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Rob Ware

Rob Ware

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Salt Lake City, UT

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Rob Ware's Bio

Copy editor and writer at Competitive Cyclist/Backcountry. If you like what you're reading, it's my fault; if not, someone else was probably responsible for it.

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Rob Ware

Rob Warewrote a review of on February 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My wife skis for 4-5 days a week for work and fun, and I picked these up for her after a few brutal cold snaps in the Wasatch. She says they're worth it and a half.

On any (*ahem*) "normal" day above 15º F she wears yoga tights under Arc'teryx Sentinel shell pants. If it's between 0-15º F but she'll be moving/working hard, she swaps the yoga tights for fleece tights. However, if it's in the single-digits or below 0º F and she's not generating much heat aerobically, the Axina Knickers have been a game changer for staying comfortable... or just staying outside, period. At 60 grams of insulation, they're basically the equivalent of turning an Atom LT jacket into pants, but a touch heavier-feeling. She says she tends to run warm while skiing, so she saves them for the coldest days, but that if your bottom half runs cold or you're not jazzed on uninsulated shell pants in the resort, they'd likely be more of a constant companion.

She has a size M in both the Axinas and the Sentinels, and says the wide, low-profile waistband makes it easy to layer the knickers underneath.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife has the Squad XL goggles, and her lil' seven-year-old ski friend wanted some to match. Not only do the Smith kids' Daredevils have the same high-quality lenses featured in the big kid models, but they're basically a mini version of the Squads... hence, the Squad XS.

They seem to fit a wide range of little kid face sizes, and have a generously adjustable strap with sticky backing to keep 'em in place while your snow critter accelerates to mach seven. Oh, and they're so cute that we bought two pairs. Couldn't help it.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My partner has one X-Cup and one X-Mug she keeps in the pockets of her ski jacket for days skiing inbounds––that way she can get $1 refills of coffee at Alta or forego using the single-use plastic water cups Solitude throws away buckets of every day. It's easy as pie and doesn't create unnecessary trash from disposables!

The main disclaimer with these things is that silicone retains odors... especially things like coffee and garlic. Keep that in mind, and consider having a designated cup for java or savory foods so your next drink of water or chamomile tea doesn't taste like the curry couscous you put in it last time.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It suuure is a sleek way to transport caffeinated beverages at optimal temperature, I'll give 'em that. We're big into reusable mugs in our household, and so far the Rambler has leapfrogged Hydroflask's offering in this department for two reasons: 1) they actually fit into car cupholders, and 2) when you swap out the lid with the Yeti Magslider, you've far less a chance of spilling scalding, brown liquid on yourself or your (probably light-colored if you're spilling coffee) clothing. I wouldn't call it spill-proof or leak-proof by any means, but hey. We'll take all the help we can get.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I picked this jacket up for my partner, who uses it primarily for climbing and high-output, cold-weather activities. She adores it and thinks the combination of breathability, lightweight insulation around the core, and true next-to-skin comfort make it the perfect piece for layering over a tank during cool/cold climbing sessions when a puffy would be too stuffy or fleece would get sweaty and clammy.

She's 5'9" and 135, and size M is a comfortable, slim fit on her. However, it's cut just a bit short for her (especially in the arms), and sizing up seems to get wider, but not much longer. If the cut of the jacket were even an inch or two longer in the body and arms, she'd use it for skiing and touring more, but it's relegated to non-winter wear instead.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 19, 2019

5 5

All of the GTGs are delicious, and this is no exception. Of course, the primary intended use for these little packets of tasty nutrition is backpacking, but I think their frontcountry versatility really shines––grab one of these before a long road trip or trans-oceanic flight and forego whatever atrocity you might otherwise pass off as a meal (and yes, flight attendants are happy to fill these with boiling water for you).

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

We picked up these skis for our friend... She's seven, and a stone-cold shredder. After getting her set up on longer, more substantial skis with some sidecut and a wider shovel, she's been able to tear up way more terrain and work on her techniques in a way that her old skis didn't facilitate. She's 50lbs soaking wet, 100cm tall, and now skiing double blacks on the 120cm length in these. Yeehaw!

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

In all honesty, the seven-year-old friend we got these skis for hasn't even seen Frozen; they just came in the right dimensions. She calls Elsa "Cinderella," but certainly doesn't mind the loads of compliments she gets on the skis.

These sticks had the widest waist/shovel width in a 120cm length, which has been extremely beneficial for the 100cm tall "powder piglet" who rides on 'em. They rip!! Plus, the bindings are extremely easy to adjust.

However, there's one thing about these skis that's a bit... creepy. For some reason, snow tends to gather on and stick to Elsa's eyes on the topsheet. Nowhere else. Just the eyes. First you laugh... Then you shiver, and look away. Let it go.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

"Supple" is thrown around way too much in the industry to describe tires. But it actually applies here. These tires feel like butter on the road—I've never ridden tires that are so—for lack of a better word—delicious. No notes on durability yet as I've only put a few dozen miles on them, but surely they'll wear out faster than 4000s or the like. They're just too damn smooth not to. Still, for racing or pure luxury rides, I can't think of a better clincher.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 12, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It's hard to argue with the R1's fit, breathability, and versatility. I occasionally wish I had the hoodless option when layering under a hooded shell, but that's a small complaint and the extra insulation isn't a bad thing on the coldest days. Fit is true to my experience with other Patagonia items: I'm 6'3" with 36in sleeve measurement (neck to wrist), and the sleeves are just a tad too short for me to use the thumbholes and cover my hands. No major issue with gaps, though, which is rare for someone with arms as long as mine.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on November 14, 2018

5 5

With Base Bar in head, rise defiantly against the paternalistic echoes in your head. Cookies CAN be for breakfast. What's more, cookie DOUGH can be for breakfast. Cookie dough IS for breakfast. It is.

These are goddamn delicious. Most protein bars taste like dog food or have enough sugar to put a toddler into a coma but these are the exception. Enjoy your cookie dough.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on November 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After four years on battering the originals, my wife replaced the worn-out dogbones on a dozen Black Diamond Posiwire quickdraws with these. The 17cm Finesse slings provided not only a considerable facelift, but distinct weight savings and more versatility due to their length. The BD carabiners are a very, very snug fit in the String S webbing protection on the rope-side of the draws, but once you get them in, they're incredibly secure and a dream to clip. She'd recommend the swap to anyone.

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