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Douglas

Douglas

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Skiing
Hiking & Camping
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Douglas's Bio

I am a minimalist, traveling photographer based in SLC

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've checked this thing out from our "Gear Closet" here at Backcountry 4 times now, it's about time I just pick up my own! The Parsec is very light and packable for how warm it is. 20 degrees is about the perfect do-it-all bag for high alpine stuff here in Utah, but still holds it's own for off-season desert camping. Although it's not really part of the functionality, I really dig the look of the face fabric, props to the designers on taking that into account.

I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a versatile sleeping bag to handle everything you throw at it (other than alpine winter camping).

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this duffel on a 3 week trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Long days wearing it on my back, rainstorms, bus rides, taxis, all the good stuff. It held up great in the rain and baggage handling. The extra compartment for dirty clothes was a plus, and didn't limit space when empty. There is a sweet pocket with a double-zipper for passports and wallets. I am also a big fan of the olive colorway.

Pros:
Cost efficient, great layout of pockets, sweet double-zipper passport pocket, nice colorways, 40L is perfect size to check or carry-on

Cons: Backpack straps are too long (cut them off if you want), hand strap is in the way and uncomfortable when wearing as a backpack.

Overall, this is a great first attempt at a duffel for Backcountry. With a few adjustments, they will have a Black Hole killer.

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Douglaswrote a review of on August 27, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I chose the medium, and could not use it on my gravel bike without knees hitting it. In addition, the "belts" that attach it to the top and head tubes do not cinch tight enough, so it always tilts to one side.

With a different frame geometry and a thicker top-tube, you could probably get away with it. I'm planning to try it on a no-squish touring mountain bike, thinking it will work quite a bit better there.

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Douglaswrote a review of on June 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Osprey has found a nice little niche with this pack. Normally packs with UL materials have lackluster frames, and packs with good frames are constructed with heavy material. This pack uses a sturdy frame and light materials to find a sweet balance between comfort and weight.

Pros:
-Lightweight, any pack made of Cordura is going to help keep your base weight low!

-Carries very well. The Lightwire suspension is super comfy and balances weight well between hips and shoulders.

-Back mesh is verrry breathable. Much less sweaty than any other pack I've tried.

-Easily compressible when taking smaller loads. Though the frame cannot compress down, the cinch system on this thing is pretty money.

Cons:
Not designed for vertical pursuits. When pushing up 35-45 degree talus fields, I found that my head would hit the frame when looking up. If for some reason you were using a climbing helmet with this pack, you wouldn't be able to look up either. In addition, there are no ice axe/trekking pole loops. While this is a pack designed for long, fast thru-hikes, a lot of modern thru-hikers are pushing limits in more vertical terrain like the Wind Rivers and High Sierra. I think it would be smart for Osprey to make it a little more "alpine friendly".

Overall, I think Osprey is headed in a great direction with this pack. Light materials and a very functional design for long distance treks would make this pack choice for those who value both weight and comfort. I doubt there are other packs on the market under 2 lbs that carry as well as this one.

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Douglaswrote a review of on June 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The Wasatch is an excellent do-it-all piece. I've used it backcountry skiing, to the office on chilly January days, and staying cozy around the campfire. For the price, it's pretty rare to get a down jacket with 800 fill power, so the value on this thing is pretty killer. My only qualm with this jacket was the fit, I thought it was great in the shoulders, but there was a little too much room in the abdomen. It could be improved by using a stretchier face fabric and a tighter abdomen.

Overall, you're getting a great deal on this jacket. I'd recommend for anyone looking to get that all-in-one insulation piece to handle any occasion.

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Douglaswrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these as a go-to liner for the skin track, chilly mornings biking to work, and a liner for my waterproof gloves on those frosty pow days. The polyester blend is comfortable, doesn't "pill" or snag easily, is quick drying, and pretty wind resistant. These qualities make it a perfect for any outdoor excursion. The touch screen capability and price point are both awesome additions which make this glove a top recommendation.

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Douglaswrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This shell is a killer all-season piece. I use this for everything from rainy bike rides, long ski-tours, and really anything where there moisture coming from the sky. The fit is definitely athletic, I usually fit between a small and a medium depending on the piece. I went with a small in this which looks and feels great, unless I am wearing a puffy insulation layer underneath. If I were planning on wearing any more than a base layer or fleece underneath, I would size up to a medium.

Pros:
PRICE
Weight
harness friendly pockets
fit

Cons:
Durability

Overall this jacket is a perfect pick for those minimalists who want one jacket to handle it all. It's light, inexpensive, breathable, waterproof, and has a really great fit. The small fits me great, but doesn't leave a whole ton of layering room. The only thing I really have left to test is durability, which so far seems a little lacking due to the thin shell material and "budget goretex".

Stay tuned for updates.

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Douglaswrote a review of on November 15, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

As the "recommended uses" may suggest, this shell works wonders in all conditions. I've been using the ever-visible Hot Sauce color as an all season shell and have been very stoked on weight, waterproofing, and fit. I took it in a Medium with plans to layer, but could also easily take a small if I weren't planning on so many layers. I look forward to taking it on some ski tours this winter.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 18, 2017

 <br/> Awesome bag, inexpensive!
5 5

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

I took this bag on a quick overnighter here in the Wasatch. The lower limit on this bag is 34 degrees F, and the comfort level is 42 degrees. I took it right below the comfort rating with no fly on my tent, wearing no base layers and at no point felt chilly.

I haven’t tested it yet in any wet conditions, but the features will make it excellent for those situations.
The DWR coating on this bag keeps the insulation inside nice and dry even with plenty of condensation. Another plus to this bag is the Thermal.Q synthetic insulation, which would still perform very well if unintentionally soaked. This insulation is so light and compressible, when I first picked it up, I thought I’d accidentally been given a down bag!

Overall this is a great 2.5 season bag. Here in Utah it is ideal for anything April-October. I’m normally not a synthetic bag fan, but this thing was so light, and packed down so small that I’m pretty convinced it’ll be a go-to for future adventures in its temperature range.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 18, 2017

A True Multi-Sport Pack
5 5

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

I used this pack on an ultralight overnight dash here in the Wasatch. Sometimes you need to wake up at 5 am to get to the office by 8am. This was one of those times. The Outdry kept me light and fast making this solo adventure more than exceptional. I look forward to also trying this pack on longer alpine adventures and river trips. The Outdry membrane makes it perfect for anything with more than ideal moisture. Hopefully next trip I get to use the ice-axe/ski pole loops! I haven’t tested this function, but the roll top and Outdry membrane make this thing fully submersible like an actual dry bag.

The roll top also means it can handle a wide range of loads. 35l is enough for a couple nights packing in the woods if you pack right, but it rolls down to the size of your average school bag, making it extremely versatile.

This is the ultimate multi-sport bag. Take it skiing, climbing, backpacking, boating, or to school and it will do anything you ask of it. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review including touring and river trips.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 18, 2017

Only the essentials!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Ghost Lite is a nifty little piece of gear that is essential for anyone trying to keep things fast and light on day missions. I've used it mostly in an urban setting cycling to work, this thing packs down about the size of a baseball and is great for those flash storms and extra windy mornings. It's important to note that it is not wind or water proof, but very resistant for how light it is. On that note, if you are going anywhere with more extended storms, I'd suggest wearing a shell with a membrane, but those don't ever get under 6 or 7 ounces. I can't wait to bag some peaks with this thing!

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium


The Stretchdown is a great piece of equipment. It allows both an athletic fit and full range of motion. Because of the fit it also layers very easily. I used this piece during some chilly casual fall nights here in Utah. I look forward to using this jacket climbing and skiing, the range of motion seems like it would perform extremely well in both of those conditions. Stay tuned for an updated review.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium


I used this shirt for some hiking in the Wasatch foothills, then took it right into town where I wore it to an art show. It’s very versatile for a couple of reasons. The first is the synthetic properties, this means it will wick moisture and not shrink in the wash. Usually synthetics are rough and “plasticy”, but this shirt could easily be mistaken for cotton. The color on this is also great, nice for those of us who like just a little bit of color, but don’t want something too outrageous. Fit is nice as well.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 11, 2017

Lightweight, packable, stretchy goodness
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I took this shell through a 90 mile traverse of the Wind River High Route. This year the Winds had a 150% snow pack, meaning that a decent portion of the route was glissading and traversing snow fields. This, along with the standard 1pm thunderstorm every day made for some wet conditions. This jacket performed very well for those flash storms, kept me warm on the windy ridges, and was only 9 oz so it didn't weigh me down.

This isn't the lightest weight shell like the OR Helium at 6 oz, but the extra pockets, 2.5l membrane, and stretch mobility are worth an extra 3 oz. This thing still stuffs inside its pocket and packs down very small.

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Douglaswrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Great head torch, lots of light in a small package. Price is pretty decent too. I used it for a few 2am alpine starts, along with some late-night bike rides, it worked great for both. I used it on all three brightnesses for different uses. The only downside is how long the battery lasts, but that is counter-weighed by the fact it is rechargeable, and can be replaced by normal AAA batteries. Would recommend.

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Douglaswrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This is exactly what you want tucked in your backpack for those afternoon alpine thunderheads. Super light, compactible, and breathable. The stretch panel is a great addition, and makes it much more enjoyable for running and cycling.

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Douglaswrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this for nite cycling and it's as bright and visible as car headlights. The USB recharge is a great feature, and so is the Reactive lighting. Initially it is a pain to get it positioned well on a helmet, and it doesn't fit very well on a bare head. If you are looking for the brightest, most technical headlamp we sell, look no further.

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