Rob WykoffMESSAGE_KEY: label.community.profile.wrotevideo NOT FOUND IN REPOSITORY Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 Trail Running Shoe - Men's on August 12, 2020
A review of Arc'teryx Norvan LD2 Trail Running Shoes
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Raised in New England, moved to Jackson Hole in 2003 and joined Backcountry.com in 2006. Currently the Senior Buyer of Men's Apparel, living in Park City, UT.
A review of Arc'teryx Norvan LD2 Trail Running Shoes
I got the Arc'teryx Norvan SL running shoes a few months ago and have been wearing them twice per week for a ski season conditioning class here in Park City. The class combines cardio with strength and balance routines and is held indoors on field turf. So far, the Norvan SL sneakers have been amazing - even though they are lightweight and the upper incorporates a lot of micro-mesh for ventilation, they provide excellent support for running and side-to-side stability for the various exercises we're doing.
A great unexpected use for these was as water shoes earlier this fall - the rivers were warm enough for wet-wading, and these were the shoes I had with me, so I took off my socks and the Norvans became my wet wading shoes - they worked super well, dried quickly and showed no ill-effects from being submerged for a couple hours.
Fit is true to size. Highly recommended.
After riding a Yeti SB4.5c Turq (L) last season, I ordered a SB150 XO1 Turq (L) in May. The first rides were in Moab over Cinco de Mayo 2019, and since then, most of its rides have come in and around Park City, UT.
To be frank, I was a little concerned that the longer travel SB150 would put a major damper on my longer xc rides, but everyone I talked to and everything I read said it pedaled much better than most, if not all of the other bikes in this 29r enduro category. Having put 600+ miles on it since May, I can confirm with confidence that this bike is even better than you might think it is - on everything. It is a great pedaler - no it's not going to climb like the SB100, but it will certainly give you a chance to stay close on the climbs - and once you get to the top of that climb, well, just fugetaboutit. It you like to go fast, chances are, the SB150 likes to go faster. If you're into riding flowy, swooping xc trails, gnarly rock gardens, loamy forests, or the bike park - or better yet, all of those on different days - give the Yeti SB150 a serious look, it's impressive how far long travel 29rs have come in just a few short years. If you want to see what it can really do, check out the videos of Richie Rude riding this exact bike in the comments here - sometimes words just aren't enough to describe.
For glasses that look as good as they do in everyday life, the Julbo Renegade's Zebra photochromic lenses are the x-factor that makes them an amazing do-it-all pair of sunglasses. They stay securely on my face, and the lenses adjust to the light, so they're always just right. From running errands, to long mountain bike rides it's so nice to be able to rely on one set of sunglasses knowing that they will always be a great choice for the conditions due to their Zebra lenses.
I've been wearing the Julbo Aerospeed Reactiv for about 15-20 rides now and absolutely love them. The fact that the lenses are able to transition from completely clear to dark grey and back again is amazing - that they do this hundreds of times without you noticing during a ride is a game changer. Started a ride in the evening the other day - facing into the setting sun for most of the climb, the lenses transitioned to dark grey and were great - as the sun set, I was psyched to know that they would transition back to completely clear. They did just that, and we got back to the car in the dark with no problem. Regardless of the weather, just grab these glasses for your ride, run or whatever, they will take care of the rest.
I have two different colors of Prana's Broderick Slim short sleeve shirt because I like it so much. It is super versatile - wear it to a bbq or the office, or even for a night out on the town. I like the "slim" fit because it is trim without being too tight - at 6'2" 180lbs, I can wear large or medium; however, I prefer the Medium's fit, as there is less fabric around the torso.
I got the Flylow Compound Pants earlier this season (Large, Fernet) and have worn them skiing in the backcountry and resort virtually every day since. First off, they are comfortable and fit well - they're light, but still durable, not too baggy and not too loose. The pockets are well-placed and handy as a result. The vents are great - I love the inner leg and outter leg combo vents - when both are open, you can really dump heat. A hidden feature of the double leg vents is when touring in a windy storm... close the vents on the windward side of each leg and leave the others open so you can still vent without letting the weather in. The Event membrane is highly breathable on it's own, so when it's really cold out, you don't always need to use the zippered vents. Last but certainly not least, I enjoy supporting the Flylow brand, as they are a small company that inherently understands what their customers are looking for, because the co-founders are still out touring, skiing and biking just like their customers.
Icebreaker's tech lite Merino Wool t-shirt is great for just about anything - from wearing as a baselayer for skiing, a performance T for biking/running or just wearing around as a normal t-shirt, I like how the graphic gives it a little extra visual appeal!
I just got my third Icebreaker Sphere short sleeve crew shirt - my first two are doing great, but I wanted another color since I wear them so much. They are great for wearing as a everyday t-shirt, a performance shirt for running/biking/working out, and as a baselayer for skiing. The fabric is soft, antimicrobial and stays cool due to the tencel blend - this is not a "hot" or "itchy" wool shirt. It runs true to size and I can highly recommend it.
I am very impressed with the Exped Synmat HL Lite sleeping pad so far. Unlike a bunch of sleeping pads I've had in years past, this one is the perfect blend between weight, durability and comfort. I bought it for a hut trip in January and was super impressed with it while sleeping on a very cold, hard floor (with 3 broken ribs) - it over-delivered for me and I would highly recommend it! Also, it's important to note that this is a large (long and wide) sleeping pad, which was great for me since I'm 6'2".
Whether it's a commuter bike or a mountain bike, this is the bell to have. Period. It is good looking, well built, and most importantly it rings loud with a great tone. Save yourself from pedestrians who don't look both ways and/or from getting in a head-on accident when riding around a corner on the trail with this bell.
The Asics Gel Cumulus 18 is my mother's favorite running shoe. She has been running these for almost 2 years and every time she wears them down, she gets another pair of these. She has a narrow foot and really appreciates how these Asics fit!
I've been a 7" baggies guy for many years, but this spring I decided to try the "short" version in the 5" inseam. I'm pleasantly surprised to say that they shorter version isn't too short - personally, I think they are great.
I got these RVCA Montague Swim Trunks for a trip to Mexico in February. They made be my new favorite swim trunks/board shorts because they fit so well, are made of a nice soft fabric and don't have an internal liner brief. Full disclosure, I have a number of Baggies from Patagonia and I love them, but these are a great change of pace and the fit/feel is great.
I got two colors of the Patagonia Go-To Men's button-down shirt prior to a trip to Mexico in February. I am very happy with how it fit and felt in the warm, humid climate - they were both perfect. From wearing them at night for dinner, or to the beach during the day, I was so happy I had two colors to rotate through. I like the slim fit of this shirt, as it makes it less baggy without being too tight. I got a large and they fit well, although I think I could have fit into a medium if I wanted a much more "trim" fit.
I got the Pons Avarcas Classic Sandal for my girlfriend last week before our trip to Mexico. Bottom line is that she loves them - they fit true to size and required no break-in - I gave them to her when we arrived in MX and she wore them out that night. Personally, I really like how they look and they appear to be well-made and will stand the test of time.
I got both colors of the Backcountry Buff recently and am really happy with both - great for skiing, etc. and since they are UV rated, they will also be great to have this summer in the desert and on the water.
I got The North Face Thermoball mule booties a few weeks ago as I was looking for something I could use for hut trips as well as in everyday life - I am really pleased with them so far. They were great for the hut last weekend (Peter Grubb Hut, CA) since they have rubber soles - yes, that adds to their weight, but made it nice when I needed to make the trek outside in the snow. Around the house, they are great too - very comfortable, and since they have the rubber sole, they are great if you need to go out and check the mail or something like that. Fit is true to size