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Douglas

Douglas

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Utah

Douglas's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Yoga

Douglas's Bio

I am a minimalist, traveling photographer based in SLC

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Douglaswrote a review of on November 1, 2018

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: Small

Take this lightweight softshell to the crag, alpine, or office and you'll get good use out of it. The water/wind resistance are great, and it's stretch is very mobiity friendly . The only con I found is the fabric is a little rough, but that's a pretty minor complaint.

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Douglaswrote a review of on November 1, 2018

4 5

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

The first time I used this bag, I thought it was a down bag because of how light and packable it is. As with most sleeping bags, the comfort rating is probably closer to 30 on this thing, but you'll find that with almost every 20 degree bag.

I look forward to updating this review with more use of it.

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Douglaswrote a review of on October 14, 2018

5 5

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

This thing is perfect for a lightweight, do-it-all insulation piece. Stuff it in your pack and you won't even know it's there. Since it's synthetic and has a DWR treatment, you'll still be in decent shape when things get a little wet.

I've been packing this in my trail running vest for high alpine stuff just in case, but I can't wait to take it ski touring.

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Douglaswrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

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

This is a key insulation piece, and super comfy. The stretch is outstanding and makes it fit like a glove. I love the DWR coating and feel good about wearing this in light rain and snow, but anything more than that obviously deserves a shell.

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Douglaswrote a review of on September 25, 2018

Surprising durability!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I suppose it's expected of Arc'teryx, but the quality of the material on these is definitely above par. I've had many trail runners that started to rip apart with one trip on a stump, but these have handled their fair share of roots and scree fields. The midsole is breaking down like any shoe after this many miles, but the body material hasn't even torn or worn through at all. My only complaint is that the toe-box is a little narrow, this is the case for most trail runners though.

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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 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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