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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 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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Chriswrote a review of on December 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: 9.5 and 9.0

Update: I returned the size 9.5 for the 9; the size 9 fits perfectly. As I said before, I normally wear a 9.5.

Just like the previous reviews have said the image depicted is not what you get; however they are still a nice looking boot. Paul’s images in his review are spot on. The boots are pretty light weight and have a comparatively stiff sole as to what would be expected. The boot does run a slightly bit large. I wear 9.5 on every pair of Nike shoes I have purchased (I tend to always buy Nike running shoes because I have found that their sizing is always consistent). I purchased a 9.5 in these boots, but had to return them for a 9.0.

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Chriswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

the material and the color are really nice. i really like the shirt. I am normally in-between a medium and a large. i ordered a large; its a little on the snug side. i could have gotten away with ordering an extra large. other that the snug fit, it is a really nice shirt.

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Chriswrote a review of on October 15, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

The shirt is a true large. i am 5'8'' and 170 pounds. the collar is too big, giving it a stretched out look; i have a 17 inch neck. the color looks great and the material and the quality seem good, except for the collar.

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Chriswrote a review of on April 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This water proofing product is alright. I followed the directions precisely, however the results were not what I was hoping for. This would be a good product for walking to the car or to the coffee shop on a rainy day, but if you need serious waterproofing protection for hiking/backpacking/trekking/orienteering? I would seriously go with another product such as a sno-seal like product.

I used this particular Nikwax product through austere and harsh environments (terrain,vegetation and weather)and by the end of one day all benefits of this product were gone around the front of the boot. However, around the rest of the boot (in low wear areas) the boots remained treated for about a week.

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Chriswrote a review of on May 1, 2013

4 5

These skis are heavy and sturdy like an old school Cadillac. The skis are extremely stable at higher speed and absorb chatter and vibrations. Like the video below says, these skis will hold an edge on the iciest of slopes. They are also very stiff and rigid and want to be skied aggressively. I would definitely reserve these skis for advanced-intermediate to expert skiers.

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