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John Blume III

John Blume III

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Hiking & Camping
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John Blume III

John Blume IIIwrote a review of on July 2, 2019

4 5

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

As others have stated, this is a very comfortable, and most importantly stable sleeping pad.

I'm the type of sleeper that (unfortunately, when camping) constantly changes sleeping positions throughout the night. With a lot of sleeping pads I've used, I'll hit 'flat spots' if my body weight isn't dispersed evenly throughout the pad, which causes substantial discomfort. This pad is super sturdy, and eliminated pretty much all of that. Its not a super wide pad though, so I would reccomend using it with a sleeping bag that has a sleeve or straps to hold the pad in place so you don't fall off the sides.

I didn't get the chance to use it in truly cold conditions, so I can't speak directly to the pad's insulating qualities, but I've heard from others that it does a good job of keeping you warm.

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John Blume III

John Blume IIIwrote a review of on April 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Used these pants on a week-long splitboard trip in the Southern Madison range of Montana, I couldn't find one bad thing to say about them!

- They kept me super dry all week (gore-tex, duh)
- The boot gaiters did a much better job at keeping snow out of my boots than most other pants I've used in the past
- BREATHABILITY ! I tend to run hot when I'm touring, and sweat buildup has always been an uncomfortable situation I often deal with on long tours. These are very breathable on their own, and once the heat starts building up you can open up the chimney vents and let all that moisture out into the great outdoors.
- Pocket are nice and roomy. I stored snacks/granola bars in the thigh pockets for easy access while skinning.
- Roomy, almost baggy fit. I personally like this for layering and less restriction of movement.

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John Blume III

John Blume IIIwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

Classic low-profile skate shoe from the company that's been around since day one. The UltraCush insoles are extremely comfortable and shock-absorbent.

If you plan on skating these, I would recommend the suede version so they don't get completely torn up after a couple sessions.

If you plan on wearing these as a casual shoe, the canvas will be more breathable than the suede, which is usually an advantage in deterring sweaty feet. Plus, the cows will appreciate it if you go canvas over leather!

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John Blume III

John Blume IIIwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs

Classic low-profile skate shoe from the company that's been around since day one. The "ultra-cush" insoles are extremely comfortable and shock absorbent.

If you plan on skating these, I'd recommend getting the suede version so they don't get torn up after a few sessions.

If you just plan to wear these as a casual shoe, the canvas is more breathable than the suede, which could be more comfortable depending on your preferences. Plus m, the cows might appreciate your choice in canvas over leather!

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John Blume IIIwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

These bindings are awesome. The stiff flex is super responsive, but somehow doesn't feel as restrictive as other stiff bindings I've ridden -- definitely a plus.

The "Shadow Fit" heel cup is my favorite feature, it pretty much eliminates any chance of the heel of your boot sliding around. Again, this feature adds to the responsiveness of the binding without feeling as restrictive as other stiff binders I've used.

Other pros: super lightweight, comfortable straps

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John Blume III

John Blume IIIwrote a review of on February 18, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs

Bought these as a gift for my brother. He says he loves how easy it is to slip his foot in and out, as well as how soft they feel on his feet.
The rubber soles are good for things like short walks to down the driveway or hanging outside on the porch/patio. Do not use for long walks, 'rugged' terrain, or as a shoe to wear around town... the sole won't hold up to that and aren't designed for that (probably goes without saying, but ya never know)

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John Blume IIIwrote a review of on February 12, 2019

4 5

First off, the pros: these are super lightweight and easy to use. After a few minutes of having them on my feet, I pretty much forgot I was even wearing snowshoes. The velcro straps make putting these on and adjusting them to your boot super easy.

The Cons: I found these to be super flimsy, which did not fair well on any substantial uphill pitch I encountered. I also found the float to be a bit lacking in deep snow. However, disclaimer to that -- after using them in powder I realized they are more intended for a trail that has already been packed down, and for snowshoe running. For that, I'm assuming they work great as all the other reviews have stated.

I also feel like these would be a great snowshoe to introduce someone new to the activity, due to the extremely light weight and ease of use.

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John Blume IIIwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've had this jacket for just a week and it's already proven its worth to me (it's awesome).

I've taken it backcountry touring twice, and both times it has kept me dry and warm, without me ever over-heating. Normally this has been an issue for me and I end up shedding layers until I'm practically in my baselayer on the skin-track, the breathability and venting on this jacket took care of that issue.

The hood fits great, and has multiple adjustments when you really need to batten down the hatches.

As mentioned in other reviews, the kangaroo pocket is huge, tons of room to hold gear, snacks, etc.

Lastly, for how good the tech specs are, the jacket just plain looks good. Holden has always strived for function paired with timeless fashion, and in my opinion they nailed it on this jacket.

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John Blume IIIwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

4 5

Bought these for my girlfriend for her birthday to replace her old Birkenstocks that have more than run their course. The soft footbed on these new ones has made these super comfortable for her feet during the break-in period.

The only thing keeping this from being a 5-star review is the fact that she did get some small blisters on the top of her feet from the straps. I'm sure this is just because they're brand-new though. They should soften up over time and eliminate this issue

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