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David S.

David S.

Hudson Valley, NY

David S.'s Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Climbing

David S.'s Bio

I like to suffer for the view. It's not worth taking it in if I haven't thought about giving up along the way.

David S.

David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've only put maybe 12-15 miles on these over a few hikes, but I benefitted from them almost immediately. The first trail I hiked with these was muddy and sloppy, but since we were there early, it was hard to tell where you could or couldn't step in the points that were suspect. I sunk 3-4 inches into mud two different times (I'm a big guy...) and I had no worries about my feet getting wet, or even having the mud stick to the shoes. The Gore-Tex did it's job like a charm.

I also didn't really break these in before hiking in them -- since I usually keep my hikes between 5-10 miles, I figured I wouldn't suffer too much from not breaking them in. I was 100% correct. After a good 7 miles up some pretty steep terrain the first day out, my feet were super comfortable and dry. No blisters, and only the slightest rubbing, which I corrected on the next hike by tying them tighter.

The pulley system on the laces is really great. I like that feature a lot.

I noticed some reviews mentioning slipping a bit on wet rocks, but I have not experienced that at all with these. I even did a bit of scrambling in them and felt very confident and comfortable taking a little bit of a risk knowing that my footing was going to be secure.

I know these are expensive, but from what I've seen, some of these boots can last for years and years. I think they're definitely worth it, and would highly recommend spending the extra 20-30 bucks on the gore-tex version.

Also -- these are a bit heavy, but not so much so that they're bothersome on the hike. More so, that you can definitely feel them on your feet.

Rugged and well built, can't wait to put massive numbers of miles on these.

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David S.

David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've bought two pair of these socks after an unsuccessful Patagonia sock purchase, and I'm really happy I abandoned my loyalty for Patagonia for this purchase. These socks are very comfortable, they keep your feet warm and dry. I've put 5+ miles in these a few times already and they've held up very well.

I also have BIG calves and these fit just fine, which is always a worry for me.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

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

I've literally worn this everyday since it was delivered. I've hiked in it several times (It makes my nano puff jealous) and it is insanely soft and comfortable. It's kept me nice and warm, but hasn't had me overheated when it got a bit warmer out. I usually throw on a base layer below it depending on the temp (usually a Cap 2 or Cap 3)

On a hike this weekend it got nice a chilly at the top while I was enjoying the view and trying to listen to my old buddy the wind (yup.) and once I threw the hood on and snapped up the buttons, I was free to hear all the mysteries of the world in comfort.

I'll have this thing until it falls apart. -- which from what I've seen, could be 10+ years.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

It's been getting colder in the northeast and this hat does the job and does it well. I like that since it's Merino, it doesn't get too hot, but it also keeps you warm when it's getting colder out.

The only complaint I have is that it holds moisture. I had to let it dry out for a few hours after a quick 5 mile/ 2 hour hike the other day. -- With that being said, I didn't realize it was wet until I took it off.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This layer has been awesome for the early fall weather we've been getting. A lot of the hikes I've been on lately start in the 30*s (F) and end when it's 50+*(F) out. This layer is perfect for both temps and keeps you warm/cool/dry. Really awesome tech on these pants.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I used this base layer this weekend when the weather was around 35*F to start the hike, and at the top of the mountain when the wind was blowing, I didn't feel cold or uncomfortable at all. The fabric is also really comfortable and not restricting.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I really enjoy these pants as a base layer. The merino wool is the perfect fabric to wick moisture away and keep your temperature regulated. My fiancee often complains about sweating or being too cold when we're on the trail, but with this base layer I have felt absolutely perfect in brisk weather and weather that was even fairly mild/ warm.

The biggest issue I have is that it pulls sweat so quickly from my legs that my pants get wet while my legs feel dry!

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I purchased this jacket not too long ago and took it out for a spin on a day that was fairly brisk (start of the hike was in the 40*s F) I had this, a merino 1 silkweight base layer, and a nano puff vest, and I felt perfectly comfortable the entire time. Beyond the function, this jacket also looks pretty cool and could definitely be worn causally.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

2 5

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

I've got very big calves and unfortunately these socks just didn't fit well around them. I ordered the largest size (I'm a sz 13 foot) and I don't think I could have completed a hike with how tight these were.

Beyond that, while trying to stretch them a little, I ended up pulling a hole in them, which really sucks.

I LOVE Patagonia, but this product was no good.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've hiked a few times over the past few weeks with this base layer on and it has been absolutely great. The fit is solid, the zipper allows you to unzip and cool down, or zip up and stay warmer, and the fabric keeps me dry -- and I sweat a lot...!

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've used this base layer a few times now that the weather is getting a bit cooler and it's been amazing. I feel dry even when I'm sweating, and it has kept me nice and warm as the weather has gotten a bit colder. One of the best features is the long zipper. It gives you plenty of room to cool down when you start to heat up from working hard up a trail, and again keeps you nice and warm once you take a rest and sit down to enjoy the view and some trail mix.

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David S.wrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've used this item a few times since ordering it and haven't had any issues. It's the perfect combo of a long sleeve shirt that is breathable and light enough not to heat you up when you start to sweat. And, it's also just warm enough for when you're cooling down and resting.

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