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Cody B.

Cody B.

Duluth, MN

Cody B.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

Cody B.'s Bio

Trail and Ultra-runner, and Marathoner from northern Minnesota. Shoe hoarder and gear junkie..

I use my gear as intended and like providing feedback.

Cody B.

Cody B.wrote a review of on November 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this vest on a whim to be used as a mid-layer and to wear around the house/garage/yard while working, and I love it. I use it in some way almost daily... Aside from wearing it around the house I wear it to the office and when going out. It is the perfect weight to wear over light/mid-weight sleeves and really takes the edge off when it is too warm out for a fleece jacket and it isn't at all bulky. I am also really looking forward to wearing it for running this winter...

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Cody B.wrote a review of on October 2, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Nice fitting, nice looking shirt. After the first wear and wash the sleeve started coming apart at the cuff. I will be returning this shirt and likely replacing it with a TNF Hayes Flannel.

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Cody B.wrote a review of on August 25, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Super soft, super comfortable but it will shrink some in the dryer. The fleece went into its first wash a half-size too big and came out of a cold wash, a tumble dry a bit on the small side. Didn't really expect to have that issue with a 100% polyester piece of clothing.

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Cody B.wrote a review of on May 20, 2014

Solid shoe but lacks durability
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I had never run in TNF shoes until I bought these for a recent 50k trail race on some pretty technical terrain in northern MN. Initially, I could not have been more pleased with the breathability of the upper, comfort of the midsole, and durability of the outsole. They seemed like everything I want in a 50k+ racing shoe. They are definitely the most comfortable trail shoe I have used in recent memory and have the comfort and protection to handle some pretty technical terrain for ultra distances.

Now for the negative... 1) The heel counter is somewhat lacking. It does a good job of holding your foot in place but perhaps lacks some stiffness to help with lateral and medial support that is helpful on longer runs on technical terrain. 2) The upper does not drain well when submerged, and really it doesn't dry from sweat that well either. The Flash Dry doesn't seem to work as well in shoes as it does in clothing. 3)The upper is not durable. I uploaded a picture of my shoes after less than 100 miles of running. 50k of it was a race under some pretty tough conditions so the wear can be somewhat discounted, but the fact remains the upper wore through relatively quickly. Hard to trust a shoe for anything more than training when the upper begins falling apart so quickly under race conditions.

That said, if you can find these shoes on sale I would highly recommend them in spite of the shortcomings particularly if you are a runner that does lots of road to trail running or runs on groomed trails. Heck, they are just cools looking and would make great casual shoes too. I will continue to use them for training as long as I am not paying full retail.

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Cody B.wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

Questionable durability
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

When I first got these shorts I couldn't have been more pleased. Comfortable, nice fit, tons of storage, good looking. They became my go to short ahead of my The North Face Better Than Naked shorts. However, after having the shorts for little over a month and putting them through a handful of longer runs the mesh fabric inlay on the side started to split between the two seams. Highly disappointing for a Patagonia product and a pair of running short at this price point.

The only reason I gave them three stars is that they are just that comfortable. I ran the 2014 Boston Marathon in them and couldn't have been more pleased with the comfort over the long haul.

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