recreating in the Colorado outdoors, I wear sunglasses for a majority of my day-to-day life. I wear glasses often enough where I have a permanent tan on the bridge of my nose. Let’s just say that this reviewer’s optometrist loves him.

Over the testing period, these sunglasses followed me in all conditions. From sunny spring days, to cold and miserable epics in the alpine. These glasses held their own in every possible light condition, and the versatility of the lenses make these glasses a remarkable tool in the the outdoors. The ability of the El Jefe sunglasses became most apparent in the backcountry, making the stark dimorphism of low light skiing and Bluebird colorado days a non-issue.

True to their design, the El Jefe sunglasses blur the line between performance and style. Where one could transition from ski to apres-ski without the need to take them off. For your average skier, runner, climber etc - they are an everything piece of gear.

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Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on April 30, 2018

4 5

To test the Rumpl Blanket, I kept it in the back of my car and used it for the everyday adventure. I was pleasantly surprised just how often this blanket came in handy, and the versatility of such a simple product. From stuffing in your pack for an impromptu hike with your friends, a cold morning in a trailhead after sleeping in your car, and some extra warmth when enjoying a drink after a long bike ride. The blanket makes those moments in the outdoor a little more comfortable.
This reviewer also took the Rumpl blanket on an extended hut trip into the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho. This is truly where the Rumpl Blanket shined. This blanket is really perfect for travel. Used by everyone in my car during the 14 hour road trip, and then packed away for the 5 mile skin into the Bench Hut within the Sawtooth Wilderness.
The applications during a hut trip are endless. That little bit of extra warmth in a cold winter environment. After a long day of skinning and skiing, the rumpl blanket was a comfortable addition to a tired skier sitting around the hut table eating their dinner. Paired with down booties, a warm hat, and base layers, the blanket was warm enough to use to sleep in a cozy hut at night. And the blanket came in handy keeping your back warm as you crowd around a campfire with 12 of your best ski friends.
After packing 12 stinky skiers into a small hut for 6 nights, the accompanying dog chose the rumpl blanket as his bed of choice over 12 other down sleeping bags. If that doesn’t speak to the blankets comfort, then I don’t know what does.

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Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on April 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have put Darn Tough socks through the ringer over the years. From being my go-to ski sock, to consistently putting 30+ mile days on the trail, these socks hold up to abuse and their lifetime warranty allows them to even hold up to over-abuse.
My use of Darn Tough socks bagan during a thru-hike on the Colorado. At the time being an obscure brand in the American West, I was skeptical when told of a sock that is nearly impervious of wearing and offers an unconditional lifetime warranty on top. I bought two pairs for the hike and since then, they have become a staple in my outdoor wardrobe.
You want an everything sock? They are an incredible running sock, at all lengths and sizes they have kept my feet blister free from small lunchtime runs, to 50 mile ultras. Darn tough makes ski socks that have taken stayed stink free on weeklong hut-to-hut trips, and expeditions to the highest mountains in North America.
Over my tenure as a Darn Tough consumer, I have only worn through two pairs of socks. Certainly at fault of my own. Allowing them to get gritty, muddy, and gross and then putting an additional hundred miles under my feet. No sock is impervious to that abuse. The magic of Darn Tough is their unconditional lifetime guarantee. One email to the manufacturer later, I was sending them back in exchange for two new plush pairs of socks.

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Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on March 18, 2018

Minimalist backpack with a burlier frame
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Mountainsmith Scream 55: the ultralight backpack for those who wish to carry more than the bare, 3-season essentials. At 55 liters, it has the capacity needed for a summer thru-hike, and any trips that demand the carrying of heavier loads. See my full gear review I wrote for Dirtbag Dreams here - http://bit.ly/2G0JzRe

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Aidan Goldiewrote a review of on March 12, 2018

The Mountainsmith Scream 55
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Mountainsmith Scream 55: the ultralight backpack for those who wish to carry more than the bare, 3-season essentials.

I love the look of this pack. It takes the classic look of ultralight backpacking (dyneema-like fabric and roll-top closure), and attaches a durable frame. This is a pack is made for the hiker who wants the miles to fly under their feet, and look to carry more than your stoveless thru-hiker.

Areas for improvement:
The two tubular pockets on the front of the pack are an interesting design choice. Stylistically, they stick out like a sore thumb. Most comments I have received about this pack from fellow hikers on the trail concern these pockets and their apparent awkwardness. They distribute weight within our pack further away from your center of gravity, and are impractical for this reason.

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