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Kris Lander

Kris Lander

Salt Lake City and Thereabouts

Kris Lander's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Biking

Kris Lander's Bio

Father of three, and the owner of a very large dog. Most weekends you can find us car camping, hiking, or just hanging out around a campfire.

I'm also the Database Marketing Manager here at Backcountry.com

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on January 17, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like all Skullcandy headphones in this price range, these don't offer great sound quality, and the bass is overly "boomy". The volume is definitely on the quiet side, and the built-in controls don't seem to work with Windows 7. However, for the price, you can't beat these as an entry pair of wireless headphones. Now that I've used wireless headphones, I'm spoiled, and and can never go back to the tethered world.

In the end, while I like these headphones, I would probably save up a few extra bucks to buy a higher end pair with better sound quality.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are a permanent fixture in my backpack for winter hikes. You never know when you're going to encounter a trail encased within sheet of ice in the Wasatch, and these help me to cross safely. They fit well over my winter hiking boots, and tuck into a bag when I don't need them.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

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

I bought this shirt a few weeks ago, and I've barely taken it off since. The flannel is thick and heavy, and provides plenty of warmth under a jacket during cold winter days. Seems like this would function as a good lightweight shacket for cool-ish spring and fall days.

The shirt quality is impeccable. All of the panels match up well, and the seams feel solid. I'm very comfortable recommending this product to others.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I ended up returning this shoe because the sizing seems like it's off by about half a size. The shoe seemed nice, but it was just too small to be comfortable. I ended up buying another pair of The North Face in my natural size that fit a lot better.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

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

I bought this for my 5yo son to use as a ninja costume for Halloween. He hasn't taken it off since. He wears it as jammies, as a baselayer, or hell, just as his normal walking around outfit. He grudgingly changes into regular clothes for school, but immediately changes back into his ninja suit when he gets home.

Given how much abuse it's been put through, it looks almost new. The fabric is starting to pill ball a little bit, but it's not too bad. The zippers around the waist mean that even in an emergency situation, he can still get to the restroom with time to spare.

We would definitely buy this again.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

3 5

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

I wear these shorts 2–3 times a week for spin class. They're certainly not as comfy or padded as my more expensive Castelli bib shorts, but they get the job done. The padding is decent for anything around 60–90 minutes. The higher cut across the back does an impressive job reigning in the ol' love handles. I do, however, have two complaints which is why I knocked the rating down to three stars:

* The padding has a seam where it ends near the front of the short, and that can sometimes chafe. (Some days I notice it, some days I don't).

* The padding across the backside tends to shift a little when you're out of the saddle, so sometimes you perform an awkward adjustment when you sit.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on September 19, 2016

3 5

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

I just picked up this shirt, and it looks great. But, it runs large. I was right on the edge between Medium and Large and decided to go with the Large. I should have gone with Medium--the shirt just looks too big on me, especially the sleeves.

Also, I agree with the review below that says the snaps are bad. I had one pull off the placket, leaving just some sharp teeth behind. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the teeth straight up and reattached the snap. Seems good now, but we'll see how it works over time.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on September 7, 2016

5 5

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

Purchased these to replace my ancient Chuck low cuts, and it was a good move. Great cushioning, great looks, and a great deal. If I had any complaints it would be that the heel took a few days to wear in, but it really wasn't that big of a deal. I would buy them again.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on August 23, 2016

4 5

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

Dressy enough to fit in at the office, but casual enough to wear on the beach with a pair of shorts. My only minor complaint is that the collar is a bit floppy, so it's hard to get a crisp look. It would be nice if there were collar stay pockets, but it's really not that kind of shirt.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on August 23, 2016

5 5

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

I've worn a lot of board shorts over the ages. Everything from cheapo big box store shorts, all the way up to Quiksilver's latest. But, the Hurley Phantom is the gold standard for board shorts. Breathable, flexible, and quick drying, there's nothing to complain about from Phantoms.

Sure, the Block Party short isn't as nice as Hurley's Hyperweave short. But, who do I look like? John John? For hanging out on the beach, body surfing, and drinking beers, these shorts are all you need.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

First Thoughts
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this watch for about two weeks, here's my initial impressions:

* The watch looks great, I've gotten several compliments on it
* It thicker than you would expect--roughly the thickness of two iPhones 6s stacked together
* The leather band is terrible--I replaced it with a NATO strap, which really makes the watch look better
* This is a tool watch, there's a bunch of stuff on the face, which sometimes gets in the way of telling the actual time
* Not really a fitness tracker, more of a fancy pedometer
* The step tracking is finnicky. It waaaaay under reports compared to the motion tracker on my iPhone--I'm guessing it's because the motion sensor is less sensitive, and can be thrown off if your arm isn't moving enough, like when you're pushing a shopping cart or carrying a kid
* The iOS software is middling, it works, but could use some polish
* Syncing is not automatic (thus the incredible battery life) and requires you to put the watch into a special mode before you can sync your step data
* Sleep tracking doesn't seem to be an option for the iOS app (supposedly it's coming in Spring'16, so any day now)
* The face is 42mm, which is about perfect for my wrist (6.5")

Honestly? I'm not sure if I would buy it again. I think it looks great, and it's a damn sight better looking than any other fitness tracker. But the step tracking could be more accurate, and the iOS app needs someone refinement.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

5 5

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

This is quickly becoming my summer go-to shirt. It's lightweight, and pretty breathable. I've worn it on a few short, low-intensity hikes with the kiddos and didn't feel like a sweathog. It's nice enough looking that you can dress it it down with a pair of shorts, or dress it up with a pair of chinos.

Like other recent Stoic clothing, plan on going a size up if you're between sizes.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this lantern to hang in our backyard patio, and it looks great. Here's some random thoughts:

* I expected it to be heavier
* The USB charging cable is permanently connected to the lantern, and tucks nicely into a routed groove in the base
* Also comes with a USB extension cable which is definitely handy
* The rheostat-style control knob is nice, just adjust the light to your desired intensity
* I know it's LED, but the light is bluer than I would prefer, I wish it were a bit warmer
* I've accidentally left the lantern on overnight, and it was still happily glowing the next morning, so it's easily getting 8+ hours

So far, so good. Based on my experience I would buy another one.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on May 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large

I bought this as a Mother's Day gift to replace my mom's previous Fitbit which bit the dust. And, what do you know? She loves it. The watch-style band is definitely an upgrade over the previous Charge (no HR sensor) which would randomly open during activity. The steps/activity counter is definitely up to Fitbit's reputation. The only complaint is that the pink plastic next to the display clashes garishly with the purple band color.

My mom has tiny wrists, and the small is a little big on her. The heart rate sensor still works, but you can definitely see the blinky green LED when she moves around.

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Kris Landerwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

3 5

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

My daughter is two-years-old, and in the 98th percentile for height, but these are still way too big for her hands. However, they fit my nearly five-year-old son nearly perfectly. So, if you need something for a infant/young toddler, you might want to look at another pair of gloves.

As far as the mittens go, they're good, but not great. The wrist elastics are loose, and there's no way to tighten them up. You'll definitely want to pull your kiddo's coat sleeves over the wrist and tighten the cuffs down to keep the mittens in place. On the plus side, they seem pretty water resistant, and I've never heard any complaints about cold fingers.

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