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Hawley Martin

Hawley Martin

Portland, Oregon

Hawley Martin's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Hawley Martin

Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you like four-ounce fuel canisters, this pot is great, even for two people. The canister nests perfectly in the pot. Then you can drop in your stove, handle and matches/lighter, place the lid on top and secure everything with the mesh bag. No rattling or shifting in your pack.

The thing left to be desired is measurement marks on the inside of the pot. There’s only one tick mark at 750 ml, which seems arbitrary as many backpacker meals call for water between 300 and 600 ml. The included bowl does have measurement marks, but I haven’t found much use for it beyond that—usually I’m either eating out of the meal bag or drinking out of the pot itself. As a matter of fact I accidentally melted my bowl when it got too close to a flame. Now I just use a Nalgene to measure water. One less thing to carry.

This pot is great for two people if you don’t mind cooking two meals one after the other. It only takes a couple minutes for water to boil. Plus even if the pot was big enough for two meals, you can’t divide the water accurately because there are no tick marks inside the pot.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

This pack is pretty no-nonsense, which makes it perfect for quick bootpacks into the sidecountry and just skiing inbounds when you want to carry a lunch or shed a layer. What it lacks in bells and whistles it makes up for in materials and construction. This pack has also become my mountain biking pack and go-to for day hikes. I use it year round and it’s in excellent shape.

My goggles don’t fit in the goggle pocket, but I do keep my spare lens or sunglasses in there depending on what I’m up to.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

My air pad finally bit the dust, so I bought this one for my girlfriend, and she gave me her old one. She loves the new one, and I’m jealous. Once inflated, it’s twice as thick as her old one, plus it’s warmer and packs down twice as small (about the size of a Nalgene). She sleeps much better.

Some people say it makes a loud crinkly noise. Neither my lady nor I have noticed that. She doesn’t tend to move around a lot when she sleeps though. Who knows.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this for backpacking, but returned it because it wasn’t quit big enough. I know others use it for backpacking, so maybe my gear just isn’t the most packable. In any case, it has all the features I was looking for, and the colors rock. More power to those who can make it work. If you like this pack but are worried about the space, check out the Osprey Volt 60. I ended up going with that one. It’s rad.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got caught in a storm with driving rain, scouring winds and overnight sub-freezing temperatures in this tent, and it kept two of us and our gear warm and dry. Sure, it’s not the lightest nor does it pack down the smallest, but I would recommend it for a tent in this price range.

The half-mesh design allows the tent to breathe, while the rainfly keeps the elements out. I’ve never experienced condensation collecting inside, and I’ve had this thing out in July heat and cold snaps in October. It’s a cinch to set up and break down. It’s designed such that the walls have a fairly high angle, maximizing the floor space and creating a high ceiling. This means two people can move around and change clothes even with a bunch of gear in the tent.

One area where this tent could improve is the vestibule design. The zipper goes down the middle, all the way to the farthest point where the vestibule stakes to the ground. That means when you’re sitting in the tent, you have to Stretch Armstrong it to unzip and exit, and then again to zip it back up. This is especially inconvenient when the ground is wet or dusty.

My suggestion would be to draw the zipper down the side of the vestibule, so that it stays near the body of the tent. The door flap would then tie off to the middle of the vestibule, rather than to the side as it stands now. It’s kind of hard to explain, but the MSR Hubba Hubba gets this feature right.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These sticks want to go fast. They have two titanal layers running the full length of the ski, plus one plate under the binding for a total of three sheets of metal in each ski. They’re stiff, heavy and damp. If you like to ski aggressively, rail groomers and blast through ice-caked crud or day-old chopped powder, then these are the skis for you. If you don’t mind getting lazy and want to smear the tails to dump a little speed, then these skis will think you’re trying to set an edge and take you for a ride. They have a 98 mm waist with enough tip rocker and a good-sized shovel to float in soft snow, but they’re really at home charging through whatever’s left over after powder panic subsides.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

I have the Marker Griffon on one pair of skis and these on another, and the STH2 just feels better clicking in and out. Good power transmission. I do the old roll and recover and they stay on, and I really explode and they come off. Don’t know if there’s much else to it.

If you have regular alpine boots (ISO 5355) these are for you. If you have Walk to Ride soles these are for you. Unfortunately if you have Grip Walk soles these are not for you. Salomon also makes the Warden, which I’m 99% sure uses the same heel piece as the STH2, but has a MNC toe piece, thus making them compatible with Grip Walk and nearly all soles.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

You can find a decent baselayer for like $50 or $60, but this one is worth the money. It's very warm, but somehow it breathes too. You'll be at an elevation of like 11,000 feet with the wind whipping, and you're totally warm. Then you get down to the parking lot where it's 7,000 feet and 50 degrees, and you're comfortable, too. It's like magic or something.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these goggles with the blackout lens and the yellow sensor mirror. I hesitated because for both lenses, the visible light transmission (VLT) is at the most aggressive end of the spectrum. Now I’ve been through a range of weather conditions—bluebird, overcast, flat light, snow—and I haven’t found a situation for which one of the two doesn’t work. I use the blackout lens for most conditions. More than I thought. It stays in the frame, but changing the lens is a snap. It takes like 8 seconds. The goggles also offer a wide scope of visibility and integrate perfectly with the Smith Maze helmet.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

I had the same Pro-Tec helmet for like 15 years before pulling the trigger on this sucker. Everything I read about the Maze touted the light weight. I agree. Crazy light. The design is also minimal but sleek, not rigid with hard edges or anything. That said, I bought this helmet toward the end of the season and haven't really bonked my noggin yet, so I can't speak to the functionality. Also, the inside is softer than my old helmet, but I can't hear as well. I don't know what's up with that. Maybe my hearing is going. Oh, the fit. The way they list the sizes, I'm on the border between a medium and a large. I read these helmets run a little small, so I ordered the large. It fits perfectly.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I haven't put this shell through the wringer yet (only used it a few times this year for spring skiing). But that said, it's the best shell I've owned. It's paper thin, but it keeps the wind out—even at the top of the tram in strong gusts. The slim fit makes it perfect for running or just wearing around in the rain, and the water bounces off the Gore-Tex. Despite the slim fit, it offers excellent mobility. It fits comfortably over a baselayer and my puffy, which is a bit boxy because it was made before slim-fitting outdoor gear became the style.

The jacket is positioned as a helmet-compatible climber's shell, so I was worried it might not fit as well over a skier's helmet. I was wrong to be worried. It fits perfectly over a helmet, plus the drawstrings allow for optimal visibility and comfort without a helmet as well.

On top of all that, it packs into the stuff sack to become the size of a cucumber—making it easy to toss in a pack and bust it out when you need it.

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Hawley Martinwrote a review of on May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9.5

These shoes combine the light weight and low profile of a running shoe with the durability of a hiking boot. Before buying these, I hiked in running shoes. A light shoe that breathes well is more important to me than the added support of a hiking boot. But the problem was that most running shoes didn’t hold up to scrambling over boulders, maneuvering over tree roots at weird angles, traversing little creeks, or other variable terrain. These shoes solved that problem. The toe piece and heel are made of a synthetic/rubber material that offers better protection. The bottom of the sole has better traction. And over all the sole is more sturdy and the shoe is just tougher. Yet it still breathes like a running shoe, and it's just as light.

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