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Mark R

Mark R

Snowbird, the Wasatch and everywhere else UT. Original playground in Northern VT, with other seasons spent between Idaho & Tahoe.

Mark R's Passions

Skiing

Mark R's Bio

Misplaced Vermonter exploring the West.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty great and delicious. From what appears to be a flimsy snack I feel that I get a lot of substance out of it. It sustains me between my post-work trip to the trailhead and dinner later in the evening. The only bummer is it can get crumby if it gets crunched in your bag. Otherwise, super delicious and provides a good boost!

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased the red color to match my Pivot and am pretty happy with how it looks. Functionally it works great too. Easy to install with no trimming necessary. Comes with velcro that I have not had to touch since day one. Stiffer plastic than experienced with other fenders and holds up well. I'll definitely be ordering from Mucky Nutz again should I ever need another fender.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does the job. Installation wasn't as difficult as I've seen other people mention across the web. However, I was not pleased to find out that I would ultimately need to saw off some extra length on two of the connecting pieces. It's not necessary, but looks a bit ridiculous if you don't do it. This isn't personal preference either, but an actual step in the instructions. I've also noticed that in the first few weeks of using, that heavy loads on the rack would cause the screws to come loose and rattle. I constantly have to tighten them, but I'm sure locktight would do the trick. Besides all of that - it looks good and clean, stays somewhat sturdy, and works for getting me and my bag around town.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Fun shirt that always makes people chuckle. The color is definitely banana yellow - a little more faded/muted than the photo depicts. The fit is not thin - if anything its more on the boxy side. I ordered up to a size large and nuked it in the dryer to shrink down to my more normal size. After a lot of use, the color has started to get that bacon effect where it wrinkles up and folds over on itself. Loved the shirt in the meantime, but this factor may cause some hesitation when ordering from Mollusk again.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Perfect summer bbq or friday work-shirt. A little bit of a slim fit, but not overwhelming. The cotton is very thin and light, but in a good way - like a summer weight, if you will. The only down side to that is that the color doesn't always stay crisp, but is an easy fix with a quick iron or steam. I ordered it in "mint" - great colors that are sure to get compliments every time!

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll use this pack for the majority of my rides that are under an hour or so in time to pedal. Anything more than that and I might consider something with more water-carrying capacity. Otherwise, I love this thing. It fits all of the necessities: phone, keys, co2, levers, snack, etc. I also have a really packable wind shell (Arcteryx Squamish) that I can even pack in there for chilly descents. Lastly, I appreciate the small design consideration of placing the strap buckle to the side. You can see it in the stock image above. It doesn't seem like much, but allows it to sit to the side in a more comfortable position.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I appreciate that this watch has a nice classic look, but with a sort of throwback feel thanks to the simple digital screen. This watch does not have any bells or whistles, so if you're looking for a more robust and feature loaded option, this isn't for you. It simply has a light, a stopwatch mode and a countdown timer mode. The timer mode counts down from one of several preset times (5min, 10min, 30min, etc.) or you can set a custom value. Note that there is no alarm function. The leather band seems quality so far, a little stiff upon opening but breaking in nicely. The stainless steel housing has a nice weight that makes you feel like you got what you paid for and provides just that little bit of flare. If the inner kid from the 90's in you wants a cool digital watch, but your girlfriend thinks you're too old for it, consider this a good compromise.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

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

I've only used these once, but based on initial impressions they'll do just fine. These feel like they're made with quality, as opposed to cheap travel bottles that you can buy at the grocery store. They come with a clear carrying case, which isn't necessary, but a nice touch considering TSA requirements. I have full confidence that the caps wont fail me and that the overall construction won't explode on the airplane. Not the cheapest option for what these are, but what they lack in appearance they make up for with peace of mind that they'll last me a very long time.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on March 5, 2018

Great for Travel
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Choosing a perfect travel pack can be just as difficult as finding the best flavor ice cream in a Japanese vending machine (hint: its not matcha). Either way, I was glad to have found the Db Hugger. What I appreciated the most about this bag was it's simplicity - no unnecessary bells and whistles, just a simple and burley design. The bag has two pockets: the main compartment that unzips in a horseshoe shaped fashion and a top pocket near equivalent to the size of goggle storage on a ski pack.

When fully packed, the bag is low profile and sleek (for its size). The material used on the sides is padded and reinforced with a super high denier for added durability - bomb proof! Just don't say that on the plane. The large pocket has inner mesh side zips on each side - best for storing things like flip flops for quick access in an otherwise large compartment. I used packing cubes (from Osprey!) to help keep me organized. The top pocket was great for quick storage items like my passport, cash, snacks, etc. and had a bit of structure to keep it from getting crushed. While traveling, I kept a mini TSA pad lock on this pocket to keep my stuff safe. Oh ya, the back panel has an exterior lap-top sleeve that's side entry (super easy access) and well padded to keep it safe from external pressure.

Ultimately, I used this as my one and only pack for two weeks of travel through the Philippines. It was large enough to fit enough supplies, but sleek enough that I wasn't bumping into everything while navigating through crowds and tight areas. It also looks somewhat low key (no flashy colors, logos, etc) which was appreciated. I felt confident in it's durability and water repellency at all times. My final thought is that packing and unpacking was super easy as the entire front panel unzips and folds back to provide the larges access point possible to the main compartment. If you're looking for a simple but rugged bag with no unnecessary straps, buckles and compartments - this is one is a perfect fit.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on March 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wore this shirt pretty darn near all the time on a two week trip through the Philippines. Traveling on an airplane? No problem, looks good and casual - not too "outdoorsy" to warrant a second look by TSA. Hiking through hot and muggy weather? Pop a few buttons and keep cool - light and airy, doesn't stick to your skin. Get drenched on your scooter by an afternoon shower? No problem, dry off in no time ( and without a chill thanks to the wonders of merino). Loved this top. You can get away using it for every day wear or hiking a mountain. Either side of the spectrum and you can expect it to perform admirably and without odor - even after two weeks of island hopping and no washing machine. Regular fit - not loose/baggy nor tight/form-fitting. Expect it to fit like a normal cotton tee.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on February 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Bought this for my girlfriend and here's what she had to say:
Free People tanks are a staple and this one is no different. I bought it in two colors for a trip to the Philippines and wore one pretty much every day. It looks great with a strappy or low-back bra. Definitely a loose, flowy fit, but not in an unflattering way!

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Mark Rwrote a review of on February 6, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Good:
- The Imperial Blue color is rad and even brighter in person.
- It's incredibly light and packs well. Bought this bag for a 2 week trip to the Philippines - it packed into my carryon bag with ease when I wasn't using it, and it stored everything needed for a day of exploring when I did... actually holds more than you think upon first look.
- It's surprisingly durable for its weight. We experienced rain, sea spray, sand, dirt, boats, etc. and nothing ever got wet and the pack never tore.

The Bad:
- Because there's no structure to this bag (a selling point), it literally becomes a "black hole" and you have to dig for 5 minutes to find what you need.

In all - if you want a pack that looks right on the trail, or in a city, or on an island, and stows away nicely in between, this one is perfect.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Great fitting button-up with a fun design. I always get compliments on the little sombrero and cactus prints on it. In spite of the goofy pattern, it's got a classic look and a slim fit. Great to wear to work or a backyard bbq. The fit is perfect for me, so I've been weary of shrinking it in the dryer. I opt for an air dry instead.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It's like a tee shirt, but with a hood. Like, the weight of the fabric is actually the same weight as your tee. It's super comfy. Definitely a longer fit (by design), but slim too. Great to wear on crisp nights around town or when the A/C in the office is cranking.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Awesome shit. The cotton-poly blend is really smooth and soft and generally feels nice to wear. My favorite thing about the shirt is that the back is longer than the front for those who like the feel of a longer fit without necessarily wearing a tall-tee. I usually wear it for daily use, but have ended up hiking in it in a pinch. It actually breaths and dries really well for what it is!

I like my shirts a little longer, so I ordered up a size and was able to shrink it a bit in the wash. It is a blend though, so it won't shrink a ton.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This thing is incredibly warm. The cotton twill fabric is really soft and supple, while the inner sherpa lining adds some solid weight to the piece. Out of the box, it feels like one of those flannels that you've worn a thousand times (in a good way!).

If you run hot like me, it's definitely too warm for inside use! I use this for things like driving to the mountain, wearing around the campfire on a cold night, drinking on a patio, etc. I would almost urge you to consider it as an alternative to a heavy fleece.

I had some initial concerns that washing it would cause it to lose that "broken in" feel, but its stood up just fine. I did, however, choose to omit it from the dryer. All in all, solid piece. If you're questioning the price, it's because its much much more than just another flannel.

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Mark Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

Everyday Knife
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great knife and The James Brand certainly makes it feel special from the get go. Unboxing this is akin to unboxing an iPhone. It slides out of it's outer packaging embedded in a wooden block (as pictured in my photo). Right away, it feels like you’re holding something of true quality. The outer packaging then prompts you with a “first cut” to unravel it and read the design and brand details on the inside. Definitely a pretty cool experience before even truly using the knife.

The tech-specs mention the blade length is about 2.5 inches. What they don’t mention is that the handle length is 3.5 inches, combining for a total of 6 inches in length when in use. It’s definitely not a big burly knife, but is perfect for everyday situations. I’ll use it to open boxes, cut an old lift ticket off my ski pants, fix a crappy shoe lace, etc. I appreciate that it’s small enough that I don’t even feel it in my pocket, but sharp and durable enough to stand up to larger tasks if needed.

I honestly never thought I’d be one of those knife guys, but now I can’t imagine leaving the house in the morning without it. I literally use it at least a couple times a day. It’s one of those things you never think you’d use until you actually have it and realize how handy it is. This is a no frills knife – but it’s certainly simple, clean, and classic. You know they say the knife you carry is a reflection of who you are ;)

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