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Alex Welton

Alex Welton

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SLC, UT

Alex Welton's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Alex Welton's Bio

Skiing, touring, hiking, camping, good beer, traveling, impulse buys, and photography are a few of my favorite things

Alex Welton

Alex Weltonwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

King of the Alpine Fall
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this thing! This jacket has been with me on every early morning dog walk from mid-September until now and beyond. Sometimes, it is 45F and crisp, or 60F and steamy, but this jacket is super breathable and versatile. I have used it for a football game, for hiking in the Wasatch, for running in the middle of the night with the dog, and for every other activity in between. I love how comfortable it is on my chin (beard stubble can make some jackets miserable). The pockets are ample, but not overly bulky. The DWR/weather resistance worked great during some decent drizzles on my walks. The jacket is awesome for Fall ( and likely spring). They nailed it here!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on October 1, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

After owning a few Arc'teryx shells over the years, I wanted to try out the one I had always heard about. The Beta AR. I had the chance to wear this during 8 hours outdoors of off and on hard rain. This thing definitely lived up to the name. It took the rain with no issue. It also took rounds of beer bongs and tons of food too as we tailgated for a football game in the rain. I can imagine it would make a bombproof ski shell, but I would only choose it if I was going to use it for every season. As a standalone rain jacket, there are better options.

The things that weren't my favorite were minor and probably add to it's performance for other categories. The collar is annoying when fully and half-zipped. It is a full collar, plus separate hood, so it adds extra fabric around your neck and a look I am not a fan of. The breath-ability is as expected for GoreTex Pro, but definitely isn't fun if this will be only your rainshell.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on October 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket is definitely the result of multiple years of trial, feedback, material testing, and industry evolution. Here are some things I loved about it:

Pros:
* The cut - fits my slim to average build perfectly. 6 ft, 165 lbs with medium everything. This thing stretches where needed and isn't as boxy as other Patagonia pieces
* The breath-ability - I wore this on a chilly hike in the morning, where my body and the outside temp warmed as I kept moving. This thing did not sweat me out. I was able to unzip it and wear it the entire hike
* The color - Usually a black only kinda guy. Branched out on this and went with the Viking Blue (last season) and got lots of compliments on it!
* The cuffs - Underrated category, but these things kept the heat in without feeling like handcuffs
* Zippers - Moves smoothly and easily. Never snagged .
* Versatility - Read all the other reviews and description. Enough said!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

4 5

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

Camping pillows are a controversial bunch. Some people love them, some find them useless. I am in the latter camp, but use them to save bulk in the pack if I do not have enough clothing to make a pillow.

This one is actually one of the best I have used, when it was 50% deflated. The pillow worked really well for me as a side sleeper due to its shape and profile. It would likely not help me sleep unless I was tired/drunk in a tent.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I can't add much that hasn't already been stated below. The jacket fits as expected for Patagonia, is warm, looks great, functions even better. One thing I really loved though, is the abrasion resistance of the face fabric. One gripe I have with fleeces used for activities is how easily they snag and pull. This extra layer of protection is ideal to reduce those snags!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This thing was so great for morning walks with the dogs, going on runs, and wearing as casual wear in the office even. The balkan blue pops and received lots of compliments. The weight is just insanely light and feels like it is not even there. They put one pocket on it to reduce weight and pack size, just a heads up!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on July 2, 2019

First Hiking Boots I Enjoyed
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I have always been a trail running shoe and sandal guy for all my adventures, but I tried these out for a trail work day up in the mountains. They really exceeded my expectations and may have swayed me away from the trail running only cliche that I was. I loved the wide toe box, the support, the weight, and the stability. I did 15 miles on these fresh out of the box and they were extremely comfortable the whole way. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the market for

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on July 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wasn't able to use this during shoulder season, but did get two cold alpine starts in it during a trip to the Uintas. The piece functioned exactly as expected and described. The material was breathable on the arms and parts of the body, but insulating when it needed to be. I really liked the balance of wind resistance to breath-ability too. The arms are fitted and will not get in your way. The size is spot on for using a harness. I went for the more fitted option, but probably could have moved up to a Large if need be.

Definitely invest in this layer if you are in need of a shoulder season or Alpine summer piece.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 31, 2019

Stable and Sturdy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this strap for 3 weeks in Europe and it came in clutch. It was too big for my Lumix GX85, but still very easy to use, comfortable, and stable. You can tell they really design their accessories by using and tweaking them. I hiked and walked with it for 10+ miles most days and it was almost never noticeable till I needed it. When you get the fit dialed, you won't experience any bouncing as you walk/move around.

I snagged a photo from a friend that shows me using it during our tour of the UAB building in Dessau.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 28, 2019

Light and Dry
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I used this jacket for 3 early summer weeks in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. Unfortunately, many days contained some rain and wind. Fortunately, I had this as my only jacket.
Wow, this thing was solid. It packs and compresses super small when you don't need it, but then keeps you dry during sustained storms too. The front pockets aren't immense, but they are still large enough to hold everything you need. One day, I even fit my Lumix GX85 in the pocket while it was storming. The zipper was easy to get up and down, the hood was adjustable, the cuffs and waist as well. Not sure what else you could ask for.

If I had a single gripe with it, it would have to be how it wears when unzipped. the way the hood/chin are cut, you get big flops of fabric that sit awkwardly. Seeing as this is meant to be more of an emergency jacket that is not worn unzipped, I can get why that doesn't really matter.

Didn't really get any pics of the fit, but here is a selfie!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 28, 2019

Best Travel Pack for me
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the best solution to minimalist, 1 bag travel I have found. I recently tested it for 3 weeks in Europe and can say it exceeded all my expectations. Admittedly, I am an over-packer, and this thing still fit as a carry-on with European connections. One connection even limited me to 8 kgs, and I was still able to get it under that weight limit due to it's sleek design.

Most things have already been noted by other reviewers, but I will share my perspective as well. One thing I really enjoyed about this pack was how comfortable it was to walk with. I walked about 10 miles per day for 3 weeks, and really couldn't complain too much. When fully packed, it wasn't super comfortable for long distances, but the waist belt still took some of the load off. It was really easy to cinch down when less full, which helped for crowded metro rides and shops.

As others have noted, when it is full, the thing protrudes pretty far like a turtle shell off your back. The benefit of that is you are maximizing the allowed dimensions for most airline's carry on policies. Also, packing cubes are a life saver and keep this thing super easy to pack and unpack. When moving between hostels/ airbnbs / hotels/ couch stays, having the big U shaped pocket makes loading and unloading your cubes insanely easy.

For part of my trip, I was on a transatlantic information sharing tour with 17 other young professionals from the US. 16 of them had roller suitcases and it sounded like a stampede when we arrived in a city together. I was extremely grateful to have this pack when I saw them working through cobblestones/busy plazas.

Unfortunately, since I was carrying all my camera gear, very few pictures of me were taken. Below is an example of me carrying all my day gear for 10+ miles of walking tours.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 3, 2019

Teddy Bear goodness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This thing is bonkers. I picked it up almost as a joke, but then fell in love with it. I used it everyday of a 4 day trip in the desert. I loved the warmth, feel, kangaroo pocket, and sleeve cuffs. The hood helped out during the really cold mornings too. The size available was a medium, and it fit everywhere except the length. I found it to be a bit short for my liking, but it fit in the arms, chest, and everywhere else.

An under the radar positive of this jacket is it goes perfectly with JORTS. So if you have some jorts and it's not warm enough to rock them shirtless, this is your next best bet.
I didn't get a picture in it unfortunately, but the gf confiscated it (as they always do) and I snagged a pic of her.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My gf demo'ed this jacket for a spring trip to the desert. She absolutely loved it's versatility for climbing and warmth in the mornings/evenings. The sizing seemed right for, although the sleeves were slightly long. She liked that it was more breathable than some of her other insulators.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on May 3, 2019

4 5

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

This chair is awesome for backpacking. It packs down as small as my sleeping pad, leans back, is more comfortable than the ground, and seems very sturdy. I would recommend it if most of your camping involves hiking to your camp spot.
The cons I noticed have been listed in other reviews. It isn't the easiest to put together based on the instructions and how easily the poles fall out of their holes. Once together, it is very solid though. I also found that it wasn't the easiest to get back in the bag. The tolerances were very tight.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

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

My gf demo'ed this product and have some feedback. We didn't get to test this when wet because we stayed on our SUPs for once.

The profile is slim, build quality seems solid, and the pockets are a pretty great change from our PFDs that don't have any. The sizing lined up with the size chart for her! The color really looks good out on the river/lake too.

Update:

Performs as expected when in water. Floated around and drank a few beers comfortably.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on April 23, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 0' 00"
Weight: 0 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I tried these shoes out as a demo and have some feedback from minimal miles (less than 10).

Pros
- Love the profile. I have a wider, flatter foot and this is shaped exactly like it.
- They are pretty lightweight without feeling flimsy
- The waterproofing works for small splashes and soggy ground
- Minimal drop just feels so much more natural
- Tread and traction is outstanding

Cons
- Looks - many better looking shoes out there
- Heat - The downside to these being waterproof is that they get super hot and swampy. I was in pretty warm desert sun, had lightweight wool socks on, and absolutely wanted these off as soon as I could because they were so hot. I have never been in a warmer shoe. Not sure what can be done aside from re-working the membrane. If you are in a cool climate, these will be awesome!
-They run slightly larger than other brands, at least for me, because of the foot shaped soles.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on April 16, 2019

It's all been said
5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I gave this as a gift and have some feedback from the receiver. She loved how light it was, the color, the pockets, the size, and the warmth. She just loved it.
The only downside she mentioned was that when she wore the hood, she literally looked like the Patsy from Monty Python. Not kidding. I know it is for under the helmet, so it makes sense, but it makes it rough for when you do not have a helmet.

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on April 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I got to try this jacket out for 2 weeks and this thing is sick for shoulder season. I used it biking, hiking, and for around town. Really warm for the weight. I couldn't wear it in the office because it was too warm.

Sizing is slim as noted, but not overly slim. It also has stretch panels so it feels less small.

Sweet jacket!

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Alex Weltonwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I used this jacket for 2 weeks off and on, but I found myself reaching for other items usually. The inner lining is almost like a mesh pattern to add airflow, but that makes it really easy to snag on things when trying to get your arms in. I like that the jacket has tapered forearms, but my hangnails and watch felt otherwise.

The item does live up to its versatile touting. I used to bike around town, hike, and just for everyday use. I was biking in about 55F and sun, but didn't get drenched in sweat or feel like I was overheating that bad, even with 20 lbs of groceries on my back.

I got it in Medium so it would look a little more fitted. I probably could have moved up to size L to make it more comfortable for layering.

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