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Luke M.

Luke M.

Luke M.

Luke M.wrote a review of on July 18, 2019

Fell Short on Fit and Features
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Disclaimer: I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion.

The Topo design Boulder pants are a nice climbing/ yoga/ hiking pant EXCEPT for their one flaw. For me, they have a slightly awkward fit.

I have the size Medium and it seems that the waistband sits slightly higher than I'd expect and the crotch is a bit longer than Id like. The Topo Boulder pants have a gusset for added range of motion but I find that it doesn't seem to add much flexibility when doing a center splits. They have a very flat front which makes them slightly uncomfortable. For reference, I am 5'10 and 165lb and typically wear a size 31 x 32. The material is stretchy but not soft like Prana's Zion line which I also own and prefer.

Other interesting design features include the front zipper (even though they have an elastic waist), rear zipper pocket and ankle cuff bands. I don't understand the purpose of a front zipper with an elastic waist band so would probably prefer it not there. The rear zipper pocket is a nice feature but the zipper is a bit big and can be painful to sit on sometimes. Finally, The ankle cuffs don't have any way to secure them so you can tighten it, but it'll work loose over time. This isn't really a problem because they have a pretty skinny fit which means I can roll them up and it stays just fine.

From an aesthetic point I like the grey color with the red accents. The picture in the product doesn't show the colors well but all the adjustments and belt ties are red and the colors look nice.

Overall these are not my 'go to' pants but easily could be with some fitment tweaks that I hope Topo includes on the next generation.

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Luke M.wrote a review of on July 15, 2019

River Shorts or Do everything Shorts?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Topo Deign River Shorts are basically my go-to for summer days. They are advertised as water shorts but are great for hiking, climbing and just hanging out. I have a size 31 waist and the mediums are a good fit. The River Shorts are approximately 5" inseam and very stretchy. The material is not the 'silky' type of fabric that you might be used to for swim trunks but feels more similar to a starchy cotton. It's a bit rougher on your skin but I think that has to do with the DWR treatment which wicks water off when you get them slightly wet. Overall they are very comfortable in and out of the water.

My only real complaint is with the belt lock system. The buckle works great and holds them securely on my waist but the elastic on the waist band seems to be a bit limited. This means that if you loosen the belt strap, then go to put them on or off you will likely hit the limits of the elastic much sooner than you think. This is kind of annoying because even with the belt all the way loose they are a bit tight on and off. I would think that because they have the belt they could just add extra elastic but oh well.

The color I have is yellow which I don't think is offered anymore but in case it ever comes back it looks great!

For the price there are a lot of good options out there but I do enjoy these a lot.

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Luke M.wrote a review of on July 15, 2019

Great Looking Long sleeve T
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Disclaimer: I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion.

The Topo Grid T-Shirt is a nice long sleeve T with a very soft, thick cotton material and and excellent fit. I am 5'10' ~165 lb and the fit is comfortable in the medium size. I have longer arms than most people my height but the sleeves on the Grid T are plently long enough. Before washing once, I thought it would be a bit big but it did shrink slightly. The sleeve cuffs are nice but aren't very elastic. This makes pulling the sleeves up a little tricky. So far I've had this shirt for over a month and it has gone through a few washes and the printed areas have not wrinkled or cracked at all. They seem very high quality so I expect they will hold up to a number of washes.

Style and color is pretty much what you see in the pictures. It is a bit more 'cream' colored than I was expecting but I like the subtle off white. If you're anything like me, keeping white shirts clean is struggle so the off white hides my stains a bit. In my opinion the grid pattern is a nice aesthetic and I find it to be a great looking casual shirt.

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Luke M.wrote a review of on July 2, 2019

Super Solid Speckley Shirt
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Disclaimer: I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion.

What is there to say about a T-shirt? Well, I can tell you I am 5’10 165lb and with a medium thhe Topo Designs Cosmos T-Shirt fits true to size. It was a little long when I first got it but after one wash it is perfect. I have the ‘Natural’ and love the color combos. It goes well with everything and is a great summer shirt. The cotton is soft and I barely notice it. I got this shirt for free but $40 feels a but steep for what is objectively just a nice T-Shirt.

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Luke M.wrote a review of on July 2, 2019

Extra Durable Day Pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Disclaimer: I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion.

This pack is a solid, basic 18ish liter backpack with some nice features and rugged construction. I currently own a similarly sized Cotopaxi Batac which is lighter and compacts down much smaller but is significantly less durable than the Topo bag. The material on the topo bag is thick nylon with almost comically large zippers. The bag is heavier and likely won't make it as a hiking day pack for me but would be perfect for getting around town or as a very functional ‘day pack’

The pack opens really wide but only has two main compartments so while it is easy to get a lot in the small space it isnt easy to keep track of small things. I would love the addition of a water bottle pocket or other exterior mesh pocket for quick access items and easy organization. The zippers are so smooth and big it would take a pretty significant amount of dirt or sand to slow them down. Each comes with a nice pull tab so opening and closing the bag is really a breeze. The pack is comfortable on my back with single adjustment straps but is lacking a center strap for tightness when I bike with it.

Overall I would recommend this bag if you are looking for something to last and can live without small organizational pockets. This will likely be stuffed into my carry on and used for all my ‘side adventures’ next time I fly.

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Luke M.wrote a review of on March 28, 2019

Great Fit, Wear Camping then to Work
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I was given a PriCip Eco Jacket, but this review is my own opinion.

EDIT: After spending more time with this jacket I can say I am pretty disappointed with the new "ECO" DWR treatment. I dont have the old jacket to reference but this jacket will 'wet-out' even in the lightest rain. This doesn't mean it leaks through but it stops shedding water and stops breathing. I would consider $100 too expensive for a jacket that doesn't breathe.

The Precip Eco has a bit of a futuristic name but the jacket itself could not be more classic. It fits well and holds up to the modest amount of abuse I have been able to put it through in the past few weeks.

The first thing I noticed was the adjustable hood which changes with a Velcro in the back. Hood size can be tricky to get right on other rain jackets. My Northface jacket hood is too big and causes me to constantly adjust between drips of water in my face or not being able to see where I'm going. The Marmot wins in that regard.

Another nice feature is side pockets. They are massive and zip up smoothly so quick access to key items in the rain is easy. The jacket has lots of small but nice touches like soft felt at the top of the zipper to reduce neck rubbing. It's obvious that this was tested and tweaked to maximize utility.

The weight puts this squarely in the 'do-it-all' category. Not quite light enough for the most hardcore backpackers but plenty good enough for a weekend warrior or casual adventurer.

I got the burgundy/ Maroon color and would highly recommend it. I whole weekend rock climbing in the Kentucky back country, covered in dirt and dust and then wore it to work the next day. The color does a nice job of disguising how dirty it is!

Overall, the construction feels durable but I haven't been able to abuse it long term yet so I will try to update this review in the future.

Disclaimer: I was given this jacket to review but my opinions are my own.

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