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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: L and XL

I have accumulated a few dozen pairs of Wollie Bollie 6' socks of the last few years. They are amazing, I wear them every day year round for everything, running, biking, hiking, and to work. I have size 11.5 feet and both large and XL socks, I prefer the XL pairs but both work fine for my foot size. These socks don't stretch out after extended use, are versatile enough to wear whenever, I have run in 90+ degree weather and wore them hiking in -10 degree weather, they work just fine for both. They provide great insulation when its cold, and wicking of moisture when its hot without being too warm in warm weather, my feet are always at a good temperature wearing them. I would definitely recommend trying out a pair, you will fall in love

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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on July 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this back protector on advice of a friend last ski season. I wear it whenever I am skiing in technical terrain and not wearing a backpack. I am 6'1" and ordered a large, even know I am pretty thin, it fits just fine under my ski jackets, once i got it properly adjusted to me. It isn't too warm (no more so than a backpack) which is good for warmer ski days. Its also not very restrictive, less so than a ski backpack, allowing for freedom of motion. As for the safety of the back protector, I haven't had any real crashes to put it to the test since i bought it, but It feels like it does a a great job absorbing an impact in just playing around with it. Would recommend if you are skiing terrain that is technical enough to warrant a back protector.

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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on July 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So after getting sick of the typical tele ski kneepads (which are a pad with straps around the back) coming unbuckled, loosening on their own, and falling to my shin I decided to give these a try. Tele pads typically are hard plastic instead of the VPD in these, which was an initial concern of mine when first trying these out. I skied half a season, ~25 days on these, they are awesome. A lot more comfortable than tele knee pads, additionally they stay in place, and are barley noticeable when I am touring. They absorb impacts of my knees to skies on bumps great, as well as hard plastic pads. The only downside is that you can't take them off without removing boots first, which isn't a deal breaker for me.
I haven't brought them out for their intended purpose of mountain biking as of yet, but I'm sure they are just as good as they are for skiing.
I would definitely recommend these to any tele skier out there who is looking for a change from their old kneepads.

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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on July 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best travel mug ever! I use this mug every day, great for coffee and water! It keeps coffee at the same temperature for hours, which is great for morning coffee where I put a few ice cubes in after I brew it to get it to a "drinkable" temperature, which it then stays at all morning. great for cold drinks as well. I am really impressed, and would definitely buy again, no question.

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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on July 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I got a pair of Tarantulaces as a set my first set of climbing shoes when I started out rock climbing a few years ago. like all rock climbing shoes, you want to size them down, I have size 11.5 feet in sneakers, and I sized down to a 10.5 or a 43.5 in European sizes, they fit great. I still wear them to the climbing gym a few times a week, as they are more comfortable than most technical shoes and are perfectly fine for everything in my local rock gym. They have held up really well to moderate use over the last few years, and I would recommend them as a first rock climbing shoe.

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Charles Zachau

Charles Zachauwrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 03"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Its an awesome shirt, it fits me about perfectly. Its lightweight and really comfortable Its a lot thinner than most flannels I have, mostly from Patagonia, but I actually really like that because it dries much faster and can be used for a larger range of casual to active wear but keeps me practically as warm as a thicker flannel.

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