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Forrest

Forrest

, Gearhead

Draper, UT

Forrest's Passions

Biking

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

NEVER have I ever owned such an expensive piece of gear.
With that said, These are my favorite. They are like a softshell, lots of stretch and freedom of movement, super comfortable and not too baggy. They say in the description that there is a "brushed flannel backer for insulation" and I am here to say that is practically nonexistent. Not a negative though, I bought these because they are more of a shell and I can regulate temperature with my base layer weight.
I love these pants. I fluctuate between a 34 and 36 (dang winter weight) with a 31" inseam and I bought these in a 36 regular and they are fantastic with plenty of adjustability down to a 34 with the inner adjustment. The quality of these is amazing and I am looking forward to doing some touring in these as well, they are so very light and breathable that I am confident that I will not overheat.
I really like that these are a trim fit and fit a little more like my jeans which is what I was after. When riding in 25-35 degrees I found that a light base layer combined with these pants was perfect and unlike every other pair of pants I have owned, I have never felt a need to unzip the vents, they breathe fantastically. In sub 25-degree temps I reach for my medium weight base layer and they are great down to 15 degrees and if I am headed out in sub 15 then I would want a heavy base layer.
If touring or snowshoeing ( I have only snowshoed in these and appreciate the kick patches on the inside of the legs ) then the lighter base layer will work down into the low 20's for me ( I typically run hot ).

Yeah, these are expensive, but man oh man are they fantastic and I do not regret my decision.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 28 oz Rambler and have been stoked on it, so I bought this one for my wife. I went with the larger 30oz instead of the 20oz because I figured she would appreciate the extra capacity but was worried that the larger top would prove to be more difficult to work with, but this was not the case. She loves it and uses it every day. Keeps your ice going through multiple refills and fits in any normal car cupholder without issue.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not really, I didn't do any official research comparing this to other waxes in a scientific study. I do however enjoy waxing my boards and opted for this wax over the Nitrous wax purely to try something new. Honestly, since I don't race I am not sure that it matters, but I am able to clear the flat sections at my local resorts with ease so I will chalk this up as a win.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a good scraper for snowboarding, something that would hit the entire width of the board. I feel bad buying new ones when the edges dull, seems like it happens quicker than I would like so I am looking at buying that SWIX tool that allows you to sharpen these and keep using them. Seems like the responsible thing to do. Really though this scraper works fantastically and I would highly recommend it for board maintenance.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I really like these, I typically run hot when snowboarding and doing anything active and this year I bought some pants that are basically just a shell, in the past I have always had some kind of insulation in my pants but I wanted pants that would offer more climate control with layering. These were my first base layer pants and I have to say I like them quite a bit. I will agree that the ankle cuff was not stretchy enough to pull past my calf but I really like them anyway and that wasn't a deal breaker, but I will agree with the other reviews on that. Otherwise, they are soft and just the right amount of warmth for all of my outings that have been in the 20-35 degree range with just an outer shell over these.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

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

I don't know how I lived without these. If my house was burning down tomorrow I would grab my backup hard drives and these slippers.
Fantastically warm, comfy, and true to size. It is worth noting that in most shoes the 8.5 is just barely too small so I always go for 9 in almost all shoes. In these, the 9 worked perfectly.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had some crazy expensive helmets from other brands and that is the main thing that stands out to me about this Giro Jackson helmet. It is Fantastic, it breathes well, the fit is amazing and the adjustment is great. I always wear a Medium when it comes to Bike helmets. I typically fit at the larger end of medium but with winter helmets from Oakley, Smith, POC and Giro I have found that sizing up to a Large prevents any unwanted pressure points.

I typically run my goggle strap on the outside of my helmet, and the strap retention does a solid job and is easy to find.

I have a more oval head and the Giro does a fantastic job and fits similarly to the Oakley and POC helmets.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You will likely never wear out a Camelbak. In the last 20 years I have been mountain biking I have had two Camelbak's and the only reason I bought the second was because I was bored with my old one. The Mule is the perfect size for most mountain biking scenarios unless you are carrying all of the tools and gear for a sizeable group, the Mule can handle it.

I love the 100-ounce reservoir and prefer having too much water, or just underfilling the reservoir for shorter rides. I find that any time I am riding for more than 2 hours I reach for the Mule. Camelbak does a great job, the Mule is very comfortable and the internal organization is nice and thoughtful. I have had such amazing experiences with Camelbak that I cannot think of a reason to go with anything else for packs.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Warm and Waterproof, but not too hot. Got these for my wife for outside winter time walking and she noted that they keep her feet warm and dry in the snow and 20-40 degree temperatures while moving around and don't overheat too quickly when transitioning to being inside. She wears the same size in these as she does in her regular shoes (vans, New Balance, etc.)

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my wife for her birthday. She is super happy with them and have become her Go-To pajama pants for chilling around the house this winter. She says fit is true to size and the material is very soft and just the right amount of warmth.
She is normally a size 8 and has a 30" inseam and the Medium fits great, I would say that they fit a bit closer to her ankles than they appear on the model pictured above.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a couple of Helinox camp chairs a few years ago and even though they were pricey, they quickly became our favorite bit of camping kit and we use them constantly. They are light enough that we will pack them for a day hike and they are small enough that they will live in our car so we always have them with us. We love the chairs so much we decided to try the Cot. I picked up the Cot Lite and it is super comfy and very light. Light enough for Backpacking although definitely not ideal for the minimalist, it takes up barely more space than a foam pad, but not nearly as small and light as some of the inflatable options, but the inflatable's don't really play nice for side sleepers so that is where this cot shines.
I docked one star, it's not a complaint I have, but something my wife noted and that is on setup. You do have to flex it quite a bit to get it all together and that requires some effort. The first time you do it, it almost seems excessive, but once you know you aren't going to break it, it becomes a non issue, but smaller people might have an issue since it does require some effort. The regular cot, (not the lite version) is a little heavier but has a feature that allows it to assemble with less effort. I am probably going to buy that one for our second cot so my wife can assemble it without issue.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love Smartwool products, they are incredibly durable and have far outlasted some socks I have from another sock company that is super trendy but wear out way too fast for the money. Bonus points for the collaboration between Backcountry.com and Smartwool on this PHD sock. This sock is thicker at the foot and thinner up the leg, like quite thin, but still warm. My boots fit pretty snug at the toes and these socks didn't affect fit negatively.
Very happy with these socks and will likely be buying another pair shortly.

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Forrestwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan. I have honestly tried to avoid Yeti coolers because they seem so popular and I figure you are just paying for a name. I have insulated bottles from a number of other brands and have to say that the Yeti is my favorite. It feels slightly heavier and better constructed than many others I have had. The colored finish, if you get a colored one, is more durable than most other companies finishes.
Also, the straw lid for the Yeti's is way better than the straw lids for many of the other bottles. Yeah, it costs a little more but it is totally worth it.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

Fantastical
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My first introduction to the Salomon bindings was with the District. I identify as more of a Park rider, in that I will spend 90% of my time doing park laps. I had an old pair of Burton Boots (Hail) size 9 and the Medium District Bindings. The bindings pinched my foot a little and weren't as responsive as the Cartel bindings I was on, however, I liked the concept. I was due for boots and decided that if I went with Salomon Boots I could pick up some bindings. Went with the Hologram for better response and have not been disappointed. I sized down to an 8.5 in the Salomon LoFi, and the Medium Hologram bindings. Take your time to set these up, I had to readjust the strap lengths a few times over the first 3 days of riding to get everything dialed. For whatever reason when the straps were not perfectly set up, the ratchets would not allow me to really crank down, but once I got the strap lengths dialed I did not have any issues.
Straps were insanely easy to adjust on the mountain. One thing I really like is that you do not have to completely remove a screw to make a strap adjustment, and that greatly reduces the chances of losing parts in the snow.
Straps are quite comfy and I really like the design of the toe strap.
I attached the binding size chart below since I could not seem to find that info on the Salomon website and figured it would be useful.
I really like the Hologram bindings, they are very comparable in responsiveness to my Cartel bindings that I have enjoyed for the last few years and are perfectly mated to the Salomon boots.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these for my wife, we actually sized up 1/2 size larger than she would normally buy 7.5->8 and she says they fit perfectly and are super comfy. Her job requires a slightly more formal dress code (slacks and blouses) and she was looking for a comfy pair of shoes that would work well with her daily outfits.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 4, 2018

5 5

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

Not gonna lie, I trust the BOA systems and have used them for years on cycling shoes without issue, but when it came to replacing my forever old Burton Hail snowboard boots, (don't look them up, they are super old and I am ashamed)
I really just wanted to stick with a lace-up system, even though it is slower and less convenient, there is just something about laces that I trust. Anywho, I have a few days in these and wanted to write a review.
First, I am a size 9 in everything (casual shoes). I have tried 8.5 in various brands but always go back to 9. With that said, I took the advice of some individuals that were wiser than myself in the realm of snowboard boots and went with the 8.5 in these. I purchased these in 9 and 8.5 and my big toes could touch the end in the 8.5 and didn't in the 9. This made me want to stick with the 9 but I was promised they would pack in a little and that having your toe slightly touching the end of the boot ( to the point that you knew it would be uncomfortable in an hour ) was the ideal fit. I believed in their advice and went with the 8.5. I wore them around the house for a few hours and then did a day of park laps with my brother. I would say by about the halfway point in the first day, my toe was no longer feeling a little cramped, and by the end of the day the boots were feeling really comfy. I only have two days in them since the first day, but they have been quite comfortable, warm, and just the right amount of responsive. I am riding them with the Hologram binding which replaced my 4-5-year-old Burton Cartel bindings. Once I got the adjustements dialed I can safely say that with the size 8.5 I could have sized down to the Small binding, but the Medium works just fine. This would not have been the case with the size 9. Heel lift is non-existent, the internal BOA cuff does an amazing job and since I went with the 8.5 I do not have to crank it down much. I do not have any odd pressure points but would note that if you have a slightly wider foot, not even a wide per say, but just a slightly wider foot, you would want to look at a Hi Fi or Synapse in the wide option. My foot is pretty average but I can say that if it was at all wide, these might not work for me. I'll take a photo next time I go, but I am pretty pumped on how well these are working out.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Every kid is different, and I can think of several that would not appreciate the sheer awesomeness that is these socks. I purchased some for my nephew because he is the perfect candidate. HOURS of joy no joke. He shows them to every person he can, he rolled up his pants when he went to school (kindergarten) so they would be visible to all, and he even mixed these with another pair of Stance socks (Eagles) to make the ultimate combination of awesome. Not every kid will be into this sort of thing, but if you ever want to see a kid get stoked on socks, buy these.
It will be the best $10 you spend and you know they have too many toys anyway.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Every kid is different, and I can think of several that would not appreciate the sheer awesomeness that is these socks. I purchased some for my nephew because he is the perfect candidate. HOURS of joy no joke. He shows them to every person he can, he rolled up his pants when he went to school (kindergarten) so they would be visible to all, and he even mixed these with another pair of Stance socks (Sharks) to make the ultimate combination of awesome. Not every kid will be stoked on this sort of thing, but if you ever want to see a kid get stoked on socks, buy these. It will be the best $10 you spend and you know they have too many toys anyway.

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