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Dave Brown

Dave Brownwrote a review of on August 10, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 147 lbs

I absolutely love these shirts and have bought them for years. I however don't recommend them for endurance athletes (running, mountain biking, hiking with a vest or pack). They just get too soaked when sweating, thus heavy. I just got back from a run and had to take it off mid-run.

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Dave Brown

Dave Brownwrote a review of on September 21, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

Break ups are hard.

I've used the Sense 4, 5 and 6 for thousands of miles, many thousands of feet of vertical and on many mountains and sadly returned the 7's very quickly. There is much less protection than previous versions. It's really hard to explain, but these have a very very different feel underfoot. So different it wasn't worth trying them too long. I also quickly had a problem with them rubbing my ankle on the inside, as they lace higher than previous versions. Interestingly, I did not have the same problem with the new Sense Pro 3 that also laces higher.

I do agree with the other reviewer that they may be good for speed work. But personally for me that would be it. I've tried to stock up on the Sense 6's but the world seems to be out of them.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on September 13, 2018

Great addition to the Salomon line up
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I was a bit hesitant to get these since I didn't like any iteration of the Salomon Sense Pro 2. I've been an avid user of the Salomon S/Lab Sense 4, 5 and 6, but after my last mountain run more was needed underfoot so I decided to give the Pro 3's a try. One bonus is they lowered the drop to 4mm.

They tighten a little higher on the ankle than previous versions and this has come in really handy to keep the fit snug. This definitely helps on lateral stability as well. They are lighter and more streamlined with a better cleat than previous iterations which really comes in handy in the technical sections. Salomon also reworked the lacing to allow the tensioner to work more effectively. All in all a win win.

I just used them on a long tough day for the 28k Rut Run at Big Sky Resort and they could not have performed better. The run is about as technical as it gets and while some other runners were sliding around in the scree these held firm.

Absolute love them. If I could change one thing it would be to make the cleat a little less high. Somewhere between where it is and the XA Alpine.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on June 4, 2018

Outstanding watch...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was asked to review the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Watch last month by Backcountry and honestly when I got the request I was a bit skeptical after researching it. I generally have shied away from watches with so many features. I already own the Suunto Ambit3 Run Watch and it's about as big of a watch as my little wrist can handle.

My skepticism quickly diminished after using the watch on some trail runs and hikes. Overall I love the watch. It's really comfortable to wear while trail running or hiking and all indications are it's very durable. I also wore it on mountain bike rides and overall it did well, sometimes a little bouncy on the technical sections.

I'm an elevation gain junky so I love the barometric altimeter. I do recommend the watch be calibrated to your home elevation as out of the box the watch was off by a few hundred feet.

Overall the battery life was as expected. I did have one mountain bike ride where the battery ran out of juice quicker than expected and oddly when I plugged the watch in to charge it, it immediately shot up to 27%. If I see this again I plan to reach out to Suunto support.

My favorite features:

* Easy to use.

* There are a plethora of ways to configure the watch to your personal taste in Movescount (Suunto's online platform) for each type of activity you plan to use the watch for. There's even an elevation gain graph.

* Better accuracy for elevation while on the trail as compared to my other watches.

* Love the breadcrumb feature. It's easy to get turned around in the mountains and this feature will ensure you get back on track.

* On the home screen I can see how many hours of sunlight there are and what the moon phase is. A small thing, but I found it cool.

* Ability to put the watch in Airplane mode.

* The touchscreen is easy to use and fairly intuitive.

* In the few times I called Suunto support I found them to be very helpful.

* Syncs easily with Movecount on my phone.

* The web version of Movescount syncs easily to Strava and TrainingPeaks.

Things that need improvement:

* I have had mixed success with the wrist HR. Sometimes it works ok and others not. A few times when checking my heart rate by hand it was off up to 20 beats p/minute. My veins have been through copious amounts of chemotherapy and are shot, so this could be related to the inaccuracy.

* I wished the product came with a manual, as I had to go online to get the manual to learn all the features of the watch. A quick start guide explaining how to calibrate the elevation would have been nice as well.

* Phone sync issue. Make sure when you sync to your phone the watch is on the main screen and not in settings as this will cause the sync to fail.

This was my first experience with a watch this advanced and now I'm hooked on the Spartan Sport Wrist Baro Watch and look forward to using it when I head to the mountains.

The picture is from a stellar weekend of trail running in Fruita. You can't see the watch as it 's on the same arm I'm holding the phone in.




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Dave Brownwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm an avid trail runner and was in search of a new shirt for the upcoming spring/summer and a synthetic shirt that didn't stink. This shirt failed on all accounts. I'm not a bad BO guy, but I just wear this shirt casually and it will smell by the end of the day. Even worse I found the shirt to be very hot to run in.

I found it to be a ok shirt to wear casually, but not for running or mountain biking.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on May 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I've been wearing these since I think the Sense 4 or 5. I use them in all terrain including summiting mountains here in Colorado and they do amazing. Great traction and I always feel my foot is supported whether I'm running or scrambling up rocks. They aren't great for the mud, but the SG version is for that.

The are super light so if you've been wearing maximal shoes work into them slowly.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

They are so close, but...
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

These are close but lack refinements necessary for the mountains. Good for trails but when I gave them a true mountain test (Square Top Mountain, 13,800') there were some things lacking. I got these for this specific purpose as the Superior 3 did not hold up to steep ascents/descents.

The picture shows some of the terrain they were exposed to.
Likes:

* Zero drop
* Great ground feel
* Felt great on climbs. Heel held well during ascents.
* Lower profile than the Superior in upper
* Great sole

Dislikes:

* Heel gets sloppy on descents. Needs a heel cup. The velcro helps, but there's a sense when descending the heel isn't holding well.

* If one is going to play in the mountains there must be better lateral support. My foot was sliding laterally in the shoe to the point I had some foot hanging over the side.

* Medial and Lateral forefoot protection. The mountains have rocks and when there's no protection they jab into the foot.

* After two uses the top of upper at laces it almost touching. I had to crank them down pretty hard on the descents.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on December 29, 2008

2 5

We own two pair of Atlas snowshoes and love them. I purchase these since my daughter is in between kids and women's.... When we went out to use the first time her boot kept sliding too far forward and was hitting against the webbing in the front. I tried to tighten the binding but that just hurt her instep. Going back to Atlas!

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

I started telemarking last year and the local shop recommended these. I couldn't be more pleased. I ski at Loveland here in Colorado where the terrain is less groomed and more varied. The Work Stinx make life a lot easier Especially for a new telemark skier. I have the BD 02 bindings. Love them also!

You'll be pleased.... I can't wait to hit the backcountry with them.

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Dave Brownwrote a review of on June 9, 2008

5 5

I just purchased this jacket after hearing such great things. I got to try it out yesterday: 43 degrees, wind 15+ mph and above treeline at around 12,000 feet. It performed wonderfully. I wore only it and a short sleeve shirt for most of the hike and was warm the entire time. I bought black so it would absorb the sun better so I think that helped since it was sunny most the time.

Highly recommend it!

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