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Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Climbing
Snowshoeing

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a closet full of packs in differing sizes and intended uses. Of all the packs, this is the one I use the most. At 36 Liters, this pack can take on the most demanding day hikes in any season. There is room for all the layers you'll need, convenient hip belt pockets for quick access, hydration sleeve for a reservoir, and plenty of external lashing points for trecking poles, snow shoes, etc. I have used this pack for 5 years and put it through EVERYTHING. I'd be willing to buy another one whenever it finally goes, but with the Osprey Almighty Guarantee, I won't have to- they replace whatever they can't fix!

Male 6'3" 205 lbs Size M/L Pack

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

5 5

There are lots of good features mentioned below, namely the durrability. This thing is tough, there is no disputing that. However, the most important feature is, you can free pour your beverage of choice! No need for funnels. That means you can also see inside and actually clean this flask. Just don't plan on keeping this thing a secret ;) This flask is not exactly petite.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

3 5

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

The Stealth Sling drew me in because of the volume. Many fishing packs do not have the volume to fit layers, snacks, and other essentials for a long day on the water. With 15 Liters of space, this bag was indeed able to fit all my fishing essentials plus a vest for chilly spring days. There are two primary pockets plus a 3rd stash pocket that fits slim things like a fishing license or reference book. There is one more pocket on the front of the sling that fits small items like flotant. Overall, I do not find this bag has attachment points that are easily accessible, and the style of internal dividers does not allow for secure storage of your gear. The internal dividers are all open and allow for items to roll around inside.

Having only one sling, this pack hurts your shoulder over time, and it is not easily set up for someone that wants to wear it over the left shoulder. I did not find that it hindered my casting. The bag is not intuitive when trying to locate gear quickly and the external attachments do not make sense as they are set up since you cannot really access the bag on the fly. As a bag, it is sturdy and well made, but I would not choose this as my only fishing bag.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

5 5

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

This is an initial review I will be updating after further use. Fresh out of the box, these boots seem to fit quite tight. I am a Men's 10.5 in every hiking boot and running shoe I wear. I chose a size 11 in the Salt River Boots and they feel very tight when first putting them on with the Patagonia Rio Azule wader in size Medium Long . The booties on that wader size are recommended foot size 12-13, thus there is some extra neoprene as with most wader/ boot combos. These boots are well built and I love that they go a full two inches above my redington boots. The height provides extra stability and protection stumbling over slick rocks. After 3 hours of use, the boot did seem to stretch and was comfortable on the hike back to the car.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on April 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These are great for daily wear though I have not hiked in them or worn a pack with them (see other reviews below for chaffing notes). As for the reports of these being too tight, I sized up on these and got a Large to fit a 34 inch waist. I find them comfortable and secure. These fit well through the thighs and do not ride up as other brands tend to. I find the cut of them to be supportive and the fabric is very lite and breathable-great for climbing.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on April 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These shoes fit about a half size smaller than other shoes. I am solidly a 10.5 and the 11 was a perfect fit in the Gaviota. I love the concept of the Hoka and these feel like a well made running shoe. I have only taken these on short runs but love the feel thus far.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on April 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This coat is incredibly warm for its size. Not quite as light as a down coat of similar volume, this coat surprised me with how warm it was. I wore it in 25 degree weather and was very comfortable with a light vest (patagonia nano air) underneath. There is always a loss in packability with synthetic versus down, so this coat is a perfect layer for camping in the mountains but perhaps not your ultra light backpacking trip. The length of the large was perfect for 6'3" 200lbs. Most larges are a just a tad short where this was exactly what I want a large coat to fit like!

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought as a Gift:

"Nooooooooo! I'm so disappointed that they didn't stick with the same high-rise geometry as the Kari Traa wool layers. The warmth-to-weight ratio of this set is crazy good! I'm so impressed how far fabrics have come. And the colors are ADORABLE.

Unfortunately, I can't keep this. The bottoms have that awkward rise that either creates a muffin top if I wear it where it wants to sit or a total crotch wedgie if I pull it up to where I want it. And the material is so light and thin, let me tell you, it is NOT flattering. Or comfortable for activity. My boyfriend literally just laughed when I showed him. For you 90's kids, Sally O'Malley (SNL) -Awk. Ward.
The top comes down nice and long, all the way to the widest part of the my hips. The legs have plenty of length for the tall girls -- I'm 5'8" and there was room to spare. I would guess 5'10-5'11" would have enough coverage in the limbs! The fabric feels like silk but super warm -- I wanted to wear these as jammies AND for a day of cross country skiing. I was thinking the top would even work well as a sun shirt for rivering... I would have bought at LEAST two of these sets if they'd fit in the crotch.
But that rise. If low rise works well for you (but seriously, in an active baselayer, when does low rise work for anyone?!), well then I highly recommend this set. Can't beat the price for the performance and cute-ness."

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the cube for travel. The outside loops are great for hanging this on the wall or attaching to another bag with a carabiner. Each half has a zipper pocket allowing for organizational options. Use these for toiletries, a lunch bag for the office, or just stash some snacks for a road trip. The Exterior sheds light precip and wipes clean with little effort.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gift For Partner:
We're all here because we hate the limiting shape of a mummy-style bag so I won't spend any time on that although I am VERY excited for the freedom to "be me" even while asleep. A major thing I would change about the design of this bag is that the hood cinch is on the OUTSIDE of the bag and very hard, if not impossible to adjust from inside the bag without opening it. I want to be able to adjust the opening while I'm in the bag, especially if I wake up chilly in the middle of the night. So that seems like a major design faux pas.
I LOVE the thermo-gills. As a warm sleeper, it made it so much easier for me to make a choice between the 15 and 30 degree bags. I love zipper pocket at the shoulder (big enough for my headlamp). It seems, based on other reviews, that they heard the complaint about a pricey bag not coming with a compression sack that has compression straps as mine did come with compression straps and packs to a completely expected size for the bag rating.
Also, I should say, I'm a woman and I bought the men's version of this bag for a few reasons. The biggest consideration for me was the women's version of this bag (Nemo Jam 15) is WHITE. A WHITE SLEEPING BAG? Come ON. It would be filthy and look disgusting within a few trips. For a company that prides itself on innovative design, boo to your women's bag, Nemo! Some things to consider if going this route: The length is identical between the women's long/men's regular but the men's adds an extra 2 inches of girth to the circumference of the bag. I'm hoping this doesn't make me colder. I have a silk liner to help, though and a fleece liner for very cold weather. Similarly, the women's bags tend to add loft where women get cold (hips, thighs, feet) so I'm hoping that I don't regret the lack of "women-specific" features and the fill weight difference between womens (1lb 11oz) and mens (1lb 5oz) doesn't make me regret my choice. I think the water-proof footbox will probably help at least in making the footbox seem warmer. I also prefer a left-side zipper and my partner was not in the market for a new sleeping bag so I didn't need to worry about the fact that we can't both buy men's bags if you want to take advantage of the bags zipping together.

I do resent the implication that women's bags ONLY come with a right zipper and men's bags only come with a left zipper. Because same-sex couples. And because I am a woman who likes left zippers.

All in all, the design features that I loved about this bag were enough to make up for the design features I didn't love and I look forward to this being my sleeping bag for a decade or more.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Gift for Partner:
First, love the hood and use it when skiing to create a seamless, draftless connection all the way up into my helmet. This seems to be the heavy-weight of the Kari Traa family with Tikse being the lightest-weight and Akle being the mid-weight. The colors and paneling make this a fully functional piece that is just as flattering after activity in the bar or lodge. I'm 5'8

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Gift For Partner:
I'm 5'8" 160 lbs. and the medium, while it was well fitted to my frame left no room for layers. The loft was low which I thought did not suit the price point of the jacket. This is definitely a "lifestyle" around town jacket designed more on style than function. The main zipper seemed poor quality, was hard to line up, giving me a hard time about 1 out of 3 uses. Perhaps this was a one-off and a different zipper would have performed better. Honestly, the price point seems very high for the quality of this jacket and its components. The material feels cheap (although probably reasonably durable). And, while low loft does not always equate to low warmth, this jacket was thinner on the warmth scale than I was looking for or that I thought was reasonable for the price point. Compared to other jackets in its price range, you could get much nicer quality or much more useful technical features and certainly more warmth. I will not be trying the large, I will be looking for a different down jacket altogether. If you find it on sale, I could see it being a worthwhile piece of gear.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

At a 9/9.5 women's foot, I've owned many pairs of darn tough ski, hiking, and knee-high "lifestyle" socks and I am a solid medium. I was disappointed to find the athletic socks seem to be sized smaller and I would have had to return them for a large. The quality, however, was the same that I would expect from any Darn Tough sock and the colors were so vibrant and beautiful. Great stocking stuffer for any athlete.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Bought for my Partner. Here is what she thinks:
"I thought I'd died and someone made this magical stardust onesie just for me so I could be one with the universe for eternity. But truthfully, this is a thoroughly thoughtful design with, thumbholes, the 350 degree zipper creating a poop shoot and a HOLE in the HOOD for your ponytail. It's also much warmer than I thought it would be given the thinness of the material. Lack of bulk does NOT equate to lack of function. I wore it skiing today on a 32 degree day under Gortex bibs and my legs were perfectly comfortable. I LOVE the way wearing the hood under my helmet keeps out cold spots on my neck and ears. It would be very comfortable for x-country and probably touring. I would most likely want to wear another pant layer on a colder day of downhill skiing. I run warm overall.
My only concern is that if the zipper fails, the garment is pretty much useless. It is a good zipper but I'm careful not to put too much stress on it (those little zipper teeth are not meant to take much stress longitudinally). Perhaps backing it up or replacing it with a velcro or button seam would be the long term awesomeness. It wouldn't look as cool, perhaps, but I don't want the zipper to be the reason I can't wear this anymore and I'm wary that 350 degrees of teeny zipper teeth is the weak design link."

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on February 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Decent vest for dogs that need lite exercise. The closure system is Velcro and I can see this being insufficient for a more adventurous dog. The exterior seems well constructed but the amount of insulation is lacking.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on February 11, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 196 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I am 6'3" weighing 196. Bought a 34 which seems to have about a 32 inseam.
As noted in the review below, these fit tight in the upper legs. The waist is true to size, there just isn't enough room for everything else. These pants feel well made and I tried hard to like them, but I can't even sit down in them. If you hike, ski, or do anything that might put some meat on your legs, these pants will be snug.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is very well built and I was excited to learn fishpond made this out of recycled nets! Wide hip belt is very comfortable. Use the shoulder strap if you carry more than five punds. The two mesh pockets on the front are great for floatant and the two largest pockets do a great job of organizing fly boxes and other nessecities. The net holster is a nice touch for short handled nets. This bag is a little small for carrying layers, so it stays home in the winter.

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Daniel Gonserwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 196 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

These are a slip on boot and may not be up to the demands of long walks / hikes (over 1.5 miles). This slip on feature also means they do not fit very snugly. That being said, I find them very comfortable heading out in the snow on the way to work and they have become my favorite winter casual boot around town. They do stretch out a little after a couple weeks of wear but the extra insole provided makes up for that room. For longer walks, I pair these with a Superfeet insole.

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