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Eric Stenglein

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Eric Stenglein's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Biking

Eric Stenglein's Bio

43 year old guy with a 8 year old son. I love skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and being outdoors. I just returned to MTB'ing after a 15 year hiatus. I'm very happy I started riding again. Climbing is next... :)

Utah, Wyoming, and Montana are my favorite places.

Eric Stenglein

Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on January 1, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I typically wait to review products until I get a chance to run them through the wringer, but I just wanted to talk about fit and sizing. I will update at a later date.
Sizing is spot on for me. The size 11 is slightly large, which allows for a thicker sock. When worn with Darn Tough wool socks the fit is right on. I did not have any difficulty putting my foot into the boot (sitting up or sitting on the ground) as other reviews elude to. Sitting on the floor I had to use the loop on the back of the boot to get it on, but it was not difficult at all. It is possible for the lace to get pulled through the top eyelet, but a simple overhand knot at the end of the lace solves that. The cool thing about the lacing system is the speed of which you can tighten up and lace. One swift pull of the laces and the boots are ready to go. It appears they will break in fast. They were not overly stiff when compared to highly supportive trekking boots.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on November 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the Anvil Horn 0 degree bag for fall and winter in Northern Wisconsin, specifically Chequamegon National Forest Trips. I also wanted something light that could be used for short backpacking trips. I used this bag in conjunction with the Big Agnes Trail Boss pad. The lowest temperatures I have encountered so far have been in the 20's. I'm a cold sleeper and I accounted for that when purchasing. The main reason I purchased the BA bag and pad is for comfort and space, while still being light enough for backpacking. I can put up with a little extra weight for sound sleep. Sound sleep is exactly what I got for a week in the Chequaegon NF. No slipping or sliding off the pad. No worries about puncture with the Trail Boss. The pillow barn is great. No pillow slippage either. I was completely comfortable sleeping in the 20's and I didn't feel trapped like a mummy in a sarcophagus. I had room to move. The bag fit perfect over the pad. I anticipate having to wear a thicker baselayer if sleeping closer to 0 degrees, but I'm a cold sleeper. This bag was a welcome retreat after bathing in 40 degree water and being in cold weather all day. It snowed and was wet the first half of my trip. The only gripe I have is the zipper. It's very picky. I had to slide a finger along the front edge to push the baffle out of the way to prevent snags. It may do well with a neck baffle on the posterior side. That's getting picky. The one on the front was soft and worked well.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on September 21, 2019

4 5

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

I'm 5'9 and 195 lbs with a muscular build and this jersey is spot on. XL fits per the measurements on the sizing chart. It hides my imperfect waist line and is relaxed in the chest and shoulders. No wind going up the sleeves . I like this jersey a lot. Euro styling without the racer boy fit. 4 stars for lack of color selection.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on September 11, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's my second Lazer. I have one I wear on the MTB and it is lighter and cooler than my TLD helmet. This road going helmet is light enough and very reasonably priced. Runs true to size. I'm slightly over 58cm and the Large fit well with an adjustment made to the tabs on the inside of the helmet. Sunglasses and prescription glasses fit well.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well built table. It's heavy, but hopefully it will last. Perfect height right out of the box with out adjusting the legs out. One cool feature is the feet are made to tilt in multiple directions to accommodate uneven camp sites. The top is easily wiped off. Great for serving food. Rubbermaid bins fit neatly underneath for that extra layer of defense against the rain.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Adidas always fits me. These shoes are no exception. These shoes work as advertised. Stiff rubber toe cap saved me once thus far. Soles are nicely stiff for energy transfer. These shoes were cheaper than other brands and feature the same grippy rubber sole technology so no sense in wasting money. I like the minimalist approach with the lace retention strap. Other shoes have the protective flap, but I run hot and the lack of an extra layer is fine with me. I've never had any issues with the laces coming out.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I paired this stem in red with a red 787 Skyline 25mm rise bar and couldn't be happier. I went with the 50mm since I'm in between frame sizes and I wanted a little longer reach without affecting the handling. It's on a new Stumpjumper and the red color on a black bike makes it pop. Bling Bling. It's 5mm longer than factory and I flipped it to replicate the factory 6 degree rise.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on August 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Deity pulls no punches with this one. It has a very slight flex to it. At 42 and 200lbs I can appreciate the forgiving nature of this bar. It's only 7mm wider than my factory bar so there was no learning curve. The red looks great and closely matches the stickers on my new Stumpy. Bling.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 45

I got these for Mountain Warfare training near Bridgeport, CA. Break in was only miles and around the house or camp. The fit was excellent. I'm typically a 44.5 and I got the 45. The fit was spot on with thicker Darn Tough socks. In addition to hiking I also used them with snowshoes and a heavy pack and I couldn't be happier. My feet never got wet and I was constantly in snow. No hotspots. No blisters. Occasionally cold feet in the morning, but I expected that being in the wet and melting snow pack of the Sierras. They dried to an acceptable level whether in the tent or even under a tarp/makeshift shelter. I think these fit slightly better for me than the Mammut boots I've been wearing. It's close.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All around great piece of gear for active pursuits. I initially thought I was going to hate it because it's very light and thin. I was wrong. By itself or under a helmet it was a wonderful piece of gear whether AT, snowshoeing, or in the mummy bag. Go heavier for more extreme conditions. It worked excellent in the changing weather conditions of the Sierra Nevada a couple weeks ago.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used these at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center. They perform wonderful in single digit to 50 degree temps. The long length ensures they don't fall down. Nice and thick with good cushioning. As with all Darn Tough socks they will wear quite well when compared to other brands IMH experience.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on December 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use it at the race track (Road America) and at my sons little league games. It's nice to kick back and relax on the bleachers after a long day. It's light and has a mesh pocket on the back to hold small items., which is a huge help with a 6 year old running around.

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Eric Stengleinwrote a review of on December 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fits my son well. He wore it last year at Alta during some heavy snow days and never complained about being cold at ski school. He was 5 at the time. He'll be 6 this year and I'm expecting the same. The goggles I bought fit well with it. No issues at all. I don't have to worry about any head injuries since he's a new skier and the peace of mind is worth it.

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