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Chris Alef

Chris Alef

Snoqualmie, WA

Chris Alef's Passions

Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
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Chris Alef

Chris Alefwrote a review of on November 12, 2010

2 5

Our child Natalie has a massive head. I'm not kidding, I mean massive. She's in the 90th percentile for a 12 month old. So I was disappointed that the hat was way too large. I guess I should have guessed but some sizing information for something comes in only one size probably would have helped avoid a return on this one.

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Chris Alefwrote a review of on January 12, 2010

2 5

Patagonia is my outdoor brand. I have so many piece of Patagonia, I've lost count. My life moto is "he who dies with the most Patagonia wins." As such, with great disappointment, I must say that I cannot recommend this product.

I found the gloves true to size and warm. However I have a number of gripes:

1. They aren't cut to fit a hand. Most good gloves aren't two flat pieces of fabric sewn together in the shape of a cartoon hand. The finger curve and the back of the body has volume. These are cartoon hand gloves.
2. Because of the poor cut, I have no dexterity in these gloves. I have better ski gloves for manipulating things.
3. These gloves don't breathe. I get sweaty hands, which means they eventually get cold.

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Chris Alefwrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

I've been using these boots for the past few weeks in serious snow conditions for 3-4 hour durations. My feet are dry and warm and I love the boots. There was little to no break in period for these puppies; they've just worked great out of the box. I've been super happy with the purchase decision. I've yet to take these backpacking because I'm not much of a winter backpacker, but I totally recommend them as day hikers and haven't had any issues with ankle stability yet.

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Chris Alefwrote a review of on September 16, 2008

4 5

I've lived in these for a couple of months now and I think they're the best convertible pants I've had yet. They have a great cut, fitting well as both shorts and long pants. They breathe excellently and dry impossibly fast. They've done really well between 55 and 100 degrees F, which is about as good as you can expect for a single piece of clothing. However I have experienced some pilling of the material near the front pockets so I cannot give this 5 stars. I will say that I did just order a second pair.

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Chris Alefwrote a review of on August 28, 2008

5 5

I've used mine daily now for 4 years and it still looks like new. You can put this bag in your will. My medium snugly fit both my 1st and 3rd generation MacBook Pros (individually, I don't carry both at the same time). I've dropped this loaded bag on more than one occasion without consequence to the laptop inside.

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Chris Alefwrote a review of on August 28, 2008

1 5

If you're headed into the backcountry with somebody you hate and wouldn't really want to save, this is the shovel for you. It doesn't do a thing except in totally uncompacted powder snow. It is a travesty that this product is on the market.

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