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David Tucker

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David Tucker

David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Camelbaks. I love almost everything about them. My only problem has been on one 60 mile trek the tube cracked and began leaking. Thankfully the crack was near an end so I was able to cut it shorter and reinsert the mouth piece. However, that situation definitely makes me a little wary about counting solely on these for my upcoming PCT trek. I think I'll use a combination of a good ol' fashioned water bottle and the Camelbak. One of the nice things about Camelbaks is they are fairly light so carrying an extra won't weigh down my pack during water abundant sections, but then I'll have it available when I need to load up like a...well a camel.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

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

Had a chance to take these out over the weekend. Previously I'd only use crampons so I was impressed when these had no trouble finding traction. Easy to put on, and from what I've heard they last a long time so I'm planning on taking these through the Sierras on the PCT. I'll provide a more detailed review after a couple hundred miles. My biggest gripe is the trail wasn't icy enough to see what these can really do.

2/17/17

These are AMAZING!!! Buy these now!!! So admittedly mountaineering is not something I've had a lot of experience with. I've probably been less than 5 times. However last night was one of those. A buddy and I hiked up Grandeur in SLC after the sun went down. All was well until the ridge. Then everything turned into a sheet of ice. Looking down both sides, all I could see is a steep all consuming darkness that was a bit terrifying. I just kept imagining slipping and sliding down the mountain into who knows what. Thankfully, my spikes held up flawlessly. I didn't slip once on the way up or down. I still need to use these more to really test the limits but, WOW!!! #afan4life

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

4 5

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

I've used many glove liners and keep coming back to these. Seirus is awesome. The gloves are so warm, I foten use them around town as is, but on sub-freezing days on the mountain I throw these into my gloves and never have problems. I would have given these a 5, but as others have mentioned using a touch screen is sub-optimal. That being said, I would def recommend these.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

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

I love these shoes. First, they look great. I needed a shoe I could use for work and casual time. This def fit the bill. I was a bit concerned with how the shoe would wear especially as it's winter and SLC uses a lot of salt. After many slogs to my car through slushy snow, I'm happy to say they still look great.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

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

Bought this as a present for a family member who had the following to say:

"This jacket is so warm and stylish. Living in upstate new York, we get a lot of cold weather, so this jacket will be a life saver. Protects one from harsh wind, but also rain/snow/slush. It's built for cold conditions while still looking cool. Everything is great quality. Lots of pockets. Very convenient. It is a bit small so if you want to fit a sweater under it, I'd order a size up. Would recommend!"

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these for a friend who had the following to share:

"If you haven’t been converted to Icebreaker base layers, well, start here and look no further. I have become a merino wool snob and I am a huge fan of Icebreaker. This shirt is comfortable, super soft and fits snugly against your body. And yes, let’s address the wool elephant in the room: this is not itchy at all. The merino wool Icebreaker uses really is some sort of wonder fabric; it keeps you warm, comfortable, and breathes well. My only complaint is that I don’t have six of these ready to wear at all times in every color. If you don’t have one, it is time."

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wish I didn’t have to wear a helmet, I admit it. I grew up speeding through the trees and I loved the feeling of wind in my hair and skull freedom. But, I also value my head and I have developed a healthy fear of hard objects and head injuries. So, helmet it is. If I have to wear one, I will pick this one every day. I have owned a number of helmets, and my complaints usually focus on (1) comfort or
(2) temperature. What is the point, if they hurt more than a tree or cut off circulation to your brain? This helmet is actually comfortable. And, unlike many of my other helmets, it keeps your ears warm. Another plus: I can still get the sense of wind whipping through my hair. I just open the vents. This seems to be the first helmet I have owned where the ventilation system seemed to make a noticeable difference. My only complaint about this helmet is that I would prefer that the ear pieces were removable for warmer spring days. Overall, I recommend this brain barrier.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are as good as it gets in the goggle game. I bought them with the Smith Variant helmet and find they integrate well together. They fit comfortably around the helmet, and I was happy to not look like a lined raccoon, when I removed my helmet and goggles. They also fit well against the top of my helmet and I don’t have a gap for cold wind between my helmet and goggles. The lenses are easy to remove and change and work well in a variety of light. I have a pretty small face, and the frame fits snug against my features. Also, as you would expect from Smith, there have been no issues with fog or ice; being able to clearly see where you are going is always a plus, and Smith delivers with these awesome lenses that provide crystal clear clarity. Overall, these goggles are winners!

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 9"
Size Purchased: sMALL

I bought these as a gift for a friend who had the following to share:

"They are the PERFECT warm layer underneath your favorite shell ski pants. I purchased these along with the Sentinel pants and together they are skiing magic. The waistband is wide enough to be comfortable. They are stretchy enough to allow easy movement and flexible enough to go unnoticed while you carve a hill. They are also low profile and don’t appear excessively bulky, which helps you not to look excessively bulky. Run, don’t walk, to add these to your winter collection. "

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Size Purchased: Small

I bought this for a friend who had the following to say:

"There is so much to love about this jacket! First, this jacket is incredibly lightweight, more like an insulated sweater than a jacket. Despite its light weight, it is incredibly warm. I wear it with the Sentinel jacket. I use the Atom LT as my insulation layer to keep me warm, and the Sentinel as a weather and wind-resistant outer shell.

Second, the Atom LT also can also can be compressed into a small space for travel. I do wish it came with a bag or could be stowed in one of its pockets. During the winter, I want to use this jacket constantly. Although, I would like a bag, its absence won't deter me from packing it everywhere I go.

Third, I think the thing I love most is the Atom LT is incredibly comfortable. It is longer in the back for great fit, extra warmth and comfort. It also has snug wrists that keep warmth inside where you need it. The side panels are great for breathability, and I can envision using this jacket in a wide variety of outdoor activities. The Atom LT is a great, functional jacket.

Overall, this is an Arc'teryx favorite for versatility. You cannot go wrong with this jacket."

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 9"
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this for a friend who had the following to share:

"This was the first time I purchased a technical shell and I am extremely happy with my choice. The Sentinel is lightweight, wind and weather-resistant and made with ventilation in mind. It is not intended for insulation, so I purchased it along with an Arc'teryx Atom LT, and together with a minimal base layer, this combination keeps me comfortable in cold temperatures. The hood fits easily over my helmet, should weather require extra protection. This jacket also integrates with the Sentinel pants, and includes a powder skirt. Finally, let's talk color: I purchased the Sentinel in the new Cerulean color and it is GORGEOUS! The pictures on-line do not do this color justice. It is much more vibrant in person. Perhaps, the only downside is the pocket-design. I was hopeful the jacket would have various pocket sizes to accommodate more ski gear. I do appreciate a laminated pocket to protect my phone and other items that may require added protection from moisture. Overall, I could not be more pleased with this jacket and highly recommend it."

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 9"
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these for a friend who wanted to share the following:

"First, I am 5'9, which approximately 5'7" of which is legs. To say I was ecstatic to find a ski pant that ran in tall sizes is a massive understatement. Thank you Arc'teryx for recognizing that regular lengths do not work for all heights.

Second, these pants are functional perfection. They are high quality, exceptionally water-proof, accommodate layers (I purchased the Axina Knicker to wear underneath these pants and they are awesome; not cute, but awesome), and technically perfect. These pants fit around your hip, with a slightly higher width waistband in the back to keep them in place. Some may fear they are too low-rise for ski pants, but I love the fit and think it will fit most body types correctly. The built-in-belt also works to keep the pants in place and is easily adjustable to get the right fit. I also appreciate the articulated seat and knee that provide additional flexibility as you bend and carve.

Overall, I think these pants are as they good as they get. If only we could maintain this level of quality with a lower price point."

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The video quality continues to improve with each new release of the GoPro, and upgrading from the Hero2 was a huge jump, especially with the WiFi + App connectivity. One of my biggest gripes with GoPro is the painful interface. This is mitigated quite a bit when using the GoPro mobile app to control the camera. Be prepared to purchase extra batteries and have them on hand if you expect to shoot throughout the day (especially in the cold or when using WIFi).

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The tadpole is a classic design from North Face. It's a time-tested, sturdy design and it looks like the North Face is continuing to refine the design with improved venting in the rainfly. While I haven't had issues with this tent specifically, I have noticed that this tent seems like it is made out of cheaper material than tents in the past. Regardless, I've used it countless times in the desert of southern Utah, all over the rockies as well as numerous backpacking trips to Hawaii, and it has never let me down.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

The versatility of this jacket is incredible. I needed something that would keep me dry on an alpine climb, giving me lots of movement in my shoulders and arms, without being too bulky. This jacket fits nicely, allows for some layering, and you can stand underneath a hose and you'd still be dry. It doesn't get in the way of a climb, while allowing free range of motion. It's super light, so it's a no-brainer when packing for variable conditions.

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David Tuckerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mainly use these gloves for snowboarding Utah's Wasatch and they have never once disappointed. They are warm, and after the initial break in, they are quite flexible. Glad they finally offer a black color. I'll be coming back for another pair as soon as these are worn out-which looks likt it may be a few seasons. These are legit.

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