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Steve Woody

Steve Woody

Your local trap.

Steve Woody's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing

Steve Woody's Bio

I used to work for Backcountry and write helpful, insightful reviews. Now, I'm living in a half-way house where I smoke fat rocks and complain about my gear like never before.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on May 11, 2014

4 5

This is an excellent ultra-light sleeping bag for cool weather backpacking. I took this out for the first time in mid-April and was surprised by a cold front that dropped us into the teens at night. In those temps the Plasma 15 was not comfortable, by any means, but warm enough to keep my shivering to a minimum throughout the night.
A personal shortfall I've found with this bag is that I cannot zip it past my chest without help from another person.
Once there, getting out of this cocoon of claustrophobia is an even bigger nightmare.
So if you have a barrel chest or broad shoulders, find another bag.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on May 6, 2014

Great Tent Complete w/Accessories
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Marmot Firefly is a tall 2 man tent. While the floor width is pretty typical, it is the leader in headroom and length making it perfect for the taller camper or someone wanting to stash a little gear inside without having to buy a 3-person tent.
It does great in windy conditions- as long as you have the fly. But without the fly, this broad-sided tent would most likely flatten.
The included footprint and gear loft make this tent an all in one purchase with the added bonuses of a bathtub groundsheet (seam taped), stargazing-friendly mesh ceiling, two large vestibules, and stupid-simple set-up.

Buy it now.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on March 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I bought this in black, love the fit and feel. I already had the Patagonia Interlodge (which is an upgraded version of this with higher loft down, Gore-Tex, and watertight zippers) but I wanted it in black so I bought this, as it was the closest model I could find.
It is not a truly cold conditions coat, as suggested below. If you put this on and walk out the door into a subzero polar vortex- you'll be yanking on the cinch cords and wishing you had worn a thicker layer underneath.
It definitely runs large, at 6' 230lbs I usually wear a XXL but got this in XL and still have room to layer. Furthermore, if I wanted a more fitted look- I know that the large would've provided that without being uncomfortable.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on February 23, 2014

4 5

Fit: Runs large

I was amazed when I put the XXL on. If you're built like an NFL tight end , that will fit you.
I'm 6' and 230lbs and drowned in it. I'll have to size down to the large just to get my hands out of the sleeves.
From what I've read on MH's site and reviews from various other retailers, the medium fits true to size. From there, the cut must grow exponentially.
Nice coat, overall. Love the 'Duffel' color.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on February 12, 2014

5 5

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

This is a really good looking, comfortable flannel.
Contrary to the previous review, I actually think it runs true to size. I'm a XXL and half the flannels we carry are too tight. But, this one in the Ash color is a perfect fit on me at 6'0 230lbs.
To avoid shrinkage, as with all cotton flannels, hang it to dry.

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Steve Woodywrote a review of on February 7, 2014

3 5

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

I picked up the 34 inch waist like I do in all my pants- unfortunately, I have to swap mine for a size up, as they were a battle to get in. Also, I'm 6' and the 34 comes to about mid knee.
They're light and water resistant, could definitely double as board shorts.

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