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Sam L

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Sam Lwrote a review of on December 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started climbing at the gym after a 20 yrs hiatus, and figure my 25 yr old Petzl harness, that barely still fit, ought to be replaced. I was looking for light weight and comfortable, and I got both. This harness is the opposite of bulky (maybe svelte is the right word). It is also pretty comfortable. I don't know that I would like to be hanging in it for a multi day endeavor , but for sport or gym routes it's perfect. I even like the color.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on December 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for my wife last Christmas. She was tired of using paper/plastic plates and cups when we camped, or tailgated for lunch while skiing. I saw this and it seemed like a good lightweight alternative. Since then we have used it may times. The set cleans up easy; it packs back together easily, and save you packing out trash. I didn't notice it when I purchase the set, but the cups have a neoprene sleeve that keeps you hot cocoa nice and toasty, particularly when you put the sippin' lid on it.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on December 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these gloves as a gift. They are mighty warm. If I say that they are made out of a soft leather, you might get the wrong idea. The leather they are made out of seems very durable, but it is soft and playable, which helps them allow you to maintain good dexterity. I have a feeling I am going to use these gloves until they fall to pieces in 20 years.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on July 9, 2014

4 5

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

I like to rate my running shorts on an as-close-to-naked-as-possible scale. I bought a pair of these from one of the SAC gear caches and was not expecting much. I was wrong. Turns out they rate quite high on my scale. They are light and fit well. You quickly forget that you have them on at all, which is what I want out of a running short. My only complaint is that back pocket closure; I wish it had a zipper. The flap that does cover the pocket feels loose. If you had the pocket full of stuff I think it would function well, but if you just have a car key in it, it feels like it might work its way out.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on June 26, 2014

4 5

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

I bought these shoes because they were dirt cheap, and with the way my kids feet grow, I knew they wouldn't be in them long. The rubber is grippy enough, but the soles are quite flexible making very small foot hold difficult for my kids. So for the price I give them 5 stars; for the softness I give them 3 -- average = 4 stars.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

5 5

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

I got these gloves as a christmas gift, from my mother-in-law, and she told me when I opened them, "You better not lose one of them. I'm always loosing gloves"! I told her, in reply, "These are not the kind of gloves you loose". This is very true. I love these gloves. I find them very warm. Not as warm as the BD Guide glove, but I find that I have better dexterity with these gloves. I also like that the liner is fixed. There is no worse feeling then trying to put on a glove where the pinky finger liner had been pulled inside-out from a previous removal. These gloves are well made, I mean well made. Like I can see myself having these gloves for the rest of my life and passing them onto a beloved grandson on my death-bed.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first set of skins. I bought them because they were well reviewed. And they are excellent skins. Perhaps a bit heavy, but definitely durable. Perhaps a bit lacking on the glidablity, but very grippy on those ugly, steep accents, (and with 125mm under foot on my Megawatts, who can blame them). But all this leads me to the glue. Wow they are sticky! All my buddies can do "the trick". You know that trick were you whip your skins off without taking your skis of. With the glue on these BD skins, it takes my full body strength to get them off. We're talking put-a-foot-down, put-your-back-into-it kind of pulling. Maybe this is not a comment on the skins, but rather comment on my weakness. Or maybe its the fact that this is my first season with these skins and they haven't amassed a sufficient quantity of dog hair. Which ever it may be, these are great skins and I am very happy with them, and with them I aspire someday to be able to do "the trick"

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The thing I like most about this water filter, is how easy is is to pump. I have used other filters where you directly move the siphon like you would a bike pump. The lever action of the SweetWater makes pumping a breeze. I was able to fill two bottles worth of water in the time my buddy took to fill one.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

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

Okay, it will be obvious that I'm a little but behind the times, when I say this is my first nalgene water bottle. I just got it a few day ago, but call me crazy, but I swear water tastes better out when I drink it out of this bottle. Built well, easy to tote around. I'm sold.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am on my third Fuel headlamp. The previous two broken in the same way; if you drop them just right the little clip take holds the battery compartment closed breaks off. Both previous headlamps still function with a bit of modification and a zip tie. All that said, I must like this headlamp, because I bought another one. It's bright, and inexpensive. Great for pre-dawn tours or after-dark runs.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on April 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was apprehensive at first with these bindings, just from the fact that they employ a different method of holding in a boot. After a season on them all my apprehension it gone. I have these paired with BD Megawatts and I love them. I use them both in the backcountry as well as the resort.
Even with a din of 12 I find that I only pop out when I need to.
Video of a trip down Scotties below:

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Sam Lwrote a review of on March 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm sorry that I have gone so long through my life without having one of these. Works wonders getting the rust off. I did notice, though, that I wore a groove in it after just one use. Something to think about. I got the red one.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on March 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially bought this pack for side country adventures, and it works great for that; rugged and dependable. The ski attachment system is fast and locks the skis down well. Its low profile and back-hugging contours make riding ski lifts feel less like you are sitting on the edge of the seat.
I also use this pack both for long trail runs (it accompanied me on a single up Kings Peak) and my multi-days-a-week run-commuting home from work. It great for this; stays snug on you back; doesn't rub me wrong; and big enough to hold just what I need.
I've used this pack one hundreds of runs and dozens of ski days.

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Sam Lwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this in the High Unitas; yes, but the place this gets the most usage in my life is parking-lot lunches and the ski resorts. I will quick as lightning boil up some water for hot chocolate, pass some around to the fam, then put a pot of soup on it to simmer and warm while we eat sandwiches and sip our cocoa in a semi-circle of camp chair around the tailgate.
Pot is huge and the burner gets it boiling very fast. Well constructed. I have dropped it and accidentally kicked it many times and it is good as the day i got it. I alos like how all the parts fit inside the pot when not in use.

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