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Roger C.

Roger C.

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Roger C.

Roger C.wrote a review of on October 10, 2016

5 5

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

This is a great lightweight softshell. It's perfect for chilly fall/spring weather, and even colder when layered. It looks good enough to be worn around town, but maintains the usual Arcteryx technical capabilities. I borrowed one from a friend, and like it enough to buy one immediately.

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Roger C.

Roger C.wrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

I have the men's version of this jacket, but it has the same basic design. It's a really fantastic jacket, that is both warm, and lightweight, and provides excellent range of motion. I'm a huge fan of the side panneling, because it makes the jacket a lot more comfortable than your typical insulated coat. I highly recommend this jacket as a comfortable piece for moderate cold casual wear, or as an active insulation for colder conditions.

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Roger C.wrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got one of these a week ago, and have been liking it more and more. The low profile design and light weight are fantastic features for running; you put it one and hardly remember it's on your wrist. The heart rate sensor seems accurate enough for getting a basic picture of how hard you're working. Having multiple data screens that can be set up with whatever information you like is really nice for tracking your runs, and it's easy to scroll from one screen to the next while on the go. I was quite surprised at how much I like the Garmin Connect mobile app, as well. It's well done, and provides a nice simple presentation of all your metrics. Finally, the smart phone notifications are pretty nice--definitely not why I bought the watch, but I've found them to be a nice bonus!

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Roger C.wrote a review of on September 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is really well done. It is easy to get on, and seems super comfortable (couldn't exactly ask the carrier, so this one is a bit of an assumption). The pocket design is solid, giving ample space without over complicating things. If you are in doubt, size down.

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Roger C.

Roger C.wrote a review of on August 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These shorts are great! The fit is excellent, and I'm a big fan of the pocket layout. The zippered one in the rear is particularly nice. The front pockets are angled in such a way that you can put a smartphone or wallet in them and have it be secure, rather than sliding out every time you sit down, as happens with most shorts like these. The shorts are super lightweight, and the construction quality is superb. I'm excited to check out the lined version, and highly recommend these to anyone interested.

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Roger C.wrote a review of on August 11, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size

These shorts are fantastic, and definitely popular for a reason! They are the ultimate do-it-all summer piece, good for swimming, running, hiking, running to the store, and even just lounging in the park. Note that the name is no joke; they are definitely baggie. It's easy to think the proper size is too large at first, but if the waistband fits, go with it!

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Roger C.wrote a review of on June 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a beast! This is a great bottle for anyone who is less-than-diligent about maintaining hydration on hot days. Given the sheer volume of this thing, filling it up will keep you set for a long time. Thanks to the fantastic insulation, your beverage will still be icy cold by the time you finish it1

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Roger C.

Roger C.wrote a review of on June 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is probably my new favorite climbing tool. The reason I like it so much comes down to its versatility, namely, being able to use it as a reliable auto-blocking belay, and rappel device. The auto-blocking function works excellently for both uses. Rappelling with the Smart Alpine is a little clunky at first, while figuring out how to feed rope through smoothly, but I'll take a little chop from the device catching me over the opposite any day. As with any device, you always want to keep a hand on the brake end of the rope, but it's nice having the peace of mind that, should anything go wrong, you will likely be fine.

One note with this device, however, is that you want to be careful to select a good 'biner for it. Any kind of broad radius HMS carabiner should do. Make sure you set it up so the device is on the broad end of the biner (narrow end facing you), with the spine (opposite the gate) on the same side the rope is running through. The reason for this is that, while it is unlikely, with a smaller carabiner, it is possible to catch the corner, preventing the rope from binding enough to properly auto-block.

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Roger C.wrote a review of on May 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Heads up - this is a heavy saddle, so don't buy it if you're looking to keep things light. That said, this thing is sooo awesome. The saddle is remarkably comfortable after a little work breaking it in, and you're going to be hard pressed to find something classier looking. The saddle comes with a packet of Brooks' leather treatment, and you should definitely follow their directions for applying it, then apply once or twice a year following. If taken care of, this thing will last forever.

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Roger C.

Roger C.wrote a review of on May 27, 2016

4 5

These draws are pretty hard to beat on the affordability scale. They work well, with one slight drawback. The loop in the webbing on the wall side is quite large, at least on the 18cm, causing it to be pretty bulky. This gives the draws a kind of awkward handling coming off your gear loops sometimes. Despite this one shortcoming, these draws are a great deal, and certainly get the job done.

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