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Brian Shema

Brian Shema

Based in PA, guide all over the country.

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Brian Shema

Brian Shemawrote a review of on January 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was looking to replace my existing Marmot down jacket, with something a bit more technical. I am 6’2” and 220 pounds, with long arms. Backcountry tech suggested this jacket because of its fit. He was spot on. I reluctantly ordered a large, but knew if it was too small, I could return. Like a glove! Fits much better than my previous jackets. And it literally stretches. Arms are perfect length. It is 12 degrees outside today, and I stood outside with the pups while they played. Could feel cold on my legs. Not on my upper body. Initial impression is that this is my new favorite jacket. If you are my size and want to layer under it, order XL. If you want athletic fit, order large. You’ll love it.

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Brian Shemawrote a review of on December 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Purchased for my wife. Her sizes are listed. She wanted synthetic, not down (to save a goose). She has worn it several times in 20 degree weather and says it is warm, and that she does not feel cold through it. She appreciates the hood. I will say that it looks a bit big on her, especially in the mid section. I ordered medium based on comment below about fit around large bust. Should've ordered small. The late night blue is a bit darker in person than on my computer screen.

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Brian Shemawrote a review of on June 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just returned from a 10-day trip to western Montana. As a guide, I carry a ton of equipment all around the country. Grabbed a Long Hauler XL for this most recent trip. First off, the XL is BIG. Possibly too big. I carried 67 pounds (yes, I paid for the overweight baggage fees) of gear through the airports. Unlike my shoulder, the bag didn't hesitate. 10 days worth of clothing, rain gear, jackets, 2 pairs of hikers, spotting scope, tripod, optics, medical kits, etc. all fit with ease. If you can fit it, this duffel will haul it. BTW - the bright orange bag can be seen from the terminal as it is loaded on a jet, and you'll never guess which bag is yours at baggage claim!

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Brian Shemawrote a review of on June 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Possibly my favorite pair of Keen hikers. These were shipped to me two weeks ago after a warranty claim on my Oregon PCT's that were just shy of 2 years old. I selected the Alamosa because of the weight and waterproofness. They are lighter than my Targhee Mids, more comfortable than my Bryce and more supportive than my Oregon PCT. I did about 60 miles in western Montana over the past 10 days - it rained every single day. Temps ranged from 39 to 70 degrees. Feet remained dry, absorbed shock of rocky trails, good traction over snow and streams. My feet did not "creep" when descending trails. Paired with Keen performance socks, I never overheated. After 60 miles, uppers show no signs of wear. Great boot for hiking in all terrain. Sizing is about 1/2 size small.

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Brian Shemawrote a review of on May 13, 2013

5 5

I read the reviews prior to purchasing this jacket, but always question whether reviews will match my needs. I am a professional guide, typically working with older adults that tend to be slower on trails. This past weekend I put my new Leadville to the test - 35-40 degree weather and winds at 30mph off of the Great Lakes. My co-leaders and participants were wearing heavy outerwear to stay comfortable. I, on the other hand, wore a medium base layer, long sleeved t-shirt and my Leadville jacket. They all kept asking if I was cold. Nope. Zero wind penetration. Lightweight yet fairly warm. The base layer was the key, but the jacket was Perfect for the conditions.
6'2", 210lbs. Large is ideal fit.

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Brian Shemawrote a review of on May 7, 2013

3 5

Mine just arrived. After several hours, my initial impressions... Order half size up if you have any question about sizing. Otherwise, good fit right out of the box. Footbed seems pretty hard, hoping break-in will cure that. And although advertised at 17 ounces, they feel heavier/chunkier than that on my feet. Not sure I am a fan yet, but some time will tell.

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