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Ted Catranis

Ted Catranis

Appalachian Trail, Colorado 14ers, avid hiker

Ted Catranis's Bio

Always training for something. Love the outdoors and adventure. Also love training. Many time use trail hikes and runs for very hard training.
Ski 60 days/ year, avid hiker, train hard on bikes, always seeking more challenge.

Ted Catranis

Ted Catraniswrote a review of on June 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

The Ultra Raptor is a good shoe in many ways but not for me. It has good cushioning and heal support. The laces work well to encase the shoe like a glove without feeling a pinch point. It is comfortable.

But the front is narrow. It also it more of an anti-pronation shoe than neutral. You will feel that when you try it on. It does keep the foot from rolling inward with significant stability. I am neutral and feel it move me toward the outside. That could be a problem for a neutral foot or if you are concerned about ankle roll. With a narrow front it feels as if there is little in the front to keep me from rolling over. If you compare the shoe to a Merrell Moab or other shoe with a wider, more stabile front, the Merrell will seem to resist rolling over to avoid injuring the ankle. I did not want to worry about ankle roll while on the trail, so I returned them.

I consider it odd how that so many shoes have reviews identifying one issue, such as being narrow, but they fail to make an adjustment.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

My plan was for a trail running and light hiker. I am very athletic, wear a size 10.5 and this shoe fit (Amazing for an athletic shoe). So sizing was good with room. Very cushioned. Not much arch - I would need an after market footbed. But the heal was loose and lacking any supportive feel. The toe may have been a little long which felt odd. I returned them the same day.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on April 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are decent, well made pants. You will find insulation with a soft material (non sticky) so it will be comfortable. On warmer day you will need no base layer.

It does not appear to be a much more durable material on the outside as I was expecting for the price. I was hoping for a tougher outside and more protection at the cuff for the price.

Fit is okay, but little tight on me. I am 5'9", 175, very athletic, waist 33 - 33.5, size medium. The waist is just barely okay for me. As long as you keep the base layer thin, the pants are good.

I returned because I was looking for more at the price range. I want the lower cuff to be more substantial and the outside to be very tough.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on April 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Returned it
Thin shell material with no lining. Decent pant that some people will like. I don't mind a shell, but this one is too thin for me. Returned it. I ski patrol and hit the slopes 60 to 70 days per year and challenge the trees. There is no way these will tolerate the season (let alone give me a few years).

I do not understand why companies do not talk to people other than their designers. Take this pant, make it a bit more durable on the outside, give it a thin inside coating (making the overall shell thicker), make the knees more durable, and make the lower cuff shield material stronger and bigger. That material at the bottom inside should cover much more area and be more cut resistant(when cuts occur the pants fill with snow).

I really think Spyder and other companies should talk to patrollers or ski instructors and clear up a few design issues.
5'9" 175, very athletic, bought medium. Spyder seems to fit me better than most.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on March 17, 2017

3 5

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

Purchased the helmet a couple days ago after research and advice from Backcountry. I have always trusted Backcountry and have done much business there. There Vantage is sized and built small - no doubt about it. If you are at the low end of a size, you are probably good. I am right at the top - 59. There is no way I can fit into a Medium. Too tight. That is without a liner.

Within two days of purchase, the item went on a big sale. I was not advised. Not good. I should have been notified that a sale was less than two days away.

Need to return for sizing. It is a well built helmet - but tight.

Don't get me wrong. Backcountry is a great company, and I will return as a customer. But this was not the best customer experience.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on November 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs

This is a good shoe. In comparison to the Moab Ventilators, it has better traction (improved outsole), good ventilation, very good stability. I experienced no fears of ankle roll. Grip while scrambling on rocks was better than the Moab's - enjoyable. They were a comfortable shoe during the long and short hikes. I think the midsole is thinner than the Moab. Recommend a good foot bed (I like Spenco).

Sizing is very different for a Merrell. All athletic shoes (except maybe mountaineering boots) are sized about a half size short. I have worn Merrell for many years. I wear a 10.5, but purchase an 11 in my Merrells. I can wear 10.5 for short fast hikes, but I need thin socks and a thin footbed.

Not so with these. These were definitely a true 10.5 - at least. They may even be a bit more full than a true 10.5. The identification says 44.5 mm, and 10.5 U.S. Most 10.5's are not 44.5. I was able to use my heavy duty Spenco footbed and my favorite Samrtwool medium socks. They are sized bigger than other Merrells. But that is a good thing.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on November 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I chose the Salewa Firetail as my Rocky Mt shoes for Longs, Yale, and other mountains that have hike and significant scrambling. I like to get of trail to enjoy some extra scrambling and bouldering on the hikes.

These shoes appeared to be good, and seemed to fit well. But I had to return them. The size was pretty true. But after about 8 or 9 days I could not get them to feel good on my feet during a hike. I tried many variations. The soles seemed hard (and loud) for an approach shoe. The traction was only slightly better, at best, than my Merrell Moab's.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34/30

I purchased these after returning Columbia Titan Peak Pants. These and very well constructed. Good pockets. Fit is good. They provide just enough room in the legs. I am an athletic and avid hiker. I enjoy being able to move fast. The Columbia were too snug. These seemed to fit my legs much better.
These North Face pants are now my durable go to pants.
With the legs attached, they were plenty of pants for cooler days.

I would like to see two improvements. The belt is not very useable. If you are going to thread a belt through the waist, make it more substantial. I would personally like to see at least one more belt loops. I like using a belt.
I like these pants.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I am a very athletic hiker and climber. These pants appear to be well made and functional. But they are too snug in the legs. If you have thinner legs, they may work well. I had to return them. Don't get me wrong. They are a good pant. I just like a little more movement.
Sizing seems good except in the leg.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on May 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 44 (10.5)

The La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe is a well built, sturdy and very useable shoe. After testing the shoe in a variety of trails and mountains, I have found this shoe to be my new go-to shoe for my performance days. I will compare this to the Merrell Moab Ventilator to give a clearer understanding(because it is a well known shoe by many people including myself). I am an experienced and active hiker and climber.

Cushioning: The Moab feels very soft cushy, but under closer inspection that may be because there is simply less and softer cushioning. The Boulder X has slightly thicker and more useful cushioning. The softness of the Moab can lead to foot movement under hard use. In the X, my foot did not experience that annoying sliding which an lead to ankle problems. But many people will enjoy the softness of the Moab.

Fit and sizing: I believe the Moab sizing was corrected over the last year or so. Previously, I could not use an after market footbed without going to a larger size. I can now use the footbed (Spenco is my choice) while also using my correct size (10.5). The Boulder X sizing is a more useful size for me. A 10.5 is actually sold as a 44, which gives you an extra millimeter. But the X is slightly more narrow up front. That could be an issue. I like a wide forefoot and after market footbeds. I could not use the Spenco footbed in the X. But, I am surprised that the original footbed in the X is the first useable one I have seen. I just added a small amount of mole skin under the arch and I am happy.

Flex and Movement: The Moab is very flexible. But you quickly find that it may be too flexible for some serious trails or mountains. The Boulder X seems to have flex points in just the right spots. I was able to move very easily and quickly with the X.

Grip: The X is clearly better. The Boulder X gave me good grip on all rocks. Remember, always be careful while descending on wet rocks. The Moab is average in grip on dry rocks - there was little grip on well worn or wet rocks. The Moab sole will last for many miles. I personally need the kind of grip found on the X.

Comfort: I thought the Moab would always be better here due to the softness and flex. But I am very taken by the X. It is plenty comfy and still very useable on the trail.

Break-in: The Moab has essentially none or very little. But it is too soft. The Boulder X had very little break-in time. I am a blister king and have had no problems with the X break-in at all.

Weight: The claimed weight for the Boulder X is an ounce, or so, heavier per shoe than the Moab. Seriously, I never noticed it. I have used the shoes on mountains and trails. I have also used it for trail running. The weight was never an issue or even noticed. That may be because the X rolls and flexes at the right places. The Moab is just plane soft everywhere.

Construction: Both are well made. But the X clearly is a more durable shoe. You will have fewer issues on rocky mountainous terrain. They did a good job making the X.

Both shoes are very good, depending on the application. I enjoy using the Boulder X more that the Moab and am now converted. The Moab is still my daily shoe for light training. The X is my shoe for serious days and serious mountains. You will not be frustrated with your purchase. I would like to see the La Sportive Boulder X give a millimeter of added width up front, but so far it is good. Most people will not have an issue with it. My feet are a bit wider up front.

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After even more mountain use, I am finding myself catching the toe on one of my shoes. I switch between different shoes, so that could be related to a slightly longer toe. I have also turned a ankle (no sprain issues at all) a couple times. I seem to need to tighten the shoes very much to gain precise control on the downward route.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on April 24, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34 waste

I am a 32.5 waste, so I got the 34. Length is good. It seems to fit the waste just right, but is too snug in the legs. So it is a little too snug for the money and all day mountain climbs for me.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on April 18, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I was careful to order the right size, but these are incredibly small. They are a full inch shorter than anything else I own that is the same size. I cannot even get my foot into it. I cannot understand how this happened.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on March 19, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Received excellent service from Backcountry staff, very quick and secure shipment. Good job Backcountry.

The jacket is real nice, but not what I need or expected. I am returning it.
Mammut states regular cut. It is not. I am 5'9, 175, very athletic, large. A regular cut should permit movement and layering. It is a trim athletic cut - one thin layer under at most.

Comparing this to my TNF Apex Bionic, the Mammut material is thinner. Possibly the Windstopper material works that much better. But I cannot wear it to find out. It is just too close fitting to layer. My Bionic, though much less expensive, has been used heavily for ski patrol for at least three years. I was seeking a similar jacket with another two inches of length and a hood.

The Mammut Ultimate Alpine is a great jacket if you want a trim fit. I recommend climbing and hiking, but not skiing. I had my hopes too high.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on May 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I wore the radius for over ten years and now am finally changing to the Moab.
I used them around the house and town for a few days to get accustomed to them. So far, I did a few short hikes (4 - 7 miles). Seems like a good shoe. They feel quick and agile. Traction may be slightly less than the Radius. They were noticeable slightly less grippy on wet rocks.

I like the shoes in many ways including agility when hiking.

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Ted Catraniswrote a review of on July 7, 2009

5 5

Ii have tried many packs and have always found Osprey Atmos pack to be a good choice. This Osprey Atmos 35 is very good for what I need. I was looking for a comfortable pack, in the 2000 ci range. It has enough to be very functional. Water system storage is good. Good pockets. Excellent suspension which really does work to bring some cooling. The waster battle pockets on the side are a good size.
Good pack for day, long day, and overnight.

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