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Chris Blashill

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Hi I'm Chris.

Chris Blashill's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Running,
  • Yoga,
  • Climbing,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Skiing.
Chris Blashill

Chris Blashillwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm someone who loses sunglasses all the time, which meant I quickly got tired of spending a lot of money on a new pair every time I lose the old pair. Which is why the affordability of these sunglasses appealed so much to me. What blew me away is the relative performance of these sunglasses for the price. The polarization looks great and gives everything a warm, colorful hue. They look similar in style to the Smith Lowdown XL, but they curve around the face a little bit better, helping shield your peripheral vision well. If you have a wider face/ bigger head, these are one of the best overall options for the price.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Considering how lightweight this harness is, it still feels incredibly comfortable and durable. It does feel sport climb focused, and I've used it for trad and sport climbing, and both single and multi pitch climbs, and I have nothing bad to say so far. The gear loops initially didnt feel that solid, but they held a dozen cams on them with no problems. If I was doing much hauling or aid climbing, I might look elsewhere, but for everything else, this harness would be tough to beat. I'm 5'10", 175 lbs and the Medium fit perfectly.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on October 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The shirt is super comfortable and soft to the touch, and I've always loved most of The North Face's apparel. This shirt is also good, but I was surprised by just how much it shrank in the wash. It fit really well pre-wash, but post-wash it is now too small. So if you're right on the edge between sizes, go ahead and size up.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I took this dry bag down the Colorado River, and it performed perfectly. There is so much storage inside and it's remarkably easy to access and easy to carry. The roll-up top was really easy to use as well. Though I didnt do anything crazy with the dry bag, the material feels incredibly strong and durable, and I had no worries about my gear when it was in the dry bag.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on June 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I cooked 3 meals on this stove the first weekend I used it and it worked perfectly! It was very windy one of the nights while I was using the stove, and it didnt phase it one bit, and the heat was consistent and super easy to adjust. It really felt like I was cooking on my stove at home. Overall it was surprisingly packable, super convenient, and worked like a charm.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These have quickly become my new favorite thing to wear. They're obviously super comfortable to wear, but what sold it for me was the fit and the feel. I have a 33" waist and my legs are on the more 'built' side, but they don't feel tight in any way, and the ankle zips still leave some room when zipped down, and the fit is nice and athletic. The fabric feels light and thin and relatively breathable without feeling delicate. The pockets also have plenty of room and the zippers feel solid. Overall, 10/10 pants.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on April 16, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I liked the thickness of the balaclava, and it keeps your ears, nose and chin warm on those bitter cold days. I wasn't as big a fan of the actual fit for me. I do have a larger head (size Large helmet) but the balaclava didnt feel very snug at the bottom of the forehead section. It felt a little bit loose and would slide up my forehead above my goggles sometimes. And the face part of the balaclava covered mostly well, but left gaps around my cheek/temple area for the cold to sneak through. But again, it might fit better on those with smaller domes.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on April 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 33

Great Slim Fit pant for guys with thicker legs. They have a nice amount of stretch so climbing in them is no problem, and the cut is tapered, but plenty roomy and comfortable. They don't feel tight at any point in the leg. And they look nice enough to dress up, and casual enough to dress down. They've quickly become my favorite pair of pants.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on April 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Perfect for your loved one who's outdoorsy but loves jewelry/ bracelets! Lots of cool color options, fits any wrist size, and looks cool. They hold up forever as well.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

Picked this up for my girlfriend, and it kept her warm in below freezing conditions. It's super versatile, can be used as a mid-layer for skiing, or just as a flattering jacket to wear around town.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis know what they like to do, and only want to do that. I'd say they aren't a "driver" ski in the sense that they don't hold the strongest edge on carves, and things start to feel a bit nervous at speed. But that isn't what they're meant for. Once you get these skis on some more playful terrain, they excel. They were a ton of fun on jumps and kickers and were really easy to ride switch on. They're super forgiving and won't bite you if you don't ski perfectly or land jumps just right. I found tree runs to also be a lot of fun in these as well. I'd say they're definitely squirrely, but a ton of fun if used in the right terrain. Not a big mountain crusher, more of the ultimate jibby ski.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

I personally believe that Vans are the ultimate shoe for everything. If you had to buy 1 shoe to do literally everything in, I think you'd be hard pressed to do better than Vans. Going for a casual look? Vans look great. Have to wear a Tuxedo? Black Vans look surprisingly good. Going on a hike? I've done dozens of hikes in Vans. Someone challenges you to a foot race? Lace those babies up tight, you'll be fine. Need a good shoe for squat day at the gym? Vans are the answer. I could give a million more examples. But point is, if you dont own a pair of Vans, I don't know what you're doing with your life.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on February 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith is known for making great goggles and these continue that tradition. The lens technology is as good as any I've used, both for low light conditions, and for the brighter days. The field of view is huge and the peripheral vision was incredible. Styling is always subjective but I love how these look. My one and only complaint is that it isn't the easiest to replace the lenses, but outside of that these are some of the best goggles I've used.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

These bibs are really impressive. Tons of storage options with taped zippers. They have a great, relaxed fit and are reinforced in all the right areas. They feel burly without being heavy. My one really small complaint is the shoulder straps arent the easiest to adjust. I actually prefer the NF Freedom bibs straps as they have a more classic slide strap instead of velcro. But other than that, these are just about perfect. They look great, feel durable, and have all the features you'd want in a shell bib.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag does most things well, but there are a few things I would add if I could. I like how durable the fabric feels, and the construction overall feels really quality. It looks classy, clean, and well-built. They didn't skimp on pockets or storage options. There are plenty of places to keep all of your accessories like lens caps, memory cards, filters, etc. I use the Sony mirrorless system, and I was able to easily fit the camera body, 2 lenses, extra batteries, microfiber cloths, and a few other things, and everything was easy to organize and easy to access. I wouldn't mind a larger pocket in the bag outside of the main compartment though. I also think a long shoulder strap would be really useful. My natural instinct was to try to sling it over my shoulder while shooting, but the straps aren't quite long enough for that. When used as a backpack it also can feel a bit awkward. Overall I think it's a nice bag to have for urban photo shoots, and it's not immediately recognizable as a camera bag which is nice, but there are a few ergonomic features that I think if added would make this a 5 star bag.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved this goggle. I have a wider face, and these fit perfectly. I prefer a goggle with a larger field of view, and I felt like I could see everything out of these. The peripheral vision was second to none. Was also super impressed with the low light lens. Used this goggle on a really stormy "white-out" day recently, and I was surprised with just how much I was able to see. Also fit perfectly with my Smith Holt helmet with no gaps. Definitely recommend this goggle.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

The Basics Done Right
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Base layers are a simple garment, but maybe one of the most important when going into the mountains in the Winter. And these 3/4 zip pants do the simple things right. For starters they are very comfortable. The waistband is softer than other base layers I've used which kept it from feeling like it was cutting into my hip. The length was perfect for me, stopping right before my ski boots, and with my ski socks on my whole leg was covered and warm. I like that the zipper goes all the way up each side, and is smooth and doesn't catch when zipped up or down. And I really fell in love with these when I started getting warm after skiing a few laps, and I could just reach down while on the lift and unzip each leg to cool down. If you need a versatile base layer to regulate temperature, it'll be hard to find a better option than these.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket has pretty much everything I want in a ski jacket, and some. There are enough pockets for you to carry your phone, ski straps, a beacon, a radio, a ham and cheese sandwich with chips, a spare change of clothes, and the kitchen sink. I don't recommend carrying all of those things, but this jacket could do it. The fabric feels like you couldn't rip it if you tried. Just feels absolutely bullet proof. The length of the jacket is longer than pretty much any ski jacket I've seen, but I loved it. There was no way my butt was getting cold in this jacket. The pit zips were huge and easy to access which is crucial if you run warm like I do. But maybe best of all, it's one of the best looking jackets I've ever worn. As they say, look good, ski good. Put this jacket on and you'll immediately feel like you can ski like Candide Thovex.

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Chris Blashillwrote a review of on January 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A climbing helmet is supposed to protect your dome, but it helps if it does more than that. I have a large head and this helmet has plenty of room and is very comfortable. Moreover it is super light, and easy to forget you're even wearing it. And if you're a head sweat-er like me, this helmet has plenty of ventilation to keep you cool.

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