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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodman

Southeast US - Asia - anywhere with big mountains

Patrick Goodman's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Patrick Goodman's Bio

Pat Goodman, 37, developed his obsessive appetite for vertical adventure at age 12 while growing up in Farmington, New Mexico. Since then he has sampled the verticle wilds of China, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He owns a hardwood flooring business in Feyetteville, West Virginia.

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Patrick Goodman

Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

A perfect companion!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big Agnes nailed it with the Battle Mountain 2-Person, 4-Season Tent!

Besides all the standard accoutrements that come standard with any respectable 4 season expedition tents – burly, weatherproof construction, 2 door entries, reinforced guy points on fly and tent body, vestibule windows – a few things that really stand out to me as REMARKABLE are:
• Seated headspace; at 42 inches, this tent has quite a bit more room up top than other tents competing in the 2 person/4 season expedition tents. I’m not tall, but I do need to stretch out and the added headroom offers superior gear storage, plus the gear loft is included with this tent, unlike most other brands.
• Vestibule roll-up design, vrs the standard teardrop, tuck to the side design; basically, you get a big opening to use instead of a cramped, half opening.
• Weight; 6lb 3oz…which is pretty significant – the comparable MHW Trango 2 is 9+ pounds; granted you do get a tad more square footage from the Trango (40 sqft) than the Battle Mtn (30.5 sqft) and the Trango waterproof coating is thicker (1500mm vrs 1200mm), but when you start moving all your gear around, 3 pounds is a really big deal! And a note on the dimensions: Big Agnes is spot on with the listed specs, I’ve seen competing brands boast comparable tents with listed lengths as 92 inches, but actual length is more like 88 inches.
• Ventilation; besides the standard fly vent, the Battle Mtn hosts two vestibule vents that work great when coupled with the interior mesh door opening in foul weather.

As far as space inside, it’s on par with other tents in this genre; tight for two, but the added headroom, gear pockets and vestibule square footage (10 up front, 3.5 in the back) makes it easy living.

So far, I have had no issues (mine is 3 years old, has been to China, Canada and around the US a bit) with durability, still looks new.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Amplitude shorts are for you if you not just like a comfortable, no-chafing, stretchy, breathable, heat dumping, well-built running short, but you NEED a comfortable, no-chafing, stretchy, breathable, heat dumping, well-built running short!

Besides the fit being on-point, the two pockets are expertly placed (one stash pocket in back, one zip pocket on the thigh) and hold plenty of necessities without compromising movement. The elastic waist is snug enough to stay put without any binding, the internal drawcord works well, too – although I hardly use it.

The stretchy inner short breaths very well, dries quick and does not hold onto stinky, sweaty smells.

These shorts also look awesome and although they're running shorts they are not short-shorts - when standing at-ease, the hem is just a few inches above my knee. I love the color (I have blue) and the way OR bonded the hems and seems makes these shorts a real pleasure visually. Also, I find they work very well for beach wear and on the river (there’s a nice little loop inside sewed into the waist for hanging).

I have several pairs of these shorts and I use a pair for relaxing around the house (Yep, they are that comfy!) and a pair for ripping it outside and in the gym.

I’m 5.9, 175 lbs. 32-inch waist and the Large fits great.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

Another Ultra piece of gear from OR!
5 5

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

This jacket does exactly what it was designed to do: Keeps you dry during those unexpected downpours, packs down incredibly small and weighs next to nothing.

My experience with the Helium II has largely been as a "just in case" piece while rock climbing and hiking when the weather is iffy. This jacket packs up quickly inside its stow pocket to about the size of a baseball - I have found the pocket is big enough to hold the jacket as well as a small snack and still be compact and light enough to forget about while clipped to my harness or tucked away in my backpack top pocket.

Considering the thin 30D Pertex Shield fabric is almost transparent, I was a bit worried about durability issues when I first got my hands on the jacket. But, after a trip alpine climbing in Canada's Northwest Territories my skepticism diminished; I ended up wearing the Helium almost continuously during my trip including two separate (20+ hour) big wall climbs in which we climbed loads of squeeze chimneys (hood fits nicely over my helmet!): Not one hole and the jacket was quite comfortable whilst climbing and hiking between tormenting cloudbursts!

I would not necessarily suggest this jacket for use if you will be inundated by wet weather for days on end, that said, I have used this it as a standalone piece for backcountry use in remote and wet locations with the knowledge that it does not have the best breathability like other, more robust Outdoor Research jackets - It does however dry fast!

I wear a men's Large and have a good bit of room for light layering: I'm 5.9, 175lbs, with a 41-inch chest.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 167 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

If you are looking for a big lofty, overstuffed puffy, this jacket might not be for you…But hang on a second…If you want a very warm, somewhat fitted, compressible jacket that can be used as both a mid and outer layer, look no further!! This thing is a workhorse!
I find the fit to be true if not a tad snug—I’m 5.9, 167 lbs with a 40” chest and have a medium. You might consider ordering a large if you want more layering room.
You can read through the product description to get the tech-specs and whatnot, but the features that really stand out to me are:
• Sheds light rain; heavy rain or all day mist will start to seep but, I’ve gotten it pretty wet and the down never clumped—dries fast, overall pretty impressive in this regard.
• Thoughtfully reinforced high-wear spots, yet this jacket still maintains a light-weight build.
• Two-way zippers.
• Pocket stuff sack (a must for any belay/bivy jkt).
• The hood is huge, fits a climbing helmet, but also cinches down comfortably.
• Huge internal pockets (another must for gloves and those times you need to put a hot-water bottle inside your coat).
• The wire brim in the hood is super thick, and surprisingly effective in keeping warmth in.
• Outstanding mobility due in part to the slight form-fit.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on December 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 167 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The Astroman was love at first touch: Soft-silky-like, stretchy and light-weight! It was eyes-burning-with-sweat-hot out the other day cragging and this shirt wicked moisture, stayed dry and didn't stink. At the bistro later that night dinner would've been covered had I charged a quarter to each person who fondled my shirt.
I'm 5' 9", 167 and have a 40" chest - I find the large fits me perfect (airing on the roomy side) for casual wear and rock climbing.
I have had zero issues with durability; no problems with the snaps and the fabric is still like new after many washings and countless hours of wear.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on January 10, 2014

WOW...light. WOW...tough!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this helmet on multiple international expeditions: A worry for me when I'm packing for a big trip is weight and I'll cut corners wherever I can; but when it comes to lightweight helmets, it is generally just not worth bringing anything other than a helmet made with an ABS shell. If the plane ride doesn't destroy them, the porters/approach will.
Not the case with this helmet!! It is tougher than woodpecker lips!!
Very light. I hardly notice it unless I'm in a chimney or a cramped space.
The color is bright, but in the mountains I appreciate this aspect greatly.
Holds a headlamp very well.
Plenty of room for a warm cap underneath.
It breaths OK, hard to get a helmet with good coverage to breath very good though.
The magnetic strap clip is very cool, it has a tendency to collect some debris, but I just wipe it off occasionally.
The EPP also holds custom artwork very well...see pic (art by Jeremy Collins).
If you want a light, durable helmet, this is the best one made, bar none!

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on November 29, 2012

MASTER cams is right!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I climb on southeastern sandstone A LOT and never leave the ground on a trad route without at least a few, especially the blue/purp! I have also used them with great success in Pakistan, Venezuela and Canada.
Why you want these:
Flares -
Lets face it, unless you only climb at Indian creek (and even there) your gonna need to protect in a flare at some point. The narrow cam head and single stem fit tight spots perfectly. Almost every partner I have climbed with in the last few year has purchased at least the first four sizes after sampling the ones on my rack.
Durability -
I have beat the ever living crap out of these using them in horizontal placements. They hold up, don't shy away because of the corded trigger wire; it's burly and Metolius will replace it if you manage to break it.
Weight -
The lightest offset cam available...period!
Price -
Trust me, your a$$ is worth the comparably low cost of owning a set.

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on November 28, 2012

Pipeline Perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off - I dropped a pair of Pipelines around 500 feet from the side of a Tepui in Venezuela. I found them on the jungle floor unscathed! From there to the New River Gorge's class V whitewater these sunnies perform.
Key features I like:
The Fit - light and well ventilated with the open temples, and the Flex Nose customizes to my bridge size very well.
The Lenses - I love the photochromic Zebra lens! It lightens and darkens with a change in the light’s intensity which has worked well for me on the glacier, in the water and on the rock, making these ideal for a trip with mixed terrain.
Anti-Fog - I live in We(s)t Virginia and spend a good bit of time running in the summer. The integrated coating does a great job!

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

I have had these now for a few rafting trips around the southeast, I luv them. Super comfy in the boat and on the trail - I had to chase down my freinds kayak the other day, I ran for about 1.5 miles along the rocky shore never slipping on the rocks or twisting my ankle! END is going to change the way shoes are made..I hope! You will be Wowed by the WOW Water Shoe!

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on April 6, 2009

5 5

I got this pump because I could'nt afford the price tag of the big Barrel pumps. I have used this pump now for about 4 years, it fills my 10' NRS raft up completely, @ 2.5 psi, in about 8 minutes. The double action is great, and its small form (19" x 9" and pumps at least 3.0 psi), fits well in the raft for long trips!! Get one!

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on March 26, 2009

5 5

One of MBs favorite bikes of all time, what else needs to be said! Great all mountain XC bike, that handles the DH pretty well also, around 28 lbs, sweet, fast and a great climber. One of my favorite parts of the bike is the simple single pivot design you'll save loads on the cost of maintenance since there is only one pivot. I'm 5.9, 160 and the medium gives me plenty of stand over room and soaks up pounding bumps like a dirt bike chassis. This bike sets into corners much like a motorcycle also, super fun!! You will not need to change any components from this simple-to-set-up build kit, get one!

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Patrick Goodmanwrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

The best, cheapest pad around! These pads last, carry well and are light weight, so you don't get worked luggin it around. It packs up fast and the dual density foam absorbs impact time and time again! Don't be fooled by other manufacturers with "cheaper" hinged pads - the foam is not good (to stiff!) and the angled hing on the Metolius pads is far better than the standard hing design, that you will most likley poke your foot through (the gutter) onto the ground.

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