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Kevin Box

Kevin Box

Salt Lake City, UT

Kevin Box's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing

Kevin Box's Bio

I rode my bike to work today, and I rode my bike to SLC from Madison, WI, this summer. I hunt and garden and hang-dry my clothes. I, like you, am a social primate peering into a glowing rectangle.

Kevin Box

Kevin Boxwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these for my old lady and she decided not to keep them. She normally wears medium everything but these were large enough to slide off without unbuttoning. They're also pretty roomy in the thighs and have a pronounced bell bottom. FYI.

They do seem well-constructed otherwise.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

I've worn this every day since I got it and I'm really impressed. I've got a couple original buffs, which are great down to the upper 20s, maybe, but once you get colder than that you start to need something serious to keep your face warm on those early morning commutes. And this sure does the job! I'd say it's probably three or four times as insulating as a normal one, what with the interior fleece layer. I might buy a few more because these are bound to get gross quickly breathing thru them all the time. But that's inevitable.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 6"

I bought this for my sweetheart, along with the 1/4 zip top, and she basically lives in them now. This is her feedback:
-It's wool, but it's not itchy! Don't let that fool you.
-The side panels are slimming
-They're great for lounging or exercising

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a cool piece of gear right here. It's got zippers everywhere for storing your stuff and venting heat. The hand pockets will fit a fifth of whiskey (not that you'd need that much whiskey on a ski hill, hopefully--just something I noticed on a bicycle liquor-store run). It's about as rugged and weatherproof as a jacket gets.

I have the Rooibos color, which I got for visibility (I use it for cyclocommuting on really miserable days). It's not as bright as it looks in the photos. I was thinking it'd be like hunter blaze orange, but in reality it's a more subdued shade. The Beta AR in Rooibos has a more accurate representation of the color you'll get.
I got a Medium, but for the record I probably could have gotten away with a Small. I'm quite skinny, so YMMV.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

Stylish snow boots
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I've worn these around town, on my bicycle on very cold days, and on mild to moderate hikes in the Cottonwood canyons in various conditions. They're warm (although personally I doubt they'd be comfortable at -40, but I haven't tried). They're waterproof of course, and they get lots of compliments

I bought my normal size of 11, which is fine - extra room for thick wool socks, of course - but I definitely could have sized down to 10.5 and been fine. This appears to be pretty typical of Sorel boots from what I've seen.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on November 11, 2017

I live in this thing
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Between the months of, say, September and May, I almost don't take this thing off. It's the perfect top layer in anything but a driving rainstorm--toasty but breathable, tough but stretchy, stylish but high-vis.

I find softshells way more versatile than hardshells for cycling, and this is the best one I've found in my thousands of miles of riding. For the record, this fits more like an American t-shirt than an Italian jersey. Buy your t-shirt size.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This is a really stylish and comfortable shirt. There's not a whole lot to elaborate on; it's got high-quality metal buttons and attractive color options. If you're looking to up your flannel game past the thrift store level, this is how you do it.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

Versatile layer
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this layer a month ago and have worn it most days. Good news:
1. It's slim fitting, and fits under my cycling softshell, itself a pretty slim fit.
2. It's wool, and smells nice even when you get sweat and desert all over it.
3. It insulates well for active wear and it's comfy enough to wear on the couch.
4. The torso is long, which is good for an insulating midlayer.
Bad news:
1. The sleeves are not long enough for me to use the thumbholes--I'm worried I'm going to stretch it out or rip it. But then, I'm pretty gangly; those shorter of limb may have better luck.
2. It would be more stylish as a two-tone jacket, like the Marmot Variant. It's kind of ninja-turtly lookin' as it stands, but you do get some sartorial leeway in active wear, of course.

I'm 5'11", like a buck-sixty-five and got a Medium, for the record.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Size Purchased: medium

I bought this for my sweetheart, along with the pants, and she basically lives in them now. This is her feedback:
-It's wool, but it's not itchy! Don't let that fool you.
-The side panels are slimming
-They're great for lounging or exercising

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on October 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the nicest bag I've ever owned. It got damn near freezing last weekend and I crashed in my socks and undies. Which is to say: if I went to bed with layers on, I could sleep comfortably at substantially lower temps. And it packs down to the size of a large cantaloupe. How cool is that? (To this cheapskate, after a lifetime of bulky synthetic bags: really cool.)

I'm 5'11" and got the long bag--I figured it'd be nice to have room in the foot of the bag for my boots or water I don't want freezing solid. It works out great. I look forward to many brisk evenings wrapped snugly in this bag.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this for a 2,100 mile bike tour this summer. It is insanely efficient. One minor worry I had was being able to buy high-performance stove fuel in remote areas--but it turns out they stock the Coleman brand at Wal-Mart. So that was no trouble.

One annoying complaint: the spark button broke after two days. That, from what I've heard, is a very common issue. So: definitely don't leave home without a lighter.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put this thing to serious use and I bet it's not halfway used-up.
Literally no complaints. I'm a cycling cheapskate except in two arenas: tires and saddles. Those contact points are important.
Now, perhaps someone whose sitbones aren't adjusted to riding on a road bike might find reason to complain. This is not a magic seat and riding is still something to get used to. But for anyone who wants an upgrade, or the best possible touring/commuting home for their ass, this is a top-notch choice.

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Kevin Boxwrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I lived in this thing for eight weeks as I rode to Utah from Wisconsin. It is what it says: an extremely lightweight tent that kept me dry though a couple of thunderstorms.

There are a couple trade-offs with a tent this light. The zippers are tiny and can be finicky. The tent body is quite lightweight and I can't recommend using it anywhere rougher than your backyard without a ground cloth. If you're lazy setting up the rain fly, and your guylines aren't dialed in, you might get some water coming through the rainfly due to contact with the tent body. And of course, it is smaller than many 2 person tents on the market.

That said, this did everything I wanted. Touring by myself, it felt truly spacious. Like I said: this was home, a welcome place to fall unconscious after riding 100 miles yet another day. I recommend it for anyone looking to save weight.

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