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John Beyer

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

This is a great compromise of a bag that looks nice enough to bring to the office/pairs up with my filson briefcase but isn't out of place getting tossed into a gym locker / the floor / the back of my car without me being worried that I'm ruining it.

Good size for gym clothes, towel, shoes, waterbottle, and the side pockets work well to stuff headphones, lock, wallet / etc. I do wish it maybe had an interior pocket to put things like my keys and watch, but not a biggie.

Construction is great and it matches in style to my other filson, but the weight of the bag material and webbing straps make it much lighter (without feeling fragile)

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these poles. LIke really love. I got converted to the hiking pole thing when I started doing alpine/mountaineering style stuff where I had more weight on my back, snow, and/or really long descents. I then got even more zealous about them when I started doing longer 'fastpacking' style pushes - where I'm coving a big chunk of mileage in 2-3 days. For a while, I was using aluminum two-piece poles, which were fine, but a bit heavy, and finally splurged on these and have never looked back. Hiking / running with these is a pleasure - it's a got a quick crisp motion given the weight and build. They fold up super small and fit into or alongside a small pack when not needed. I was worried about having the fixed length - but hasn't impacted me at all - I choke up or down as needed which is much easier than fiddling with anything to adjust the pole length

Super happy as always with BD's design - which is well thought out and has been holding up well over the last year

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

I wanted something that I could beat up in the resort vs. my adjustable backcountry poles and these have been great so far - solid build, removable straps, great value for what I wanted which is a dependable pole that I can use in the resort or morning resort skinning and then throw in the bed of my truck or leave at the lodge without worrying about bending / breaking / losing.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

4 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I have a couple of these shirts and think they're a great take on a gym/performance shirt that isn't 'techy' with logos/stitching / etc.

Good slimmer fit without being tight, the pocket looks great, material is pretty comfortable and breathable. Grey and Green looks really sharp.

One gripe is the collar has gotten a bit loose/wavy after a bunch of washes - not sure if it's on my end or the shirt, but it ends up looking a bit off now

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

These are great - they remind me a bit of Prana Mojo shorts with a liner and are super comfy. I use them regularly for lifting, stretching, or for hanging around on the weekends. The length and look is great, and the liner is a nice (although I do wish they had a bit more compression)

Really versatile and stylish options for a range of activities.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs

I want to love these - they look really nice, are comfortable, have the right amount of cushion / stack for the gym and lifting, and have been holding up well so far. However, if you have high insteps and wide feet, they are a nightmare to get on. It's a bit like putting on a moc climbing shoe where I kind of wedge my foot in and then yank the back up over it and while they're loosened up a bit, it gets kind of old doing it each time. I think that normal foot shape folks probably don't have that issue - in which case I'd say go for em, especially at the price, but for other platapus foot shaped folks, you may want to try two sizes or styles to see if you like them.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I've been using thicker wool socks (mostly darn tough) for most of my daily and hiking sock needs, and when I was looking for a low cut running sock - I decided to try these. I'm sold and am about to purchase a couple more pairs. They're a great weight, with plenty of breathability and enough cushioning without being too bulky or hot. They also are holding up really well - both within the week and long-term - and no smell like synthetics

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John Beyerwrote a review of on October 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're someone who uses a z lite or other foam pad, this bag is great. There isn't an internal frame, and you use the pad as the frame - either in a burrito style around your stuff, or against the back pad. Going frameless is a bit different, but done right (and without too much weight) - i find it to be as or more comfortable.

I really like the design - everything has been thought out, with smaller webbing (that you can then trim if you really want to keep it light, a big ol main compartment with a roll top, and large deep pockets on the sides and back. THe side pockets are perfect for 1L smartwaters which are my go-to backpacking bottles, and the back pocket is good for jamming stuff into (I used it for squeeze water filter, map, etc.) I do wish it had lightweight hip pockets but appreciate that may not be for everyone. Will probaly sew / add some on which would make this a perfect pack for the right applications.

I've used it for one extended backpacking trip and the durability has been good so far and feels much more durable than some of the "stupid light" options that require a really close eye to avoid damaging. I didn't worry about dropping wherever, abrasion, etc.

Generally - this is a bit of a specialized pack that doesn't really lend itself as a do all given the frameless design and total weight capacity, but as a more specialized second pack for ultralight or shorter trips where I'm using my z-lite, it's perfect, and will be in heavy rotation alongside my framed pack

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John Beyerwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Aways in style. Went with tortise which has a great look, pretty dark / subtle coloring that fits the glasses really well. As with all ray-bans, really well made, solid feel to them, with great lenses. Perfect for around town, apres ski, etc.

Can def. use them for hiking / etc - but prob not my favs for more active activities vs. something a bit lighter and with some grippers on the nose and arms (I use Smiths)

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John Beyerwrote a review of on February 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs

These are the perfect partner to pulling out the full chacos sandals - sometimes I just want to toss on flip flops for the day if I'm not out hiking around a bunch or want to bring something to a campsite.

These carry over the support, comfort, grip that I love from my chacos - but in a lighter flip-flop. It is a bit like if your cheap flip-flops went to the gym and bulked up. Also love these over leather flip-flops if / when it's wet - as these have great grip on the footbed and sole so I avoid the foot sliding around thing that I used to get with leather ones

Have had a pair for 2 years and they're holding up amazingly well, especially given the amount of use they get throughout the summer

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John Beyerwrote a review of on February 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs

Offices can be tricky - too cold, too warm, want to be comfortable but still look sharp... Better sweater may be the ultimate option - it's a little dressier than a classic fleece, looks good with a button down, is warm, durable, and comfy.

It also looks and works great around town or outside - layers well under a jacket for hiking or skiing, pairs well with pretty much anything you could wear.

I may or may not have more than one because I like em so much...

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John Beyerwrote a review of on February 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thin socks for skiing change your life when paired with the right boot fit. My feet have never been comfier and (a bit counterintuitively) warmer. After cycling through a bunch of 'thin' options - these are my fav.s and have several pairs. Truly a thin sock - no unneeded level of cushion on the base or shin like some of the other options I've tried

They breathe well and stay dry, are the right level of compression, long, and don't stink at the end of the day (or two days...). Also holding up well this season.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on February 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Love quality of these - definitely don't let the lower price fool you - they feel as good or better than some of my older merino baselayers that were about 2x as much. Good mid-weight for colder days (which tend to be the only time I'll use baselayer bottoms), while still being really breathable if it warms up.

The 3/4 length is the real hero for skiing - they don't get in the way of my boots and socks, which drives me nuts / irritates with full-length baselayers.

Have had for a season and are holding up well - and I don't do anything special - just toss em in the washer with everything else.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on December 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been on a hunt for the right socks: thick enough for wear with work boots, but thin enough that I could hike or run in them without totally overheated feet, wool to keep the stink down, high enough for boots but not crazy looking with lower shoes, and won't grow holes in the heels immediately.

These tick all the boxes and are becoming my go-to for most days - whether that's walking around town, in the office, or out on a mountain.

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John Beyerwrote a review of on December 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This sweatshirt is a great - heavy, wrap me in a blanket feeling with a solid zipper to match (pet peeve of mine is small zippers that break / catch). The hood is big enough that it fits well over a hat and gives great coverage in weather / cold.
I've even used it as a blanket for moving / protecting stuff and then thrown it in the wash and it's good as new. Seems to be holding up well.

Runs a bit large (The medium fits me well and I'd probably be a large in some other brands).

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John Beyerwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Super comfortable high loft fleece - it's a bit lighter weight but pretty warm, especially when layered under something where it can trap some dead air. I love the collar -it comes up nice and high when zipped up so that my neck is totally covered.

I bought the black and it's also a good vest that can transition from outdoors to around town - it's more towards the 'tech' looking side of things, but looks sharp and has a nice cut to it.

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