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Craig L

Craig L

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City

Craig L's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
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Climbing
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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This hoody has a great standard / slim fit, and a nice almost cowl style neck to keep things looking classy. The material is super soft and has a noticeable and welcome bit of stretch.

Since I picked mine up I have not taken it off. Seems like the perfect layering piece for casual wear, or a great spring fall shoulder season sweatshirt. Not too thick and not too thin, I would recommend.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Can't argue with the other reviews here. These pants are super comfy, fit really well and have a great face fabric.

Great for lounging around the house, working out at the gym, or some aerobic winter activity when there is no chance of pre cip.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have pretty sensitive eyes, so pretty much any day involving snow and sun I get some sort of eye fatigue and pain. I was previously using a Spectron 3 lens (which I love for all other conditions) but it just wasn't cutting it for the reflection of sun on snow. These do a great job protecting my eyes, and are quite a nice pair of sunglasses for the money.

If you are looking to get the sun protection you need without breaking the bank, I would look no further.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

But Really. I mean this many 5 star reviews can't be wrong, and they aren't. Another incredible addition to the car camping kit. Packs down small enough, fits in the car, but is huge! I am 6'5 220lbs and there was plenty of room on all sides for me to splay out. Also, 3 inches of air / foam is so comfortable. I am a side sleeper and my hips and shoulders didn't come anywhere near the ground. Honestly, one of the best pads I have ever used, very comparable to a decent house mattress.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing holding me back from a 5 star review is price. I know its a large down blanket, and down is expensive, but still its a pretty dang expensive blanket.

That being said, its pretty sweet. Its nice and warm, packs down small enough, is suuuper light, and keeps two people warm and cozy better than being confined in a mummy bag. I think if you are into weekend car camping in the summer / shoulder seasons where its not getting that cold at night, this is an awesome addition to the camp kit.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Oh boy. Before using this tent this past weekend, I was coming from 2 person backpacking tents, single wall tarp shelters, etc. Let me just say, this guy is HUGE!! Four people would fit comfortably, with all of their stuff.

Setup: When I first saw the old school "poles in the sleeve" design, I have to admit I was skeptical. Cue memories of camping with my family, struggling to get the poles through the sleeve. Pole falling apart, poking holes in the tent body, etc. I have to say Marmot nailed it with this aspect. The poles are magnetized so there is no popping out or bumbling, and the sleeve material is reinforced and coated with a slick (pvc coating maybe" coat that helps the poles slide right through. Set up took 3 minutes tops with 2 people.

Tent: SO MUCH ROOM! Cant say it enough. Plenty of room for me and my girlfriend to sleep on our luxury Thermarest car camp pads, and for our dog to have her own pop up crate / bed, plus all of our crap. I am 6'5, and there was enough height in the middle for me to stand up hunched over (good enough to put pants on). The other great part is while this tent is by no means a backpacking tent, it only weighs 12lbs, and doesn't take up too much space in the car. No, this isn't as big of a concern with car camping. However, my car tends to get filled up with bike stuff, climbing stuff, etc, and so I want the essential "stuff" to take up as little room as possible, while still being comfy.

Durability: Can't speak to this as I only had the one weekend out so far. However all the materials seem solid and burly, and I have had the marmot firefly 2p (discontinued) for going on 7 years now with only one rip in the fly that was 100% my fault.

Long story short is that I would 10 / 10 recommend for your car camping adventures.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are SUPER grippy, and do have a nice ergonomic feel in hand. Im coming off of the ESI foam grips which are still probably my favorite grips of all time, but I shred them immediately it seems like, and they are almost impossible to move from bike to bike. These are solid, durable, and feel great.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I feel like it should be addressed, yes, this jacket will set you back $650 msrp. That is a lot of money. I don't necessarily think everyone needs a six hundred dollar shell, or would feel satisfied in their purchase. However for those that are getting out in inclement weather every day / day after day, and demand the highest level of performance from their gear, this jacket will not let you down.

This jacket ticks all the boxes for me. Its pretty light weight, durable, and has a great fit. Im 6'5 215lbs, and the large fits perfectly. In the winters here in SLC, I want a shell that I can wear bike commuting on nasty days, cross country / backcountry skiing when its snowy / rainy, and a shell that can look good at the resort. Check Check Check. THe most impressive thing about this jacket for me is that the face fabric takes a loooong time to wet out. This means that you stay dry, and you avoid the wet clammy feeling from a soaked jacket. I have other shells in the 250-300 dollar category, and while they keep you dry, they "wet out" and give a cold clammy feel.

With this shell, I can wear it on the bike commute home from work, give it a shake when I get home, and it's ready to throw back on for an evening ski tour 30 minutes later. As someone who is constantly outside in whatever weather, this is huge.

Bottom line, if you are looking for the one winter shell to rule them all, I think this is a solid bet. Yes it is a lot of money, but yes it absolutely outperforms cheaper options.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was lucky enough to have these handed down to me, but I am a huge fan. They have some seriously aggressive traction for all sorts of crunchy or icy conditions. They also have a very quality and easy to use strap in system, and their shape definitely does lend itself towards more "normal walking" than other snowshoes.

If you are looking to snowshoe in deep deep powder, I suggest looking elsewhere for a bigger / wider shoe. However for everything else, these are some of the best.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Run these on my 27plus hardtail where I was looking for maximum squishyness to offset the lack of a rear shock. The tread pattern is actually decently fast rolling, while offering pretty good grip on the corners (3in of rubber dont hurt in this department either). Pretty supple tire, and you will get some squirm if you ride hard in the lower PSI ranges but thats a trade off I am willing to work with if it means I can get a little more vibration dampening.

For reference, I was previously on 2.4 DHF DHR combo on a full squish bike, and all in all really pleased with this tire.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Honestly Wild how light this tent is, given its a full feature, stand alone tent and rainfly. Two things to keep in mind here. This tent is ultralight because its materials are ultralight. This means thin and relatively fragile. I think that the tent is well made and the fabrics are as durable as they can be, but you need to be relatively careful when using the tent.

The other thing is that this is truly a 2 person tent. As in, 2 people fit, and nothing else. We managed to fit myself, my girlfriend, and our 36lb dog inside on a recent overnighter and that was absolutely max capacity of the tent. No room for a bunch of clothes, stuff, etc.

At the end of the day, if you are looking for the convenience of a "normal" tent, with UL weight and size, this tent is 10 stars out of 10.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bag is super warm, high quality construction and packs down impressively small (get a different stuff sack than the one supplied for an even smaller bag). My girlfriend and I took these up on a winter overnighter on San Gorgonio in California. She had the -20 and I had the -40. We both really like the bags, although my favorite thing about the bag was her least. Their is quite a bit of wiggle room inside the bag. Lots of space to move your hips / knees around, sleep on your side, etc. I loved this, but my girlfriend found that all the extra space took her body a long time to heat up, and would have preferred a narrower cut. So anyone looking at these bags, keep that in mind.

The other thing to note is the top zipper. We both actually really loved this design, and it makes the bag much easier to get in and out of (or cram a dog inside in the middle of the night). The zipper does have a down baffle covering it, but its fairly easy to accidentally flip the baffle the other way so its not doing its job. I think some sort of velcro system there would be a good idea, especially if you were using this bag down past 0 degrees. For the record it got to about 10 degrees when we were using it, and I got pretty hot and had to stick a shoulder out a few times in the middle of the night to cool off. My girfriend in the -20 was warm and cozy, not overheating like I was.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bag is super warm, high quality construction and packs down impressively small (get a different stuff sack than the one supplied for an even smaller bag). My girlfriend and I took these up on a winter overnighter on San Gorgonio in California. She had the -20 and I had the -40. We both really like the bags, although my favorite thing about the bag was her least. Their is quite a bit of wiggle room inside the bag. Lots of space to move your hips / knees around, sleep on your side, etc. I loved this, but my girlfriend found that all the extra space took her body a long time to heat up, and would have preferred a narrower cut. So anyone looking at these bags, keep that in mind.

The other thing to note is the top zipper. We both actually really loved this design, and it makes the bag much easier to get in and out of (or cram a dog inside in the middle of the night). The zipper does have a down baffle covering it, but its fairly easy to accidentally flip the baffle the other way so its not doing its job. I think some sort of velcro system there would be a good idea, especially if you were using this bag down past 0 degrees. For the record it got to about 10 degrees when we were using it, and I got pretty hot and had to stick a shoulder out a few times in the middle of the night to cool off. My girfriend in the -20 was warm and cozy, not overheating like I was.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Took these out on a winter trip up San Gorgonio in California. I was not sure what conditions would look like, and some of the slope crossings are fairly steep. In our case we ended up finding mushy snow and plenty of traction with Kahtoolas. Still it was nice to know that we had the tools to self arrest should we have encountered slopes of ice. These tools are light weight, easy to use and basically an industry standard.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seriously this light on high is nuts. For commuting all I ever need to do is turn it on low, or flashing. This helps keep the battery going a little while longer, but still maybe not as long as I would like. For night mtb rides the high setting does an incredible job lighting up the trail.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 14US

These are my second pair of blundstones, the first pair being the classic slipons. Normally I am a 14, and interestingly went for a 13US in the slipons, and a 14US in these. That being said they are super comfortable, light weight and (with wax treatment) pretty much waterproof. They look great around town, going out to dinner, or out for a quick walk / hike. Definitely happy with this purchase and would (and do) recommend them to everyone.

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