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Exander

Indianapolis

Exander's Passions

Running
Biking
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

Exander's Bio

Wanting to buy the best quality product that delivers to me but doesn't take away from the earth. I hike and Jog and fish a lot with my dog and climb, snowboard and bike when I'm not with him. Located in the cold north for college and the hot south for summer so I get to see every product work in every environment.

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Exanderwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

4 5

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

Let me start off in saying that this shirt does everything it promises to do, and exceeded my expectations. The odor elimination has done exceptionally well as I have ran in this shirt and if I was in a pinch I would feel just fine wearing this afterwards without the worry of smelling terrible. Also it does not chafe the nipples or around the armpits on longer runs and hikes or cause irritation like some other brands and fabrics might.

Comfort- 8.5/10 it is comfortable for lounging and running however softer shirts are available. Not a pivotal point in the buying process, but it isn't "plush" feeling.
Cost- 4/10 I bought this shirt for $52 and still feel like it was a little expensive, I would in no way recommend this shirt for $75. At that price they put themselves into a category that this shirt struggles to compete in.
Practicality- 9/10 This can be worn as an under-layer or just a regular shirt with no problems.
Durability-10/10 Have only had it for a somewhat short time but if it's like any other Smartwool product this is built to last.
Value- 6-8/10 6/10 if you get it at full retail and 8/10 if you get it on a decent deal. This isn't an inherently bad shirt just overpriced in my opinion.

Conclusion- This shirt is what it is advertised to be and absolutely fulfilled my expectation just like every other Smartwool product does. I can only recommend this if you get a deal on it as I feel full retail is just simply too much.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

UGG, Literally.
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I have had these for around a month to two months at this time and I have some positive and negative things to say. Also if you do choose to get these get a size to half size to full size up. However, buy in comfort as backcountry has superior customer service and can help you out if you get the wrong size.

Pros- Very very comfortable to walk around in and warm enough that I wear them while walking to class from 60 to 25 degrees and my feet are the last thing to get cold. They easily slip on and off and stay on fairly easy if you need to lightly jog for a short distance.

Cons- Wear and Tear have taken a toll on them and its noticeable and I don't know if they will be around next year and for $120 this is absolutely unacceptable. I don't care what kind of luxury brand they try and advertise themselves as they are slippers and should hold their quality like price tag.

Comfort- 10/10 I can easily wear these all day, every day.
Cost- 6/10 Other slippers have comparable comfort for less so you are absolutely paying a premium for two G's.
Practicality- 5/10 These are strictly house shoes as anything more puts wear on them that they apparently aren't supposed to be used for so if you want to have $120 shoes you can't leave your house with then here you go.
Durability- 4/10 this is where this shoe goes downhill, if it was durable this would have 4 or 5 stars easily!!! Wears as if I have had them for 2 or 3 years.
Value- 3/10 Hard to give a high value for something that has limited uses and is very very expensive. Other shoes are more quality comfortable for less so it's hard to value these high. It's hard to see the hard working Men and Women wearing these when they aren't giving back what other slippers would for the price.

Conclusion- I do not recommend these, I can find a better alternative for less and quite frankly if this shoe had two less G's on it, it would be $50 cheaper. If you are looking for a great slipper for around the house and to go out in thats still name brand I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend these
https://www.backcountry.com/sorel-dude-moc-slipper-mens?skid=SRL0230-GRIBEA-S8&ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBTbGlwcGVyczoxOjE2OmJjLW1lbnMtc2xpcHBlcnM=

Sorel is a brand I have used for YEARS and have never had one problem with. They are comfortable and aren't too expensive for the working person that is way easier to recommend than these for substantially less. I wouldn't count UGG's out but I won't be coming back for a couple years to see if they changed anything at all.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Let me start this saying at the time I'm the only independent review currently for these sweatpants. I have hiked, jogged, lifted and just about everything else in these so far so I feel confident now giving an accurate review. I wish backcountry had a cheaper lounge version because they know how to do warmth, comfort and convenience.

IMPORTANT, the retention system for the waist is the best that I have seen on any sweatpants and I think it should be industry standard. Honestly, its pretty good.

Pros- The other reviews were right, the pockets are amazing and deep and these sweatpants are very very comfortable and warm when running outside. The zippers are very nice and convenient, especially having a butt pocket for guys that don't like to keep their wallet anywhere else and worry about it slipping out in normal sweats. I can easily run outside in these in 30 degree weather without an under layer or thermals on. These are pretty resistant to stains as I have had dirt and hot wing sauce on them and both came out just fine and I have fallen in these SEVERAL times and they haven't torn or shown wear yet either. They are breathable yet warm enough for long runs and the fit is perfect for people with runners or bikers legs, they have ample room for us people with larger legs but not so much room that they are baggy.

Cons- They aren't tighter around the ankles like other joggers would be for a tighter fit and I have mixed reviews on that part as it allows you to fit larger and thicker socks underneath but it's also a bit looser than you would need for that. Also, I wish the zippers were opposite the way they were as in they close when you zip them down and open them when you sip up as this would make it more convenient when jogging and climbing as it makes it slightly easier in my opinion. Also you might be thinking these are a little nit picky however for $80-100 I get to be since this is some serious cash for these pants.

Vs the competition- Other competitors have zippers, comfort, warmth and every other feature that this has HOWEVER none of them have it all in one pant like this that gives this the edge.

Comfort- 8/10 Pretty comfortable, but not THE MOST comfortable sweatpants I have ever worn
Cost- 7.5/10 this is my biggest gripe as its hard to justify these as $80 sweats, let alone $100. I get it and I have been the biggest advocator of you get what you pay for however this is less cost effective than some other sweatpants.
Practicality- 10/10 Between the zippers, flexibility, warmth and comfort these are great for any activity you throw at them.
Durability- 10/10 I gave it a 10 because I've tested these to some degree with trips, falls and stains but the biggest reason I gave these a 10 is because I know that if anything goes wrong with these and its a quality or durability problem Backcountry is 100% willing to put their money where their mouth is and the customer service backs this up.
Value- 8/10 Its hard to recommend these at $100 but slightly easier at 80 which would undercut many others in this space on price to performance and features.

Conclusion- If you are going to use these strictly as lounge pants and the occasional trip to the store it's hard to recommend these for that demographic. You can find other comfortable sweatpants with zippers even tho they won't be this quality level you aren't using what makes these expensive and great sweatpants. However, if you are active and plan to actually USE these as athletic sweatpants I think these are one of if not the best on the market for $80 and arguably for $100. Will be getting more of these if they stay at $80.

Quick/Final words- If you are athletic or outdoors/mobile a lot these are a buy however if you are looking for lounge pants let me point you to these -https://www.backcountry.com/under-armour-armour-fleece-jogger-pant-mens?skid=UND02FZ-STELTHEA-L&ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBTd2VhdHBhbnRzOjI6NTpiYy1tZW5zLXN3ZWF0cGFudHM=

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I've worn these boots now in just about every weather condition from ice to snow to flooding waters and they have excelled in every condition. They are very comfortable and warm however I will note that there is a break in period to be expected around the front of the foot but it easily works itself out after about the second or third time wearing them. The features advertised are very well executed and I have no discrepancy on quality. They are waterproofed all the way up and I have worn them very comfortably in 5 degree weather and also 45 degree weather very comfortably in both. The liner can be removed and is easily put back in like its brand new, additionally, the Vulcanized rubber sole works wonders and I can easily get traction in snow.

Recommendation- Size down a half size and if they are still too large Backcountry will always be willing to ship you another size, really it doesn't get better than backcountry customer service so don't be worried in getting a size too big or too small because they can always help you out like they have helped me.

Comfort- 10/10 very comfortable and very warm, no complaints from me.
Cost- 9/10 you get what you pay for, if you want quality that last then you will have to shell out more money. These are pricey however I have seen them go on sale and Backcountry does price match just about anywhere and I highly recommend shopping for the best deal and asking them to price match it so you get their legendary service and free 2 day shipping.
Practicality- 10/10 It doesn't have to be snowing or freezing for me to find a reason to wear them and they are very good looking. Can use them 3-4 months out of the year and they do their job to a tee so I can find so many practical uses.
Durability- 10/10 I've walked probably 20-30 miles in hiking and dog walking and they show no signs of wear on them and Sorel is known for the longevity and durability of their products. Doesn't get better than this.
Value- 10/10 Absolutely great for the dollar when you take into account how long they last and how many different uses you can get out of them. The value gets even better when you can get it on a deal.

Conclusion- I couldn't recommend these more, sure their are other close competitors but none of them match up to the quality, durability and longevity of Sorel and thats why I am willing to spend $180 on them. Its big money but it pays for itself.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

The Best of the Best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Quality- 10/10
This is hands down the best overall bottle I have found, and am beyond happy with how it has turned out. It holds enough water for my dog and I on hikes, jogs and just about anything else I could imagine. The magnetic retention system works perfect and I love it, and the twist top is great because any other lid would leak upside down under the weight of the water or make the bottle cost more. It does everything It promises to do and does it well.

Comfort- 10/10 I can easily hold this for a long time
Cost- 10/10 cheaper than other bottles of this size and others smaller than it
Practicality- 10/10 I can find an infinite amount of uses fir this bottle and it does great at what it promises
Durability- 10/10 I've dropped this several times on dirt and concrete from up to 10ft and you can hardly even tell.
Value- 10/10 Absolutely great for the dollar

To conclude, I couldn't recommend this bottle more and I use this for everything I do. I would recommend the "charcoal" color as it hides the scuffs better and I can see this bottle lasting a long time unless I loose it.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Now, this review isn't going to be entirely negative as this bag does inherently have some pro's to it, and hopefully a good foundation to fix this bags downfalls. This bag failed for me 2 separate times in the straps and in the handle once on two bags. (props to Backcountry's legendary customer support on 30 day exchanges/returns) This bag was going to be "the" bag for me as it had everything I wanted. The water reservoir was the perfect sized and the TubeTrap really did work and keep the water in very well and it was easy to drink out of and very to the point in that facet of the bag. The storage was never at a premium as I always had ways to expand the bag to fit items for men hikes and the bag was the perfect weight to take it on jogs. Thats about where the good ends and the constructive criticism begins; the storage compartment where you would put the water reservoir was an insane pain to get into as the zipper didn't go all the way around but just a little over half. Now, if you are left handed it would probably not be as much of a pain as the zipper goes perfectly down the left side however it would be amazing if it went all the way around. Secondly, and most importantly was the quality issues. I am going to assume this is two isolated issues as I have had other CamelBak products that work very well however my experience with their backpacks just hasn't been a positive one. The top handle was vastly weaker and harsher on the hands to hold and that is why it ripped first. At this point its a whatever because its not vital to the bag however for $160 one would expect better. Next was the left strap that ripped when I was climbing, I'm not going to act like the bag didn't have weight in it but some camera equipment and extra clothes for the car ride home and snacks shouldn't overbear a bag that most kids are just going to use for books which is substantially more heavy but my bag absolutely had no more than 10-15 pounds in it. My biggest complaint was that it failed me at a critical time and when it broke I was climbing and the bag flew around and got stuck between some rocks and the only way to get it out was to yank it and it ripped one of the front straps and the zipper. However, I will not knock them for this as they can't rock proof a thin and light bag however they can make sure it doesn't break on you when you need it to hold strong.

Quality- 1/10 obviously for having 2 bags straps rip
Comfort- 8.5/10 for the handle being harsh on the hands if you have to man(or woman) handle it in caves for a distance.
Cost- 5/10 for it being a good idea with poor followthrough on some parts.
Practicality- 9/10 this bad should be the ultimate hiking/Climbing pack. I can name so many categories where this bag would be near the top if they could just fix the quality issues
Value- 7/10 it gives you a lot for the money, you will pay more for bags with less space and worse comfort as I have been in this a while. Quality drives it down but doesn't take away the features it has. should be a 9-9.5 after they figure out this quality issue.

To conclude, this bag should and can be the best bag however it just isn't there yet, maybe if they fix a couple things and can prove that it will hold up not just at one point but over multiple days and many many miles of hiking then I might get another but until then I'm back looking for a backpack. Should be 1.5 stars but because it did well in some areas I will give it 2, however in the end if you can't rely on your pack to deliver then you will never use it.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 6, 2018

Quality/Value
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original MSRP~$90-100
Purchase price-$33.58

Overall good quality jacket that my dog wears everyday all day when its cold as he is in and out of the house and we regularly go on walks and jogs throughout the day. I would say my knowledge on dog coats/Jackets is pretty up to par as I've been through many that just couldn't take the amount of wear that my dog and I put on it. This product also has some nice reflective strips on it so your dog and you can be easily seen.
Quality- 10/10 - Best coat/Jacket so far and I've used very cert many.
Comfort- 10/10 - Perceived, as I'm not wearing it and he's not complaining.
Cost- 10/10 - for the sale value, not full price. Great buy if you can get it below 60, and not a bad price around $70-80. Just remember you get out what you pay for, and this is a more quality product than your petsmart counterparts.
Practicality- 7.5/10 - Will take some getting use too especially if your dog is crazy when putting clothes on as this goes legs first, however its nothing extraordinarily annoying and my dog has learned how to put in on and take it off with time pretty easily. The zipper can be finicky in the beginning but I've found that it wears in nice.
Value- 10/10

I can easily justify this as a $30-40 and maybe even a $50 or $60 piece of equipment, and if it last a very long time maybe even $70-80 however close to 100 for a dog jacket is pretty steep and hard for many to be able to justify. If you can get this jacket for south of $60 and your dog is actively outside in the cold for long amounts of time I could not recommend this more. however, if your dog is only outside for a couple minutes to do their business then come back in I would recommend getting a cheaper product as this one is more than you would need and I would recommend the Kurgo Loft Jacket because thats what I use on my smaller dog that doesn't go out often and it suits him well enough. To conclude, I 100% recommend this product as it has no downside other than a steep original MSRP.

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Exanderwrote a review of on December 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very comfortable and very warm, you can wear them under 40 degrees if you are a hot body and under 50 if you are a cold bodied person. They wash well and have held up under multiple washes and many miles of hiking. Long term is uncertain but I have had multiple of their products before that speak for themselves. $24 is a steep price but its worth it, especially if you can get it on sale.

Quality- 10/10
Comfort- 10/10
Cost- 7.5/10
Practicality- 9/10
Value- 9/10
My final conclusion is that I would recommend them and nothing better is on the market that I've found.

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