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Brian Higgins

Brian Higginswrote a review of on July 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

These shorts are the perfect balance of light and durable. They feel comfortable in hot weather and the elastic drawcord is a nice addition that make them easy and hassle free.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

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

This pillow is easy to blow up, made with a soft yet durable fabric, and is really big! Like seriously, fits in your hand and then becomes a regular sized pillow. It's really quite something for backpackers and campers. It's 3.2oz, which might be a little heavy for serious thru-hikers, but there are worse ways to spend a little extra weight.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on May 14, 2019

5 5

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

With running socks it's tough to figure out online what they'll feel like. These socks are soft and comfortable, offering that cozy feeling rather than the ultralight, polyester, Cool-Max type feel. Haven't used them too much but they still feel like they'll breathe well in the heat, and give you versatility for more all-around/gym wear.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on May 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

Me. I do. These fit great and stay super cool thanks to their vented fabric and super-short split leg design. Great for hot weather and freeing those thighs after a long, cold winter. Small pocket is perfect for a key. Did I mention they're short.?

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on May 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

These fit just the way you want boxer briefs to fit and the fabric is super soft. The blend of cotton and synthetic fabric lets them wick moisture well while keeping you comfortable, and they've also got some stretch to em. Good value buy

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on April 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I read a lot of reviews that said the Beacon was one of the better shoes of last year, and although I don’t have the budget to use more than one or two shoes a year, it’s living up to the hype so far. The Fresh Foam cushioning is super responsive and comfortable. The upper is lightweight, minimal, and quick-drying so it’ll pretty much cause no hassles. I’d been experimenting with lower drop shoes so the midsole feels a bit beefy to me right now, but 8mm is pretty standard so if you’re used to normal road shoes you probably won’t notice anything. Overall these shoes feel super light, and are comfortable underfoot and around the foot. I don’t have any concerns about the Ground Contact outsole, but not having rubber is something to look out for as far as durability goes if you’re doing super high miles.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on April 24, 2019

4 5

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

I'm gonna echo everyone else's sentiments and say that these are a solid pair of sunglasses. Great polarized lenses for the price, and pretty stylish as well. The bridge is a bit small however, so if you have a wider face or larger nose you might find it a bit uncomfortable.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on April 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

If you're deciding between the lightweight or standard synch definitely go with the lightweight! Synches are TOASTY, and the heavyweight packs too much heat IMO. The lightweight is a more versatile option, especially if you want to layer with it in the winter or fall. It won't make you start to sweat or need to keep taking it off, and as an added bonus they've always got fun and stylish prints.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on March 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I have both the lightweight and regular weight fjord and I wear the lightweight about 100% more often. The classic Fjord has a boxier, relaxed fit and wears more like a heavyweight than a standard flannel. I often find the regular fjord is too hot to wear in most situations where you want a flannel, and if I wear it, it's as an outer layer in the fall. The lightweight hits the sweet spot though! Exactly the right weight to feel cozy but not like you're overheating. If you're looking for a flannel as a casual everyday piece that layers well go lightweight!

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on February 26, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs

These aren't bad boots, they're just not maybe the boots you want for a cold and snowy winter like Keen advertises them. The tread isn't lugged at all and slips just as easily as your tennis shoes on ice, and while they are lightly insulated and technically waterproof, a good cold and a few steps in the snow will have your feet chilly pretty quickly. That being said, they do look nice and perform just fine in milder weather, just not a reliable everyday winter boot.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on February 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's hard to find something to complain about with this glove. I still can't believe the price on them for how warm they are. Worn them on a couple powder days and they haven't soaked through either. The info on backcountry is correct, however, on OR's site it says they come with a leash, which is not true, so just be aware of that. Other than that they're great! Gauntlet is awesome and easy to adjust with the other glove on.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on February 13, 2019

5 5

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

Capilene lightweight might be my favorite fabric Patagonia (or anyone) makes. It's lighter than just about any baselayer fabric out there, and yet it still gives you just the right amount of warmth under a shell. If you're doing more active cold-weather pursuits it's perfect, but if you're taking it easier on the slopes on a cold day you miiiiight want something a little bit warmer. However, the advantage to these is that they're so low-profile, lightweight, and silky, that you can also rock them under your everyday pants on cold winter days without hardly noticing it. Buy them if you're looking for a baselayer you'll hardly notice.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on January 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been skiing with the Sin 7 for about a year now, and I can say that it's a great option for people who are going to be dealing primarily with soft snow. I've used it on everything from hard packed early season groomers to knee-deep powder days, and definitely prefer the latter. It rips hard on groomers, just expect some chatter if they're icy, steep, and you're moving fast. They tend to chatter more in those conditions if you're not making perfect turns, which can be hard when you're trying to regulate your speed on steep groomers. On mellow to steep-ish Colorado groomers with soft snow I couldn't have asked for a better ski, especially given how they perform in the powder.
98mm seems like it might not be up for deep snow, but the huge rocker on this ski really helps out. Just yesterday I was up to my waist with this thing and while a wider ski would have had a more targeted performance in those conditions, I didn't have a problem floating and slashing and having a ton of fun. Basically if you're not trying to shell out for a separate pow ski and groomer ski I would say this is a great option. Bit bumpy in some cases but performs a lot better in powder than you might expect.

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Brian Higginswrote a review of on December 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

Before I had these pants my life was a sad one indeed. My roundhouse kicks had grown cumbersome, weak, and uninspired, and many criminals escaped my grasp to roam the streets again. My all-jeans soccer team wouldn't talk to me, as my usually reliable bicycle kicks had all but disappeared from our game plan due to my restrictive denim pants. The final straw came when I lost my lead in my community production of "Cowboys: The Musical" after it was clear that all the mobility had disappeared from my dancing. I needed a mobile jean pant or I was going to lose everything. Miraculously I found the Prana Bridger Jeans, and it has made all the difference. I can finally move with the freedom and wild abandon I'd always dreamed I could. These jeans have changed my life, and I want to sing their praises from a mountaintop, which I'll be able to get to in these jeans.

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