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Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

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Ben Wilson

Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 14, 2019

4 5

The down blanket has the versatility to replace a great many other things in your life : on the couch blanket, campfire, extra warmth in the winter. If you're going to use it for 2 people, backpacking in the spring or summer, worth it. It's super comfy and cozy, but it's also $300. To be fair, it feels like wrapping your favorite down jacket over your entire body.
At 2lb it's hard to see why you wouldn't bring it on every camping trip. If you have the money.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I hate running, but these shoes make it easier. They're ridiculously comfortable. I feel like an aged grandma, pampered to the max. True to size, Hoka comfort out of the box, and I had a hard time taking them off even when I wasn't panting, trying to finish a lap. They are still responsive even with all the cushioning too. I don't think I'd use them for anything aside from pavement. I used them as approach shoes as a pinch and they did just okay.

The Spicy Orange color is...not for everyone. I kept seeing the shoes out of the corner of my eye because they're so vibrant. Got a few comments from strangers and friends too. They're just jealous they can't rock the clown shoes.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

My Everyday Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bring this to work, on day hikes, and it's also perfect on it's intended use of riding my bike. It looks duplicitous simple, but it's the smartest daypack I've ever had.

Durable, sleek design, and so many intelligent features for cycling
-helmet carrier
-included hydration pack, this alone is the best hydration pack I've ever used, I can't recommend it enough for simplicity to clean and use (the first one I've ever had that doesn't leak too)
-blinker attachment
-protected upper pocket that makes sure your phone or whatever else wont be scratched by your helmet

Also, just great features for any day pack that gets me grab it out of the gear closet for every trip
-Osprey lifetime warranty (best in the biz as far as I'm concerned)
-rain cover in the bottom
-plenty of room for an extra layer, book, climbing shoes, camera, whatever
-Super comfortable

Totally worth it if you've an avid cycler or just someone who likes to go outside. Heck, I wish i had this while travelling abroad to walk around with during the day!

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

What I like!
-enough room for camera, snowshoes (to attach), extra layer, phone, wallet, water (hydrate or diedrate)
-comfortable and not too large
-can also carry snowshoes
-always a fan of hip straps for snacks or anything else
-an insulated hydration sleeve!!! So many packs say "hydration compatible" but once it gets cold the water can freeze in the tube. That's happened to me when snowshoeing but no longer. This can fit a 3L reservoir by the way
-nylon construction makes it a great choice in the snow

What I don't
-The 22 is a bit awkward to carry skis with, I'd upgrade to the 32L. A customer on another site left this helpful desciption for how to carry skis though: "if you take that top strap out and direct the buckle-side of the strap through the narrow loop/tunnel (don't know what else to call it) that sits between where the strap starts and the other buckle, it creates a loop for your skis at the top right of the pack. Doing with this will give you diagonal carry."

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

No frills, minimal features, but it has kept me dry in a couple unexpected downpours and some major rainstorms! It's not breathable so expect some humidity to build up. It's a sacrifice of breath ability for weight. I've used it hiking, backpacking, camping, and climbing. It packs into its own pocket (about the size of a baseball), and although I wouldn't recommend this method - the whole thing packs into my pants pocket easily and comfortably too. Wind and rain resistant as it gets and for only (I cannot stress this enough) 6 oz! A wonderful insurance policy.

The first couple times I wore it, I kept reaching to put my hands in the jacket pockets only to find none were there. There is one pocket on the chest which I found odd.

The hood's nice and adjustable too. There's a draw cord on the hood and on the bottom. At 6 oz (yessss) there's no reason for me to not keep this jacket in my pack.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 8, 2019

5 5

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

"I have been wearing Asolo Stynger GTX boots since 2006, I wear them everyday all day at work, etc. I even wore them at my wedding ! Everyone that knows me knows I live in my hiking boots !! My last pair that I replaced with the ones I just bought hiked on the Appalachian Trail, PCT, John Muir up to Kearsarge Pass, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Mt. Whitney Portal, all over Glacier country in Montana, Moab, Bryce, all over AZ, western NY, etc. and last week in the Mojave National Preserve where my boots, my dog and I camped out & hiked. I get around and my Asolo boots do to, along with my Malamute. Myself ,my Asolo boots and my dog have been more places than most humans will ever be !!

I swear I could be a spokesperson for those boots !!!"

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love the fit, style, and most importantly the functionality! The jacket feels rather thin and it has a slimmer cut, but it's fairly well insulated. The weight to warmth ratio is impressive to say the least. If you're going under 40 degrees grab a shell, lower than 30 I'd put a baselayer underneath. I haven't been too warm in it yet though. I wear this around the house, it's so comfortable. The side fleece panels dump excess heat really well.

The wind resistant body and vented arms make sure the jacket's windproof but not too warm. A great winter layering piece or early spring jacket. I've used it hiking, camping, biking, and climbing. It's ideal when temperatures drop quickly as well. For the weight and the price, I'd say it's a great buy.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Carrying this pack on your pack actually feels good and not like an afterthought feature thrown on.
Waterproof - Check. Comfortable to carry- check, Durable - check. It's got the most compartments and the most uninterrupted space while still being lighter than most comparable duffel.
Stowable shoulder straps tuck away. Compression buckles make packing more efficient and can also work as gear attachment points, and I dig the zippered pockets.
My ideal uses would be travelling and car camping.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160 lbs

Light weight, a cushioned sole head and shoulders above most trail shoes, and stable, and tough. It's got a nice tough toe rand and offers enough protection to hold up to rougher trails. They grip well on rough terrain as well due to the Vibram Megagrip outsole.

As best I can tell the shoe is designed for most people's feet to fit. compared to the toe box of most altras, they are narrower. What we've got here for adjusting fit though is
1) your typical lacing system
2) a strap at the heel to accommodate more feet
3) a strap at the ankle that can be adjusted too
You can really lock down your foot fit these. The style wasn't my favorite at first but I grew to dig it.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

I'm a 9.5/42.5 in La Sportiva and a 9 in evolv and the 9.5s fit me perfectly here. I usually prefer lace ups because it allows more adjustability and forgiveness for weirder feet but I'm happy here.

The rubber grips super well indoors (haven't tried them elsewhere), they breathe well, and are comfortable! They perform admirably on more technical climbs as well. They don't have much of an edge so not that aggressive.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Hi Star Gazers,

This is a luxury camping or outdoor piece no doubt. The price will justifiably throw many people off, but I can't emphasize enough how amazing this thing is to use. After seeing this item displayed in our office for a couple weeks and trying it out, I knew I had to snag it.

The chair swings smoothly and it's incredibly stable even on uneven ground. Set up's fairly simple. I know it gave some people trouble though so maybe watch a set up video if you're concerned. And most importantly, it comes with a cup holder. Comfy for sitting upright, the back support is flexible which lends itself to comfort but makes swinging a little bit of effort. The carrying bag fits the chair back in easily too.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

A 2 veeery friendly people tent. You can make it work. Space wise, I think the tent fits the niche of 1 person with a backpack and a dog much better. And under 2lbs? Big Agnes, my heart can only get so full.

Great for backpacking due to the weight and small size, but I've used it for trips where weight wasn't important too. It's just a comfy tent that you can easily pick up with 1 finger if you want. Simple to pack up too.

Set up is easy peasy - a blue hub in the center of the single pole set with an orange marker at one end for the back of the tent. Clip the tent on then the rain fly buckles and clips into place. Even in wind! Everything's color coded so as long as you're not color blind you're 100% set. But even if you are color blind it seems really straightforward (you're 95% set?).
The zipper for the door can stick. Wasn't too much trouble though. Withstood wind and cold well but I haven't tested it in rain yet.

I hope to take it on many more trips to come.

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Ben Wilsonwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

The price might throw a couple people off for how small and minimalist the tent looks, but I promise its absolutely worth it.
Tight fit with 2 people but we were snug as a bug. Good heat retention. Straightforward a set up as it gets but packed to the damn gills with well thought out features. The interior mesh pockets are a big plus. You can though a phone in the pocket above your head and pull your headphones on through. There's a vent on the top for extra air flow too.
Livable without the weight of most tents. Double doors, great access, quick stash for the doors too.
The lights were a nice surprise feature when my little sister and her friend used it in Zion too! A lil push button controller with three settings – on, off and 50% brightness. Who says backpacker's can't be luxurious?
It works in all kinds of conditions. A little wind and rain didn't get in at all.

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