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Rich F

Rich F

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on September 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

As other reviewers mentioned, for the price this is an awesome shirt. The cotton/poly blend gives it some versatility, so whether you're golfing, hiking, around town, biking to the bar, you get some light performance and style. If there were additional prints I'd buy them all.
Unlike the previous review, I actually ordered my normal size and it fits perfectly.

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on September 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs

I got these as a gift for my lady friend and she loves them. The material is incredibly soft and stretchy. She wears them for everything from working out to around town. They can easily be dressed up or down.
After feeling the material, it took all of my will-power to not buy the men's version.... they're still in my wishlist though!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on September 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: small

As most reviews for Carhartt will mention, you should probably size down. I'm 5/6", 160 pounds with broad shoulders so I wear a medium in almost everything I own. I went with a small in this and it fits great. The Full Swing means you have added range of motion due to the Flex Elbow and Freedom Gusset features. They actually make a difference and aren't just some BS sales gimmick.
This jacket is much warmer than expected due to the fleece linings. It would make a great work jacket for cold fall days or even winter if you're sweating.
I haven't been able to use it for my intended use yet (chopping wood and general household chores around the cabin), but hoping this fall/winter to really put it through the ringer.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on September 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Similar to other reviews, if you're looking to make coffee for a group or large pots at a time, go with the 12 cup. I bought the 9 cup and it was a little too small for what I needed it for.
That said, the quality of this percolator is awesome, and it works as it should. overall, a great way to make coffee while camping!

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on September 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs

Before these I was rocking the New Balance Reengineered Trailbusters. I loved those shoes, but they were too narrow for most people. Almost all of the Reengineered NBs are narrow, so these are a great option for a similar style that fits almost all foot shapes. They have the slipper design - the tongue is connected to the body of the shoe instead of flopping around. So far they've been great!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on August 9, 2018

My new favorite duffel!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the last ~12 years I've been using the TNF Base Camp Duffel. I have it in three sizes so I always have a reasonable option regardless of the length of my adventure. The Backcountry Trekker just replaced the medium Basecamp as my go-to duffel for most trips! The Trekker meets all of the criteria on the MUST HAVE list for a duffel, including comfortable backpack straps, durable/water resistant material, strong zippers, exterior compression straps and some amount of interior organization pockets. Also, for a mid-size duffel, fitting into an overhead compartment is crucial.
Where the Trekker wins is with the smaller details. To me, the absolutely biggest benefit is the massive, water-resistant internal pocket. I used this duffel on an 8-day trek up Kilimanjaro, and that pocket became my dirty laundry zone. Those of you who have hiked Kili (or done any 8-day trek for that matter) know just how badly you, and your clothing, will stink by day 3. Being able to take off the gross clothing and confidently know I'm not pre-maturely griming up my clean stuff was good peace of mind. As I put dirty clothes in, that pocket seemed to keep getting bigger. By the end of the trip, I ended up having half of my clothing and a pair of muddy trail runners in that pocket. Not only does it keep your clean stuff clean, but then you don't have to go rummaging through a pile of dirty clothes to get the one clean shirt you're looking for after walking for 6 hours. WIN.
The two interior pockets in the lid are also well thought out. The one held a book/journal, with the other having an extra headlamp and batteries.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

exactly as advertised. A towel isn't one of those things people immediately think of as a backpacking necessity, but once you've used it you'll quickly add it to your packing list for every trip. dries you off quickly, then the towel itself dries fast.

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

RVCA's That'll Do shirts have always been my favorite button downs, mostly because of fit and the plethora of solid color options. The stretch is the same fit, same great colors, but with improved material! It's a perfect blend to keep you cooler than traditional cotton, and dry faster if you happen to break a little sweat.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Nalgene has to be the most popular, timeless water vessel in all of outdoors. My go-to for any adventure. I know it won't dent so i'll always have the same volume, and the measurement hash marks are great for measuring water for cooking. Plus, that new Backcountry logo is really clean looking!

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs

I'm usually not big on hiking boots. Most of my hiking has been done in chaco flip flops or trail runners. That said, I'm going to Kilimanjaro and was told I HAVE to have a mid-height, waterproof boot. I tried the Vasque Sundowner, but they didn't fit my feet well and gave me blisters and toe bang. I went with these, and they feel more like a beefed up trail runner than a mid-high hiking boot. They're flexible enough to be comfortable, but still plenty supportive. the grip has been sufficient on icey sections of high alpine trails, or mud down low. I've only used them on a few hikes but so far so good! If anything changes drastically over the next ~50 miles, I'll put it here!

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs

My lady needed a light jacket, primarily for hiking. It had to be relatively packable, breathable, good fit over just a single layer and capable of taking some abuse. We landed on this one and so far she's hyped! It's even casual enough to wear around town without looking too tech.

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Rich F

Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I also bought the long sleeve version of this, which I highly recommend.
I wear this mostly for hiking or commuting in the summer. It wicks perfectly and doesn't stink like traditional synthetics - Polygiene actually works!
The material is a littler shinier than I'd prefer on a daily-T, but I knew that before buying so wasn't put off. I wear a medium in almost everything, and got a medium here and it fits well. It's a little shorter than most shirts, but that hasn't been an issue.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

If you want a basic tech shirt that looks decent off the trail, this is it! I've been a big fan of crew next tech tops (as compared to 1/4 zip). I think they're a little more casual and can be work out for a burrito after a hike without looking absurd. The material is a littler shinier than I'd prefer on a daily-T, but I knew that before buying so wasn't put off.
I wear a medium in almost everything, and got a medium here and it fits well. It's a little shorter than most shirts, but that hasn't been an issue.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs

These have about everything you'd look for in a pair of rainproof pants. Yes, you can find Goretex pants that'll be more waterproof, breathable and potentially last longer, but my rain pants don't get the same amount of wear as, say, a jacket. So for the 3 - 5 times a year I need these, they're perfect!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on July 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

These are about as light and stretchy as you'll find, which makes them awesome for a summer pant. The only issue for me was fit. They were a little baggier than I was expecting, so I returned them.
I usually wear the Patagonia Performance Straight denim, and this Prana pair fit much larger, which is a bummer because I love the wash and material.

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I leave water in a metal lined bottle overnight, it has that metallic taste in the morning. That same taste seems to be more noticeable with beer or other flavored beverages, regardless of how long they've been in the vessel. With the ceramic, you don't get any of that. Another great Stanley product!

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Rich Fwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Backcountry sells a handful of glacier shades. These are a modern take on the traditional look you'd get from Julbo or Vuarnet. For the price, you'd be hard pressed to find another pair of glacier glasses with polarized lenses at this price! I've not used them on any high alpine trips yet, but general look, fit and quality has been good.

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