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Bryan R.

Bryan R.

Bryan R.'s Passions

Running
Yoga
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Skiing
Surfing
Paddling
Biking

Bryan R.'s Bio

World traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and amateur triathlete. Making plans everyday for adventures. So many with so little time.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Large

The fabric is so breathable I can wear it in almost any condition, plus it looks good when worn around town. I have worn it in a rain storm and it is extremely water repellant. I went with a size large just because I intended to do layering during cold hikes and it fits very comfortably. The only down side is that it doesn't have a hood for really turbulent weather, but it is still a great jacket.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 11

I had only a couple of trail days on these before I went on a weekend long Ultra run with a couple of buddies. I was a bit hesitant because normal shoes need a longer time to break in. Very surprised at how light they were, even at 20 miles in. Feet were no so sore after the run either. The cushion is the way to go, especially for longer runs. It will save your knees. Went a half size up from my normal street size.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 11

All day I am on my feet and conventional sneakers would wear them out after a long day at work. I had heard so much about zero drop shoes and I have tried some that had very little sole to them. I could feel every pebble underfoot. These have an enormous amount of cushion. They are light, they are quick. I feel like I can stand in them all day long. I intentionally got a half size larger just because of comfort. I haven't tried them out on the trail yet, just have them for work. Also, the design gets me a bunch of comments. Highly recommend these or any of the Altra name.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on August 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Really the best piece of gear I have. Gore made an outstanding product in terms of construction, waterproofness, and even some thermal protection. I have dunked it a few times (for testing purposes), go t completely soaked in it, but still fished all day. Once the water heated up to my core temperature I wasn't shivering anymore. Got home and turned it completely inside out, next morning it was dry and ready to be waded in again.

Knees articulate supurfluously, and there is no obscene buncing anywhere. There is no looseness to it, but hugs the body without compromising movement in the water or on a water craft.

Usually I get set up at home and drive up to 45 mins to my therapy session. It is in fact comfortable for the entire drive. Simply rollover the top down to help thermoregulate.

Must purchase if you are debating any other or have some inferior generic waders.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on August 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The rod itself was my starter rod that really did a good job. However after two years, and many streams, and many fish, I have upgraded to some of the higher end rods. This rod does hold its own although and the name is a very good one. Last season my tip broke as a fault of my own (not paying attention to rod location). told the customer service rep what happened and they said, no problem. Sent it in with a $30 service check and about 3 weeks later got a completely new rod! By that time however I got another TFO 4wt 10 foot and got so used to its lighter presentation.

This rod is a great beginner. But nothing special.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on August 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used several rental boots in the past and decided it was more efficient if I went and bought a pair. As I was looking for something that could shred the groomers and transition to the spontaneous days of crossing country and mountains I did some research. Sure there are some higher end boots with a price tag to match. These were actually on the more affordable side for me and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I paired them with some Fritschi Freeride bindings a top of some slick BD skis. Initially sizing seemed small, even though I went about a size and a half up from my street shoe size. However it just needed the liners to be broken in and my arms to get a little work out. for the past two seasons I have not had any problem with them fitting or being too loose. They perfectly hug my ankles without compromising blood flow. The last couple of winters have been pretty warm so I can't speak to their warmth, but I have never gotten frost nip because I may be more active than just doing the casual groomer and going off piste. Durable, sturdy, reliable...not the lightest things but they sure do take a beating.

Liners come out with ease and dry overnight well. Soles of the boot are interchangeable for specific bindings (down hill or tech)...pretty awesome feature as I have contemplated maybe getting a tech binding for lightweight touring.

Would highly recommend these as an initial boot that you can grow with.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on August 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Trying to get back into some cross country cycling and I thought this product was perfect in that I could wear it singly or underneath some outer garment on cooler morning rides. It's easy to throw into the wash. No CHAFFING! No bunching or pinching at the inseams as some lesser products have done. They will stretch however so squeezing into these is by trial. Wicks away excess water quite nicely.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on November 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Purchased this jacket in 2012 and have been using it ever since. It really is the jacket for all year long, especially here in East TN. I use it when there is dense fog, light rain, or cool fall morning with a simple synthetic base layer - generally short sleeve. It is surprisingly durable for its light construction. Many times I have gotten close to brush where it would find a snag (very unusual given that its seams are well constructed to prevent this) and come out unscathed. This jacket was purchased at REI in Boulder and has even more sentimental value to me that is practical now. Just love the Houdini.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on November 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Got this for 50% off at my 3 Rivers Angler in Knoxville, TN, for their end of the year gear sale. For some reason I was convinced that the Medium was the best option for me. I do like that It can be worn as a single layer, but it does not have any stretch and will not take any more layers under it. Should have gone one size up for perfection. Otherwise, it has been doing great in the fall and on my local tailwaters. Sometimes the sleeves must get wet to land the trout, but that's all part of the game. In no time at all the sleeves will dry and keep my core warm. Overall this jacket is great and would purchase it again.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These things have proven themselves time and again. Over the last year I have visited over a dozen rivers and streams in all kinds of weather. The main thing is that these things will not leak. Even after some major bushwacking I find it unbelieveable that I have not punctured a hole in it yet. They are some of the burliest waders I have ever had. The full price was a bit much, but the no leak guarantee has proven itself thus far. Go a size up if you wade colder waters and intend on layering.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Typically I am more of a hobbyist when it comes to biking, but with these on me I am likely to ride more often. They do not shift or bunch up like other pieces I have tried. They provide the protection where it is needed to prevent any kind of proctitis from an all day excursion. The best part is that they are a separate piece and can be worn with any clothing item. And for the deal that they are going for I might just pick up a spare.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is lightweight for it's size and compresses to the size of a good Nalgene. The feature that I like most about this bag is that it moves and contorts with your body movement. This is essential as I squirm throughtout my REM and can never predict in what position I will wake up. This is also an advantage when you need to sit up and work on your map or go over the details of the next day's adventure. The coldest I have slept in this bag would be around 15 degrees F in the NC mountains, but it was also comfortable in a makeshift climbing trip to Texas where the low was a cool 65 degrees F. This is my go to bag for most anything between the 15 and 65 degree range where I spend most of my time.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on February 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

If you are looking for an all weather jacket that performs when the sun is out or the storm's are headstrong this is the jacket for you. Arcteryx is already a name many adventurers turn to when they need reliable gear. This jacket is burly, well insulated, and surprisingly compactable when not in use. Normally I am a medium but I went with the Large because it allows me to layer ( the only reason I would need to layer would be for those sub zero temps). Look no further.

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

Running in these puppies for a little over three years and they still manage to retain their waterproof ability. Originally they were my all purpose shoe for all running purposes. There was no more fear of trampling through mud or puddles that was at just below ankle level. They also managed to be a great trainer for street running at the time. I also used them as a lightweight hiking shoe as they are simple for slipping on and off, and I could depend on their waterproof/ breathable capabilities to keep me comfortable.

Normally I wear a size 10.5 street shoe size and somehow I managed to fit into a size 10 of these. That is unusual because usually I need to go up in size if anything. Everybody's foot shape is different and the ultimate test of size is actually trying the shoe.

One factor that I love/hate is the weightiness of this shoe. Generally running shoes are some of the lightest pieces of gear you will own. These badboys weigh in at a hefty 1 lb. 10 oz. After a couple days of running I could feel it in my joints. Just one modification I would suggest.

Maintaining full disclosure, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

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Bryan R.wrote a question about on January 8, 2013

Going through the list of reviews I am coming to an understanding that to properly size my boot I must order up to three different pairs to see which one fits best (no suppliers near me). Well, I can't shell out that kind of money right now and I would like to get as close as possible on the size on the first try. Across the board I am a size 10.5; climbing shoes, sneakers, hiking boots. I have a pair of LS Xplorers that are size 44 and fit just fine. Not too big, not too small. Would a 44 be an appropriate place to start? Can anyone give me a comparison of their street shoe size to the Baruntse's?

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Bryan R.wrote a review of on April 29, 2012

5 5

Went on my first ever trad climb last weekend to the Linville Gorge. On the outside I was cool and collected but on the inside I was unsure of myself. After starting off with a little bit of cleaning behind my partner I began to see how bomber these friends actually are! This one crack on our final pitch up the Daddy was notorious for eating number 1's, and it almost took my partner's. But I fought with it for a good twenty minutes before I finally wiggled it out right. By the next day I was all for BD cams. They are real beautys and very versatile. I wasn't afraid of my cams failing on the climb, rather the choss I was climbing.

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Bryan R.posted an image about on December 9, 2011

Flexing my new downy soft muscles

Black luft in medium. I am 5' 10" and 165 lbs. Those with longer arms may need to go up a size because I feel that it is just the right length for me. So measure your ape index. All around excellent fit. I was worried that it would be too tight but it is form fitting (not close though) just enough to feel like something is around you.

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