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Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Qavumanwrote a review of on October 6, 2017

5 5

One of my most important pieces of gear now. This tarp has become my main shelter, in conjunction with either a sea to summit nano mosquito net, or a 6 oz water resistant bivy. I can fit either setup in my back pocket! I've also used it when we take a tent as an awning, and anytime I head out in the rain it's a great place to stop and have lunch. It's heavier than some Cuben fiber options of course, but for the price it's worth the extra few ounces.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

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

I purchased these shorts to replace some of my older 5 inch inseam brooks shorts. I decided to try these based on my experience with the BTN long haul shorts (which I've loved).

I have really enjoyed these in hot weather, as the name implies it does feel as if you aren't being restricted by anything. The material is incredibly light, the drawstring and waistband haven't given me any issues holding the trousers up even with the pockets packed up, and after multiple washes.

There are four pockets, all located on the back waistband. The first (left to right) is a larger pocket around 4 inches long and 2 inches high. The stretchy material allows you to fit some surprising objects in here, as long as you can get them through the smaller opening.

The middle pocket is a standard zipper pocket found on many running shorts. Just barely large enough for an Iphone 5 (with a medium size case), it also has some stretch and stays pretty still when running.

The final two pockets on the right side are perfect for gels. I can fit two gels in each, though it's much easier to access them with one in each.

The liner on the inside of the shorts is very breathable, helps anything from sneaking out of the shorts. Always helpful when running in public.

Overall another great product and has moved my running short collection closer to becoming exclusively north face.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love it. I primarily use this hat for running. I've used many hats with mesh panels and others with a light material/short brim. The combination here is perfect. Keeps your head cool, fits very comfortably and never gets in your way. It's almost easy to forget you have it on.

I have two of these now, all other running hats I own have made it into the donation bag.

Absolutely worth buying.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on October 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have been hesitant to even consider Hoka's, I had seen them at a few races and wondered "who would need that much cushion". After a few knee injuries, I decided to give them a try since they were on sale.

I'm very glad I ended up purchasing these. It made such a difference in my run. I usually wear a size 10, and these fit perfectly to size. The tread doesn't look as substantial as my various La Sportiva shoes, but it really does a good job of gripping. I have yet to run on anything super slick, had a few run offs of water on granite today and they did fine. Not sure how they'll do during a downpour, but it seems like they will still perform well.

I'm glad I gave these a try, I can't wait for my next long run.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

I've had this for a few months now. I purchased it because my 20 oz from ultimate direction is too big for shorter or more supported runs. The straps are secure, and made with high quality material. The pocket is just large enough for 3 gels. The bottle itself is nice and durable, and I haven't experienced any nasty odors after leaving water in it for a few days. The cap is a traditional style push cap, I however prefer bite valves. It's pretty free flowing, I often forget it's open and liquid WILL COME OUT if it's not closed. I guess that's the point.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on March 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These have replaced all of my previous running shorts. I can't believe how light these are, even the liner is light. I've ran in many models of brooks, Smartwool, and Salomon and these instantly became my favorite as I put them on.

The most impressive feature of these shorts is the storage. There are 5 smaller gel sized pockets, 2 Medium sized pockets which fit Clif Bars perfectly, 1 large pocket about the size of an iPhone (Horizontally) and 1 large zipper pocket. The liner has 3 small pockets on the right leg, and the two medium pockets on the left leg. The remaining 2 small, 1 Large, and 1 Large zippered pockets are in the back on the waistline.

I recently wore these on a 25 mile training run on some local trails, and was able to carry enough calories plus a phone, and a tube of gu brew for the entire run. Everything held in place, and I stayed completely comfortable the entire time.

I wouldn't mind an additional color to choose from, but I will most likely buy a pair or two of the non long haul version of these. I really don't need this much storage on every run.

I don't like posting reviews of items which I haven't had for at least a month, however I thought these warranted an exception.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on February 5, 2015

4 5

As thebother reviews state, these run small. I have thin hands and usually wear a medium in most gloves, i bought the large (thanks to the previous reviews) and they're perfect.

I use them for running, I'm able to roll them up and fit them in any pocket big enough to hold an energy gel. Great for putting over a pair of liners, or using by themselves.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this a few weeks ago, I've used it around a dozen times now, really has been a great piece of gear.

The pocket is huge, absolutely huge. The clip on the inside is perfect for my key, I usually take a gu or half a fastbreak, along with my debit card. I still have space for a phone, however I don't usually take my phone. I am able to shed my hat and/or gloves into the pocket if needed.

I do prefer handhelds over packs, I usually only take a pack if I'm running an unfamiliar trail which is remote, or for longer races. I plan on buying another of these handhelds for an upcoming 50k, two would be the perfect amount of space (personally at least) for that distance.

Actually drinking out of it is a challenge at first, but you'll get the hang of it. I prefer this handheld over my Nathan and Camelbak handheld bottles. This was very well thought out and created.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

3 5

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

I love smartwool, I've found their products fit me well and are extremely durable.

I purchased these socks with my Backcountry.com credits, so they were free. I had never used compression socks, as I hadn't really understood the hype around it all. I figured I'd give them a try.

Honestly I can't tell much of a difference in performance, aside from the fact that having a little compression seems to have helped me recover from a slight ankle injury. The feel however is nice, really comfortable. Very durable, haven't noticed any wear and I've done about 200 miles in them. Not sure if it adds on any miles but I'd rather not rely on gear for that anyways.

I use these primarily on colder runs, or I'll keep them in my pack on longer runs when I need to change after I've completed any creek crossings for the day.

A nice addition to my smart wool sock collection, however as with most smart wool products I will never pay full price for them, hence the three stars.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Bought these really without doing much research, I run 95% trails and only had some cheap road shoes which had seen better days. I had signed up for a number of road races and began to look for a higher quality shoe. I found these on sale, which honestly was the only reason I purchased them. I really couldn't be happier.

I do like shoes which are more on the minimalist design, and these hit the mark perfectly. Extremely lightweight, comfortable and durable. I put 10 miles on these straight out of the box and had no issues with blisters or discomfort.

I have a thinner foot, at first these seemed a little to wide for me. However after playing with the laces a bit more I found the extra stability to be beneficial. I'd say they fit perfectly to size, most people have closer to normal feet than I do.

Really a nice road shoe to have, I plan on buying another pair to have for the future. Definitely worth checking these out.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had been using a heavier beanie for cold morning runs. Around mile 2 or 3 I would always have to take it off, just to let the sweat make my head cold again. This beanie solved that problem, keeps me warm enough whilst letting my head breathe.

Really a perfect running beanie. Since it's so thin, it fits in my race belt with some gels too, really works out nicely.

I've washed it a few times a week for the past month or so, it's held up fine.

Just ordered my second one. Great product.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this watch due to the low price, while still being able to have gps. I still use it, more for when I'm doing a new route to check the distance/elevation.

You absolutely get what you pay for. It's pretty slow to start, slow to pause, and not too accurate. It shaves off around .1 miles per mile, or adds it on. I plugged it in and checked out the map of my route after a run, turns out I ran a 2 minute mile across a lake. This doesn't happen every time, but still can be a little glitchy.

It's probably best to spend a little bit more, for a better quality watch, rather than deal with this. However if you're on a budget, it will do an ok job tracking your runs.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 10, 2014

5 5

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

On my 3rd pair. I will never buy a different flip flop. I get about 1-2 years out of each pair, and living in the south I use these at least 8 months out of the year.

Overall my favorite shoe, even across every shoe category. I usually buy a size smaller than what I normally wear, after a month or so these begin to mold to your foot and stretch out a bit.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Up until ordering this I had used similar shirts of different brands. I didn't expect it to be any different, yet was amazed during my first run in 84* weather.

It has a higher quality feel to it, vents just as well, and wicks moisture a bit better than anything else I've had. I highly recommend this shirt.

It does seem to run a bit small, for me personally it fits well enough though.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 6, 2014

4 5

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

Used this a few times now, really a great pack. Holds the essentials, plenty of water (I usually take way too much), and feels natural on your back. It stays in place very well, and keeps comfortable.

I couldn't find anything I don't like about it, but I'll come back and edit this if I eventually find something.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These were my first pair of compression sleeves, so I don't have much to compare them to. I do really enjoy having them, either for colder mornings or increasing comfort in the upper miles of a trip/race.

Sizing is a little confusing, but once you take the measurements they ARE accurate on the sizing charts that salomon has. Also please listen to the tags and don't put these on unless you are wearing socks! I nearly snapped my ankle my first attempt to slide these on. Socks make it much easier.

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Qavumanwrote a review of on September 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this bottle every day, I've been using them for about a year. Perfect for shorter runs, keeps liquid cool and inside the bottle. All you need for a refreshing drink is a little squeeze.

They have held up very well, I still use the first one I purchased.
I have a few of these, and haven't been able to find anything to replace them. Highly recommended.

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