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Jason Sills

Jason Sills

Jason Sills

Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

5 5

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

The short sleeve Fezzman is my favorite Patagonia shirt. It's light, durable, functional, and great for all occasions. This is a perfect shirt for transitioning from your bike ride into work to a casual office and on the trail in the evening. The versatility is great for a cool shirt in the summer.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like just about everything with this belt. The color is perfect and is available in multiple attractive variations. The sizing is good and the buckle is very durable and not too flashy. However, I'm skeptical that the belt is durable and will last for a very long time. I've worn mine for a couple of months now and I'm starting to notice some warping in the leather. It doesn't seem to have the same lifespan as other belts I've had, but only time will really tell.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great collar if you're looking for lightweight, but still durable. This is holding up very well after some walks with a little too much pulling. The leash loop ring is the best part. It's easy to spot and get a leash hooked in if your dog wriggles like mine. Ruffwear is my favorite, go-to brand for leashes and collars. I've always found high quality, attractive products and this is no exception.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The sock is pretty good for walking and hiking. The BugsAway is a good feature if you are going to be hiking in insect regions. However, the sock is very, very tight. I suggest going a size up, but this will likely hinder the arch support. It's great having the extra support if you need it, but expect some very tight fitting socks for the trade off.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say that I was skeptical after the first couple of rides. However, as time went on it really grew on me and now I couldn't be happier. I've found that the size is really perfect for me. I use it for holding some basic bike gear (lock, etc), laptop, coffee thermos, and an extra pair of shoes. Everything fits, but the shoes make it a little tight. I've not been in a downpour yet, but the rain I've been in was no problem. The only flaw is the location of the thermos holder and the fact that the holder cannot tighten. After a couple of rides I feel that it is fully broken in and is quite comfortable for my daily ride.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great. I really couldn't have gotten anything better. I love these shoes! They are very comfortable on the bike. They can absolutely be used as walking shoes off the bike. I recently had to wear them as walking shoes for a full day and I had no problems. Perfect fit, great bike shoe, great walking shoe. This was my first venture into clipless bike shoes and I couldn't be happier.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good, well-rounded shoe, but nothing jumps out as extra special. There is okay arch support and moderate cushion. It runs slightly small, but not small enough to warrant a size increase. This is a bit odd because there is not a fix, just a slightly tighter fit. Laced up the top of the shoe is a bit tight. All of that said, this is a pretty good hiking shoe. It is too heavy for even slight running, but the sturdiness and waterproof aspects are an understandable trade-off for agility.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on June 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this as a back-up leash for my Welsh terrier.I can't have him off leash at any moment. I typically use knot-a-leash, but sometimes when he gets out of the car he's tangled. It's easy to use this leash as a quick lasso, rather than trying to get him untangled. It's always good to have something extra in the car that is quick to get on and off. However, I wouldn't use this as a permanent leash for a dog that must have a leash. It's certainly possible that a good roll on the ground and the dog would be free.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this to keep the sun off my head and neck on long hikes and walks. I'm not a hat wearer, so some other brimmed hats have bothered me. They are always heavy, either too tight or too loose, and build up sweat and are too hot. The Transit Sun Hat takes care of all of that. I often forget I'm even wearing a hat. For me that's the goal: protect my skin without noticing anything there. Very breathable and perfect fit that is light and protective. The only downside is that all of that utility comes at some style costs. It's not a hat I'll wear for anything other than outdoor recreation.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on May 2, 2018

4 5

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

There's a lot to love about the Patagonia Steersman Shirt. It's very light and very, very cool without sacrificing style. It's a perfect shirt for a bike ride or hike on a warm day. It looks good enough for any casual outing with friends after a day outside. I love the buttons and all of the patterns and color selection. The fit is perfect for me, but I can see how others wouldn't like it as much. I see it as a good balance between slim and traditional fit, but doesn't fall squarely in either. I like this, but can see how some would be frustrated. If you want a purely slim or traditional fit, the Patagonia Steersman Shirt might not be for you. The bad: you are going to be ironing every time you wash, no exception. This isn't a shirt you can wash, dry, and walk out wrinkle free. Don't think hang drying will help. Bottom line is you're either going to iron or you're going to have wrinkles. In all, I recommend the Patagonia Steersman Shirt , but know that the fit can be odd for some and you'll need an iron, especially if you're using it for casual outings.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on April 3, 2018

4 5

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

I'm breaking these in for some early spring hiking and have some initial views. Two very positive items stick out. First, they have good support for arches and ankles. I've had some soreness in my heel due to wearing some less-than-ideal shoes last year. After I put these on I can go for long walks (5-10 miles) and have no pain. The arch support and cushion are perfect. Second, you've got lots of room for your toes. If you are looking for a boot with some room, these are going to be great. One bad impression: there seems to be more fabric for the tongue than is needed. The first couple of times I wore these the fabric bunched up and pressed into my foot. I had to remove the shoe and work to flatten out the fabric.

At this stage I would recommend for anyone looking at getting a new, well rounded boot for some spring hiking.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for around the town walking and some light hiking. I love these socks. They are very comfortable and quite warm in the right winter boot. I like the color selection, so I picked up a few pair. These socks really hold up. I walk a lot and can go through socks rather quickly. I've found Smartwool last the longest of any brand and the Larimer is no acceptation. I've walked 15 miles in one day multiple times in winter boots. After a couple of months I'm not seeing any wear in the toes. Most socks would already start showing a hole at this point, but these are holding up nicely. Great level of warmth that will allow me to wear into cool spring days.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on February 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are good gloves to wear for warmer days when the weather is just cool enough that your hands will get cold, but too warm for winter gloves. The material is very thin and light for the amount of protection provided. The fingertips are okay with conducting, not ideal but they do the job 75% of the time. These fit true to size.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a pair of thick wool socks that will keep your feet warm look no further. These pair well with any winter boot to keep the wet, cold winter out and the heat in. Wear them around the house and they double as a light slipper. I was so impressed by the softness and the warmth I bought a couple of pair for gifts. I love Smartwool socks for their durability, and these continue the tradition. Strong, warm socks for any chilly day.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on February 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I love the Keen Durand. In the past I've either owned boots that seemed too heavy or less protective from the elements. I think of these a perfect balance. I walk a lot, even in the middle of winter with 2 feet of snow on the ground. These are very comfortable, the don't produce blisters, no awkward pinches, and they are about as light as you can get with winter boots. I will advise to buy a half size larger than you typically wear. This seems to be true across all winter boots, so I'm not docking these any points for running a bit small.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

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

I love this hoodie. I love everything about it. The size is perfect, I love the material, and you can't go wrong with showing your love and support for Yosemite. I've gotten a lot of comments wearing this around town or on trips. I also love that it's a zipper front rather than a pull over. Every piece feels like high quality, so I expect to wear this for many years to come even with wearing it a few days a week. I highly recommend this hoodie.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on December 6, 2017

4 5

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

This is a nice sweater for any casual dining or around town outings. I went with the navy and was happy with the colors. I will say that I thought the other colors were a little less vibrant in real life than in online pictures. This is a wool vest and itches a lot at first. I recommend a baselayer for added warmth and comfort. The fit is trim, so if you are looking for extra space you might want to go for a size larger. That said, I have some pretty gangly arms and the length is good without going a size up. So increasing the size for the chest or stomach could lead to some long arms. Everything that I've experienced so far makes me think that this will last for the long haul.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

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

Run in tights? Get these. I started running in tights earlier this year and loved them. That is until I started hitting about mile 4. The underwear I was using wasn't cutting it. Well, the underwear was cutting into me and that was the problem. I decided to pick up the Saxx Kinetic Long Leg in hope that they would help me stay in the tights. They are perfect. I absolutely recommend these to anyone looking for running underwear. I get all of the benefit (moisture minimization, snug, thin, support) without any of the cost. I have used these for about 5 weeks and feel like they will last for a long time. I'll get at least one more pair.

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Jason Sillswrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

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

Just what I was looking for. This fits me perfectly and holds the warmth in very well. What pushed this in the five star range for me is the temperature range I can use this in. I've run in 35-60 degrees. I use this beanie for running on colder/cooler days. From what I've run so far I'd say this is ideal for the 40s and 50s, but can go down and up a bit from there without feeling it too much. I was worried that the brand would stick out, but it is very subtle. I don't mind it at all. In fact, the brand is a bit of an asset as it helps me identify the front really easily if I take it off during the run and need to put it back on.

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