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Douglas

Douglas

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Utah

Douglas's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Biking
Running

Douglas's Bio

I am a minimalist, traveling photographer based in SLC

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Douglaswrote a review of on February 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is well designed and super functional - I found that anything requiring extra food or layers needed something a little bigger though. The airbag unit takes a ton of space up, and in reality you are left with about 5-10 liters of space, after the unit and avalanche gear - not enough for a dedicated touring pack. That aside, the quality and layout of this pack are great - it seems super sturdy and I would certainly trust it to stay on and do its job if it were deployed in a slide.

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Douglaswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

The tread and stack height on these make them extremely versatile, perfect for most terrain here in the Wasatch. They are my new go-to for 90% of training, with the exception of ultra-distances where I want more stack, and gnarly scree or ice where I want a more durable shoe with more tread.

I'm a huge fan of 0 drop and wide toe-box, these are probably the most comfortable runners I've ever worn.

They run about .5 size large, and from what I've heard are not the most durable shoe in the world. I look forward to updating this review after putting more miles on them.

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Douglaswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

3 5

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

I have a pretty strong love-hate relationship with these shoes, but they do have a place in my training. The narrow toe-box makes your step more precise, but causes blisters easily and makes my feet sore. The tread is perfect for ice and mud, and they are extremely durable. Durability and performance in winter conditions is really unmatched compared to any other shoe I've tried, so I'll just have to deal with the pain.

Also, they run about .5 sizes large length-wise, and the quick lace system is an annoying trip hazard.

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Douglaswrote a review of on January 31, 2019

4 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: 9

I will update this review again, but so far, here are my findings:

1. Stack height provides a lot of cushion, but does not feel "dead". For how much cusion they have, they are extremely responsive. Technical trails and anything resembling vertical rock is not easy because of this - I tried some 5th class scrambling in them and felt extremely uncomfortable.

2. This much cushion can make it easy to propagate bad running form. I found that I was a little "sloppier" than when I run in Altras - with a little proprioception and general awareness this is not an issue.

3. Fit is narrow in the toe-box, fit similar to Salomon, but maybe not as extreme.

4. Very comfy over long distances - I see these finding a place in my training as a recovery and ultra-distance shoe.

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Douglaswrote a review of on January 10, 2019

4 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

This is a quintessential shell for backcountry exploration. Good weight, breathability, and ventilation. Looking forward to spending more time in this shell to see how it holds up long term.

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Douglaswrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

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

If "be bold, start cold" is your motto, this is a great alternative to bulky down jackets on cold dawn patrols. It also looks great over a fleece when wearing it around the town. Great price and simple design, much recommended.

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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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