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Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Calvin A.wrote a review of on July 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I was first turned on to the Brooks Cascadia line with the Cascadia 9s. I loved those shoes and wore my pair far longer than I probably should have. The Cascadia 12 has treated my extremely well as my primary shoe for backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and light trail running in the hills of Marin. As a trail runner these are a bit heavy, but as a backpacking shoe they are fantastic. The tread handles all the surfaces I regularly encounter extremely well and I feel very comfortable in my adventures, even on steep slopes.

I have a high instep and slightly wider than average forefoot. The Cascadia 12 fits my forefoot perfectly but unfortunately bothers me slightly through the instep. The pros of the shoe far outweigh that one con and I will likely buy these again once these wear out.

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Calvin A.

Calvin A.wrote a review of on July 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pad over approximately 35 nights in the Sierra Nevada.
Pros: It is extremely warm. The relatively high r-value of the pad is noticeable. It has kept me toasty with my 20F mummy bag in temps down to 14F. It does a great job of covering up rocks in the event of poor campsite selection. I've used it on granite slabs and didn't notice I was sleeping on rock. I'm 6'3" and have the long version. It is the perfect length for me. I also love that it packs down to a bit smaller than a Nalgene bottle.
Cons: This pad is loud. My tent and camp-mates almost always remark on how annoying it is to listen to me during the night. Usually I respond by suggesting they find a pad as comfortable as mine. In their defense, I am a side-sleeper who tends to move around a bit during the night, which brings me to my only real complaint. I wish this pad was a bit wider. I do find that I sometimes get the "falling off the bed" feeling in the middle of the night, if I'm not centered on the pad.

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Calvin A.

Calvin A.wrote a review of on July 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the Dopp kit that got me to ditch my plastic bag. It's the perfect size for everything I need to take on a trip, regardless of length. The inside is easy to clean if items spill.

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Calvin A.

Calvin A.wrote a review of on July 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these goggles as a gift for my dad as an upgrade to his ~15 year old goggles. He loves them in comparison and frequently makes use of the interchangeability of the lenses which is extremely simple.
I've used these on a couple storm days and am impressed with how well they function in conjunction with my Smith Vantage. No fog even during high exertion runs. I have a larger face so typically prefer an oversize goggle, but these adequately cover my face while still providing a good field of view if you aren't into the larger goggle look.

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