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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewiswrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs

I am constantly amazed by these socks. They're comfortable, cool when it's warm, warm when it's cool, and pretty much indestructible. They also manage moisture very well, and I have never had a blister pop up while wearing them, even on long wet slogs. Do yourself (and your feet) a favor and pick up a pair (or six.)

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a pretty good jacket for the price. It's definitely not ultralight, but it's not too bad. The DWR seems pretty solid and the hydrophobic treatment on the down will help should the jacket wet out (technically you should have your rain shell on at this point, but details...) Marmot classifies the fit as regular, and for the most part this is true. I'm a little bit bigger around the midsection (too many donuts when I was young and foolish) so it fits me a little tighter, but there is still room for a baselayer underneath. The 600-fill down works like a champ and is comfortable down into 10-degree temperatures. A couple of minor gripes though...first, at least for me, is a bit of a shoulder-pad look. It's not "A Flock Of Seagulls"-like, but it's definitely there. Second, the collar is a little taller than I like, but like I said, minor gripes that are just personal preference.

Overall this is a pretty good piece of gear. It's not the lightest or the most packable, but it will do the job fairly well.


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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on December 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs

As a dude who likes his flannel, I gotta give props to this shirt/jacket. First off it's warm--the Sherpa lining does the job very well. Second, it's corduroy, which gives it a nice look and feel when you're headed into situations when the flannel shirt wouldn't be appropriate. (Believe me, these situations do exist...) Overall, a great casual piece.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 30, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

A good flannel shirt (or six, or seven, or whatever) should be a staple in every dude's wardrobe, and the Prana Woodman shirt should be a crown jewel of your collection. Solidly built, warm and looks great to boot. The only complaint I have is the sleeves are a bit long for me, but it's certainly not a deal breaker. Do yourself s favor and pick up one of these bad boys.

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a good flannel for those cooler days when a jacket is a little much. For something this lightweight packs a lot of warmth. Sleeve and torso length seem just right. It's a pretty relaxed fit so if you like your shirts a little more fitted you might be a little disappointed. The fit does provide some room for layers underneath though if you're so inclined.

Overall, a great flannel for cooler outdoor adventures.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs

Ah, the ubiquitous flannel shirt: the pinnacle of dude wear. Any guy worth his salt has a few of these hanging in the closet, ready to answer the call when adventure beckons. Oh sure, you've got your Gore-Tex shell and your down puffy, but sometimes you just gotta go with the classics.

The Outdoor Research Crony shirt is pretty much everything you want a flannel shirt to be: Warm, comfortable, but most importantly, plaid. It's not lined, but it'll keep you warm in cooler temps down into the 40's. On top of that, it feels solidly built, and you can chalk that up to OR's Infinite Guarantee(TM). This sucker is built to last, like everything else they make. So, if you're ever wearing this shirt and get mauled by a grizzly bear while chopping wood, you're covered. Okay, I don't know if grizzly bear maulings are covered, but the point is it's built to last and OR will take care of you if you're not happy with it.

While I wanted to give this shirt 5 stars, a couple of minor things held me back. First, the sizing seems a bit small. I normally wear a large in button-up shirts, but I ended up going a size bigger in this case. Cotton flannel will shrink a bit, and that was the case here, so in the end the shirt fit like most of my other ones do. Secondly, the cuff buttons are in kind of a weird spot so they tend to make the cuff opening huge, so the sleeve ends up around my knuckles. Fortunately, I have some sewing skills and was able to adjust the button to a better spot. (I highly recommend the sewing skill, it will come in handy for suturing wounds from the grizzly bear mauling.)

Overall, this is a fine shirt to add to your flannel collection, and the fact it's made by OR you know you're getting a quality product. So get out there and get one already.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is a good vest for those cooler days when a full jacket might be a bit much. It's lined with microfleece for insulation and the outer fabric is built to take a beating. Sizing is a little weird...I normally wear a large in most Kuhl stuff but had to go with the XL this time as the smaller size felt like I was wearing a corset, so might not be a bad idea to size up with this piece.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For those of us with blown out knees trekking poles are a must, and the Mountainsmith Pyrite poles are definitely up to the task. These are good poles for the price. They're not the lightest but they are sturdy and do the job well. The shock absorbing feature is definitely a plus and can be locked out if you don't need it. The cork grips are comfortable and maintain good grip if the palms get sweaty.
Sure, there are lighter, more feature packed poles out there, but for the price you can't beat these.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on November 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Like pretty much every product I own from Kuhl this one is a winner. It's advertised as a jacket but looks more like a sweater. It provides a good deal of warmth in cool temperatures and looks good to boot if you want to wear it around town.

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewiswrote a review of on September 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs

I've said it before, but these socks are the best I have ever worn, bar none. Comfortable in a variety of temperatures, moisture wicking, and the best part of all, guaranteed for life. Just go and buy them.

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Matt Lewiswrote a review of on September 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This is a great lightweight softshell. It's fairly wind and water resistant, breathable, and the stretchy fabric moves with you, so it's pretty comfortable. I use it mostly for hiking and cycling and it works very well for both.

Possibly the best feature is how light it is. For a softshell it weighs next to nothing and packs down pretty well for easy stowage when not needed. If I had to give a gripe about this jacket I would wish it were a tad more weatherproof.

Overall, a great jacket for active pursuits.

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