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Gsteel

Gsteel

Blacksburg, VA

Gsteel's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping

Gsteel's Bio

I'm probably the ugliest guy I know, and my athletic ability is a point of contention between my imagination and reality. Other than that, I have a beautiful athletic wife who I am hoping will contribute the majority of the traits in our children's gene pool. Oh yea, I have a very healthy self image as well.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on July 13, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: L

These are great boxers and the wool/fit is very comfortable. I would highly recommend them for every day or medium exertion . However, I would not recommend them for high endurance activities that generate a lot of sweat, as they hold water and will become extremely heavy and saturated. Merino wool may be good for pulling water off the body and remediation of odors, but it holds onto the moisture and you end up with a super saturated pair of drawers. I generally run in Exofficio give-n-go boxers, which work great. When I ran in the Saxx, I felt like I had a wet wash rag around my waist afterwards. The same would apply for wet wading if you are doing summer water sports.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

When I first noticed/purchased Arcteryx shoes, I was afraid it would take some time for them to dial-in the design, but I took a chance since the price seemed fair. Months later, I am happy to report they seem to have jumped in head first and won. Up to this point, I have been pretty dedicated to Salomons. These new Arcteryx shoes are just as comfortable and lightweight. I have no buyers remorse on either of the pairs I have purchased.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on February 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is a hoss, and I expect it will come in handy on some of my full day trips that take me way back. My only suggestion, and this goes for virtually every bag maker except fishpond, would be to make a better way for stowing nets. Although this bag has several straps and a plastic loop that work for the purpose, it would be nice to have a specifically designed net handle sleeve. This would accommodate the net securely, instead of leaving the net dangling from the pack for ever branch to grab.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on February 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Thank god for these new Seattle Fit items from Filson. I have always loved their fabrics and style, but their cuts were way way too large. This jacket fits really well and looks great. I will most certainly be wearing it several days every week.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on May 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tend to move around a lot when I sleep, and I love this bag when it is possible for me to focus more on comfort than size and weight. If I am counting ounces, I go with the Mummy, but it really doesn't give me near the same comfort level. The Hogan Park stuffs into a large compression sack and fits easily into the lower sleeping bag compartment of my pack. Also, the sleeping bag sleeve on the bottom of these bags is key! No more sliding off my bag at night or having to install velcro/snaps on my air mattress.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on December 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this net as a substitute to my small hand net on trips where I may be hauling in larger fish, or need a bit more reach. I was concerned about it being cumbersome when I purchased it, but it has been no problem whatsoever. Now, I almost never use my small net, due to the the extra utility this net provides without compromising my mobility.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on November 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Well, it's a nice looking jacket, and I am going to keep it because the sale price from Backcountry is fair, but it just isn't indicative of the quality, which used to be synonymous with Filson. No burly YKK zippers, no beefy stitching, flimsy zipper hood attachment , no bombproof snaps, etc...

To be fair, this is a "lightweight" version of the Cruiser, so the materials are expected to less burly, but this jacket's construction is bordering on looking cheap.

Last, the Olive and Tan version do not have any wool in the construction. They are a mix of shelter cloth and cotton/poly blend. Just make sure you look at the pictures instead of the description. The products are accurately depicted in the product images.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

Dissapointing
2 5

So, this will be my first negative review, and I hate to do it because I wanted so badly to like these clothes. However, the quality is just not there, and I will illustrate my point. See the photos of the two Euro Loden Caps I have attached. You will see that the quality control on their stitching is ridiculous. I bought one in each color, and the two hats look nothing alike. The bills are sewn completely different, the hats are different sizes (labeled OSFA), and the logo isn't even sewn in the same place. No to mention, three stitches popped on the darker hat immediately upon my trying it on. What is going on here? Strange thing is, the crazy bill actually looks better than the symmetrical one. I am just not sure which one is intended....

With some quality control and a little intended asymmetrical style to the brim, this hat could be "All-Time".

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Gsteelwrote a review of on June 11, 2014

4 5

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

In a world where everything is telling us that skinnier and tighter is cool, these pants clearly missed the email. However, as I like my pants with some leg room, and these puppies are clearly made to last, I am going to hang on to them. Also, I should mention that they seemed a little long and a bit wide in the waist. I'd say they are a solid 1" 1.5 " longer and wider than their size would suggest.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on June 11, 2014

5 5

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

Bought this shirt in the "Clear Pool" pattern and loved it so much that I went back for the "Polar Blue". Great shirt for casual work gear, as well as sneaking off to the Big Stony afterwards to land a few rainbows on the 4 wt. Patagonia quality, as usual, is stellar.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on May 4, 2014

5 5

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

I took these pants fishing today, and had to write up this review in response to their performance. I've tried it all, but these pants take the cake for warm weather moisture performance. Don't get me wrong, they aren't waterproof, but they handle water better than anything I have ever worn. Honestly, I soaked them up to the knee today, (trying to get in position for the perfect fly presentation), and when I stepped out of the water they were dry with beads of water on the surface of the fabric. It seemed more like magic than technology.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

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

These are my new favorite pair of casual pants. They aren't quite like a "skinny jean", but they have just enough style to make a fashion-challenged man, like me, look a little better than normal. Also, they are made well and fit comfortably.

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Gsteelwrote a review of on December 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I felt the need to review these pants after reading the over-reaction from the pant's only other review. These pants are well made and will function every bit as well as the Atom jacket, which I love. I use this gear to insulate me when I am glassing for game on windy cold peaks, during extended back country hunting trips. The pant isn't full of "bell and whistles", which I prefer because it's one less zipper to run off track and one less piece of Velcro to grab and tangle my other gear in my pack or laundry basket. They aren't made to be bombproof or feature-rich technical pants, they are made to be ultralight and warm, like a sleeping bag, and I think they do that job very well.

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