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Austin Beck

Austin Beck

Salt Lake City, UT

Austin Beck's Passions

Running
Biking
Hiking & Camping
Yoga

Austin Beck's Bio

I moved to the mountains (Grand County, CO) in 2013 from the flatlands of Illinois. I've been hiking, running, yogaing, and biking around the Rocky Mt. area ever since.

Austin Beck

Austin Beckwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The weight of this jacket is incredible for the relative warmth it provides. This isn't a stand-alone down jacket that will allow you to go through a winter, but it's an incredible layering piece for your lightweight backcountry trips. I'm 6 foot and 140 lbs and the medium fits exactly as I want. I've worn this jacket, with a good layering system, down to 15 degrees and have been fine. My only complaint is the shell is super fragile, so off-trail hiking, especially in brush, should be done with caution.

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Austin Beckwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

Good gift for a good friend
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gifted these to my friend who lives in DC. She gave me an incredibly wordy review, so I have shortened it down a bit. Here are her words, "Never did I think the day would come when I would buy.... BLUNDSTONES! I started working at a super serious and boring office last month and was pretty resistant to the idea of adjusting my personal style to the standards of "professionals"/boring dressers. Needless to say, while these boots were versatile and fitting for an office setting, they were not compatible for the purposes of walking great distances.
It was a cold day when I wore my Blundstones for the first time. I made the mistake of rolling out of my house with my thickest, warmest, blackest pair of socks with the new boots. Along my 32 minute door to door walk, I felt like I was running. Compared to my previous thin slab of wood boots, every step had a bounce. I was fully ready to skip work and walk FOREVER. However, a couple of minutes later, I felt a blister developing on my right achilles (a common occurrence for my asymmetrical feet). Throughout the day, the tops of my feet (the shooting bone to soccer players out there) started to feel tighter. With a couple of hours left of work, I eventually took my shoes off to relax my feet before beginning my walk back. Throughout the next two weeks, I developed a pretty large blister on that one foot and bled through some memorable pairs of socks. However, over the course of wearing them in for two weeks, the shoes loosened up, my blister healed, and now I feel groovy. I might even feel brave enough to break out my thickest and warmest pair of socks tomorrow. But, it should be noted, the boots have proven warm enough in 20-30 F weather that I don't really miss those once loved pair of socks.
Anyways, I'm very happy I chose Blundstones. I wouldn't even limit these shoes to just work and walk, but...gardening, perhaps? Perhaps drinking beer in a garden? Perhaps, strolling through the wilderness, admiring some landscapes but not looking to race anyone to the top kind of experience? Perhaps at a club? It will be interesting to see how sweaty my feet get in the summer. I think I'll make it.

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Austin Beckwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I'd say these run slightly large. As seen above, I'm a tad over six foot and just below 140 pounds. the small was a bit longer than I'd like and a big around the waist. The drawstring keeps them up and their flexibility is really appreciated while I'm working hard in the backcountry. I love that these have full-zips on the side. I usually begin to unzip them after ten minutes of xc becuase I'm getting so warm. The coldest I've used these in was about 15-degree temps in Colorado, they kept me so warm while on the track. Great pants, just wish they were sized a bit smaller.

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Austin Beckwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Size Purchased: XXL

I got this as a present for my brother, this is what he had to say about it:
This sweater is perfect for lounging and put together enough for a night out with friends. It's warm enough to wear without a jacket in the spring and fall, and is a fun and vibrant color! I am 6' 4" and the XXL fits like a glove.

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Austin Beckwrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

I got these as a Christmas present for my sister, this is what she said about them: I was worried about sizing on these, but the 41 fits perfectly. I am normally a women's size 10. The color is great and goes with everything. These are a great "throw them on and go" shoe that can be dressed up or down!

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Austin Beckwrote a review of on January 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not typically a buyer of cotton socks, but I was looking for some multi-use casual socks. I occasionally wear them on short hikes/runs, but wouldn't consider these for backpacking or long runs. I wear a size 10.5 shoe and went with a L in these- the fit is perfect. My only complaint is they tend to slide down off my lower calf and bunch up around my upper ankle, so I find myself pulling them up constantly. Other than that, no real surprises here, solid sock for the price

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