Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmer

hurr 'n' durr

Alex Blackmer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Alex Blackmer's Bio

Raised in the foothills of New Hampshire (ferdamnsure)'s White Mountains; fell in love with ragged ridges and gnarly weather; moved west a few states at a time; school; mountains, friends, and deep snow.

If winter had more daylight, it could be snowy and cold year-round; sunny days; white-out days; lazy days; bouldering and bolt-clipping actioneering when the weather's right. Generally in the Cottonwoods, or chasing chickens, or elsewhere.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 140 lbs

Once you put a pair of these bad boys on, theres no going back. No other pair of pants will feel as silky, stretchy, or comfortable as these divine trousers. The superb engineering applied to these pants is visible to the eye and to touch, for they look just as stylish as they feel.

The lightweight nylon fabric has a bit of stretch to them, so you need not worry about your pants tearing off as you frolic in the high mountain meadows. The pocket design is perfectly thought out and placed, making grabbing a bar from your cargo pockets lightning fast.

I would highly recommend these godly pants to anyone doing anything at all, but most definitely to hikers, backpackers, climbers, or a participant of any other outdoor sport.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

From the moment I felt the soft fabric of my new Carhartt hoodie, I knew I would never take it off... atleast until I had to wash it! I've worn it everywhere since I've bought it, probably because of the soft fabric, lofty fit, and the deep hood. I had been looking for a big sweatshirt to bundle up in, so I bought a large and I was not disappointed! I would highly recommend this fantastic piece of clothing to anyone.

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Alex Blackmer

Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just bought a couple pairs of these bad boys and I have quickly fallen in love! I've gone through many a hiking sock but no sock has ever fit, felt, or looked so right! The fabric is incredibly comfortable and the socks never ride down on the ankles. Im excited to see where they take me in the future!

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put several hundred miles under these pairs of sticks and I have loved every step! The design of these poles is superb! The aluminum material ensures sturdy construction without sacrificing weight, while the cork grips absorb moisture and leave little to no chafing. The flick-lock adjustment mechanism is a must have too, for it makes adjusting poles very quick and very easy!

I would recommend this product to any hiker/backpacker who loves the feeling of walking like a quadruped with cork hands.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

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

I recently tested out the Snowpeak Trek-700 on an overnighter, and it went above and beyond my expectations! Its super lightweight (hence the titanium construction), heat dissipates quickly after use, and it can hold a compact stove (LiteMax in my case) and a 110g gas canistern. My only gripe would be the weird grab tab on the top, but its not that big off a turn off.

I would recommend this piece of gear to any avid backpacker with a healthy budget looking to minimize weight.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whenever I leave my house for a backpacking trip, my Osprey is always with me. Whether it be the lightweight design, comfortable weight distribution, or the ample pockets, I frequently find myself gawking over the Osprey Atmos 65 L.

Pros:
Fairly Lightweight
Awesome weight distribution
Comfortable fit
Top of the line construction material
Conscious placement of pockets and zippers
Aesthetically pleasing
Dries quick

Cons:
A little on the heavy side for thru hiking
Too many pockets (if you hate pockets)

All in all, the Osprey Atmos 65L is a great gear choice for beginnning backpackers and seasoned veterans alike.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs

I got this guy for skiing, and I've used it all season, but it'll also be great come summertime. It's like a bandana, except it's thin, stretchy, and actually protects you from the sun, so you don't get a roasted face unless you really want to.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wanted the wool Oxbow, but since it's over $100 I had to settle for the cotton. Not exactly a hardship, because this guy fits well--not baggy, but not skinny--and looks so good. I like it enough that I got it in both red and green.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I'm 5'10" and 150lbs, and I was tired of getting medium bibs that I'd end up swimming in. These are rad, though. They're loose enough to move freely in, trim enough to wear under a harness, but not so slim that you feel like a rando racer or something. The material is thinner than something like the Powslayer, but that's pretty much the idea, and it keeps the SuperAlpine light and breathable. Like so often happens, it seems like a few details were missed in the pursuit of weight savings--half an ounce of sliding suspender adjustment and a bib pocket was too much, Patagonia?--but overall I love these guys and I'd buy them again.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

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

I've had three or four pairs of the FlyLow Ovens, but BC was sold out so I picked these up this time around. They're definitely warmer, but the leather is softer (Less durable? Time will tell.). The stretchy hook-and-loop cuff is nice, too. I'd also suggest throwing some waterproofing goo on for an extra layer of protection.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Getting your Gore-Tex (or eVent or whatever else) dirty happens, but it'll lose its effectiveness if you don't clean it. This stuff does the job, and it'll help prolong the life of your gear. It seems a little pricey when you buy it, but it's a whole lot cheaper than a new $500 pair of pants.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These do work whether you're leading the crew up the skinner or snaking first tracks on the way down. Aluminum's always the call, unless you're scared that your tiny and weak wrists will get tired, and I've never had a problem with the locking mechanism freezing up or letting loose when it shouldn't. The paint scrapes off pretty fast, but you don't want to look like a shiny never-ever anyway.

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Alex Blackmerwrote a review of on March 2, 2016

4 5

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

Finally decided to upgrade after years of running in hiking shoes, and so far so good. The FluidFlex kinda makes my right little toe fall asleep, and monkeying with the laces hasn't fixed it yet, but apart from that I dig it. The traction is killer--I haven't slipped yet, even jogging downhill on snow.

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