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Chris

Chris

Germany

Chris's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Chris's Bio

I am a backpacking enthusiast who loves going deep into the mountains. I wouldnt consider myself a minimalist by any means; nevertheless, I usually keep it to the essentials. I living in Germany now, and have explored various wonderful places around the world. I am enthralled with outdoor activities and enjoy mountain biking, regular trail runs and hikes.

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Chriswrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs

(3.5 out of 5) Right off the bat, the boots are very light weight. They lasted for about six months and they are about done. I wore them regularly, but I feel as though they did wear out quick and I could start to feel every rock while hiking through Sanora desert trails throughout Arizona. I liked the boot, but the soles did not last, however the uppers maintained well. the boot performed well; it is definitely a light weight hiker meant for mild trails.

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Chriswrote a review of on November 14, 2018

4 5

Seriously, they’re really tight! Pros: The pants are well made and look good. They’re durable. Cons: The pants are snug! They squeeze your quads! Other than that they are a good quality pair of pants. I am 5’7 175 lbs and I have a 32 inch waist. The 32s fit around my waist, but that’s about it. I give them 4 stars because they are pretty decent; they just don’t fit me well.

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Chriswrote a review of on November 9, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First I will start with the pro's: the button and all the setting are super easy to use. the brightness goes from a pretty dim setting, a middle setting (most applications), to a fairly bright setting. its a very user friendly headlamp.

Cons: the headlamp has to be secured fairly tight to prevent it from bouncing around. when you do have the band secure, if you are trail running, the angle adjustment can inadvertently tilt on you.

I would have given it 4 stars, but because of the price, you can find something better.

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Chriswrote a review of on November 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of the best headlamps I've ever used. i absolutely love it. i hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to Rim through the night with this head lamp. its bright, and it fits securely on your head.

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Chriswrote a review of on October 30, 2018

4 5

These boots are light weight and well constructed. I have worn these on multiple hikes is the Arizona mountains. PROS: lightweight, excellent grip, breathes well, well constructed. CONS: seams on each side of the ankle; I often wear super lightweight ankle socks because my feet have a tendency to get hot. When I wear ankle socks, they rub a raw spot on one of my ankles. If I wear socks above the boot it’s perfectly fine.

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Chriswrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs
Size Purchased: 33x32

these pants fit awesome and look great. i typically have issues finding pants that have ample room in my thighs, but these fit well. i ordered 33x32; I'm 5'8'' and 178 lbs, and a 32 inch waist. i went with the 33 to insure the upper legs would fit. the 33x32s fit comfortably.

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Chriswrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs

So far I'm falling in love with this jacket. it great for cooler temps in the 30s F. I have been wearing it with minimal layers and it has kept me cozy. the material feels great, the pocket placement is really nice, and there is quite a bit of pocket space. I will be using this jacket quite extensively throughout the next couple months; i will update my review then. so far, my initial impressions are, this jacket is a winner!

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Chriswrote a review of on November 14, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

PROS:
Great grip, breathable,

CONS:
fits a touch larger that typical Nike shoes (however not enough to size down), too much room in the toe box (some people may like that), awkward fit with the offset lacing system (it did not secure my foot and left too much room in the toe box), durability (the inner liner began to tear after three uses).

I ended up returning the shoe. Most people criticize Nike for having a narrow fit; I feel as though this model was intended to answer that concern. I had the previous model shoe which i preferred much more.

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Chriswrote a review of on October 16, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had recently purchased this bag prior to a three month trip. At the end of the trip the wheels were damaged and bent in. This happened with only 45lbs or gear. It is a nice bag, but only for airport travel. This bag lacks the strength and durability to be a large duffel.

Since writing this post I opted to go with the REI 34 inch rolling duffel. Im not a huge fan of REI, but their bag seems much more durable and better constructed than the Patagonia bag. The Tatonka Flight Roller looks like a quality bag as well and is quite large at 135 L.

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The bag is great, but having a wheeled duffle I expect it to be really tough. The new material that patagonia is using on their black hole line of duffles is not as durable. This is fine for the rest of the duffles, but the wheeled one needs to be a little more durable to take all the abuse of being dragged around corners and getting pulled up and around stair wells. In my opinion the north face wheeled duffle is far more durable with its thicker fabric. Yes, the NF bag is a little heavier, but for the purpose that trade off is worth it. I love all the black hole bags, but for the wheeled option I would go with the NF.

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Chriswrote a review of on September 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Looks great! Great quality! Fits perfect. Nice thin comfortable material. I love it. I have one in blue; I am going to purchase the born and grey ones as well. i am 5'8'', 178 lbs. A large fits me perfectly.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The bag is great, but having a wheeled duffle I expect it to be really tough. The new material that patagonia is using on their black hole line of duffles is not as durable. This is fine for the rest of the duffles, but the wheeled one needs to be a little more durable to take all the abuse of being dragged around corners and getting pulled up and around stair wells. In my opinion the north face wheeled duffle is far more durable with its thicker fabric. Yes, the NF bag is a little heavier, but for the purpose that trade off is worth it. I love all the black hole bags, but for the wheeled option I would go with the NF.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I was excited to get these shorts. I should have tried them on before purchasing them on line. The shorts are great, but they were not tailored for someone with muscular legs or butt. Not at all. I'm 5'8'', 178lbs and a 32 in waist.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 178 lbs
Size Purchased: 32/reg

I am 5'8'' with a 32 inch waist. I purchased the Ferrosi pants in a size 32/reg. The quality of the pants are nice. I really liked them, I just wish they would fit with a little more room. The material is thin and appropriate for hot weather. Unfortunately for me, the pants are a little too tight and the material is a little on the thin side that I can't wear these with out showing the world a perfect outline of my stuff. The pants fit tight through my quads and my butt. Everywhere else they fit fine

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Chriswrote a review of on April 3, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I liked the fact that these pants were light weight and flexible, which allowed them to be very versatile. Unfortunately the seams were not too durable. I ended up blowing out the seams in a couple areas. Ive had the pants for about two years with minimal use.

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