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Paul B.

Paul B.

Steamboat Springs, CO.

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Outdoor education student at Colorado Mountain College

Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on June 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Backcountry sent me this jacket so I could test it in the field. I am an outdoor education student at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO.
I initially used this jacket early in the spring for a split boarding mission on a somewhat warm spring day. What I realized was that this jacket does not break wind. When the temps dropped in the late afternoon I had to layer up. Now that it is getting warm in late June, this jacket is awesome for keeping cool in the warm colorado rain because it has side vents.
In terms of function, this jacket is great because it has two huge inner pockets for storage. While it is not an ultra light rain jacket like the Patagonia rain jacket I spent $250 on (does break wind) but only has a single tiny chest pocket... the marmot precip still packs down to a reasonable size for anyone other than an ultralight elitist trying to shed a few ounces of base weight from their pack.
The design inside the jacket is super cool. I went with the blue color and love it.
For $100 this jacket is burly and will last for years.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was not a fan of the awkward fit of this jacket. I returned it and got the micro puff vest which I am very pleased with. The vest is a super light extra layer that I don’t mind adding the extra weight to my pack. This would have been a great jacket except the fit wasn’t for me.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I ordered this jacket and loved it so much. It is beautiful. The fit is perfect. The leather is sooo soft. I wanted to keep it so bad but couldn’t afford the price tag. I have never worn a puffy jacket of higher quality. This jacket is worth the price tag. The nicest leather jacket I have ever worn. So classy. Perfect for living in the Colorado Rockies and not looking like an average rockie mountain local. Eventually I will buy another one when I graduate college and get a better job.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These work great. I have them paired with my rossignol split board. They are super grippy. I can do some pretty steep inclines on these. The glue has held up for over a year now. The orange color is beautiful. I love the texture of the material used on these skins. The design is really cool too. I like having high visibility orange for my backcountry gear Incase I need to be found so the orange is great.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having the spike under the toe pointing down is crucial if you want to stay comfortable on verticals. Having spikes that poke straight out are not that great to climb in. The spikes on these boots faces downward. These are so nice. The craftsmanship is beautiful. Worth every penny.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love using an ice axe. I feel like such a bad ass when I am wielding such an awesome tool. I love the way my hyperlite mountain gear pack looks with a few of these attached to the outside. It is super lightweight and sharp as hell. Make sure you purchase a cover for you axe to protect it and yourself from an accident in the backcountry.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ice axes swing around all over the place and having a cover over a sharp axe is necessary while hiking up shaking snow terrain. I don’t want to have to carry someone off the mountain because they fell on their axe and got serious cut or impaled. Don’t be that guy...Be like me... buy the thing.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Having some lightweight straps comes in handy for more things than you can throw a stick at. I initially bought them for packrafting but quickly realized that they are useful for just about everything. They weigh nothing so the ultralight crowd can’t complain about adding an extra half ounce. The multi use function of these straps makes it worth it to have in your pack. Get them. Hyperlite is an awesome company that has a product made in the USA. Support local business. Their backpacks changed the game. Their backpack is the single greatest thing I own, it means more to me than my children.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

Asolo is the only brand of hiking boots I trust. Merrel Chinese product is something I would advise against. I like Keens but they are too heavy. These Asolo are lightweight. The most important feature which makes these boots the best in my opinion is that they are vented and breathable. Waterproof hiking shoes are pointless because your feet are going to get wet no matter what. Water proof shoes take FOREVER to dry. Waterproof shoes keep the water but they also keep the water in. Vented shoes are the best because they dry quickly. There is nothing more pointless than a pair of waterproof gore-Tex shoes. Goretex doesn’t even work when it gets dirty. These are the best hiking boots and the Keen Targhee Vents come in second place if you want something a little heavier. I got the 11.5 but I wish I bought size 12. I put a pair of sole insoles in the bottom and they are the dream hiker. I covered some serious miles all over Utah and Colorado in these bad boys.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a western mountaineering sleeping bag which was expensive but it was sooooo worth it. I want to make sure it lasts a long time. That’s where the rab silk liner comes in to the picture. It is silly smooth and keeps my smelly feet and dirty body away from my precious sleeping bag when I am smelly and dirty after 5 days of sleeping in the field. It weighs next to nothing. I am critical about my base weight and this is something I always carry along.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My MSR pot was less expensive. My MSR also isn’t covered In burn marks after the first use. Toaks also makes great ti cookwear for half the price as snow peak. The handles on this pot swing all over the place and won’t stay open while cooking and I burn my finger, minor inconvenience but it gets annoying after a while.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

This thing is huge. It presses my foot up against the top of my shoe and is super uncomfortable. I tried every pair of shoes I own and none of them have the capacity to fit this thing. I returned and replaced with the extra thin soles and I love them. Soles are crucial for long hikes.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are my everyday gym shorts. I have a few pairs of the black ones and I hope it doesn’t seem like I wear the same shorts everyday. They are perfect. I have been training in them pretty hard and run them through the wash constantly. They have held up really well over the last 9 months. Get yourself a pair. The length is perfect if you are looking for something on the shorter side.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bag is spacious and has a thick strap. It looks great and it functions fine for what it is meant to do. I like the way it feels when I ride my bike to the yoga studio. I don’t like keeping stuff in my pockets on my short yoga shorts and this bag holds all my extras. It also keeps all my yoga stuff organized while it sits at home during waves when I’m not motivated to do yoga.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I had the Arcteryx Theta AR and it had a really awkward fit around the shoulders so I resold it. I was using an old north face and finally gave in and bought my dream jacket. The Rush fits super well. I love the inside pocket setup paired with my BCA walkie-talkie. I wear it everyday here in Steamboat Springs Colorado riding the mountain. When I am ripping through Aspen Trees on a pow day or I am walking my dog I grab the Rush everytime. Adding wind protection and snow protection makes hanging out at the dog park bearable in the winter. I got the purple color and I get compliments on it all the time. An old lady told me not to wait until I am old to wear purple and I am taking her advice. The medium fits me perfectly and has plenty of room for a puffy jacket underneath. I would definitely size down on Arcteryx Jackets, unless you like having a huge jacket and want to look like you came out of an early 2000’s snowboard video.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

Depending on how much you sweat you are more than likely going to slip when doing hot yoga. This may really helps with my issues slipping. Though it hasn’t fixed my poor form while practicing yoga, it does stop me from falling over. The key to hot yoga is telling yourself over and over that you are not going to die. Hot yoga is hard enough without having to deal with slipping all over the place. If you are looking up a new towel then you probably need one and should just buy it.

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Paul B.

Paul B.wrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this as my everyday gym bag. I also try to fit everything I can into this bag for my entire vacation and not check any luggage under the plane. My belongings never leave my possession while traveling and can’t get lost by the airline. Patagonia makes an awesome product here and all of their stuff is fair trade. It is worth it for me to pay a little extra to know that I am not supporting slave labor.

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